Monthly Archives: October 2011

Decorating for Halloween?

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So, how do you like to decorate for Halloween?  Do you like to make your yard look scary with spider webs, scary noises and beheaded bodies?  OR do you like to decorate with cute “little kid” friendly decorations?

It’s always a toss up in my house.  I have older kids (love the scary), but have little ones that get too scared walking outside the house.   I simply do both, but usually put the scary stuff out closer to Halloween.

What do you do?

Shopping Trip ~ HomeGoods

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In a recent shopping spree at HomeGoods, we found some cute inspirational items and some great bargains! Our first hidden treasure isn’t much to look at, but with some thought, we used it to design a really cute room!

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Now if you rotate it, hang it from the ceiling and add a few nice white (or any color depending on the season or decor of your room) candles you have a fabulous chandelier! Pretty cute for only $69.99. Now use your imagination and add items to sit on or hang from it, for example fall leaves and small pumpkins for this Halloween/Thanksgiving season!

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Add a few of these pieces of art and you have a cute Shabby Chic or Beach Cottage entry way or dining room. See below for additional items we found at HomeGoods…

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Here is another cute idea from www.loveandlavender.com using shutters for a bulletin board and headboard. What other ideas can you come up with using shutters?

Cake Pops: Yum!

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The 3 Decorating Divas made these yummy chocolate and vanilla cake pops last Thursday for our charity event anna’s journey to the cure. They were super fun to make and even more fun to eat! And believe it or not they are not to challenging to make!

We want to give a shout out to Sally Morse, Director of Creative Services at Hunter Douglas. She did an outstanding job giving her demonstration on the “10 Steps To A Perfect Room” (catch the highlights in future blogs).

We would also like to thank RSVP Cards, Invitations, Stationery for allowing us to use their cute store located next to JC Penny in Mokena, IL. Make sure you stop by and check them out! They offer a lot more than just cards and stationery.

So back to the cake pops. How to make them?

  • Purchase a box of your favorite cake mix and make the cake as directed.
  • Allow cake to cool completely and add your favorite type of frosting.
  • Mix completely and roll into bags and chill.
  • Next, melt some of your candy melts (whichever flavor you like). I only melt about 4 round disks. Dip your lollipop stick in the melted candy and insert into the balls of cake. Put in refrigerator for 10 minutes. This help the cake stay on the stick when you dip it into the candy melts.
  • Next we melted more candy into an 8 oz glass (better coverage) and very gently dipped the cake pop into the candy. At this point you need to add your decorations so they harden with the coating.
  • Chill them again for 10 minutes before bagging them. Put them in a round styrofoam disks to display them nicely.
There you have it!  Easy as pie…   Now get out there and make some!  Please let me know if I forgot a step or how you do making them.

Diva 411 – Fall Fabulous

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Diva 411 ~ Fall Fabulous

Autumn is our second spring where every leaf becomes a flower. The Divas are “glaming” it up for fall. Pumpkins don’t need to be the traditional orange anymore.  The Divas have our own Fall Fabulous ideas!

We found these wonderful elegant black and cream Damask pattern pumpkins at Hobby Lobby for $11.99 to $24.99. These beauties will take you right through Thanksgiving. We love them!  Why not solid black pumpkins? Every girl has that special little black dress why not a little black pumpkin? CoCo Chanel would be proud to have this chic pumpkin dripping with pearls in her home. The Divas turned a plain cream pumpkin into modern fairy tale using black crystal filigree.  We embellished our pumpkins with luscious jewelry from our jewelry boxes.  Pearls, rhinestones, mixed match earrings and even grandmother’s broach. Glamour, tradition and “bling” works every time.

Since we broke the rules with the pumpkins, let’s create a fall burst of color with the greenery. Use lots of burnt umber, golden yellow, dark greens and fabulous crimson. We added sparkle and glitz with Harvest Acrylic Gems.  They come in different sizes and colors like red, gold and clear.  You can find them for a steal at Michaels for only $3.99!

We placed all these wonderful treasures in a huge black tray and placed it on a gorgeous table top.

Let’s not forget about the wonderful smells of fall.  Candles!  We found this fabulous flameless wax candle bowl by Habersham at Venetia’s Home Accents for $26.99 in Orland Park. We purchased one last year and the wonderful aroma is still filling our room.  A must for Fall Fabulous!  You can find more information regarding this fabulous find on the 3 Decorating Diva’s Facebook page.

What about creating a Witches Haven? Our witch is a real Diva she is sassy and styling. She travels the world shopping for whatever makes her happy.  She fell in love with this perfect chair, which has a spider web back. She created a place for her little glitzy spider friends to hang out and wait till she flies home. Our sassy witch now has her own place to put her black Diva cape, couture hat, sparkly hot pink glasses (“Think Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness) and of course, her fabulous leopard print broom (Home Goods $14.99).  Next to her chair is a lamp which she embellished the shade with jewelry and trinkets from her many travels. It shines light on her book of spells while relaxing and sipping a cup of warm brew. This Diva loves to decorate any scary space.

Fall Fabulous on the outsideNow it is time to take this Fall Fabulous decorating outside.  “Mums the Word”! Fill your front entry way with a burst of color.  It’s easy when you use mums.  Just remember, to make a show stopper you will need to use at least 6 to 8 plants.  Mix with mums with those glorious cabbage plants.  Don’t forget to dress your window boxes by filling them with pumpkins, gourds, mums and almost anything you desire. I hope that all the Divas ideas will help you with your FALL FABULOUS DECORATING!

This article was in the October issue of the South Frankfort Life, Schoolhouse Life and Butternut Settlement Life by N2 Publishing.