Thursday, October 28, 2010

~ Almost Halloween... Where's the Snickers?

The snickers are hidden in the cupboard so Beau Bunny can't find them. He is gracing the mantel this year. But keep an eye on your stash of snickers! Do you buy the kind of candy that you like or don't like? My sis and I were discussing this. She has so many trick or treaters, she says she starts with the kind that she doesn't eat, and then ends with her favorite candy. I said that I only buy the kind I like .... now. But I used to buy the ones that I would not eat. Then if there was any left I had no temptation. It's all snickers this year. If there is any left, someone will be happy to much on it. Beau Bunny included. :)
See Y'all Soon!
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Monday, October 25, 2010

~ Free Halloween Gift Tag Printable Digital Download

appy Weekend!

I hope you get a little free time this weekend to do something fun that revolves around Halloween. You know instead of just catching up on laundry. Which is what I need to do, too.

I like Halloween a little more elegant than the usual spooky scripts. So here is a little gift to my visitors and wonderful friends who stop by often. You are appreciated always for your visits and kind comments even when I get busy and don't get to commenting back to you.
You are welcome to copy these Halloween Gift Tags to use for you own PERSONAL use.

They are not for resale. Do not post this art image as it is here on your blog or website in full size.

I would love for you to show any tags that you make with the art image on your blog.
Of course it's nice if you give credit back to the original artist, me. :)

See Y'all Soon~

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

~ Halloween Decorating

A little Halloween decorating from a while ago. I haven't seen that crooked teapot in a very long time. Hopefully it is still tucked away somewhere. It would be perfect in this year's Halloween decorating.

The gourds were real in that picture. Love the shapes and colors. This year I haven't found bags of them all delightfully mixed like this collection. They do have some beauties at the supermarket as usual though. The almost white ones would be great. Let's see what I find.

See Y'All Soon~

Thursday, October 7, 2010

~ Halloween Past Decorating

A couple of years ago I used black and white damask for decorating during Halloween time. You could make a cute "hat" like this for your pumpkin simply by making a cone, decorating it and adding a round collar at the top then turn it upside down!

The candle beside the pumpkin was just covered with damask paper as well. Then some cotton ribbon was glued around the edge. I think this was a real candle, but it would be a fun project for a battery operated one, too.

We've been planting and digging in the front yard with have a little break from the 90* weather. So my decorations are still put away. Tomorrow... I hope, will be a good day to get them out and do some decorating!

See Y'all Soon~

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

~ Painting Faux Pumpkins, Black & White Halloween

A little editing on Oct 2nd:
This weekend I have been doing a bit of painting and looked a more closely at the paint can I had purchased some time ago for an outdoor project. I bought it because of the color, and because it listed that it was good for metal. I was repainting wrought iron furniture. But... it also said it could be used on plastic. So I gave that a try, too. And it worked fabulously!The paint I used this time was Rust-Oleum's Universal spray paint. The paint goes really well, and you almost never have any problems with clogging. My only gripe is the nozzle sprays great, but my hand gets really tired with it. They say that like the Fusion I mention later, it resists chipping. The Fusion painted metal and plastic pieces have lasted for years, so we will see if the Rust-Oleum can do the same.But at this moment, my vote is for the Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint because of the great coverage, and the quality look of the painted surface.
Oct 1st! Yippee ... time to start Halloween decorating! For a lot of people that is as much fun (or more) than Christmas.

After I posted this little tutorial, I got lots of emails about it. And a few questions. So I am repeating it this year.

One of the questions was why go to the trouble of buying special paint. The answer is that the Fusion paint bonds with the surface and will last a lot longer. Can you just use craft paint or even house paint? Sure you can.

The thing I wanted to show was just using what you have when you can, like updating orange or green pumpkins that you might have otherwise tossed out.

Since I first wrote this, white pumpkins can be found everywhere of course. But you might still like to add a black one, or two.

For the last few years my Halloween decorating has been black and white on the inside of the house, with regular pumpkin and Halloween colors outside. It's so easy to find great buys on the orange colored pumpkins and many of us have lots of them left over from previous years. This post has a simple how-to for painting those faux pumpkins. This is the quickest and easiest how-to ever!

Black Faux Pumpkin How-to:
These little pumpkins were either green or orange ones that I bought years ago. I liked the shape and I'm really looking for ways to reuse anything so I don't add to the garbage in the world.

These are the foam ones that are so cheap.
(They are not shiny, it's just the light from the window.)

The secret (was Fusion) but now is Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint.
They are both made for painting plastic, but also list other surfaces as well. I've painted wrought iron outside with the Fusion years ago, and it holds up very well. But the finish of the Rust-Oleum paint looks even better on metal anyway.
For flat black, I don't think it would make a huge difference.

I wanted the stems to be green in the end. So I painted them with the black Fusion spray paint first because it is like using a primer. Then I used simple bottled craft paint in a lime green for the stems.

I know... so simple. The paint will last a really long time without chipping.

See Y'all Soon!

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