Happy Halloween everyone! Tonight was Trick-or-Treat night in our neighborhood and we had a record 25 kids this year! The record to beat: Two kids. Our first year here was pretty dismal for Trick-or-Treaters. I was so sad that only two kids came to our house. Had I known, I would’ve given them more candy. But this year, a whole 25 came and it was really fun to see all of their costumes (my favorite was an Angry Bird). Maybe next year we’ll have 50 kids! Dream big, right? 🙂

So to celebrate Trick-or-Treat night in Frame By Frame Style, I decorated the porch in a mix of Fall and Halloween decorations. The best part of our decorations were the pumpkins we carved last night!

It was still light out when Trick-or-Treat started, so I waited until everything was over to run outside and snap a few photos of our pumpkins in their glory. Inside are color-changing LED lights.

And here are the pre-Trick-or-Treat shots of our Fall/Halloween display.

I’m kind of a big kid when it comes to Trick-or-Treating. Even though we do not have any kids, and I’m no longer a kid myself, I am always so excited to give out candy. BJ had to keep reminding me that it was sort of creepy to stare through the blinds to watch for more kids to come. I was also like a girl going on her first date. I waited a few seconds to open the door so it wouldn’t seem like I was standing right there. That’s not weird, right? Okay, it is. But I had fun handing out candy.
I even decorated our dining room table in Halloween decor. Remember the candy corn vases? I added the BOO luminaries yesterday.
And did you notice we changed dining room table orientation?
Happy Halloween!

Trying to beat the heat

It’s no joke that it is hot outside! When I got in my car today to drive home from work, the thermometer displayed this:

Yesterday, the heat and humidity was just as high as it was today. So instead of trying to work on projects outside in the excessive heat, I decided that I was going to stay inside and work on a project that I’ve been thinking about for awhile.

Several months ago I bought wrapping paper to wrap a gift for my cousin’s wedding. I loved the wrapping paper’s bright green color and design and wondered how I could incorporate it into something for our home. I’ve also been trying to figure out the dilemma when you have only a little bit of wrapping paper left and every time you go to wrap something your about an inch too short to cover the entire gift. So instead of throwing the leftover paper away, I decided to use it for a photo collage (because I love them :).

To complete this project, here are the supplies you will need: Wrapping paper, frames and scissors. The cost for the entire project (including the supplies you see below) was around $20. This is a great time of the year to go and buy frames in bulk. The green frames came in a pack of four for around $5. Each white frame was roughly $2.

To cut the wrapping paper to fit the frame, I used the frame’s insert as a guide.

Once you cut the paper to fit the frame, you can discard the inserts, but if you are like me and you may want to change the wrapping paper down the road, you can always keep one insert and tuck it inside one of the frames so you have it later on. For this project, I chose two different color and style frames. I also went with two different designs of wrapping paper. Here is the finished product:

Originally, I thought I would hang them on the wall under our kitchen cabinets, but once I hung a few with tape to see how they would look, it didn’t turn out how I envisioned. Although my original location didn’t work out, I still love the frames with the bright wrapping paper. I think I might hang them as a collage in our bedroom. I will keep you posted on the final location once I make up my mind.

Stay cool this week!