Happiness is Homemade #399

Happy Halloween, and welcome to Happiness is Homemade! We’re so glad you’re here to share and explore with us. I’m Niki from Life as a LEO Wife, and I’m back to choose the features on this last day in October. All of you talented bloggers have yet again made it so hard for me to choose only a handful of my favorites, but I have to do it. Before we get to those features, let me share what’s been going on here on the blog.

I made these adorable free printables to give as gifts for my son’s teachers for Halloween. In that post I share the Hocus Pocus printable as well as the gift tags that I made. You can give these as a happy to anyone in your life, or just print them out and pop them into frames for adorable last minute Halloween decor.

I didn’t have any gift bags around for these Halloween gifts, so I made these DIY felt no sew gift bags. They are so easy to make, and they’re perfect for Christmas, birthdays, or just because. The best part is you don’t have to know how to sew or even have a sewing machine for this tutorial!

Finally I shared a tutorial for making this gratitude pumpkin to add to your family traditions this Thanksgiving. You can make this gorgeous pumpkin, and your family will write what they are thankful for each year. You can choose to keep one pumpkin and squeeze new things on each year, or you can do what I am doing, and create a new one each year. I love this pumpkin, and the scripture that I placed on it. On the back side is the year so that we can see how God has provided for us year after year.

On to the Party!

Since today is Halloween, I had to choose one last Halloween post. This garden party by Hyacinths for the Soul is bear-y cute! Sarah set up a fun and treat filled afternoon for her great-nieces both inside and outside her home. If you’ve been around Life as a LEO Wife for any length of time, you know I love a themed party or get-together, and this one is perfect. Sarah had hot chocolate, Oreos, and Halloween teddy bears for her nieces, and I’m sure they loved it!

I had to choose this refinished dresser by our own Beverly at Eclectic Red Barn. Her in-laws no longer needed this wood dresser, and her daughter-in-law needed one. The finished project is beautiful. My mom gave her old dresser to my daughter, and it is almost identical to this one. I hope my daughter will let me re-do hers now!

We have one more month to decorate our homes for fall, and Denise at My Home of All Seasons has some great inspiration for us to decorate with our fall baskets. I love the ways that she used six of her baskets to bring fall into her home. There are also some great tips in the post for how to fill your baskets without having to find a ton of items to put in them.

Thanksgiving is almost here which means it’s time to slow down and begin to think of all of the things we have to be thankful for this year. Carol at Blue Sky at Home made a stenciled wood sign that lists things that we can all be grateful for. In her post she gives a step-by-step tutorial for painting and making your own beautiful sign that you can customize to fit your family and home!

Our final feature this month is this gorgeously styled Thanksgiving tiered-tray by Lori at Dining Delight. She is from Canada, where they have already had their Thanksgiving day. We in the US get the benefit of that, because we can use her tray as inspiration for our own tiered-trays and vignettes. I love how she used items like bowls to lift up the houses and pumpkins so that you can see everything on the tray.

Thank you for joining us this week whether you are a blogger sharing your latest posts OR a reader enjoying all of the inspirational shares!   Don’t forget to drop by and say hello to all our hostesses, they always appreciate your visit! Here are all of our hostesses at Happiness Is Homemade!

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Sinea @ Ducks ‘n a Row

Beverly @ Eclectic Red Barn

Katie @ Love My Messy Messy Mess

Mel @ Décor Craft Design

Niki @ Life as a Leo Wife

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