Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Mercury Glass Lanterns

With the days quickly ticking down to Halloween I've been dying to share with you a super easy and festive project that will look great just about anywhere in your home. 



They take all of 30 minutes from start to finish and you will be surprised at how many compliments you get from such simple accents. 

Here's what you will be needing to make your very own: 


Materials: 
Transparent Shelf Liner
Xeroxed images or lettering
clear glass votive
Mirrored glass spray
or*
silver / nickel spray paint
tupperware
water
scissors 


Start by painting your glass, I did some of mine with the mirror paint and then played around with silver / nickel spray paints. If your new to the Mercury glass technique then check out my earlier tutorial on how to do it here



While they are drying cut out your printed design and then cut your transparent paper to size. You want it large enough to wrap around with ends overlapping a small bit. Peel the backing and lay it sticky side face up. Next lay your design paper face down and burnish with a credit card or penny. 


Submerge in water and gently rub the paper away. Careful not to rub the ink off the sticky paper. You might have to change the water once or twice to get all the paper off. Rinse and allow to dry on a flat surface. Once dry, apply design to your pre-painted glass votive and your done! 






I found my images { HERE } for free, they have a bunch of really cool skeleton / bone ones! 

I hope your Halloween plans are coming along-- Only a few more days! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Instagram Weekly Round Up

Happy Friday! It's time again for the Instagram weekly round up-- please don't forget to show off your Instagram photos over on my Facebook page! I always love to see what you've been up to. 
Have a great weekend! 


{ In order from Left to Right } 

2. Homemade chicken gyros
3. Travel Quote
4. Banana icecream
5. 6th Anniversary Wedding throwback
6. NC sunset
7. Jailed dog
8. Crafting supplies
9. Cat paw 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creepy Finger Coat Hanger






I've been wanting make this Finger Coat hanger for a while now, and now that it's finished I love it! Its so funny to see peoples reactions to it, mainly because it doesn't stand out at first. It's usually not until guests are actually hanging their coat that they really notice it. 

This is a little bit more hands on project but super fun, I wanted to show a new way of casting in plaster that was different than my wax tutorial. If you want to do full hands for your coat rack, I suggest using the wax method since it will hold your cast better than latex and foil!

Here's the stuff your going to need on hand for this project... 

Materials
Plaster of Paris
Liquid Latex 
Baby Powder
Paint brushes
Wooden Back Board
Black, White, and Red paint
6 eye screws
Tin foil
drill
pencil
optional* hair dryer


Start by creating a workspace this gets messy! Using a paint brush you dont mind throwing away, paint a coat of latex on your finger. Each layer has to dry but if you use a blow dryer it speeds things up a lot. I did around 8 layers for each cast because I wanted them to be strong enough to support. 


Once dry sprinkle with baby powder to insure they don't stick together, and roll off of your finger dusting with powder as you go on the inside too. Repeat until you have enough latex casts for your door hanger. 


They should look something like this. Before casting flip them right side in, you want all of the details of your cast to be facing inside where the plaster will be. 


To help support my mould, I gently created a tin foil support. Make sure not to squish it otherwise it will dent where ever the tin foil pushes in. Mix your plaster according to the package and pour into each 'finger'. You will need only around 1-2 cups give or take, after your plaster has set for 5-10 minutes, and is slightly solid to the touch insert your eye screw into the top making sure it doesn't sink down. Allow to set 12-24 hours. 


Peel away and discard your latex moulds and this is what you should have. 


Paint your board black, I added white lines to mine for a little added design flare. 


Next mark where you want your hangers, and then pre drill their spots in your board. Finally screw in your hangers! If you like you can add the blood at this point like I did or leave it without. 
















Monday, October 20, 2014

Pinterest Tested & Approved: Week 9

Happy Monday Everyone! This weeks tested pin's are up and ready for your eager eyes-- be sure to check out these awesome blogs and send them some love.



When my husband is out of town I always look for the easiest fix when cooking just for me. Cooking for one isn't near as much fun as cooking for two, so I usually look for recipes that don't require me going out for much. I was excited when I realized I had all of the ingredients on hand for this recipe which turned out really yummy, thrown together in less than 10 minutes, and was super low on calories. What more could a girl ask for?




I stumbled across this awesome pattern for an infinity scarf and decided to try my hand at crocheting one. Not only was the pattern super easy to follow but I made two of these in one day. They take only about two hours each and have me itching for cold weather to get here so I can break these bad boys out! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

French Onion Soup


When I was little, my favorite staple my dad used to make us kids was his famous French Onion soup. As a kid there was something magical about that swiss cheese bubbling in the oven over a french bread loaf and piping hot soup. To this day it's a dish I eat and always am reminded of my dad.  


This is one of my go-to quick and easy soup recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. It's also one of those soups that gets better the longer it sits so left overs usually don't have many issues sticking around. I exchanged a few ingredients in his recipe to make it a little more lean, but it still manages to have that wonderfully rich flavor that is a sure pick me up on our now colder days. 


French Onion Soup 
By: Confessions of a New Old Home Owner

Ingredients: 
1/4 cup yogurt based butter 
3 large onions, chopped as desired
1 tsp white sugar
1 tbsp flour
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup red wine
2 cans of beef broth (10.5 oz each) 
1 french baguette 
Sliced swiss cheese 

Directions: 

1. In a large stock pot, melt butter, add onions and sugar over medium heat and cook until golden brown about 10 minutes. 

2. Stir in flour until well blended and next add the red wine. Stir for 1 minute. Add in the water and beef broth and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low and cover for 10 minutes. 

3. Preheat your oven to 325* and lightly toast your bread slices for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and preheat to 425*. Once soup is finished ladle into bake safe bowls and place on a baking sheet. Top with 1-2 slices of bread and place the swiss cheese on top. 

4. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and place each bowl on a plate for easier handling and serve hot! 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY Palmistry Hand


Keeping with our Witch themed Halloween this year I thought it would be fun to make a palmistry hand to display next to my Spooky Mantle. I spent all of $2 dollars making this and less than 30 minutes. I had most of the supplies on hand, but even if you don't it will cost well under $10. 


Materials
Plastic Hand (Dollar Tree) 
Wooden Plaque ( Michaels) 
Wooden Dowel
White Primer
Black craft paint
Sharpies 
Drill & Drill bit


Start by priming your hand with a few coats of white primer and then allow it proper dry time. 


Next sketch out your design, I Googled Alchemy hand or Palmistry hand and picked out the examples I liked best. 


Paint on your lines and then fill in the details with your sharpies. 


While it's drying paint your stand and dowel black. Drill a hole that is just slightly smaller than your dowel in the center of your plaque and stick your dowel in it making sure it fits snug. Lastly place your hand on the dowel and your done!





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