Spooktacular Style: DIY Halloween Banner

Happy Halloween!! I hope you are all having a spooktacular holiday today. When going through my Halloween totes this year, I came across some old felt coasters that I picked up at Target on clearance a couple of years ago. I meant to do something with them last year, but never did. This year, I decided to use them to make a fun Halloween banner.

DIY halloween banner made from felt holiday coasters.

This was such an easy craft that I forgot to take pictures. Ooops! Anyway, here is what you’ll need.

I just hot glued the coasters onto my twine leaving a few inches between each one. I used my hardwood floors as a guide. Make sure to leave a good amount of twine on either side to attach it wherever you want to hang your banner. It has been so dreary outside the last few days, so the lighting in my house was not great. I took my banner outside and tied it onto my Tiki torches. It actually looked super cute!

easy halloween banner

This is such an easy way to add quick holiday fun to your home. You could hang it in front of the window, on a mantle, entry table, or even on your front porch. The possibilities are endless!

Halloween banner

Also, remember at the beginning of the month when I asked you to weigh in on the great pumpkin spray paint dilemma? I haven’t forgotten and I wanted to give you an update. Well, you guys voted and so I tried to spray paint my pumpkins a bright, glossy white. However, I left them outside to dry before applying a couple more coats and may have forgotten to check the weather. It rained all over my pumpkins!

pumpkins painted white

They are probably salvageable with a couple more coats of spray paint, but it has been so dreary and gross when I’ve had the time to touch them up. So, it looks like I might just be painting them again next year! Oh well!

Hope you all have a great Halloween!! What is your favorite part about this spooky holiday? Carving pumpkins, costumes, haunted houses, parties, or eating candy? All of the above?

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West Michigan Wednesday: The Seasoned Home

One of the things I love most about my home is the location! I love living in West Michigan and enjoy many activities around town. I wanted to create a series that explores some of the great things that this area has to offer.

West Michigan Wednesday

This week I wanted to share a sweet little shop located in downtown Holland called The Seasoned Home.

"The seasoned home" located in holland Michigan

This store is locally owned and operated by two friends who wanted to start a business together. The staff is so friendly and the product selection is amazing. I love these adorable teapots and I actually picked one up in aqua for myself. I’m so excited to steep a pot of tea to drink out of my favorite mug!

Adorable tea pots at "the seasoned home"

There is also a large selection of loose leaf teas, seasonings, dips, marmalade, soup mixes and more.

Loose leaf teas

The seasoned home

My favorite product sold at The Seasoned Home has to be the gurgle pots. They are so cute. If you’ve never used a gurgle pot; they are basically a pitcher shaped like a fish. When you fill them up, air gets trapped in the handle and so it makes a fun gurgle noise when you pour it out.  They come in two sizes and a ton of color options to work with your home decor.

Gurgle pot

Mini gurgle pot

I am love with the lavender color and can’t wait until it back in stock in the larger size!

Be sure to stop by The Seasoned Home this holiday season to pick up some fun and unique gifts or a few new things to make your next party extra special.

Ok guys, about that cute teapot I just bought…I’m so excited to try out it out with some loose leaf teas! I love my Traditional Medicinals tea, but I want to branch out a little. Do any of you have recommendations for what I should try first?

I ♥ Fall: Tea and Sweater Weather

Seriously, I love fall! There is nothing quite like bundling up in sweaters, scarves, and riding boots this time of year. I am a firm believer that living in Michigan you cannot have too many sweaters. Lets be real, it’s going to be cold until June. I have found a ton of cute sweaters this year at Target… ugh… there goes my paycheck! I don’t talk about work a lot, especially here, but all regular priced clothing, sleepwear, and slippers are Buy One/Get One 50% Off on Target.com until Sunday with Free Shipping all holiday season. Yeah, I know, you’re welcome. 🙂 Here are some of my favorites:

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After I get bundled up, I love sipping tea during these chilly months. My favorite tea is “Throat Coat” by Traditional Medicinals. This tea is a miracle if you’re like me and battle sore throats from Sept-June. I basically force feed it to friends/family/folks at work/strangers I meet. I seriously swear by this tea and a few heaping spoonfuls of honey as a remedy for a scratchy throat or loosing your voice. Plus, it is so yummy! the best tea for a sore throat. "Throat Coat" by Traditional Medicinals My favorite tea mug right now is this “Little Things” mug from Charm & Gumption. I bought this mug a while ago, and I wanted to blog about it but it’s always in the dishwasher. HA! But, isn’t it lovely? my favorite mug from Charm & Gumption   Dear Charm & Gumption, you don’t know me… but can I just have everything you sell? Seriously, I adore this shop. I love everything this gal makes. The mugs and prints are adorable, plus they are selling shirts now. Uh, yes, please! A note to my friends and family: You’ll probably all be getting Christmas presents from Charm & Gumption. Don’t worry, if for some reason you don’t like them, I’ll just keep it. 😉 So, what are some of your favorite things about fall?

Spooktacular Style: Halloween Marshmallow Pops

This month is flying by and Halloween is quickly approaching. That means lots of parties, pot-lucks, and classroom treats. Today, I want to share one of my favorite treats to make and take: Marshmallow Pops. They are super easy, adorable, and SO yummy. I love changing them up for the seasons and I have five fun Halloween/Fall variations that I whipped up for you.

Halloween Marshmallow Pops. So cute to take to a halloween party or make for your child's class

Marshmallow Pops are so easy to make. All you need is a big bag of marshmallows, lollipop sticks (I got mine from a craft store), candy melts, sprinkles, sparkle gel, or whatever else you want to decorate with. I love the Wilton’s candy melts! They come in a ton of colors, melt down quickly in the microwave, and are so easy to work with. Today, I decided to go with three Halloween characters and two Fall themed mallow pops.

 

Fall Themes Marshmallow Pops for my next party. Candy corn and Salted Caramel.

Halloween Marshmallow Pops. Cute and easy holiday treats!Franken-Mallow: I used green candy melts to completely cover the marshmallow and l let it dry. Then I used dark chocolate candy melts to dip the very top to make his hair. Finally, I used Wilton’s Sparkle Gell to draw on his face, stitches and neck bolts. The green color kept messing with my camera, but he is still my favorite! So cute!

frankenstein marshmallow pop

Pirate-Pop: I started off by covering the marshmallow with white candy melts. I dipped the top in orange sparkles to be the bandana. I wish I had red candy melts, but I figured this was close enough! Then I used the same Sparkle Gel to draw on his face and eye patch.

Pirate marshmallow pop

Mallow Mummy: Again, I started off with white candy melts and used a spoon to help add the rough/bandage-like texture. Then I just used my handy Sparkle Gell to add his two little eyes!

mummy marshmallow pop

Candy (Melt) Corn: I was worried about how this one would turn out, but I love the dipped effect. I started with the white candy melts, then added a layer of orange, and finally a layer of yellow. I waited for each coat to dry in between.  The effect of the thicker layers almost gives the marshmallow a tapered candy corn look! Bonus! I know candy corn is mostly for Halloween, but you could make these all the way up through Thanksgiving. I really want to do this in Red/White/Blue next year for 4th of July!

candy corn marshmallow pop

Salted Caramallow: I LOVE salted caramel hot chocolate. I thought it would be fun to make a marshmallow look alike. I started with white candy melts, of course. After that dried, I used peanut butter melts (I wanted caramel but I couldn’t find it, this had a close enough look) to drip along the top. Then I used white sprinkles for my “salt.” I would love to make a real salted caramel marshmallow pop next time and I know it would be so good to stir in my hot cocoa… YUM!

marshmallow pop

Hopefully this provides some fun Halloween treat inspiration! What is your favorite Spooktacular Snack to make and take?

Adorable marshmallow Halloween treats! They look too cute to eat! Ok, lets be real: I’m not taking these little guys anywhere. I’m personally going to eat all of them.

 

 

West Michigan Wednesday: Curry Kitchen

West Michigan Wednesday One of the things I love most about my home is the location! I love living in West Michigan and enjoy many activities around town. I wanted to create a series that explores some of the great things that this area has to offer.

Curry Kitchen is an Indian restaurant located in Muskegon. They offer an expansive menu with vegetarian options, beef, chicken, and sea food. My absolute favorite is the butter chicken! It is seriously SO good.  If you aren’t familiar with Indian food or just want to taste a little bit of everything, make sure to check out the lunch buffet open Monday-Saturday from 11-3pm!