Thirteen No Sew Pumpkin Ideas

Fresh pumpkins are always fun but they can be kind of pain because they eventually start to do what most fresh things do when pulled from the ground: rot. Take a different approach to decorating with pumpkins this year and try out one {or more} of these thirteen no sew pumpkin ideas. The pumpkins will keep for years to come and you won’t even have to bother breaking out the sewing machine.

I definitely want to try a few of these 13 No Sew Pumpkin ideas. So many great ideas.

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OTB wk 7 Niki Meiners 365 days of crafts

Outside the Box Link Party 7

Welcome to another week of awesomeness! One of the co-hosts have a  Birthday Giveaway, I have a Canon DSLR Giveaway too.  
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I am so impressed with you guys and your artistic abilities! I’m totally loving these prints. Seriously, how amazing are these favorite features from last week?! (Remember we pin them to our Outside [the Box] Pinterest Board)Outside-[the-Box]-Features-Collage-Week-7

Butcher Diagram Prints || Geometric Deer Antler Printable || Initial Tree Print || October Free Fall Chalkboard Printable


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chalk paint table frog tape shape tape diy

Chevron Tape Table Tutorial

chalk paint table frog tape shape tape diy     The chevron tape I used called Chevron Shape Tape by FrogTape.  It is really versatile and easy to use.  I hope you are inspired by what I did on my table top.   The table and chairs were about 10 years old and are on there 3rd house.  The moves, everyday use and two kids have not been kind to them.  They looked fine from a distance.  However, up close was not so nice.  The protective  finish had long been scrubbed off and when you cleaned it after a meal a black layer of paint came off.   I decided it was time to give it a new life.
Crazy me decided to add a little more cray cray tony life and HAD to paint it BEFORE we put the house on the market.  I could not have strangers coming into my home thinking we ate off such a craptstic table.  In reality we did, but in my need to have the elusive “perfect” house for showing I painted it during the de-cluttering process.  I do not recommend this for any normal sane person.  Alas, I do not fall into that category.  You will notice in the step out photos that I painted it in place and the chairs right on top of the table.
I DO NOT recommend this.
I was not worried about the table surface while painting because it was next on the list.  I am a very neat and tidy painter who should have covered the floor under the table.  There could have been spills or drops.  Luckily for me there were not any.  Don’t roll the dice like I did.  Cover your work area.

Supplies for Chevron Tape Table and chairs:

chair before chalk paint

Instructions for Chevron Tape Table and chairs:

  1. Sand any rough spots.  Wipe down every surface to remove any dust, dirt  or grease and grime.  No prep work is needed other than cleaning.
  2. When painting chairs I like to start in the corners and edges. And I work from the top down.

chalky paint chair during3.  If you get any lumps or bumps you can sand them out after it is dry.  I used two coats of paint to get a solid look.  I went back and distressed after the whole piece was finished.

chalky paint chair after

4.  I use sand paper, and a damp cloth to create soft worn areas. I love the way the black peaks out too.

chalky paint chair distressed corner5. The table needed a little more work.  Since it was not in the best of shape.  I did a lot of sanding on it.

chalky paint table chalk paint finish


6. The base has two coats and I also wiped of the edges to allow the black to show through.

adding chevrons to chalky paint

7.  I played around with the spacer piece that came with the shape tape. I decided to use a piece of the tape to space the stripes out.

apply creamy wax finish to chalky paint

8.  Apply the clear creme wax finish before you add the next color.

adding chevrons to chalky finish9.  Add the stripes one row at a time.

add half side of tape to chalky paint

10.  The tape has two pieces to the back.  I secured one side and smoothed with a credit card and a spatula.  I use what ever was closest.  LOL

chalky paint on entire table

11. Cover the table completely.  Make sure you have the edges smoothed out completely.  No lumps or bumps.

chalky paint on surface of table


12.  Cover the table surface completely.  Allow to dry according to manufacturers directions.

remove tape from chalky finsish table

13.  Start removing the stripes.

remove more tape from chalky finish table

14. Do not panic at this point and think you made a mistake. I almost did.

chalky paint in removed tape.

15. Make sure you have a rubbish bin near.  The removal is messy.

apply creamy wax to chevron chalky table

16. I added another coat of the clear creme wax.  I did this so I could control how the dark brown wax would go on.  It is easier to wipe off if you have this coat on in between the layers.

add dark wax to chalky finish

17.  Add the Dark Brown Creme Wax.  I have found it best to work in one direction.  I worked from left to right in long consistent strokes.

chalk paint chevron table diy shape tape

I like the distressed roughed up look.  If that look is not for you, then skip the sanding and do not wipe off paint between the layers.   I also added a layer of Matte Varnish for my sanity.  One more layer of protection could not hurt a thing with my sweet gentle children.  ;-)

tall chalky finish beauty




Teal Ice Button Earrings by Allie Gower

DIY Button earrings

Teal Ice Button Earrings by Allie Gower

DIY Button earrings  can be very quick and easy to make with a few supplies.  They really do not take a long time or a complicated list of supplies.

Supplies for creating Button Earrings

Instructions for making button earrings:

  1. Open jump rings with pliers.
  2. Attach three buttons to 10mm jump rings through one of the holes.
  3. Attach three buttons on their rings to a small jump ring, and attach that to your pre-made earring wires. I used 7 mm rings for this step.

Tip – to open the  jump rings – don’t pull them apart, twist them… One side away from you and one side toward you.

The earrings were made by  Allie Gower for Buttons Galore and More and I loved them and wanted to share them with you here too.

All Treats, No Tricks Giveaway Hop

Fall color Ink, Stamp and Glitter Prize valued at over $25.

We want to help you get crafty and we have picked our favorite fall colored ink and glitter. Glitter makes everything better. We have also tossed in stamps to pull it all together. All you add is the paper.

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Welcome to the first annual “All Treats, No Tricks” Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops – so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

soft lips and sweet lips

Sweet Lips and Soft Lips

Sweet Lips and Soft Lips plus a Canon T3i giveaway.

Thanks for joining us today. We have a quick and easy all natural craft for your body.  Sweet Lips sugar scrub and Soft Lips moisturizer.  (Plus if you scroll down you will see a link for a giveaway. This would be an awesome Christmas present.)  Fall is here and that means chapped lips are not far away.  To avoid dry cracked lips, I make my own all natural scrub and lip balm.  We have a quick and easy all natural craft for your body.

soft lips and sweet lips

You can chose to make one or both using the simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

Ingredients for Sweet Lips Moisturizer:

  • Bees wax
  • Coconut oil
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Essential oil optional

Basic ratio:

  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part beeswax
  • a few drops of vitamin E

all antural ingredients

Melt the coconut oil and bees-wax in a pan

melted bees wax and coconut oil

Add in oil, mix and pour into container

fill pot with sweet lips lip balm

Place wash tape over the edge

add washi tape to seal it

Add the label to the top.  ( I inked and stamped mine)

sweet lips lip balm recipe

Sweet lips sugar scrub is a DIY beauty remedy for your lips.  It takes a few ingredients you might have on hand in your kitchen.  These little pots make a small amount and make a cute little gift for your girlfriends.

What you’ll need for the Sugar Scrub recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 spoon to mix
  • 1 small container

Directions to make the sugar scrub:

  1. Mix the honey and sugar and mix well.
  2. Add coconut oil and mix well.
  3. Fill container

Each batch should be good for a couple of weeks.

How to use the sugar scrub:

  • Take a dime size amount of scrub and rub gently onto dry lips.
  • Gently rub until some of the sugar has dissolved.
  • Rinse well with warm water.
  • Apply lip balm as necessary.
  • Use twice a week and your lips should be silky soft.Now onto the give away.


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  • “Photographers looking for an easy-to-use camera that will help them create their next masterpiece need look no further than the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The next in a long line of phenomenal compact DSLRs, the EOS Rebel T3i continues the Rebel tradition of easy operation, compact design and no-compromise performance.”
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DIY Projects Outside the Box Link Party 6

DIY projects  for almost every room in the houses are being shared this week.



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Week 6 Outside The Box Features

Black and White Halloween Mantle | Empty Drawer Command Center | Lampshade Basket | Cabinet Skeleton Wreath


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11 Fall crafts to make with a glue gun

11 Fall Crafts to Make with a Glue Gun

Fall here is and that means it is time to start crafting. My glue gun is definitely my trusty side kick when it comes to most crafts.  It so versatile and handy so I use it for practically everything. As you get ready to start making some beautiful fall projects, check out these 11 fall crafts to make with a glue gun for inspiration.

11 Fall crafts to make with a glue gun

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Pumpkin Tea Towel Hand appliqué

If you have have been around long enough you know I love fall and fall means Halloween is right around the corner.  Halloween is so fun and it is the perfect excuse to play dress up.  Not that I really need an  excuse, but you sure get a lot less stares in October.    Not only do I like to make costumes, I like to add little accents around my home.  Recently I have taken up sewing and hand appliqué.  I made pumpkin tea towels this year.  Tea towels are one of my favorite things to make and to give.  They are not expensive.  My favorite tea towels and linens to use are by Dunroven  House.   They are very durable, hold their color and best of all they are  MADE IN AMERICA.  They are a family owned business and very nice  people and I love to support my community and American business.   Amazon, Jo-Ann’s and Walmart carry them.  I get mine at Farm and Fleet.  But they are not everywhere.  This is a close up of the appliqué.    The instructions and supplies are way down at the end of the post.





Join the blog hop & click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it.

1. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
2. Easy Halloween Sculpey necklace
3. Owl-ween Party
4. Easy Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
5. Halloween Polka Dot Pillow
6. Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
7. Halloween Party Garland
8. Halloween Oreo Truffles
9. Skeleton Hat
10. Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial
11. Pumpkin Carving 101
12. Dress It Up Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags
13. Lips as Red as the Rose (an ICE Resin belt buckle)
14. Easy Halloween Caramel Apple Dippers
15. Raccoon Mask
16. Pumpkin Tea Towels
17. Easy Halloween Window Cling

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

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Pumpkin applique tea towel halloween


Supplies to make the pumpkin tea towel:

  • Scissors, sewing machine and thread, iron and pencil
  • Embroidery needle and  floss in black, green, orange.
  • Black Tea Towel from Dunroven House
  • Two orange pattern fabrics
  • Green fabric
  • Fusable webbing and parchment paper

Applique Basics 1-

We have several sewing and quilting patterns that incorporate appliqués – which simply refers to the process of applying one surface to another. You can use this technique to embellish not only quilts, but also clothing and fabric home décor as well.

To get our shapes to stick together we are going to use fusible webbing.   To get started I cut off a manageable piece of webbing  and parchment paper from the roll.

Place the adhesive side face down onto the wrong side of the fabric. Use the iron to melt the fusing onto the fabric. The fabric was pressed beforehand. You don’t want to try and fuse webbing to wrinkled fabric.

Press for a few minutes to make sure the fusing sticks firmly to the fabric. Join me for the next segment which shows how I use a die cut machine and a computer to make some fun shapes for applique.

Directions to make the appliqué:

  • Wash, dry and iron towel.  Fold towel into thirds and then in half and lightly iron the edges.  This helps with design placement.
  • Draw your image on the parchment paper with a pencil.  Layer the paper, webbing onto wrong side of  fabric. Place iron on the layer  for 10-15 second intervals until webbing is melted onto fabric.

black tea towel

  • Use scissors to cut design out of fabric.
  • Lay the newly cut design on the tea towel and arrange

hand applique pumpkins


Iron the shapes to the tea towel

ruffled edges

Sew on the ruffled trim

blanket stitch pumpkinBlanket stitch around the pumpkins and straight stitch for their eyes.  I totally winged it on the jack o lantern faces.  That could be why they look a little crazy and demented.

jack o lantern hand applique

Painted Peacock mask

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask

Peacock Mardi Gras Mask for Halloween

peacock Mardi gras mask t

To make the Peacock Mardi Gras Mask:

  • Plastic mask from craft and hobby store
  • Metallic paint
  • Clear crystals and Gem-Tac
  • Paint brushes
  • Ornament Swirl

paint supplies

Paint the plastic mask with your desired color.  I chose the the pearl turquoise by Lumiere (Jacquard)

base coat mardi mask

My daughter wanted extra shimmer so I coated the paint with several layers of glitter glue.

mardi gras mask

Use a fine line paint brush to add the details to the mask.  Add the crystals with glue.  I used Gem-Tac since it dries clear and hold well.

It ended up being chilly for trick or treating so we ended up altering the costume to make it a bit warmer.

IMG_0035 IMG_0050 mardi gras mask peacock



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