Friday, August 29, 2008
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 pumpkins...it gives me hope!!
Pictures soon, I really, really promise!!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
*finishing up 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!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
And hop over to Scarecrow Soup and see what other fallish fun I've been up to!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
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!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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 cups...so 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?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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!
Monday, August 4, 2008
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!