Halloween Party Prep!

Yes, it’s August, but it’s also less than 3 months away from my favorite holiday: HALLOWEEN! What better way to start my summer (and birthday month) than to begin planning the theme of our annual Halloween Party. Ballots were cast and it was decided “Whatever Jen Wants To Do” was the decision. Well, I obviously went with the theme that would lend itself to the most innovative and creative display. Therefore, our theme was voted as <insert drum roll here> “Sinful Sideshow”. Pretty much a Creepy Circus but without the abundance of clowns so as to not scare away anyone with clown phobias. Ironically, the new American Horror Story season is ‘Freakshow’. We are just SOOOOO trendy!

Here are some of the posters I came up with after photoshopping some old and new elements together to make some creepy and sinful posters for the entrance (our main decor area).

Next comes all the fun purchasing of the items that will REALLY being this to life and all the little details. Oh, and my not so favorite part: the mechanics of getting some fun elements to work…..

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The Holidays Are Coming!

From an image on Pinterest comes our amazing new ornament topiaries. Inspired by topiaries you can buy online, my mom and I decided to create our own for out front. All in all, here is the breakdown of the cost: (2) $6 large balls from Home Depot, (2 ) $4 medium ornaments from Home Depot, (3) $1 open style ornaments from the Dollar Tree and (1) $1 pack of small ornaments from the Dollar Tree. We had the greenery, glitter sticks, gold twigs, miscellaneous medium balls, old curtain rods spray painted red (even had red spray paint) and red plastic urn containers from our old traditional topiaries. Each topiary only cost about $24 when you see these online for about $100. Not bad huh?! More projects to come!

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Chair Revamp!

I’ve had this rattan chair from TJMaxx (bought for around $40.00) for about 10 years and finally decided it was time for a little revamp. It doesn’t really match any of the d├ęcor in the house anymore so with a bit of spray paint & scrap fabric I’ve reupholstered it and given it new life! The fabric was I think $2.00 from Hobby Lobby and the spraypaint we already had from another project around the house.

If you want to do a similar project, here’s how I did it.

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Chair BEFORE

1. Remove the seat/cushion. This was done with a Phillips head screwdriver. Unfortunately I ran into a few stripped screws which I removed with some pliers. Took forever. But was worth it.

2. Grab your handy staple gun. Lay out the fabric on a clean surface making sure to line up the fabric (if it has a direction to it) and staple first at the top, then at the bottom. One is enough. You just want to get the fabric where you want it. Next do either side.

3. Slowly work your way around the cushion, pulling taut, and stapling along the way.

4. Cut away the excess fabric and tada! Redone cushion.

Cushion DONE

Cushion DONE

5. You can see the blue tape on the chair at this point. Since it was rattan, some of the straps were unraveling so I glued them down.

6. After they were dry, I took the frame outside and gave it a good coat of purple paint. I set it on 2 pieces of wood so it was above the blades of the grass. Next, I turned it upside down to get the entire chair. Make sure to leave no place unpainted! This will lead to a more professional look.

7. Bring the frame back inside and reattach the cushions. If you’re worried next time you unscrew the bottom, the screws will be stripped, I recommend going ahead and purchasing new screws. Wood ones from Home Depot do the trick. It will save you time if you decide to give the chair a facelift in the future!

8. Now you’re finished! I may add an accent pillow later on, but now it’s my dogs favorite perch to look outside!

Chair AFTER

Chair AFTER