the calm that comes between October and December

The Calm That Comes Between October and December

What a crazy fall it has been! Hmm, that sounds familiar, because I believe I echo that same sentiment every year about this time. We ramp up around here in October for our son’s birthday and then barrel on through Halloween and into Thanksgiving before decking the halls for Christmas. If we add the end of daylight savings into the mix with all the seriously gray days here in the Midwest, it makes a mama feel like she is wading through really thick mud! Thankfully we woke up to the glorious, long absent sun shining on us today, which helps… Continue reading »

not so spooky

A “Not So Spooky” Spread

The November 1st Scrap Our Stash Challenge centers around fall, and since I was whipping up a “Not So Spooky” Halloween spread I decided to add a couple of burlap tabs to grab a Tic Tac Toe right across the middle with a 3 Word Title, a Fall Theme and Burlap. I created this spread using the Night and Fall collection from Recollections and embellished it with a few do-dads, fussy cut clouds and Halloween-themed characters. I think I used a total of eight different papers from the stack to add lots of interest and texture. I also found a good use… Continue reading »

Halloween treats

Stock Up on (Trick or) Halloween Treats!

Did you happen to notice all that fun Halloween candy that filled my festive buckets in yesterday’s post? Well guess what? All that yummy stuff arrived courtesy of Oriental Trading and there is plenty more where that came from. Oriental Trading has some of the cutest and most affordable Halloween treats you can find and much of it is actually on sale right now.  So today I thought I would show you just a few of my favorite treats available online.   This green sour apple-flavored saltwater taffy is delicious! So good in fact, that I was afraid my stash… Continue reading »

Halloween buckets

Transformed Buckets are Halloween Hit

I hope everyone is in the Halloween “spirit” these days, but if you need a little extra inspiration these holidays buckets might just do the trick. I received a set of six medium galvanized pots from Oriental Trading and transformed them into black and orange Halloween buckets with a bit of spray paint, sticky vinyl, chalkboard coating and washi tape. The first set of buckets was simple to make using candy corn as my inspiration. I simply spray painted one white, one orange and one yellow and plopped them down in a row. The hardest thing about this project was getting… Continue reading »

autumn mailbox

My Autumn Mailbox Adds Curbside Color

Although today’s cloudy skies looks nothing like the day I took these photos of my autumn mailbox, I decided to share them in hopes of bringing a bit of sunshine and inspiration into your day. Since all the flowers around my mailbox have finished blooming, I’m left with a bunch of dead heads and green leaves, so I wanted to bring some color to the curbside. I will soon clip the dead flower tops once the yellow finches have polished off all the seeds before winter. This little box top arrangement was super easy to create with just a few necessities…. Continue reading »

tracking the days to trick-or-treat

Track the Days Until Trick-or-Treat

Hello October! I’m so excited to welcome the month, which also means hello Halloween. I’ve slowly been sprucing up the homestead for fall, but today is officially decorating day for bats, spiders and all things spooky. As we count down the days until Halloween, what better way to keep track than with a crafty chalkboard pumpkin. I used the last of three large wood centerpieces from Oriental Trading to create this cute countdown calendar and I used the same basic technique as I did for the teacher’s apple from August. The main difference with this project (other than the obvious… Continue reading »

Stuck?! sketch

Tea Time with the Boys and a Stuck?! Sketch

A Stuck?! sketch strikes again as I near the end of documenting February 2011. I have one more spread that should about take care of the month, but I’m quickly realizing that they don’t make an album big enough for what I’m unleashing. . . wha ha ha! Okay, so back to the matter at hand. I loved this simple sketch but I wanted/needed to use three photos instead of one, so I simply made a collage of sorts that was just under 4×6 and put everything together with just a bit of tweaking. Absolutely everything on this layout except… Continue reading »

fall blocks

Happy Fall Blocks with a Winter Twist

Wow, summer decided it was not going quietly this weekend as we posted temps in the 90s here in the Midwest. My son got out of school three hours early on the first day of fall last Friday, so we headed to the zoo. . . let me just say I’m awfully thankful for the indoor penguin exhibit!! Tonight promises rain and much cooler temps, so it should finally start feeling like autumn, at least for several days. Okay, so I just had to share a fun penguin pic with you from our summer-feeling fall day at the zoo. We pretty… Continue reading »

 

 


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