2017 | Ariel and Alder
This DIY Haunted Mansion door sign makes a spooky addition to your haunted abode and will be sure to make you the perfect ghost host this Halloween season.

What You'll Need: 

- The "Foolish Mortal" template, included in this post.
-Acrylic Paint (I love the Martha Stewart brand) in silver, green, and white
-Paintbrush and Sponge

How To Make It:

1. Print out your template and set aside, make sure it will fit in your frame and if it doesn't downsize the scale when printing. 

2. Use polymer clay to create 3 figures. For the top portion of the sign, a horned face and arch and for the bottom a skull. Bake these for 30 minutes at 250 degrees, let cool for 3 hours on a flat surface. 

3. Paint your frame and backing mint green, also paint your clay figures once completely cool.

 4. Assemble your frame and cut out your template letters with an Xacto Knife, trace and paint in lettering. Use a dark green colored paint for contrast. 

5. Glue clay figures to your frame.

5. With your silver paint and sponge, apply paint to your frame and figures in a random pattern to give the sign a false "aged look"

6. Use season after season to spook your houseguests ;) 


Sharing what was included with this months Disney Treasures subscription box! The theme this month was "Tiny Town" and was full of the cutest tiny things from Disney Films and Disney Parks!

As a reminder this is a Funko subscription service that ships every other month with exclusive Disney themed goodies inside. The other boxes I talk about on the blog are Smugglers Bounty (Star Wars) and Collector Corps (Marvel).

The patch this month was Princess Atta from A Bugs Life and this totally thrilled me. I love the film and she is one of my favorite POP characters to date. This is definitely the best patch I've received in any Funko box to date....except perhaps this one ;)

And this months pin was Gus-Gus from Cinderella.

One of the biggest surprises for me was the "it's a small world" Dorbz Ride, I guess I never thought they would make anything for this attraction so it's safe to say I was thrilled to see this included!! The little girl (representing Holland) and the little boy (representing Mexico) come complete with a ride boat. It's safe to say this vinyl will have a prominent spot in my office.

I think what made this box such a good one is that two "crown jewels" were included. One being the it's a small world ride and a wildly fun Tinkerbell POP. Her glitter trail, the paint colors used, and the figures stance make this one of my all time favorite POPs that I own. This pop reminds me so much of the Disneyland I enjoyed as a kid and in particular the fireworks show where she flew in at the end from the castle. Anyone else remember that? haha.

Also included was a darling Jimmy Cricket mystery mini that came in a ride themed tin, similar to the one I showed in the pirates cove box. 

Overall, such a cute box. Next months box (Haunted Forest) is sold out, so if you want to hop on the list for the following theme do it quick! To read past Funko unboxings similar to this one click here, and be sure to check out Funkos unboxing in video form here.

Sharing what was included with this months Collector Corps Box! The theme this month was "First Appearance Avengers" and was stuffed full of fun goodies for classic Marvel fans.

As a reminder this is a Funko subscription service that ships every other month with exclusive Marvel themed goodies inside. The other boxes I talk about on the blog are Smugglers Bounty (Star Wars) and Disney Treasures.

This months pin, Nick Fury!

And this months patch, Captain America! I don't know what you all do with your Funko box patches but I DIY with mine so I was thrilled to snag this one :) I love the stark contrast and how Cap pops out against the background. Stunning....and patriotic hah.

Next, the two POPs in the box. This month we have Vision and Iron Man. I can't say much about Iron Man because personally I don't collect him but I think Vision is WILD! He is so colorful and Funko captured this character so well, vibrant and bold. I think the motion in the cape and color in this figure makes the price of this box 100% worth it if you are a Marvel collector. Amazing.

And if you are an Iron Man fan this pop is a must have, I really like that they included his exact clenched hand position straight from the cover of the comic book! And speaking of comic book covers the hulk T-shirt included with this box was one of my favorites. Personally I love the Funko tees that come with these boxes, I wear them with shorts all summer long.

To see Funko's reveal of this box click here, and to sign up for Collector Corps click here.

Back to school season is 100% here and 100% happening, which always makes me feel a little unprepared. Lucky for me I am not headed to class this fall but still, I always feel like I need to be organized for the season ahead. When working remote I totally prefer a backpack over a purse. It fits more and is easier to wear. Plus you can just pull out your wallet and keys if you don't need the full deal out and about and just leave it in your car trunk or locker. With that in mind I pretty much take the same things with me to a coffee shop that I did to the library when I was in school.

So if your wondering what I lug around when working remotely, this post is for you.

1. Laptop and Laptop Case // Pretty self explanatory, used to get work done on the go!

2. Extra Sweater // I get so cold everywhere so after 22 years of life I have learned to carry an extra sweatshirt just in case. I live by layering my clothes so this is an extension of that philosophy.

3. Cable Pouch // I carry around this Moana pouch (!!!) to keep a chargers, chapstick, hair ties, hand sanitizer, and other essential things at hand. I rotate whats in here but most of the time it has everything I would normally carry in a purse + a writing tool and highlighter.

4. Planner // Nothing fancy just a 2017/2018 one from Target!

5. Current Knitting or Embroidery Project // Right now it's a chunky fall scarf.

I'm pretty basic when it comes to packing my office to go, but this backpack is really ideal for the task. I love how light it is and the side pockets are ideal for not losing your keys ;)


This post is sponsored by High Sierra and Her Campus Media, all opinions are my own.
These apple shaped (and scented!!) Snow White shampoo bars are just the thing to get you or your kiddo humming "Heigh-Ho!" in the shower before school.

What You'll Need:

Soap Dye (Red, Yellow, Blue)
-Mango butter
- Moroccan Oil (c/o Kapulet)
- Essential Oil of choice (I chose apple, ha!)
-Wax Paper
- Rectangular Soap Mold or Loaf Pan

How To Make It:

1. Cut your soap base and melt it on low heat. You can do this using a microwave (30 seconds high) or with a double boiler set up.

2. Once melted, add in mango butter + moroccan oil + essential oil + and your shampoo. Stir to combine and then divide into four bowls.

3. In each bowl, add color dye. One red, one blue, one yellow and one white. 

4. line a pan or soap mold with wax paper.

5. Pouring in one color at a time, layer the soap. For best results let each color layer cool before adding another. 

6. Let cool for several hours, then stamp out apple shapes using cookie cutter. 

7. Store in a cool dry place and use for up to a year!

This post was crafted in partnership with Kapulet, a company that offers wholesale pricing on high end cruelty free beauty products. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Ariel and Alder content a possibility. You can shop everything from this post in the widget below.

Back to school time is finally here! Keep all your school supplies out of the way (and hide your snacks in class) with this cute felt pouch inspired by Meeko from Pocahontas!

What You'll Need: 

- Felt Pencil Pouch (available here!)
- 2 Felt Sheets (one black, one white)
- Needle and Thread OR Hot Glue Gun
- Scissors

How To Make It:

1. Cut out felt shapes (I used this template as a reference!).
2. Assemble the felt pieces.
3. Sew or hot glue your pieces to the felt pencil case.

Happy Friday Friends!

I took another *wee* break from writing and creating new projects on this blog because like I mentioned a hundred times we moved houses but ALSO (!!) because I have some really fun things lined up for late summer. Stay tuned for more of that next month.

When we moved to our new place one of the things I loved most about our unit was the fact that we had a walk up, a front door, and a huge porch for our plants. One idea we threw around to DIY the space was adding lights but we put it on the back burner until a very intriguing project idea from Jasco Products came my way. They just released lights that change color, yes you heard that right they CHANGE COLOR. As a color loving maximalist this thrilled me and I knew I had to share these with you guys.

But we before we jump in, here is something I want you to know about this post! 

This post is sponsored by Enbrighten Seasons Color Changing Cafe Lights by Jasco. All opinions are my own and I only work with brands that align with Ariel and Alder standards. #ColorCafeLights

Our porch is a pretty simple space, and with the help of my brother we were able to install these beauties in about twenty minutes. My brother is a perfectionist when it comes to home improvement and as a result the lights are perfectly aligned with our overhead beams. What a gem!

Something awesome about these lights is the way they hang, it made it super easy to keep uniformity when stringing your lights or screwing them into various surfaces. If you need some ideas for hanging or installation, this pinboard really helped me brainstorm!

After a quick installation, things get wild fun and you can customize the color of your strand! What's so awesome about this is you can select up to two colors from the color remote, or choose from the presets, you can even dim the lights if you want a simple white look. The remote is also a small size and will operate up to 750 feet away, this thrills me because I don't have to go outside to turn them on and off and can use it from the window.

There are colors in the presets for various holidays and occasions like Christmas colors, Fourth of July, Autumn, Halloween, and even Pride! We got them in June so ours have been set to a vibrant rainbow for a few weeks :)

Here are some of the pre-sets that I have been loving and can't wait to use them for future holiday seasons!

Christmas/ Holiday Setting

Halloween/ Autumn Setting

Summer Setting

I love these and think they are such a great addition to our little porch, I put this post under the DIY category because this is an easy little project to get you ready for summer evenings. Here is a link to these color changing lights if you think that they would be a good fit for your outdoor space!

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