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Bringing our DIY Halloween Costumes to TV!!

Yes, this title definitely commands a double exclamation point!! We had no idea our DIY Halloween Costume series would land us a segment on CBS’s Great Day Houston here in Houston. But it did. And when the call came through we were so excited and ready to say yes! This has been such a fun passion project that sharing it with others is really what it’s all about for us. Our models, of course, were familia and they did awesome!

Please watch the video and tell us what you’re wearing this Halloween.

If you’re still not sure, hit the your local thrift store.

Just saying! 🙂

Bringing our DIY Halloween Costumes to TV!!

Dress up for Halloween: 80’s Chic!

What would a DIY Halloween Costume series be without a little 80’s flare? Well, not complete if you ask us. For this look, the acid wash denim jacket came out, as did the fun and colorful makeup from yesteryear.

Come to think about it, this look may just be the perfect one for this Halloween. What do you say? Which look has been your favorite so far?

You can’t do the “valley girl” #80s look without the sass. #Halloween look series. #demilavato

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Dress up for Halloween: 80's Chic!

Dress up for Halloween: Madeline

Can you believe our DIY Halloween Costume series is coming to an end? This will definitely go down as a Halloween to remember at Casa Los Metiches 🙂 Our latest look is from the Madeline book series. Tell us you do remember the books! They were awesome.

Madeline in Texas. Follow along as the #Halloween series unravels.

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This look also took the longest as it was pretty much made from scratch. Yeah, believe it or not, it’s not that easy to find an adult-sized Madeline costume these days. What are your thoughts? Any other looks we should consider before the big day??

Dress up for Halloween: Madeline Dress up for Halloween: Madeline

Dress up for Halloween: “Anything for Salinas!”

Bidi bidi bom bom. Need we say more? We’re Tejanos and we’re die hard fans of the late and great Selena Quintanilla Perez. Of course she was going to be a part of Anjelica’s DIY looks for Halloween.

Obvio. In the most respectful way possible. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we have. The proof is in the pudding. Just check out the video below!

Bidi bidi bidi bidi bom bom!

Yes I did. An homage to #Selena while I still had the look. Enjoy.

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Dress up for Halloween: "Anything for Salinas!"

Dress up for Halloween: Morticia Addams

How do you follow up “The Queen Witch?” Why with Morticia Addams of course! You can’t watch The Addams Family movies and not get into the spirit of Halloween. So for those of you who are big fans of Morticia like we are, eat your heart out! This new costume idea by Anjelica is our favorite so far.

Have you picked out your costume yet?

Happy Halloween! #halloween #addamsfamily #morticiaaddams

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Dress up for Halloween: Morticia Addams

Dress up for Halloween: The Queen Witch

Who’s ready for Halloween? The proof is definitely in the pudding. Or in our case, the makeup and the costumes, ja! We’re having a lot of fun with these Halloween costume creations by Anjelica. Each week from now until Halloween we will be sharing a new costume idea Anjelica puts together.

This one we’re calling “The Queen Witch!”

Yes, she’s definitely a queen and a witch! What is your all time favorite Halloween costume??

Dress up for Halloween: The Queen Witch

Crafting with Anjelica: How To Make a Stylish Clutch Out of Fabric & Duck Tape

So what do you do on a long weekend?  If you’re anything like me, you find a new and fun project to dedicate part of your time to while your family is home spending a little extra quality time together.  For me, this Fourth of July break, it was working with duck tape.  I was inspired by a fellow crafter on YouTube who made some really beautiful creations using mostly only duck tape.  It made me want to take a jab at the concept too.  Before making this clutch with duck tape, fabric and staples, I made a messenger bag for Edgar, smaller makeup bags for myself, and a couple of larger totes as gifts for family.  Those were all prototypes.  They helped me pick up a few techniques and get more comfortable with crafting something a little more specific.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsAs soon as I saw this fabric I knew I had to make something fun and functional with it.  A clutch is perfect for many occasions and it is also a great conversation starter.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsThese are the supplies you will need.  Duck tape comes in so many colors and designs you can be as creative as you want to with this project.  Remember the duck tape you select will end up being the inner lining of your clutch.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsLook at the detail of my fabric.  I’m a huge cat lover!  Always have been since I was a little girl.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsAs you can see, the concept is pretty simple, you will use your duck tape to cover the two pieces of fabric, that will be the two sides of your clutch, on one side.  Depending on the size of your clutch you will cut two pieces of fabric of equal size.  Mine are 18″x20″.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsNow you will take a zipper and attach it to both sides of your duck-taped fabric using a stapler.  You’ll need plenty of staples so it’s a good idea to stock up on them before you get started.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsOnce you’ve stapled your zipper on both sides.  Add some more duck tape along the hardware of your zipper and above the staples.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsNext you will staple all three remaining sides of your clutch together, leaving only the end with the zipper on it open.  Use duck tape to cover the staples on each side.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsNow take the two ends opposite your zipper at the bottom of your clutch and pinch them together, then staple them.  You will then fold the triangular pinched area that you just stapled on either side inward and secure it with duck tape.  These will be the bottom corners of your inner lining.

crafting with anjelica craftythrifter duck tape clutch juanofwordsTurn your clutch inside out and viola!  The beautiful fabric of your choice is now a gorgeous and very stylish clutch!

If you have any questions while attempting to make this project on your own, please feel free to let me know.  I would be happy to walk you through any kinks.  Oh, and by the way, these fun duck tape projects can be pretty addicting.

Next on my list are backpacks!

Spring Is In The Air… And We’re Partnering With The Home Depot Garden Club To #DigIn

Spring in Texas is all about the wide open spaces!  We barely get a winter and some years we don’t even get much of a fall season at all.  This year, for example, it’s only April and we’ve already been experiencing a pretty severe drought across the state.  One minute it’s cold.  The next it’s hot enough to fry an egg on your forehead.  En serio… in Texas the randomness of the weather is just something you have to get used to.

the home depot garden club #digin juanofwords

Pero if you ask my mom, Anjelica’s mom or anyone else with a green thumb they’ll also tell you Texas weather is perfect for gardening.  This spring we’re especially looking forward to making some much needed improvements in our back yard.  I won’t say that either one of us are huge gardeners by any extent of the word.  Al contrario, we do much better with garden furniture and anything else that makes our yard look and feel more comfortable for entertaining and spending time with family.  Barbecuing fajitas is a huge pastime in Texas!

So desde luego partnering with the Home Depot Garden Club to make the most of our outdoor spring improvements this year just seemed like a no brainer.  We’ll be completing and sharing several spring projects with the help of the Home Depot in the coming weeks.  I’m really hoping we can do something a little more large scale like putting together a storage shed in the back yard.  We don’t have one of those right now.  And really need one!

the home depot garden club #digin juanofwords
Image via The Home Depot.

You can also become a part of the Home Depot Garden Club and take advantage of some of the awesome discounts and tips they will be sharing with all of us as we move forward.  Membership is completely free and by joining you will automatically get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year.  Other perks include $5 off your next garden purchase of $50 when you sign up, access to 8 new projects to help you #DigIn to spring, monthly to do lists and how-to videos, among various other membership exclusives.

the home depot garden club #digin juanofwords
Image via The Home Depot.

What inspires you?  What improvements are you looking forward to making around your garden and home this spring?  Do you have a green thumb?

Stick around for the fun.  A ver como nos va con estos proyectos.  It would be fun to see your projects along the way as well.


the home depot garden club #digin juanofwordsIt’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need for spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, The Home Depot has you covered and can help you #DigIn to Spring.

Spring is the perfect time for all your outdoor home renovations. Shop The Home Depot for terrific values on new patio furniture, landscape supplies such as fertilizer and potting soil and outdoor grills. Keep your lawn and garden looking great, too, with the huge selection of lawn mowers, edgers and trimmers, and garden tools.

Visit The Home Depot Garden Club for product ideas from kick-starting your Spring with seed starter kits to building a window birdfeeder.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.