Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's been rainy around here lately.  Most people might be a little depressed about this but I love it.  It's the signal that my favorite season of the year is here.
I absolutely love autumn.  Granted, each season has it's charm. Winter is quiet, Spring is fresh and Summer is laid back and relaxed.  But there is something about Fall that inspires me.  I am sure that part of the thrill is because it is the gateway season to the holidays but it is also the cooler, crisp days and cozier nights.  It just makes me feel "homey", like all I want to do is bake treats and feather my little nest.
Speaking of feathering my nest...
This is the time of year when my digs get transformed into my own version of a haunted house.  I guess you could call the decor "Witchy Kitchy".
I just love my crystal ball.  The witch hat is made out of an old cornucopia and a grape vine wreath wired together, spray painted and decorated with black and purple flowers & netting.

This is Boney.  Every evening he tickles the ivories with eerie melodies to haunt our dreams.

I love masks.  There is just something elegant yet creepy about them.  This mask hanging from one of my guilded pumpkins is one I covered with paper punched leaves.


These photos are truly my favorite decoration.  I found old black and white photos of graveyards and old houses online and printed them out and put them in all of the frames I have.  I even have one of Edgar Allan Poe that is genuinely hair-raising.

I've added a bit to this mantle scene since I took this photo.  I have to post a better photo later.

 Moving into the kitchen, even a witch has to have a cute apron for concocting a bit of witches brew.


Recipes and a menu for the ghostess with the mostess.

 And of course, we must set the proper table.




 This is my little menagerie of feathered friends and furry little fiends.
 



Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble
Something wicked this way comes
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Something wicked this way comes

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Excellence

I think it was Hannibal from The A Team who always used to say, "I love it when a plan comes together!"  Well, so do I, baby, so do I. 
For a while now, I have been working to put together our annual Evening of Excellence program for the young women of our church youth group.  The evening is basically a night to celebrate  the achievements and accomplishments they have made throughout the year.  Our church has a program called Personal Progress based on 8 different values. It is a wonderful program that helps the girls understand who they are and helps them gain self-esteem through setting and achieving goals. 
Each value has a colored assigned to it so our theme for last nights event was Personal Progress Let's Us Color Our World. 
Before I show some of the highlights, I want to give credit where credit is due.  The idea for the rainbow cake and the printables of the frames for the self-portraits came from One Charming Party.  A wonderful website with ideas for some of the most well, charming, parties I have ever seen.  Be sure and check it out, I am sure you will be as inspired as I was. 
The paint can centerpieces and self-portrait gallery ideas were something I ran across on Sugar Doodle.
Thank heaven for internet!  Party planning inspiration is no more than a click away.
Here are some of the hightlights:


I labeled each paint can with the purpose statement and scripture from each value.  The wording and tissue paper insert were done in the value color.

Our beehive class painted this giant palette with the color and purpose of each value.

Each girl made a funky, little self portrait which we displayed gallery style along one wall.

 

The hit of the evening were the cakes.  I'm no Bakerella, but I was pretty happy with the way these turned out. 
The best part is the surprise inside!  The rainbow layers were the perfect compliment to our theme.

I made custom labels with the name and date of the event for our water bottles.  I got the striped straws from Kikkerland.

I made a few cupcakes with any left over batter I had from the different colored layers and frosted them with off-center, Suessical swirls.


We had each girl and leader put together a presentation board of one project they had completed during the course of the year.  Here is mine.




For my Faith value project, I decided to memorize "The Living Christ".  It was no easy feat, but I finally did it.  In fact, I will be giving a talk this Sunday during which I will recite it from memory.  Say a prayer for me that I will be able to remember it under pressure!
Can I just show you what, out of the entire evening, I was most proud of making?!  Check out the little 3D, paper Ipod I made for my display!  Don't ask me why, but this tickles me. :-D
Yep, I love it when a plan comes together.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gotta love that JibJab!

Thank you, adorable, funky, funny sister for sending this to me.  You combined two of my favorite things: Halloween and laughing.  
It doesn't get better than that.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fun Finds...

There isn't much quilting going on around here lately. Partly because my creative surge seems to have played out but mostly because I am busy with other things (see below) right now.  However, my time is going to free up significantly after this weekend so I have plenty of projects on the horizon.
For now, I thought I would share with you some wonderful trinkets I found while pursuing the mall last weekend.

I love decorating for Halloween so I could not resist these deliciously creepy delights when I saw them at Pottery Barn.  Don't you just love them?  The mice are real enough to cause a double take when you first see them. 
Now, I'm not a huge Anthropologie shopper ( the clothes are too expensive and to "froo-froo" for my lifestyle) but I do browse there occasionally.  Well, I quickly switched from browsing to buying when I came across these. 
I mean, look at these measuring spoons!  To.Die.For.
This is something I recently fell in love with at Target.  I think it adds a touch of class to my piano.  And just in case you are wondering, my engineer husband had to find out how long it would take the sand to run out: ten minutes, just so you know.
Next, week will be a fun post because I will have photos of the Young Women's Evening of Excellence event I have been busy planning.  I spent this week making the favors, planning the decorations and making a rainbow cake.  Be sure to tune in next week to see how it all turns out.