DIY Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume

header.pngHi Everyone!! Halloween is almost here! Two more days 😀 I just wanted to share with all of you my costume that I made. Let me start off by saying that I haven’t dressed up for Halloween since grade eleven… and I am not going to tell you how long ago that was *cough, cough* 13 years ago…. wow! Seriously, if time could just stop for a bit, that would be great.

Anywho… At my work they have a costume contest and being that I will take any excuse to DIY, I jumped all over this!!! I have to say, that I am a little sad that I have been missing out on all this fun! I had the best time making this costume and I can’t wait to wear it to work on Monday! It’s not that I don’t want to dress up for Halloween, but I have two kids, so I am always more focused on their costumes.

Let me walk you through how I put this costume together.

First off, I chose the Queen of Hearts after looking on Pinterest and thought that it would a pretty easy costume to whip up. Also, I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, and as well the show ONCE. Did anybody else see the spin off ONCE Upon A Time In Wonderland? They only did one season of this spin off, but I loved it!!! If you are a ONCE fan and haven’t seen it, I suggest you check it out…amazing! But let’s get back to the costume.

When you are going to make a Halloween costume the first place you need to go is a thrift store of some kind. My favorite thrift store is Talize. I don’t know if that is just a Canadian store, but I find they have the best stuff and they get a lot of clothes from stores that still have tags on them.

I picked up this lace shirt and black skirt. The total for these two was $15. Not bad, right?14881705_10154702534849851_759139049_o (1).jpgThese two pieces of clothing are in amazing shape! I didn’t do anything to the lace top so I can wear it again — bonus!

I used my heat press and some HTV to adhere the playing card suits to the bottom of the skirt. If you don’t have a heat press, you could certainly cut them out in felt and then sew them on. 14813379_10154702537204851_542233439_o.jpg

The Card Collar

The card collar was super easy to make! You need two decks of playing cards, a stapler and some paper to make a template. I used a piece of newspaper.

I measured my neck and then cut out a template. 14895642_10154702533894851_327290181_o

I then laid the cards out around the edge of my template. 14881484_10154702535269851_1340700251_o.jpgI used a stapler to secure the cards together. I kept repeating this process until I got to the other side of the template. I wanted a nice thick collar, so I made two of these. The second one a made a little larger, though. Just so they wouldn’t sit flush on top of each other around my neck. 14875973_10154702535284851_1563658137_o

The Card Crown

Ok, this was seriously fun to make! To make the card crown I used 5 cards from a deck of playing cards and a large hair clip. 14881350_10154702532894851_1388314731_o

I got a piece of cardstock and I traced half of a bowl, so that I would have a semi-circle. 14894444_10154702535664851_283480590_o.jpgThen I used a ruler and a pencil to draw triangles on top of the semi circle. No picture for this step… I thought I took one, but I must not have, but you can see it cut out here:14907768_10154702535274851_391495610_oTo make the crown you will be attaching the two edges together like this:14881705_10154702533704851_653747503_oBut you need to add the cards first. I used hot glue to glue on my cards. You line up the corners of the cards with the peaks of the triangles. 14859362_10154702528984851_1771570226_oI used hot glue to secure the cards to the template and to each other. 14858804_10154702535064851_1307987871_oOnce you have all the cards secured, attach the crown at the ends by pulling them towards each other and then using a stapler to attach the ends. 14881284_10154702525794851_975852125_o.jpgI didn’t like the unfinished edge, so I added a piece of material with hot glue.

A handy tip: When you are attaching anything around a curved edge, make little cut slits in the material and then over lap them when gluing. This will give you a smoother edge. 14895478_10154702535069851_246231711_o

To attach the crown to my clip I used crafting wire and hot glue. There was no rhyme or reason to how I did this. I just started wrapping the wire around the clip and then poked a hole in one of the playing cards and thread the wire through. I added hot glue for a little extra strength.

 

I could have just stopped at the crown, but I needed a little bit more!! How about a heart wand? I used my heat press again to adhere some glitter HTV to some red felt, and then cut out the felt around the hearts.

I hand stitched the two hearts together and then added a little stuffing to make the heart puffy rather than flat.

I hot glued it to a dowel and ta-da! 14876161_10154702528159851_17779613_o

I also whipped up a little DIY jewelry worthy of a Queen. Well, a DIY Queen anyway.

Since the dollar store already has all their Christmas stuff out, I found these heart shaped Christmas ornaments and just added one to a chain. Super easy.

For my ring, I dismantled this skull Halloween ring and put it back together with wire.

I used my wedding rings as a guide for how big to make it. 😉

I cut out a little heart from some cardstock, stuck these sticky jewels on it and then glued the heart to the ring with hot glue. Another super easy and quick DIY.

 

I had my mom whip up the cape, so I don’t have any pictures of that. I can sew, it is just not one of my favorite things to do.

I was so excited to get this costume on to take some pics! I even upgraded a pair of my shoes with some felt and some gold embellishments. 14858541_10154702535219851_242778917_o.jpg

Time to put the look together! 14881304_10154702525724851_306124157_o.jpgWhat do you guys think?  14876273_10154702530274851_881367987_o.jpgI forgot how much fun Halloween can be! 14895709_10154702526039851_874835309_o

This whole costume cost me under $20. I had a lot of the stuff already and my mom had the fabric already for the cape. You don’t have to spend a lot on Halloween and you can still look fabulous!! 14881232_10154702527114851_1083096899_o (1).jpgShare your DIY Halloween costumes with me! I would love to see them!! 🙂

Happy Halloween everyone! And be safe out there! 14895638_10154702535374851_477653398_o.jpgsignaturebest

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FREEBIE FRIDAY

fridayfreebieIt’s here! It’s here! Hooray for another Freebie Friday!!! I am starting to really look forward to Fridays (well even more so) now. I just love sharing my designs with everyone. I was asked last week, why I would just give away files like this. Well, let me tell you — I just love designing and I LOVE fonts. I have this thing for pretty fonts. My computer has so many fonts on it, it is almost a little too overwhelming. I spend so much time looking at fonts I am starting to recognize them by name when I am out and see signs and advertising stuff.

Anyway! Let’s get to the good stuff! Today’s Freebie Friday:Imstillwearingsmile.pngdownloadbuttonJust a little cute something to brighten your Friday! What makes you smile? For me, it is my kids, a good cup of tea and a great DIY! disclaimerHappy Friday guys!!

I hope you enjoy this free file and as always, feel free to let me know if there is something you would like me to create by filling in this form:

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DIY Christmas Gnomes

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Hi everybody! I know We aren’t even passed Halloween, but I whipped these fun little guys up last weekend and I just couldn’t wait to share! I am busy getting ready for the Thorndale Christmas Open House, so that means from now until December 4th, I am in full on Christmas mode!!!

Take a look at how I made these cute little Christmas gnomes!

14859350_10154695911904851_1920262527_o.jpgTo make my gnomes I used:

  • Styrofoam Cones (mine are 7″)
  • Fabric
  • Faux Fur
  • Wooden beads
  • E6000 Spray glue
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Flannel
  • Black beads
  • Hot glue gun

The first step is to cover your Styrofoam cone with your fabric. 14894632_10154695912319851_262858051_oThis where I have to be brutally honest with you guys… I am not a measurements type of gal. I was at my grandmothers doing this project and my grandma wanted to watch. She was sitting beside me while I was doing this, and I swear that I almost gave her a nervous breakdown. My grandma is a very regimented, organized lady and the fact that I wasn’t really measuring any thing was really doing a number on her.

I laid my cone down on my fabric and pretty much just cut around it. If it doesn’t completely cover the top of the cone, that is ok! The hat is going to go there anyways.

This is my grandma’s kitty…14859351_10154695912019851_412704555_oPuss likes to be completely under foot… or should I say under fabric… at all times LOL

To glue on the fabric to my Styrofoam cone, I used this spray E6000. So a couple things about this stuff. First, let me say that I LOVE E6000 — the squeezable kind. This spray stuff? Not really a fan. For starters, it was expensive and I didn’t find the hold all that great. I don’t know,  maybe it is just not the greatest with Styrofoam. 14895418_10154695912119851_1201159923_o

So once I had my fabric glued onto the Styrofoam cone, I cut a piece of wire for the hat. The wire I used is just wire that I picked up at the dollar store. It is a little bit flimsy, so I think that the next time I make these, I will go with a heavier wire. 14881336_10154695912249851_2031434845_oIf you decide to make these, the length of the wire is completely up to you. Cut the wire to suit how tall you want your gnome to be. Make sure you secure the wire in the top of the cone with a bead of hot glue.

Next, I cut out the beard from the faux fur. When you are cutting fur it is very important to just go through the back layer of the fabric so you don’t cut the fur. Once you have cut through the back layer, you just gently pull the hairs apart. An exacto knife or razor blade is a better tool than scissors for cutting fur. 14813046_10154695911824851_1409159701_oI wanted the beard to be really fluffy so I also cut out a mustache. I didn’t have a template or anything I just cut shapes that resembled a beard and mustache. I wanted my gnomes to look really rough and rustic, not perfect. I also wanted each one to look a little different, so I definitely did not want to use a template.

BTW – the other hand is my grandma’s. I have ALWAYS been jealous of her nails. I got DIY man hands 😉

Next, I attached the beard and mustache to what would be the front of my cone. I used the spray, but again it wasn’t sticking too well, so I peeled if off and used hot glue.

14795900_10154695914019851_1080553365_oYou know, it is really hard to make beards when Puss insists on using your crafting materials as a bed!!!

Now, time to make the hats!!

My mother and I found this really nice grey fleece material, and soon as we both saw it we knew it you be perfect for the hats.

We cut a triangle like shape and then all we did was attach it to the cone, just covering the top portion of the beard a little bit.

We like that the fleece had a natural roll to the edge. This made a cute little brim on the hat. You need to make sure that when you are gluing the hat on you roll it nice and tight so that you have a skinny hat.

I attached the wood beads that I got from Micheal’s with a bead of hot glue. The black beads for the eyes are from a bracelet that I picked up at the dollar store. The eyes are secured with hot glue as well. 14875815_10154695912099851_1479748842_oI always have little Christmas picks kickin’ around so attached some to their hats for a little extra pzazz. 14859539_10154695913879851_596605573_oI just love these lil’ gnomes and I can’t wait to get them on display at the Christmas Home Tour! (Don’t worry, I will be posting picture from the home tour!)

14813275_10154695914054851_2042620743_oThese may just be my favorite decor pieces this for Christmas! I still have a lot more to make, though. So we shall see!

Let me know what you think of these little guys!!

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TEA TIME!

I love tea… no, seriously… I LOVE TEA. Without tea, I don’t think I would be able to function. Okay, I would probably be able to function, but that is one theory I do NOT wish to test! There is just something about a good cup of tea that completely elevates my mood and makes me want to get stuff done… could it be the caffeine? Maybe, but I choose to believe that there is just a little bit of magic in a great cup of tea 😉

That is why I would like to focus today’s post on tea, and I made the most perfect tank for myself. header.pngThis tank really does say it all!

See those warm and cozy work socks? Got those at the Dollar Tree…score, right?

Some of you might remember last Friday’s FREEBIE FRIDAY, well this tank was made using that free file, so if you haven’t downloaded the file, go ahead and click here to go to that post!

I swear that my Cricut cutting machine and my heat press are the best investments I have EVER made! These two machines totally dominate my craft room 😀 If you have any questions about the Cricut cutting machine or a heat press, feel free to leave me a comment below!

Now, I would like to take a minute and talk about tea. There is this amazing company called For Tea’s Sake and they make some of the best tea I have ever had! I love it so much that I made my mother carry this tea line in her store!

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I would like to share with you some of my favorites from this line! 14812991_10154690049514851_367728563_o.jpgFirst things, first — “Hangover Helper”. This tea is a miracle worker! Great for those mornings after a night of indulging in too much wine, or after one of my Grey’s Anatomy nights. Any Grey’s fans out there? How are we all liking season 13? I have to admit that Maggie is starting to get a little too whiny for my liking.. but hey.

14796185_10154690049489851_1680810456_o.jpg“Blushing Peach” — This peach and herb fruit tea is simply soothing and full of a rich and fruity taste. You almost feel as if you are eating a peach.

*** Btw… I made the mug in the photo with my Cricut, too! Cute, right? 🎶 Hit me with your best pot, fire awaaaaaay. 🎶 I love me a little Pat Benatar. I am not trying to date myself either because that song was out long before my time… I just really like a good oldie!

14803097_10154690049564851_1476540813_o.jpgAnd here a three more of my favs, but seriously, For Tea’s Sake has sooooo many teas to choose from! You should definitely check out their website! Or if you are around the Thamesford, Ontario, Canada area, you could always come and check it out at my mom’s store!

I hope you enjoyed this little post and if you love tea as much as I do be sure to share this with all your tea loving friends!!

Here is a cute little video I made, too…. I wasn’t kidding when I said I love all things tea!

Let me know what your favorite type of tea is! If you are a coffee lover that’s cool, too! signaturebest

FREEBIE FRIDAY

fridayfreebieYAY! It is actually Friday!! I have to say that Friday nights are my absolute favorite. I don’t have to go to bed early because there is no work tomorrow, I can let the kids stay up a little later and I can work on my DIYs until the wee hours of the morning!! Some Friday nights I am up til’ 2 or 3 am working away in the workshop! Eeekkk… I love my Fridays!

Ok, enough about that… let’s get to the freebie! Today’s freebie is one of my favoritesteaandwarmsocks.pngAin’t that the truth! Now that the colder weather is on its way, this is more true than ever! Make sure you share this Freebie Friday if you agree!!

Keep reading to download the free file, but first…disclaimerdownloadbuttonIf you are liking these free files let me know and you can fill in this contact form if you have any requests! I will do my best to accommodate requests, but can make no guarantees due the large volume of requests.

Also, if you have made anything using one of my free files, feel free to send me a pic! I would love to see my designs in use!!

Thank you guys!

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Freebie Friday… ???

 

Welcome to another Freebie Friday… wait… it’s Wednesday! freebiewed.pngOh, well! All fixed!!

I am so grateful to all my followers and fans I thought I would offer a mid week treat to show my gratitude! So this week we will have two freebies!! One today and then another again on Friday! Woohoo!!

So without further ado… Here is another free cut file!!homesweethome.pngdownloadbuttondisclaimer.png

If you have enjoyed this Freebie “Friday” be sure and share this post with all your friends so that they can enjoy the freebie, too!

If you have any ideas for cut files that you want me to create you can fill in this contact for below! I love to design files and I love to hear other people’s ideas!

See you next time!

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Tackle Me Tuesday – Coffee Filter Pumpkins

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Hey, Guys! So remember two Fridays ago when I did the DIY Fun Challenge Friday? And then remember when I changed it to Freebie Friday? Do you also remember how I promised a Tackle Me Tuesday? That’s right! Tackle me Tuesday is here!! In case you haven’t read my previous posts, every Tuesday, I am going to tackle a project that I have pinned and have yet to complete! In an effort to do the beautiful projects that I have been putting off. This will also give me a chance to showcase some very talented DIYers on my blog! If you have a project that you want me to tackle, feel free to fill out the contact form at the end of this post!

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I came across these cute little pumpkins on the blog, Me Making Do. Here is their project:Cute, right?

So let’s dive right in and get started!

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  • Coffee Filters
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange paint
  • Orange marker
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paint brush
  • Stapler (not pictured)

** I will let you know now that I didn’t end up really using the orange marker and rubbing alcohol. You will see why soon!

Lay your coffee filter out flat on your work space. 14803060_10154669947829851_1827489298_oEasy so far…

So, Heather said that she spray painted her coffee filters orange after her pumpkin was put together. I didn’t have any orange spray paint and I am always up for trying something new, so I thought I would try to dye the coffee filters with an orange marker and some rubbing alcohol. 14787504_10154669948034851_359473697_oSo I colored the coffee filter first, and then I filled a bowl with rubbing alcohol and then submerged the coffee filter in the rubbing alcohol. 14725182_10154669948354851_1533634204_oI kept about three coffee filters together to see if I could get the ink to run onto the others.

This was kind of a fail. 14796254_10154669948189851_1070183964_oThe coffee filters weren’t vibrant enough. Oh, well. Live and learn.

Onto paint. I hand painted all the coffee filters orange. This was the most time consuming part of the project. 14800081_10154669948039851_17502163_oI used a craft acrylic paint in the shade Pure Pumpkin.

I left some of the edges exposed so that I would get a little bit of a rustic, distressed look to my pumpkin.14795743_10154669948389851_1339615677_o

Once the coffee filters had dried, I could start putting my pumpkins together. I followed the instructions from Heather’s tutorial. It is super easy! You take your coffee filters and bunch them all up and then taking one filter twist and pinch the middle. 14786851_10154669948404851_893967014_oNote that I also made a white one, too. White pumpkins are all the rage!

I repeated this process with two more filters and then stapled them all together where they were pinched. 14796070_10154669947994851_940302805_o

Once I had three stapled together I used my hot glue gun to attach it to my cinnamon stick. 14800294_10154669947739851_1248267372_oYou continue doing this until you have covered your cinnamon stick all the way around, and then also another layer underneath (depending on the length of your cinnamon stick). I used five sets of three coffee filters attached together — same as Heather.

And ta-da!14786994_10154669947874851_1565737973_oI am in LOVE with my new pumpkins!

Heather’s tutorial was great and very easy to follow! I am so glad that I found her project! I am going to make a whole bunch more of these for my fall decor. 14632510_10154669947894851_1665438431_o

What do you think? Will you try out this project? If you do, please share your pics with me!

I am looking forward to many more Tackle Me Tuesdays! Here is the contact form as promised. Send me your projects if you want me to Tackle them and be featured on my blog!

I hope you will come back tomorrow, too! I have a special plan surprised!! I will give you a hint… it has to do with Freebie Friday 😉

Til’ tomorrow then!

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