Saturday, October 30, 2010
I cut the bags into long strips, 3/4 of the way up the bags.
I wrinkled up my bags, and then straightened them out...
I painted them lightly with a quick coat of black...
I added some glitter, to make them pop...
I folded down the top inch of my bags/strips and secured them all together with a few staples.
I attached them to my "broom handle" with some hot glue.
Fancied up the broom with tulle and fabric strips...
The completed project...
Quick and easy and free...just the way I like it!
Friday, October 29, 2010
GORGEOUS, right? You can visit her blog here for lots of pretty decor pictures from all the SEASONS and Holidays.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Remember the treat I mentioned when we were putting together our Countdown to Thanksgiving Turkey? I thought I would share what we made. This recipe is always fun to make in the fall, they are delicious. I only make them once or twice a year though, as our good friend Cookie Monster would say they are a "sometimes food".
A coworker gave me this recipe a few years ago, it is originally from Nikki Evans of New Jersey.
Soft Ginger Snaps
4 C. flour
2 TSP ground cloves
1 TBSP baking soda
1 TSP salt
4 TSP ground ginger
4 TSP ground cinnamon
2/3 C butter
2/3 C shortening
2 C sugar
4 TBSP molasses
Mixture of cinnamon and sugar to roll cookies in
Combine (I sifted) flour, baking soda, cloves, salt, ginger, and cinnamon; set aside.
Beat together (I used my Kitchenaid Mixer) butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy. Stir in eggs and molasses until well blended. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth.
Pinch off and round dough into balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes (I did 10, they were perfect). Don’t bake too long, they will be soft and looked undercooked, even when they are done.
This makes about 60 cookies, so I was very glad we had cousins over to share with and take some home. These would also be fun to take to neighbors, you don’t want them just sitting around the house or you will be tempted to eat them all!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
After hours and hours and hours of trying, I decided to start over!
This time, I had no idea what I'd put together before I went to the dollar store. I went to "Honks" dollar store, and was inspired to make a witch! Look at all the great stuff I got there...
Well I started by sewing a face into the heel of one of the green socks...
I added eyes and closed the sock up...
I made a wig by wrapping some yarn around a rectangle... my rectangle happens to be a favorite childhood book...Thanks Mom!
Gave that wig a trim...
Sewed some witch clothes and a hat with black felt...
Added a tag, also from the dollar store. (Aren't they CUTE!)
I tied her onto my super cute polka-dot bucket, with lots of tulle, and ended up with this...
I think she'll be adorable holding all our Halloween goodies!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Ohhh what a FUN, fabulous weekend I had! My bestest friends came up to visit for a Wild Witchy Weekend. We all got dressed up as witches, and joined HUNDREDS of other witches at Gardner Village.
We saw the CUTEST decorative items...
We made lots of new witch friends...
We even happened upon a few FAMOUS WITCHES...
There were Goblins and Ghouls too...
I think we'll have to make this "WITCH~FEST" and annual tradition!
Monday, October 25, 2010
We then let Daddy assemble our turkey while we made treats. We took the styrofoam balls outside on skewers to spray paint them, then left one of the skewers in and cut it in half. We used the skewer to attach the head and the body, you could also use a popsicle stick to do the same job. Then we flatted the bottom of the body ball by pressing it on the counter, so our turkey would sit up.
Daddy then poked the feathers into the body part of our turkey. As much fun as this part is to let the kids do, I wanted to reuse this guy next year, so we had Daddy do it.
For the turkey's face I had found this foam turkey kit for $1.99 at Micheal's. We used the face and attached it to the head of our turkey with hot glue.
We made some feet with pipe cleaner and our Countdown to Thanksgiving Turkey was complete! Starting November 1, after dinner each day we will pull out a feather and talk about the blessing that the member of our family wrote down. We will talk about why we are grateful for that blessing and what it means to be thankful.
Here is a view from the back, the feathers became to heavy for our turkey, so we ended up using an extra popsicle stick to prop him up, from the front you would never know.
Here is another front view of our turkey. I think he turned out really cute and I am excited to continue this tradition for years to come!