Thursday, October 30, 2014

Princess Peach Halloween Costume with whats in your Closet

Halloween is here! It's kinda snuck up with all this crazy warm weather, so for those of you who let the costume planning skip by you here is something I whipped up with just what I had in my closet and craft drawers! I'm sure most of you have plenty of costumes just waiting to be discovered in your closet too :) 


With this being my second costume post for the season, and it doesn't even include my real costume, I'm sure you've realized I just like to dress up :) (Here's my first costume, Piñata & Birthday Girl)  It's a family thing I think and this blog just gave me the perfect excuse to come up with fun ideas this year.

For this Princess Peach costume I seriously just dug through my closet and craft supplies. I picked the costume because I knew I had a pink skirt and top and figured going from there was easy. And it was!

Like I said up there I started with finding my base pieces, a pink tank top and a pink skirt. I then dug up some old white dress socks, a roll of tulle, a headband, card stock, paint, and the Dollar Store skirt I bought for Tepes costume earlier this year.

I couldn't follow the dress exactly but I'm pretty sure that adding tulle for sleeves gave the illusion of puffy princess sleeves. Adding the small skirt over my original skirt gave me the layering affect. And finally painting that bejeweled crown looks just as good as hers!


This costume was so fun, so easy, and so cheap! I mean come on, free costume? Why wouldn't you play dress up :) Plus I needed a reason to make a photo booth...

You can check out my super cheap and easy Dollar Store Halloween Photo Booth from last week for a super easy and fun activity for your halloween party!


With Halloween so close I hope y'all have made your plans! I'm excited to hear what y'all are dressing up as :) 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ReBranding! Kitchen Table Art - Grace Langdon Art

Hey y'all I've been off and on blogging for a while now.
I love blogging so I'm not ready for a break and specially not ready to give it up all together!
So what I've decided to do is connect my art and my blog. I started this transition a few months ago when I started my art lesson series >>>>> link on side bar :)
But now I'm gonna take it to the next level and get rid of Kitchen Table Art all together! I loved the name and it meant a lot to me but as an artist I need something easily identifiable so my name it is!
Now you can find me under Grace Langdon Art on everything (ETSY, Instagram, Twitter, working on Facebook)! It may take a little bit to get used to and to transition every link BUT I'm confident it's the right choice and that our relationship is good enough for you to follow me through this transition :) Luckily y'all won't have to re-follow me because I was able to simple change my names/handles. But PLEASE remember when your trying to get in contact with me that Kitchen Table Art no longer exists!

So finally, here are all of my Social Media and Shop links with the updated name!



Now, heres a tiny explanation for all those STORE photos flooding my social media!
At the moment I'm on a crazy adventure to see what it's like to have a PHYSICAL REAL LIFE STORE FRONT!



This new adventure is a huge blessing from the Lord and just proof that when you listen to Him he will lead you places you never expected you would be. I never thought that moving to the boondocks would give me a once in a life time chance to open up an artistic boutique that features all kinds of talented artists. I'm excited to see how the community reacts and where we go from here. So be sure to check out my social media where I update almost daily :)



Oh, and if you are anywhere close to York, SC come visit me! I would love to have y'all stop in and say hey :) 
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Making Monday #62

Hey friends :) We are flying through this year! Can you believe that THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS are just around the corner?! Like seriously 66 days until Santa comes :) 



This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostess have been up to lately:

I'm gettin ready for Halloween, and a totally awesome party this year. I've created an easy Halloween Photo Booth to play with at the party! 


Now it's time to share some of Y'ALLS awesome work! Here are just a couple of the goodies y'all have been sharing lately :)

1. Look at these stunning Glitter Fall Leaves, an easy way to add some glam to your fall decor.


2. Have you ever wondered what you can do with winter squash? Here is a good post about Cooking Winter Squash


3. These look crazy awesome! check out these Chocolate Bat Wings

4. What a great way to display candy! DIY Halloween Candy Cake.


5.  Here are a few great baking tips Effortless Spooky Treats






I hope that you guys are loving this party as much as I am! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cheap Halloween Photo Booth



Eek so close!
2 weeks is an acceptable time to start decorating. We don't have neighbors so we wont have any trick or treaters so instead Reed and I are throwing a party! You can check out the invites I sent out HERE. But today I got ready by starting to decorate for our big party! 


As always I LOVE the Dollar Store. I can walk around there for hhooouurrsss. I mean so much goodness for just A DOLLAR! It is just so inspiring :)
For this party we've obviously asked everyone to dress up, and why dress up if you aren't going to document it! So I've decided that a fun Halloween photo booth is the perfect way to make sure we document all our creative ideas.


This photo booth took less than 30 minutes and cost less than $10!
I bought a white table cloth and hung it on the back porch and used that as the back drop. Then I began draping the Halloween goodies all over. As much as I love to make my own decorations it is really great when you can just buy pre-made decorations and arrange them on your own. So much quicker!

These goodies came in packs and I had SO MUCH more left over I think I'll be able to use it for the table scape too!
And who doesn't want glittery flies. I mean so cool!!


Of course I had to try out my new photo booth! So here's my second costume. Yes, second costume. My first one for the season was this Piñata and Birthday Girl get up with my puppy :) I'll be sharing how I made this Princess Peach costume from goodies laying around the house!

How are you getting ready for Halloween? I'm so excited and can't wait to see how all of y'all celebrate this fun holiday.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Making Monday #61

Hey guys! 
Sorry this weeks party is going to be a bit different. Lori my long time co-host and sweet friend has decided to take a break from blogging. Hopefully she will be back soon but for now it's just going to be me around here. Thankfully you guys are pretty awesome and will keep me company :) 



This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostess have been up to lately:

Halloween is coming up and we are ready for a party! Heres a quick way to get invites out to all your friends, DIY Party Invitations


And heres a great giveaway to get before the holidays! 


And I'm sorry about this but this week we don't have any features :(
Not because of a lack of great links but because I've been crazy busy and got a bit behind. 
So go on and check out last weeks beautiful party and get inspired! 


We hope that you guys are loving this party as much as we are! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!
   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

MakingMondayGuidelines




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Thursday, October 9, 2014

DIY Party Invitation using Rhonna Designs and After Light Phone Apps

Hey heyyyyy! 
I've been doing a good bit for Halloween this year, I'm pretty stoked cause this is the first time Reed and I will really do the Holiday together. I don't know how we've missed it the other 5 years but we have. If you wanna see some of the other posts from my halloween ideas here is a cute idea for you and your puppy along with the tutorial on how to DIY your costume for under $11


So to celebrate our love (I mean my love) of dressing up we are throwing a Halloween party at the boondocks house! I love to through parties, decorate, have lovely food spreads, and design invitations. If I could I would send out invitations every time I asked a friend over for dinner. Sadly, most people don't do paper invitations any more so I decided to do a "text" invitation. I created a design on my phone that I could easily send to my friends with all the details. Just as fun as paper invites except ITS FREE! No postage, no paper costs, no ink costs. Man why don't I do this for everything...

I'm sure most of you have heard of Rhonna Designs, but for those of you who don't know what it is, it is a great phone app that allows you to edit photos. I use it pretty often when I need some digital artwork for my blog. I've even used it to create some business logos! Basically its the bomb and super fun to play with. 
It's .99 cents and totally worth all 99 pennies :)

1. To start off this invite I opened up my Rhonna Designs app and chose the glitter back ground and the size document that would fit a phone. (sorry I forgot to take pictures of these screens...)
2. I chose a font for my "header" of the invitation. Rhonna has like a bajillion awesome fonts so it may take a while to pick :) 
3. Once I had my header in place click on the top right green button it then opens up a side bar and choose the MASK option. 
4. Once you open up the MASK tab you will see a few options at the top choose WHITE and flip the bottom button to ON(green) and then adjust your opacity.
5. Masking basically inverts what you see, so I wanted glitter text with a white back ground so using the mask allowed me to do that!
6. Once I saw the header in glitter I went to play with the fonts again by clicking on the T in the upper left corner.

Once you get your header the way you want SAVE THE IMAGE by clicking the upper left button and selecting SHARE at the bottom. 


At this point I had the header the way I wanted but the app didn't have the artwork I was looking for. Rhonna has a TON of awesome clip art when you click the second button on the top right (some star burst type design). But as I said for this invite she didn't have any thing I was really looking for so I googled an image and saved it to my phone along with the design.

1. Now open up your After Light app with your design from Rhonna Designs. After Light is a photo editing app for your phone that lets you adjust SO MUCH! It's probably the app I use the most on my phone. 
2.  Now choose the crop tab at the bottom of your screen (it is circled in red above).
3. That opens up a list of options and choose the double exposure option (also circled in red above).
4. now play around with the options and opacity. I chose darken and had the opacity about mid way. This allowed me to see the image of the bats THROUGH the original design from Rhonna.

Now save that work and open in back up in Rhonna Designs.


This part is fairly simple. Just play with your spacing and wording to get the invite just the way you like!
1. I started playing with placement.
2. I needed to add something to the bottom to balance the top but didn't want it to get to busy. I chose a simple circle but needed to match the color to the header. To do this select a color similar to the color you have in mind. In this case yellow, then click MORE!
3. More opens up the option for you to adjust the color manually. Play with each level until you have a color that matches what you are thinking!
4. I moved the matching circle to the bottom and now had a more balanced piece.


1. Start filling in your invite with the rest of your information! And don't forget to add some fun flair with different fonts :)
2. Using shapes to cut up a space can actually allow you to fit more information in with out it looking over crowded. 
3. Sticking with a simple color pallet lets you be more creative with your design. Here I used 4 fonts but only 2 colors so it broke up the information in readable chunks with out overwhelming the reader. 

So as you can tell I love these apps. They are some of the most used things on my phone. I LOVE playing with these two and think it is a great alternative to photo editing and design for people who don't have access to things like Photoshop.

Now I've just gotta send this bad boy out and hope people show up!

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