I love Pinterest, I pin lots of projects and even make some. BUT it’s very misleading. That whole perfect pinterest thing is a bit much, even for a devout maker like me. Most of my projects look decent, but that is often after many tries, 20 years of crafting experience, and photography skills. I have been hooked on watching the Sweet Ambs Cookie baker on Facebook, and her videos make cookie decorating look so calming. Just a little wiggle here, and a jiggle there and the cookie masterpiece is complete.
On the first day of Preschool the teachers announced that we would be going to the Pumpkin Patch. Each and every day for a month and a half, upon waking my 4 year old has asked if it’s Pumpkin Patch day, and each day I said no. Until last Thursday when I could finally say yes.
That lasted for about an hour until Preschool called and said that the Pumpkin Patch was cancelled because of the weather. Instead my son asked if I could go to preschool with him, because as it turns out he wasn’t excited about the Pumpkin Patch rather he was excited about spending time with me while he was at Preschool.
Halloween is one of my favourite days of the year. With little ones it’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement. Here are a couple of projects that we made for the holiday.
We went to a Halloween party and brought these mummy cupcakes as dessert. They are chocolate cupcakes with white icing, and red M&M’s for eyes.
Pumpkin Rice Crispies
These treats went to one of my boys classes for a Halloween party. I found the instructions here. I took some liberties with the recipe and added pretzels for stems and green frosting leaves.
I copied my own idea from last years Christmas wreath and made a similar wreath for Halloween with orange and black washi tape.
As a pretty passionate maker you might think that I would be making the kids halloween costumes but I don’t. The reason why is that it’s just too expensive. I do however make my own costume every year. This year I was little red riding hood. I didn’t make it into any of the photos this year 😦
I stooped to a new low this week in my pursuit to make a milk bottle skeleton. I went around my neighbour hood on the night before recycling day looking for milk cartons in my neighbours recycling boxes and I dragged Sasha with me. Let me tell you that I have the best neighbours ever they actually wash out their milk jugs!! The skeleton that you see hanging in the background of some of the pictures was made from 6 milk jugs and zip ties. What an awesome almost free decoration, and fun to make too. Here is a link to the instructions.
So I took the easy route this year and bought the kids costumes and did not for the first time in my life dress up for Halloween. I put a lot of though into what I could be, but I just couldn’t find the time as I am nearing the end of my first semester as a graduate student to get a costume together. But just because I didn’t have time to make the kids costumes didn’t mean that Sasha didn’t find the time to make his own! He changed his mind every day during the last week, he was going to be a skeleton, monkey, dog and then a crossing guard. He made his own stop sign with construction paper and a straw and I couldn’t have been prouder. I can’t imagine what he is going to come up with next year but it looks like I might be off the hook. There are a couple of pictures of Sasha in his dog costume too which he wore to the mall to trick or treat.
Here are some pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago. The pumpkins will be turned into jack-o-lanterns by my talented husband. But we both know that the real reason that he carves the pumpkins is to get the seeds. He makes amazing pumpkin seeds. Recipe & instructions below.
For those that haven’t ever roasted pumpkin seeds before just dig them out of the pumpkin and remove the seeds from the pumpkin flesh. In a bowl mix the seeds with salt and cayenne pepper (or what ever spice you might like). Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (or until they are lightly browned) stirring every 10 minutes.
I am getting in the Halloween spirit. I love Halloween because it’s a chance to make things, and of course eat candy. This year I bought the kids costumes because I just couldn’t make them for what you can buy them for. I usually make my costume to match theirs, last year they were monkey’s and I was a zoo keeper. One year Sasha and I both dressed as the Cat in the Hat, and another year I was the Woman in the yellow hat with Curious Sasha. So this year they are both going as dogs, I was thinking that I would be a dog walker, or a vet, but my husband has suggested that I dress as a fox.
I made these shirts for the kiddies last night and thought that I would share a pic of a very happy little boy sporting his new BOO shirt and of course his festive pumpkin hat.