Curly Crafty Mom: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #26 - Fall Whites + Blues and Coral

Welcome back to another wonderful week of What Wives Wear! I really enjoy this time of the week when I get to see what all of you have been wearing during this time of transitional weather during this moderately warm fall!! Today I am excited to share with you my outfit, because I stepped out of the box and decided to try wearing white skinnies long after Labor Day. And, a little confession... these white skinnies aren't even pants, they are capris!! Tall boots are great, because you can even get extra use out of your skinny capris right?! Yep! That's me, getting the most use out of my closet ALL year long! I also paired it with a chambray shirt with a light mid-sleeve sweater over it. And, YEP! The sweater has stripes, of course... and, you'll see I added some hints of blue to go with the chambray shirt in my nail polish, sapphire ring, necklace and earrings. I am really loving blue, white and coral mixed together!

And, here is the entire outfit... I LOVED how it turned out... and, another confession. I wore this to church! A lot of people wear jeans to church, but I rarely do as I like to dress up for church (unless it is Saturday). For some reason, I feel as though white jeans or even colored jeans look a little more professional or snazzy then just your regular blue jeans. And, don't you love the white pumpkin I am holding? 

Last week I shared my new Gap Outlet riding boots that are flat and easy to chase the kids around in. Well, for church I decided to wear my older (but, not too old) pair of brown boots that have a wedge heel. I just LOVE these boots as the wedge is so comfortable I hardly can tell I am wearing a heel. These boots also spruced up this outfit to make it look a little more church appropriate IMHO.

I decided to layer two necklaces since I had two shirts on... I did a shorter gold chain necklace to go with the collar of the chambray shirt and then a longer blue bubble necklace with the white/coral sweater. I really, really love how they turned out once I got them on. The gold chain necklace has a tortoise shell print to about five of the links, but I didn't want that part to show with this outfit, so I turned the necklace until that part didn't show... brilliant, right?

I tried tucking in the chambray shirt, but it looked really nice untucked... the blue contrast against the white skinnies and the coral/white sweater worked wonderfully. I even tried tucking in the chambray shirt and the sweater, but I couldn't find a belt that worked... SO, I left the chambray shirt untucked. I do wish this chambray shirt was a TAD bit longer, but it worked ok.

I put on some Essie blue nail color instead of coral and I am loving the contrast of it with my outfit. It also really makes the beautiful blue sapphire ring that Brian got me before he left for England for work shine out nicely! I wore a couple of bracelets that I have had for awhile, a coral tassel bracelet (I need to get tassel bracelets in more colors!) and a white/gold bracelet. 

I really feel as though this is such a fun autumn outfit... especially when I am holding this pumpkin!

The tree in our front yard is turning yellow and all of the pretty leaves are falling... perfect for boot selfies!!

Here is what I am wearing:
Coral/White Striped Sweater - J. Crew Outlet
Chambray Shirt - ON
White Skinnies (Capris) - ON
Brown Boots w/ Wedge - 
Blue Polish - Essie
Gold Chain Necklace, Bracelets, Earrings - Charming Charlie
Blue Mini Bauble Necklace - Etsy

Welcome to the
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Week 26
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This week Dawn Lucy is wearing an oversized, chunky,

knit sweater with fringe. 

Who can resist a chunky sweater for this season?

She is wearing hers with denim skinny jeans, 

and taupe suede ankle booties.

Tiffany is giving us a fun plaid look with her 

plaid mini skirt look.

This skirt is right on trend and she has paired
it with a creme top, and grey tights.

Her accessories include a braided headband, and 

a embellished belt.

The black booties have a touch of gold accents, 

which is definitely eye catching.

Dawn Lucy@Fashion Should Be Fun

Tiffany@Style Honestly

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This Month's Freezer Meal: Freezer to Crock Pot Traditional Chili

Can you believe this is the 12th freezer meal I have shared in 'This Month's Freezer Meal' series on the blog? Well, as I have mentioned before... we are going to move on to a different series starting in January. I already have the theme selected for the series I plan to do in 2015, so stay tuned! Hate to leave you hanging, but that is what makes it fun, right?! So, for our last freezer meal I am going to share a freezer to crock pot traditional chili. 

The full recipe is at the bottom of this post. First, you'll brown the beef and onions in a pan.

Add all ingredients together in a big pot, bring to a boil then simmer on low for an hour.

Let the chili cool in the refrigerator and then once cool, split in half by dividing into two freezer bags.  Then place the bags in the freezer. When you are ready to enjoy your chili, thaw it out in the refrigerator about 2 days prior to the night you want to serve it. Then, throw it in a crock pot for 4 hours on low. If you are in a rush for time, warm it in a pan on the stove on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes.

Traditional Chili
2 freezer servings, feeds 4-6 people per serving

4 pounds, ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
5 cups tomato sauce
2 (8 ounce) jars salsa
8 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
2 (15 ounce) cans light red kidney beans
2 (15 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans

1. Brown the ground beef, then brown the onion with the beef. Drain grease.

2. Add the black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning and kidney beans. Mix and bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 1 hour.

To Freeze: Let the chili cool in the refrigerator and then once cool, split in half by dividing into two freezer bags.  Then place the bags in the freezer. When you are ready to enjoy your chili, thaw it out in the refrigerator about 2 days prior to the night you want to serve it. Then, throw it in a crock pot for 4 hours on low. If you are in a rush for time, warm it in a pan on the stove on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes.

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(Click on the photo and it will take you to the recipe!)

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin String Art Ornaments

Well, I have one last Halloween craft to share with y'all today. I have had this idea in my head for weeks and I finally had time to implement it. I have a Halloween tree that I purchased from PBK several years ago on clearance after Halloween. It is a beautiful black tree with a black pot. I've purchased some ornaments for it and the kids help me make ornaments for it most years, too. This year, I thought why not make some string art ornaments with birch tree rounds. This craft was SO easy, it took me 30 minutes tops per ornament.

The supplies are pretty minimal for this craft. I purchased two different kinds of thin string in orange and green. You'll need gold (or silver) nails, eye hole screws, ribbon and tree rounds. I found the birch rounds at Hobby Lobby in their wood section.

I found some clip art of a pumpkin shape online and I printed and cut it out. Then I traced around it with a pencil on the birch round.

Add the eye hole fastener to the top of each birch round.

Then I hammered in some nails where the stem is at on the pumpkin.

This photo shows two steps, I wrapped the green string around the stem several times (don't forget to outline it with the thread, too!) and then I added nails around the perimeter of the pumpkin's body.

Then, thread the orange string around the pumpkin's body. Easy peasy!

Isn't this the simplest string art project ever? You could do a Christmas ornament version of this, too! Such as a snowflake or Christmas tree.

Add some ribbon and tie a bow at the top of the ribbon and you have yourself an ornament!

You can even hang these on the stems of your pumpkins outside for a little extra decoration this fall.

These would also be cute to make for a little gift, to add onto gift wrap with a bow or you can make them without the eye hole screw and just display them on a shelf or mantel for decor.

For now, mine will hang on my Halloween tree. If you want to see my Halloween tree, click HERE.

This is a photo from last year... but, here are the kids with our Halloween tree! So much fun!

And here are ornaments from years past:

Bottle Cap Spiders

2011 - Mummy Balls

2009 - Jack 'o Lantern Ornament

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