Paper Raffia Pumpkin

Paper Raffia Pumpkin Now that the the trick-or-treating is over and I may or may not have eaten 5 pounds of chocolate, it’s time to put away the spooky stuff and focus on celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins seem to always be on my mind this time of year, but today in particular, because it was Pumpkin Day at my daughter’s kindergarten. She learned all about the pumpkin parts and the growing process. It was so much fun! So when I got home from Pumpkin Day I decided to make my own pumpkins out of paper raffia. pumpkin supplies This project is so easy, all you really need is a spool of paper raffia, 22 gauge floral wire, scissors and/or a wire cutter and glue. Of course I added glitter, but you don’t have to. Oh and candy helps too.
chunky holiday gllitter Oh and speaking of glitter… For the past few years, I’ve been partial to the fine glitter, especially Martha’s. The chunky kind was always for kindergarteners (shhh, don’t tell my daughter!) But this year I have fallen hard for the chunky glitter! I’m head-over-heels for this holiday glitter pack I found yesterday at Michaels. To make the pumpkin, take your raffia, and start wrapping it around 3 or 4 fingers (depending on the size of pumpkin you desire.) photo 5 Keep wrapping… raffia wrapping Just when you think you have enough…add more.  Then, before taking your hand out of the raffia, pull the wire through your raffia and twist it tight. photo 2-1 Oh look, I have a labrodoodle helper! labradoodle helper Fan out the raffia, with the wire holding it together hidden in the middle. If at this point you feel that your pumpkin is too spare, grab more raffia, wrap it around your fingers, repeating the process, so it’s the same size and use the wire to attach the center of your second one to the center of the first. Next, make a stem, using the same process, but only wrapping the raffia around 2 fingers. pumpkin stem Wrap it around 5 or 6 times, then start wrapping the raffia around itself. stem Tie it off and glue it into the center of the pumpkin. Now it’s time for the fun part. glitterI made a glitter paste by using Decoupage glue, both of my glitters and a few drops of water. Then I used a paint brush and haphazardly painted on the paste. So much less messier this way! I didn’t want them super glittery, just enough to be festive. pumpkinAnd it’s done! autumn table   photo 3-2   Linked to: Tatertots & Jello , Sunday Showcase, Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Spooky Last Minute Halloween Decor


Yeah, yeah, I know. I haven’t written a blog post in.. I dunno, a year and a half now! It’s been on my mind. I just needed to sit down and do it. So. Here. I. Am.

Did you miss me?

I missed you.

So do you want a couple of last minute Halloween decor ideas? If you have a couple of hours I got your back.

Halloween Table

Here is my lovely spooky console table. Since I don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate, I use this instead. Most of the decorations I already had. I shopped my house, found the candle sticks, stole the bird cage and fake birds from the kiddos, and the creepy rusty old lantern was from a thrift shop.

Candles can go both ways, either spooky or romantic. Black ones are definitely NOT romantic. I found these at Pier 1, but any color will do. Throw on some crows, gourds, leaves and you got yourself a Halloween display!

So to make the creepy tablecloth, run to the store and buy some cheese cloth. Lay it out on your table, so that there is plenty draping over the edge. Grab your scissors, then snip and rip.

Snip and Rip

I ripped the cheesecloth about every three to four inches. Straighten out as needed and voila! Instant tablecloth.

Spider

Next, add on an itsy bitsy spider. I just placed him on the cheese cloth, and he stuck there, like he knew it was his home.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you should download the app Zombie Me or if you don’t go to zombieme.com. There you can take a picture of your seemingly cute and innocent little girls and turn them into vicious zombies. Like this…

Spooky Photo Frame

Print that out or email to your favorite print shop for printing. When you have it, put it in your favorite photo frame. The spooky photo border is just some black cardstock cut with small scissors and an X-acto knife. And by little scissors, I mean little…Like your husband’s nose hair trimmers. Not really, that’s gross.

photo mat

If you are feeling extra crafty, I suggest you make these plates from House of Earnest

Spider Plate

Aren’t it adorable?? All it takes are a scary rubber stamp, glass plates and some solvent based ink. Check out the how to here.

That’s it for now… Until next year.

Just kidding. Boo!

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caramel apple rum balls

What treat says “autumn” more that caramel apples? Today, I’m taking part in the Improv Cooking Challenge, where we are given two ingredients and come up with a recipe including those two ingredients. For October, it’s apples and caramel. While I love a good green apple dipped in warm caramel sauce, I wanted a more grown up treat. Enter the yumminess that is apple flavored rum..

Although quite decadent, rum balls are ridiculously easy to make.

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Putting the hot caramel sauce into a Ziploc bag and cutting a itty-bitty tip off the corner of the bag, seems to be the best way to get a controlled drizzle. I had to wrap a dishcloth around the bag because the sauce was hot. Ouch!

Hold the caramel bag close to the rum balls and slowly drizzle it on. I say slow because the caramel tends to roll off the powdered sugar if you go too fast. 

When you’re done, put the balls in to mini paper baking cups or layer them in a martini glass for a fancy, grown-up treat!
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friday favorites 10.14.11

Poor little blog..you’ve been so neglected lately. Sometimes real life gets in the way, you know. I’ll try to start paying you more attention. Starting now.. here are some new Friday loves.

I’m having major love attacks for hedgehogs lately..ever since I picked up this guy at the World Market..

He’s a big hit around chez Sparklepants and he likes to hang out with the other woodland creatures we have lounging around..the fox and the owl.

via Memi The Rainbow

When I saw this handcarved hedgehog holding an apple stamp from Memi the Rainbow, I squealed in delight! How cute would that be stamped on the envelopes of my bills letters to my friends? Memi the Rainbow has a fun blog and Etsy shop..check out both!

via Yummy Mummy

These shimmery chocolate leaves from Yummy Mummy are very classy looking. I can see them decorating a chocolate cake with fluffy white icing. I’d make some today if we had some cool leaves here in the desert..sigh.

via Whip UP

This clutch purse from Whip Up, looks pretty easy to make, even for the novice seamstress. I’m pretty sure the fabric used in the tutorial is one of the prettiest patterns ever. The clutch purse would be a cute way to wrap small gifts or gift cards for the upcoming holidays.

image via Ampersand Design Studio

Orla Kiely baby books? Yes please! Why? Because good design should be introduced at an early age. One is called Colours and the other Numbers. They have gorgeous, classic Orla illustrations and in amazing colors. Looks like Amazon in the US has them available for pre-order..but they won’t arrive until April 2012. Sad.

 

spooky bat tree

I think we are close enough to October that it’s okay to start putting up the Halloween decor! I’ve never been too into Halloween, which is weird because I heart everything else that has to do with fall. I think the pressure of coming up with a good costume idea year after year got to me. But now that I have kids Halloween is becoming fun again!

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