this is halloween – diy halloween tree

DIY Halloween Tree - Directions Not Included

Quite some time ago I pinned this awesome Halloween tree. I kept going back to it on my Halloween board for inspiration, and then finally realized it was Gretchen's from Boxy Colonial's. She scored this amazing tree at a thrift store for next to nothing and decked it out with a handmade banner and lights. Color me jealous, because thrift stores in South Florida are horrendous so there was no way I was going to find a Halloween tree like that (or much of anything for that matter). But I wanted … [Read more...]

5th birthday celebration – streamer birthday decorations

Streamer Birthday Decorations - Directions Not Included

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'm that sucker of a friend who always ends up doing the decor for parties, wedding, showers and the like. My girlfriend Z, started pinning all sorts of things for her daughter's 5th birthday, which I decided  to tackle myself after a few sweet texts. I shared the colorful fabric wreath, which served as the base for this party decor. This was last-minute crafting at its best so there are no step-by-step tutorials here. I created a streamer backdrop for the … [Read more...]

this is halloween – knock off pottery barn chalkboard tombstone

Knock Off Pottery Barn Chalkboard Tombstone - Directions Not Included

Welcome to another day in the This is Halloween Series. Are you getting ready yet?  Yes, I skipped last week - it was a nutty work week, but I'm back on schedule. While this is such an easy one, I'm almost embarrassed to share it, I''m sharing it anyway, because Pottery Barn is selling a set of three for $119! Chalkboard tombstones for $119?! Not for this DIYer. Plus, any of you can do the same for a fraction of the cost. I made a bunch of tombstones last year with leftover plywood for the front … [Read more...]

girly girl – a colorful fabric wreath tutorial

Colorful Fabric Wreath - Directions Not Included

I made a few fabric wreaths years ago for a baby shower that were an instant hit. A girlfriend of mine suckered me into doing her daughter's fifth birthday party by sending me a ton of pins of things she wanted to buy, but I knew were easy DIY projects. I'm that friend. Just show me what you want and I instantly say "I can make that!" never mind what else is going on in my life. ;) So this is my colorful fabric wreath tutorial. I used the same basics from my fabric wreath tutorial just with a … [Read more...]

this is halloween – diy haunted mansion sign

DIY Haunted Mansion Sign - Directions Not Included

Since it is no surprise that I'm a huge Halloween fan, it should be no surprise that my favorite ride at Walt Disney World is the Haunted Mansion. No matter how long the line, I must go on it at least once every time we go to Disney. Ray shakes his head every time. My employees I took to Disney in June thought, think I am crazy. I love it. It was obviously my inspiration for our DIY haunted mansion sign. I made this last year during my delinquent blogging year so I don't have photos … [Read more...]

this is halloween – a series

This is Halloween Series at Directions Not Included

It's almost here! This is the time of the year that I start singing The Nightmare Before Christmas' "This is Halloween" over and over. Planning for Halloween is definitely one of the highlights of my year. I actually went all out last year for Halloween, but I wasn't blogging much and even though we had an epic Halloween party, I took no photos with my camera. Bad Anna. This year, I'm starting early with a new series, appropriately titled "This is … [Read more...]