Paper Jack o’ Lanterns.

I’m all about pumpkins galore for Halloween, but these paper jack o’ lanterns are a nice alternative and change of pace.

• Scissors or an exacto knife
• Orange card stock
• Wooden skewers
• Small votive holders
• Votives

Take your orange card stock and draw a Jack O’ Lantern face, a haunted house scene, a spider, or whatever you desire. Cut out your creation with either scissors or an exacto knife. Take your wooden skewer and thread it through the paper horizontally. Place your votive candle holder and candle behind the entire piece.

:: via Create My Event


Presidential Pumpkins.

As everyone should know by now the presidential election is November 4th, only four measly days after Halloween. So if you’re feeling extra passionate about your candidate why not carve their likeness into your jack-o-lantern this year? Download templates for Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin right here.


Halloween Ribbon Wreath.

Love, love this idea for a Halloween ribbon wreath. So simple and stylish – especially if you’re not one to go all out for the 31st. I’d actually like to adapt this to other holidays as well!

12″ foam wreath form
24 yards 1 1/4″ black grosgrain ribbon (or less if using a wider ribbon)
Measuring tape

Cut 45-50 16″ pieces of ribbon. Tie one strand of ribbon in a knot around the wreath. I used a “messy knot” — right over left, then right over left again, pulling in the opposite direction. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you are consistent all the way around. Repeat with the knots, pushing them close together, until you fill the wreath. Cut one long piece of ribbon (48″) and tie one end to form a knot. Leave a long loop for hanging and tie another knot onto the wreath. Trim any frayed or long ends.

:: via CasaSugar via the long thread


Father’s Day Cards.

HA! These Father’s Day cards from jeanfrancisbean are freakin’ hilarious. They had me laughing maniacally at my desk yesterday afternoon when I laid eyes upon them.

Father’s Day is a little over a week away and I’m at a loss as to what to buy both my father and my step-dad. I have the feeling this is going to be a major source of stress this weekend. My Dad lives in Pennsylvania, so I need to account for snail mail transit, too. What’s a girl to do?!

:: via More Ways to Waste Time


On the Rocks: Cinco de Mayo Edition.

I couldn’t leave you all wondering what to drink this evening as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Here are a few options to help you get in the spirit.

Red Headed Mexican
– 1 1/4 oz Jose Cuervo Clasico
– 4 oz Lemon lime soda
(Sprite or 7up)
– Splash of cranberry juice

Combine tequila and lemon-lime soda in a rocks glass with ice. Add splash of cranberry juice. Garnish with lemon or orange peel.

Cinco Herradura Cocktail
– 1 1/2 oz Tequila Herradura silver
– 2 oz pineapple juice
– 2 oz cranberry juice
– Splash of lemon-lime soda
Garnish: fresh lime wedge, green, red and white sugar for rimming

Stir the tequila, fruit juices and soda together in a tall glass. Garnish with a fresh lime. Rim a third of a tumbler with lime and dip in green sugar. Rim the adjoining third of the glass with lime and dip in white sugar; rim the last third and drip in red sugar. Pour drink in rimmed glass and serve.

Honey Mango Margarita
– 1 1/2 oz reposado tequila
– 1/2 oz Cointreau
– 1 oz honey
– 1/2 cup mango, sliced
– 1 cup ice
– juice of half lime
– salt for rimming

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Strain into a margarita glass rimmed with salt (optional).

:: all photos and cocktail recipes via Cocktail Times


Happy Earth Day.

Because it’s the little things that add up.
Because as of now it’s the only one we’ve got.
Because it should be every day.

:: photo via ffffound