Archive for October, 2013

My Haunted House

Thursday, October 17th, 2013


I guess we’re sticking with the Halloween theme this week, come into my haunted house, if you dare, wahahaha. I don’t know when it happened but it has started to take me almost as long to decorate my house for Halloween as it does for Christmas. Actually, I blame it all on Pinterest, it’s so full of inspiration I just can’t keep myself from crafting. Because of the extra projects my Halloween decorating seemed to span several weeks this year.


Hello Kriso: Pinsday – Halloween Kids Crafts

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I love everything about fall. The cooler weather, well somewhat cooler, here in Austin fall means that it only gets into the low 90’s; the colors of the changing leaves, well not really, here in Austin we only have cedar trees and they don’t have pretty leaves that change colors; I love opening all the windows in the house to let the fresh crisp air in, well again, not here in Austin because we usually still have like 85% humidity… so now I am wondering what I’m doing here in Austin where we truly only have fall for like a week!

No, I love it here, and we make the best of our situation by forcing fall into our lives. My favorite way of doing this is through crafting! Even though it may not feel like fall, I always feel craftier in the fall. Maybe it’s my love of Halloween but I start crafting spookiness in August, and on the weekends when the girls are out of school we try to pack in as much crafting as possible.

So this week I am sharing some great and fairly simple kids crafts. A few of these we have tackled and others are still on our craft bucket list. Audrey 3 is at the top of our list this year, after seeing “The Little Shop of Horrors” this summer at the Austin Zilker Hillside Theater. We have to make some of these, thank goodness they won’t need to be fed! Well there you go, Zilker Park is just one of many many reasons why I stay here in Austin, even if we do only have seven days of fall.

Pinningly yours,


Hello Kriso: 13 Nights of Halloween

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

13 days mantle

It’s already been established that the Newman’s love Halloween, so we thought we would share some of our love of fright with all of you! Ever since my girls were little we have done a countdown to Halloween, it lasts for 13 days and ends with Jack the Pumpkin King stopping by for a visit on All Hallows Eve.


Feeling Scrappy: Swimming Lessons Week 2

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

1 Lessons Week 2


My Mobile Sweat Shop, With A Side Of Sweet Corn

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Program with scissors

It was time once again to put the Sweat Shop into action. Caitlin and Daniel’s wedding was a little over a week away and I had agreed to make their wedding programs along with their wedding invitations (which I posted about earlier, remember the oak tree?). Luckily, they, like Troy and Sara, wanted fan programs, after all, we were heading into August and the ceremony would be outdoors. “Are fan programs a problem?” they wondered? “Heck no, I’m an old pro at making fan programs.” I said. Of course at the time I made that statement I had no idea how to make a fan program but when assembly day arrived I was in fact an “old pro”. Of course the project didn’t come together without a few hiccups, because what would a Kerri P. project be without a few hiccups?


Hello Kriso: Pinsday – Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Do you know what you are going to be for Halloween? Here at the haunted Newman house we’ve known ever since we decided on the theme of this years Halloween party, that decision was made on October 31, 2012. Yep we are really that “into” Halloween.

I always make my girls costumes, and these are the reasons why. A) I love to be crafty and figure out clever ways to turn one thing into something else, B) my girls will never be the same thing as someone else (last year there were 500 “Monster High Dolls”, sigh) and C) my mom.

Yep my mom was just not that into Halloween, after all ours was the house that turned “off” the porch light, went out to eat on Halloween or just plain hid from trick-or-treaters. {Editor’s Note: Much like we hid from the Schwan’s man.}

I remember one year, it was October 30 and I ran downstairs to tell mom that I needed to wear my costume to school the next day, so what was I going to be? Her response “Put on some sweats and be a jogger”. Seriously that is what I was that year, a jogger, or one could argue just a kid in sweats. {Yet another Editor’s Note: I was Underdog every year for three years, and this would be during the era of plastic masks that these days would cause a child to suffocate to death.}

Needless to say after that year I took matters into my own hands, well mine and Theresa Friesen’s, my best friend Tara’s mom. See I was only like in the 3rd grade and didn’t know how to sew but Theresa did. We talked her into making us Tweedledee and Tweedledum big pants one year and another year she sewed us giant Coke cans.

So with that I give you some of my top fav Halloween costumes. Some are as simple as a cool noose neck tie and others are much more extravagant like the most awesome “Jack the Pumpkin King” costume I have ever seen. I really love, love, love the newspaper wigs, after all I am a Meliphobic (wig phobic – look it up Tara, it’s real.) but that’s another story.



Styling Midtown

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013


“So I was hired to style an open house at Midtown.” Don’t I sound all highfalutin? Like Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist, listing off one of the five styling jobs she has booked for the afternoon, that is after approving her new shoe line and picking out millions of dollars worth of jewelry for “Annie” (that would be Hathaway). Then it’s home for some quality time with “Sky Sky” before spending two hours getting her make-up done so she and Rog can go to a store opening during which they will just “go in, say Hi and leave because I’m so exhausted. Seriously, I’m so tired it’s ba-nan-as.” Yeah right, that’s exactly my situation. I’m not one bit highfalutin, but that’s not the case at Midtown Hair Studio, the newest happening salon one town over from my little burg.


Hello Kriso: Pinsday – Easy Halloween DIY

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013


Welcome to the newest addition to Hey Kerri P!

Pinterest took over my life exactly three years ago when my friend Sara invited me to join, since then almost every spare minute of my time is spent pinning! I have always been a screenshot junkie, in fact at any given time my desktop was “literally” (quote by Chris Traeger, “Parks and Rec”) littered with screenshots. In fact there was a time when I collected all my screenshots for certain things, like say my new house, and put them all in one document that I could print out and take with me to Home Depot when picking paint. Someone, (who I won’t name but she has a great blog), made fun of these “mood boards” that I made. {editor’s note: I wasn’t making fun of the “mood board” theory, I was making fun of the fact that she called them “mood boards” like some leftover hippie from the ’60s.} Then six months later she herself was addicted to Pinterest, which is, essentially, a collection of electronic “mood boards”!

I have found that you can tell alot about people by what they pin. Like my friend Melissa, she is going to paint every room in her house yellow and her husband is going to gain 100 pounds because she pins the best recipes! I could tell when my friend Sara was pregnant with number two because baby pins were popping up left and right, and you can always tell what kind of party I am planning next by perusing my boards.

Kerri P thought it might be fun for me to share my “top pins” here on “Hey Kerri P”! Either just random pins I discovered during the week or a collection of favorites based on a theme. So welcome to the first official Pinsday!

This Pinsday is all about easy Halloween DIY, from quick easy wreaths to great printables for easy Halloween decor here is a sneak peek at what I have pinned for you, if you want to see more you can follow me at Kris Newman (in Leander, Texas), the “Hey Kerri P” blog or follow Hey Kerri P on Pinterest.