Coral Geranium

Today we want to focus on a simple but vibrant coral geranium blossom. A few months ago Cathi and I helped my sister and brother-in-law pack up his sweet mother’s household for a move from California to Texas. Mary, the ever vigilant gardener, had to leave behind the beautiful geraniums that lined her driveway and dotted her garden. Each and every one planted by her, over many decades. We decided to break off  a few starter stems and plant them in our garden. Now Mary’s geraniums are established and again blooming beautifully. Did you know you can break off geranium stems, place them in potting soil or the ground, and they’ll eagerly root and grow? Amazing!

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If We Could Look

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care. Marvin J. Ashton

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A Bit of Halloween on Pinterest

Halloween has landed at our house. The decorations are reminding us daily that the haunted holiday is less than two weeks away! And so today, we’re sharing a few of our favorite bits of Halloween on Pinterest!Super Easy Bling PumpkinImage Credit: Sugar Bee Crafts

I’m loving this Super Easy Bling Pumpkin from Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts

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Our  crowd pleasing Halloween Candy Corn Bark is just about the easiest treat you can make.

Easy Halloween Banners

 Image credit: She’s Crafty 

I love banners and I’m more than a little bit crazy about the Easy Halloween Banners from Candice at She’s Crafty!

Pumpkins

Image credit: Real Simple

I’m a huge fan of pumpkins. I love to decorate with them and bake with them. If you feel the same way then I think you’ll enjoy Real Simple‘s 10 Crazy Facts About Pumpkins.

Mummy Candy CansImage credit: Better HGTV

I’m here to tell you … these adorable Mummy Candy Cans could not be easier to make. Perfect for Halloween parties at home, school or anywhere else a group of goblins gather!

Halloween Dipped Pretzel Rods

Image credit: Sugar Spice and Spilled Milk

I seriously love chocolate and pretzels and the creative ideas seem endless. Anita’s Halloween Dipped Pretzel Rods are delicious, fun and festive!

10 Halloween DIY Ideas

Image credit: Oh Happy Day

One of my favorite websites for anything creative, festive or for entertaining is Oh Happy Day. Jordan never ever fails to amaze me with her creative talent for party ideas. I’m over the Halloween moon for her 10 Halloween DIY Ideas post. A Halloween goldmine!

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Better Homes & Gardens has been creating spooky Halloween ideas longer than I’ve been around. These Decorated Halloween Sugar Cookies are both easy and creative and they don’t require a degree in cookie decorating!

Boo Halloween Banner

 Image credit: Sparkle With Style Etsy shop

So … crafting is not your thing? No worries! Not many things says Halloween more than Boo! And you can pick up this festive Halloween Boo! Hanging from the Sparkle With Style Etsy shop. 

Halloween Something Sweet Printable

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I love simplicity. And I love Jenny’s simple Something Sweet Printable!

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

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We made these Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats for the grandkids’ Halloween party a few years back. They were a big hit then and have been every year since!

Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins

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I’m in love with Kierste’s Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love the distressed paint, the stripes, the polka dot and the thick twig stems. I’m quite simply crazy about them!!

Glowing Jack-O-Lantern Jars

Image credit: Somewhat Simple

How cute are these Glowing Jack-O-Lantern Jars? A bit of tissue paper and Mod Podge and voila! 

Trick or Treat Chalkboard Printable

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I have several frames that I use to display holiday printables. I switch the frames out with new prints for each holiday including birthdays and anniversaries. It’s not hard to figure out what I’m doing with Kristin’s Trick or Treat Chalkboard printable!

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Halloween at Disneyland

Disneyland is always magical but … there’s nothing like Halloween at Disneyland!!

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He is not waiting to love you

He is not waiting to love you until after you have overcome your weaknesses and bad habits. He loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. Dieter F. Uchdorf

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Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Today we’re sharing an easy fabric Halloween wreath tutorial.

It’s the last day of our Halloween Bash blog hop (sad face). I have just loved seeing everyone’s creative Halloween projects and I hope you have too! 

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This fabric wreath is easy to make. You may already have all the supplies. If not, Walmart, Michael’s craft store , Jo-Ann fabric store etc. will have what you need. And remember, purple is a Halloween color too.

Halloween Wreath Supplies - Simple SojournsSupplies:

– 14 inch straw wreath (with plastic wrapping to prevent shedding)

– 1/2 yard each of three different color/print fabrics. On and a half yards total.

– 3 yards satin ribbon (times two if you want two different colors.

– Pinking fabric shears

– Hot glue gun and glue sticks

– Phillips head screwdriver

Measure your fabric into 4 inch squares. I like using a yard stick and pencil.

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Cut the fabric into 4 inch squares. 

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Put a large drop of hot glue on the top center of the straw wreath.

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Wrap a square of fabric around the screwdriver (right side of fabric up) and poke the fabric covered screwdriver into the hot glue drop and into the wreath about 1/2 an inch.

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I flattened out the fabric with my finger before the glue sets so it looks a bit like a flower.

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I alternated fabric squares and spaced each one about an inch to an inch and a half apart.  

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Repeat the process along the inside edge of the wreath.

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Repeat the process one last time along the outside edge of the wreath.

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Cut ribbon length to 3 yards. I used 7/8 inch width orange and 5/8 inch width black. After wrapping it around the wreath I carefully tied a knot 6-8 inches from the wreath.

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Run the ribbon over the top of the door and use a push pin to anchor it on the inside of the door.

Happy Happy Halloween!!

So here’s the final installment of fabulous Halloween ideas from our creative blogging friends. Join the blog hop & click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

Over 110 creative Halloween projects and ideas for Halloween fun. #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

1. Mini Ghost Pumpkin Cakes
2. Easy Halloween Sculpey necklace
3. Owl-ween Party
4. Easy Halloween Cupcake Wrapper Wreath
5. Halloween Polka Dot Pillow
6. Halloween Dinner Party Table Setting
7. Halloween Party Garland
8. Halloween Oreo Truffles
9. Skeleton Hat
10. Fabric Halloween Wreath Tutorial
11. Pumpkin Carving 101
12. Dress It Up Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags
13. Lips as Red as the Rose (an ICE Resin belt buckle)
14. Easy Halloween Caramel Apple Dippers
15. Raccoon Mask
16. Pumpkin Tea Towels
17. Easy Halloween Window Cling

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Design Dazzle’s board Fabulous Halloween Ideas on Pinterest.

Thanks to all 110+ fabulous bloggers participating! We’d love for you to visit their blogs and see what else they’re up to!

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Halloween Bash Blog Hop – Friday

It’s Friday and day 5 of our Halloween Bash blog hop! Glad you could join us on this fabulous Friday for more Halloween ideas from me and my talented blogging friends!

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Here’s the last teaser for our Fabric Halloween Wreath. Our tutorial will go live tomorrow!! 

Checking out the creative Halloween projects my blogging friends have created for our blog hop by clicking on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

Over 110 fun & fabulous Halloween projects & ideas! #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

1. Happy Halloween Treat Bucket
2. Beware of the Bam-BOO
3. Halloween Beeswax Candles
4. Caramel Apple Cupcakes
5. Halloween Treat Bag Tags – Free Printable
6. Halloween Cookie Pops ~ Nutter Butter Bats & Mummies
7. Halloween Photo Booth Props
8. Halloween Candle Jars
9. Ghost Candles
10. Dollar Store Spider Halloween Wreath
11. Healthy Halloween Class Treat
12. Little Pumpkin Button Cards
13. Pumpkin Playdough Mats
14. Craft for Kids: Finger Puppet Monsters
15. Creepy Halloween Jar Labels
16. Halloween Party Favor and Printable
17. Kids Halloween Lanterns
18. Candy Box Head Skeletons
19. Sweet & Salty Halloween Treat

Follow our Fabulous Halloween Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Design Dazzle’s board Fabulous Halloween Ideas on Pinterest.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

Thanks to all 110+ fabulous bloggers participating! We’d love for you to visit their blogs and see what else they’re up to!

100 Directions || 365daysofcrafts || a girl and a glue gun || A Prudent Life || Addicted 2 DIY || Albion Gould || Ashlee Marie || Atta Girl Says || Bakerette || BD Design || BellaGrey Designs || Black and White Obsession || Bloom Designs Online || Blue i Style || Bombshell Bling || bumblebreeblog || C.R.A.F.T. || Celebration Lane || Clean and Scentsible || Clearsnap || Confetti Sunshine || Crafts by Courtney || Creations by Kara || Creative Juice || Cutesy Crafts || Design Dazzle || Dress It Up Crafts || Echoes of Laughter || Everyday Party Magazine || Eye Candy Creative Studio || Fairfield World || Fearlessly Creative Mammas || Five Heart Home || Fizzy Party || Free Time Frolics || Frenchie || FrugElegance || Glued To My Crafts || GreatStitch || Happiness is Homemade || Here Comes the Sun || Home Maid Simple || Honeybear Lane || hoopla palooza || Hydrangea Hippo || I Dig Pinterest || ICE Resin || inkhappi || Insitefull Living || It’s Sew Lorine || Jaco’lyn Murphy || Jen A. Street || Just My Little Mess || Just Us Four || Katarina’s Paperie || Kiki and Company || Laura Kelly’s INKlings || Let’s Eat Grandpa || Let’s Go Junking || Liz on Call || Love The Day || Made by a Princess || Made From Pinterest || Made to be a Momma || Major Hoff Takes A Wife || Make Life Lovely || My Craftily Ever After || My Daylights Blog || My Insanity || Nature’s Knockout || Not Just A Mommy || One Creative Mommy || Organize & Decorate Everything || Our Thrifty Ideas || Paleo Priests || Persia Lou || Pink Cake Plate || PinkWhen || Play. Party. Pin. || Practical Parenting || Reclaim Yourself Retreat || See Vanessa Craft || She’s Crafty || Simple Sojourns || Simply Designing || Soiree Event Design || Sowdering About || Splendid Design || Stuffed Suitcase || Super Simple with Terri O || Suzys Sitcom || Sweet and Simple Magazine || Swish Printables || Sypsie Designs || That’s What Che Said || The Benson Street || The Cards We Drew || The Gunny Sack || The Happy Scraps || The Life of Jennifer Dawn || The Scrap Shoppe || The Things I Love Most || Tikkido || Two Thirty~Five Designs || Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home || Walnut Hollow Blog

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A Bit of Autumn on Pinterest

I love Autumn! I love everything about it. However, we don’t have the opportunity to experience much of the fall colors and cool weather living in Southern California. Most often we need to help autumn come alive at our house. Today we’re sharing a bit of Autumn on Pinterest. 

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What shouts Autumn more than pumpkins and bales of hay? Add some beautiful mums and vintage baskets and you have a gorgeous front porch. 

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Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens

I love everything about this leaf and berry wreath. The colors are all about autumn! I think it would be simple to make with fresh or faux berries and leaves. And think of the color combinations!


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Gather some beautiful mums and pumpkins along with coordinating pots and a few easy to make paper lanterns and voila… Autumn! 

Buttery Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Image credit: Averie Cooks

I have a strong feeling that I might become quite addicted to these Buttery Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cookies from Averie Cooks. 

Know Your Apples.

Image credit: One Green Apple

How well do you know your apples? I grew up eating red delicious and pippin apples. David has always liked gala apples. I honestly it’s because of what our mothers preferred. And our mothers probably learned from their mothers. Now you can go beyond taste and make an educated decision on which apple is good for snacking, making pies or applesauce with this infographic from ‘One Green Planet’.

Apple Fritters

Image credit: Seemingly Greek

Not many people know that I love apple fritters. LOVE them! But I’m also very particular. They have to be crispy. They cannot have a shortage of apple bits. And they absolutely have to be fresh. I’m thinking Jacquline from ‘Seemingly Greek’ could be my new best friend with her recipe for delicious home-made fresh apple fritters!

Frosted Fallen Leaf Ornament

Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens

Do you like decorating for the seasons? I do. I’m loving this frosted leaf ornament from ‘Better Homes & Gardens’. An easy peasy craft project. I’m thinking of the many different possibilities of this project for different holidays and occasions.

Pasra with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts

Image credit: Food & Wine

How about a delicious Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts for a cold autumn evening? Sounds like to comfort food to me! 

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Image credit: Clean & Scentsible

I have a passion for chalkboards and for pumpkins. That makes me over the moon for the adorable Fall Chalkboard Sign and Mini Pumpkin Bunting from Jenn at Clean & Scentsible.

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Here’s is an easy to follow step by step tutorial on how to add a bit of Glitter to Pumpkins. It doesn’t get any easier than this!!

Happy pinning!!

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