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Tuesday’s Treasure – Dress Up and Man Gifts

Um, hi. It’s November, and I feel like I haven’t blogged in ages. Yesterday I didn’t even realize Monday had passed me by without blogging until I was in bed, falling asleep.

First of all, Trunk or Treat was a huge success! Lots of kids and parents came, all decked out, to get candy for being so cute. Here’s how our trunk and costumes turned out:

Follow the yellow brick road!

 It was worth all the hard work just to see the little kids’ faces light up! Parents wanted to take pictures of their kids with us, and the kids were surprised to hear the Wizard of Oz music in the background. Oh, and we won the prize for best trunk! I was just expecting a “hey, good job – you’re the best!” but we also got a $15 Target gift card. Pretty snazzy.

Now it’s time to kick it into Christmas gear. We’ve filled up about half our vendor spaces for the Winter Wonderland Festival, and the rest is starting to fall into place. I drove around like a crazy person in the rain today, delivering flyers and posters to our local Starbucks. By the way, Starbucks has awesome bulletin boards where you can post non-profit event flyers! I was tired, cold, and damp by the time I got home, but it was worth it.

Speaking of Christmas, I guess I should get to the point. Today’s treasury comes to you super hot from the etsy presses! One of the most elusive subjects for women: what to buy for the men in your life.

Men - They are really not that hard to buy for ...

I don’t know about the treasury title. My man is pretty easy to please, but sometimes so easy to please that I can’t think of anything unique to get him. I think this treasury not only has some beautiful imagery, but good ideas – check out that reclaimed wood desk caddy! Tom would dig it. Of course, he’d dig just about anything …

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Thoughtful Thursday – There’s No Place Like (A Thrifty) Home

I am finally done with our Wizard of Oz themed Trunk Or Treat decorations and costumes! This is definitely the hardest I’ve worked for Halloween so far. I had short notice to get everything together – a little over a month – and I wasn’t sure if I’d get everything done, and within our budget. With a little craftiness and thriftyness, though, you can make big projects fit into a small budget. Since today is Thoughtful Thursday, I thought I’d share my thoughts on putting together an inexpensive Oz themed Trunk Or Treat.

First, you need a plan. If I hadn’t had a plan, I don’t think I’d have gotten everything done. We figured out which characters we wanted to be (hint: if you don’t have much time, I’d say the scarecrow and Dorothy, or maybe the witch, are the easiest costumes to put together.) Then I planned what I wanted the trunk to look like. I knew I wanted the yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City, and the idea grew from there. I realized I wanted a rainbow, and for the yellow road to extend out from the trunk. Be realistic about what you can achieve, and consider the materials you already have before you go out and buy a ton of stuff.

For the background, I used white posterboard, sketching the scene from movie stills, then used acrylic paint and glitter glue I have in my craft stash to paint the city. I cut out “hills” from different shades of green cardstock I already had to fill in the field. I decorated poppies I bought from the dollar store with the glitter glue, and glued them onto the background for a 3D effect. Also, using foam board, I cut out a rainbow shape and painted it. Here’s how it turned out:

Actually, I ended up clipping off the “Oz” lettering to leave less white space, and outlined the city with glitter. I think I might attach the letters to the rainbow, and add clouds from leftover white poster board. I’ll hang the leftover poppies from the top of the trunk with fishing line to fill in some of the empty space on the sides of the background, and place a blue plastic tablecloth (from the dollar store, of course) behind it all, with a light source (ahem, a flashlight) behind that. I’m hoping to use some fake plants to create a forest-y effect, and I’ll extend the yellow brick road from the trunk using cutouts from yellow posterboard. Altogether, the decorations for the trunk only cost $10 because I used paint, glitter, paper and glue that I already had. I’m pretty proud of the way they turned out!

I confess, I bought the Dorothy dress for fifteen bucks. Although, I think it was a Juniors size, so it was a little short when I tried it on. Since it was such a great deal (no thank you, $45 costume,) I just sewed some lace to the hem to lengthen the dress, bought some white socks for a dollar, and my mom helped me make these awesome ruby slippers from $5 silver shoes from Wal Mart. I bought a picnic basket for $1.75, and added the leftover lace from the dress to make it match. Add some blue ribbon to tie around my pigtails, and I’ve got an entire Dorothy costume for a little over $20. Color me stoked!

The scarecrow costume was relatively easy. My husband already had a green shirt and black sweatpants to use, and I had muslin scraps to make a headpiece, fleece to make a hat, and jute to use as rope. All I bought was raffia to tie around elastic bracelets and anklets for a stuffed-with-straw effect, and the face makeup. I made the hat by dividing the circumference of his head by 4, then cutting triangles that had that length for the base, and were about 8 inches tall. I stitched them together with embroidery thread, then glued the top of the hat onto a round brim with hot glue, accenting it with a piece of jute. The muslin is basically just a large circle with an opening cut for the face, tied with jute around his neck. We’ll tie jute around his wrists, ankles, and waist, and I’ll probably add some patches to his pants and call it a day. His costume cost $3 – one for the raffia, and two for the makeup. My inner thriftmonster is soothed!

There you have it. That’s the entire process, minus a few gory details, of making our Trunk Or Treat theme. I hope the kids like it. No flying monkeys, no witch, no haunted forest, so hopefully they won’t think the scarecrow is scary! We were Thing 1 and Thing 2 a few years ago, and some of the kids were scared of us – I think it was the blue hair. Anyway, it should be a blast. We’ll see how it goes when we actually set everything up in the trunk. I hope it looks as good then as it does in my head now.

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Make It Monday – How To Make Inexpensive Ruby Slippers in 3-4 Steps

As I was looking around for ideas for my Dorothy costume this Halloween, I realized just how ridiculously expensive ruby slippers were! Even the slip-around-your-shoe kind were around $15, and let’s face it, I’m not gonna pay $15 for something I’ll never use again. So, I trotted my way to Wal Mart, where I found silver flat shoes for 5 bucks. Now, you could really just stop there, since the shoes in  L. Frank Baum’s original story were silver. (The moviemakers decided on ruby to take advantage of the newfangled Technicolor.) As I found out after asking whether I should keep the shoes silver or go ruby on Facebook, though, no one will have any idea why you’re wearing silver shoes and will think you’re crazy. So, my wonderful mom volunteered to glitter the shoes after I painted them so I could work on other parts of the project. All I had to do was add the bows – love you, Mom!

Here’s how to do it.

You’ll need:

Shoes

Red medium-size glitter (a very fine glitter will take longer to apply) or rhinestones, if you want to get extra fancy

Craft glue

Glue gun

Brush

Red ribbon

Red fabric paint (optional)

Step 1

Find your shoes. I would choose flats, since there’s less area to cover (and they’re just more comfy.) I would also choose a lighter color, like silver or white, or red. If there are any areas around the edges of the shoes that are made from a softer, more absorbent fabric, you may want to take the time to paint them red with some fabric paint. The fabric could soak up the craft glue, causing you some trouble when trying to apply the glitter. Just take the fabric paint and apply it from the applicator, or brush it on. Let dry.

P.S. – the shoes I bought had a draw string bow in the front. If yours have something similar, you can paint the bow red, or do like I did and untie the bow, knot the strings as close to the shoe as possible, and cut off the excess.

Step 2

Once you’ve done any painting you need to do, and it’s nice and dry, start applying the craft glue in small sections. After you’ve applied a little glue, shake glitter onto the area, and repeat all around each shoe. Let dry. (Be sure to do this on a surface like poster board or paper so that you can collect and save the leftover glitter.) Once dry, tap the shoes on your work surface, and see if they’re in need of another coat. If not, go to step 3. If so, just repeat step 2 again. You shouldn’t need to apply more than 2 coats to get the desired sparkly effect. 

The alternative, more time consuming version of step 2 is to apply red rhinestones individually to the shoes with craft or hot glue.

Step 3

Add bows. You can use cotton, satin, or organza ribbon, glitter or no glitter. Just tie 2 neat bows, and use hot glue to attach one to each shoe.

When you’re done, the finished product should look something like this:

Click your heels together 3 times ...

Altogether, the shoes only cost me $5, because we already had the glue, glitter, and ribbon. If you have to buy all of the supplies, the shoes will cost you about $10. (Hint: borrow a glue gun from someone if you don’t already have one.)

Of course, if you’re lucky enough to find red sparkly shoes that you’ll wear other than just on Halloween, more power to you! Here’s an example for $22.00 that would work: http://tinyurl.com/2ahbtxk

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