Black Crow Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Black Crow Halloween Cupcake Toppers

Hi Crafting Chicks fans!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I am back to share a super easy Halloween craft with you!  This is just my favorite time of year!  Pumpkin everything starts flooding the shelves, the weather starts to cool down and the holiday crafting season is upon us.  And what holiday is complete without cute cupcake toppers for holiday cupcakes? I have made cupcake toppers out of circus animal crackers, washi tape bows and even a flower punch I transformed into a bunny! But today’s cupcake toppers are definitely for the birds!! Beady eyes and shifty feet, these black crow Halloween cupcake toppers, are the perfect way to top a treat!! I love “cute Halloween” – is that okay with you?  My boys would love it if I would embrace the ghouls and gore, but I tend more towards friendly ghosts and chubby jack-o-lanterns.  So, these black crow cupcake toppers fit the bill and they are SO easy to make! [Read More...]

10 Things that REALLY Surprised Me About A Commercial Pig Farm I Visited

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So you may be thinking this post is random…why is she talking about pig farming on a blog about “CREATING”.  I have no farming background, or animal raising background for that matter.  The answer is simple.  Most of us eat pork and need to know where it comes from as well as how it’s produced and processed.  Last week I was able to go to North Carolina and visit 3 commercial pig farms and one pig processing plant.  It was the most awesome/eye-opening experience I have had in a very long time.  I learned some things about our food that will have a profound affect on me forever.  I was able to see first-hand, how pigs grow, what they are fed, what conditions they live in, how they are processed, etc etc.  Here are the 10 great things I have learned, things that have opened my eyes to the industry and what’s involved with it! The Pork Council invited myself and [Read More...]

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10+ Amazing Pork Recipes


Here are 10+ great pork recipes for your enjoyment!! Later today I am sharing the experiences I had at a HUGE commercial pig farm.  It was not only eye-opening, but it made me like pork even more if you can believe it.  Enjoy these recipes and stay tuned for some interesting info about how our pork is produced here in the United States.  ENJOY!! PORK CARNITAS by My Kitchen Escapades SKINNY PINEAPPLE TERIYAKI PORK CHOPS by Skinny Mom Applesauce Pork Tenderloin by the Six Sister’s Stuff  Honey Mustard Pork Chops by the Sugar ‘n Spice Gals Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin by Little Leopard Book Sweet Potatoe Pulled Pork Sliders by Lauren’s Latest Pulled Pork Nachos by Premeditated Leftovers Roast Pork Loin with Apples and Onions by Culinaria Bacon Corn Dip by Damn Delicious Vietnamese Style Grilled Lemongrass Pork by Ang Sarap Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Chicken Skewers by the Baker Mama     Pin It

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Halloween Scattergories

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We have some Halloween goodies for you today!  We have teamed up with some of our favorite friends to offer 8 free Halloween Printables!  I love them ALL! I’m sharing some Halloween Scattergories fun…a free printable game for everyone.  Details below.  Links for each of the printables below as well…be sure to check them all out! 1. Kiki & Company: Every house needs a little “BOO” for Halloween. Use this garland to give any little area a little festive flair! 2. Simple As That: Add some retro flair to Halloween gifts, party favors or memory keeping projects with these printable tags. 3. Eighteen25: Your Halloween Table will look spooktacular when you put these Eat, Drink and Be Scary Prints to use! 4. Paging Supermom: Use this “Monster Meal” oatmeal can wrapper to create a fun gift for neighbors and friends. 5. Whipperberry: This frightfully geometric sign is ready to frame for your mantle or entry table. 6. The Idea Room: [Read More...]

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Glitter “Spooky” Halloween Banner

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It’s always fun to get a jump start on Halloween since it IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY.  This banner is super easy. SUPPLIES: Krylon Glitter Blast (Golden Glow) 4 pieces of 12×12 chipboard 8′ of ribbon of choice…mine at Hairbow Supplies the 1″ size and “Black Candy” color cutting machine-I use the amazing Cricut Explore Clothes pins (mine were already spray glittered with silver glitter spray)  If yours aren’t yet, add them to the spray glitter list in Step 2. STEP 1:  Choose your font and cut out all your letters on your cutting machine.  I used the font “Coluna” from one of the free font sites.  I also cut them out at about 10.5″ tall.  You could also cut them out with good scissors if you had to and also make them any size. DONE! STEP 2:  Spray Glitter those suckers!  The trick to getting a nice sheen on letters like this is to hold the glitter spray about 24″ away from the [Read More...]

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#1 Best Thing About Wooden Shutters

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I’m excited to share this one thing with you.  I posted in June about the whole installation process and about Shutter 101 and all the things you should know before you do wooden shutter.  I won’t go into that all here, because you can read all about it on that post…details of the install, things to watch for, things to ask your salesperson, etc etc.  You can find that post HERE.  I experienced these shutters this whole summer and found my #1 very favorite things about these wooden shutters that I found while working with Wasatch Shutters. Wooden shutters can almost completely seal off your window when they are shut.  I say almost only because when you shut them, there’s no actual seal, but there might as well be.  These babies really do shut out light and heat!! They also let all the light in when you want to.  I was most impressed with the ability that these puppies have to [Read More...]

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Lunchbox Laughs Halloween Version-“Ghost Giggles”

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Sharing a fun free printable today.  Ghost giggles…fun little lunchbox note cards. Just in time for October!  My kids love getting little notes in their lunch boxes.  Especially jokes!  Just print the 8.5×11 inch ghost joke sheet, cut them out, and add them to your kids’ lunch boxes.  A fun way to kick off October. *Personal Use Only Please.   Property of Crafting Chicks, LLP. Pin It

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How to Paint a Designer Pillow


I was given a Paint-a-pillow kit in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.   I love toss pillows. I think you can tell by the many versions on our site that we are fans of the added pop a pillow can bring to a room. So when Paint-A-Pillow asked if we wanted to try out their new system for creating pillows to match your decor and your style, I was excited.  I ordered up a couple pillows and paint options and gave it a go. First things first, I watched the very informative video to make sure I knew what I was doing.  Then I opened up the boxes and got all my supplies ready. Everything comes ready for you to start painting right away.  One suggestion I would make is to purchase the brush kit.  I didn’t realize when I choose my stencil that I would need an itty bitty brush, so I’m glad that I [Read More...]

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Ikea First :59 & Morning Motivation

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Mom it Forward Blogger Network & IKEA. All opinions ideas are 100% mine. Don’t let these sweet back to school photos fool you…our mornings can be quite crazy!  Every year I try to think of ways to improve our week days.  This year one of my goals is to get more accomplished in the morning, so that our after school activities and evenings can go smoother.  Also, my kids are getting older and more capable of chores.  I think they feel better when they leave their rooms and spaces tidy.  We can also accomplish a few activiiteis in our morning, like reading and piano.  The goal is to check these off our list before our crazy afternoons.  Plus my kids are more alert and eager in the mornings (I’m the one who needs to work on morning alertness, oh to have their energy!) Being an educator and mother, I know that kids [Read More...]

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20 DIY Costume Ideas


We’ve been pinning away some fun ideas for DIY costume ideas.  Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites, but to see more, make sure you follow our Costumes Pinterest Board. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress from Kiki and Company DIY Twirly Butterfly Skirt from Andrea’s Notebook Hogwarts Baby Onesie from Rae Gun Ramblings 10 Minute Super Hero Costume from The Crafting Chicks Halloween Hat Pack Pattern and Tutorial on Fleece Fun 4 No Sew Sweet Costume Ideas from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Audrey Hepburn Costume from The Pinning Mama Marry Poppins Costume Tutorial from Craftiness is not Optional DIY Dino Tails from Andrea’s Notebook Candy Corn Tutu from The Crafting Chicks DIY Octopus Costume from Giggles Galore Shark Costume from Create.Craft.Love Mermaid Pants Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings Angry Birds Family Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts DIY Star Wars Costumes from Mission To Save Medieval Princess Costume from Its Always Autumn Madeline Costume Idea from Heather Sanders DIY No-Sew [Read More...]

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