High Low Skirt Refashion

High Low Skirt Refashion

Last year I picked up a skirt at a yard sale.  It was a beautiful color, flowy and belonged in a grandma’s closet.   It was the perfect diamond in the rough for me to try my hand at making a high low (or Hi-low or whatever you want to call it) skirt.   One of the problems that I have found with high low skirts that you buy in the stores is that the high part is REALLY high.  I wanted to wear the skirt comfortably and so I didn’t want the high part of the skirt to go above my knees.  Making one was a great option!

Hi low skirt refashion tutorial

This was a pretty simple refashion.  Once it was done, I couldn’t help but walk around and feel the flowy-ness of the skirt.  I loved it! If you want to try this, you definitely need to keep an eye out for the right kind of fabric so that the new high low skirt will flow.

How to make a High Low Skirt

5 steps later and you have a new skirt.  Now let it flow!

hi-low skirt refashion DIY

I paired this high low skirt with some booties recently to carry it into my fall wardrobe.  I just made it so I’ve got to get my $1 money’s worth out of it!

 

 

Beautifully Spooky Halloween Mantel

halloween mantel 2014

My Halloween mantel for 2014 has been brewing in my mind for a couple of years.  I had been saving cool bottles in hopes of conjuring up what one might see if they walked into a witch’s dwelling.  Let’s break it down.

Halloween Mantel_Potion

On the left we have an old olive oil bottle that has been filled with colored water.  My kids helped me mix black and purple food coloring in the water.  They were all smiles as they made their own witch’s potion.  The bottle already had a cork but I added some twine around the top of it.  On the right you will see an old mason jar filled with spider webs and  spiders next to some “potion” books with a glass cloche encased pumpkin on top.

Halloween Mantel Candles & Paper Scrolls

To make the paper scrolls, I just rolled up some papers and tied them with twine.  I did two different types of paper and varied the sizes.  The skull was purchased at Roberts crafts a few years ago, back when they were still in business.  My daughter and I burned the pillar candles ourselves until they had “hair” or in other words wax dripping down them.  To get them to be black on the top, I used one candle to burn the top wax of another.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something Wicked

I made the Something Wicked this way Comes sign (which is reversible!!) and you can see the tutorial here.

Halloween Mantel_Skeletons

Old tin can and one more bottle that I saved that used to be balsamic vinegar and similarly filled it with colored water.  I thought I had more skeleton people but I think they got used as dolls last year so now we are down to just 2.  Lastly I used one of my white chalk paint pumpkins in a black bowl.

DIY Bat Felt BannerTo tie it all in, I made a felt bat banner.   I used this bat shape from Kolette Hall and the stiff craft felt.  I just out the bat onto cardstock and used a thin chalk pencil to trace the bat onto the felt.  I cut them out with a pair of scissors.  I used a circle punch to punch out the grey circles.   I set out the order that I wanted the banner to be.  I alternated between 3 and 4 circles  between each bat.  I put together the pieces in a bit bat sandwich and then sewed them together to make my bat banner.

Beautifully Spooky halloween mantel 2014

DIY Double Sided Holiday Sign

This Post brought to you by Kolette Hall.  DIY Double sided wood holiday sign

A few weeks ago I picked up some old white fence posts at a yard sale.  They came to mind as the perfect medium for making a sign for my Halloween mantel.  They had a few things going for them.  First, they were already white.  One step done.  Second, they were white on both sides.  Two steps done.  I wanted them to be white on both sides because I wanted to do a double sided sign.  One that could pull double duty for more than one holiday.

Double Sided Wood Sign Tutorial

If you don’t have a fence post to use, you could always just cut your own piece of wood.  To follow what I did, glue three pieces of wood together.  Cut out your two vinyl phrases.  I used Something Wicked This Way Comes for my Halloween sign and In Everything Give Thanks for my Thanksgiving sign.  Transfer one vinyl phrase onto each side of the wood sign.   Apply a layer of paint on top of the vinyl.  Allow to dry and peel off the vinyl.  Use a fine sanding block and rub it around the whole sign.   Flip the sign over and repeat the process with the other vinyl phrase.

Double Sided Holiday Wood Sign

I painted my edges the color of the lighter Thanksgiving sign.  I thought that would look better than dark black edges from the Halloween sign.  Since I used an old fence post, My letters did get some bleed through.  Smooth wood would give a crisper line but you do have to do a little more painting prep work.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something WickedCan I just say that I really love this sign! Or should I say signs?! It makes the perfect addition to my spooky mantel, which I will be sharing in the next few days!

DIY Wooden Thanksgiving Sign_Thankful

Not to mention my jumpstart on the next holiday! How great would these signs be for holiday gifts! Christmas + New Years , Valentines Day + St. Patrick’s Day, Easter + Fourth of July… I just may need to make one for every holiday!!

Stay tuned to see my finished Halloween mantel in the next few days!

 

Brownie Trifle with Chocolate, Caramel and Heath Bar

 Brownie Trifle with Chocolate Caramel and Heath Bar

Bottom line, this trifle is delicious! It is always a hit at any function I take it to. It is a really easy dessert to make, especially considering how yummy it is!

Brownie Trifle with Chocolate, Caramel and Heath Bar

adapted from Wayne’s recipe on Allrecipes.com

1 Brownie Mix (with ingredients to prepare it)

1 5.9 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 cup water

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 16 oz container Cool Whip

1 tsp vanilla

1 bag Chocolate Heath Bar Toffee Bits

1 jar caramel ice cream topping (for drizzling, you won’t need the whole jar)

 

1. Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions.  Allow to cool and cut into squares.  I prepared my brownies the day before.

2. In a large bowl, mix chocolate pudding mix, water and sweetened condensed milk until combined.  Fold in 6 oz from the cool whip container.  Continue folding until there are not white streaks.

3. Mix the vanilla into the container with the remaining 10 oz of cool whip.

4. Now it is time to start assembling the trifle.  Layer the bottom of a trifle bowl with brownies.  Add a half of the chocolate mix followed by half of the cool whip.   Drizzle Caramel topping on top. Sprinkle Heath bar toffee bits across the whole surface.  Don’t be stingy. Repeat layers.

Chocolate Caramel Brownie Heath Bar Trifle

I even set aside a little bit of the ingredients and put together a really cute and yummy birthday treat in a mason jar.

Chocolate Trifle Birthday Gift_Mason Jar

You can see the tutorial on how to make the mason jar birthday gift here.

 

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http://tatertotsandjello.com/

4 Easy Happy Birthday Gift Tags

This post is brought to you by Kolette Hall. Mason Jar Birthday Gift Idea

Everything looks cuter in a miniature form right? Well add a mason jar and the cute factor is off the charts!  I made a chocolate brownie caramel heath bar trifle (whew, that was a mouthful!) for my mother’s birthday and thought I would make it work double duty for another birthday gift that I wanted to give.

Mason Jar Gift Topper_Happy Birthday

I started with a small mason jar.  I cut a circular piece of double sided adhesive cardstock and centered it on my jar lid.  I cut out the Happy Birthday to You- Hand Written Phrase by Kolette Hall in gold vinyl.  In order to get it placed just right on my lid, I put my happy birthday shape on transfer paper and then laid it non-sticky side down over the negative space of the circle I cut out.  I traced the circle around it and then cut out the circle.  I laid my transfer paper circle onto the adhesive cardstock circle and transfered the vinyl on.

Mason Jar Gift Topper

I also added a little black and white polka dot washi tape around the lid.

Mason Jar Chocoalte Trifle Gift Idea

I also have 3 more easy Happy Birthday gift ideas with cute tags and packaging to give you some more inspiration.  I have a little stash of happy birthday tags that I go to when I need to package up a cute birthday gift.  The tags use shapes from Kolette Hall.

Birthday Gift Idea with tagFirst up I used the Arrow Words- Birthday shape to cut out this Happy Birthday arrow on adhesive cardstock.  I added that to a rounded tag and made a DIY origami paper bow to finish it off.

These next two both use the same tag from my stockpile.  It uses the Happy Birthday Layered Script Phrase  .  To make them, I just used the print and cut feature.

Cookie Birthday Gift Packaging Idea

For this gift idea, I cut out a paper carrier and filled it with cookies  I grabbed a birthday tag from my stash and tied it all up with a bow.

DIY No-Sew Ice Cream Cozy_Birthday Gift

Lastly I made a no-sew ice cream cozy out of a cut off sleeve from my daughters dress.  I had already cut the sleeves off since the dress was a little bigger than her size.   I grabbed my scissors and cut off the wrist cuff portion.  I made sure to not cut into the wrist part since I wanted that tube to stay intact.  I stretched it over the ice cream (or in this case Almond Dream Bites) and added my print and cut tag.  Instant no-sew ice cream cozy with a darling birthday wish!

If you like to give handmade birthday gifts, Kolette has tons of birthday phrases and shapes! Go check them out!