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Pumpkin Ideas :: Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Tis the season for fun and festive pumpkin ideas, fabulous costumes and evenings spent whispering ghost stories around a fire pit.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Every October my mind begins to swirl with a plethora of festive pumpkin ideas. First of all I adore pumpkins and secondly , since I was a wee little nipper,  I have loved every single moment of the pumpkin carving experience. From sketching out ideas for just the right face, to reaching my hand into the cold stringy goo, to roasting the harvested seeds, I love the tradition of carving pumpkins.

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In fact, I still treasure the experience today with my girls even though their tiny chubby hands that I once held and helped navigate the slippery orange orbs have grown into long beautifully manicured ones that can carve and cutout the most amazing creations.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

The other night as we huddled around the newspaper filled island, brainstorming our pumpkin ideas, I was struck with a glowing idea!! What would happen if I used glow sticks inside the carved pumpkins instead of candles????

Magic would happen, that’s what.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Red and yellow and green glowing marvelously magical pumpkins that won’t catch on fire or blowout (and can even become your very own night light in your bedroom if you wish).

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And that’s part of what makes Halloween so much fun if you ask me. The marvelous magic that falls over the land for an evening of pure imagination.

More fun & festive Pumpkin Ideas :: 

Wishing you & yours a magical Halloween,

Wenderly

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Decorate Home Accents

Halloween Decorations :: Cameo Pumpkins

These cameo pumpkins are an easy and elegant way to decorate your home for Halloween. They take minutes to put together but will give your home a sophisticated spooky look that will last throughout the season.

Decorate your Halloween Pumpkins with Cameos

 

I have adored and collected cameo jewelry whilst antiquing for years now. I am so drawn to the creamy white silhouettes framed in smooth black backgrounds. Each cameo seems to have its very own story and I just can’t help myself when I come across one that speaks to me. My husband always smiles and laughs and asks me what I’ll do with yet another cameo and now I have an answer! I’ll make cameo pumpkins with them!

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I used white pumpkins so that the cameos would stand out but you easily paint orange pumpkins white.

Halloween Decorations Cameo Pumpkins

I hung my pendant cameos with a straight pin and the brooches and earrings just pushed right in on their own.

Halloween Decorations Cameo Pumpkins

If you don’t happen to have a cameo collection then you need to get started! Just kidding.

No, seriously, if you don’t have any cameos you can actually find some in craft stores that are inexpensive and easy to get! I actually found this one below at Hobby Lobby!

Halloween Decorations Cameo Pumpkins

Halloween Decorations Cameo Pumpkins

Cameo pumpkins will be my new easy and elegant decorating go to! I hope that they’ll be the same for you!

Halloween Decorations Cameo Pumpkins

In case you may have missed some other fun Halloween decorating ideas, check these out…

Happy decorating!

Wenderly

 

 

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Halloween Decorations :: Centerpiece

Halloween Decorations don’t have to be expensive or fussy. White pumpkins and black ribbon bats make a perfect simple yet elegant Halloween table centerpiece.

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

Black and white seems to be a favorite theme of mine as far as Halloween decorations are concerned. A few years back I shared a black and white table with carved polka dotted  pumpkins that glowed eerily over a black web tablecloth. This year I went with more of a whimsical feel with black ribbon bats that happily hover over mini white pumpkins. I love to create a seasonal centerpiece each month for my table so that it can be enjoyed it all month long. Dinners seem easier and it motivates me to usher my family into the living room to sit down for a meal shared around the table rather than squeezing around the island for a quick meal.

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

These black ribbon bats seem to be flying throughout my entire home this Halloween! I fell in love with them as I hung them in my foyer from a branch  to greet all of our guests and now I can’t stop making them.

Guess I’ve gone batty! Ha.

They’re just so simple and sweet that I can’t resist them. The centerpiece bats were made with black ribbon folded in half, cut along the bottom with a few curved cuts and then twisted tightly in the center with a black floral wire (that I found at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store).

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

Then I just pushed the wire into the mini white pumpkin. How easy is that?

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

The rest of the centerpiece consisted of a gathering of multi-sized mini white pumpkins (from Trader Joe’s) an antique silver tray and cake plate stand with a few silver votive candles tucked about.

Supplies for Halloween Decorations for your centerpiece :

  • different sizes of white mini pumpkins (real or artificial)
  • 3 inch black ribbon
  • black floral wire
  • silver tray
  • silver cake plate stand
  • silver votive candles

Our crisp Autumn days will be ending with warm savory meals shared around a festive centerpiece during the month of October. Yours can too with these easy Halloween decorations!

Wishing you many meals shared around a beautiful centerpiece!

Wenderly

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Halloween Decorations :: The Foyer

Greet all of you Autumn guests with some festive Halloween decorations in your foyer. Nothing sets the tone of your home like that first warm inviting step.

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Halloween decorations have always been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl. I can still vividly remember those first crisp autumn days when my mom would pull out all of the folding paper pumpkins (the kind that opened up into a little orb of tissue honeycomb), do you remember those? I would help her fan them open and tuck back the little silver clip that held the pumpkin shape in place. Oh how I loved traipsing around behind her as she placed them about the house. My love of decorating with pumpkins must have started there, with those sweet little folding tissue pumpkins. But as the years have passed, I have traded my paper pumpkins in for real ones and I always smile and think of my mom as I place them about my house.

This year as I placed my  beloved cinderella pumpkin in my foyer I decided to add a few other embellishments to make my Halloween scene complete.

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

I just leaned a simple tree branch (that I found in my yard) against the wall and wove some store bought spider webbing through the branches.

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

Tucked in a few plastic spiders and hung up a couple of black ribbon bats.

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The black ribbon bats are cinch to make! Just cut a piece of ribbon, tie a clear piece of craft string tightly around the center into a knot. Fold the ribbon in half and cut a few notches along the bottom edge of the ribbon to shape the wings.

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

Voila!  You’ve got a bat!

Invite guests into your home with a festive foyer this Halloween!

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

It’s a s easy as can be!

Supplies for Halloween Decorations in your foyer :

  • pumpkin (real or artifical)
  • tree branch
  • store bought spider web and plastic spiders
  • 3 inch wide black ribbon
  • clear craft string

 

Happy Decorating!

Wenderly

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4 Fun 4th of July Recipes

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Since the 4th of July is 4 days away, I’ve rounded up 4 of my favorite user friendly fun-filled easy peasy recipes from 4th of Julys of the past! They’ve all been taste tested and friend and family approved!

Simple, delicious and festive. Perfect for any parade, picnic or patio!

The first of the 4 recipes, is the refreshing Patriotic Watermelon & Feta Flag (as shown above). It takes only minutes to put together and the sweet and salty factor makes it a perfect appetizer or a healthy dessert.

Or how about a Fresh Mozzarella Tomato & Basil Flag to kick off the meal?

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Fresh and flavorful and fun to eat plain or with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Hot ham & swiss sammies have been a 4th of July tradition since I was a little nipper.

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Would you just look at that sweet little sammie? You know that you want indulge in the warm savory poppy butter sauce, melted cheese, sweet salty cooked ham and ever-so-crispy bun, don’t you?

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Your guests will too! They’re so yummy and travel friendly.

Have you ever made 4th of July Marshmallow Pops?

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Three ingredients. No mess. No hot oven to contend with in the blazing summer heat.

Not to mention stinken cute!

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The kids will love ’em and the adults will feel like kids again. And to me that’s just what the 4th of July is all about.

Fun, friends and festive food!

Hope I’ve made your entertaining a little easier this year.

Happy Red, White & Blue to you & yours!

~Wenderly

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Fabulous Find Friday ::: Antique Enamel Bowl

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Have you ever fallen in love (whilst antiquing) with something that you don’t necessarily need but just HAVE to have? 

It’s the story of my life. 

But most of the time that something that I don’t necessarily need quickly becomes something that I can’t live without once I get home. 

This antique enamel bowl is one of those things…

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When I first laid my eyes upon that smooth, perfectly white, flawless surface I just knew that I HAD to have it. 

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But once I ran my finger along the perfectly painted forest green edge, well then, I knew that there was no turning back. 

And guess what? 

I’m so very delighted that I acted on my impulse! This dear antique enamel white bowl has served me well.

It makes a positively precious container for all of my herbs that I keep beside my kitchen window. 

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When entertaining, it makes the most delightful (leak free) beverage tub.

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After a long day of antiquing, it makes the perfect foot bath in switch to soak my aching feet.

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And then when I may or may not purchase a plethora of pretty flowers?

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It adoringly displays those as well.  

If you don’t already own an antique white enamel bowl, (or twelve) *ahem* well then, I strongly suggest that you do. 

You won’t be sorry.

Happy Friday All!

Love,

Wenderly

 

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Easter Eggs Covered In Sugar And Fondant

Dress up your Easter eggs this year with some sweet fondant shapes encrusted with sparkling sugar. They’re edible but almost to pretty to eat!

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This year we decided to gussy up our Easter eggs. Add a little glitz and glam if you will. I mean why do cookies and cakes get to have all the fun?

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Oh sure, we still went through the traditional steps of dying our boiled eggs with little tablets of dye dropped into vinegar and water.

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It’s what we did with them after their colorful bath that made it so fun!

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This year I wanted to do something a little different and I thought “why not use sweet confections to dress up our eggs”?!  I went to my local craft store and bought some white sanding sugar,

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as well as some pre-made pastel colored fondant that I cut it into little Eastery shapes with teeny tiny cookie cutters.

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I dyed the hard boiled eggs, let them dry, brushed them with egg whites (just to keep it all green and non-toxic) and then carefully rolled them in sugar.

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I experimented with some already colored sanding sugar but I noticed the dye from the sugar started to melt onto the egg and it just looked messy to me. So I stuck to the pre-colored egg rolled in white sugar and got the effect that I was going for. I thought that the fondant shapes looked sweet dressed in sugar as well.

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We used the egg whites for sugaring the fondant shapes as well as adhering them to the eggs. Just make sure that everything dries before moving on to the next step.

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Let your imagination go! We even made a few polka dotted eggs. Don’t you just love polka dots!?

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I used a straw to make the fondant circles.

Note: If by chance the fondant sticks inside the straw, don’t worry, just blow it out. My daughter relished in pointing that handy tip out to me when I became perplexed that my fondant circle stuck inside the straw. I shall never live that one down. 

Look how sweet the plain colored egg looks with just the sugared the fondant shape.

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Isn’t that dear?

I’m planning to use these adorable eggs to decorate each place setting at the Easter table.

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You could even use blown out eggs and save these little dearies to use again and again. As a matter of fact, these sweet little eggs remind me of my beloved sugar eggs that I used to relish in when I was a little girl. Do you remember those? The entire egg was made of hardened sugar, hollowed out and pipped with colorful icing. The end was open and inside sat a delightful surprise! Sweet little scenes of bunnies and spring flowers that were made of icing too! I used to gaze into those magical eggs for hours on end. Those precious memories guided me as I created these precious little dearies.

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Simple, sweet, sugared eggs. How fun is that?

Wishing you an Easter that’s as sweet as can be!

~Wenderly

 

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Fabulous Find Friday! ::: Towel Ladder

Today is the very first Fabulous Find Friday on Wenderly.

You see, I love to find things. Sometimes I go out on a search to find something, and other times certain objects just tend to find me. Have you ever had that happen to you? You know what I mean don’t you? When you’re innocently walking along in a store and POOF something just jumps out and finds you, grabs ahold of your heart and soul, convincing you that you simply MUST buy it and take it home with you?

Please tell me that happens to you.

Well in an attempt to justify I mean share some of the fabulous finds that I come across on my ventures, I have decided to start a Fabulous Find Friday here on my blog. I figure that it will be both helpful (in explaining to my husband why I must keep up my quest in finding things) and fun and for you!

This is a bathroom at our cabin that tends to be rather sweet, yet very small.

Storage is at a minimum and therefore we needed to find a solution for the plethora of towels needed to accommodate our family. I set out to a favorite antique mall one Saturday morning and stumbled across that darling ladder. I knew the moment I laid eyes on it that I had found the perfect fit! Rustic and simple, not too big nor too small and just the right color.

Need a quaint, tidy and inexpensive storage solution for towels? Try a ladder!

Happy Finding and have a Fabulous Friday friends!

Wenderly

 

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Melt Someone’s Heart With Crayons

Who doesn’t just love a new box of crayons and all of the promise that it holds? A fresh box makes my heart go a-pitter-pat. The creative possibilities are absolutely endless! Well, I ask you,  what does one do with all of the tattered and battered used little pieces once all of the creativity is done?

You make heart crayons of course!

Aren’t they precious? And they’re the perfect DIY gift for Valentine’s Day! Simple, creative, easy and fun! I just made them at work with the kiddos I supervise in the after school program and I knew that I had to share them with you! I snapped a few quick photos on my phone of the simple process…

First, peel the paper off of the crayons and then break the crayons into small pieces. Next, place the pieces into a non-stick, heart shaped pan (making sure not to over stuff) and bake in a pre-heated 350° oven.

Watch closely as the crayons melt (3-5 minutes depending on your oven) as soon as you see that they have completely melted,

carefully take the cookie sheet out of the oven and place on a flat surface in your freezer.

(Note: the metallic crayons didn’t melt, next time we’ll skip those colors.)

After about 5-7 minutes in the freezer they’ll be firm and ready to go!

Tah-daaaaaaa…

Wasn’t that easy?

I just can’t think of a cuter way to say Happy Valentine’s Day.

A heart felt gift that will make anyone’s heart melt.

xoxoxo-

~Wenderly

 

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Homemade Body Sugar Scrub

I love to make homemade body sugar scrub that makes a beautiful gift for yourself as well as friends.

Looking for a last minute gift idea?  Well, I’ve got the perfect solution! A homemade body sugar scrub that’s sure to make someone feel pampered & special!

Homemade gifts are best kind, don’t you think?

And you’ll never believe how simple it is to treat someone (or yourself) to soft and subtle, yummy smelling skin!

You’ll just need a small container, I used a Ball Glass Jar adorned with a festive red & white striped paper on top and a handwritten label that came with the jars on the front.

I adore Ball Glass Jars!

Next, you’ll need 2 parts sugar to one part baby oil and 2 drops of a fragrance oil. Just pour everything in and give a good stir! Make SURE that you have a fragrance oil that is for the skin NOT cooking! You can find these at your local craft store in the soap making section.

I decided to lavish my recipients with a lavender fragrance.

It smells heavenly! I feel relaxed and pampered already!

Homemade body sugar scrub in a lavendar scent is absolutely lovely!

Simple, lovely, inexpensive and a decadently sweet treat! This homemade body sugar scrub is certain to dazzle and delight!

Wishing you a pampered holiday season!

~Wenderly