Friday, August 29, 2008

No Pictures Yet...

I just haven't had time to get pictures made! But I plan to this weekend.

I did a tiny bit of fall decorating today. I put out a copper tray with a candelabra with fall colored gold candles in it, a glass pumpkin that will hold candy corn if I ever get to the store to buy it, and surrounded the whole thing with a faux bittersweet garland. It's just a tiny bit of fall...but it's so refreshing to look at it. It's like the gives me hope!!

Pictures soon, I really, really promise!!

Happy Haunting,

Thursday, August 28, 2008

And the crafting continues!

I am working on several things to show you soon. I am finished with an autumn banner, but I haven't photographed it yet. I also am working on a glitzy glammy "Harvest" banner that I'll use on my double kitchen windows. I have the cutest little bitty "Boo" "banner" done...not sure you can call it a banner, it's kind of different...but, again, no pictures yet. So, today at the Haunted Hamlet I'll be:

*finishing up banners
*photographing banners
*loading photos from camera onto computer
*posting pictures of above banners

Lynn says I make a list for everything, and I hate to prove him right, but, there you have it! And, the odd thing is, he says it like it's a bad thing. Strange, huh? Men are so weird.

So, hopefully late today or tomorrow, I'll show you some stuff!!

Happy Haunting!

Monday, August 25, 2008

A little fall on our front porch!

Here's the first fruits from our pumpkin patch!! Our neighbors, Keith and Debbie, went down to the farm on Saturday and brought these back to the boys! Aren't they great?? Even though it's too early to really decorate for fall, I just love looking out the door and seeing these babies! It won't be long now!!

And hop over to Scarecrow Soup and see what other fallish fun I've been up to!!

Happy Haunting!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Halloween crafting.

I'm just crazy about vintage Halloween decorations. I would love to stumble upon a whole box of them in some little flea market somewhere! That would be such fun!

I am working on invitations and decorations for the Boo!Bash2, and I want it to have a definite vintage angle...I'm loving this piece of art:

Wouldn't it look just wonderful printed out onto cardstock, all glittered and gleaming? Can't you just see it? It would make a great Halloween card, invitation to a party (Boo!Bash2?) or as a part of a banner. I am crazy about this one! You'll likely see it again in another form pretty soon!
I have a few more things done, but I haven't taken pictures of them yet...still tweaking a few of them. My favorite is an "Autumn" banner that I did with construction paper and letters that I already a little raffia and a fall leaf garland. Look for a picture of it soon.
Great Pumpkin Day will be next weekend, and I plan to have a few crafty things to share!
Can't you just smell the changes coming in the weather? It's still pretty warm and humid here, but it's way cooler than normal, and it has me excited for fall! Next weekend is Labor Day, so that means fall is closer than ever! Oh, yeah, baby!
Happy Haunting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A (Vintage style) Banner Day!

I got the idea the other day to make a vintage style pennant banner for the Boo!Bash2 decorations. So, I got into my paper crafts box, dug around a little and here's what I found that I thought I might could use:

Orange and black construction paper, with an old fashioned feel to it..sort of faded looking, not bright orange and black-black, but like it was old and had been around a while. I actually think it's because it's cheap construction paper, but hey-whatever works!

I also had some black stick on letters..some silver cupcake liners, and a glue stick!

So, I made a pattern that looked about the size I wanted the pennants to be, and got busy....

I made some black ones and embellished them with orange...

And some orange ones, embellished with black!

And here's the final result! I want to foofify it with some raffia and orange ribbon, but this is the basic banner! And, yes, the "b"s are missing...I tore one and glittered the other before we (Benjie and I) decided we didn't like the silver glitter on the silver I have to get two more "b"s. But, what do you think otherwise? You really can't tell from the picture, but the bottom of the top piece and the top of the bottom piece are fringed a little...they really stand out in person, but it didn't photograph well.

Not bad for an hour's work and on-hand supplies, huh? By the way, it says Boo!Bash. I may add another pennant on the end and put a 2 on it, but probably I'll just leave it like it is and re-use it every year! I really like the way it looks!

What do YOU think about it?

Happy Haunting!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fall Crafts chat

Today in the chat room, we talked about fall crafts. Ginger has some great links and ideas for us. Check out the message boards over at Magical Holiday Home tomorrow and she'll have a summary of the chat. It was really fun, lots of folks showed up to discuss rag garlands, paper banners and various other fall crafts.

I'm currently working on a banner for the Boo!Bash2. I thought I was going to have make a trip to Hobby Lobby to get some paper for this project, but I dug around in my paper box and found some construction paper, of all things, that is exactly what I have in mind for this project.

I'm not giving any secrets away just yet, but you should know that it involves construction paper, raffia and cupcake liners! Stay tuned...more to come soon!

Happy Haunting!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Fall, Family and Friends

I got a new Gooseberry Patch cookbook...well, new to me, anyway. It's Fall, Family and Friends, and it's a goodie. I bought it off of Amazon, and I only paid a little for it...maybe $6 or so..I really can't remember. But I do love it already!

Here's a few little goodies from it:

*Kids will giggle over the floating "hands" in their punchbowl. Rinse out a pair of vinyl gloves and fill with water. Tie the ends tightly into knots and place in the freezer. When frozen, cut off the knots, remove the gloves and place the icy "hands" in the punch!

*Slip a dress and apron on your scarecrow this season and she'll be an instant hit as a scarecrone!

*Use cookie cutters in leaf, pumpkin or ghost shapes to cut out biscuit dough...a dinnertime surprise!

Plans for Boo!Bash2 are progressing nicely. I'm still working on invitation ideas, and Jessica over at MHH had a great suggestion for a pumpkin contest. She said that she used to attend a party where the hostess invited guests to bring a carved pumpkin for judging. Doesn't that sound like fun? I'd thought about that last year, except that I was thinking we'd carve the jacks at the party, then judge them. I wasn't sure we'd have enough pumpkins last year, due to the late crop. However, we would have, as it turned out. My handy-dandy pumpkin growing brother, Mark, delivered a trailer load of hay, pumpkins and gourds the night before the party! This year the crop should be earlier, due mostly to the efforts of Keith and Debbie, our neighbors who helped get them planted. Thanks!

I am soooo ready for fall. Melinda the weather lady says it's going to be 102 degrees today, and 101 tomorrow. Highs for the upcoming weekend are predicted to be around 90 degrees. Who would have thought that 90 would be welcome!

Here's a recipe from the new GP book...I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds yummy!

Old Fashioned Kettle Corn
2 T. sunflower oil
1/2 c. unpopped popcorn
1/4 c. raw sugar
1/2 t. salt

Place first 3 ingredients in a hand cranked popcorn popper. Cook popcorn mixture over medium high heat while turning the crank. Alternatively, cook popcorn mixture in a large stockpot with lid, shaking to pop corn. Once kernels begin to pop, reduce heat to low and continue cranking or shaking until popping stops. Place popcorn in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt. Makes 12 cups.

I made a huge batch (a garbage bag full) of popcorn last year for the party, and I'm planning on that again. I served it in a huge orange bowl, with a scoop and a stack of brown lunch bags for folks to scoop up their own. I think I'll add a bowl of kettle corn this year. It's one of my favorite things to get at Silver Dollar City, and I'd love to make my own.

More details as they happen!

Happy Haunting!