Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tricks And Treats

Tricks and treats, and spooky things. The Great Pumpkin, and pumpkin carving. Costumes and candy, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Hocus Pocus and dreary weather. I love Halloween...I felt lacking in the costume idea department, but in the end I made myself a spooky spider costume. A classic, I felt. Not only that, but I'll be warm for our terribly cold and dreary Manitoba Halloween.

While we may not have many Halloween themed delights, I did discover some darling spooky themed bars out here. Nestle favorites with a Halloween twist. This makes up for the lack of Crush Halloween labels...but I won't get into that one. This Halloween is best without dwelling on such things...

Wishing a wonderfully spooky Halloween to everyone!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nearing The End

Halloween is mere moments away now, and I'm still rushing around to finish up my costume and trying to ind or make up more decorations to make this place feel more cute and spooky. While we don't have a whole lot to spend on decorations, I did make up three little fabric ghosts to hang off the front deck. They were made easily from some scrap white fabric simply stuffed with some pillow stuffing for the heads, eyes drawn on with sharpie marker, and a little yard to keep the head shape as well as to hang them.

I took a small walk around and tried to enjoy a small moment in the day, a small break from rushing about. The leaves are all dead now, with only a few brown ones still left on the now bare trees. With all the damp and rainy days we've had lately the leaves on the ground no longer have that wonderful crunching sound as you walk over them, simply mush. October is almost over. Everything is fading. Frozen oblivion is on its way...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Last Days

Fall is over. The last of the leaves have just about fallen and things are looking brown, sometimes even white. The thermometer continues to drop and snow has even started to fall, though none has stayed...yet. I feel as though I missed so many photo opportunities when everything was so colourful and beautiful this year. Being sick for just over a week, it seemed as though that week was the peak of the season.

After Halloween I fear I'll have nothing to look forward to until spring time when I can plant next years crop of pumpkins in anticipation for next Halloween.This years crop made me beyond pleased, and I can only hope next years will do just as well...or maybe even better.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

HalloHandmade

While unpacking my little box of Halloween goodies, there was a sudden realization that it was almost nothing in the decorations department. Feeling crafty, I pulled out a few pieces of worn out old scrap wood (used to get my pumpkins off the ground, funny enough) and got to painting. These were done quickly and simply to have a slight vintage, folk art, rustic feel. Feeling pretty proud, I painted four of these, my favorite being the little ghosts, too cute!

So if you're like me and don't happen to have the funds to go out and buy a whole bunch of new decorations, can't find any secondhand, or just plain like to be crafty and personal, you can easily take any piece of scrap wood and a little bit of craft acrylics to make up your own one of a kind paintings.

Happy Hallo-handmade!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hallowrapping

My best friend celebrates her birthday in only a few days, and for me this always means I get to have fun with wrapping. Her and I have always been on the same page when it comes to random paper, so I always know she appreciates a pretty, sweetly wrapped gift.

As always, it's a fascination with me how beautiful recycled papers look for wrapping. The subtle, antique sort of tones have this delicate beauty to me and of course it's so much better to reuse than to buy something new. Hurray for being eco-friendly, right?

Each and every time I recieve a gift or a package in the mail that uses these brown packing papers I try to salvage as much as possible. It pairs perfectly with some simple craft twine that you can find at any craft or hardware store or, because it's such a neutral colour, would be beautiful with any colour of yarn. Not only does it work well for wrapping, but it's beautiful for mixed media projects.

Halloween themed bits were added for that extra whimsy for the time of year, as well because she also enjoys the season. I managed to find these lovely antique reproduction Halloween cat postcards on etsy and simply added it to the front of one package.

Happy Hallowrapping!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Poo For You!

 "Poo" cookies for my Binding Of Isaac loving hunny.

To make your own poo cookies simply cut the corner off of a ziplock bag to make a makeshift pastry bag and pipe the dough onto the cookie sheet in a ice cream/pyramid sort of shape...but rounded and poo-like. Great instructions? I think so.

It was a pretty proud moment when I took my first bite of these, warm out of the oven, shortbread cookies. Amazing. How I managed to FINALLY make a decent shortbread cookie, much less an amazing one, is beyond me.

Try the recipe for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Deal Of The Day

 A quickie thrifty post for the night.

Pretty green and white bowls from Superstore. A steal at only a dollar each. I picked up five of each.

Two pumpkin shaped serving bowls, one olive green and one white. Purchased after Halloween at Canadian tire for, I believe, 75% off or so. They came out to about $1.94 each. A steal of a deal and perfectly compliment my bowls from Superstore.

Now if only I could find some orange pieces to top it all off. Pumpkins from my garden will have to do for now.

Friday, October 5, 2012

HalloSwapping

 It's that time of the year once again. My favorite season means my favorite swaps. As I may have mentioned before, I picked up some store bought Halloween postcards online for swapping this year. Another lot of postcards was also discovered on etsy recently and have been ordered as well, though I predict I won't have those in time to do much with this time around. Prepared for next year? I should say so.

So just a quick post today about a few little swap bits. To start, I had sent off a simple store bought card for a Halloween card swap and included two pieces of handmade 4x6 arts. One was my (what I think is anyways) classic sketchy ghost doodle, and paired it with a new spider web trick-or-treat mixed media piece. The letters were cut from old newspaper and the spider was made from pretty little buttons. Both were included as a little extra within the card instead of postcards since it was discovered that my swap partner for this one wished not to receive postcards, as per her profile. It gave me a great chance to be creative though, and for that I feel pretty good.

So as you can also see from the photos, there is the variety of postcards I acquired thus far. The two "Skelanimals" postcards were received in a swap that was done previously and I have no idea if anyone would want them. I suppose what I'm hoping for is a few nice people to swap some more Halloween (or even fall) postcards with, but so far no takers. Should anyone have access to some store bought seasonal cards and would like to swap do send me a message! I am so keen to swap more of these as I have started collecting Halloween cards.

Monday, October 1, 2012

OctoberAwe

 The month of Halloween celebrations has begun. This is truly my most favorite time of year, bar none. I find myself spending loads of time being mesmerized by the Halloween bits in all the stores, and feeling all day dreamy about the day to come. The anticipation of the days leading up to this one special day is one of my favorite feelings.

To start off my celebrations I joined up to a few Halloween and autumn themed swaps on swap-bot, with the Halloween postcards being the ones I look forward to the most this year. I have come to start a small collection of store bought ones and hope to get many more, but they are such a hard thing to come by. Perhaps resorting to just purchasing some on eBay may be my only option for some time.

Time to string up the decorations and pull out my yearly October film favorites. Let the fun begin...