Dress Up Your Front Door This Halloween

One of the ways of getting into the spirit of Halloween is to decorate our homes to give that spooky feel and effect. Windows are adorned with scary representations of Halloween, the porch is teeming with man-made cobwebs out of cotton and the pumpkins are carved to show off a Jack O’Lantern face. Even the trees and bushes are not spared with plastic amputated limbs and skulls hiding in the bushes. Let’s not forget about the treats in the bowl and the out-of-this-world costumes to top the Halloween spirit.

Are we forgetting something in the whole process of giving the home a spooky look and feel? Well, there’s one thing you should also consider – the front door! Yes, it’s a big rectangular shape that can allow a lot of creative flair. So, here are some amazing, colorful, scarily cute front door decoration ideas this Halloween.



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Guitar and Accessories Gift Ideas for Christmas

A family member or a friend who is fond of playing and tinkering on the many accessories that can go with strumming the guitar will be one happy camper when he or she receives the gift of a lifetime.

Musical instruments such as guitar is a great gift to give to someone who is passionate about strumming guitars or would one day form a band and be a musician. You may check out some great deals at musciansfriend for other guitars and accessories you may consider giving as gifts this Christmas.

Footswitch controller



Guitar speaker



Hardshell guitar case

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Creative DIY Cork Board

Cork is one of the easiest material to find and use when making boards. It comes from the Cork Oak tree, usually grown in Europe and Africa. Cork is commonly used to make wine stoppers but nowadays, you can see cork in shoes, flooring, wallets, in some musical instruments, and boards.

In this article, I will show you several creative ideas to make use of cork to create a fun, artistic and pretty cork board pieces.




(Photo from buzzfeed.com)

If you have old photo frames that are empty and need to be re-used, and also tons of cork stopper, then stick those cork stopper on the frame until all the space is used up. You now have a very fun, creative cork board! I think I’ll do this with my husband’s collection of cork stopper.



You can buy thse circle cork board form Ikea. If you already have them at home, you can either cover them with fabric with pretty prints just like the photo below or paint with some bold, funky colors for more artistic effect like the one above.

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You can also leave the cork boards plain just like the photo below.


(Photo from molliepop.com)

If you want to put some life to an old frame or chalkboard, buy a cork roll and simply install it on the board.

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Renovating Your Backyard? Here are some Additions to Consider


Before you start renovating you need to think, what do I want out of this space? What is it going to be used for and how often am I going to use it? There are so many different things you can do with your outdoor space so think carefully.

Entertainment Centre

Where better to start your renovations than with a patio. Patios and pergolas are the ultimate part of outdoor entertainment. It’s where your seating area and your barbeque goes, and it’s the transition between the indoors and outdoors. When designing the patio think about what you are going to do with it and how big you want it. Talk to the experts, like the guys at Additions Building , for everything you need to know about patios and pergolas. If you are a big entertainer then you will want to make a space large enough to seat all of your guests. Your backyard might be more of a private space. Maybe you would rather more room for the kids to play on the grass, in which case you would need to pull back the patio and give them more room.

Put in the Right Garden

A big issue, and often overlooked, when renovating your backyard is how much future maintenance you will have. If you are strapped for time or don’t want spend every second weekend tiding up the garden then it is very important to choose the right plants. Slow growing, hardy plants are great if you never want to worry about trimming or watering them. It is vitally to choose the correct plants for your climate. Too often plants will wilt or die because they have been planted in the wrong conditions, so make sure you read the tags that come with the plants and check they are appropriate for your conditions.

Adding the Right Lawn

Most backyards will have at least a little grass, so when renovating make sure you have the lawn you want. Though it seems like a small and minor thing, picking the right grass is very important. Certain types of grass will not grow at all in some conditions. If your backyard is heavily shaded and rarely ever gets sun light it is likely that no kind of grass will grow, regardless of shade growing guarantees. Even shade grass needs some sun, so if you are in that situation you should consider an alternative to having a lawn.

What about the Kids?

Open space is key when it comes to having a backyard for kids. An open lawn is the easiest, and most fun solution, but you can still add some great landscaping designs. Having a garden bed around the boundary fence creates a balance between space to kick a ball and a beautiful garden. Be sure to pick your plants carefully though, as anything fragile or with prickles or thorns is out of the question. Kids and cacti definitely do not go well together. If you have the space you may even consider putting in some play equipment for the kids, like a cubby house or swing set or, if you can stand them mess, even a sand pit.

Renovating can be a big deal, but if you think it through and make the right choices you will create something that you and your family will love. What other considerations are there when renovating a backyard?


(Photo not mine)

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Pumpkin Creme Caramel

This recipe is from BHG.com and I want to share it to everyone especially that Thanksgiving is fast approaching. This will be a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread!

1 1/3 cups sugar
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
2 5 ounce can (1-1/3 cups) evaporated milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
2 teaspoons vanilla


How to prepare:

Preheat oven to 325 degree F.
Caramelize sugar it is golden brown.
Remove skillet from heat and immediately pour the caramelized sugar into eight ungreased 6-ounce custard cups.
Tilt containers of flan to evenly coat bottoms of cups.
Place cups in two 2-quart square baking dishes.
Stir together eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, the 1/2 cup sugar, pumpkin pie spice, orange peel, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
Pour the pumpkin mixture over caramelized sugar in cups.
Place the baking dishes on the oven rack. Pour boiling water into the baking dishes around cups to a depth of 1 inch.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the centers comes out clean. Remove cups from water. Cool slightly on wire rack.
Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
To serve, loosen edges of custards with a knife, slipping the point of a knife down the sides to let in air. Invert a dessert plate over each custard, turn cup and plate over together. Scrape the caramelized sugar that remains in cup onto the custard.

Makes 8 servings.


(Recipe and photo from BHG.com)

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