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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

$50 Jo-Ann Gift Card Winner

Is it you?  Well, let's find out... but first:  Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the $50 gift card giveaway!  And thank you so much to Jo-Ann Crafts and Fabrics for letting me participate in their project showcase and for providing such an awesome prize for the giveaway.  If you didn't win, don't worry.  You can still use the 50% off coupon in stores and online until tomorrow!  Just use the code 'halloween139' at checkout.


Congrats, Autumn Clark!  I've sent you an email and given your info to the awesome people at Jo-Ann.  They should be in contact soon.  Thanks again to everyone who participated!


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weekend Wander #102

Welcome to another party, my friends!  How's your week been?  It's been long and a little lonely here.  I've got the two boys by myself and, oh my, they are a handful!  Whew.  I'll be honest, I'm a little burned out on Halloween decor - I just can't talk myself into decorating for just one day.  And I've had to come up with Halloween costumes for the boys with a very limited budget.  Our original plan didn't pan out, unfortunately, so it was last-minute pandemonium.  Gah.  Okay, okay enough of my whining (am I right?!), let's do some features!

A great tip for cleaning out your closet comes from

Microwave Kettle Corn?  Uhm, yes please.
Thank You, Carrie at Saving 4 Six!

I have been debating about what to do for a cauldron in my (meager) Witch display.
Steph at Crafting in the Rain has hit pay dirt.  These are ADORABLE!

Thanks for linking up everyone!  If you were featured, grab a button.

Also, if you haven't already, come enter for
A $50 gift card will be given away on Tuesday.

Now, let's get this party started!






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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quick Poll: Please Help!

Hey, everyone!  So, I've been looking at my stats lately (and, I know, numbers are just numbers) and have noticed a downward trend... so, I'd like to know how to do better.  I know I don't post as frequently as I have in the past, but my kids and home are taking up more time.  Imagine that... it takes more time to have to kids than it does to have one.  Anyway, tell me what you want to see more of here.  Just real quick, in the form below, check all the things you would be interested in reading about on While He Was Napping.  I will do my best to make your wishes come true.  Thanks!  I really appreciate the help.  If you have any other comments, enter them in the "Sample Question 2" box.  Answers are all private.



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Monday, October 22, 2012

{October Spooktacular} Tulle Ghost & $50 Jo-Ann Giveaway

A couple weeks ago I had an email from Katelyn, on behalf of Jo-Ann, asking if I wanted to make a fun Halloween craft.  In case you don't know... Jo-Ann is like my second home.  I own practically their whole fabric department.  Okay, not quite... but if I had an endless wallet, I so would.  Of course, I was all over the craft opportunity.  I got to choose a craft from their Halloween and Fall Projects.  Their were lots of great options, but I settled on the Ghostly Dress Decor.

I waited excitedly and was totally giddy when my box of supplies arrived.  I looked at the directions once again and went to find my dress form... I searched EVERYWHERE.  And, I still don't know where it is.  Gah, I hate moving!  I'm still so disorganized.  So... now what?  Well, I decided that I would simplify the project a little and make do with what I had...

TULLE GHOST

Materials You'll Need:

- 2½ yds of 36" wide gauze or gauze-like fabric (I used tulle)
- Aleene’s® Stiffen Quik™ spray
- 16 oz Stiffy® fabric stiffener
- 2 Balloons
- 2 sticks (a set of chopsticks would work great!)
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Packing Tape
- Large Bowl or something to tape the balloon to (I used a small lamp with the light bulb removed)
- Baker's twine or other string
- Fishing line

Directions:
1.  Blow up your balloon until it's nice and full.  Tape the balloon to the overturned bowl (or to the lamp base).
2.  Cut a strip of tulle to 27" in length.  Drape it over the balloon and fluff a little until it lays nicely.  Tie some of your baker's twine around the base of the balloon where it meets the bowl (or lamp base) to create a head shape.


3.  Use Stiffy fabric stiffener and a paint brush to paint a layer over the balloon.  Let it dry completely.
4.  Spray a thin layer of Aleene's Stiffen Quik over the balloon and let it dry.


5.  When it's dry, untape the balloon from the bowl and set it off to the side.  It will hold your tulle in shape while you form the arms/body.  Blow up another balloon and tape it to the bowl, just as in step 1.
6.  Tape the sticks to the bowl (or lamp base) to create the arms.
7.  Take the remaining 27" of fabric and cut it in half (each piece should be 13.5" long).  Tape the tulle to the balloon and over the sticks.  Adjust and drape the fabric so it lays nicely.



8.  Spray the tulle with 3-4 coats of Aleene's Stiffen Quik, letting each coat dry thoroughly.  I let mine dry about 2-3 hours between each coat and then gave it a nice good spray and let it dry overnight.
9.  Pop your first balloon and remove all the pieces from the tulle.  Drape your shaped tulle over the second balloon.  Fluff and arrange until your tulle lays nicely and all pieces blend together well.



10.  Use a hot glue gun and secure the pieces of tulle together.  Secure the shape of your ghost with a few drops of hot glue.  If necessary, tie a piece of baker's twine around the balloon to reshape the head portion.  Spray with Stiffen Quik and let dry again.  Confession time: I also added a layer of spray fabric startch, mostly just because I had it laying around and figured a little more "umph" to hold the shape couldn't hurt.
11.  When everything is good and dry, trim any extra long pieces.  Use a piece of fishing line to tie a loop and hang your spooky friend.



See the directions for using a dress form to complete this project at Jo-Ann.com.
Now, for the really, really fun part... how about a giveaway?!  Are you as obsessed with Jo-Ann's as I am?  Would you like a $50 gift card to aid you in your purchase of your favorite crafty items?  Well, one of you lucky ducks will get just that!  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  Giveaway is open until Monday, October 29th at 9:01pm.  Good Luck!

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Or use this awesome 50% off coupon in store or use the code halloween139 on joann.com.  Coupon only valid on one regular-priced item.  Valid on items through out the store or online site.  To print, click the image to open in a new window or tab and print from there.  Coupon expires October 31, 2012.




Disclosure: Jo-Ann Crafts and Fabric Store provided all the supplies to me for use in creating this project and I was given a $50 gift card to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  Jo-Ann also provided the $50 giveaway gift card.  However, all content in this post is 100% my own original words and opinions.  All links were placed at my choice and discretion.  I receive no compensation from any click-through.  


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weekend Wander #101


Hey Friends!  Welcome to the party!  Did you check out the winner from last week's giveaway?!  Well, congrats to Ashley M!  Ashley, email me at whilehewasnapping{at}gmail{dot}com and we'll get started on your customized piece.

I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week... but first... FEATURES!  Yep, they're back!  If you are featured and you'd like a button, grab it HERE.

How cute is this Witch's Hat Word Art?! 
Go grab yourself a copy at Craft-a-Spell!  It's a printable!

And look at this gorgeous mantel at Second Chance to Dream.
Almost makes me wish we had a fireplace.  But only if it's a gas fireplace...
LOVE that clock though... and the definition plate, cah-ute!

Thanks for linking last week!  There were some awesome projects.  And don't forget to check out (and link up to) the Halloween linky.  It's open all month and there are some fun Halloween ideas there too!

Okay, now... Let's PAR-TAY!  And..... GO!




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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

{October Spooktacular} Life-Size Witch's Broom

I've had this project in the works for like three years...  Seriously.  It wasn't until about two weeks ago that it started to become a reality though.  Mostly it was just an idea.  I didn't have the resources to get the materials.  Until we moved into our house in May and inherited a sickly little tree in our backyard.  There was a good size limb that was already a goner and it was to become my victim, er... uhm, materials.

WITCH'S BROOM

Materials You'll Need:
- A large, sturdy tree branch.  You could also use a thick dowel in a pinch.  You can find them at Lowe's and Home Depot or order them online.  Mine is about 1 3/4" thick and about 2 1/2 feet long.  Make yours as big as you'd like.
- Lots of smaller sticks.  I used some sticks from my branch and cut them to about 6-9 inches long.  You might find these in a park or take a drive up to the mountains and collect some sticks.  I ended up using about 2 dozen.
- Large bucket
- Water
- Twine
- Light Brown Felt
- Hot glue gun and glue

Directions:
1.  Cut the broom handle to your desired length.
2.  Cut your smaller sticks to length.
3.  Arrange the smaller sticks around one end of the large branch and secure with twine.  Tie the twine as tightly as you can.  Maybe use a helper to cinch it down while you're tying it up.  I did a layer around the branch and tied that off.  Then added another layer on.  Repeat until your are happy with the thickness.

4.  If your stick are sticking out like crazy (mine were), fill your large bucket with water and set the small stick end of the broom in the water.  Let the sticks soak until they are pliable enough to shape them.  I ended up leaving mine in the water about five days - however, that was partly because I forgot about it.  Whoops.
5.  When your sticks are shape-able, arrange them like you want them and use more twine to secure the shape.  Let dry completely.  I got a little over-excited with this part and undid my shaping twine before the twigs were totally dry and they warped and spread again.  So... let it dry!
6.  Wrap a piece of felt around the broom where your large branch and small sticks meet.  Secure with hot glue.
7.  Wrap twine around the felt until it's completely covered.  Tie off and secure with a knot or two.  Don't worry if a little of the felt pokes through.  Because of the closeness of the colors, it's not a big deal and really not noticeable.

That's it.  You're done.  How cool is your broom?!  And, for me, this project was totally free!  Unless you count the price of our house as part of the project cost... then it was the most expensive project I've ever done!  Haha.  I think it's awfully adorable... now I just need to figure out where I'm going to store this beast! 

For a size comparison:
Yes, that's our fridge.  And it's not a small fridge either.



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