December 12, 2011

CraftLife Episode 18 – Bah Humbug

Posted in Podcast tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:31 pm by treacleandinketsy

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you”

Congratulations to MelodyJ, the winner of the Hello Kitty Online Premium edition giveaway!

Many thanks to Shine of Shine and Lee’s Christmas Trees for sharing a little about Christmas tree farming. You can find info about the different trees they sell, wreaths and decorations that are available, and pictures of the farm and family at the website, or on their Facebook page.

Shine and Lee got the idea for starting a Christmas Tree farm after visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. (BTW, Biltmore is one of my favorite places in the WHOLE WORLD)

“A soal, a soal, a soal cake. Please, good missus, a soal cake…” You can find a recipe to make your very own soal (or soul) cakes in this NPR article.

There has been much premie hat knitting lately, including my favorite red one which has the word “HUMBUG” duplicate stitched in green around it.   I have also put in a bit of work on  the Dovahkiin Gauntlets for Adam.  Here’s my progress so far:

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October 29, 2010

A Last Minute Halloween Party Roundup

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 4:36 pm by treacleandinketsy

Halloween is a mere two days away, but the trick-or-treaters around here are headed out tomorrow night.   If you haven’t even begun to think about Halloween festivities, no worries!  Here’s a little last minute Halloween Party roundup to give you a hand.

Treats

Pumpkin Pasties – I found this recipe over at britta.com, a website dedicated to throwing a most awesome Harry Potter party.  I made these pasties last Halloween, and everyone loved them!  They’re really quick and easy, and are a great finger food alternative to making a whole pumpkin pie.  While you’re over there, check out the other recipes that are listed.  Those treacle tarts just might have to be made in my kitchen this year…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by PACountryCrafts

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (because at Halloween, you can never have too much pumpkin) – This recipe is brought to you courtesy of Lindsay who blogs over at PACountryCrafts.  While I haven’t tried out this recipe yet, rumor has it that Lindsay is a whiz with pumpkin.  Don’t believe me?  Check out her posts on How To Cook A Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Muffins.

Owl Cupcakes from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Owl Cupcakes Here’s looking at you, kid.  I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is one of my favorite blogs!  It’s always full of wonderfully creative ideas for cooking, crafting… you name it.  Many thanks to Cheri for sharing some of her last minute treat ideas.  While you’re there, check out the “Crow’s Feet” too.  Oh, my tummy is grumbling just looking at all that goodness!

Decorations

Spooky Glowing Eyes – This first decoration idea is thanks Sister Dianne, who heads up another one of my favorite blogs, CraftyPod.  Trust me, you don’t need to have a crafty bone in your body to pull off this quick and easy decoration idea.  Click on the link to watch her short tutorial video.

Needle Felted Eyeballs – Yes, more creepy, eerie eyes.  This decoration idea is brought to you via Michelle from Etsy and Nguyen Le from KnitKnit.  If you’ve got a little extra fiber laying around, I’ll bet you could churn out a few new sets of peepers in no time.

3D Blood Spatter Effect – Think your home could be the setting for a new episode of CSI?  This decoration idea is for you!  This is a Halloween how-to that Etsy put out last year, with the help of Meg Allan Cole from Threadbanger, and I thought it was so cool, I wanted to share it with you this year.  I like their idea of using it as a photo-op area.

These are just a very few last minute ideas.  I hope they help get your creative juices going!

 

October 27, 2010

A Truly Terrible Trick-Or-Treat Tale

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 10:54 am by treacleandinketsy

 

Trick-or-Treat by LibbyFifeArtQuilts

It was a dark Halloween night four years ago.  The jack-o-lanterns flickered brightly and cast their eerie light across the porch steps.  Adam and I were enjoying a warm, cozy evening inside, away from the howling wind, and creatures that flooded our street, and occasionally stopped at our door.  The candy bowl, by now, had been partially emptied of its contents, passed along to pint sized princesses, pumpkins, ghosts and goblins.  It seemed that everything was just as it should be…

SUDDENLY, there came a pounding at the door!

I sprang from the couch, reached for the bowl of candy, and headed for the door.  I grabbed the door knob, turned it, and slowly opened the door.

What met my eyes at that moment can only be described as the most terrible trick-or-treat-er I had ever beheld!

Ditch that Wal-Mart bag, and opt for a much more awesome bag like this CUTE Halloween Trick-or-treat bag by YouNiqueCreationGift!

“My baby sleeping in the car,” said the large, 25 year-old, 6’3″ man standing in front of me in jeans and a tee-shirt, and holding out a plastic Wal-Mart bag, expectantly.

Who was I to argue with this giant?

I dutifully placed a few pieces of candy in the bag and closed the door.  That was the last year we handed out candy.

Now, I don’t usually like to use my blog as a venting platform, but as we have been getting closer and closer to Halloween, I have been remembering this incident.  Reading this article this morning prompted me to go ahead and post about it.  It was definitely not the first incident of it’s kind.  For a few years, it seemed that we had been seeing more and more older “kids” coming to our door with barely noticeable attempts at costumes (maybe a smear of white face paint across one cheek) using Halloween as an excuse to beg for candy.  Baby in the car?  For some reason, I’m not buying that.

This is more like it! 1950's Trick-or-Treat by DeerThirty

I loved Halloween as a kid.  Maybe it’s part of the theatre geek in me, but I loved trying to decide what I wanted to dress up as, and then getting the costume and getting into make-up.  (heck, Adam’s and my housewarming party right after we got married was a Halloween costume party)  One of my favorite Halloween pics from when I was younger, was from the year my mom made me a Smurfette costume.  It was awesome!  We didn’t live in town, so our parents would drive us around to the houses of family and friends, people that they knew and trusted.  My grandparents always had the BEST candy, and it was so much fun seeing the costumes that all of the other kids were wearing.  We had a great time!

 

But, just like visits from the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny, there comes a time when we change places.  We move from the receiving end to the giving end.  These two sides are different, but both can be a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, that fun is no longer there for me.  It seems that too many of us have opted not to change sides, and that just spoils it for everyone.  We have managed to not be home to hand out candy to trick-or-treat-ers for the past few years, and I have been trying to come up with a reason to not be home this year, too.  We don’t know any kids of that age group anyway, but we live in a neighborhood now, so I’m anticipating a few knocks on the door that night.

I don’t know.  Maybe I should get all dressed up and hand out candy like I really want to, and have the guts to turn away the “big kids”. . .

What do you think?

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