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Crayon Drip Art Pumpkin Tutorial

I’ve seen melted crayons on canvas but never before on a pumpkin. xoxoxox! I’m sending some serious love to the folks at The Swell for this wonderful fall craft! This is definitely one to do with the kiddos. I think using orange and yellow colors would be perfect for fall decor but any colors you choose will look wonderful. These are so so fun!

Here’s the link to The Swell’s full tutorial: (The Swell – Crayon Drip Art Pumpkin Tutorial)

With Halloween a little over a month away, thinking about the decorations you are going to use to make your house look attractively spooky should become a priority. There are lots of pumpkin crafts that can inspire you when attempting to create your own decorations and ornaments, and a crayon drip art pumpkin is certainly one of the most amazing on the list. If you have children, this project is going to be totally funky, abstract and terribly colorful at the same time. Opt out the canvas in favor of a beautiful, medium white pumpkin, and be sure to buy a new set of crayons for this crafting project – you would not want your child to cry for his old ones, would you?

Materials Needed

Besides the white pumpkin, whether natural or faux, you will need about 16-20 Crayola crayons, a blow dryer, some glue, and trash bags or surface cover, to prevent accidentally staining your carpets. Before you begin the project, you should necessarily remove the labels from your Crayola crayons, otherwise you risk ruining your project. Break the crayons in half, as you will not need them entirely to obtain a great result.

Step 1 – Gluing

The first step you need to go through is gluing the Crayola crayons to the canvas, which is the white pumpkin. The surface is contour, and they will not stay in place without some glue to keep them there during the rest of the process. Try not to exaggerate with the amount you use, otherwise the final result is not going to look as expected. Remember that you will be gluing only one half of every crayon to the pumpkin, so this is another argument that you do not need to use too much glue.
Place the crayons around the pumpkin – you can do this with a specific sequence of colors in mind, or randomly, for a more vibrant and eye-catching result.

Step 2 – Blow Drying

The next step is blow drying, which will apply heat to your crayons, making them melt. Do not go on high speed unless you made sure to place surface covers or trash bags underneath the pumpkin, because the wax in the Crayola crayons will melt much faster, splattering outwards and creating a mess. The crayons should start melting and dripping after about 30 seconds to 1 minute, so do not grow impatient if they do not do this the second you turn the blow dryer on.

At this point, your pumpkin should be a colorful mess. Always keep in mind that you can get more outstanding results if you manipulate the melted crayons during the heating process, as you can create abstract shapes and color combos. Take an acrylic brush (or any other brush you have handy), and create spirals or swirls with circle motions. You can also repeat the process a second time after the crayons melted and cooled, but using only one quarter of each crayon instead, and changing the initial color sequence. The more colorful the mess, the more interesting and fun your pumpkin craftsmanship will be.

Additional Resources: Looking for more crafty pumpkin ideas?
Don’t miss the roundup by BuzzFeed and also this post by Good Housekeeping.

22 Very Unique Staircases That Will Inspire You

Wow these stairs are fantastic! It makes me wish I was the fiddler on the roof with ‘one great staircase just going up and one great staircase just going down.’ I took a look at an amazing album of photos over at Stylish Eve and I love the natural looking ones that grow into the walls and seem to be living. The book staircase designed by Levitate Architects makes my heart skip a beat; it’s so dreamy! Some of them are a little steep for me! I’m kind of klutzy and need some substantial hand rails to prevent injury! But they’re all awesome.

Here’s the link to Stylish Eve’s full photo album: (Stylish Eve – 22 Very Unique Staircases That Will Inspire You)

Deciding On A Unique Stair Design

Ever thought that your staircase can serve as an artistic element and enhance your home decor? Probably not, as we tend to see the stairs as just a practical part of the house, which is simply there to lead from one floor to another. However, if you were to take a look at these unique staircases, you will surely be bowled over. These staircases are so original and so artistic, that they not only stand out, but also enhance the value of these homes.

Quality Materials

All these staircases have one thing in common – they are all inventive and ingenious. Apart from being designed in a spectacular manner, it is clear that they are made with high quality materials. There are some which have a really modern look, whereas others are more rustic and classical. The modern ones are mainly made from metallic materials, whereas the others are manufactured from wood.

Space Saving Design

under the stairs storage ideas

There are a number of staircases that focus on the importance of saving space. If you were to think about it, the space beneath each and every step is being wasted. So, isn’t it a great idea to use these spaces as storage compartments? This is just what happened with some of these unique stairs. The areas beneath the steps can be opened so as to store items inside. Some are in the form of drawers, while others are like cabinets or cupboards. You will be amazed at the amount of extra space you will have available, and how many things you would be able to store in there!

Based on this idea, there are also some staircases that serve as a library or an original bookcase too. Lots of books can be stored beneath each step, and even on the sides of the walls too.

Slides? Why Not!

Another simply great idea is to incorporate one or more slides with the stairs. There are several designs that put this idea into practice. If you have kids, they will surely love this concept as they will have the facility of sliding down inside your home, instead of having to wait to go to the park to do so! It is also ideal for people who have accessibility problems too.

Elaborate Rails

Some of these unique staircases have focused on the different shapes of the steps, whereas others placed more emphasis on the innovative rails. Some of the rails look like branches, so the stairs look like a tree, while others are literally like a huge spiralling work of art.

One thing is for sure, all of these staircases are designed by people who are truly artistic. The style, the elegance and the flow of these staircases makes them utterly unique.

Some of the most exciting designs you have ever seen are available to view online, and even though you may not afford to have such a staircase, you will surely love the inventive ideas behind some of them. And after all, who knows, sometime you may put one or more of these innovative ideas into practice and create an original staircase design of your own.

Additional Resources: Looking for more unique stair ideas?
Don’t miss this roundup by Bored Panda and also this post by Twisted Sifter.

Jack-O-Planterns

Best. Idea. Ever. Seriously, I love these creative pumpkins from Garden Therapy! I’m so excited to feature them here today. Good thing Halloween is just around the corner because I don’t think I could wait a whole year to make them. These are so creative and so much better than the plain old ones. I especially like ‘Jack’s’ teeth. What a smiley happy pumpkin!

Here’s the link to Garden Therapy’s full article: Garden Therapy: Jack-O-Planterns

A Jack-o-lantern might be one of the most traditional ways to celebrate Halloween, but that’s not the only thing that you can do with a pumpkin. While most people will carve a face into their pumpkins and then put a candle inside, some very creative people have come up with the idea of using it as a planter. These look amazing and will be a welcome addition to anyone’s Halloween celebrations.

Tools Required

It’s very easy to make a jack-o-lantern planter yourself. This fun pumpkin idea only needs a few tools, including:

- Pen
- Knife
- Plants
- Compost
- Pumpkin

Plants

When it comes to plants you can choose pretty much anything. The types of plants that work the best for me include grasses in various colors, kale and ornamental cabbage. I’ve also experimented with a few other plants and you can get different looks by trying out different types of plants.

Step 1 – Hollowing the Pumpkin Out

The very fist step is to cut the top of the pumpkin and start scooping out all of the seeds and innards. This can either be discarded or kept. The seeds can be roasted and taste really nice, and the flesh can also be used to make soup if you wish.

Step 2 – Designing your Pumpkin

Next, you will need to decide what you want your pumpkin to look like. Normally this will be a smiley face with a toothy grin, although you can also design lots of other patterns. I find it easiest if you draw the design directly onto the pumpkin so that you have something to cut out.

Step 3 – Cutting the Design out

Once you have copied the design onto the pumpkin, it’s then a matter of using your sharp knife to cut it out. This is exactly the same as a regular jack-o-lantern so far. Be careful at this stage as you don’t want to hurt yourself, and you also need to be very careful to avoid breaking the pumpkin.

Step 4 – Filling with Compost

Once that’s all cut out you can then fill the pumpkin with soil or compost. Be gentle and don’t compress the soil too much as this could cause the design on the front to break.

Step 5 – Planting

Now you’re ready to plant. Before you actually plant anything in the pumpkin, it’s a good idea to try them in various locations. When you are happy with your design you can then plant it properly. Plants can be put in the top, around the mouth and even in the eyes.

Step 6 – Caring for your Jack-o-lantern planter

Your jack-o-lantern planter is very easy to care for. It needs the occasional water and it should last throughout Halloween. Once you have finished celebrating, simply remove the plants and compost the pumpkin. The plants can either be planted into other planters around the garden, or put into the garden.

Hopefully this fun pumpkin idea will get you in the mood for Halloween. It’s so easy to make, that it’s the perfect activity to help keep the kids occupied. It’s also something that’s slightly different and will become a real talking point.

Additional Resources: Looking for more pumpkin planter ideas?
Don’t miss this article by BHG.com and also this video by Martha Stewart.

tiny homes

Image Credit: diply.com

Andrew, Gabriella, and Terra Morrison have raised the bar when it comes to tiny homes. Theirs is mortgage free, off the grid, modern, fabulous, and puts all others to shame in every way. The Morrisons gave up 80% of their possessions to move into this terrific cabin and are utilizing every bit of space. There might not be a lot of room but they don’t waste a single inch. I might have more room but I know that I am wasting space and have stuff I don’t need. I am inspired to organize and declutter after seeing their beautiful home. Their wood floors, kitchen, staircase, and dreamy reading nook will blow your mind!

Here’s the link to Diply’s full article: Diply: This House Doesn’t Look Like Much. Until You Go Inside. You’ll Love Everything about it.

Benefits of Downsizing and Living Off Grid

Living off the grid helps you to cut back on the hustle and bustle of modern living. You will be free from the overwhelming appointments, activities and burdens of modern life. Downsizing and off grid living can be very rewarding and fulfilling. It is also very cost effective and energy efficient. In addition to getting away from the rat race and settling down with what really matters, you will also enjoy the following advantages:

1. Enhanced Creativity

First, you will learn how to make the best use of limited essential resources. Your creativity will naturally come alive. You will become more innovative as you try to invent new ways of managing space, materials, energy, water, and several other resources. For instance, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison, the inventors of the Tiny House, did exactly that when they got rid of about 80% of their personal belongings and acquired a 5-acre piece of land to create a unique off-the grid home. This home has now become a model for others to copy.

2. Financial Freedom

Another great benefit of downsizing and living off the grid is financial freedom. That is what the Morrisons where able to achieve in their new home. The entire project including the land the new tiny home and appliances cost them $33,000. But they are free from debt and they don’t have to worry about paying back a mortgage for over 20 years. Although it cost them time, effort, and significant amount of money to put up the building, they now live there without thinking about paying any heating or electricity bills. In addition, they save a lot of money on transportation, feeding, and clothing.

3. Lower Stress and Anxiety

The pressures of the modern metropolitan lifestyle create a lot of stress. This results in a huge number of stress complaints at most American primary health care centers. And a study conducted at Harvard University revealed that people who are constantly under very high stress levels are four times more likely to experience a heart attack than those who are not.

Opting out of the cluttered, noisy and busy life instantly reduces anxiety. As you eliminate most of the stressful activities like daily commute, appointments, plus overtime, you will remove most of the sources of stress and anxiety.

4. Deeper Appreciation of Nature and Its Beauty

After downsizing and simplifying your life, you will have more time to see the beauty in everyday. Then you can enjoy the bright and refreshing colors of the rising sun and hear the birds in the woods making melodious tunes. The new and simple lifestyle helps you to appreciate the beauty of a bird’s feathers and the artistry displayed on a butterfly’s wings.

5. Better Family Relationships

Finally, off grid living enhances family interaction and builds a stronger bond between family members. Now that you have a restricted supply of energy, you will not have the time to watch television for several hours. Consequently, you will be forced to spend more time with other family members. Most evenings, the entire family will gather in the living area around the fireplace to share experiences and anecdotes together, read a book, and play family games.

Additional Resources: Looking for more inspirational tiny home stories?
Don’t miss this roundup by Distractify and also this post by Tiny (The Movie).

28 Houseboats That Will Make You Want To Float Away

Houseboats are one of the most peaceful vacation retreats. You really can “leave all your troubles behind.” (The swim really discourages unwanted visitors.) You really should do this at least once in your life. You won’t regret it! We did it a few years ago and it was the best! Our boat wasn’t like any of these but it did have a waterslide. These boats are awesome! #7 even has a garage for a boat and #8 is 4 stories high! I wonder how many you could sleep comfortably in there?!

See all 28 floating mansions here-

Buzzfeed – 28 Houseboats That Will Make You Want To Float Away

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Gardening Hacks That Will Make Your Garden The Talk Of The Town

These 15 tips from Viralnova are going to help take your gardening to the next level. The shower caddy hanging gardens are so clever. The shoe rack ones too. I can always take more gardening tips and fun ideas. Using eggs and lemons to start seedlings indoors are something I want to try also.

Get all the tips here-

Viralnova – Gardening Hacks That Will Make Your Garden The Talk Of The Town

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