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If you happen to know someone who is completely, 100%, addicted to paper, and glue, and glittery letters….

You might want to share this with them.

Two awesome things will happen, the first they will make a small dent in their paper hoard.  

And the best part, have a new wreath after about 30 minutes of paper-folding, hot-gluing and giggling over
how pretty their paper is. 

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The perfect apple peach sangria {just in time for Fall!}

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So imagine a slice of peach pie…got it? Ok, now add a slice of apple pie, and a crisp, sweet glass of wine.
Now mix them all together…yes.
It’s the best Fall Sangria ever.  It tastes like yum and amazing all at once.
We have mixed a few up and curled up with blankets in the evening by our fit pit.

Just savoring and enjoying the handful of warm (rain free) evenings we have here in
the Northwest.  You can use a white wine, or a Moscato, I like the Moscato from Gallo Family Vineyards
for this recipe, it’s just perfect.

Here is how I make my favorite Sangria for Fall…

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Inspiration Monday Party | Pumpkin Recipes AND a $100 Scentsy GIVEAWAY!!

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Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

I suppose that making Halloween treats on top of the plethora of candy most of us have 
around Halloween could be considered too much.
But not if you love candy corn.

 Candy corn was initially created by a gentleman by the name of George Renninger, who in

the 1880’s was a candy maker at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia.  It was then
purchased and distributed by Goelitz Confectionery Company, and the company that we know
today as Jelly Belly has the longest noted history making our favorite Fall candy.
The way they make candy corn over the years has changed, but the original recipe combining
sugar, vanilla, fondant, and mallow creme is the same today as it was back then.  Source for 
this data can be found here.
Now that you know more than you ever thought you wanted to know about candy corn,
let’s make something yummy.  Here is how I make:
Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
makes a 13″ x 9″ pan of treats
2 T. butter
6 cups of mini marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispie Cereal
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of candy corn
1 cup of vanilla frosting 
orange food coloring or red and yellow food coloring
Set aside about 16 candy corn pieces to top your treats with before you begin.
Start by melting your butter over medium heat in a deep pan on the stove.  Once 
your butter is melted, stir in your marshmallows and mix with butter until melted.
removed your pan from the stove top, stir in vanilla, then cereal, until blended.
Fold in about one cup of chopped candy corn and spread into greased pan with 
a buttered spatula.  Set aside to cool.
In a small bowl combine frosting with enough food coloring to achieve your 
desired color of orange.  I like to cut my krispies into about 16 or so squares,
then frost them and add the candy accent once they have already been cut and
Thank you so much for baking with me today!
What kind of treats and goodies do you like to make in the Fall?

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DIY Striped Dropcloth Table Runner | with Krista from The Happy Housie

Hi everyone!! 
It is Krista from The Happy Housie back again and I am so excited to be here today 
sharing this super easy (and thrifty!) DIY Dropcloth Table runner with you!
Halloween House Tour Dining Room with hand sketched sharpie pumpkins at thehappyhousie
For this project you will need:
  • a dropcloth (or similar fabric)
  • scissors
  • painters tape (I used Frog brand)
  • spray paint in your colour of choice – I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black
I started out with a plain ol’ dropcloth that I picked up at my local hardware store.
 I think I paid about $15 for a 4 foot by 12 foot piece.
 That translates to around $4 a yard, give or take.

I cut one long strip 18″ wide and 84″ long (because my table is 72″ long 
and I wanted an overhang on each end). I let the edges fray naturally because 
I don’t plan to wash this, but you could definitely sew the edges or use some 
no-sew hemming tape to secure them first. 
I used Frog Tape to tape out my lines, spacing them evenly by using a spacer piece 
that I moved as I taped my way down the length of the runner.
Then I sprayed away with my flat black spray paint and let it dry about an hour… Done!!
dropcloth painted table runner by thehappyhousie
The perfect addition to our Halloween table, though I think it will transition nicely 
into regular ol’ Fall come November.
Dropcloth Table Runner by thehappyhousie
I have a few other Halloween and Fall Projects I would love to share with you- 
hop over and visit me at The Happy Housie to see what I have been up to lately… 
like how I made these hand sketched oil sharpie pumpkins:


Black and White Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins at thehappyhousie collage
Thanksgiving table outside with fall centerpiece at thehappyhousie
Halloween House Tour open door at thehappyhousie 
And if you want to know what the next Fall or Halloween project might be… 
check out my board A Fall Chill and All Hallow’s Eve on 
Thanks Tanya for having me here today! 
It is always so much fun to connect with you readers of twelveOeight!
Thanks for reading!
 And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.

Inspiration Monday Party | Featuring Halloween Decor

Good morning friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend
and I running behind on posting so I hope you are ready to par-tay!!

Welcome back to the Inspiration Monday Linky Party, we are so glad you dropped by!

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Last week’s party was full of so many crazy-good projects and recipes, it was really hard to narrow down the favorites.
With the cool weather we have been having, it’s starting to feel like fall and that means Halloween is just around the corner! Are you ready? If not, here are a few favorite Halloween inspired decor projects to help inspire you. (We pin our many of the projects linked up, so be sure to follow our
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(From left to right:) Wicked Halloween Wreath from a Princess and her CowboysPrissy Dryer Vent Pumpkins from Sassy Pants StudioWooden Pumpkin face from At Home in the NorthwestMagnetic Spiders from Leigh Laurel StudiosChevron Halloween quilt from Pink Polka Dot CreationsFramed Halloween Art from the Pin JunkieForged Cauldron Planters from Uncommon Designs

Pumpkin full of Kittens from Sewlicious Home Decor  -Anything with kittens gets my vote!

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Quick Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween arrived really quickly this year, and I feel totally un-prepared!
But, amidst all of the late nights counting contractions, and a little less
sleep, our sweet grandbaby is here, and I couldn’t be happier.

So sleepy, coffee-fueled me put together some easy Halloween decorations
that you can make in a flash.

Since Halloween is squeezed in there right after Fall begins and before the Holidays start
I don’t completely lose my mind decorating.  I like to do a few simple things, and make 
it a little spooky but not scary.  (This seems to be my Halloween mantra lately)
A Dollar Tree door-knocker skull, a book page Happy Halloween banner, and some snakes,
rats, and bats all crawling around my vignette. 
To make the wreath, I glued the orange and white straws onto a small piece of cardboard,
added the apothecary sticker, a little garland across the top and some Dollar Tree spiders
here and there.  I glued a loop of twine on the back to hang it up.
Everything was easy to put together and it probably took me less than one hour to make 
the book page garland, wreath, and decorate too.
So do you go all out for Halloween or add a few things to your Fall decor? The next week
will be filled with discussions regarding costumes, and the candy haul of course…
Click HERE to see how I made this Witchy Chevron Lantern:

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Halloween Wall Art using PicMonkey | featuring Brooke from Blissful Roots

 Hi, twelveOeight readers!  It’s Brooke from Blissful Roots, again.  I promised Tanya this would be my last dollar store Halloween craft post.  I was here last month with some Halloween ornaments that I made from dollar store cookies.  Well, today I have another quick, simple, super cheap Halloween project for you.

 I’m sure you’ve seen these before, and you may have even used them for a craft project.  They’re stove burner covers.  I’ve seen many ideas online using these covers.  I love them because they’re light, inexpensive (you get two sizes for $1), they’re round, and they’re even magnetic. 

So, this is what you’ll be looking for at the dollar store (I found mine at Dollar Tree).  Mine had apples on the front, but they have many designs.  It really doesn’t matter what design is on front because you’ll be covering it up.  You’ll find the burner covers on the kitchen supply isle.

I probably didn’t even need to type up instructions for this one, but here they are anyway.  So super easy and quick!

Black spray paint
Stove burner covers
’31’ printable (see below)

Spray paint the burner covers. 
Let them dry completely.
Print out ’31’ printable.
Cut out the printable.
Attach the printable to the burner cover.

Here’s a good side view of the stove burner cover.  I love how  the burner gives instant depth to this project.  This would be perfect on a wall with your Halloween decor, or you could use a picture frame stand to put in on a table or shelf.  The possibilities are endless!  You could also switch up the image you use on front.  I’ve been wanting something with the number ’31’ on it for Halloween, so that’s what I chose.  You can click here to download my ’31’ image.  
(Side Note:  I used the smaller burner cover for my project.  If you print the printable at 100% it will be perfect for the bigger burner cover.  I printed mine at 80% for the smaller cover.)

I designed my cover image in PicMonkey.  If you’d like something else on the front of yours, go check out PicMonkey’s huge selection of Halloween images.  You’ll find them in the Themes section.  And guess what?  All of the images I’ve shown below are free!  I LOVE PicMonkey.






Wouldn’t any of these images be perfect on a burner cover?  I’m thinking one of the pumpkins would look fantastic printed in orange, then glittered up and attached to the black burner cover.  I think I’ll have an entire wall of these before I’m done!

Thanks again to Tanya, and you readers for letting me take a bit of your time.  I hope you have a very happy Halloween!  I’ll see you back here in November.  
Thank you SO much Brooke, I have a couple packages of these and cannot wait to make some
thrifty Halloween Wall Decor! And by the way please, by all means, keep the thrifty crafts
coming girl!! 🙂

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Halloween Chalkboard Candy Bowl | Amy from The Blissful Bee

Hey guys! It’s Amy from The Blissful Bee and I’m here today with a simple halloween DIY project! The other day I made a quick trip to my local $1 store looking for some cheap halloween decorations that I could turn into a project. One of the many items I bought was this adorable little metal bin. Right when I saw it I knew I could turn it into a fun candy bowl.


My plan was to give it some sort of chalkboard makeover. I already had most of my supplies on hand from past projects – chalkboard spray paint, painters tape and some scull themed ribbon. I picked up some white chalk for just .89 cents and was ready to begin! 

First, I tapped off the top portion of the metal bin. I then flipped it over and gave it a coat or two of chalkboard spray paint. After I gave it about 10 minutes to dry, I wrote “Boo!” onto the chalkboard portion of the bin. I then tied a bow to one of the handles with my ribbon and was done! See? Simple, right? 
I filled my candy bin with some Lifesaver mints (for two reasons): 
1. I love them!
 2. I liked the white contrast against the orange and black bin. 
If you liked this makeover, make sure to stop by The Blissful Bee over the next few weeks for a ton of Halloween themed projects! I will also be involved in a Halloween Home Tour on October 17th and 18th, so don’t miss it!! You can also find me here: Bloglovin | Facebook | Instagram | Google + Thanks Tanya for having me – always love stopping by:) 
How fabulous is this idea?!
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome Halloween ideas
with us Amy, I always love to see what you are working on 🙂


Halloween Monster Munch Recipe | Donna from A Little While


If I were to make a treat for all of the cute little Trick-or-Treaters out there, 
this would be it. 

Monster Munch…

It’s so festive!  
I love how the white chocolate kinda looks like mummy wrappings. 
It’s also yum-tastic!  Perfect for this year’s Halloween Party, don’t you think?  

Here is my recipe for…

Monster Munch 
(slightly adapted from Farmgirl’s Dabbles)

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (or 16 oz. bittersweet chocolate, omitting the semi-sweet)
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 oz. Butterfinger candy bars, cut into irregular bite-size pieces
4 oz. Heath or Skor toffee candy bars, cut into irregular bite-size pieces
4 oz. Reese’s peanut butter cups, cut into irregular bite-size pieces
6 Halloween Oreos, quartered
1/4 c. honey-roasted peanuts
4 oz. white chocolate chips
1/4 c. Reese’s Pieces yellow and orange candies

Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.  In microwave safe bowl, heat bittersweet and semisweet chips on 50% heat in 1 minute increments, stirring after each minute, until chips are mostly melted. Pour chocolate onto foil and spread to 1/4″ thickness (about 12″ x 10″ rectangle). Sprinkle with Butterfinger candy, toffee, peanut butter cups, Oreos, and nuts, making sure all pieces touch melted chocolate so they’ll stick.
Melt white chocolate in microwave at 50% power at 30 second increments, stirring between. This will only take a minute or so. Dip spoon into chocolate and wave from side to side over bark, creating zigzag lines.  Scatter Reese’s Pieces over, making sure candy touches melted chocolate. You can also pour the white chocolate into a Ziploc bag, snip a corner and pipe the chocolate on.
Chill bark until firm, about 45 minutes.  Slide foil with candy onto work surface and peel off foil.  Cut bark into irregular pieces.



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