Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

7 Festive Halloween Ideas

Welcome back to Talk Fabulous, lovelies!

It’s Halloween week! The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and spooky decorations are everywhere. Soon the kiddos will be out filling the streets with their cute costumes begging for candy. In honor of this super fun and festive week, let’s revisit some previous Talk Fabulous posts along with some new Pinterest ideas.

Fall Craft Ideas:

Costume Ideas:

Food Ideas:

There we have it! A list of super fun fall ideas you can easily do right now!

Let’s here from you! What are your favorite fall ideas?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Craft Ideas, DIY, Fashion, Holidays, Home Decor, Summer

Summer Holidays

Happy 4th of July, lovelies!  I hope you’re having a fabulous day spending quality time with friends and family!

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Check out some of my previous 4th of July posts below!

4th of July Week: Centerpieces

4th of July Week: Snack Time

4th of July Week: The Outfit

4th of July Week: Rice Candles

4th of July Week: For the Kiddos

For the Love of the Game

Show Your Spirit

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Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Snow Candles

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get crafty!  I found this winter craft idea on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to recreate it!  You’ll need a mason jar, window clings, Epsom salt, and a small candle.  Attach the window clings to the mason jar however you would like.  You could even start with some Christmas ones and change them to winter ones once Christmas was over.  The possibilities are endless!  Next, pour a thin layer of Epsom salt onto the bottom of the mason jar.  Then, add the candle to the center of the jar and pour more Epsom salt into the jar.  I filled it about a third full, but whatever suits your taste is fine.  Add some glitter for a fancier look.  Finally, light the candle and bask in the glory of a job well done! 
Recipe Style:
Winter Decor – put a candle and “snow” (Epsom salt) in a pretty glass jar like this one below.
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My Style:
How cute are those penguins, right?  Would you make these snow candles?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

The Must-Have Christmas Craft

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

The holidays bring out all kinds of emotions.  Many a table are filled with tales of Christmases past.  It’s a wonderful time of year to remember those who are no longer with us.  That’s where today’s must-have Christmas craft comes in.  When I saw the inspiration photo on Pinterest, it instantly brought tears to my eyes, but it’s so beautiful.  I knew I had to recreate it for everyone on my list.  I love the look of the poem etched into the blocks.  This wasn’t exactly feasible to recreate.  Instead, here’s an easier route.  You’ll need clear frames (I got mine from the Dollar Tree), a dollhouse rocking chair, and a photo of the Christmas poem.  To make the Christmas poem photo, I wrote the poem on a photo editing app, added a background, and made the words fancy.  Then, I printed them out as pictures.  Simply add the poem photos to the picture frames and place the chair next to the frame.  That’s it!  I love how they turned out!  
Recipe Style:
From Fenzyme

My Style:
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Budget Shopping, Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

Crafting the Holidays: A Quick and Easy Homemade Gift Idea

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk homemade gift ideas.  I love the thought of putting my creative juices to work this time of year with a good ‘ole homemade gift.  Problem is, sometimes (okay maybe most of the time) I way underestimate the amount of time it takes to actually make the said gift.  This gets me into trouble and I end up rushing out to buy something Christmas Eve.  No more, my friends, no more.  I took to Pinterest in search of a cute and easy homemade gift.  Specifically, I was looking for something to make my co-workers.  Since they are all women, this made the search easier.  When I came across the inspiration photo, I knew it was the one!  It looked easy, cute, and even functional!  Score! 

You’ll need some clear frames (I used 5×7 ones from the dollar store), sticky notes in assorted colors and sizes (again, I got mine from the dollar store), ribbon (you guessed it, from the dollar store), and scrapbook paper.  First, cut the scrapbook paper to fit your frames and place the paper inside the frame.  Next, secure ribbon to the top of the frame using some tape.  I simply wrapped the ribbon around the frame, but you could tie a bow or do something fancy here if you so desired.  To give it a little something extra, I added their initial to the ribbon.  Finally, attach the sticky note pads using glue dots.  I tried tape, but that didn’t work at all.  Glue here would be the best choice.  That’s it!  Now you have a cute and functional homemade holiday gift!

Recipe Style:
Clear Frames + Scrapbook Paper + Post-It + Ribbon and Tag = Cute and Inexpensive Gifts
From Nadine’s Treasures
My Style:
Do you make homemade gifts?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

We’re finally back to crafting on Wednesdays!  As promised, we have a lot of great holiday craft projects lined up for you and today is no exception!  Need a quick Thanksgiving centerpiece to wow your guests?  Look no further, we’ve got you covered!
For this project, you’ll need a plastic pot, black paint, ribbon, fall decor (leaves, acorns, small pumpkins, gourds, things of this nature), and a hot glue gun.  First, paint the pot black.  Mine took 2 coats to cover completely.  Once the paint has dried, turn the pot upside down and tie a ribbon around the base of the pot.  Secure the ribbon with hot glue.  Now the fun part.  Decorate!  Using the fall decor and the hot glue, arrange the leaves, acorns, gourds, and whatever else you picked up to your liking at the base of the upside down pot.  Let dry and you’re done!  Wasn’t that easy?!?!
Recipe Style:
Dollar Store Thanksgiving Hat Centerpiece – Hip2Save
From Hip2Save

My Style:

I can almost taste the turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and cranberry sauce now.  What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Accessories, Craft Ideas, DIY

How to Easily Make Cute Bracelets

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

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I love making jewelry.  For anyone that’s seen my jewelry collection, though, knows that I have a lot of pieces.  Of course, there’s ALWAYS room for more, but I’ve cut down on my production.  When my sis-in-law asked me to make bracelets for her bridesmaids, I was especially excited.  I get to make lovely jewelry for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids and I don’t have to find a home for the pieces in my collection?  Sign me up!  

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After talking with the bride-to-be and seeing some of her ideas on Pinterest, I had a pretty good idea of what she wanted.  I made a few prototypes, got her approval and set out to make the bracelets. Knowing I needed to make bracelets for women with varying wrist sizes, I used elastic bead cord.  Specifically, the 0.5mm Stretch Magic Bead & Jewelry Cord (find it here from Michaels).  Not only does the elastic bead cord make it easy to fit anyone, it’s also nice as it eliminates the need for clasps and things of that nature.  For this reason, it’s the perfect project for someone who is just getting into making jewelry.  Next, we’ll need some beads.  It’s important to get a nice balance of beads.   You’ll want varying sizes, textures, and colors.  I find it’s easiest to start with a few star beads that are the main focus of the item.  Along with those main pieces, you also need some spacers or filler beads to add balance to the jewelry.  The next step is to lay out the pattern.  My jewelry must have
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symmetry, so all the beads are laid out beforehand to ensure a uniform look.  This also gives you a way to envision what your final product will look like without stringing the beads.  Too many times I’ve strung on the beads only to find I didn’t like the pattern.  That’s frustrating and a huge waste of time.  Once your pattern is laid out the way you want it, it’s time to add the beads.  I find this very soothing for some reason.  Maybe that’s just me.  After all the beads have been added, I make sure the bracelet is long enough by slipping it around my wrist.  When you do that, you can easily tell if you need to add or remove beads.  Finally, the bracelet is secured by tying many, many, knots.  I tie square knots, but I’m sure there are more fancy ways to tie off a bracelet out there if you’re so inclined.  Voila!  That’s it!  They turned out really pretty and my sis-in-law was happy with them as well, which is, of course, the most important part!  
Do you make jewelry?  What are some of your favorite projects?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Weddings

Wedding Favorites

Fabulous Finds Friday

For today’s installment of Fabulous Finds Friday, I’m sharing some of my favorite wedding ideas in honor of my sis-in-law’s wedding today!  Grab some bubbly and enjoy!
My bestie and I made these invitations.  It was so fun sharing that with her!  Check out the original blog post for more details!

After scouring Pinterest and all the craft stores in the greater Des Moines area, I came up with these boutonnieres and corsages.  I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.  My mom made my bouquets.  I absolutely loved them!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  

Ah, the wedding dress.  The most special dress you will ever purchase.  See the whole story in the original blog post!
Wedding Centerpieces.  These can be challenging, at least they were for me.  I went around and around and around with different ideas.  I finally landed on this design and loved the simplicity and elegance of them.  Check out the original blog post for all the details!

The kiddos need to be entertained too!  I found this great idea on Pinterest and made activity books.  They were a big hit!  The ring bearers also loved the Ring Security badges I made for them.  Check out all the details in the original blog post!
DIY Wedding Unity Candle
Since I never wrote a blog post about this, I thought I’d give a quick description of how I made this candle.  It was actually really simple!  I looked on Pinterest for wedding poems and came across this one.  I loved it!  I made the design in MS PowerPoint and printed it out on normal computer paper.  I cut the paper so it would fit all the way around the candle.  I secured the paper to the candle with some double-sided tape.  I finished off the look by adding some gold ribbon to the top and bottom. There you have it.  A quick and easy DIY wedding unity candle!
Cupcake stands can be expensive!  This is DIY version uses items from the dollar store making it a more affordable option.  Check out the details in the original blog post!
So the wedding’s over, now what do you do with all the leftover decorations?  You repurpose them of course!  Check out the original blog post for ways to turn those wedding decorations into beautiful gifts!
Big congrats to my sis-in-law and her new hubby! 
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn

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Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Organization

How To Organize Your Stickers Like a Pro

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s get crafty!  Any crafter has piles and piles of stickers.  Is there a sale on stickers at Hobby Lobby?  Cool, let’s pick up about 85, amiright?  Maybe not 85, but you get the picture.  Soon, we become overwhelmed with all the stickers that are just sitting in a pile somewhere in the craft room.  Enter a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment.  Organize your stickers in a binder.  What the what?  Yeah, really, it’s that simple.  Again, why didn’t I think of that earlier? 
Recipe Style:
Store stickers in a page-protected three-ring binder!
From Crafty Storage
My Style: 
What are some of your organizational tricks?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Decor, Home Organization

Repurposed Style

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk repurposing.  I love finding new ways to reuse items.  From coffee cans to salsa jars, I regularly scour Pinterest for new ideas to repurpose everyday items.  The other day I noticed I was getting quite a collection of salsa jars.  As anyone would do, I looked at my Let’s Get Crafty Pinterest board to see what projects were patiently waiting to be called up.  There were lots of great ideas, but I settled on making decorative storage jars for my guest bathroom.  Let’s get into it, shall we?
First thing’s first, we have to get those pesky labels off.  Usually, the labels come off pretty easily, it’s the leftover glue that’s a problem.  In the past, I have used vegetable oil and baking soda to remove the glue.  That works well, even though it does take a little elbow grease to get the job done.  In an effort to be more efficient (or maybe lazy, who knows?), I took to finding an alternative way to remove the glue.  I saw several posts that said to use a soak of hot water, baking soda, and a little dish soap.  That sounds easy enough.  I let my jars sit for a couple hours, lightly scrubbed any remaining glue off the jar, rinsed, and done!  I approve of that method!  Next, I spray painted the lids gold.  My guest bathroom is sea-themed, so instead of the fancy knobs, I used shells.  I thought about gluing the shells onto the lid first and then spray painting them, but I decided I wanted the color of the shells to remain authentic.  After the spray paint was dried, I used hot glue to attach the shells to the tops of the lids.  Finally, I filled up each jar with toiletry items and the project was complete.  
I love, love, love how these turned out!  I can’t wait for visitors so they can see the repurposed style in action!
Recipe Style:
reuse old glass jars as bathroom storage with furniture knobs
From Refresh Living
My Style:

What repurposing projects have you tackled?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn