Pardon the inconsistency.

‘Tis the season for holiday joy…among all of the holiday events, gift shopping, gift making and holiday-ness. I haven’t been very consistent with the blog the past two weeks. Organization apparently wasn’t on my radar once the holidays hit. On Thanksgiving I posted about table centerpieces-on Thanksgiving. Could I have been more last minute? Whelp, here’s a goal for next year anyway: be organized and ready for the holiday season. I have a post planned for tomorrow. Let’s see how well I can keep it up. My apologies. Thank you for reading and visiting; please come back!


Holiday cookie baking party



Easy & ultra quick Thanksgiving table decor.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Need a last minute table decoration or centerpiece? Check this out!

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Scouring my house for vases and knick knacks, this is what I found:

  • a few glass containers
  • a pitcher
  • two vases
  • a mid-century owl figurine
  • some tiny topiary trees
  • wine corks
  • pinecones and other bits of nature
  • some orange ribbon
  • an orange colored container
  • oatmeal
  • lentils
  • sunflower seeds
  • popcorn kernels
  • oh, and a funky Pyrex bowl filled with caramel pieces (to eat!)

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Directions for making your centerpiece:

  1. Grab your stuff and put it together you like; there are no rules!!

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Now go enjoy your holiday! Need more ideas? Check out MidwestLiving for more inspiration.


Kaitlin & Cole, costume creatives.

1996s hit movie Matilda serves as costume inspiration for this dynamic couple, the costume creatives!

Since the last post about costume creation, I was fortunate enough to receive photos of a costume duo that I’ve never seen before. Kaitlin and Cole, thank you for sharing your witty creations!

This costume duo is a perfect example of sourcing characters from a movie to dress up as, and in Kaitlin’s case, play the role of the character in addition to wearing the outfit. As she says in a British accent, reminiscent of the lines in the film yelled out by the brash Ms. Trunchbull, “Look at this here, rotten, filthy animal child!” Everything from the hairdo to the bushy eyebrows, face mole, athletic attire accessories, sweats, belt and combat boots pulls the look together. This imitates the Trunchbull character to a ‘T,’ no pun intended. Principal by day and, by night, her true form takes itself on as a strong Olympian. Cole’s scared student look is easily achieved with a backpack, stack of books and a regular outfit anyone could wear to school. His expressions make a huge impact on the overall effect. Maybe these two should take up side careers as actors!

Costume duo

Images of the character, Ms. Trunchbull

Images of the character, Ms. Trunchbull, courtesy of Pinterest


Ms. Trunchbull costume

Ms. Trunchbull costumeMatilda is a hit film from the 1990s, based on the novel by Roald Dahl,  starring Mara Wilson and Danny DeVito. For those who haven’t seen it, visit this IMDb description for a summary. I’d try to explain it myself, but this does the job. Watch it if you haven’t yet!

For next year, or in the event there is a costume party before Halloween 2017, use your favorite movie as inspiration to source your costume(s). Using your imagination and being creative doesn’t have to be a lengthy, involved process. It’s all about perception. Just have an open mind and see what happens.


Halloween 2016: easy, last minute ideas!

Halloween offers a great opportunity to express your inner creativity in a non-traditional way.

I realize this post comes at an inopportune time; one day before Halloween. However, you can save it for next year or start your costume plans last minute, like I did yesterday! Dressing up as someone, or something else, offers you a chance of freedom from your everyday self, the hair, the makeup (if applicable), the clothes, the shoes, the whole look. This is an excellent way to exercise your creative and imaginative ideas and let loose! Jump on this one-time-a-year event and dress up, down, sideways or backwards. The sky is the limit!

Halloween 2016: easy, last minute ideas!Other benefits of Halloween costume creation and/ or wearing include:

  • practice with makeup application & hair styling for yourself or someone else
  • practice with color matching, again for yourself or someone else
  • practice with clothing type & fit, if that’s important for your particular costume pick (although many premade costumes are made with man-made material that feels fake and maybe even itchy, depending on the costume, you’ll find which cuts, shapes and forms of draping work for your body)
  • great chance to test out colors & styles you may haven’t before
  • if you’re really getting into it, practice with tailoring & sewing
  • idea generation for next year’s costume(s)!
  • the opportunity to put something old or worn to good use, or even use it for a different purpose (reduce, reuse, recycle)

No time or energy to put together a costume? Go shopping! Granted, you’ll most likely spend a pretty penny on a premade costume, it’s still a way to alter your look & person for a day, or more depending on how many Halloween parties you attend! If your budget allows, do it! Pick a costume that really stands out to you. Once you put it on and go out in it, you’ll feel transformed and adventurous. In this aspect, spending some money is totally worth the experience.

For those who want to venture out a bit, look at these lists for inspiration to create the costume of your dreams!

Ideas for traditional Halloween character costumes:

  • witch
  • ghost
  • scarecrow
  • black cat
  • vampire
  • zombie
  • mummy
  • clown
  • Frankenstein
  • werewolf
  • pirate

Take any costume idea and put your own personal spin on it; make it as scary, as traditional or as funny & light-hearted as you want.

Ideas for couple costumes:

  • Peter Pan & his shadow, Peter Pan & Tinker Bell, Peter Pan & Wendy
  • Superman & Wonder Woman or other superheroes
  • Shaggy & Velma from Scooby Doo
  • Mario & Princess Peach or any other video game characters

For couples costume ideas, use movie, TV shows, music, books and really anything pop culture related as inspiration. This year, my husband and I dressed up as Jess & Nick from the hit TV show New Girl. The details didn’t exactly mimic those from the show, but the idea still came through.


New Girl: Jess & Nick


New Girl: Jess


New Girl: NickIdeas for duo & trio costumes:

  • The Three Stooges
  • the Rice Krispie characters: Snap!, Krackle! & Pop!
  • the whole Scooby Doo gang
  • M&Ms
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • rock, paper, scissors

For these ideas, do the same as above, but think about groups of people or characters from movies, TV shows, etc… as well as popular products, like Rice Krispies & peanut butter.