October 16, 2013 | by cyd
You’ve probably caught on by now that I’m really excited for Halloween this year. Well, in truth, I get really excited for Halloween every year. For the last couple of years I’ve been really drawn to dark, spooky and moody Halloween decorations. That spooky vibe is just so eerily festive, especially when it’s amped up with a touch of glam. Think touches of metallic, loads of candlelight and the occasional frilly embellishment. So if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ve been pinning Halloween decor, recipes, DIY ideas and inspiration like a crazy woman. You can catch it all over at Pinterest! Seen any amazing Halloween inspiration this year you’d like to share with me? Because I’d really really love if you did!
[Row 1: Confetti Pop | Irrelephant for Once Wed | Row 2: Julie Harmsen from Coco + Kelley | Sweet Paul | Row 3: Rebecca Hansen for Style Me Pretty Living | Funkytime.]
October 15, 2013 | by kelly
by Kelly Lanza
I’m loving all things black, white and modern this Halloween. If you feel the same, and need an extra excuse to package up some candy for a party favor or for your kiddo’s class, these easy little Halloween treat bags are the perfect thing. Just print, cut, glue and fill! Tada! You could even hand them out to your trick-or-treaters if you’re feeling extra fancy, and if you want to be the star trick-or-treat house on the block. (Because you know you want to be that house.)
- BOO treat bag printable
- X-Acto knife
- Bone folder + ruler (for scoring)
- Glue stick
- Glue dots
- Candy treats (of course!)
Print and cut out the printable template along all the black lines (including those around the “BOO”, leaving it connected where the letters meet the bag).Then use your bone folder and ruler to score all the dashed lines. Run your glue stick along the tab and adhere to the front side of the template, forming the start of your bag.
Then glue together the bottom tabs of the bag. Fill up your bag with some candy and treats. Finally, pinch together the top of the bag (the creases you made on the sides will help with this!) and fold over the “BOO” flap. Secure with glue dots, and you’re done!
A modern Halloween is what it’s all about. Who’s with me!?
[Photos by Studio DIY for The Sweetest Occasion.]
October 14, 2013 | by cyd
Hey, friends! I know a lot of you are likely off today for the holiday so I’m taking advantage myself by catching up on a little backlog of work. We had a really awesome weekend with family and I got, oh, about nothing done on the work front. (Which, for the record, was a really really nice change.) So I figured today I’ll tackle a couple of small projects and work on a bit of planning and organizing I’ve been needing to wrap up for a while now. All that said, I thought you might enjoy a dose of link love today so here it is – a handful of my recent posts over at Babble and some of my favorite finds from around the web over the last week or so. Enjoy!
[Photo by Joel Robison. Buy his prints at Etsy.]
October 11, 2013 | by cyd
I love a good carved pumpkin as much as the next Halloween-loving kid, but this year I wanted to try my hand at something a little different. I’ve been so in love with painted pumpkins the last few years that I knew paint was going to win the paint-vs-carve debate for me this year. But contrary to my obsession with colorful neon pumpkins, I decided to go a little dark and spooky. Much like Chelsea’s chic DIY Halloween centerpiece and Maddy’s all black and white Halloween tabletop, I was all about the modern, graphic and slightly edgy look this year.
This pumpkin is about as easy as operating a can of spray paint, so if you can handle that you can rock out your very own black and white pumpkin in no time. (Ok, ok, probably about two hours if you count time for drying between coats of paint.) Head over to Babble where I’ve detailed all the steps – it’d make a great little project this weekend!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
October 11, 2013 | by cyd
This fall, perhaps more than any other, I find myself with a serious itch to spend time decorating and sprucing up things at home. I’ve been working hard to finish the organizing and decorating we set out to do when we moved in (um, yeah, six months ago) so I’ve been on the hunt for the last few furniture pieces and accessories we need to really bring things together. I’ve been using Keep to bookmark all my potential purchases (and just those things on my wish list I not-so secretly would love for Santa to bring me in a couple months) and I’ve been noticing a trend. More than ever before, I’m finding myself drawn to wood grain, brass finishes, shades of black and smokey gray. I’m guessing it’s probably the season, don’t you agree?
Still topping my must-buy for the home list are great end tables for the master bedroom and new lamps for both our room and the living room. I also have copious amounts of art work that needs to get hung, but I keep finding myself waffling on where things should go. That said, with the holidays coming I want to get everything squared away this month so we’re organized and feeling cozy by the time all the holiday entertaining begins. Oh, and so I can finally share the home tour with you that I promised eons ago. So in the meantime, I’m dreaming about these lamps for our bedroom. What do you think?
[Shop: Tray table | Smoke gray wine glasses | Wooden lamp | Basket | Recipe box | Copper cocktail shaker | Mug | Polka dot throw | Wood taper candlesticks.]
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