Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Oregon: 18 years
Tennessee: 1 1/2 years
Utah: 9 years and still going strong!
I have criss crossed our nation visiting several states (visiting = staying at least 3 days) since I boarded my first plane at 12:
California, Nevada, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Wyoming, Georgia, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
I have also traveled out of the US twice:
The first time on my honeymoon to Italy.
The second time to Japan.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
After I finished my first Halloween Diamond quilt and I had a few diamonds left over, so I immediately started in on a second smaller quilt. Mind you this was all last fall, I really wanted to use fabric from my stash, and not purchase anything new, but I was struggling with the border. Ultimately I decided on this tartan check pattern. After sewing it on I was not in love, but like I said, it sat for a whole year.
I have learned that sometimes I just need to let a quilt sit, tucked away for a season to let the fabric settle.
Bringing it out this fall I had a change of heart: I loved how the fabric makes the quilt pop and I love how it is true Halloween orange. Yes there is such a thing as Halloween Orange! (just like Christmas red) even if it is only in my mind. The lines are off and skiwampus which is annoying and I (probably) should have done it on the bias, but taking a risk has it's rewards: I learned that each time I create a quilt it doesn't have to be perfect!
Any Halloween quilts out there? I would love to see them!! Please share.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I meant to submit this in time for Amy of Park City Girl Quilt Festival...but last week just got away from me. So even though I am late I still wanted to post what I had planned to show.
I am currently binding this quilt. Last fall I made each of my boys a Halloween quilt. But alas, I never got around to quilting or bounding them. So all weekend I have been working on their binding. Halloween just wouldn't be complete with out them. I can't wait to put them on their beds!!!
I picked this diamond pattern about 3 years ago and immediately started collecting fabrics. I have about 35 different fabrics in all, ranging from true Halloween prints to fabrics with orange, yellow and black. Ella quilted it with spiders, cob webs and swirls. Tuned in tomorrow to see the second quilt.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Kitty and I have had an amazing past week hosting Sisters that Spook. When we originally thought of this idea I was excited, but as we created our ideas, made the crafts, cooked the delicious foods and wrote the posts....it only meant that much more and solidified what fun sisters can have. Thanks Kitty for such a wonderful week. We are planning to do this again, so stop by for more great ideas at Christmas time!!
To end this Halloween Extravaganza, I wanted to share with you some crafty ideas on what to do with all that Halloween candy "the day after".
*Set aside some candy for next month and make a Thanksgiving Countdown!! You know I love 'em.
*Need a gift or have a party coming up? make a few candy necklaces
*Were your trick or treaters hard core this year? Here is a link for ideas on places to donate your excess candy to those in need.
For the last week, I have search the web for great Halloween Crafting Ideas and wanted to share some of my favorites with you.
Now for the giveaway!!
I thought it would be fun to give~away a little piece from all the tricky post I did this past week.
Halloween Card ~ Ga-Ga for Gifts
Eye Patch ~ I Spy with My Little Eye
"Spooky" Garland ~ No Bones About It
Smorgasbord of Hat Supplies ~ Witches and Wizards
Vinyl Polka Dots ~ Pretty in Pumpkins
Ghost Peeps ~ Goblin Feast
Betz ~ Jack-o-latern Hoopla
Last but not least, Gabriel Olson who made our amazing "Sisters that Spook" Design is giving away a printed copy of the sister witches. Oh, Yeah!
You will get (1) entry each for doing any of the following:
Leaving a comment
Twittering about this giveaway
Blogging about this Giveaway
You will get (2) entries for becoming a follower. 5 total chances to win! Let me know in your comments which ways your are entering!! Giveaway ends 10/14.
If this post could not get any better, Trick or Treat yourself over to Kitty's Blog because she is hosting a giveaway as well with all her treats from the past week!!! You will not want to miss out.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Letters ~ chip board, glitter letters etc.
Dollar Tree skeletons
Dollar Tree drink coasters ~ clever, I know!
Mini close pins
I spraypainted the chip board black, but I have also mod podged the letters with scrapbook paper.
30 Handmade Days
Sumos Sweet Stuff
Blue Cricket Designs
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
It was all fun and games until we pulled into the parking lot. The cold sweats, chattery teeth and sheer panic started. I'd like to say it was smooth sailing and I was "real brave" but I screamed and pleaded 1 minute into the Haunted House for mercy and the nearest exit.
My sweet, brave, courageous husband safely escorted me out and then went back in for more!! Below is his very first blog post all about Nightmare on 13th. Thanks Sweetie!
**********************************************************My name is Adam and I'm a 36 year old Husband and Dad from boring Utah. My wife, Pamela asked me to write this blog post describing our experience at the Nightmare on 13th Street Haunted House in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm doing the writing here because Pamela, who is notoriously afraid of all things bumpy and nightly, got a little too scared and had to leave the Haunted House after just a few minutes.
So, here I am, obliged by my wife to fill in the gory details and convince all of you that you should go, have fun with with your sweetie, and make a wild night of the "Super Fun and Scary" Nightmare on 13th Street Haunted House.
Like a good scary movie, it can be hard to watch, difficult to sit through and ultimately nerv wracking, but in the end, that is why we go, to be safely, yet truly terrified, horrified, and mentally wreckified, right?. That's precisely what you'll experience when you go the the Scariest Haunted House in boring Utah. I promise it will be worth every minute and every penny.
Nightmare on 13th ~ "Featured in "USA Today" as one of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in the U.S." With 20 years of experience and more than 50 different themed areas haunted by nearly 100 characters and 12 Hollywood-quality animatronic creatures, Nightmare on 13th is Utah’s scariest haunted house.
Where: 300 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City
When: September 25-30; October - Monday-Thursday 7:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, October 31 will be the final night. Closed Sundays.
How much: $15 Nightmare, $20 Xtreme Nightmare, $30 Fast Pass, children 8 and under free. Online specials are available for groups and combined passes for Xtreme Nightmare and Fast Pass for only $20 at http://www.nightmareon13th.com/
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Catching dessert: we hung peep ghosts from the dinner table chandelier. Eating them off the string was goblin good!
Monday, October 5, 2009
This is so easy, you'll have this made before Johnny Depp can say: Captain Jack Sparro
- Felt: Pick any color and choose a high quality felt. You only need a piece 3" by 3". The polyester blend is almost impossible to sew with.
- Elastic: the very skinny kind
- Fabric glue
- Sew machine
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I love to decorate my porch for FALL. Pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn stocks...I love it ALL. I think it has to do with the cold weather and wanting to give each friend who knocks on my door a warm welcome. And nothing says welcome like my front porch!
Blue Crocket Designs
Craft O Maniac
Friday, October 2, 2009
Fill your jar with yummy sweets and treats. I like to color coordinate and layer my candy: black gummy pumpkins on the bottom, orange and black gum drops for the middle and orange runts for the top layer. Really the possibilities are endless!! Cut a small piece of Halloween fabric to make it festive and before you can say: "Where's my broomstick?" your finished.
Jo-Ann's, it is a great store and I love how they discount merchandise before the holidays. I can always go to Jo-Ann's a few days before any holiday and find what I need on sale. Last year, I picked up these cute Halloween charms. I have been using them right and left this year.
Isn't this card cute: Have a boo-tiful day! I thought of a few more: boo-riliant, boo-tastic, boo-thday, boo-cuse, boo-lievable, boo-gining. Let me know if you come up with anymore!! Happy gift giving.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Halloween supplies were attached with a hot glue. Please assist smaller children with glue gun.