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...]

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...]

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...]

i’m just getting soft – simple valentine’s day idea

Simple Valentine's Day Idea - Directions Not Included - Pillow Boxes and Twine

Okay, maybe it really isn't completely growing on me but in my  old  age, "either I'm getting sensitive or else I'm getting soft". Yes, that is Bob Dylan lyric ;) I can't help it. I'm crafting for Valentine's Day. Eek. To be honest this simple Valentine's Day idea would not be possible without the Target One Spot. I  love dollar anythings. Dollar Tree, Target One Spot, Michael's $1 bins  - I love them all. When you pick up cute stuff at such ridiculous prices, you get in the spirit. At least … [Read more...]

my birthday is coming – simple valentine’s day wreath

Simple Valentine's Day Wreath

Since I was born on Valentine's Day, I have always had an aversion of anything heart and pink related. I've made a few crafts here and there but not really for my own home. This year, I decided to embrace it and add something for the front door since needed something before I put up a spring or summer wreath. For the time being, we have a simple Valentine's Day wreath to grace the front door. Shocker! It is heart-shaped and has pink in it! I might have been drinking when I made it. That is the … [Read more...]