DIY Spider Webs

We’re just a couple of days away from October so it’s the perfect time for Halloween crafts & decor! Plus the temperatures dropped about 10 degrees for us yesterday & I officially declared a 79 degree high as sweater weather.

I’m going to share some simple spider webs I made up for my first craft show ever last weekend. Everyone totally loved them & I’m sure you will too!

To make your own you’ll need- a crochet hoop (thrift store) / black twine (Target one spot) / sparkly spider (Michael’s)/ hot glue.

If you so desire you can spray paint the hoop black first, but I liked the raw, rustic wood look. Tie the twine around the top with a few good knots. Then wrap the twine around the hoop randomly securing at each loop with a dab of hot glue. Be sure to pull the twine taut between each loop.  Once you have enough web cut the end of the twine & secure the end to the hoop with hot glue.

Use more hot glue to attach a sparkly spider to the web.

If you’re feelin’ extra creepy, add in some fake flies or other bugs too. A sparkly spider was enough for me.

They come in several pretty colors so you can make a bright bunch!

This is a super fun craft for older kids to make too. I used a couple of them on my Halloween mantle that I’ll be sharing tomorrow! You can string a bunch of ’em up as well for a fun look or add them to creepy vignettes.

Don’t want to make your own? I’ve got a few already made up for ya in my etsy shop!

Blessings Y’all,

Cathryne…

My Favorite Blog Helps

I spent the latter half of last week, working hard on the behind-the-scenes part of Slice of Southern Pie. I really love blogging, providing great content & simply sharing bits & pieces of my life with y’all. I’m working on expanding & networking my brand as well as reorganizing just about every aspect of my current blogging process. I have high hopes for all these changes, which you will probably not enough notice!

Through this ‘upgrade’ of sorts, I’ve discovered a heap of fantastic information from some other wonderful bloggers. I wanted to share the sites that seemed the most helpful to me and link to a few of their posts. If you are a blogger looking for some pointers, tips, or secrets to improvement, this is where you need to be! Make sure you check out all of these posts. I found the information to be very helpful and not the same old answers you always get.

The Turquoise Home has a whole section on the Business of Blogging. Her post on Being an Efficient Blogger & How to Quadruple Your Pageviews were my favorites. She has been such a help to me through those posts!

Wine & Glue talks about literally everything in her post on Blogging Tips. It’s a real winner! She also shares links to other sites for more information on specific subjects.

Julie’s Eats & Treats gets down to the nitty gritty & shares her knowledge on making money from blogging. She’s got the inside scoop of who to work with & who didn’t work out for her needs, etc.

Mama Miss has the ultimate crème de la crème to offer in blogger planners. This looks absolutely incredible! I cannot wait to get her 2015 version! She offers a regular calendar & menu planner as well. She is so talented! She also mentioned she’s working on some other planners including a wedding version. I’ll totally be grabbing one of those as well!

I hope those sites are as much a help to you as they have been to me.

What are you best blogging tips?

See all the printables  I created to help me stay organized & on top of things!…

Washi Tape Valentines [I’m Stuck On You!]

I know there’s been tons of different uses for “stuck on you” Valentines. Surprisingly enough, I couldn’t find any with wash tape! What a shame, I thought! So I made my own & now I’m sharing them for all of you to use. You’re welcome!

I  made 2 different versions & got the Valentine’s Day themed washi tape from the One Spot at Target.

I had issues with sizing, lots of them. So you’ll need to download the image then scale it down to 20% before printing.

You can grab them here>> Washi Tape Valentines or right click/save as from below.

Cut the card out then cut out the small rectangle & squish in the roll of washi tape! Use an exacto knife on the middle for best results. You can use tape to secure the roll on the back if necessary.

Blessings Y’all!…

Hot Chocolate- 20 Ways!

It is definitely not cold here in Houston today. But it is December & Christmas is only 11 days away! How crazy! I decided to make everyone’s gifts this year & I’m starting to think it was not my best idea…I’ve hardly started. Ahhhh! I’m going to bury myself in flour & hot glue next week. I was considering of forgoing all my diy gift ideas & just buying gifts. Then I went to the mall Friday afternoon. It is insane already! Not going out there again if I can help it.

Anyways, onto the point of this post. I’ve got an array of hot chocolate recipes for you to try out! I’m totally a hot chocolate kinda girl, especially with a mountain of whip cream on top. Mmmmm. Then some chocolate shavings. To die for on a cold night. Just add a cozy fire.

Red Velvet

Dutch

Float

Frozen 

Salted Caramel

Peppermint

Pumpkin Spice White

White

Gingerbread

Polar Express (Crock Pot)

Peanut Butter

Mexican

Cookies & Cream

Mint White

S’mores

Nutella

Coconut

Belguim

Maple

Spicy Mocha

I never knew there were so many hot chocolate flavors! You could try a new one every night up until Christmas. Or pick a few. I really want to make some hot chocolate floats next week! If I do I’ll be sure to share!

Do you call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate?

I wonder if that’s like a soda or pop kind thing……

12 Months of Wreaths- Round 2!

Over a year ago, I shared a blog brimming with front door inspiration. I included 12 photos from various blogs with a different wreath for each month. That blog has been soooooo popular that I decided to do another one & what better time than January?

I think I’ll have to make this a yearly thing!

Here y’all go!

**Note: several of these wreaths come from Etsy, feel free to buy their wreath or recreate it yourself! They have some great ideas that serve as awesome inspiration for your own front doors.

January is from Addicted 2 Decorating.

Seriously, what a genius idea to use the Epsom salt for ‘glistening.’ I can’t get enough of these little snowballs. I plan to make this wreath next January!

February is from an Etsy seller.

She has some in stock but it is totally possible to make this yourself. I just imagine it would be very time consuming! I am in love with this one. So precious for V-day.

March is from Pinterest.

I am not sure where this originally links to. It took me back to Pinterest when I clicked the image. Appears fairly easy to mock up for yourself. I think it’s a lovely rustic spring-is-here wreath without being too over-the-top-flambuoyant.

April is from Homey Home Designs

I am definitely making this wreath for our front door for Easter next year. She has mounds of cute yarn wreath ideas if you want to see more like this one. It’s totally worth checking out!

May from an Etsy seller who’s shop is currently closed but promises to reopen.

Monograms & May go hand in hand. Another semi-easy one to whip up yourself, with the help of Pinterest tutorials. You can order a wooden monogram from lots of places online like here, here, or here (this one’s only $10!). Of course, if you happen to have a fancy wood cutting machine, have at it yourself!

PS-A pair of these on the doors to a wedding would be beautiful. Plannin’ on that one myself!

June is from Pinterest.

The anchor is a fantastic addition for a summertime wreath! This one’s seems like ‘smooth sailing.’ Ah I crack myself up. Again, not sure where the link should lead to as it led me straight to the photo only.

July from A Little Crafting.

Love the antique look & the cheapness of the coffee filters. This is an adorable vintage-y patriotic wreath.

August is from Pinterest.

I am unsure what this was originally linked back to; but when I found it, it did not take me anywhere. Due to the abundance of burlap wreath tutorials currently on Pinterest, figuring this one out will be a piece of pie.

September is from an Etsy seller & is no longer available.

But there’s enough tutorials on Pinterest to help you figure this one out. My grandmother loves roosters & used to have them all over her kitchen. This reminds me of her & is so absolutely adorable. It would look great in a farmhouse style kitchen.

October is from an Etsy seller as well.

She has an original & others like it for sale. Again, I think this would be fairly easy to figure out how to make yourself if you’re game.

November is from another Etsy seller.

There are lots of similar wreaths in her shop. This one would be so easy to imitate yourself. I this deep cranberry color would be perfect for Thanksgiving but could also work for an A&M wreath.

December is from Pinterest.

I hope to make one just like this for next year to go with all the Christmas decor I purchased post season this year. I can see the gloriousness of it all already!

Well, I sure hope you leave this post feeling oh so inspired for all the upcoming months/holidays/seasons.

Happy everything to you my friend!

Psst…check out my first ‘12 Months of Wreaths.’

& see my other few wreaths here.…

Glow-in-the-Dark Fun!

Just in time for Halloween parties & the last few nights of summer, I’ve stumbled across so many creative glow-in-the-dark ideas on Pinterest. I gathered up my favorites & am sharing them with y’all! I’ll definitely be saving these ideas for my future kiddos. There’s some great fun to be found here, so be sure to check ‘em out!

Glowing Playdough Recipe

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/08/paint-and-play-glowing-bubble-painting.html

Glow in the Dark Tic Tac Toe!

http://momadvice.com/blog/tag/jello-jars

Glow in The Dark Garden

http://mommadidit.blogspot.com/2012/07/light-up-night.html

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2012/03/outer-space-themed-bath.html

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/09/lave-lamp-sensory-bags.html

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250864641716581343/

http://www.sumossweetstuff.com/2013/08/glow-bracelet-ring-toss.html

Let me know if you get to try any! Or what your favorite glow activities are?

Hope your weekend is going well!

The weather here is glorious, perfect night to try out a few of these outdoor ideas.…

DIY Pinecone Mason Jar Luminaries

This is a project you make right now & use for both your Thanksgiving & Christmas decor. I’ve really started to love the look of glowing fairy lights mixed into decor. I originally ordered these to use at our wedding & since then they haven’t received proper use. They worked perfect for our project! You can find these online for $5-$7, just goole “fairly lights.” I’ve also seen them in the Target One Spot/Bullseye’s Playground for $3, they’re probably a shorter strand though.

The luminaries are so simple to make! You just need jars, pinecones & lights.

Start by making a circle of the light strand around the bottom of the jar. Then layer with pinecones, then more light strand, more pinecones, till it’s full.

Mix in varying sizes of pinecones so there aren’t as many empty spots in the jar.

Tape the battery pack to the inside of the lid for easy access. This also keeps it hidden fairly well.

I just love the look! I made 3 different versions- all gold, snow-covered, & plain rustic. You could even add some twine or Christmas ribbon around the top for extra flair.

I used 2 of mine in my fall mantel, see all the details here.

You could use bleached pinecones for these too! See how to here.

Even more pinecone crafts are ready for ya, check out these 22 Grown Up Pinecone Crafts!

Blessings Y’all!

Cathryne…

A College Student’s Gold

    If you are not a college student, do not have children in college, & do not know anyone in college anywhere- this is not for you. There will be no point in you reading this. So I’m telling you now, don’t. However, if  one or more of the above applies to you, keep reading. This is good stuff folks. 

    All college students receive some form of student id upon enrolling in school. Well, I have a secret.

     It’s good for so much more than just getting around campus. In reality, It’s a discount card. Unlike most store loyalty-discount cards, a student id can be used at several places. Well, what are those places? I’ve compiled a huge list right here- including where to present your card & how much of a discount you are able to receive at that location. This is a treasure-mine for college students. So share it with any one you know who is applicable. This isn’t information to keep to yourself! Also, please keep in mind that results may vary by region, management, etc. Click on the link for complete details for a certain location.

 

  1. Ann Taylor- 20% off with student id
  2.  Apple- shop the Apple Store for Education for special student/teacher prices 
  3. AMC Theaters- Thursdays are Student Days with a discount ticket price
  4. Arby’s- 10% off with student id
  5. Banana Republic- 15% off with student/teacher id
  6. Blockbuster- discount with student id varies by location
  7. Buffalo Wild Wings- 10% off with student id
  8. Burger King- 10% off with student id
  9. Charlotte Russe- 10% off with student id
  10. Chick-Fil-A- free drink with purchase & student id
  11. Chipotle- free drink with purchase & student id 
  12. Club Monaco- 20% off with student id
  13. Cinemark- purchase a discounted ticket with student id on certain days, varies by location
  14. Dairy Queen- 10% off with student id
  15. Domino’s Pizza- discount with student id varies by location
  16. Eddie Bauer- 15% off with student id
  17. General Motors- preferred pricing for students & grads
  18. Goodwill- 10% off with student id
  19. H&M- 15% off with student id
  20. J. Crew- 15% off with student id
  21. Jiffy Lube- 10%-15% off with student id
  22. JoAnn’s- 10% off with student discount card, apply online
  23. Juicy Couture- 15% off with student id 
  24. Kroger- 5% off at particular locations
  25. The Limited- 15% off with student id
  26. Mc Donald’s- 10% off with student id
  27. Papa John’s Pizza- varied discount at particular locations
  28. Pier 1- 15% off with student id
  29. Pizza Hut- 10%-20% off with student id
  30. Qdoba- free chips or drink with student id 
  31. Ralph lauren Rugby- 15% off with student id
  32. Regal Theaters- up to 25% with student id
  33. Steve Madden- 10% off with student id
  34. Subway- 10% off with student id
  35. Taco Cabana- 20% with student id
  36. Target- 10% cashback when you register you .edu email with Edhance.com
  37. Urban Outfitters- 10% off with student id on certain days (sign up for email to receive that info)
  38. Waffle House- 10% off with student id

*When using a student discount, other discounts will not likely be applied.

     Remember it never hurts to ask. Keep this is in mind concerning events, museums, theme parks, insurance & phone companies as well. 

     This is not an absolute complete list. If you know of other places which honor a student discount as well, please leave a comment! Or if you go to one of the above locations & they no longer promote this, please comment so I may remove it from the list. Thank you!

DIY Pottery Barn Feather Ornaments

Either get excited or look away! Because I’m sharing my first Christmas project today! I know some of you can’t bear to hear about Christmas until after Thanksgiving & that’s totally okay. I feel that way sometimes too. But in the blogworld, I’m a couple of weeks behind on the Christmas crafting/recipes/decor. So I’m jumping on board. I love everything christmas anyway. I’ll probs be breaking out the music soon too. While I can’t officially start decorating the house till after Thanksgiving, I’ve started on some projects so they’re ready to go on Black Friday!

First up are these chic, natural feather ornaments. Inspiration came straight from the Pottery Barn catalog…

The price tag- $10.50 for one feather-in-an-icicle ornament. If you feel like spending that kinda cash, go straight there.

Otherwise, keep scrolling.

Here’s my version, I made 4 of these ornaments for less than the price of one at Pottery Barn!

This is a simple DIY, you probably don’t even need my instruction whatsoever…but in case you just want to look at my photos, carry on!

I had white feathers on hand, but you can get a pack for just $2! The ornaments are from Hobby Lobby & were 40% off. Win-win y’all.

I’m pretty sure they’ll be on sale for the next month too, so go now!

Open the ornament, drop in a few feathers & wa-la. Magical feather-in-an-icicle ornament in your fingertips.

You may need to use a pencil to help push the feathers down into the ornament.

Screw the lid back on & it’s tree-trimmin’ time.

Some twine would be perfect to tie around the tops of these too. Should have thought of that before!

Anyway, happy holiday crafting people!

You can shop similar supplies below.

View blog post for supplies

Blessings Y’all,…

Christmas Morning Breakfast!

What’s the second best part of Christmas morning? The delicious, usually super sugary breakfast, of course!

I looooove breakfast & the best kind is served on Christmas morning. Partly, because it is accompanied by presents & partly because holiday food is the yummiest food.

Soooo here are 20 fun Christmas breakfast ideas to get you inspired!

Snowman Breakfast at Hoosier Homemade

Christmas Tree French Toasts at The Joys of Boys

Gingerbread Waffles at Rachael Ray

Rudolph Pancakes at I Heart Naptime

Elf Pancakes at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Waffle Christmas Tree at Pinterest

Cinnamon Roll Tree at Dukes & Duchesses

Eggnog Monkey Bread at Lemon Tree Dwelling

Santa Pancakes at Pinterest

Cherry Cream Cheese Candy Cane Danish at Shower of Roses

Bacon Pancake Dippers at The Lady Behind the Curtain

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups at Rindy Mae

Mini Hashbrown Crust Quiche at Pizzazzerie

Gingerbread Man Pancakes at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Cinnamon Roll Cake at Lil Luna

North Pole Breakfast at Hello Love Designs

Christmas Tree Pancake Stack at The Pancake Project

Biscuits & Chocolate Gravy at Paula Deen

Swedish Tea Ring at My 3 Monsters

White Chocolate Gingerbread Crescent Rolls at Lemon Tree Dwelling

Do you have any special Christmas breakfast traditions?

Can’t wait to try out some of these throughout the Christmas season!

I hope you’re staying nice & warm in the winter storm. We are still iced in. Too bad it isn’t snow! The temperature is supposed to get above freezing for a few hours this afternoon & I’m really hoping the ice melts so I can get in my car! I am so deprived of Sonic I don’t know what I’m going to do! Hopefully it’s all safe-driving by Wednesday because that’s when I plan to drive home for forever & Christmas break!…