Tip or Treat begins Sept 1

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No-Sew Double-Sided Halloween Banner

Here’s a quick little project that requires no sewing and little time investment for such a cute finished product. A word of caution though, if you hate ironing as much as I do you’re probably just going to have to suck it up and iron through. With that warning in mind, let’s get going on the cute little Halloween banner.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Five types of coordinating Halloween fabric (you only need less than a third of a yard of each fabric for one banner, but if it’s a good price and you want to make more than one, you might want to get more)
Half a yard of coordinating fabric for back of banner pieces
Wonder Under, one yard (but you will probably have extra)
Bias Tape, .5″ wide and at least 1.5 yards long
Iron and Ironing Board
Rotary Cutter and Cutting Board  (scissors will do if you have a steady hand)
Fabric Glue
Banner Template — you can make your own out of cardstock, cardboard, newspaper or whatever.… read more

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Autumn in the Air and Thanksgiving ’round the Corner

Fall is officially in the air in Missouri with cooler morning temps and beautiful warm afternoons. When we string together a few of these fabulous days, I’m always reminded why this is my favorite time of year.  The family also made its first of what promises to be many trips to a local apple orchard yesterday for hay rides, chicken feeding, apple picking and pumpkin gathering. I’m thankful that we have so many great local orchards, pumpkin farms and corn mazes so close to home.… read more

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Secret Subject Swap — My Nobel Prize

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My Secret Subject is:
You’ve won a Nobel Prize. Which? Why? What did you do to deserve the honor?
It was submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Hmm. . . this is a toughy. I guess I’ve never dreamed of winning a Nobel Prize.… read more

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Tastes Like (Hamburger Dill) Pickles!

This one is for all you Wednesday night Bible study ladies, because my homemade hamburger dills actually taste like pickles and I promised to post the recipe here at Small Talk Mama. Yes, my husband and I actually got the first taste of our maiden pickling project and we both gave it a thumbs up. I don’t know why we’re always so surprised, when we try a new recipe or grow a new vegetable, to find that it tastes exactly as it should.… read more

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Tip or Treat — Scary Silhouettes v.2.0

Silhouettes seem to be very popular right now and I’ve been getting a lot of visits to last year’s Tip or Treat post featuring some original Halloween printables, so I decided to repost those fun decorative ideas today. You will see some inspirational silhouette ideas and also be able to download your own pdf files for personal decorating. Have fun with these!!
Originally posted October 1, 2013
October is finally here and I’ll be digging out my Halloween decorations as soon as I’m finished here.… read more

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October Afternoon on a September Evening

After a seriously busy Saturday, I decided to take some time to get a little crafty last night. Operation Write Home posted their sketch challenge yesterday, so I thought it was a good excuse to do a bit of card making while my boys played trains.

Maybe it was the weather, or just plain chance, but as I dug through a pile of stock I came across the perfect paper choice – October Afternoon’s Farm Girl. My sister gave me the 8×8 paper pack and several coordinating embellishment packs a while back (in fact it might have been for my birthday last year), but I hadn’t dipped into this fun little set because it was just so darn cute.… read more

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Saturday Sparks — Pumpkin Panache

Yes, it’s Saturday. . . again.  I wonder how many shopping weekends we have before Christmas. No wait, don’t tell me, because I don’t think I want to know. Besides, we’re talking about Halloween all this month and today is about our favorite vegetable of the season — pumpkins.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m not a big fan of actually eating these plump round veggies (hence the lack of pumpkin recipes), but I do love decorating with them. The almost unlimited variety of shapes, colors and sizes means you can probably find a spot for these veggies in almost any room around the house (inside or out).… read more

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Saturday Sparks — Happy Halloween Porches

Halloween decorating days will soon be upon us, and you just might be thinking about your plan of attack. If you’re looking for something fun to welcome friends and trick or treaters this year, then you’ve come to the right place. Today’s inspiration is all about fabulous front porches that scream, “This is the place to be.” From witches to mummies,  traditional to bold, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Halloween.
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10 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Play Fantasy Football

Well, regular season football officially began last night and while my fantasy team is still waiting to get out of the gates, I’m super stoked that the season is finally underway. We hosted the Labor Day draft party again this year and I’m playing commissioner to our league for the second season straight. Since I was runner-up last year, I picked ninth out of a ten-team league but came up with a roster I think is strong in some spots and disappointing in others (Ya, who didn’t, right?).… read more

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Tip or Treat — A Spooky Graphic Source

Today I’m passing along a fun source for lots of Halloween images that you can use to create decor, invitations or even games during the haunting season. Many of you may know about The Graphic’s Fairy site, which is full of great royalty-free images for just about any occasion. This means there is no copyright associated with these images; therefore, they are not owned and you can reprint them in just about any way you want.
Here’s just a taste of the things you might find for Halloween at The Graphic’s Fairy.… read more

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