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Change is in the Air!! October 9, 2013

Hello there all of you “A Little Bit of This and That” lovers!  I’ve got some great news!  We’ve made a few changes around here, and we are now:

 

http://lizzandlittlebit.com/

(Cheers!! Applause!!)

 

We also have a whole new look, so I would love for all of you to come and take a peek around our new website.  And I would love even more to hear what you think about it!

 

For my fabulous e-mail subscribers… with this new site, you will need to come over and re-subscribe so you keep getting all of our great posts.  I have learned that this has not happened automatically, so you might have missed this cool wreath

skull wreath

 

So pop on over, check us out, and re-subscribe for emails.  Can’t wait to see you over at lizzandlittlebit.com!

Lizz

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Halloween Mummy Pumpkin October 31, 2011

Filed under: Crafts — Lizz @ 10:33 am
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Happy Halloween Everyone!!

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I bet you have all been ready with beautiful carved pumpkins sitting on your doorstep for the past week.  Me?  Not so much.  If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a bit of a procrastinator…Okay, that’s an understatement…I leave absolutely everything to the absolute last minute.  Including this year’s pumpkin.

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While I love the toothy grin of a jack-o-lantern, I’m not the biggest fan of touching gross stuff.  Pumpkin guts definitely qualify as gross stuff.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate my mother who loves to carve pumpkins with her granddaughter.  This way, Skylar gets the pumpkin carving experience, while I get to be all arts and crafty with ours.  This year’s inspiration came from Pintrest (as all recent good ideas have).

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I give you…. The Mummy Pumpkin!!

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Duhn Duhn DUUUUHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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This pumpkin took me all of 10 minutes to do (uh, at 8:00 last night).  Perfect for a last-minute-aholic like me.  (who still needed to hem a Halloween costume before school the next day…I told you I was a procrastinator!)

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Here’s the skinny…

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Get yourself a pumpkin. (or have your daughter bring one home from a field trip)

You will also need large googly eyes and cheese cloth (both can be purchased at Michael’s).  Since we had a free pumpkin, this whole thing cost about $3.

Also, you will need to come packin’ heat, in the form of a hot glue gun.

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Start by gluing the eyes to your pumpkin

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Since you will probably not be bringing your pumpkin in to the store you will need to “eyeball” the size of your googly eyes (hehe!).  I think my eyes were a tad to big for our small pumpkin (40mm), so our mummy looks a little surprised.  No biggie though, it is Halloween after all!

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You will need to cut your cheesecloth into strips.  Mine were about 1 inch wide.  They don’t need to be perfect, and actually look a little better if they aren’t.  Then wrap the cheesecloth around the pumpkin, leaving the eyes uncovered and a few exposed spaces.  Carefully use the glue gun as you go to secure the strips on the backside of the pumpkin.  Once finished, use dots of glue all around the front and bottoms to finish securing the strips.

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And there you have a very quick, last-minute, (slightly startled looking), no-carve mummy pumpkin.

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Okay, enough about pumpkins….let’s go get some candy!!….I mean, let’s take the kids to get some candy!!

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Happy Halloween!

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Lizz

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P.S.  I think this is a great project to use on one of those plastic pumpkins (also available at Michael’s).  That way you could save this guy for many Halloweens to come.  No gross guts to deal with either.  It’s a win-win!

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I will be sharing our Mummy Pumpkin at these awesome link parties:

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

 

I was featured on Momnivore’s Dilemma! October 20, 2011

I’m so excited!  I have been featured on this week’s Creative Juices over at Momnivore’s Dilemma!

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It seems that the lovely Nicolette (who also writes about some gluten free stuff for those who are interested) really like the wreath I made.

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I hope you all get a chance to check out Momnivore’s Dilemma, and see the other goodies over there today.

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Have a great day!!

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Lizz

 

Muffin Tin Monday – Halloween Revisited October 17, 2011

Filed under: Food — Lizz @ 9:59 am
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As I am currently in sunny Florida for a conference, and was unable to do a Muffin Tin Meal before I left, I thought it would be fun to show you our Halloween MTM from last  year.  This way, if you were looking for some fun ideas for this year’s tin, this might help!

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This was and still is one of my absolute favorite tins we have ever made. 

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Top Row (Left to Right): Forked Eyeballs, Noodle Brains, Worm Burgers

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Spider Web Soup, Mummy Pizza, Monster Mouth

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Eyeballs – coat doughnut holes with melted white chocolate.  Add a milk chocolate chip for the pupil.  When cooled and hardened, use a tube of red decorating gel to create the veins. 

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Brains – These are simply Ramen Noodles.  I never make them as soup.  I drain the water, leaving just enough to keep them moist, add a little butter and the flavor packet.

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Worm Burgers – These were very simple.  Nilla Cookies, dark chocolate frosting, and gummy worms. 

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Spiderweb soup – tomato soup, right out of the can.  The web is made with sour cream.  Put the cream into a ziplock bag, and snip a very small piece of the corner.  Using the bag like a piping bag, make a very small circle, another circle around that one, and a third around that.  It should look like a bullseye.  Hold a tooth pick in the center of the bullseye, and pull outwards through all 3 circles.  Do this all the way around.  The end result will be a perfect looking spider web.  This is much easier to do than to explain.

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Mummy Pizza – Take half of an english muffin, and cover with pizza sauce.  Place olive slices (with a bit of green pepper in the center), where you want your eyes.  Use a mozzarella cheese stick to create the bandages.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is nice and melty.  (Next time I would leave a little more space between the cheese strips in order to see the bandages better)

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Monster Mouth – This is an apple quarter with the center cut out for the mouth.  The teeth are almond slivers.  Very simple with a big result!

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Since I already posted this tin last year, I will not be officially submitting it to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t go check out all the awesome things going on over there anyways!

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

 

Spider Web Wreath October 13, 2011

Filed under: Crafts,Wreaths — Lizz @ 10:36 am
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I have officially made my first wreath!

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I showed you in *This Post* how I created a nice white yarn wreath.  The possibilities are endless for decorating it!  I also love the fact that I can change the decorations as the holidays/seasons change.

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Here is the first one, made with an obvious Halloween theme:

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I am so happy with the outcome!  Here’s what I did:

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The whole idea for this wreath started when I found this little guy at one of those temporary Halloween stores that pop up this time of year.

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I certainly could have made this myself, but it was a buy one get one free deal that ended up costing me about $2 each.  Sounds like a deal to me!  If you can’t find something like this, you can take two styrofoam balls (one slightly larger than the other), and glue them together.  Then wrap them with a tinsel of your color choice.  You will need some wired tinsel for legs, and googley eyes.  That’s it!

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For the web, I used the same yarn I had used to create the wreath itself so it would blend in.  To create the frame I used 4 lengths of string to create a pie-shaped crossing.  I tied each one on the backside of the wreath with some tight double knots and trimmed the ends.

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To make the little web connections, I took a long length of yarn and started by tying it to one of the frame strings in the front of the wreath.  I made sure to choose a starting spot where I would be placing the spider, effectively hiding my knot.  Then I wrapped the web string around each frame string once.  I was careful to not pull to tightly or the frame would move out of place.

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I continued wrapping in a spiral shape around all of the frame strings.  Once I got to the middle, I tightly tied off my string on the backside and cut the ends as short as possible.

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Now it looks like a web!!

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I glued on a few pieces of velcro (the harder grabby side) to the body and a few legs of my spider, and placed it onto the wreath (making sure to hide that starting knot).  The velcro grabbed right on to the yarn.  Now when I’m ready to change the wreath decorations, I can just pull the spider off and cut the web!

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I love this and it looks great on our door.

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I hope you’re all having fun getting your place ready for Halloween.  Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this cute Halloween project at these parties:

DIY Thrifty Thursdays @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Halloween Link Party @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

 

White Yarn Wreath October 11, 2011

I keep seeing all these lovely wreaths all over the internet, and I’m been chomping at the bit to try one.  My current favorites are the yarn wrapped ones.  Since we have very little storage around here, I cannot make a new wreath for every occasion.  But I want to!

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So, I’ve come up with a way to make one wreath where I can just change out the decorations!  Problem solved!!  First, I needed to make the base wreath.  I will show this step today, then later I’ll show you how we decorate it.  I started by grabbing the few things:

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A styrofoam wreath, white yarn, and a glue gun is all you will need.  Everything can be found at your local craft store.  I had a coupon (of course) to knock down the price of the styrofoam wreath to about $4, but *here* is another idea to do this even cheaper.

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Since I want this to be a frequently used wreath, I decided to take the extra step to create a little loop in back for hanging.  I simply cut a length of yard, and glued it to the wreath, leaving an unglued section up, like so:

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Now it’s time to wrap.  This took me some serious time (like an entire Sunday, since I kept taking breaks).  It would have been easier if I had purchased white styrofoam, but I didn’t like the shape of the ones they are offering at my local store.  I really wanted this completely rounded one, and not one of the wreaths that are flat in the back and/or front.  I got green knowing it was going to take some effort.

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I started by gluing my yarn anywhere on the wreath, and wrapping it around.

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(here I started wrapping over that string used to make the loop)

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Because of my green foam, I needed to make sure that every wrap around was pulled tight, and then VERY tightly shoved together so nothing showed through.  Every 20 or so wraps around, I squeezed a drop of glue and wrapped a few times over it to hold everything in place.  Doing this allowed for a few breaks to rest the fingers, and insured that you didn’t lose any progress already made.

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(see my glue dots?)

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Another little trick I figured out helped solve the issue that the inner part of the circle is smaller than the outer one.  In the picture above, you can probably see that it looks like sometimes the yarn is sticking out.  After every 10 or so wraps, I would wrap one layer of yarn over the top of the last one, but only on the inside of the circle.  This helped make sure all the angles were right.

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Once I (FINALLY) got all the way around, I used some glue to make sure that last bit of yarn would not unravel.

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(this pic shows how I wrapped around the loop, and on the left you can sort of see the glue to finish off.  Don’t worry, this is the back and nobody will see this part)

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So, was all that effort worth it?

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Oh yeah!!

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And I cannot wait to show you the amazing (removable) Halloween decoration we made for this.

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Have you seen/made a wreath like this one?  Do you have any suggestions for upcoming holiday decorations?  I’d love to hear them!

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Have a lovely day!

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Lizz