Thursday, October 31, 2013

Our Halloween Party Setup

If you you haven't seen our Halloween craft ideas, then I'll summarize them for you on this post. Allie of The Four-Eyed Wonder and I did a collaboration for Halloween and this is what our party setup looked like:

We made Brownie Cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, which you can check out the recipe here on my blog. And then we decorated the cupcakes with these cute Witch Feet Toppers. I also did a tutorial on how to make Spider Centerpieces. Since I wrapped the spider with crepe paper, a commenter said that it's a crossover between a mummy and a spider!

For the cups, we decorated them by simply using washi tape in Halloween colors. Start from the bottom then tuck the washi tape under the lip of the paper cup. Allie then made these Broomstick Stirrers out raffia and rubber band. It totally complements our witch feet toppers. It's like tiny witches flew around, had a bad landing and crashed everywhere on our party setup. Haha!

For our goody bags, I used kraft paper and construction paper to make these cute kitty paper bags. We drew the mouth of the kitty with a black marker to make that :3 smile.

As for our background, we cut strips of crepe paper and used tape to stick them on the wall. We also made our photobooth props using construction paper, barbecue sticks, and a bit of tape. Then we added balloons here and there to add more color (as if our background isn't colorful enough).

So that sums up our party setup for Halloween. I hope you enjoyed our craft projects! Have a Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Turn Party Streamers into a Tassel Garland

After a party, you are left with streamers and other decoration. What do you guys do with them? Keep them for next year? Throw them away? It would be a fun idea to recycle them! Learn how to transform streamers from this...

To this! It's so easy. This crepe paper tassel garland takes a while to make a bunch, but it's easy. You will need: 
- used party streamers
- scissors
- string

First, cut the streamers to about 2 feet in length. Collect about 15 strips for one bundle. 

Twist the middle portion to about 3 inches in length.

Fold it and twist the middle part to make a loop. At this point you can either use hot glue or tape to secure the loop. But I didn't because I was too lazy.

Then string them altogether with a yarn or twine and arrange them in different colors.This is what happens when you don't use hot glue or tape, they somehow loosen up but they're still hanging on to the string.

And you are done. Recycling party decor saves a lot of your money. I just realized, you can use these again for Christmas. Just attach two of these to a paper star to turn them into a Parol (Christmas star lantern) and boom! You recycled it again!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Googly-Eyed Ghost Lollies

Hello people! How's the trick-or-treating going? This is my last minute Halloween treat: googly-eyed ghost lollies! They're quick and easy, even a three year old can make these.

You will need:
- lollipop
- white tissue paper
- scissors
- googly eyes
- white glue
- wire

First, gather your lollipops.

Cut your tissue paper into 3"x3". I used three layers for each lollipop.

Wrap the head of the lollipop with tissue paper

And secure with wire at the neck portion.

Then glue the googly eyes and wait for them to dry.

And you're done! Cute, right? :)

Halloween season may be almost over but I look forward to celebrating the coming holidays. Are you excited for Thanksgiving? Christmas? I'm already thinking of how to decorate my room with Christmas lights :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cute Halloween Spider Decor

Hi guys! Here's another fun Halloween project that's so easy to do. I'm going to show you how to make crepe paper spiders.

You will need:
- scratch paper
- black crepe paper
- pipe cleaners
- tape
- scissors
- glue
- googly eyes

First, crumple your scratch paper into a ball. That will be the spider's body. And then cut two pipe cleaners in half.

Twist the pipe cleaners in the middle.

Use tape to attach the crumpled paper onto the pipe cleaners. Slightly bend the pipe cleaners to make it look more like spider legs.

Cut strips of black crepe paper and wrap it around the spider's body and spider's legs. If you have black pipe cleaners, then that's great. You don't have to wrap it with crepe paper. Hooray for fuzzy legs!

Use glue to seal the ends of crepe paper.

Add googly eyes on the spider's body. I only used two eyes to make it look cute. If you want it to be realistic, then use eight eyes. Creeeepy.

Just wait for everything to dry and then you're done!

You can hang these spiders on cotton batting cobwebs. Or, you can just place them on the table beside the party set up.

On Allie's blog, check out this awesome photo booth background and fun props. :) Look, that's us!

This has been another fun fright night project with me and Allie! Watch out for the whole party set up next week! :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Baby Greeting Card

If you have read the previous post about my baby gift basket, this handmade greeting card came with it. It was a last minute decision to do it. Like literally 30 minutes before the party started. Good thing I had enough materials on stock. 

Here are my step by step instructions on how to make this:

- First I chose yellow and pink as my color scheme. Try using other color schemes like mint and peach. 

-Then I used washi tape in different patterns to make the border. I also added washi tape inside the card. 

- Next, I searched for baby onesie templates on the internet, traced it on scrapbooking paper, and cut it. 

- And then I cut two half circles with white construction paper for the holes for the legs and I punched yellow construction paper to make the buttons.

- Glue them piece by piece then your card is done. Now it's time to write your message inside!

This would also be cute as an invite for a baby shower. It took about 15 minutes to make this all in all, including searching for a template, choosing colors, etc. If you are planning to make this in large quantities, ask friends to help you and work in a conveyor belt manner so you can finish quickly.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Personalized Baby Gift Basket

Today was my first time to be a godparent in a baby's baptism. As for my gift, I decided to make it extra special by picking out nice things and placing them in a basket, like those goodie baskets we see in the supermarket during the holidays. My theme was "Bedtime with Baby" so I placed some things that the mom and the baby could use for sleeping time.

What's inside my baby gift basket?
1. A onesie - the baby could wear something nice and comfortable during sleeping time. 
2. A baby blanket - this blanket is so light and soft, I could wrap my face with it the whole day.
3. Three pairs of socks - of course, to keep the baby's feet nice and warm
4. Story book - you gotta read a story book to your little one before going to bed.
5. Chocolate - I just wanted to put something sweet in there. And nope, this isn't for the baby. It's mommy's midnight snack.

I was supposed to buy baby oil because mommies usually soothe babies to sleep by massaging them with oil. Unfortunately I ran out of time to buy that.

Then just stuff all the items in a basket. I got this cheap rubbery type at the Japanese store. To make it look more presentable, you can add colored tissue paper before putting the things. I also placed balls of crumpled paper at the bottom of the basket to add height when you put the items.

This idea is not just for baby baptisms, you could also make this for a baby shower or a baby's first birthday. You could also make a "Bath Time with Baby" basket where you can put shampoo bottles, towels, diaper, wipes, a rubber duckie, and other cute things. Or a "Meal Time with Baby" basket with a bib, some baby food, and milk bottles. The choices are endless. And I'm sure the mommy and the baby will appreciate it!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween Cat Paper bags

Another week, another Halloween project with me and Allie of The Four-Eyed Wonder! This time, I'm going to show you how to make these cute cat paper bags. These cats are so adorable, they're purr-fect for trick-or-treating.

You will need the following:
- kraft paper
- colored construction paper
- white glue
- scissors

Start by making your own paper bag with kraft paper. Or you can just buy paper bags at the craft store.

Trace the cat's ears and head with a pencil about 6 inches from the bottom crease and cut the excess.

Then use construction paper to make the face. I used neon yellow for the eyes, black for whiskers and bright orange for the nose. Use white glue to stick them on to your paperbag. Let them dry for a while.

Then draw the :3 mouth with a black marker. Isn't it cute? Why do puppies and kitties make that cute :3 face?

When you're done making the paperbags, put the candies inside and give them to kids (or kids at heart)!

What's on Allie's blog today? These awesome stirrers that look like witch broomsticks. Go check out her post to find out how to do it. As for the paper cups, we decorated them with washi tape in Halloween colors. Easy peasy :)

Tune in again next week for another Fright Night craft project with me and Allie of The Four-Eyed Wonder!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Chewy Chocolate Chip Brownies

Originally I was planning to make brownie brittle, which is what everyone's crazy about these days. So I did an experiment yesterday, but my batter was too thick and instead of becoming thin and crispy, they turned out to be chewy and crunchy at the sides. Surprisingly, they turned out really good! So good I had to share the recipe on my blog.

This recipe is good for two 9"x12" pans

- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups powdered cocoa
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven at 375 F. You can either line your 9"x12" pans with parchment paper, or grease the pans with butter.

2. In a large bowl, combine butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Mix them until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla one at a time. And mix mix mix.

3. Now that all your liquid ingredients are in the bowl, it's time to add the dry ingredients. Gradually add the flour, baking soda, and salt into the mixing bowl, stirring just to combine.

4. Add the powdered cocoa and mix until batter is well blended. Then finally add the chocolate chips.

5. Pour the batter on two pans and spread them out with a spatula until it's about 1/4" thick. That's just the right thickness to makes your brownies chewy.

6. Bake them for about 15 minutes. Wait for it to cool completely before serving.

And so after reading threads and comments on the internet, I later learned that your batter is supposed to be runny when you're making brownie brittle. Maybe I'll do that next time. But for now, I'm happy that this recipe was success in a different way. My sister's favorite part was the burst of melted chocolate chip flavor in every bite. You can also add nuts and toffee for more texture and flavor. And then let me know how they turn out for you when you bake them!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Styling a Coffee Table

One of the essential elements of the living room would be the coffee table. Styling it is an important thing when decorating your home. By looking at the items on your coffee table, guests should be able to get a glimpse of who you are and your personality.

How do you style your coffee table? Here are five useful tips.

1. Assign a Color Palette. Sticking to a color palette will make your coffee table look uncluttered. It could be black and white, or something bold and striking. Add depth and texture by incorporating metallic elements, and objects with pattern.

via Cozamia

2. Stack a Pile of Books. Coffee table books are one of the most basic elements of a coffee table. Display books that reflect your interests and these will keep your guests entertained. Stack them from largest to smallest like a pyramid.

3. Collect and Classify. Group similar items that you collect, like vintage curiosities or travel mementos. Use trays to keep things organized and hide remote controls and coasters in a fancy box.

via Lonny

4. Add Something Tall and Sculptural for visual interest, like this sexy brass deer with long antlers. It could be something that catches the eye. Or something that would start a conversation. That item should be the focal point of the coffee table setting.

5. Add Flora. With all the non living things in your space, it's a great idea to have plants inside the house. Plants are just fresh and they bring life to your room. You can even change your plants depending on the season. And speaking of having living things on your coffee table, your pet cat might be the perfect accessory.

via Emily Henderson

So by applying the tips above, I have compiled accessories from the internet with three different styles to give you inspiration:

The Fashion Savvy

Tom Ford Book from The Kelmscott Bookshop; Morton Skull from ZGallerie; Pink peonies via Houzz; Luxor Black Resin Cuff from One Kings Lane; Feuille de Lavande Candle from Diptyque; Gold Trim Agate Coasters from Calypso St. Barth.

The Globe Trotter

Antique Indian Candle Sticks for Jaypore; Hand Carved Elephant Festival Sculpture from National Geographic Store; Round Horn Bowls from Jayson Home; The Hotel Book - Great Escapes Africa from Taschen; Marquetry Wood Trinkey Box Moroccan Jewelry Inlay Decorated Box via Ebay.

The Curious Collector

Riding Figure from One Kings Lane; 4" Mango Wood Dice from One Kings Lane; Tin "Coffee" Tray from One Kings Lane; 6" Study Clock from One Kings Lane; Cheap Laffs - The Art of the Novelty Item from AIGA Design Archives

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