Our Halloween Decor

 

We don’t have a fireplace, so when it comes to decorating for seasons & holidays I turn to our buffet. It’s a focal point in our home, and makes for a great mantel alternative! This year almost all our halloween decorations are black, white, and gold. And everything is either from the dollar store, around the house, or an easy diy!

 

Here are all the parts and pieces, and how I made them:

I created the bunting with black construction paper, chalk, and gold string. A few bats are strung on fishing line and hung from the ceiling. They appear to be flying, and my daughter loves this touch! I also used the black netting, which originally held  brussle sprouts, to disguise our Jambox and make it part of the decor. And a few paper pinwheels and a crow from the dollar store make a cute arrangement to give some height to the collection. You can find tutorials on my drippy candles, gold studded pumpkins, and mummy candles by clicking the links below:

Black Drippy Candles
Gold Studded Pumpkins
Mummy Candles

I kept the table decor simple, and added just a little festive color.

Fall Centerpiece, Pumpkin Flower Vase

 

Sydney and I have spent this past week helping my mom recover from foot surgery, and when we went to get her flowers I knew I had to do something to make the arrangement feel as fall like as possible. Her house was lacking a festive touch. That’s when the pumpkins caught my eye, and I recalled a pin I had seen last week. So I broke out the carving knife, cleaned out the pumpkin, added a low vase, some water, and beautiful flowers. This is a simple way to create a stunning centerpiece!

Gold Studded Pumpkins

 

These studded pumpkins are the perfect addition to our fall decor! I was inspired to make these little guys while I slaved over my Fiber One Snackcessory clutch.

All you need is a hot glue gun, spray paint, and some pumpkins. First wash and dry the pumpkins. Then use the glue gun to create a design. I went with simple dots of glue to create the studded look, but you can make any design you’d like. Then give it a coat of spray paint, and you can even top them off with clear coat for extra protection.

Please make sure to use caution when using your hot glue, and only spray paint in a well ventilated area.

DIY Halloween Decor : Drippy Black Candles

 

Over the next week or so Sydney and I will be crafty like crazy, creating our spooky Halloween decor. And I’ll be sure to share each and every project with you! Today’s craft is fun for the kids to admire, but not safe for them to make. You’ll need led candles in various sizes, parchment or wax paper, hot glue gun, black spray paint, and black glitter.

Start out by coating your candles in hot glue. Let the glue drip down the sides of the candles, pooling on the wax paper. Its best to keep turning the candle to let some of the glue drips cool before putting on the next layer. This creates more dimension.

Several glue sticks later, once you have the desired drippy look, carefully peel your candle off the parchment or wax paper.

Now tape or cover the flame portion of the candle, and spray your candle black. Immediately sprinkle your candle with glitter, so that it will stick to the wet paint. Be sure this step is done in a well ventilated area.

 

How to Store & Display Finger Puppets

 

Sydney loves finger puppets. We started collecting them for her when she was born, and over the last few years her collection has grown quite large. She has all different kinds of animals in beautiful, bright colors. They’re so pretty, it would be a shame to store them away in a box somewhere! So we found a great way to store and display them on shelves in her room. We ordered a set of kid sized mannequin hands online. What better than fingers to store finger puppets!? Continue reading

New In The Store : Gold Insect Magnets!

 

I made some insect magnets awhile back, and had been toying with the idea of making sets to add to my Etsy store. Well, as soon as I came across these higher quality bugs with nicer details, I knew it was time to get to work! The magnets are in sets of two, and come in a custom painted tin, ready to gift. They will add fun and humor to your fridge or office. Be sure to head to my store and check them out! I will also beadding some new vintage items this afternoon. Continue reading

Make It Gold

 

Good morning! This weekend went by way too fast! I spent some time working on new handmade items for my Etsy store. They’re almost done, and I can’t wait to share them with you! While I was working, I had the urge to break out the gold spray paint and give some of my tools a new look. Now my tape measure, seam ripper, scissors, tweezers, and xacto feel more like a pretty set. A few coats of clear enamel will keep them protected from scratching and flaking.

While I was working on my tools, Sydney wanted to transform something of hers as well. So, we gave a few of her hair clips a shiny new look.

Sometimes I wish companies would make household products simple with standard black, white, silver, and gold finishes. Like, why can’t tissue boxes just come in a solid black box? Oh, well… I guess that’s why I go through so much spray paint!

Planting Succulents

 

Our house needed some greenery, so yesterday Sydney and I spent the afternoon planting. Syd loves flowers and gardens, but unfortunately all we can fit on our balcony is a small herb garden in a flower box. So she was so excited when I broke out the dirt and an assortment of containers from our china cabinet! Planting indoors is still lots of fun, actually more fun than outdoors when temps are inching close to 100! I also took her to the store and let her pick out the plants. Of course she was immediately drawn to all the cute little succulents!

I think she liked planting in the tea cup the best, especially since she decided her favorite plant would go in there.

The succulents in assorted containers are perfect grouped together as a centerpiece on a table….

Or separated and placed in different rooms around the house. And the best part is, they are easy to keep alive!

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Design Trends : Seeing Blue

 

There’s no doubt that when it comes to recent design trends, blue is in. I first fell in love with the color and brought it home when we moved to our current apartment last spring. We coated our 12 foot bedroom walls in the perfect shade of navy blue. The color has actually become one of my all time favorite paint colors, and I can’t wait to use it in another room!

The blue hue is the perfect color scheme if you’re looking to achieve a unique and globally inspired design. Earlier this summer Ikea launched their limited edition True Blue Collection. It’s an Indian-inspired collection, and, in my opinion, it’s to die for. I want to own it all, and have been eagerly awaiting a release of the collection in our local stores. Sadly, I have finally come to the realization that it probably won’t happen. Sigh.

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A Quick Bedroom Makeover On A Budget

 

After two full days of painting, rearranging, and accessorizing, the bedroom is done! The new paint color really transformed the room, making it feel fresh and bright. I also shifted the bed over, and moved the existing chest from the foot of the bed to the side. Now it has dual purpose as both storage and a night table. This also cleared up floor space at the foot of the bed. Then, I moved the large floor mirror to the other side of the room to help define a dressing area near the closet and bombay dresser. With this layout, the room is more spacious and inviting.

In order to marry the old and the new, I mixed in vintage items with beach accents, like this antique bowl filled with shells and starfish. The white ceramic bird adds a touch of whimsy.

Along with a few other accents, the yellow throw pillow brings a cheery feel to the room.

I couldn’t pass up this rope ball door stop. So cute!

In the end this diy room renovation took two days and just $300. As you can see, you don’t have to break the bank to update your bedroom!

Here is the Before & After:

Tuesday Tips : Living Room Makeover On a Budget

 

It’s been a rough morning over here, we woke up and headed straight to the vet for our poor little Cola. Sydney is really sad her best friend isn’t feeling well, so we stocked up on some craft supplies and will be spending our afternoon at her art desk to keep her mind off things. While we do that I wanted to share with you the living room makeover I did at my mom’s house. I went to visit for a week, and couldn’t resist doing a little renovation project. For just about $900, she has a brand new room! Continue reading

DIY Felt Accent Pillows

 

If you remember last week’s Favorite Things Post, I shared some great Moroccan style accent pillows from ABC Home. I loved them, and wanted to try my own version using felt. Sydney’s room can’t have enough color, so I made this bright pink, yellow, and cyan version for her sofa. It works perfectly in her room! I chose to use a sewing machine, but a no sew version could be done using fabric glue to carefully adhere the felt cutouts to basic throw pillows. Here is how I made it: Continue reading

Guest Post : Creating Great Workspaces by Joanna at Design Shuffle

Good Morning! Today I bring you a guest post from Joanna at Design Shuffle. She has some great workspace ideas for you fellow crafters and DIY-ers. Enjoy!

Hello! My name is Joanna. I’m a writer for Design Shuffle, a wonderful social networking community that brings together interior designers and those who love to follow their work. Luckily, as part of my writing I get to spend my days searching for and gathering decorating ideas and images. I love to share them with blog readers like you on design blogs such as The Gold Jelly Bean.

If you’re a crafter, then you know having a place to work and keep your supplies is a necessity. This can be accomplished by turning a spare bedroom or office into your dream workspace or by using a corner of the kitchen or dining room to spread your wings. There is something thrilling about seeing your supplies organized and at the ready for the next big project. These are some of my favorite workspaces wonders. Thanks for letting me share today!

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DIY Toilet Paper Holder

 

I hope everyone had a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend. My day was relaxing with Vince and Sydney, and all my wonderful family and friends made me feel extra special. I am one lucky girl!

Now back to reality, and back to all the laundry I didn’t do this weekend… while I get that done, I want to share a recent project with you. Turning an empty quick oats container into a toilet paper roll holder. I love when designers team up with big brands and turn a mundane product into something well designed. Jonathan Adler teamed up with Cottonelle to create designer toilet paper roll covers. Unfortunately the designs do not match our decor, so I decided to make my own! The container perfectly fits two rolls of toilet paper. All you have to do is paint it! Continue reading

Making Use of an Old Typewriter

 

This weekend Sydney felt inspired, and created several great masterpieces. After all her hard work, finger painting till her hands could paint no more, we couldn’t store her artwork away in a drawer. And a basic frame just wouldn’t do. So we put a couple old typewriters to use, displaying her artwork in a non-traditional manner. Continue reading

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