Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Night

Every year for Halloween dinner we have squash soup in pumpkin bowls.

This year I added our Homemade Croutons. YUMMY! Pin It

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Kleenex Box Cover

For one of my daughter's Young Women Personal Progress Project she is stitching Kleenex Box Covers out of plastic canvas for our church building. They are turning out so beautiful. Here is one done-only 1 more to go!

The pieces to be stitched together. Top: 34 squares x 62 squares, (2) long sides: 25 squares x 62 squares, (2) short sides:25 squares x 34 squares.

After putting it all together I sprayed Scotch Guard( at Walmart) to protect it. Pin It

Friday, October 28, 2011

Easy Homemade Croutons

For my late snack the other night I had some salad but I didn't have any croutons (which is a must on salad) so I had to use my day old french bread to make some Homemade Croutons! I guessed on the seasoning and oven time. When I took them out of the oven, my husband was already eating some-he said "these are really good".
Here's what I did:

I started with the day old french bread(1/2 loaf). . .

Cut them into cubes, added 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary(basil would taste great also), 1/8 tsp. garlic salt & 1-2 Tbl. of canola oil to moisten it. Cook at 450 for 10-12 mins.

You can add them to your salad or favorite soup! {I'm going to make some for our Halloween night soup bowls} YUM!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

You're Gonna Be a Happy Camper...

Hey friends! Remember that Happy Camper Scavenger Hunt that I posted about, over a year ago? I continue to get lots of emails from readers, requesting a copy of it. I printed it to PDF and put it onto a shared file for you. Go HERE to get your FREE printable for the Happy Camper Scavenger Hunt!!

Please let me know if the link to this file does not work. Thanks!!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Kitchen Towel

I loved the bright orange color of this dish towel(17"x28") I found at the Dollar(dollar tree) store.

I cut a piece of fabric(10"x19") to match the bottom to cover up the stripes.

Sew the short ends to finish them off.

Fold the "top" & "bottom" of the fabric 1 1/2" down and iron.

Pin the fabric strip to your towel about an inch into the strip for the "sew line". Sew it onto the towel.

Cut slits in the top & bottom rim.

Cut the ends off and then "ruff" it up.

I added some buttons to the circles as an added embellishment.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween {Countdown} #2

Our son is 5 and can't wait for Trick or Treat night!
So he doesn't have to ask me everyday "how many more days until. . . ". We made his very own simple Countdown.

He wrote the numbers by himself and each day he'll put one of the foam stickers we used in Halloween Countdown #1. Pin It

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween {Countdown} #1

I love the excitement Countdowns bring for special events.
Candle Holders can get a little spendy, so I decided to make my own.

I found the vases at the second hand store & the dowel and faucet flanges at the Home Improvement store.

Flanges up close.

1- Cut the dowel (mine is 3/4"x14") to fit inside of your vase. Drill a hole at the top(or you could drill a hole for an eye screw-which I should have done, my dowels broke a little with drilling). I put rocks in the base of the vase to weight it down. Also squeeze some glue down there.

2- Take some pliers to fold in the middle part of the flange. It will make it tight around the dowel.

3- Glue, using E6000, the ring onto the top of the vase.

4- Spray paint the whole thing along with the 2x4 piece of wood(12" long) a glossy black.

5- Cut strips of fabric (1 1/2"x54") to braid together. I used purple-#1 strand/orange & black-#2 strand and green with the orange crazy yarn- #3 strand.

6- Thread the fabric braid through the hole in the top of the dowel & tie a knot.

7- Unfold the big size paper clips (found at the Dollar Tree Dollar store) to hang the tags off of the "rope".

8-The Countdown Tags.

I cut some white cardstock then "aged" the edges with my black stamp pad. Finish the tags with some foam shapes & colored glitter glue(Walmart).

9- Adhere the vinyl lettering to the 2x4 wood block. Sand the edges.

Its now ready to countdown the days til Trick or Treat Night! Pin It

Thursday, October 13, 2011

{Modern} Decor

I love decorating & Nate Berkus is one of my top favorites! He has a lot of inexpensive ways to decorate to personalize your space. One day he showed how you can take a statue image from a second hand store, spray paint it white(see the rhino on his site?) to give it a more "modern" type look. I figured that could work for Halloween as well.

So I found this owl at the second hand store for $2.00.

Even though it was so nicely painted, I spray painted it with gloss black. I love the spookyness it gives with the black. Pin It

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Stocking Pumpkins

My SIL Fabiana shared this Amazing site. Lots of Fun Ideas to share & make.
To make the Stocking Pumpkin:

I used these tights. Just wrap it around your pumpkin for a festive & pretty look. Pin It

Friday, October 7, 2011

Painted Pumpkins

My friend Keva shared this great idea with me. I was so excited to make some Painted Pumpkins.

Just the Ordinary Pumpkins.

I used painters tape to tape the lines of where to paint with my leftover "home" paint.

Finished painting. To complete them (picture at top of post)I tied some tulle around the stem in a knot and cut slits in the ends then ripped it (to the knot)to give it the "ruff" edge look.

Ordinary turned into Extra-ordinary. Pin It

Saturday, October 1, 2011

HaPpy HalLowEeN

What a Great month!
For each of you, I hope this month is full of TREATs & not too many TRICKs.
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