Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year Changes {a mom-day post}

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Clay ornament I was asked to make for my friend.  It's her husband in his Boy Scout gear. 
The new year feels like a good time to shake off old habits, organize the chaos that has built up over the holidays and start fresh.

I'm ready to make some changes, some will be easy, others will be harder.

I'm not sure how successful I will be at them, so I hesitate to put them in writing on here for the world to see.

This holiday season was chaotic again for the third year in a row.  I want that to change- desperately.  Not sure how to make that happen, but I have some ideas.  

My blog has suffered over the last year.  I want to change it's trajectory, clean it up, update the look.  I'm excited about what's coming.

My home has fallen apart.  A year ago on Labor day weekend we started the basement project, add in a pregnancy and baby and any semblance of routine has flown out the window.  Time to bring it back.

My poor body has suffered.  I'm not sure I'm ready to do anything major (no marathons this year) but I can definitely treat myself better- more sleep, more water and better food.  

It seems overwhelming when you start putting it all in one place.  But one bit at a time, I know it can all be done.  

I'm ready to start a journey and I would love to invite you all to join me.  The thing I love most about blogging is the community that exists here.  If we all band together we can make amazing things happen.  We can support, encourage and help each other.  We can be the light for someone else when their skies are dark, and in turn- when it's stormy where we are, there will be someone to lift our hearts.  

Who's in?  What mountains are you hoping to climb?  How can we help you achieve your dreams?  2013 looks to be a good year- let's make the most of it!

xoxo,
Amy
p.s. I'll be picking the winner of the Grandway Apron Monday night- hurry over and enter- time's almost up.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!

Monday, December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas Eve Everyone.

I Hope you're enjoying your family, friends and the wonders of the season. 

I'm here with one last Christmas gift for you- an apron review and Giveaway!  I just love playing Santa.

I had the chance to review a Grandway apron.  I chose the Grace and I love it.  It's got such cute details like the faux bow in front, the ruched bust and the brown accent trim.  I really like that the neck is made with two ties so you can adjust for your body and it doesn't pull.  Even my husband agreed it was pretty cute, which for him is saying something.
So now, the good stuff!  You can win one Grace apron of your very own.  Entries are easy and the giveaway will be open for one week.  Good luck!!  


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Merry Christmas everyone!
xoxo,
Amy 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Love Notes- a gift wrapping idea

Thursday, December 20, 2012
My daughter is getting older.  

In fact, it's her birthday today! 
 Happy Birthday- H!!

I don't know if any of you have noticed this, but it seems that as children get older, their wants and tastes get more expensive.  
My darling H wanted something pretty pricey for her birthday.  She's old enough to understand a bit about our budget and means and knew it was a long shot at best.  I decided that if she really wanted it, it could be her Birthday gift from us and her Grandparents, as well as her main Christmas gift.  She thought about it and decided that it was what she wanted.  But, that means only opening one gift.  Which is sort of a bummer to a kid- especially when they already know what's inside.  So I decided to up the fun factor to the opening.

I took some tags that I cut out using my Cricut.

Wrote some love notes on them to my daughter.  
 Wrapped them up in layers of paper.  6 to be exact. (should have done 11, since that's how old she is now ;) )
 Then gave my very special daughter her very special present.

It would also be fun to wrap small treats or tickets or money in the layers.  But, honestly, I think our children need to know how much they mean to us, and this is a lovely way to let them know.  

As she opened the layers, my daughter carefully found and read each one and set them aside.  She pointed to the pile of notes when she was done and said, "This was a good idea!"  

I can't finish this post without a tribute to my sweet girl.  She is such an amazing sister, daughter and friend.  She has a tender heart and is wise beyond her years.  She has taught me so much on my journey through motherhood and I would not be the person I am today without her.  I love you so much H- and I hope you have a very Happy Birthday!!

xoxo,
Mom

Monday, December 17, 2012

With Love

Monday, December 17, 2012
XOXO,
Amy

Friday, December 7, 2012

Point of View Reveal Nov/Dec- ORNAMENTS

Friday, December 7, 2012
I can't believe we're already into December.  The days and weeks and months just fly by.  I hope you're all more prepared for your Holiday celebrations than I am.  But, I still have a couple of weeks left, right?  Anywho- Are you ready to share some ORNAMENT goodness?

POV-Decemberr-2012 Pretty awesome right?
This is my full project.
Wait- you want links?

 Okay:
Gwen: Gwenny Penny
Leanne: Organize and Decorate Everything
Amy: scroll down past the link party
Jonie: Just Between Friends
Ashlee: I'm Topsy Turvy

And now you:  Link up your ornament goodness right here-

Now for the Details about my project.
 There is this opening between the kitchen and the family room in my house.  I really like that it helps keep the children and their messy eating habits corralled in the kitchen, and it's a fun place to decorate.  This year however, we needed a little change.  First, with the addition of the homework station, there is a lot more color this area is exposed to.  Second- we moved our sofa so it's right under this opening, which means anything that gets put there is fair game to be touched/ grabbed and/or handled in some way by small children.  This necessitated the creation of some new decorations.
These babies were quick, cheap and virtually indestructible.  The triple threat of holiday decorations in my house.

I have just two tutorial pictures.  The rest I think you can handle on your own.  First, I cut out various sized circles out of boxes.  This gives the ornaments some stiffness.  Second, I traced the circles onto a double layer of felt and cut them out.  *Two bits of advice: Pin, pin, pin.  I know I typed it three times, but it's just the first bit of advice. ;)  The second is, don't do what I'm illustrating and cut the felt larger, once you've traced the circle onto the felt, cut your cardboard template just a bit smaller so it won't show through the sides.
The rest of the project involves hot glue and your imagination.  Have at them and hang them all over.
Here is a closer look at my three largest ones.

I hope you're having a wonderful season, full of cheer, family and happiness.  I look forward to seeing you and what you've been up to.
xoxo,
Amy

Monday, December 3, 2012

Getting into the Spirit {a Mom-day post}

Monday, December 3, 2012
Saturday was a no-good-very-bad kind of a day.  A lot of arguing, tantrums, crying and grumpiness- oh, and the kids were acting up too.  I was feeling un-loved, un-appreciated, and unhappy.  I was ready to call it quits on everything- my business, my mothering, the holidays- Bah and Humbug!! 

I pouted all day.  If no one else was going to be happy, well then, by golly, I wouldn't be happy either.

Sounds like a good plan, right?

After a good cry, a good venting to my sweet friend and a good dose of church I was ready to begin again.  After all, it is Christmas.  And I am the mom.  And if we are going to make memories, get in the Christmas Spirit and enjoy the holidays, well, that's my job. 

We were going to take a train ride, but it started raining, and with a 4 month old, we just didn't feel like it was a good idea.  So, we opted for a family movie night instead.  After deciding on that activity- I would like to say it was magical. But we had to have some arguing first over which movie we were going to watch. 

Awesome.

I ended up learning something.  The less I leave open for debate, the better.  So, I picked the movie and the treat. :)  We ended up watching Christmas Oranges which led to more tears and protests.  But I held firm.  If they wanted treats after the movie, they were going to have to watch this one. 

So, here is where the happy part of the story comes in.  The movie was wonderful.  It was delightful to watch the children and see how involved they got in the story.  My 6 year old was indignant about how the little girl was treated, and everyone was happy with the end of the show.  Then we went upstairs and made these:
Yum!

My purpose in telling you this story is one of encouragement.  Motherhood is frustrating. And this time of year seems to magnify that frustration.  You see pictures, movies, commercials and cards- all showing perfectly happy families, enjoying perfect moments, with perfect smiles in perfect settings.  Everyone wants that feeling- that moment.  And it seems like is should be much easier than it actually is to get there. 

The reality is much harder.  And messier.  And full of a lot more tears.  But, it is also much more worth it, and more enjoyable knowing how much effort it required to get there.  You have to be determined, and thick skinned, and persistent.  It is possible, though.

So, don't give up.

The moments will come and go.  So make sure you see them.  And enjoy them while they last.  Because once you've had your moment, you'll have to clean it all up. ;)

I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season.  I'd love to hear about the special things you do with your family, or the things you try to do, or the things you want to do but it's just not the right time or season.
XOXO,
Amy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Craft Room Tour

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
 So, I had a moment on Saturday.  I bought a nice, big, cutting mat on a screaming deal from Joann's.  When I got it home and tried to put it on my craft table, I realized it was about a foot bigger than the table.  Luckily, my craft table is actually my Great-grandmother's dining table, and we had an extra leaf out in the garage.  Easy enough to fix, right?  WRONG.  When I put the leaf in, the table was now too close to where I originally had the sewing desk, this prompted an entire room rearrange and organize.  So, since it's as clean as it's ever been, I thought I ought to document it, for posterity. ;)  This is the view from the door. 
 Here is my fabric area.  I started collecting the front and back panels of Capri-sun boxes to use as mini bolts for my fabrics- and then they changed their packaging!  So this is it for now, until I can purchase some new ones, or get ambitious enough to cut other cardboard down to the same size. :)  This is why the majority of my stash is in the cabinet and on the book shelf.  Harder to keep neat, but it works for now.
 My GINORMOUS cutting mat.  I LOVE it!  This is also where my paper crafting supplies are located.
 This is my sewing desk.  Eventually there will be a t.v. above it, and I'll fill in the wall with other art.  This is my start.  The desk is reclaimed from a house my Dad was renovating.  The house was actually said to be haunted, but so far, they've stayed out of the desk. ;)
To the left of the last picture you could catch a glimpse of my dirty little secret- the closet.  This is where the rest of my "craft junk" (as it's referred to by the 6 year old) lives.  I don't know how people have every.single.piece of crafting equipment they own neatly and beautifully stored.  This is where the ugly lives people. The unruly knit fabric that won't stay neatly folded, the naked pillow forms and all the other bits and pieces I don't always use, but like to have on hand for those Just In Case moments.  It's a problem, I realize that.  It is getting better, and I hope my desire to have a lovely creative space will motivate me to use up a lot of this stuff so I don't have to store it anymore.  That's logical, right?

I love my little craft space.  If you have any questions about what you see- feel free to ask!  There's lots more coming up this week!  So try not to be too shocked when you see me blog *gasp* multiple times in one week. ;)

Thanks for stopping by.
XOXO,
Amy

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Prep- a Mom-day post

Monday, November 26, 2012
It's that time of year again.  The Holidays.  
With a capital H.  

Are you ready?  Are you set? 
 All done shopping?  
Meals planned and shopped for?
  Decorations carefully placed?  
You are?

Rats.

I was hoping I wasn't the only one who is woefully behind.
Actually, it's not really the fact that I have only purchased one gift so far.  It's more the fact that I am struggling with the why.  Why do we put ourselves through this?  What message are we trying to share?

Surely, the babe who was content in a manger wouldn't expect elaborate decorations, extravagant gifts, and elegant meals in order to celebrate Him.  Surely there is a bigger picture in all of this that I am missing somehow.

I am searching for that meaning.  I'm hoping that it's not that my heart is 2 sizes too small, but that I want it to matter.  I want our celebrations to bring us closer.  Closer as a family, closer as neighbors, closer as brothers and sisters.  Closer to each other and closer to our Savior.

I read in a religious manual created for families 39 years ago, that it might take courage to make changes to our celebration plans in order to allow us to focus on that which is most important.  And I agree.  I am searching for that courage.  Can I make these changes?  Do I dare?

We shall see.

Happy Monday. 
xoxo,
Amy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monday is Mom-day

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Yes, we start them young in our house. :)
So, here we are, back to blogging. :)  I have been feeling the pull, the desire to create and share and inspire and be inspired.  So here I am.  I can't promise that I'll be an amazing blogger any time soon.  Right now I am in the throes of sewing bunches and oodles of wallets.
I am loving them.  They are lovely and selling faster than I can make them. :)  It's a wonderful problem to have, especially heading into the holiday season when the extra cash is helpful for all the expenses that come with this time of year.
Mass production leaves little time for creative projects, but I have the feeling that I will need the break from the wallets every once in a while, so hopefully there will be some fun stuff coming.
We are getting back into the swing of things, but as with everything sometimes you swing one direction and sometimes you swing back the other.  Balance is a funny thing.  So, here's to hoping we don't go too far one direction or the other and we find a nice happy place here. lol
Today, I want to leave you with a question.  I'm sure I've asked it before, but I am sincerely wondering how you keep Christmas celebrations from being all about the gifts.  Even if they only get one gift, my kids want items that cost from $100-$200 dollars.  I really don't think it's what the holiday is all about, but I also don't want to disappoint my children.  I want our celebration to be meaningful, purposeful as well as fun.  What have you done to add some meaning and depth to your own celebrations?  I'm really looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
Until next time.
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Introducing the Chest-R-Desk {a sponsored post}

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
I am so excited to be able to share with you a new product I have recently been introduced to.  Everyone, meet the Chest R Desk:
Doesn't it look awesome?  What an innovative idea- a chest for storage, a chair for reading and a desk for writing! If you want to see it in action, you can check out this video here: www.chestrdesk.com .
And for the price, (less than $60) I think it's a great bargain.  Especially for my kids' smallish bedrooms, this one piece of furniture serves so many purposes!
  The wheels are already turning about how you could customize this to fit the decor in your child's room, plus all the organizational magic you could work in that great storage space. 
  Don't you think this would make a great gift for Christmas?  I have a nearly 4 year old who would love to have this in her room, full of coloring supplies and all the stickers she could want.  Santa, are you reading this? ;)
If you think someone in your life would love this too- you can purchase them online at www.chestrdesk.com.  If you want to follow all the happenings with this great product, you can like their facebook page
  Fingers crossed this will find it's way under our tree this year. :)

Happy Shopping!
xoxo,
Amy
*I was compensated for writing this post.  However, the opinions in this post are all mine- I really do think this is a fantastic idea/product.*

Friday, October 26, 2012

Point of View Reveal- Thrift Store

Friday, October 26, 2012



POV-October-2012

I love going to the thrift store, finding a diamond in the rough and taking it home.  I can't wait to see how all of these bloggers turned someone's trash into their treasure.

Gwen- Gwenny Penny
Leanne- Organize and Decorate Everything
Me- scroll down
Jonie- Just Between Friends
Kara from Happy Go Lucky- our guest this month- please go give her some love from all of us- we're so glad she's participating with us!

Thrift Store Reveal:
For my project this month, I didn't actually go to the thrift store.  Instead, I rescued some items from my pile of things I was planning on donating to the thrift store.
Last month you  may remember my orange project and I hinted that I was working on a homework station for my children.  This is the result of those efforts.   The inset frame on my orange project was actually a frame I bought at the thrift store a long time ago.  But the stars of the reveal today are the two frames holding the collage prints I made.  I was thinking about some simple mottos I wanted for my children and the two that came to mind were WORK HARD and BE AWESOME.
These frames used to house "bathroom" art.  You know, art meant to hang in a bathroom.  I inherited them from my Mom, who no longer needed the botanical prints for her house.  I didn't need them either so I was going to get rid of them.  But when I started thinking about this homework area I realized that these frames would be the perfect size to fill up the wall.  I bought a few cans of spray paint and went to work.  I love the collage look- you may remember from this post my previous collage and every time I look at it it still makes me happy, so what better way to create these messages that will hopefully inspire my children to live up to these aspirations for them.
They hang over this message board, which I also painted.
The paper holder is another item that has been sitting in a pile for a while, I have almost gotten rid of it a few times, but the turquoise paint job has given it new life and now I LOVE it.  You will recognize the button art which hangs over the large calendar.
The other half of this wall has 2 small shelving units side by side and a large dry erase board made from another almost discarded piece of art.  A new paint job for the frame, and some pretty yellow fabric behind the glass- easy peasy.
The take home for me?  A few cans of spray paint is a good investment to turn old unwanted items into something you truly enjoy.  I think I need to get a few more cans. :)

So now, it's your turn, I'd love to see how you turn trash to treasure, or treasure into better treasure. ;)  Link up your Thrift Store projects, visit others and have fun!
XOXO,
Amy

Friday, September 28, 2012

Point of View Reveal- ORANGE

Friday, September 28, 2012

POV-September-2012
I love point of view, and I am so excited for this month's reveal.  The theme is Orange- so I hope you'll pull out all your "orange" projects and link them up to our party. :)

Don't these projects look awesome?  I can't wait to check them all out!  If you feel the same, click the links below and see how each of these projects were made.

Gwen- Gwenny Penny
Leanne- Organize and Decorate Everything
Me- scroll down
Jonie- Just between Friends
Ashlee- I'm Topsy Turvy 

I thought for sure I would be making a seasonal craft for this reveal.  I mean, orange in September, just screams for a pillow, or holiday decoration or something, right?  Well, right now my time is limited.  Very little opportunities come my way to craft right this moment so things need to do double duty.  In this case, I am working on an office/homework station and I've had some projects in mind to finish up the wall.  This is one I've been thinking of for a while.  Are you ready for a closer look?

I adore it!  I love the color and the buttons and the stenciling and well, just all of it!  I have to apologize for the lack of process pictures, but there's not really any magic to what I did so I'll just tell you where I found all the fun products I used and you can make your own. :)
Let's take a look at all these lovely covered buttons, shall we?  I used the i-top tool from Imaginisce.  This tool is amazing and simple to use.  You can make magnets, buttons, brads and pins all with the same tool.  You can also use paper or fabric.  I know I sound like an advertisement, but I really do love this tool.  This fabric is mostly Riley Blake fabric, except for the yellow, which is from Joann's.  All but the small blue buttons are from lines by Doodlebug Designs.  I used scraps left over from the wallets I made a few months ago.  I love the bright colors.  I used three different sizes of buttons.  I used hot glue to attach them to the cardboard from the frame.
The large frame is from Poppy Seed Projects and I used a stencil from Royal Design studios.  I have to admit that I am not the best at stenciling, hopefully I'll get better next time.  But for this project, the blurred lines worked to my favor because I wanted a softer look.  The top frame is one I found in a thrift store and it happened to fit perfectly.  I spray painted both frames orange with spray paint then stenciled with white paint over the top.  I actually used command adhesive strips to put it all together, just in case I ever wanted to change it up.
I love the fun colors, and I can't wait to reveal the entire wall with you in the [hopefully] near future. :)  Now, I'm ready to see what you've been up to- come link up your orange projects and lend some inspiration.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall/ Thanksgiving Dual block set {sponsored post}

Thursday, September 13, 2012
This is a sponsored post in that I was given the kit of blocks and vinyl to create a project, but it's also a mini tutorial of sorts so you have an alternative way to finish this project besides just painting the entire blocks a solid color (which would also look fabulous, but you might want options. ;) )

This kit (from FabDecor) comes with 2X4 blocks and vinyl.  If you want to cut it yourself, you will need  3 1/2", 4" and 8" lengths of wood.  The blocks in the kit come already sanded- a HUGE plus in my book. :)
In addition to the Thanksgiving vinyl, you also get a generic Fall saying- which extends the life of this fun piece by quite a bit- I plan on leaving it out now. ;)  Because of the colors of the vinyl I received, I did end up painting each side of the blocks the same color, but you could easily change it with this finishing technique.
 Instead of painting the entire block a solid color, I only painted the center of each block.  Once the paint was dry, I sanded down the edges so the lines between the paint and wood would look softer and more blurred.  Wipe down the blocks with a rag after sanding to remove any dust, then stain the entire block with your stain of choice.  I used an antiquing medium (found near the craft paint in most craft stores) but you could also use stain from the hardware store.  I wiped it on, then quickly wiped it back off with a damp rag because I didn't want it too dark.  I love the casual feel of the blocks finished this way.
 I finished mine off with an organza bow, but you could use tulle, ribbon, raffia or anything else to embellish your blocks.  You can see how Melissa (owner of FabDecor) finished her blocks here.  I think they're beautiful too!
 These projects have been wonderful because while I have been desperate to get crafting, my time is severely limited by my darling 7 week old baby.  A kit like this gives me enough room to be creative, without requiring tons of time from me- a perfect fit for this moment in my life.
I hope you're having a wonderful week!  I'm reveling in the transition from summer to fall and drinking up lots of newborn snuggle time. :)
We'll see you soon.
xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DownEast Home and Clothing Review {sponsored post}

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
This month I was given the opportunity to go to DownEast Home and Clothing to do a review.  Now, this wasn't hard for me- I LOVE DownEast Home and all the goodies I can find there.  Usually I'm in the market for small ticket items (as I was this time) BUT, see that gray cabinet?  I REALLY, REALLY want that cabinet!  I'm saving up my pennies and dimes so I can have it. :)
But, since my walls are brown in the room I want this cabinet for, perhaps this would be a better option?  The wood top would be the perfect unifying accent to tie the gray with the brown walls. The thing I love about DownEast Home is the prices.  The pieces of furniture are great quality at wonderful prices.  Prices good enough, I actually have a prayer of getting one of these into my home sooner rather than later. :)
Great furniture isn't the only thing you can find at DownEast.  They have many styles and types of textiles for your home.  I found a wonderful cozy blanket to keep in my newly finished basement for those cold winter nights watching movies.
Mostly though, when I head to DownEast, it's for the accessories.  It's like a great treasure hunt because they have them scattered throughout the displays and you have to look pretty closely or you might miss something amazing.  I love these beautiful serving dishes.  That's what I want the cabinet for- to store my serving pieces, and if I had a cabinet that large, I could get away with buying these too. ;)
I think these stools would be awesome in my new craft room.  Easy to move around and tuck away when not in use.
However, as I said, I was on the hunt for accessories to put around my house.  I like a modern cottage feel, casual but not too busy.  I love small accessories for the warmth and charm they give a home, but I don't want it to be crazy with millions of them.  These are the treasures I found for my home.  I love the white pillars with the hurricanes on them- I think they are going to be so fun to use for holidays.  I am thinking of filling them with skulls or spiders for Halloween.  The birds are just little fun pieces to spread around.  I love the colors they are now, but I'm thinking they may look a bit more modern if I spray paint them a solid color.  We'll have to see. ;)  The bike, well, it's just fun.  The pots are wonderful, and again will be fun to change seasonally, but I may paint them as well to have them stand out a bit more.
DownEast has clothing too.  I wanted to take some pictures of the cute pieces they have for the new season, but I got so busy grabbing things to try on, I forgot.  I'll have to rectify that situation and go back soon. ;)

We finished our basement just weeks before the baby was born so we're still in the process of arranging things and figuring out where everything should go.  I'll make sure to keep you posted on these  pieces and where they end up. :)

If you're local to Utah, and looking for a fun place to find treasures for your home or wardrobe- DownEast Home and Clothing is a wonderful option.  You can find them on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/downeasthome ; and on FB here: www.facebook.com/downeasthome.  And if you're not local, you can always look through their treasures online.

Now I better get to work organizing and cleaning up so these beauties will have a lovely place to call home. 
Talk to you soon!
xoxo,
Amy
*disclaimer- I was given a gift card to spend at DownEast but all opinions, pictures and rave reviews are my own*

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Halloween Icon Blocks and Washi Tape Giveaway

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Can you feel that crispness in the air?  We had a week full of rain showers last week and it's left the feeling of fall all around.  It's the main reason I LOVE September.  Combine that with the fall projects I've been creating, and I'm ready to bust out the decorations and launch into autumn full swing.  Want to see what my latest creation is?
 These Halloween Icon blocks have been in my "in progress" bin forever. (and by forever, I mean at least 3 years)  I had the blocks ready, the wood pieces purchased, but I just couldn't seem to pull the trigger on how to finish them.  Paint them all the same color?  Different colors?  Add details?  Leave them as silhouettes?  You can see my problem.  But, I finally found the answer- and my oh my was it worth the wait.  The solution?  Washi Tape!!  Ready for the details?  First start with your wood blocks.  Mine are cut from a 2" X 6" board to be almost square (so really approx. 5 1/2" X 5 1/2")  I painted them black and sanded down the edges.

Decide on the wood shapes you want to use.  (mine were purchased at Michaels's)  You could also use chipboard or print off shapes from your computer onto cardstock.
Chose your washi tape and cover the shape.  The pattern on this tape runs off the edge, but if you can line up the rows, it will have a more seamless look.
Turn the shape over and use a sharp blade to trim off the excess tape.  (if you are using chipboard or cardstock you will need to be especially careful that you don't trim off part of the shape too.)
Finish off the shape as desired and attach to the block.  In this example I added just a bit of ink to the edges and added google eyes for some whimsy.  I did use a craft stick to burnish the tape along the entire shape and especially along the edges so that it was all firmly attached.  You could also use a sealer- such as Mod Podge or a clear spray if you want to really make sure it won't go anywhere.  Hot glue bound the two pieces together in Halloween happiness.
Here's a detail shot of the witch hat.  I used a fabric covered button for the spider body and twine from Doodlebug Designs for the legs.  The headstone was finished off with rub on letters.  Want another look at the three together?
So fun!! (I may be a little biased though.)
Now, I wouldn't go on and on about how much I love washi tape- I didn't go on and on?  Well, I should, because I really do love this stuff.  It's colorful, easy, dresses up everything and you can find it in so many places.  But my favorite place to find it now is a great new website called Downtown Tape.  All the rolls of tape are just $1.99 and they ship for $2.95 for 1 or many.  If you want to be in on the latest and greatest, you can like their Facebook Page, or sign up for their newsletter- and you'll be the first to know about new designs, specials and sales.  Plus- if you sign up for the newsletter, you will get a file for printable tags that are just begging for washi tape goodness. (valued at $10)
And, the nice people at Downtown Tape want to share the washi love!  (are you giddy?  because I'm giddy for you)  One lucky reader will win 10 rolls of washi tape and 25 tags to beautify to your hearts content!!  Are you ready to win? a Rafflecopter giveaway
The giveaway is open to all readers (international entries welcome).
*Disclosure:  I was compensated by Downtown Tape to run this giveaway, but the project and opinions are all mine and I wouldn't offer this giveaway to you awesome friends unless I LOVED their stuff. *
Linked up to Home Decor and Organizing Link party at Organize and Decorate Everything

Good Luck to you all!
xoxo,
Amy 
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