{September 8, 2011}   Theme Thursday – Halloween

I love Halloween. It is probably my favorite holiday of the year. My birthday follows it, so it’s a double bonus for me. Can you believe I haven’t picked our costumes for this year yet? I think we might go with a Star Wars theme as we introduced our son to the original Star Wars and he’s obsessed with RD2 and PPO and runs around the house yelling, “Darth Vader! Darth Vader!” Bonus that we are planning to trick-or-treat with my girly and her daughter who might dress up as Princess Leia.

Our first entry comes from Care 2. We did something like this one halloween when we had a looooong driveway. I love luminaries and this tutorial on paper bag luminaries will have your Halloween lit up with awesome sauce as well.

Our next pick is all about pumpkin carving. puts out lots and lots of templates you can download and print and use for your own pumpkins.

And, lastly, the Centers for Disease Control has safety tips so that everyone can enjoy a totally awesome Halloween.

That’s all for this week’s Theme Thursday. Thank you all so much for your patience over the last week and a half as I studied for my job interview and then got the flu right after. I’m finally feeling human again.


{August 25, 2011}   Theme Thursday – Fall Crafts

As the summer winds down and the temperatures cool off, we look once again to fall crafts to keep us busy. One of my favorite fall crafts is carving pumpkins with my son as well as paper machéing his Trick or Treat bucket. This year, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a grapevine wreath form to make a beautiful front door wreath. I’m tired of having the same flower wreath up year round.

This first Fall craft really inspires me and I think I’ll actually make this for our front door. It’s from Martha Stewart Living and was created by Emily Morris for MSL’s Handmade Gift Contest. This is a Vintage Paper Leaf Wreath that would be perfect for anyone’s front door.

Vintage Paper Leaf Wreath

I find Disney’s Family Fun web site full of great ideas for crafts to do with kids. If you live in an area that’s not suitable for any kind of gardening during the winter months, you can start these great Plastic Bottle Herb Planters to bring your herbs in from the garden during the cold months. It will also teach children about growing herbs themselves as this setup makes it easy for them to help take care of the indoor herb garden.

Do you like to offer your guests candy year-round? This Halloween-inspired Terra Cotta Pumpkin Pot over at Kaboose would make a great candy dish for the Fall season.

Want to add some beauty to your outdoor setting? Make Mandalas! Over at Moment to Moment you can find ideas on making Nature Mandalas. All it takes is some outdoor finds, a glue gun, and some cardboard.

And finally, if you need some fabulous Fall candles for your table, hop on over to All You for their tutorial on making Corn Husk Candles. You could easily save your corn husks from dinner, dry them, and then use them in this project, thus eliminating you having to spend extra money on this DIY craft. Don’t these look fabulous?!

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have found inspiration in these DIY crafts. Do you have a favorite Fall craft you’d like to share? Link it up in the comments. Come back tomorrow for Fiber Friday where I’ll be talking about my love/hate relationship with knitting socks, and the pair I’ve been working on for almost 2 years.

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