DIY Dead and Breakfast Sign

Welcome. foolish mortals, to the Lawrence Dead & Breakfast Inn.

Every good Dead and Breakfast needs a quality sign, and this one is no exception. All that was needed was a little paint and creativity to bring our Halloween theme to life.

Admittedly, this project can (and did for me) get a little expensive. I chose to go the pre-made route for a few pieces, but I want the sign to last for the foreseeable future. For instance, the post holding the sign is a newel post from Home Depot, which is priced $30 and up. Sure, I could have built something less elaborate using table legs and furniture feet (a path I started down but changed my mind), but I liked how fancy the newel post looked and decided to go for it.

Also – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I used a Cricut to make the sign template – however, you can easily use stencils or large alphabet stickers from any craft store to achieve the same effect.

Nevertheless, this project is super easy and can be done in one afternoon.

So, come along and learn how to make your own sign… if you dare…

Lawrence Made Dead and Breakfast Sign

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DIY Happy Halloween Sign

The Lawrence household is starting to look awfully spooooky. Well, now, at least. When we started putting up our Halloween decorations, we realized something didn’t look quite right. Suddenly, it hit me.

Throughout the year, our Life is Better in Flip Flop sign hangs over our fireplace. Now, imagine that happy, pleasant sign amongst grimacing pumpkins and a flutter of bats. Kind of takes the spooky factor down a notch, right?

To fix that, I used the same construction techniques from the Flip Flops project to build a Happy Halloween sign for over the mantle. The best part – no power tools required! For less than $15, we now have a festive sign that can easily be swapped out for the holiday season. Plus, these are super thin, making them perfect to store in small spaces.

Also – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I used my Cricut to make the phrase template – however, you can easily use stencils or large alphabet stickers from any craft store to achieve the same effect.

Learn how to make your own below.

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Mother Nature’s Farm – Gilbert Pumpkin Patch

When we started looking into all the fun “firsts” to do with our son, we were overwhelmed by the number of fall activities available in Gilbert. Street fairs, kid-friendly spooky events, and of course, pumpkin patches. I’ve been to a few local farms in the area in the past, but when it came to taking the little one, we wanted something simple, small, and close by. A friend recommended we check out Mother Nature’s Farm – and we absolutely loved it!

The family-owned farm has been in Gilbert since 1968 and has been a pumpkin patch open to the public since 1991. Located mere minutes from downtown, you could actually miss the farm if you weren’t looking for it. A little slice of Gilbert’s agricultural history right in the heart of town!

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Teal Pumpkin Project Trick-or-Treat Grab Bags

Trick or treat
Smell my feet
Give me something good to eat!

Or in the case of our house, something fun to play with too! Every year, we like giving candy but also small Halloween toys because let’s be honest, more is better!

Also, making these treat bags ensures we always have little gifts for our Teal Pumpkin Project kids – which I highly encourage you to participate in! Unfamiliar? The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages you to have non-edible treats for your spooky visitors to protect those who have food allergies. This way all kids can participate in the Halloween fun without the worry.

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