Happy Haunting Day 10: All Hallows Eve

Monday, October 31, 2011

A lot of people have been asking if I'm still alive since it has been an entire week since I posted last. Tis true that I completely fell off the radar last week. Holidays with 5 kids turns out to be incredibly busy and I literally went into zombie mode running and volunteering and making preschool party treats and teacher gifts and party invitations and preparing for our Pumpkin carving party and creating, bulding, & painting carnival games for a friend's Fall Festival and coaching cheer for their final football game and this week is competition so we've had extra practices, and....... well, you get the picture. I was so busy literally running around last week I literally ran out of time to do any blogging. That includes my Foto Friday entry, so sorry ladies for dropping the ball last week. I need to try and prep my Foto Fridays a week in advance or something to make absolutely certain I don't miss again. I think I'm going to put in a request to add 5 extra hours to each day so I can try and fit everything in. I didn't even get to finish my girls Halloween dresses I've half sewn them :( Oh well, there's always next year I suppose.

And of course the minute I whipped out my camera to take pictures of all the kids in their costumes {the girls were all Pocahontas/indian girls and Landen was Lightning McQueen} my camera battery died : / So we used a friend's camera to document but I don't have any photos to share of the kids tonight. I did however did snag a couple of photos of my Dia De Los Muertos Makeup I mentioned a couple weeks ago. 

I hope you all had a delightful Halloween. Now onto Thanksgiving fun! 

Happy Haunting Day Nine: Our Second Annual Pumpkin Carving Party

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's done! My invitation for our 2nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Party is finished {yes, one week before the event. What?} and the FB page is created and the neighborhood invitations have been passed out.  I pinned this invitation on my All Hallows Eve Board a while ago and I made my invitation with the same background design

"Pointer" Element used from House of 3, Fonts: Campbell, Modern No. 20, Odalisque, Bellerose,  
& Berthold Walbaum Book Italic

I printed them out small and tied the invitation "tags" to mini little pumpkins I sprayed white and glittered. I also couldn't resist adding a little Spooky Junque flair to them for our neighborhood invitations. 

Foto Friday: Week 7 & A Happy Haunting Mash Up

Friday, October 21, 2011

This week's Foto Friday Theme turned out to be a PERFECT one for my Happy Haunting Series!

We took our kids & our bestest friends' kids to the Pumpkin Patch at Mother Nature's Farm here in Mesa, and they had the best time picking out & decorating pumpkins, riding on the mini tractor, feeding the animals, and of course taking pictures. They are all the biggest hams.

The wonderful & versatile frames used are Rhonna Designs Simple Photo Edges 2, of course

Now mosey on over to Hilary's blog to see what the other girls of Foto Friday have in store for you today! 

Happy Haunting Day 7: My Halloween Costume

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This year I decided I WAS going to dress up, but I wanted to keep it simple. I scoured my beloved Pinterest and found THE most gorgeous Dia De Los Muertos photos and I knew I found my costume.

Source: google.com via Rosemary on Pinterest
Source: None via Rosemary on Pinterest
Source: google.com via Rosemary on Pinterest
Source: bing.com via Rosemary on Pinterest

That last vintage photo is my absolute FAVORITE thing. So, I gathered up my ideas, and started designing my costume. I can't wait to share next week!

Happy Haunting Day 6: Banners & Lollies & Poms, Oh My!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It seems I keep coming back to my stand-by paper crafting decorations- banners, flags, lollies, and tissue paper poms.

All of these things are all easy to make, they are cheap, they are versatile, and they add so much festivity to your space. For me, more is more so I've slathered every inch of my living room with these paper crafts and they make the whole space sing with Halloween happiness. Change up the sizes, the colors, the materials; and you have a whole new look for each holiday! Let's go on a little tour, shall we?

The very first thing that greets people when they come in my door is my two black hanging pom poms, some Spooky Junque Banners, & some handcut glittered bat banners. I just found a bat template on Pinterest, traced & cut them out of cereal boxes, spray painted them black, then glittered them with Martha Stewart black glitter. Hot glue them on some Black Divine Twine and you have a lovely little  batty banner. 

I have three jars with various flags in them surrounded by pumpkins on my computer desk right when you walk in my door

Here is my giant metal board above my little white couch in my living room. Notice the tissue & newspaper pom pom "flowers" at the top. The "All Hallows Eve" Banner I made two years ago (I think) and the burlap candy corn painted banner was made last year. The candy corn rosette magnets were just made by hot gluing some yellow & orange crepe streamers around a doily, gluing some Spooky Junque accents on the front, then I glued the whole thing to some old alphabet magnets I had hanging around on my fridge.

And here is the chalk board right next to the metal board.

My black console filled with craft supplies sits underneath the Printable Art I shared yesterday

On my console in my living room are wine glasses filled with moss & mini skulls for Witches Brew

These skulls on a cake plate sit right next to the witches brew glasses

Newspaper & book page lollies with some Spooky Junque accents

These candy filled apothecary jars sit on my piano, tagged with some Quatrefoil Background & Spooky Junque Border tags

Outside my door I have a pumpkin sitting in a hanging planter with some festive little flags poking out

In front of our bay window I stuck a chair I repainted and reupholstered and filled it with pumpkins, a chalk painted pot, and some more lollies & flags

And I even laminated some Spooky Junque Banners to hang outside, so they are protected from the minuscule chance of rain we may have here in AZ. 

So there's the front part of my house. There's so much more to share in the kitchen area, so I'll show & tell next week! 

Happy Haunting Day 5: Team Tuesday Printable Wall Art

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today's Happy Haunting is doubling as a Rhonna Designs Team Tuesday!

If you have not signed up to get the Rhonna Design's Newsletter yet, you need to stop whatever you are doing and SIGN UP NOW! You get all kinds of sweet freebies, coupon codes, and are always the first to know when new kits are released!

A few weeks ago, Rhonna gave away this fabulous Let Them Eat Candy Printable Art in her newsletter:

I loved it so much I printed it out, popped it into a frame, and hung it on my wall immediately. The more I looked at it, the more I loved it and wanted more framed art to hang on my walls. So I opened up Photoshop and got to work.

I made two more signs to go with my Candy Printable: Toil & Trouble and Boil & Bubble.

I used Carnival Freakshow font in all different sizes (not the same font as the one above, but it's close) and I accented the wording with the Spooky Junque Borders and Spooky Junque Labels. Don't they look just fantastic on my wall?

My Hallows Tree Art is from a House of 3 Halloween Tree kit from last year. Alas, they are no longer available, but maybe Rhonna will remix them into new kits if we all beg hard enough ;)

If you are on a Mac & don't have Photoshop, you can always design these in Pages (or Word if you are on a Windows). They're nice & simple, but pack a lot of punch when hung in large groups.

Happy Haunting Day 4: Ghostly Glam Wreath

Monday, October 17, 2011

Our Happy Haunting Feature today is  Ghostly Glam Wreath Tutorial!

And created my own Ghostly Glam wreath using my favorite paper crafts:

I had a TON of plumbing pipe "wreaths" made up from my Thanksgiving Hello! Holidays craft for hello there! house, so I created this easy peasy wreath using a homemade wreath form, some leftover white sheets I bought at Goodwill, and some Spooky Junque Designs

1) Cut foam piping to size you want your wreath and duct tape your wreath into a circle. 
2) Rip a piece of sheeting into strips and hot glue the end of one strip to the inside of the wreath form. Wrap strip around the wreath form to cover the entire wreath attaching ends with hot glue to wreath and adding more strips as you go. 
3) Once the wreath is completely wrapped, cut and tie small strips randomly along wreath to look like "mummy wrap"
4) Print out Bat pattern, cut out and trace along a piece of chipboard (I used a cereal box). Paint bat black and glitter (I use Martha's)
5) I hung the bat on a giant doily from Hobby Lobby then glued one of the Spooky Junque Labels on it
6) I made kraft paper lollies from lunch bags, and glued on some Spooky Junque Brushes I punched out with my scalloped circle punch
7) Last I made some mini black tissue paper poms to look like flowers and hot glued those on there with some mini flags I made with the Spooky Junque Backgrounds & words from the Spooky Junque Candy Cone Kit. These kits are so awesome because there is so many little pieces you can mix & match on a variety of projects. 
8) I hung the whole thing up using black Divine Twine and called it a day. Make one for yourself! 

Happy Haunting Day 3: Pumpkin Whoopies & Caramel Corn

Sunday, October 16, 2011

For today's installment of Happy Haunting, I'm sharing the Pumpkin Whoopie Pie & Caramel Corn recipes I made to give out for Neighborhood Boos!

Designed using Rhonna Designs Simple Photo Edges 2 Kit & Traveling Typewriter font

I found this pumpkin whoopie recipe via Pinterest, but when I made my first batch, I wasn't thrilled with the result. The frosting was too sugary, and I felt the cookie/cake was too gingery and not enough like my favorite pumpkin pie. So I switched up a few things, and was completely happy with the result

The caramel corn recipe is one I've been hoarding for a couple of years now. I absolutely LOVE it- and I can't stop eating it, it's soooooo addicting. 

Recipe cards designed using Rhonna Designs Spooky Junque Frames Kit. Fonts used are Traveling Typewriter, IFC Railroad, & Civilian

This is just the start of my Autumn treats I have swimming around in my head, I'll be sharing more fall recipes next week!