Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Pumpkin Carving


The kids had off school on Friday so we spent the better part of the day carving and painting our pumpkins.  I didn't want to do it too much earlier in the month because Saturday was the pumpkin carving contest at our church Trunk or Treat and I wanted our pumpkins to look their best.  



I had these grand ideas of how the pumpkins would look thanks to Pinterest, but you know how that turns out, or rather how it doesn't turn out.  The only one that looked great was my 14 yr old daughter's pumpkin that she made into an owl.  It doesn't really matter how they turned out, we all had fun and that's the most important part, right?

The little kids started off by painting their pumpkins.  My 4 yr old painted his white pumpkin gold while my 8 yr old painted her orange pumpkin white.  Since the orange pumpkin was big, we found that a regular paint brush rather than a craft or artist paint brush worked best.  



While I was helping my daughter, my son got into the pumpkin carving set and used one of the tools to make lots and lots of little holes in his pumpkin.


Then he wanted me to carve it out like a pterodactyl.  


He's really into dinosaurs lately and I thought I had talked him into a dinosaur pumpkin that would look something like THIS...



but at the last minute he changed his mind and really wanted a pterodactyl.  In my defense he did help by making the wings bigger and cutting off part of the head, so if you can't tell what it is, I don't blame you.


My 8 yr old had a plan to make ghost pumpkins and I think they turned out pretty great considering she did most of the work herself.  I think her favorite part was scraping out the insides.




My 14 yr old is very artistic and decided she wanted to make an owl pumpkin.  HERE is her inspiration from Pinterest:


and her version which I think turned out even cuter (although the eyes were harder to make than we thought):



She started by cutting out the eyes and beak,


We washed and cooked the seeds and then she hot glued them onto the pumpkin to make feathers and wings.


She also used black paint on parts of the seeds to make them stand out against the white pumpkin.


Like I said, she is very artistic.



I couldn't let the kids have all the fun and since my older son declined to participate in this activity I got to carve his pumpkin.  Once again Pinterest provided the inspiration with THIS idea:


And here is my version.  It turned out happy instead of scary.  Carving pumpkins is harder than it seems and I've got to give a lot of credit to those super creative (or patient) pumpkin carvers out there.



We entered my and my daughter's pumpkins into the pumpkin carving contest.  My daughter's owl pumpkin came in first place.  






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Monday, October 29, 2018

Heads in a Jar Halloween Trunk or Treat


Saturday our church hosted a Trunk or Treat.  I saw this eerie Head in a Jar Halloween Decor on Bower Power  and decided that would be my theme.  You know me, I love a good theme.  So besides just having heads in a jar, I also dressed up like a mad scientist.  


It was a pretty simple theme to pull off.  First I took pictures of the kids and myself.  We laid down on the floor with a black blanket for a background.  I even fanned out the girls hair so it would look like it's floating in water.  I also squished up my face so it would look like my face was squished in the jar.  



As for the jars, I just used some mason jars I had on hand and filled them with different colored water.


Then I added the pictures to the jar.  I didn't do anything special with the pictures, just used regular photo paper and did not laminate them or anything.  I just needed this to last one night.  (FYI:  I had tested this out by putting a photo in a jar of water the week before and after a week, it still looked good.)


As for my costume, again it was easy to pull off.  I just borrowed my husbands white dress shirt to act as a lab coat.  I teased up my hair so it was pretty much sticking straight up and put on some goggles from a previous years Minion Halloween costume.  I also had some rubber gloves on.


Because it was raining, trunk or treat was held in the church.  Each person got to decorated a classroom instead of their trunk.  All the classrooms were taken so I got the kitchen which worked out perfectly.  It made it seem more like a laboratory.  I set up the heads on the metal cart with the "heads wanted" sign and a large bowl full of brains (cooked spaghetti noodled dyed a grey/purple color). 


As the kids came by to do their trick or treating, I showed them my collection of heads.  I said the heads wouldn't fit in the jars so I had to take their brains out and encouraged them to feel the freshly removed brains.  The kids loved it and my room soon drew a crowd.  

It was a fun night.  Besides the various room to go trick or treating to, there were several games for the kids to play, some face painting and even a pumpkin carving competition.  My daughter won first place for her pumpkin.  I'll have to do a post on that next.


This might have been my favorite (and easiest) trunk or treat theme so far.  If you are curious what I've done in previous years be sure to check out these themes below:






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Friday, October 26, 2018

Corny Halloween Card


It's been a while since I've blogged.  Life has been busy.  We moved from PA to upstate NY in August.  The kids are adjusting better than expected to their new schools and the new house is mostly unpacked and settled in.  I even took some time to do something crafty.  My inspiration came this:


It's actually a paper bag, but I thought it would make a cute card.  I'm thinking it would be a cute wooden decor item too, just use some Mod Podge to glue the papers onto wood.  Check out Little Paper Sprinkles to see her other ideas.

Anyway, this is pretty much self explanatory just by looking at it but I'll walk you through how I made it.

1.  Cut paper to size. 

2.  Glue smaller papers to card.

3.  Draw face

4.  I used my finger and some paint, to put a small dab on for the rosy cheeks.

5.  I used some black tulle to make a bow and glued that on.  
I also added a 'corny' saying on the back and a "Happy Halloween".
Then slipped it in an envelope to mail off to my kids cousins.

Cute, quick and easy - that's my kind of craft project.    

What Halloween crafts have you made recently?  




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Friday, June 29, 2018

Airplane Prints


I wanted to do a follow up with all the information about these cute airplane prints that I used as decoration for the Airplane Themed Baby Shower I posted about earlier.  My sister is doing an airplane theme in the baby's room and I thought these prints would go perfect in there.  I found them HERE



At first I thought I could used the white pen in my Silhouette machine to print these out on navy card stock, but nope.  Instead of drawing the plane with the white pen, the Silhouette machine traced where the lines should have been.  You can see what I mean below.  I googled all about it and didn't find a way to fix it.


So I just had them printed out at Walmart and they turned out great.  



I ordered some industrial looking frames to go with the industrial airplane look of the baby's room, but they didn't come in before the baby shower so I used some white wooden frames that I had.  I like the white frames with the white airplane on the navy background.




Here they are in the metal frames and I love that look too.









You could also print them out at home in a black and white version which looks great too.  





Thanks so much to Nest For Less for sharing her vintage sketch airplane posters with us.



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ice Play on a Hot Day

It's been a while since my last post and a lot has happened which has been keeping me busy.  We are moving to New York!!!  My husband took a new job and has been working there for just over a month.  We should settle on our new house in the next week or two and the movers are packing up our current home in 3 weeks.  I'll have to fill you in on what we did to get our current house ready to sell, as well as what the new house looks like.  As for today, I'm sharing how I'm keeping my kids busy on these hot summer days.  Bonus - it also keeps them out of the house and since we haven't sold it, I'm trying to keep it clean and 'show ready' all the time.  

A couple days ago I froze some dinosaurs and other plastic animals in a few small containers we had.  My youngest two (ages 7 and 3) loved trying to melt the ice to get the animals out.  




Then a few neighborhood kids came over to play and had fun with the ice.  


So the next day I decided to do it again but this time, I made it even bigger.


I froze the ice in layers, adding in more animals with each layer.


The kids had a blast trying to chisel and dig out the animals.


It kept them busy for over an hour.





Some of the kids enjoyed licking the ice too.


My teenage son couldn't resist joining in the fun and broke off chunks for the younger kids to play with.


Then he had fun throwing ice chunks into the yard.



It was so much fun just playing with the ice, my teenage son made his own ice block for the next day.



If you've been following this blog for a few years, you may remember that I posted about something similar (Ice Eggs) a few years ago.  Those are fun too, but this method is easier and you can make huge blocks of ice with the right containers.  You can experiment with different containers too.  We used a plastic cup to get this cylindrical shape.





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