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It's that time of year again! Time to plan what your kiddos will be this Halloween. I usually have something in mind that I'm dying to start making, but this year I'm struggling to come up with something. If any of you are in the same boat I wanted to share one of my favorite DIY costumes with you today.
Don't you just love scarecrows? How could you go wrong with your little one in a painted nose and cheeks? It is just too much! I can't take the cuteness! The picture above and below are my Baby Bumblebee dressed up in his scarecrow costume. I have to admit, I was fully prepared for him to refuse to wear the hat and itchy arm and leg bands. I was very pleasantly surprised that he loved them and refused to take them off. I love the fact that a scarecrow costume is simple, inexpensive (you can use a lot of things your child already owns) and nice and warm. I think you can tell from the picture how to basically put this costume together, so I won't go in to too many details. One thing that I came up with was an easy way to make the "straw" for under his hat and on his legs and arms. I found a woven raffia roll that looked like a table runner from Hobby Lobby in the ribbon section near the burlap. It was simple to pull out the weaved in raffia and make it stick out like straw. I then glued it on to velcro that I could attach around his wrists and ankles.
The picture below was one of my inspiration photos for his costume. Isn't this adorable. You can find the link to more pictures of this little scarecrow here.
Isn't this sassy little scarecrow as cute as can be? I love this idea for warmer weather trick-or-treaters. You can find this costume here.
Sorry for the recent lack of posts, I turned the big 4-0 this week and my husband took me to Chicago to cheer me up, um I mean celebrate. :) Actually, we've really been having a fabulous time! I need to do a post when I return with all of my Chicago musts. This is such a great city! I have a good friend with Chicago connectections who has given me all of the inside scoop on the best Chicago has to offer. She has been spot on in her suggestions!
Today I wanted to share my front room with my readers before it undergoes a major transformation. Throughout the next couple of months everything on the shelves gets put in storage as I start decorating for the holidays. The shelves in this room are customized specifically to showcase my Department 56 village collection. It is currently hiding in the cupboards below and I'm just itching to get it all out and set up. It is one of my favorite hobbies. I can't wait to share all of the details
This is what the front room looks like for the spring and summer season. I love bright, happy colors and wanted to use a lot of crazy bright colors in this room.
I've always wanted to use a bright yellow in my decor and this floral painting was the perfect jumping off point for my color scheme (see details on where to find it below). I was able to use a lot of bright books, both new and vintage (like my vintage Nancy Drew collection).
Goodbye bright, happy summer decor. It's time for things to get spooky around here.
I love this time of year! It's not quite fall, but the summer nights are starting to cool down and the Utah gardens and fruit stands are abundant with fresh fruit and veggies. Baby Bumblebee, who has been regularly checking our growing tomatoes all summer is beyond excited that they are finally red.
Harvest time gave me my inspiration for my early fall table centerpiece. I didn't want to start using pumpkins and gourds quite yet, so I was thrilled to find these faux tomato stems. As I've said before, I wanted to keep the basics of my table centerpiece all year and just change out a couple of items for the changing seasons. This is a really simple way to update your home and keep things fun. You can see more of my seasonal table centerpieces below.
Happy Monday friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. It's starting to feel like fall around here and I am getting anxious to start decorating! I wanted to take a few pictures of my current decor before I completely change things for the next few months. Starting the first part of September I put away most of my basic decor staples around the Hive and they don't come back until the Holidays are over in January.
I haven't shared my mantel yet, so I wanted to do that today. I'm still not sure if I did the right thing by painting it white when we remodeled. It used to be just stained dark wood, but I really wanted a white mantel. It turned out to be such a stark contrast to the rock, I'm really having a hard time getting used to it. I've decided to keep it white for a while and see if it grows on me.
Two side notes about the above picture. I waited all evening for the perfect light to shoot the mantle. It can't be too sunny or the windows make it impossible to get a good shot. I took the shot I needed at the perfect time and then as I was uploading it to the computer later that evening I realized that Baby Bumblebee had pulled out the top metal bar of the fireplace leaving a huge gap in the photo. By the time I realized this it was to late to take another shot, the sun was gone. So here it is. I'm just keeping it real and leaving the broken fireplace for everyone to see.:) Also, just for fun, can you find my heart shaped rock? I have a big heart shaped rock in my fireplace. See if you can find it.
I love my metal "L"! It's such a fun accent, rustic and whimsical!
This photo turned out to be one of my favorite things. I had the photo actually printed on wood. If you look really closely, you can see the wood grain at the top of the photo where the sky is. I love how it gives the photo a soft glow and it has a rustic quality to it.
My dad, who I've mentioned before is a talented wood crafter, made the wooden star for me. He used wood from an old turquoise shed that was being torn down. The color was perfect for me. The white vintage wooden window pane is from my dad's house, a old bungalow that he has restored.
Books are always a great way to add a little color and texture to a space and they were the perfect thing to finish off my mantle. Baby Bumblebee is obsessed with letters and while he and his grandma were on a walk, they found the "J" that I used for a bookend above. He insisted on bringing it home to me. My little guy knows a good find when he sees it.