Black and White Buffalo Check Craft Pumpkin

DIY Buffalo Plaid Painted Pumpkin

I think this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I saw these buffalo check painted pumpkins on Better Homes & Gardens’ Instagram a couple weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about them ever since!

They have a really helpful video tutorial up on their website to DIY. I used a small, lightweight papier mache pumpkin ($3 from Joann). It was already white, but it was kind of uneven so I went over the whole thing with white paint before I started.

DIY Buffalo Check Pumpkin

Following the video instructions, I lightly drew horizontal lines, then freehand painted the vertical lines in gray. Next, the horizontal checks are filled in with the same shade of gray. Last, I mixed a little black paint in with the gray and went over the overlapping checks to make the gingham pattern.

I was worried about the lines looking uneven/wavy, but I actually think the imperfect look works for the style of this pumpkin. This is easily my new favorite Halloween decoration and I will definitely be leaving it up through Thanksgiving! For now, it looks really cute with my gray and black kitty pumpkin. 🙂

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Easy & Quick Black Cat Pumpkin Halloween Decor

Easy & Cheap Black Cat Pumpkin Decor

Here is a quick and easy idea for a cute Halloween pumpkin that can be used year after year. As soon as I saw the cute kitty cat pumpkins in this post, I knew I had to make my own!

I love the black and white theme she used, but then I found these gray pumpkins with glittery black stems ($3 at Target) and that’s what I decided to use.

Black Cat Halloween Pumpkin in the Making

Not trusting my drawing skills, I drew the cat outlines in pencil first and found that pencil erases very cleanly from the lightweight styrofoam material. Then I just traced and filled in with a black felt-tip Sharpie, and added whiskers with a smaller Sharpie. All done!

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My Favorite Easy DIY Lotion Recipe

Let me start by saying that this lotion is not one of those pretty ones I see all over Pinterest. It’s not tinted with rose petals or lavender buds. It does not work in a pump, and it doesn’t look like fluffy frosting in a mason jar.

Easy DIY Healing Lotion Recipe

 

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It does work, though. My skin is SO dry. Like always a little itchy, usually kinda flaky, and even worse in the winter. I have tried probably every type of lotion in the lotion aisle at Target. They all seem to sit on top of my skin, leaving a film and doing absolutely nothing to actually moisturize.

A few years ago, I finally got tired of throwing away every lotion I bought. I had read that coconut oil works well as a moisturizer, so I tried that and it worked better than anything else I had tried.

It still wasn’t quite enough to get the job done, and if I didn’t allow enough time for it to sink in it left a little oily residue on my clothes. I started experimenting with different coconut oil-based lotion recipes found online.

I found that the simplest thing was actually the best, and have been using it ever since. My skin has never been happier and it is so easy to make, it’s ridiculous. It does not have to be an exact science. I don’t use exactly the same proportions every time and it always turns out great. You could easily add your favorite essential oils to it – I sometimes do, but usually prefer unscented lotion.

Here’s how to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. coconut oil (I buy whatever’s cheapest at the grocery store)
  • 4 oz. shea butter (I use refined because the unrefined smells nasty and this works just as well)

Method:

Add roughly equal amounts of coconut oil and shea butter to a double boiler. I use the bowl of my stand mixer so I can go straight into the next step. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove the bowl from heat and place in the refrigerator. Let chill until mixture is cooled and just beginning to solidify (you will see it start to go from clear to opaque-white.)

*Note: If you completely forget about it and it gets solid in the fridge, just set it on the counter until it softens up a bit. (This happens to me every single time.)

Mix on med-high with electric mixer until it is smooth and white. It might be sort of runny, but mine always firms up after sitting for awhile.

Scoop it into a container with a lid and you’re good to go. A little bit goes a long way, so it lasts a long time.

I keep mine in a large plastic jar with a screw-on lid. Here’s what it looks like when done:

Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Moisturizing Lotion Recipe

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Mini Scrapbook Using Project Life Cards

Here is a quick and cute way to use Project Life cards to make a mini scrapbook.

I love all the pretty Project Life kits that are available and have a hard time resisting when I see them in the craft store, especially if they are on sale. Sadly, I don’t have much patience for making big fancy scrapbooks with lots of photos and journaling.

My favorite way to use up these cute, patterned cards is to make a mini scrapbook bound by a simple metal ring. This one features a few pictures of my cat when she was a kitten, made with 4″x 4″ photo prints ordered from Printiki.

I like this style because I can keep adding to it as I get more pictures. All I did for most of the pictures was to tape them down with washi tape and write the date on the paper or directly on the photo.

I put her name on the cover page with metallic cardboard letters from the dollar section at Target.

Quick and easy mini photo album using Project Life cards

easy scrapbook with project life cards

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Easy Jumbo Felted Wool Ball Cat Toy DIY

DIY Felted Wool Cat Toy

DIY Felted Wool Cat Toy

Here is a tutorial for a homemade cat toy that my cat absolutely loves. It’s simple to make, cheap, and durable (to withstand those vicious attacks!). The idea came from some wool dryer balls that I made a few years ago – once kitty found them….I think it’s needless to say they belong to her now. But I wanted one jumbo one that she could really sink her teeth and claws into, so I made a new one just for her.

All you really need is 100% wool yarn in any color. I used Patons Classic Wool in “New Denim.” I also had some of these lattice-style jingle balls laying around that don’t get a lot of play on their own so I used one as the core, but it’s not necessary.

All you really need to do is start wrapping the yarn around the ball, every which way, until it’s covered. Don’t worry about it being uneven or lumpy, it will smooth out pretty well on its own. Keep wrapping, and wrapping, and wrapping until all the yarn is gone. (Preferably do this while your cat is in a very deep sleep in a far corner of the house, or she will make it a lot more complicated.)

Wool Ball Cat Toy DIY

Tuck the end of the yarn under somewhere to secure it. I wrapped with a couple of rubber bands just to make sure everything would stay tight.

Next, it’s going to go in the washing machine, so stick it inside an old nylon sock or pantyhose. I didn’t have either, so I used my mesh laundry bag and secured the top with a rubber band.

Throw it in the washer with a load of laundry and wash on hot (I put mine in with a load of towels). The hot water, detergent, and friction in the washer will work its magic and felt the ball into one solid piece so it won’t come unraveled.

Remove the rubber bands if you used them, and run the ball through the dryer with the rest of the laundry. It should come out fairly smooth and sturdy, but if it seems like it needs more help, run it through the laundry a second time.

That’s it! You can rub a little catnip on it to get your cat’s attention. I like it because it’s big enough to bite and kick at the same time – and my cat loves to kick!

Here are some other items my cat wishes she had, or already has and loves!

cat toys - cat products

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  1. *Mad Scientist Toy for Cats – I think it would be super entertaining to watch my cat figure this one out – anything for a treat!
  2. *Our Pets Play-N-Treat Ball – I have these and my cat loves pushing them all over the house with her nose until the treats come out – we use it almost every day.
  3. *SmartCat Peek-a-Prize Toy Box – It’s like a puzzle for cats! I think my cat would love trying to fish all the different toys out of the box.
  4. *Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy – I think this will be the next one I get – simple, but entertaining (and it has good reviews).
  5. *TRIXIE Pet Products Parla Scratching Post – We have this also and it has been great – it can really take a beating and doesn’t tip over easily (plus the price can’t be beat!)
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