Keeping up with the theme of favorite childhood activities from yesterday’s costume, today we’re doing a family dominos costume! Because what’s better than forcing the whole family to match for Halloween?! Ha! I actually didn’t play a real game of dominos until I was in my 20s but my mom used to collect vintage wooden dominos and use them in the jewelry and crafts she would make. So I also ended up using them for crafting much more than gaming growing up – but loved them just the same! So these came to mind when I was thinking about old childhood favorites while brainstorming costumes for this year – and I suggested putting together a family set of dominos shirt for Manda, Dad, and the boys to try out! Doesn’t get much easier than this for a group costume – plus it works for any size group!What you need:
-Plain black t-shirt: Men’s, Women’s, Youth
White iron-on fabric
-Pencil
-Ruler
-Scissors
Iron

Here’s a video to take you through the steps to put together your costume!

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  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 9:21 pm

    Ivory - These are so cute. I love them!ReplyCancel

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I can remember sitting at my grandparents house as a kid with their nesting doll spending so much time taking it apart and putting it back together over and over and over. I got one for myself when I was older and my little brothers would do the same thing – and they’d get super excited EVERY time they would find the tiny baby inside. Ha! I thought this would be a perfect last minute costume that you might be able to throw together with things you already have – maybe borrowing a vintage apron from grandma or grabbing one from a local thrift store! Or even a good pregnancy announcement costume… which is NOT the case here. Ha!If you don’t want to search around for stuff, I’ve included links & tips below for how to put this look together!

What you need:
Plain dress
Scarf
-Apron:
**I found mine by searching for vintage embroidered aprons on Etsy. Here are a few others that I found: One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
**If you want a bit more of a hands on project, you would put together a circular felt apron and stitch on some felt flowers. Or try buying a blank apron and buy some floral iron-ons to create the look you want.
-Makeup
xo. Caitlin

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 - 10:22 am

    jan - That’s a good one ladies!ReplyCancel

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We’re less than a week away from October! So we’re getting hyped up by having 90° weather (what?!) and posting a bunch of costume ideas for you this week! Today we’re getting inspired by one of our favorite projects – DIY planters – and turning it into a costume! I saw these huge plastic planters at Target and thought, “I could fit in that!” And here we are!What you need:
-Large plastic planter
-Drill
-Jigsaw
-Polypro straps
-4 slide adjusters
-Scissors
-Floral foam
-Hot glue gun

How to make it:
Follow the video below for step-by-step instructions!
xo. Caitlin

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Ivory - So fabulous and creativeReplyCancel

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 - 2:04 pm

    kelli - i love this idea so much!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:01 pm

    Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling - That is so precious! I would love to dress up as a flower pot!!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:27 am

      Caitlin McGrath - You should! It was so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 9:38 am

    Emmaline Long - I think I just found my halloween costume! I love this so much!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:27 am

      Caitlin McGrath - Thanks Emma!!ReplyCancel

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I’m back from the most incredible 10 day trip across Utah with some family & friends! As always, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things even though I love a good routine. Thankfully, I had put this project together before I left for the trip so I could be a bit less behind on work when I came home. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’ve been slowly adding more DIY projects to the living room and this is the most recent project I’ve added! I’ve been trying to replace some Netflix binging with more reading so a magazine rack in a cozy reading corner is the perfect place for some of the new magazines I’ve been into lately.What you need:
-Plywood
-Table saw
-1″x2″x6′ board
-Miter saw
-Tape measure
-Pencil
-Drill
-Screws
-Countersink bit
-Leather strap
-Scissors
-Leather punch
-Finishing washer

How to make it:
-Cut plywood down to size using a table saw. (12″x34″)
-Cut two 12″ pieces of 1″x2″ board using miter saw.
-Cut one 32.5″ piece of 1″x2″ board using miter saw.
-Lay your plywood with the back facing. Along the sides and bottom, measure 3/8″ in from the edge of the board and pre-drill holes for the screws. (About five along the bottom and three along the sides.)
-Attach one side – lining up along the sides and screwing through from the back to secure.
Repeat for the bottom piece and the side.
-For added support, I predrilled where the corners of the sides pieces and bottom meet once it was together and added a screw there.
-Drill two holes through the upper front part of the plywood to hang the board – use a countersink bit to drill into the wood a bit so your screw will sit flat against the plywood. 8″ in from the inside of the side boards, 3.5″ down from the top.
(***You can measure where your studs are in your wall where you will be hanging the magazine rack and mark on your board two spots where you will be able to drill into these – or if you don’t want to consider that, you can use drywall anchors before hanging – which is what I did with the measurements listed above.)
-Take a strap of leather (at least 34″long) and punch a small hole about 3/8″ in on the center of one end.
-Line the leather up with the side of the wood 3.5″ down from the top and make a mark inside the circle.
-Predrill a hole here.
-Put the leather back in place, lay a finishing washer on top, and then screw in place.
-Stretch the leather tightly across to the other side. Put a mark on the leather where to cut it so that it lines up with the far edge.
-Repeat previous steps from other end of leather.
-Attach to wall.
xo. Caitlin

  • Monday, September 25, 2017 - 5:59 am

    Holly - Love this and it looks so easy too! I am in a total DIY phase at the moment so will definitely be giving this a go to house my ridiculously large magazine collection… maybe I will have to make a few!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xoReplyCancel

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Apple Crumble Pie @themerrythoughtThis pie is Mike’s favorite dessert. I guess I lied last year when I shared that his favorite was apple crisp. I mean, they’re pretty much the same thing, give or take a crust and few extra spices. (So if you’re looking for an even easier apple dessert, check out the crisp!). But as I was sitting here editing photos, I asked which he liked better and he picked this pie. I’ve been working hard at perfecting all my apple desserts since they’re his fav, and I’ve been tweaking this recipe over the last year. Maybe that’s what put it in first place, all that fine tuning over the last year. And now that apple season is here, bring on all the apple desserts!Apple Crumble Pie @themerrythoughtCrumble pies are perfect for those that like more filling to crust ratio with their pies. It’s why it’s Mike favorite, more brown sugar! With a brown sugar crumb topping, sweet, spiced apples, and a flaky crust, this pie is sure to be a favorite all season long. And be sure to serve it with some vanilla ice cream and some salted caramel sauce doesn’t hurt either!Apple Crumble Pie @themerrythoughtApple Crumble Pie @themerrythoughtApple Crumble Pie

Preheat oven to 375º.

Crust
1 cup flour
dash of salt
1/2 cup butter flavor shortening
1/4 cup water

Stir flour & salt together. Add shortening and blend with pastry blender, until dough is crumbly, but don’t overwork it. Add water a little at a time until dough sticks together (you may not need all of it) and you can form a ball. Roll ball out to fit 9-inch pie plate, it should be about 1/4″ thick. Place crust in pie plate, trim edges, shaping crust as desired.

Filling
5 cups apples, peeled, cored & thinly sliced (I like to use a mix of varieties, with at least one being a tart apple, like Granny Smith)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt

Stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add in peeled, sliced apples and stir until apples are coated with mixture. Pour into prepared pie crust.

Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

In a medium bowl stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon & salt. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Spread topping over apples in an even layer.

Bake at 375º for about 50 minutes, until crust is golden and apple mixture is bubbling. Best served warm – with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with salted caramel sauce!
Apple Crumble Pie @themerrythoughtApple Crumble Pie @themerrythoughtWhat are some of your favorite fall desserts?

-Manda

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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:14 pm

    Ivory - This looks amazing. I can’t wait to make one myselfReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:45 pm

    Heather - This looks delicious!ReplyCancel

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