October 30, 2008
I made this really yummy Pumpkin Spice Cake for a special Sunday dessert a couple of weeks ago. My family loved it! I got the recipe from a favorite blog called whatever. She is a fun mom & has some great recipes & crafty ideas.
The following morning, after we completely consumed this cake, I opened my fridge & saw the unopened container of buttermilk that was supposed to go into the recipe! Oops! It was super good so I can't imagine how yummy it would be with the buttermilk. So, go on over to whatever & get the recipe & when you make it let me know how it tastes made the right way. :)
October 29, 2008
We carved our pumpkins last night!. We had such a good time. Ms. Sassypants wanted to carve a cat so she printed a stencil & carved away. She really took her time & was very careful & was so proud of her finished product.
Oh yah. I got to wear the Halloween apron that my mom made for me. She's knows that I'm a Halloween nut so she sent it with the pillowcases. I love it! I hate getting my picture taken though.
October 28, 2008
This is the walkway to my front porch. I added a bit of fall color with the little plants up front. Since California has such mild seasons this is how we have to get our fall colors. We plant them ourselves.
I guess I do have a little bit of a front porch. I've been looking for some kind of a chair to put on it & haven't been able to find one that I like (that's cheap enough for me). I grabbed this one from our set in the backyard. It confirms to me that I want a chair there.
October 27, 2008
I bought the tutu from Raechal's etsy shop RC Baby Designs. She will make them in any color you like. So cute! She also makes custom applique tees. I had to have a few of those too! Go to her shop & check it out.
October 23, 2008
October 21, 2008
I just cut the shirt underneath the armpits, roll-hemmed the waist & put the elastic in it. I didn't even have to touch the hem. It was already done for me. Sew easy! Now I'm looking all through my closet to see what other shirts would make cute skirts for my girls.
I also made a few other skirts with just plain old fabric. Nothing too tricky about these. Just a pattern & fabric.
and, yes, that is a pool table in our living room. But, that's a whole other story.
author's note: Please don't look too closely at those skirts. My sewing skills are lacking. Did I mention I absolutely hate sewing?
October 20, 2008
October 17, 2008
October 14, 2008
I plugged in my hot glue gun & got started. I didn't even take the plastic off because I didn't want straw everywhere. I thought that the glue might melt the plastic but it did just fine. I started gluing on the inside of the wreath.
So for $26 & only half an hour of labor I got two really fun Halloween wreaths for my front door. That's two wreaths for under the price of the one at HomeGoods! Sorry, I get a little excited over a good deal.
October 7, 2008
I love hanging little signs on the doors, lamps, cupboard knobs, etc. I have about five of them. These are two of my favorites from Walmart last year. $1 each! I added the ribbon after seeing it over on Susie's blog. You should go visit her blog. It is fabulous. So many ideas & so creative!
I've had these guys for a while. From Home Goods, of course. I like their vintage look. I use them to hold spoons & forks for our Halloween dinner. It is a tradition to have our friends over for taco soup & cornbread on the night of Halloween before the dads take the kids out trick-or-treating. We've done this for about 5 years now. So fun!
October 2, 2008
Here's how it started. A pile of stuff...a bird house from Home Goods, small plastic pumpkins, spooky trees, mini hay barrels, little toy cats (borrowed from Boo) & a can of spray paint. This isn't all of the supplies. It's mostly for effect.
And fast forward to the reveal...tah, dah!!! (click on pictures to enlarge)
Last year I bought the cutest little kids in Halloween costumes (artist: Lori Mitchell) & knew I had to make a special place for them to trick-or-treat.
See, I'm not all about the scary side of Halloween. I like the cute, fun side as well. I love, love how it turned out. And my kids love it too. I still want to add a couple of things. Like putting a light inside the house so it will glow & I would love to hang a big moon on the wall between the two trees on the right. Having a hard time finding one. Any suggestions on how I could make one?
Note: That is a player piano that you see. I realize it is not very cute but we enjoy it so much & it was a killer deal for $80 (which included about 20 reels of music). Someday it will be fixed up with paint or stain & new little windows. By the way, those windows have a little light inside of them & there's also a switch that will make it sound like an old honky-tonk piano. My kids love this piano.