Thursday, September 27, 2012

Things We Love Thursdays: Savers

I stumbled up this thrift store on accident.  We were driving home from Utah a while ago and let's just say it was NOT a fun trip.  The kids were tired and not interested in sitting in the car for 10 hours.  So we made a stop to let them get out and run around.  We walked into Savers having no idea what kind of a store it was.  But the first thing I saw were the shelves and shelves of books and didn't make it any further than that!

They had so many used books in great condition and most were a dollar or less.  Plus they have a promotion where you buy 4 and get the 5th free.  Yeah, I was in heaven! We got a few books for me and some for the kids.  They were happy to have something "new" to read and look at in the car and I was happy it bought us at least a few minutes of sanity.  :)

I have to say, I've been to several Savers now and really couldn't tell you about the rest of the store -- the books and I are besties.  :)  But it looks really clean inside so I'm sure they have more great finds.  I'm thrilled that they *just* put one in down the street from me!!!  I will have a fabulous library built up in no time.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Glow in the Dark Halloween Art with Mod Podge

Chelsea and I were talking the other day about how much we LOVE decorating for Halloween.  It's probably my favorite holiday in terms of decorating.

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I was so excited to get this fabulous box of Mod Podge products to try.  The Glow in the Dark Mod Podge was the first thing to catch my eye and I knew I needed a glow in the dark decoration in my house.  :)

Items used:
  • 4 pieces of wood 12x12
  • black craft paint
  • sand paper
  • images cut out on cardstock (I found some images online I wanted and used my Cricut to cut them out, but you could just as easily cut them out by hand.  Here are the links for the images I used: skull, owl, bats, and spider)
  • Vintage Mod Podge
  • Glow in the Dark Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge roller
  • Paintbrush
  • Stickles
For this project I used some wood scraps leftover from a previous project.  I got a large sheet of wood cut at Home Depot in 12x12in squares.  I started off by giving the wood a couple good coats of paint.  I found that spray paint doesn't work well on this type of wood, but craft paint works perfectly!

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I applied Vintage Mod Podge to the entire surface of each board with the handy roller applicator.  You can use regular Mod Podge but I like the look of the Vingate for this project.  It makes the stark white cardstock a little yellow-ish and aged.

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I carefully placed the images on and used a flat-edged tool (a credit card works well, too!) to smooth it down and remove any bubbles.  Then I applied a second coat of Vintage Mod Podge.

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Once that was completely dry I added 4 coats of Glow in the Dark Mod Podge to make sure it was nice and "glow-y".  

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After that was dry I added a little spider web and hour glass to the spider block.  And now all that's left to do is wait for it to get dark to watch the magic happen!

So here's what my mantle looks like during the day:

And here's what happens to the blocks when it gets dark:

As my almost 3 year old twins say, "Ooooh, it's spooooky!"   :)

So there you have it.  A fun, easy, SPOOKY Halloween project!

I wrote this post as a part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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WIWW- Fall is in the Air

Tank- Target
Jacket- Wet Seal
Jeans- Nordstrom Rack
Bracelets- forgot
Earings- 99 cent store
Necklace- Nordstrom Rack

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the weather, the clothes and all the good food! When I first saw this bomber jacket I fell in love with the color and style of it and had to have it! This year I wanted a new pair of boots and my cute friend Cassidy told me to check out for some boots and I found these ones there!

I love monogramed things and I was at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago and found this cute necklace for only $2. 


Linked to: Rae Gun Ramblings, The Pleated Poppy, Two Thirty-Five Designs, Rolled Up Pretty PS Bananas & Transatlantic Blonde


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