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Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues

Some couples bond over their shared love of fine dining…others bond over their love of books or art.  Some bond over similar political or social views…and still others bond over a mutual love of sports or travel.  And still some, like my husband and myself, bond over a love of the ghost with the most…

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While it actually was a love of theater that originally brought us together, it was our mutual love of Beetlejuice that cemented the fact that we were meant to be.  Besides the fact that my husband does the BEST (the BEST) impression of Beetlejuice, our joint love of Michael Keaton and Catherine O’Hara has further proven that our lives would just be one dark room without the other!

Let’s just drive the point home a little further by saying that we even went to the town where Beetlejuice was filmed on our most recent road trip!  Needless to say it’s a bit run down and the amazing Deetz house is no longer there, but it was still magical just to be in the town where it happened!

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Here’s where we think they built the bridge where the Maitland’s had their accident that ultimately killed them.

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The school where Lydia Deetz attends at the end of the movie.

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The possible location of the Deetz house!

We even ran into Beetlejuice on our most recent trip to Universal Studios for my sister’s bachelorette party!  I almost peed myself with excitement:

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Clearly I have a problem…

And if you’ve spent any time on the Internet these last several months or so, you may have heard the rumors about a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the near future…I will not comment to much on this (I HATE THIS IDEA), but let’s just say I’ve been feeling nostalgic about this amazing cult movie and decided to add a little Deetz culture to our own home.

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Remember these?  They’re the sculptures Delia Deetz made that later came to life during the séance they had to bring the Maitland’s back from the dead.  While my versions are MUCH smaller than the original, I still think they add a little charm to our home!

Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues

Materials:

  • Stone-Colored Clay
  • Gold Clay
  • Clay Roller
  • Large Ball Tool
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Quick-Dry Tacky Glue

Instructions:

For the leaf claw statue, I rolled the stone-colored clay into a leaf shape.  I used most of the block for the leaf, setting aside about a 1 in. ball for the base.

To make the prongs, I just pinched the sides of the leaf and gently molded them into spikes.  I did the same for the base, pulling a small amount into a tab to be inserted into the base.

For the base of the statue, I just made a square and used a knife to cut a hole for the tab on the top part of the statue.  Bake these pieces separately…you’ll assemble them once they’ve been baked.

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For the round square statue, I divided the gold clay into two portions, with one portion slightly larger.  Reserve a tiny amount for the neck and feeler on the head.  With the smaller portion, make the square.  With the larger portion, make the head…first forming the clay into a ball then elongating it slightly into an egg shape.

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The neck was made with the small reserved portion and I attached it to both pieces using a large ball tool to smooth out the clay.  The antenna was also made using the small reserve and attached to the head with the ball tool.

Transfer all pieces to a baking sheet (you can cover the sheet with aluminum foil or just have a sheet that you devote to clay baking, which is what I do!).

To keep the antenna up while baking, use aluminum foil to hold it in place.  Bake your pieces following the instructions on your clay…most likely a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

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Once baked, remove from oven and let cool completely!

Once completely cool, remove aluminum foil from round square statue.  Place tacky glue in slot of square base and insert leaf statue into base.  Let dry.

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And there you have it!  Hopefully these little buggers won’t come to life in the night…

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Toilet Paper Roll “Speaker” and Phone Holder

I don’t know about you, but I love jamming out to my favorite tunes when I’m cooking.  Maybe some Sinatra if I’m making pasta…maybe some bluegrass if I’m making some down-home stick-to-your-ribs comfort food…or, if all else fails, I’ll just pop on Pandora and hit shuffle!

But sometimes it’s hard to hear the phone speaker when I have pots and pans moving all over the place…and I always lose my phone under some towel or cookbook, only to find it when it ultimately falls on the floor…

So instead, I’ve found a crafty way to keep track of my phone AND hear my music better when I’m cooking!  The solution, funny enough, lies in your bathroom.

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Yes, I’m talking about toilet paper rolls.  Love em or hate em, these buggers are pretty useful around the house…and this little DIY Phone Speaker is a clever way to use it to your benefit.  All you need is some paper or Washi Tape to dress it up!

Make sure you put your phone or device into the holder speaker side down, which will help pump out the sound so you can jam to Dr. Dre when you’re cooking, cleaning or just chillin’ on the couch.

Toilet Paper Roll Phone Holder

Materials:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Pencil
  • Craft Knife or Scissors
  • Washi Tape or Patterned Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • 4 Push Pins

Instructions:

Place your phone on top of the toilet paper roll and trace around it to measure how big your hole will need to be.  Use a buddy to hold the toilet paper roll or tape it to your desk to prevent it from moving around.

Using a craft knife or scissors, cut out the hole.

Now it’s time to decorate!  You can use Washi Tape to decorate your phone holder quickly, or use patterned paper to glue onto the toilet paper roll.

Push one push pin into front and back of each round side of toilet paper roll.

Place your phone in the holder and jam out to your favorite tunes!

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11 Awesome Backyard Games for Summer

I grew up in a small Chicago suburb among a slew of other young kids with young parents.  We all lived in a small condo complex that circled a huge courtyard and budded up to a small man-made lake that housed a snapping turtle (or so legend says!).  I remember running home from school with my friends only to throw our stuff on the porch and play outside until the sun went down.  In the summer, we’d often be out until 9 o’clock at night, playing tag, making crafts, or just sitting outside amongst the bugs and the dirt.

Now as a 30-something with a growing family, I rarely see kids playing outside, if at all.  Most kids I see at the mall or at restaurants are on a phone or tablet.  Kids I see at the bus stop all have their faces buried in their electronic devices and, come 4 or 5 pm, the streets of my suburban Chicago neighborhood are EMPTY.

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I’m often reminded of this George Carlin skit when I’m driving home most days and see the sidewalks completely void of any demarcation of childhood.

As a kid who grew up with a stick in one hand and an earthworm in the other, I plan on being outside with my family as much as I can, and these fun outdoor family games are a great way to get kids out of the house…especially when the weather gets warmer!

If you have older kids, have them help you construct these games.  Many of them are easy to assemble and even older kids and adults will have fun playing this huge game of Kerplunk! with their friends.

Also great for summer BBQ’s, graduation parties, or 4th of July picnics, these 11 Awesome Backyard Games for Summer are sure to give you quality time with the people you love!

11 Awesome Backyard Games for Summer

DIY Backyard Jenga
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Large Connect 4
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Yard Yatzee
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Tic-Tac-Toe
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Backyard Bean Bag Toss
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Ring Toss
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Large Kerplunk
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Flamingo Ring Toss
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Garden Twister
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DIY Cornhole Boards
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Backyard Bananagrams
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14 Mugs Only FRIENDS Fans Will Understand

Let’s face it, Central Perk was just as much a character on FRIENDS as Ross and Monica.  The pictures on the wall changed, the mugs changed, the staff changed…it was an ever-evolving character all on its own!

And since so much of the show took place in a coffee house, no FRIENDS episode would be complete without coffee…and super cute mugs!

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Though these may not be as stylish or latte-ready as the mugs at Central Perk, there’s no denying that these are perfect for the FRIENDS fan in your life.

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So next time you sit down to binge watch your favorite episodes, pour yourself a cuppa joe in one of these adorable FRIENDS-inspired coffee cups.

Best of all, you can buy ALL THESE MUGS on Etsy!  Could we BE more excited?!

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“I’m the Chick & He’s the Duck” Mug

“How You Doin’?” Mug

“You’re the Monica to My Rachel” & “You’re the Rachel to My Monica” Mugs

“No Uterus, No Opinion” Mug

“They Don’t Know that We Know that They Know” Mug

“A Moo Point” Mug

“Be the Monica Geller of Whatever You Do” Mug

“You’re My Lobster” Mug

“So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way” Mug

“Crab Bag” & “Princess Cansuela Banana Hammock” Mug

“Smelly Cat” Mug

“Central Perk” Mug

“Chandler’s Nubbin” Mug

“SEVEN!” Mug

 

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I Like Big Buttons and I Cannot Lie!: 12 Button Crafts

If you love hoarding crafting supplies like I do, chances are you probably have a bucket of buttons in your stash. I like to think I’ll put them to good use one day…but truth be told, I haven’t yet found a project I liked that involved buttons…until now!

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From cute pocket embellishments to even cuter bookmarks and canvas art, these 12 button crafts are, well, cute as a button!

I Like Big Buttons and I Cannot Lie!: 12 Button Crafts

Button Bookmarks
iheartnaptime.com
bookmarks

Fruity Button Coasters
bustedbutton.com
button-coasters

Cute as a Button Calendar
makezine.com
calender

Button Trinket Boxes
joann.com
contianers

Button Flats
ilovetocreate.com
flats

Crocheted Button Flowers
bustedbutton.com
flower-crochet

Heart Button Canvas
housewivesofriverton.com
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Button Mirror
bhg.com
mirror

Embellished Pants Pockets
pearlsandscissors.com
pants

Yo-Yo Pillow
fiskars.com
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Framed Up Button House
morestomach.com
up-house

Button Tray
melstampz.blogspot.com
tray

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Wanderlust Wall Art

Do you like to hit the open road with your friends or family?  Do you have a few favorite locals that you just loved exploring?  If so, you’re gonna love this cute Wanderlust Wall Art!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved road trips.  My family used to take them all the time and we rarely flew anywhere for vacation.  I mean, why fly when you can pack five people and a ton of suitcases in a Toyota Camry, blast some Tom Waits and hit the open road?

Even now, my husband and I love to travel and we’ve taken a good handful of road trips in our time together.  To help highlight a few of our favorite places, I created this cute Wanderlust Wall Art, featuring heart-shaped cut-outs of cities we’ve loved along the way.

Chicago, Madison, Marquette, Nashville, Las Vegas, Boston, Portland, Seattle, and Cleveland all made the list as some of our favorite cities, but honestly this picture could have been twice the size filled with even more places.

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Whether you’ve been born and raised in one town or you find Johnny Cash’s song “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” perfectly sums up your life on the road, this cute wall art is a super cost-effective way to remember some of your favorite spots!  Simply buy a map of the US (or print out smaller maps of your favorite cities!) and use a heart template to cut a heart around the city.  Glue your hearts to a piece of 12 in. x 12 in. scrapbook paper and pop that baby in a frame and in no time at all, you have a fun piece of artwork that may even motivate you to hit the road…again.

 

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9 Super Cute and Adorable Things You Can Make with Perler Beads

If you were the product of creative parents, you may remember playing with Perler Beads. Wheather you arranged them on a grid to make coasters for grandma or strung them on a necklace to play Pretty, Pretty Princess, Perler Beads have a way of transporting you back to those golden years of childhood.

Even in today’s trend-centered creative world, Perler Beads still own a space in the craft store. With large beads with big grids for younger crafters and smaller beads and intricate patterns for more advanced bead workers, this simple and humble plastic bead has stood the test of time…holding its own as other crafty trends came and went and disappeared forever.
If you loved playing with Perler Beads as a kid, chances are you’re going to love them even more as an adult…especially with these 9 Cute and Adorable Things You Can Make with Perler Beads!

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Want some more Perler Bead fun? Check out these Toy Story Coasters I made last year!

9 Super Cute and Adorable Things You Can Make with Perler Beads

Chevron Necklace
thecraftedsparrow.com
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Wedding Cake Topper
somethingturquoise.com
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Monogram Pins
handmadecharlotte.com
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Trinket Basket
vikalpah.com
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Earphone Cord Holder
budgetbabe.dk
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Camper Keychain
thescrapshoppeblog.com
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Odds n’ Ends Plate
triedandtrueblog.com
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Coasters
crafts.tutsplus.com
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Garden Planters
beadbaby.se
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