Poofy Cheeks: October 2011

October 28, 2011

DIY Zombie Costume

BEWARE - This post is filled with a bunch of randomness (and pictures with bad lighting). Take for instance that I just finished eating Pistachio Ben & Jerry’s out of the carton and need to go to bed, but instead I am squeezing in a blog post while listening to my three year old cry because they don’t have Splish Splash Thomas on Netflix. Did I mention it is ten o’clock and he is still up? Did I mention that the first sentence was a total run on? Oh who cares – it is a Friday night!
Let’s add some structure back in to the post!

Costume: The boys are both being zombies for Halloween. Mason (2 1/2) is going to be a business man zombie. We found him a white button up shirt, black slacks, and a black tie at Goodwill. Wyatt (3 3/4) WAS going to be a surfer zombie… but it just wasn’t coming together, so now he is going to be a handy man zombie. The costume was inspired by a hardware apron my dad gave me last week.

Newsflash – Wyatt isn’t crying for Splish Splash Thomas anymore… in the few minutes it took me to get this far into the post he has fallen asleep on my shoulder. I knew that sort of fit meant he was worn out.

So do you need a quick and simple costume? A zombie is the way to go! You just need some old clothes, odds and ends, and a tube of red acrylic paint to do the job. Warning- red acrylic paint WILL NOT wash out. It is permanent.

DIY Kids Halloween Zombie Costumes by Poofy CheeksZombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

To create this blood stain look we squeezed on the red paint where we wanted it and rubbed it around with a plastic fork.

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

Wyatt and I also dipped our fingers in the paint and smeered them down the apron and the t-shirt.

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

I also found this shirt at Goodwill. It was a t-shirt but I cut off the sleeves and we ‘doctored’ it up with some blood stains.

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

The pants are from last year and a little tight on Wyatt’s belly, so I knew he wouldn’t be able to wear them this winter. I cut a slit in the elastic band to make it easier on him for Halloween night.

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

Once we got them in the costumes I did purple eyeshadow around their eyes and fake blood from the Halloween section at WalMart.

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

Zombie Costumes by Poofy Cheeks 

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend! Ours will be filled with lots of Halloween festivities.

October 26, 2011

Gourmet Gifts

Last week I received my copy of Gourmet Gifts in the mail. It is an amazing gift guide book by Dinah Corley that gives recipes and packaging ideas.


As you can tell it is FULL of ideas – a nice thick book – nearly 300 pages! I can’t wait to whip up some of these gifts for co-workers and neighbors this Holiday season!


Truffles, macaroons, cheeses, you name it!


Throughout the book there are delicious recipes paired with delicious photographs of some of the sweet and savory gourmet delights.


Today is the last day to enter to win your own copy of Gourmet Gifts by visiting this post HERE (where you will even get a sneak peek of one of the recipes from the book!).

Or you can order your own copy of Gourmet Gifts HERE!

I’m swooning over the book right now and as soon as I’m done with this craft-show-gone-out.of.control I will be attempting some of these mouth watering goodies!!


October 19, 2011

Apothecary Potion Labels and FREE Printable

Apothecary Jars and FREE Printables from www.poofycheeks.com

A few months ago my dad brought me over these glass bottles with cork tops he acquired from a friend. My dad knows me – my love for crafting and my talent at transformation. At first I set them on a shelf just the way they were… but then when I created a set of Potion Labels I knew these were just the bottles to use them on!

To make your own you will need:

  • Glass Jars (new or recycled – think empty pickle or jelly jar!)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Printable Labels – found HERE
  • Scissors 
  • Cardstock
  • Rubberband

I printed my labels, cut them out, and applied them to my glass jars with mod podge! Use a rubberband to hold the label on until the mod podge dries.

Apothecary Jars and FREE Printables from www.poofycheeks.com

Apothecary Jars and FREE Printables from www.poofycheeks.com

Apothecary Jars and FREE Printables from www.poofycheeks.com

Apothecary Jars and FREE Printables from www.poofycheeks.com

Apothecary Jars and FREE Printables from www.poofycheeks.com



October 17, 2011

Book Tour Kickoff, Giveaway & Sugar Pumpkin Chutney OH MY

Today I am joined by Dinah of DinahsGourmetGifts.com. She is blogger and author who is kicking off her book tour here on Poofy Cheeks! I couldn’t be more thrilled!! Dinah wrote the book Gourmet Gifts – let me just tell you that I have had the pleasure of flipping through the pages already and I am so excited that it will be out at the end of this month – just in time for Christmas! Read on to find out how to make Sugar Pumpkin Chutney from Dinah and then a GIVEAWAY!


Sugar Pumpkin Chutney in a Paper Pumpkin Cage

Sugar Pumpkin Chutney in a Paper Pumpkin Cage
A guest post by Dinah Corley, author of Gourmet Gifts

Kelsey’s “31 days of Halloween” is such a great idea, and I think this recipe for sugar pumpkin chutney wrapped in a pumpkin cage fits right in as a wonderful grown-up trick-or-treat present. The chutney is easy to make and delightful on a great many foods (I love it with a wedge of aged cheddar and toasted bread rounds), and the wrap is adaptable to just about any embellishment or contents (homemade spice blends for mulling cider, or seasoning pumpkin pies are two examples). I’ll be wrapping small cello bags of candy corn in pumpkin cages and handing them from bare branch trees in my entry hall for Halloween at my house this year!

If you have any questions about the recipe or wrapping instructions, you can always find me at DinahsGourmetGifts.com.

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Chutney

Overall prep time: 1½ hours
Active prep time: 35 minutes
-Do not freeze
-Ships well
-Can be doubled or tripled
Shelf life: 2 to 3 weeks refrigerated
Makes: about 3 cups

-1 pound peeled and seeded sugar pumpkin, cut into 1-inch cubes
-1 cup granulated sugar
-⅔ cup light brown sugar
-1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
-⅓ cup golden raisins
-3 tablespoons grated lemon zest
-1 tablespoon grated orange zest
-1 piece (½ inch) peeled fresh ginger, cut into fine slivers


1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large Dutch oven or a small stockpot and allow them to macerate for 30 minutes. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer the chutney for 10 minutes.

2. Remove the cover and continue to cook the chutney for another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the pumpkin flesh is very soft and easily pierced with a fork and most of the liquid has cooked away. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Meanwhile, wash a glass jar or jars (this recipe makes enough to fill three 8-ounce jars) in hot soapy water and dry in a 190°F oven.

3. Spoon the warm chutney into the hot jar, let cool, and cover tightly. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and deliver the gift.

Sugar Pumpkin Chutney in a Paper Pumpkin Cage (crafting, in process)

Wrapping It Up

A pumpkin costume makes the chutney an entirely charming gift for any fall occasion. The supply list and directions that follow apply to an 8-ounce jar approximately 4 inches high and 3 inches wide. You can adjust the supplies and directions to accommodate just about any jar; simply make sure that the diameter of the orange paper circle is four times the height of the jar. For example, a jar that is 4 inches in height requires a circle of orange paper that is 16 inches in diameter.

Suggested supplies for each 4-inch jar
-1 circle (16 inches) orange construction paper or lightweight poster paper
-2 sheets dark-orange tissue paper
-Double-face tape
-2 circles (3 inches each) brown construction paper
-3 paper or fabric autumn leaves
-1 length (10 to 12 inches) curly paper or paper raffia ribbon in green or brown

How to turn a jar into a pumpkin
If you can envision folding circles of paper to make snowflakes, the construction of this pumpkin cage will be easy. Fold the orange paper circle in half, then in half again. Unfold the circle and smooth it out on a work surface. Using the two intersecting crease lines as your guide, center the chutney jar on the paper circle and trace around the bottom of the jar. Remove the jar and refold the circle into quarters. Fold the quarter circle in half, and then in half again, so that you have folded the circle into 16 parts. (Remember, this is just like folding a paper snowflake.) Use small pointed craft scissors to round off the sharp corners of the folded circle’s outer edge. Unfold the paper circle and smooth it out once again on the work surface, revealing a large circular shape with 16 scallops around the circumference. Starting at the outside of the circle, use the pointed craft scissors to cut along each of the 16 creased lines all the way to the outside of the traced center circle. The big orange circle should now resemble a floppy daisy with 16 petals.
Center the chutney jar on 2 sheets of slightly crumpled tissue paper and gather the tissue loosely over the jar, not only to cover the jar but to give it a rounder shape. Apply a large “X” of double-face tape to the jar lid and press the tissue into the tape to keep it place over the jar. Apply another large “X” of double-face tape to one of the brown paper circles and center it, tape side down, over the top of the jar to neatly cover the orange tissue on the jar lid. Now apply double-face tape all around the perimeter of this brown paper circle. Center the tissue-wrapped, brown-circle-topped jar of chutney on the orange “daisy.” Bring each “petal,” one after the other, just over the rim of the jar lid and press it into the double-face–tape perimeter of the brown circle. Each consecutive petal should overlap about one-third of the previous petal. Proceed all the way around the jar in this fashion. When you are finished, you will have a jar of chutney surrounded by a paper pumpkin “cage.” Apply a couple of large “X”s of double-face tape to the remaining circle of brown construction paper, and apply this circle, tape side down, to the top of the pumpkin cage to further secure the pumpkin “petals” and cover the construction of your wrap. Use double-face tape or super-tacky craft glue to apply the autumn leaves and some curly-paper or raffia “vine” to the pumpkin for a finishing touch.


GIVEAWAY- One lucky winner is going to win a copy of Dinah’s new book! Gourmet Gifts! I wouldn’t fool you – there are some A-mazing things in this book!


How to enter:

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Be sure to leave a separate comment for each one! Winner will be picked using random.org on Sunday evening!



October 14, 2011

Halloween Costume Ideas - Pinterest Style

Today we are going to Goodwill to find some pieces for the boys’ Halloween costumes. I’m glad I didn’t start on their Harry Potter costumes, because this past week they have decided they want to be Zombies. I’ve had two little boys doing the Zombie walk all through this house. Dragging one foot, arms out, making a moaning noise. It was easy to convince me since this means I won’t have to sew anything!


Photo Via shine.yahoo.com

There have been so many awesome Halloween costumes on Pinterest the past few weeks… I just HAD to share some of my faves!



Photo from keikolynn.com





What are you going to be for Halloween? How about the kiddos? Make it or buy it?



October 13, 2011

Halloween Pillow Box–Guest Post by Clean & Scentsible

Hey there Poofy Cheeks readers!!  My name is Jenn and I blog over at Clean and Scentsible.  I LOVE Halloween and I am super excited to be over here today as part of Kelsey's ‘31 Days of Halloween’ series.  Today I will be sharing a really quick and easy {but oh so cute!} treat container with you.  I have seen a few varieties of these toilet paper roll pillow boxes on Pinterest and they are SO easily adapted to any occasion.  Here is my spooky Halloween version!
Halloween Pillow Boxes
  • toilet paper rolls
  • black ink
  • scrapbook paper {My paper is from Echo Park}
  • stickers or other embellishments {Mine are cut from the Echo Park paper}
  • bakers twine, embroidery thread or other thin ribbon
  • double sided tape and/or glue
  • candy or chocolate of your choice!
  • Track down some empty toilet paper rolls.  Fold down the ends of the roll into a semi-circle and pinch to define the fold.
Halloween Pillow Boxes
  • Using black ink, ink along the edges of the toilet paper roll and randomly over the surface.  Cut twine or thin ribbon so that it will wrap around the roll and tie. 
Halloween Pillow Boxes
  • Cut some scrapbook paper to fit around your roll.  Adhere the ends together with double sided tape.  Add a sticker or other embellishment to the front if you would like.
  • I always like the "little touches" so I added a little ghost tag to the baker's twine.
Halloween Pillow Boxes
  • Now just fill with CANDY!!!
As a side note, when I was first forming the boxes, I thought they looked a little like an owl {and I love owls!}.  So... I went with it and came up with this guy.
Halloween Owl Pillow Box
Love him!!! I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and have fun coming up with some designs of your own.  I would love it if you popped over to Clean and Scentsible to visit me sometime.  I am a decorating, organizing, and crafting addict and enjoy sharing all of my ideas with you!  I am just wrapping up my Ghostly Gathering and have lots of other fun Halloween ideas {including a guest post from the lovely Kelsey!} Thank-you so much for having me!
Halloween Owl Pillow Box

October 12, 2011

My Journey

I spent the better half of yesterday in my pajamas, sitting in front of my computer. I didn't brush my teeth until somewhere around noon, only got up to feed the boys breakfast and forgot to feed myself until I was finished. I took on a task that I didn't know would be so time consuming, but once I started I just couldn't stop until I was done!

I updated my 'Project Gallery' page complete with photos and all. I had to go back through every post I have done in the past two years and figure out which ones were worthy. Then I edited the photo, linked it up, and... well you know all that html mumbo jumbo! I couldn't be more excited about the end result though!

It really made me laugh when I looked at some of my first posts. The old days before I had heard of Live Writer and used Blogger to create posts. Funny thing is that the computer I am using right now doesn't have Live Writer and I am regressing to the old days of using Blogger as I type!

I used to have code names for my family - then one day I said to heck with it and started using their real names. I also looked at some of the photos and they make me cringe! How come nobody told me this vignette border wasn't good for all of my pictures? LOL! (see examples below!)

I used to do a 'THEME OF THE WEEK' post with items from ETSY. I think I did that because I have a true love for all the sellers on ETSY, but also because I didn't have to use any of my own photos! I must say... I sort of miss those posts.

October of last year is when I really made a change in my blogging. I started taking my own pictures and posting my own ideas, crafts, and recipes. It is when I really embraced this whole blog thing and I am excited for what this next year will bring.

Blogging has taught me that -

  • I love my Canon, have a new found passion and enjoy my adventures with photography.

  • I love the journeys I have taken with my blog.

  • I love looking back at old posts and knowing where I was in my life at each point.

  • I love all of my followers and your nice and encouraging comments - they mean more than you know!

Hope you enjoy the Project Gallery!


October 10, 2011

Printable Halloween Tic Tac Cover


There are so many fun things you can do with Tic Tac containers. I decided to turn this green and orange blend into Troll Teeth! What a fun treat for a Halloween party or to give out at school!

Just print the file (found at the bottom of the post) onto a full sheet shipping label. Cut them out, and stick them on. I removed the old label first and then applied this one.


Yes this Tic Tac container has a few missing! While I was printing the labels, two sneaky boys decided they would help themselves!


The printable file is HERE!

Incase you missed it – you can find a matching printable ‘Trick-or-Treat’ banner HERE.

Enjoy your troll teeth!


October 7, 2011

BOO and EEK Art

Have you seen those canvases on Pinterest where they glue wood letters on and then spray paint the whole thing? I think they are super cool and there are so many things you can do with it. I decided to put a spin on it and create a few Halloween themed pieces of canvas art.

Halloween Canvas Decor

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 canvases (these are 8x10 I think)
  • vinyl letters for ‘BOO’ and ‘EEK’
  • Orange & Black spray paint

Put the vinyl letters where you want them and spray paint over the entire canvas.

Halloween Canvas Decor

Halloween Canvas Decor

Halloween Canvas Decor

I very carefully peeled off the vinyl letters before the spray paint was completely dry. I didn’t want to take a chance that it would dry and I wouldn’t be able to peel them off later.

Halloween Canvas Decor

Halloween Canvas Decor

Halloween Canvas Decor

I sort of missed the edge of the orange one… until I get around to fixing it – it will be our little secret! SHH

Halloween Canvas Decor