Tip or Treat begins Sept 1

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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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Forgot to Bake Those Halloween Cupcakes?

Well, I hope you’ve missed me and Small Talk Mama this week. I’ve had a headache every day since Monday so I only accomplished the very basics, and I’m afraid posting didn’t make it to the top of my mommy list.
I’ve missed you and I’ve missed sharing great new Tip or Treat ideas, so here’s a fun and SUPER easy idea to finish off the week. Let me tell you, this is a great idea for class parties, especially if you forget to bake those three dozen cupcakes the night before (ya, I can see me doing that).… 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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Tip or Treat — Frightfully Fun Bird Baths

If you have a bird bath outside your home that simply sits dormant during the cooler months, why not turn it into a Halloween haunting spot by adding a few simple decorations like those from these creative folks. Some of the consistent components of these frightfully fun bird baths seem to be pumpkins, crows and filler (such as Spanish moss, twigs or grapevine). You can purchase fake crows at your local hobby and/or dollar store right now, as well as all of the other materials.… read more

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Tip or Treat — Wickedly Cute Washi Wreath

Welcome back to Tip or Treat at Small Talk Mama. I hope you had a wonderful long weekend and trust your Tuesday is treating you right. If not-so-much, then here’s a cute little project that might just brighten your day. I just love this little washi wreath from Tatertots and Jello via Eighteen25. The things people create with washi tape just amaze me, but this one looks like a really simple craft to create.

Jen used 32 canning lids, three colors of paint, four kinds of washi tape and three types of coordinating ribbon to create her wreath, but I’m sure you could adjust things to suit your materials on hand or desired wreath size.… read more

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