Halloween: Crafts with Wine!

It's the week before Halloween and maybe you decided to throw a last minute party. No? Okay maybe you have a great setup with your Halloween decor but are missing that something you can't seem to put your finger on. Don't worry, I got you..

All you need for this project is a bottle of wine (or 5 if you want to get your girlfriends involved) and some glow sticks. Do I have your attention?

cheap halloween decorations

Now let me explain. Last year I decided at the last minute that I wanted to throw a Halloween get together. I wanted to decorate and make cute little snacks. Only one problem. I was a little broke. I did what I always do when I need to get something done with no money: I used what I already had.

I had a few empty wine bottles sitting around on my kitchen counter (Don't judge me, I live in wine country) and the idea popped into my head. Wouldn't they look super cool if I added some glow sticks into them? They would look super eerie in a dark room.

The best part about this is all of the empties I was hoarding hanging onto had some pretty creepy looking labels on them. One was from a local winery and the wine was called "Apparition" so there was a ghost like image on it. Another was from my visit to Gettysburg and had cannons and smoke on it, and the last had a creepy looking face on it. I may have to rethink the wine I'm drinking guys. Wine should be happy right?
Anyway,  for a quick and cheap decoration, run on down to the dollar store and pick up some glow sticks and then over to the liquor store if you are out of wine. Pick wines that have labels that will fit your theme. You could also take off the labels and make your own. The options are endless.

I used my wine bottles in a window with some black netting and flameless candles. When I turned off the lights the window looked pretty creepy. I unfortunately did not get a really great photo of that, but I did get a photos of the bottles I used and how I set them up. See the photo above this paragraph. Other ideas for these would be:

Table center pieces
Walkway lights
Mood lighting
Focal point in a scene

So there you have it. A super easy Halloween decoration adults can get behind! So what are you waiting for? Call over a few girlfriends and get to work! I want to leave you with a pretty crappy photo of what these look like when they are glowing. Stop back tomorrow for more quick and easy Halloween tips!

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Sunday Snaps

Yes, I know this should say Sunday.. I am still undecided when I want this to happen..

Good evening! I wanted to do a quick snapshot of my week as mentioned last Friday. I haven't quite decided if I want to do this on Fridays or take them into the weekend. I think I want to leave my Friday's open for fun topics, but one never knows where this will go. I am trying to be as consistent as possible here and I know lately that doesn't show. Bare with me. I am getting there I promise.. Now onto last week..

I started the week with a peek into my weekend. It turned more into a wedding-y weekend than I had anticipated. With engagement photos and other unexpected, but good things happening, it turned into a great weekend. If you haven't read it yet, check it out!

Wednesday is my normal "Wedding Wednesday" post and because I did a lot of posting about my wedding planning on Monday, I decided to share pictures of the location of my engagement shoot. It was a beautiful day for photos and a fun day to catch up with an old friend. Win/Win.

Friday was a little MIA and that I apologize for. I spend most of my week working on a decision to change careers. I did a lot of soul searching as well as pros and cons to come to my conclusion. I decided yesterday to share that decision with all of you. 

Now it is Sunday and I am looking forward to next week. I just returned from a short day visit with my parents and I am feeling pretty inspired. R is on a business trip this week so I need to get lots done here on this space. As we inch into Monday and the start of Halloween week, I have decided to do all kinds of Halloween themed posts this week.

Because it is one of my favorite times of the year I want to offer up some quick last minute tips and tricks for decorations and last minute costume ideas. I have a few other thoughts up my sleeve but I need to keep some of them a surprise! I hope to see you right back here tomorrow for a quick and easy craft project!

Have a great Sunday evening!

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Career change!

Happy weekending! I hope you all had a fabulous week! I have some great news to share with all of you. After a very hard week of soul searching and contemplating change I am happy to announce I have decided to make a career change!

I had a very quick and exciting job offer that after lots of thought I couldn't pass up. I am currently working in operations at a materials testing lab but my heart has always been in marketing and social media. I have a bachelor degree in Marketing but have never fully utilized it.

In 2 weeks I will be starting a new chapter of my life in marketing and development for a non-profit organization. I will be working for a cause that I can see and that means so much to me. There will be a lot of change in the upcoming months but I am so ready for it.

I can't wait to share this journey with you all! See ya back here on Monday!

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Wedding Wednessday: Sneak Peaks

As I have mentioned on Monday, I had engagement photos done over the weekend with R. I do not have the photos back yet but I did take a few photos of my own. I wanted to share a quick sneak peak of the location as it was so beautiful and was taken in my hometown!


Engagement Photoshoot Ideas

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The train came through!

Engagement Photoshoot Ideas
Playing around with the mini pumpkin and my ring.

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Wedding Weekending!

Sooo... My weekend was so full of wedding related stuff and I didn't even plan it! I had mentioned that I had engagement photos planned for Saturday. Me and R headed back to my hometown in Pennsylvania to meet with a dear friend. It all was perfect, except for the fact that it was 47 degrees outside! Of course it picked this weekend to decide to be fall on the borderline of winter. Good news is the scenery was beautiful and the sky was blue. We sucked it up and got some pretty great shots!

Between shots.. It was SO cold! And the wind was fierce!

Saturday morning I woke up to a text from R who was downstairs. The text contained a photo of what it looked like outside. Let's just say I am not one of those people who appreciated this..

Okay enough about that white stuff that makes me cold. One of my best friends and bridesmaids came up for the day on Sunday. We headed out to the wedding venue for lunch. I was so excited to be able to share it with someone else. We enjoyed some lunch and participated in some wine tasting both at the venue and another on the wine trail. We had so much fun and tasted some pretty amazing wines! I want to leave you all with a little teaser of the ceremony site as well as the reception site..

Not bad for a ceremony backdrop right?!

Wine barrels and lights!

Happy Monday!

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