Friday, October 30

Thanksgiving Paper Craft

I got the idea for a Fall Decorated Christmas Tree a few years ago after seeing a 6 foot one in a home I was visiting.
My fall tree is just a 4 foot tall and in my kitchen bay window. 

I decorate this little tree for fall with autumn leaves, acorns, pumpkins, etc. , then add Halloween ornaments towards the end of October.  In November I use a fall/Thanksgiving theme.

Since my Christmas Vintage Paper Ornaments turned out so well last year, I decided to make Thanksgiving ornaments too!
It's pretty much the exact same steps or directions as the Christmas ornaments except using creams, browns and black colors of scrap booking paper. And instead of Santa I used black silhouette cut-outs of pilgrims and turkeys.

These also make cute gifts.

Tuesday, October 27

Start a Crafting Group

I usually make Christmas ornaments every year and give them out as gifts to a select few friends and family. Some years, some of my sisters and I and other family and friends also have an ornament exchange.
To me, it's wonderful to see all the talent and hard work put into each home crafted ornament and I cherish them as keepsakes throughout the years.
My daughter Alexis and I, my son's girlfriend Jennica and a couple of our friends decided to start an Ornament Crafting Group meet-up each year.
Our Crafting Group is for making Christmas ornaments but this idea can be used for starting a knitting, sewing, quilting or painting group or any other type craft. The group could also be for lessons or instructions to learn a new craft!
Lately we have kicked around the idea of having a painting group or class later this winter. 

Saturday, October 17

Halloween Apothecary Bottles

It's October and Halloween is almost here! 
Every year we host a Fall Party, put up lots of decorations, bake everything pumpkin and even dress up in costumes

The first week of September we had an Under the Sea Baby Shower and I used small glass bottles to make favors for that party and had about a dozen little bottles left over.
I decided to use the extra bottles to make these apothecary bottles for a Halloween display. But any small bottles will work.
I usually save small and medium glass food or spice jars to use for seed saving and they would work great for this project too. 

Friday, October 9

Freezing Green or Sweet Bell Peppers

This year I had an over abundance of many different types of peppers, so decided to freeze a few of the Bell Peppers.

Not only are bell peppers packed with lots of flavor, they also add important nutrients to any dish. 
One red sweet bell pepper provides an entire day’s worth of vitamins A and C, (more than twice the amount found in an orange) and are a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E!

Bell peppers belong to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, along with chili pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes (except sweet potatoes and yams). Their scientific name is Capsicum annuum. This scientific name, however, is used to refer not only to bell peppers, but also to wax peppers, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, and jalapeno peppers.

Thursday, October 1

Candle Lantern Redo and Updating

We like having candles on the table when enjoying our dinner outside on the patio. 
But I also use lantern candle holders when camping by hanging on Shepard’s hooks around the camp site.
The newest ones are battery operated that look and work great and not messy with melted wax. 
Recently I found an old lantern in a thrift store that was designed to hold a pillar candle. 
I thought I could revamp it with little effort and besides, it was 50% off!

Once home the lantern had to be washed and scrubbed. Because the top opens up, I was able to remove all the glass panes, including the pane that had the price written on it in crayon.