Jack-O’-Lantern 2012

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well and safe.  Hurricane Sandy came and left.  I live on the border of Queens and Brooklyn.  It was pretty scary hearing the powerful winds outside and seeing the trees swaying back and forth.  In my area, we were fearful of trees falling down and power outages.  The power did go out twice, but literally for a second each time.  We’re very thankful to be safe and we hope that everyone is able to recover from this storm.

This year we really wanted to go to a pumpkin patch, but unfortunately we never made it there.  Instead, my husband came home with an artificial carvable pumpkin made by funkins (www.funkins.com) and bought at the arts and crafts store, A.C. Moore.  I didn’t know there was even such a thing!  There was no mess and this pumpkin can be used over and over.  Love it!

 

Before                             and                            After

We placed an LED light inside because the warning stated no open flame inside or near the pumpkin.

All the best and we really wish these were good times.

Stay alert, stay alive.  Until next time…

DIY Banners

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Today I would like to share a project with you that has endless possibilities.  I love using banners to decorate, especially for birthdays and holidays.  You can always buy pre-made ones, but I like making my own so I can personalize them specifically.  Using the shapes application on Microsoft Word, I start with a triangle shape, and make it as big as I want.  Then, regarding the theme, I look for clip art online and I copy and paste onto the middle of the triangle.  I enlarge and flip around the images to my desire and then I print on white cardstock.

To make things easier and less time consuming, I use my Cricut paper trimmer to cut out my triangles.  Then I simply punch out little holes at the top corners of the triangle and using any string, I like twine, join the triangles together and you’ll have a one of a kind banner.  I like to use painter’s tape (the blue one) to put up my banners because they’re temporary (the banners) and the tape doesn’t mess up the paint on the wall once you take it off.  I usually put it on the back of the first, middle, and last triangles.

I made this banner for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  The theme was the cartoon from Nickelodeon, Team Umizoomi.  I went to their official website, http://www.nickjr.com, to get some ideas and found a lot of printable material for birthdays including a square banner and a poster, which was awesome.  I couldn’t copy and paste the characters on that website, so I went to AOL search and found a bunch of clip art, which I used on my pennant banner.  On the picture tool bar, I re-colored the images using the color mode to fade the pictures so the letters would pop out more, but you can still see the image of the characters in the background.  There’s really nothing available in stores with this theme, which boggles my mind because kids are absolutely crazy for this cartoon and it’s been on the air for years now, just saying.

I recently did this banner the same way as above.  I found the clip art on AOL search and you can download these cute bats, along with a couple of pennant flags, here:  http://partyplanningcenter.blogspot.com/2011/09/halloween-banners.html

I used black ribbon to bring everything together and hung it up outside my door.  I hope you like this idea.  Of course you can make the banner using squares, circles, etc.  Like I said before, endless possibilities! 🙂

Take care all.  Until next time…