Thursday, February 5, 2015


  This diy comes from www.thevintagedresser.blogspot.com .   Start your Halloween projects now, so there's more time enjoying the labor of your crafting later.

Halloween Pumpkin Heads Tutorial


3" styrofoam balls
1/4" dowels, 12 to 14" long
tacky glue
Paper Perfect
palette knife

acrylic paint:
burnt orange
crocus yellow
burnt umber
country red
hot shots red

short pieces of tree branch
rusty wire

I have my supplies all gathered and have actually already glued the dowels into the styrofoam balls.

Using the palette knife, spread the paper perfect over the styrofoam ball, as thinly and evenly as possible, while still getting good coverage. It really doesn't matter what color of Paper Perfect you use (it comes in several colors). You'll be painting it all orange anyway.

Two down and several more to go! Once the balls are all covered with Paper Perfect, they have to dry at least 24 hours. Check carefully to see if they're dry before proceeding.

Once dry, apply a basecoat of burnt orange acrylic paint, using a foam brush or old bristle brush. Even when you get a nice coat of Paper Perfect on the styrofoam, it's still rough, so it's a little hard on a brush getting the paint into the uneven texture. Don't use your best brush!

Next, glue the short pieces of tree branch into the top of the styrofoam balls and allow the glue to dry.

While the glue is drying you can paint the dowels black. A foam brush works best for this.

Now it's time for the fun to begin! Basecoat the mouth and eye shapes with antique white acrylic paint. (I just freehand the shapes in, but you could draw them in with a chalk pencil if i makes you feel more comfortable!) It will take at least two coats for nice coverage. I usually do all the white and then go back and add noses and details with black acrylic. But if you want to do one at a time, that's fine! The noses, eyeballs and details on the mouth are added with black. Also outline the eyes and mouth in black. When the black eyeballs are dry, add a small triangle of antique white at the top of each. With Crocus yellow, add a thin line on the angled side of the nose.

They're coming along!

I've added a couple with a toothless grin. They're a little quicker to paint, without all the toothy details! Just base in a mouth, triangular eyes and nose, in black and outline in crocus yellow, with a dot of yellow in the eye for character.

Now add red cheeks at the corners of the mouths. I use a round brush for this.

Now highlight the tops of the cheeks with Hotshots Red. It's pretty bright! We'll tone it down a little, later.

The basic faces are done, so now we need to add shading for depth and interest.
Using burnt umber acrylic, side load a flat or angled brush.

Begin outlining all the features in burnt umber, using the side loaded brush. Keep your brush moist. You'll find that the Paper Perfect pulls the moisture out of the brush so you'll have to re-moisten and re-load often.

Once you've outlined all the features, shade between the top and bottom teeth with the side loaded brush, shade under the upper lip, and around the black eyeball (on the white of the eye). Keep these sideloads less intense than the rest. You don't want to end up with brown teeth & eyes!
You can see the difference here between the face without shading and the one with it. With your sideloaded brush and a watered down side load of burnt umber, soften the bright red of the highlighted cheeks.

Here's the whole gang, all finished---well as far as the painting goes!

Now it's time to add the finishing touches. Using rusty wire, insert it into the head slightly, beside the branch on top. This just holds it in place while you curl the wire around the branch. Curl it around several times and cut with wire cutters. Bend the cut end so that it doesn't stick out. It's sharp and you don't want to get scratched!

The next step should be spraying the balls and dowels with clear acrylic, but that makes them difficult to photograph, so I'm skipping it for now. Later I can move the bows out of the way and spray them.

Now we'll add their bowties. Using torn strips of fall colored fabrics, tie bows under their chins. The strips are about 16-18" long, depending on how long you want the tails to be.

And here they are, all decked out in their spiffy bow ties and ready for the Halloween party! These are available in my Etsy shop, Toletally Painted:http://www.toletallypainted.etsy.com


This comes from www.plumadorable.com . Enjoy making a few of these as adorable gifts for friends, family and other people close to your hear.

Waterless Snow Globes

I have so many fun things to show you. I am really excited to share with you what my good friend Courtney did with my mantel. She transformed it into a Christmas wonderland. But, it will have to wait a couple of days because I am busy getting ready for this craft fair that Jess and I are doing on Saturday. For now I will show you how cute and easy these waterless snow globes are.


snowglobe labels

snowglobe labels2


snowglobe labels3
It really does make me smile.


The Best Frosting I Ever Had

    This recipe comes from www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com .  Give it a try see if they're right!

There are two kinds of people: those who lick the frosting off a piece a cake and then those who eat the cake and not the frosting. What do I prefer? Do you even have to ask? Both, together...in copious amounts. For those who aren't frosting people, their reasons usually are that it's too sweet. I've never had that feeling but most of you know my sweet scale by now is a little skewed. This frosting is for those that don't like it too sweet. I've been wanting to try this frosting ever since I saw it on the Pioneer Woman but was a little hesitant because it was flour based which didn't sound appetizing at all and then it said to cook the frosting. Cook the frosting? The result is silky, light, whipped cream-like frosting.

 I'm always looking to make goodies so I said of course.
I was still sleeping when the birthday boy, Kevin, ate his birthday cupcake but my husband said he kept declaring that it was the best frosting he ever had.
I said, "Did you tell Kevin that's actually the name of the frosting?"
My husband said, "No. But he liked it so much he did ask if it would be too weird if he gave you a hug."

Hmm...at that moment it might have been a little weird since I was in bed...sleeping.

That's the Best Frosting I've Ever Had


5 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated white sugar (not powdered sugar)

In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. It took me around 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn it. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. You can place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools if you are in a hurry. Stir in vanilla. This mixture must be completely cooled in order for the frosting to work.

While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat until it all combines and resembles whipped cream. Make sure you scrape down the sides every so often so that it all gets incorporated and whipped. If it's not looking like whipped cream, keep on whipping. This frosting is great for piping. Best served the same day.
Source: The Pioneer Woman