Poofy Cheeks: October 2010

October 29, 2010

Halloween Festivities

Yesterday was a busy Halloween day! We carved  pumpkins, made some more Halloween sugar cookies, and then I baked some scrumptious pumpkin seeds.

The pumpkin seeds must be good because Wyatt and Mason have been eating them all morning. Who am I to stop them? They are healthy and at least I am not being begged for Halloween candy at 10 in the morning.

The boys are putting sprinkles on their cookies.
 
Wyatt wouldn’t reach into the pumpkin without a spoon.
 
 
The pumpkin seeds I made. I just tossed them in some olive oil, minced garlic, everglade seasoning and a dash of fajita seasoning. Then baked them for 40 minutes at 300 degrees.
 
Well I am off for a Halloween filled weekend… I work tonight and tomorrow morning. Then tomorrow we are going to a Haunted Trail with a hayride. Sunday we’ll be out trick-or-treating through town.
 
Enjoy your Halloween weekend! Be Safe!
 
Enjoy,

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October 18, 2010

ETSY Inspiration – Halloween Party

I love all of the Halloween party items I have been seeing on ETSY. If you are hosting a Halloween bash – your going to love these!

Fantasy Magic Potion Labels digital collage sheet 18 labels for decoupage witches brew supplies and more
Digital Magical Potion Labels by Magic Pug. These would be great for labeling wine bottles or just to make Halloween decor out of recycled glass jars!
 
Halloween Cupcake Toppers...set of 12
Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Little Pumpkin Papers.
 
3d Pumpkin Fondant Cupcake Toppers for Autumn Parties, Halloween, and More
Pumpkin Fondant Cupcake Toppers by Two Sugar Babies
 
Spider Web Wine Tote Bag
Wine bottle Tote Bag by Bloom and Barnacle
 
ITTY BITTY Bite Size BAG OF BONES  Sugar Cookies, 8 dozen
Itty Bitty Bag of Bones Sugar Cookies by Sugar and Flour
 
vintage inspired handmade happy halloween party hat
Party Hat by Crepe Confectionary
 
Printable Spooky Spider Orange Kids DIY Halloween Party Invitation
Printable Halloween Invitation by Ink Obsession Designs.
 
I am loving this Theme. These items make me want to throw a Halloween Party. Somehow I got stuck working most of the Halloween weekend! I’ll be off to take the kids Trick-or-Treating though! I wouldn’t miss that for the world.

Enjoy,

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October 11, 2010

A DIY Fall Banner by The Starr Family

Kate from The Starr Family is here!

Hi, there! I am so excited to be joining Kelsey today… celebrating 31 days of Halloween and beautiful Autumn! I have an easy peasy NO-SEW craft to share today. One that even the most simple of simpletons could handle (that would be me thankyouverymuch). We are talking fabric and hot glue my friends! Amen.
Burlap Banner Tutorial

The Fall Banner
What you need
Fabric (approx. 1 yard burlap/linen)
String
Hot Glue Gun
Paint/Black Sharpie/Paintbrushes
Pumpkin Spice Latte (I’m pretty sure it helps)

Burlap Banner Tutorial
Instructions
1. Cut out your pennants. I measured my large burlap pennants 6” across the top. My linen pennant layers were about 4”across the top. [The linen layers will be placed on top of the burlap.]
 
Burlap Banner Tutorial


2. Trace your letters onto the linen. I chose to freehand Blackadder font; you can use any stencil. Fill in the letters with paint. I used charcoal gray acrylic paint. [Note: test your paint on your fabric first to see what fonts work and how dark you want the paint to be!]
 
Burlap Banner Tutorial
Burlap Banner Tutorial
3. Once the paint has dried, glue the top linen layer to the bottom burlap layer. Then glue the string across the back of the pennants (hemp works perfectly and gives a rustic look).



4. Tie little knots on the ends of the string… and you are finished! How ‘bout them apples, so easy!! You even have time to make another… I can see the word THANKFUL to hang in November.

Burlap Banner Tutorial
    
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     Oh and one more thing! With your leftover fabric, you can create a mini-version!

Burlap Banner Tutorial
I simply used a black sharpie marker instead of paint; making certain not to put much pressure on the marker (gives it a softer look). I also added leaves at the end. It makes a perfect gift!
Good luck and have fun with it! If you get crazy brave and decide to use thread, try a different version HERE!

Happy Happy Halloweenie!
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Enjoy,

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October 4, 2010

DIY Halloween Fabric Rag Wreath

I have seen so many fabric wreaths and I love the look of them! I decided to try to make one with some scraps of Halloween fabric that I had in my fabric bin. I gathered up a roll of orange ribbon, some black tulle, and any black or orange fabrics that I had.

Rag Wreath Tutorial

Then I went to Michaels in search of a wreath form, and to my surprise I found them in three sizes
I cut all of the fabrics into strips about a foot long and 1-2 inches wide. Normally I would use my rotary cutter to make straight lines, but since I knew these strips were going to be knotted onto the wreath I just used a pair of scissors. Then I sat down on the couch with my family and started knotting.
Fabric Scrap Halloween Wreath

I knotted fabrics all the way around the form, and then used black ribbon to make a hanger. I love that the fabric is fraying and it has that rustic look to it. I can’t wait to make more of these. The best part is that it was done within an hour and super easy! No sewing, no gluing, just knotting!!

Fabric Scrap Halloween Wreath

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