Monday, October 20, 2014

Decoupaged Pumpkins

Living in southern Texas, I don't get to enjoy the pretty colors of fall or even much fall weather,
but that hasn't stopped me from having all sorts of fall-ish crafty ideas bouncing through my head. . .
I couldn't wait to cover a pumpkin in sheet music.

Ever since I'd seen one like this on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it.
I tore strips of sheet music and adhered them to the pumpkin using Mod Podge.
I used a white pumpkin as my base so there wouldn't be any orange peeking through.
Then while I was in decoupaging mode, I thought that it might be fun
 to cover a pumpkin with an old map.

Because, quite frankly, if I'm given a blank canvas of any sort, at some point,
I'm going to want to try to cover it with map. :)
What do you think? Kind of different, but kind of cute too, huh?
Make sure to stop back because I've got lots more fall themed ideas up my sleeve!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Romans 10:13


Friday, October 17, 2014

Cheap and Easy Halloween Decorations

Believe it or not, but you can find some cute holiday stuff at the dollar store
as long as you don't wait until too close to the holiday.
I find that they have more selection about a month in advance.

I got all the stuff to make this Halloween garland at the dollar store.

You can go here to see the DIY.
Everything (except the grapevine wreath itself) used on this wreath was bought at the dollar store. 
Go here to see how it was made.
I'll be heading to the dollar store this weekend to find some harvest themed
decorations to use in some fall projects.

I hope you all have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
With Him are wisdom and strength
Job 12:13
 This post is linked to Craft-O-Maniac, I Heart Naptime, and Too Much Time On My Hands.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #139

It's one of my favorite days of the week. . . Thrifty Thursday!
The day where I show you the gems I found at my local thrift stores.
One of the stores had a large basket full of patterns.
I dug through looking for some old ones.
I got five from the seventies.
Groovy, huh?

They were only a quarter apiece.

I also happened across this letter L.
I do believe that's the last letter I need for my alphabet wall.

I picked up this French Literature book  for a quarter.

The print is all in French.
I have a simple project that I'm planning for this.

Last, but not least, I found these leaf cookie cutters for a quarter each.
I have something planned for these too, but it's not baking!
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
O Lord, how great are Your works!
Psalm 92:5
This post is linked to Tatertots and Jello and Be Different, Act Normal.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lovelies That I Love

Have I told you how much I love looking at Etsy?
Cause I do.
I'll be honest and say that I've bought very little (but that's because I'm a tightwad),
but I could spend hours pouring over it all.
Take a look at this cool stuff. . .

I love these key chains! The postmarks are so unique.
You can customize them with names or dates.
What a great gift idea.

What do you think of this plaque?
I think it's great- I'd love to hang one in our house- actually any of the signs from this shop.
They have so many awesome ones to choose from.

Who can't use an old wooden bobbin? :) They're so beautiful.
You can find this one here.

I have a small collection of alphabet stamps.
I love that this set comes not only with both upper and lower case, but also
with a case to store the stamps!
What a deal!

This t-shirt is so pretty.
I actually could use some more cute t-shirts. . .

Wasn't that fun?
That's it for today. Stop back by every other Wednesday for more goodies that I've found.

By the way, I am not affiliated with any of these companies, I just like their stuff.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

This post is linked to My Girlish Whims, Embracing Change, and Ivy and Elephants.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Recipe of the Week #140- Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup M and Ms
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in baking soda, salt, and flour. Add peanut butter, then oats. Finally, add the rest.
Place by tablespoons onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-9 minutes until lightly browned.

These cookies are so delicious! The mix of peanut butter, M and Ms and oatmeal is fantastic. I made these when my boys had friends over, so five teenage boys can vouch for how great these are!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

For you, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
Psalm 92:4

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mini Album Monday #40- 30 Days of Lists part 2

This week is a part two of an album that I completed for the 30 Days of Lists challenge.
You can go here to see the first 15 days,
Today I'll be showing you the second 15 days. 

Here's the cover.
Throughout the book, I used lots of random papers and game pieces (mostly purchased
while secondhand shopping).
The challenge is completing a list everyday for 30 days.
I prepared my book ahead of time, so all that I had to do daily was add the title and journaling.
I think this challenge is a great way to capture your personality.

Day 15: Favorite cliches
I actually added the subtitle, "AKA Laura-isms" so that I could make a list of the
silly phrases I use often. My family actually had fun helping me make this list.
Yes, I really do say these things!
There were so many sayings, I had to carry the list over to the backside of that page!
Day 16: Posters I that were on my walls when I was growing up
This one was hard for me- I could only remember two
This page was an envelope, so the next list pulled out. . .

Day 17: Reasons to ____________.
We got to fill in this blank.
I chose Reasons to Scrapbook

On the left, Day 18: Things I do that I wish made me money
On the right, Day 19: I feel coziest when

left, Day 20:Guilty Pleasures
right, Day 21: Meal planning for this week
This one was easy for me because I always plan my meals out a week at a time!
The page on the right is actually a piece of wallpaper with a tag on it.
The actual prompt for Day 21 was: podcasts I love.
Well, I don't listen to podcasts, so I changed it to TV shows I love.

Day 23: Don't tell anybody, but . . .

Day 24: My favorite authors
Day 25: What balance means to me
The page on the left, I wrote my list sideways to go with the orientation of the paper.

on the left, Day 26: Rules for traveling with me
on the right, Day 27: I am thankful for

Day 28: This time next year

on the left, Day 29: Accomplishments I am most proud of
on the right, Day 30: On my mind today

The last list was on the backside of this page with a postcard stamp.

 I sure enjoyed this challenge. There were many topics I never would've thought of.
I'm looking forward to their next round in the spring.

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High
Psalm 92:1

This post is linked to It's Overflowing, Natasha In Oz, and Skip to My Lou

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vintage Style Magazine: A Favorite of Mine

It's here. . .
the winter issue of Vintage Style Magazine!
I just picked up a copy at my friendly neighborhood Wal-mart.
Can't wait to grab a comfortable seat and feast my eyes on every awesome page.
What a great way to start the weekend!
Hope you all have a good one!
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31
This post is linked to Today's Creative Blog and Be Different, Act Normal