Monday, October 29, 2007

A Woman With a Second Chance

Alida Riddell Begins Her Fight

This post has nothing in particular to do with crafts but I would just like to express my admiration for a woman who is going through the fight of ovarian cancer right now. She has a blog that she openly discusses each phase of her struggle and it would be great if you could stop by and give her some encouragement.

Thank You

Black Cat O' Lanterns

Make chubby black cats out of small and large pumpkins. The directions are very easy and have pics to show you the step by step process, so please click on the link...Black Cat Jack O Lanterns


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bath Cookies

Bath Cookies

No you do not eat these, apparently they help for a relaxing bath with nice aromas and fizzling water . I definitely will be trying these because this is quite different.


2 cups of Sea salt or rock salt
1/2 cup Baking soda
1/2 cup Cornstarch
2 tbs of Almond oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
1-2 eggs
6 drops Essential oil

Makes 10-12 cookies depending on size.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Cut the cookies out with cookie cutters or flatten balls to form a cookie shape.

Bake at 350'F (180'C)for 10-12 minutes.
Allow to cool.

Use 1-2 per bath by adding them to running water.

Wrap these in
air tight packaging or seal them in an airtight container. These cookies will last several months maybe longer.

Glitter Fruit or Glitter Pumpkins...

I found someone doing glitter fruit....maybe I am being to hard on the fruit lovers, but it is not as classic as the pumpkin and looks tacky !!! Ick !!!
I suppose you could arrange it in a nice centerpiece or decorative accessory in your home, but I am just not feeling it. I guess its just up to your decorative tastes...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Look what I found....I am loving it..TRULY!!!!
Pumpkin Potpourri

Cut off the pumpkin's top and scrape out the innards; carve round vents with an apple corer. Rub cinnamon or pumpkin-pie spices onto the lid, or push cloves into it. With a lighted tealight candle inside, the pumpkin will give off a lovely fragrance for about six hours.

Pumpkin Nutty

FYI....Hello all, just so you know , right now I am a tad bit obsessed with pumpkin crafts right now. Probably until the 31st I will be all on anything pumpkin-fied...I know that is not grammatically correct, but it's my blog right ?

I hope ya'll love my pumpkin craft ideas....if you dont, thanks for stopping by anyway...

Smooches !!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Different Cooler...WOW!!!

Pumpkin Cooler

WOW!!!!! This will just be my Fall cooler of choice .

Now if its for a kids party , you can fill it with little juices, and sodas, etc.

Just choose a large, wide pumpkin, cut off the top third with a serrated knife, and scrape out the pulp and seeds. Line the gourd with a glass or plastic bowl to prevent it from becoming water-logged. If the pumpkin opening is a bit too small for the bowl, carefully shave the inside edge with a spoon. Finish by filling the bowl with ice and bottled drinks.

More Glitter Pumpkins !!!

Mini Glitter Pumkins

Ya'll know how much I like glittered pumpkins right now...I think I am obsessed. Well I found another idea for one. These are little cute ones too !!!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Festive Decorating

Simple Pumpkin Decorating
I thought this was sooooo nice... It looks so good after dark.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Mini-Muffins Anyone ?

Mrs. Beasley’s popular assortment of Mini-Muffins, Cookies, Brownie Bars and 2 hand-decorated Iced Shortbread Cookies shaped as “baby feet” announcing “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl”.

Cookies in a Carriage

Mrs. Beasley’s gourmet cookies. Includes 25 Oatmeal Raisin Mini-Cookies, 25 Chocolate Chip Mini-Cookies and two hand-decorated Sugar Cookies shaped like baby’s feet and hand-decorated with blue or pink icing.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Light Up Your Party

Flower Party Lights

Jazz up your lights if your having a party......

Tools and Materials
Christmas lights
Any silk faux flowers with removable plastic stems and centers

Flower Party Lights How-To
1. Choose faux flowers with removable plastic stems and centers. Pull heads off stems.

2. Use scissors to enlarge the hole in the flower head to 1/4 inch, so that it fits over the base of the lightbulb.

3. Push petals over a lightbulb, making sure petals are away from the bulb.

4. Use tape to secure flower to plastic portion of each light and hold it in place.

5. Place light strand in desired location for decoration.

Glitter Pumpkins Craft

Decorative...Glitter Pumpkins
With this craft, you can bronze the pumpkins for display for Fall.
The glitter used can be found at any craft store....ex: ) Michael's

Cool Idea !!!!

Wicker Chair....with Extra Surprises

Wicker Rocking Chair Craft

The total package for a newborn all set up in a cute lil' rocking chair.....
This is a new idea if you stumped for a baby gift

View Components
  • Gund My First Purse
  • Gund Baby's Ark
  • Gund's Comfy Cozy Bear
  • Fashion Craft Baby Shoe Frame (Pink Lace)
  • Gund's Baby Jungle Collection
  • Gund Sprinkles Elephant
  • La Vie Baby Photo Album Library
  • United Basket White Rocking Chair
  • Baby Belle Body Wash
  • Shrinkwrap
  • Matching Color Shred
  • Coordinated Ribbon
  • Baby Bottle with Teether

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Light Bright Pumpkins

Celestial Pumpkins Craft

I thought this craft was particularly cool. Instead of carving the usual faces in the pumpkin, you clean them out and drill tiny holes in them instead.
Then you use tiny white lights to illuminate them. It is easy and you can use them all season long rather than throwing away the old jack-o-lanterns after October 31st.


Celestial Pumpkins How-To
1. Turn a pumpkin on its side, and use a knife to carve out a circular opening in the bottom. Make the opening large enough so your hand can fit comfortably through it. Remove the flesh and seeds. With a serrated loop tool, scrape away the pumpkin's inner wall until it's about 1/4 inch thick. Turn the pumpkin right side up.

2. Drill holes using a 1/4-inch bit; use tape as a guide for a uniform pattern, or make randomly spaced holes.

3. Insert a string of lights through the bottom, and place one bulb in each hole, pushing the bulbs through so they protrude slightly. Tuck the remaining lights into the pumpkin, and turn the pumpkin right side up with the light string's plug running out from the bottom.

A " Berry" Edible Party Favor Craft

Berry Basket Favors Craft

This party favor craft was catered towards weddings, giving guests something different to snack on other than the traditional chocolates or personal sparkling grape juice.

In my opinion this idea could be very appropriately used for a party themed around Fall, substituting the strawberries with dark grapes/small pears and adding leaves for a signature touch. Its all about how you want to use it.

Wrap scones in cellophane, and line a wooden berry basket with parchment paper. Tie on a note stamped with a strawberry design.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Pretty Party Pumpkins

Party Pumpkins Craft...

This craft is utilized by decorating small pumpkins that you can use all through the Fall as a centerpiece. Fun and VERY easy to make. All you need is paint, glaze, and creative thinking.

The creative thinking is important, otherwise your pumpkins will be rather boring.



1. Use a foam brush to apply acrylic paint evenly over pumpkin.

2. While paint is still wet, run a rubber comb around the pumpkin. Start from the stem and work from top to bottom. As an alternative to painting and combing, use a broad-tip marker to draw spirals or dots on the pumpkins, or go a little wild by drawing random lines in contrasting colors.

3. When paint or ink is dry, spray with a polyurethane glaze as a protective finish.


Miniature pumpkins in varying sizes and shapes

Foam brush

Acrylic paint

Rubber comb (available from craft stores)

Broad-tip permanent markers

Polyurethane glaze

Bubble , Bubble , Toil and Trouble-Candy Cauldron

The Candy Cauldron-Martha Stewart
This craft is very inventive and gives the desired spooky affect.......

Tuck a sheet of orange tissue paper in its center, and place a shallow glass bowl on top. Set a strand of small holiday lights in bowl, letting the cord dangle out. Drill holes in the lid of a one-gallon storage bucket. Position the bucket in the center of a large lobster pot (about 20 quarts), and nestle newspaper around it. Remove lid from bucket; fill bucket two-thirds with water. Add 1/2 pound of dry ice chunks to the water.

Replace lid, and arrange wrapped candy on top. Place pot on top of bowl in wreath, and plug in lights. This display should be set up in a well-ventilated area. The "smoke" will flow for a half hour.

(Please make sure not to have direct contact with the dry ice.)

Ever seen a white pumpkin ?

For my first craft blog, I thought this was truly cool. For Halloween you could call it the " Ghost Pumpkin", and it also works for Thanksgiving if you dress it up with candles and silver accents.
I never would have known to spray-paint a pumpkin to give a different vibe and use it as a centerpiece. So I wanted to pass on the joy!!!

One Tip: Please make sure you have some kind of hand coordination . While doing this activity, I painted my foot...whoops!!!!

Enjoy !!!