Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dare to Share #135

It's Friday night, which means it is time to Dare to Share.! 

How was your Halloween night? While you can not tell in this picture, we were freezing!  We had rain, sleet, snow, wind and temps in the 30s.  Not the best night for trick or treating.  I did, however, love how my porch turned out. (I will be posting more tomorrow)  

Earlier this week, I share how to make Glowing Alien Heads.  I had planned on using them tonight to light the way to our front door, but it was way too windy out.  

I had planned on sharing a few more posts this week, but between getting ready for Halloween, our regular activities, a choir concert, finals at the high school, and my birthday, I there was not a lot of time for projects.  Thankfully, we now have a four day weekend to recouperate. (teacher professional development days) 

I did have some fabulous Features of the Day! 

 Joy from Yesterfood, shared Caramel Popcorn Balls that bring my back to my childhood. 

Kelly from Virtually Yours with Kelly Stillwell shared 4 Easy Halloween Cupcakes.  

Today I featured in a post several projects linked to Dare to Share the last several weeks that were great Last Minute Halloween Ideas.  Stop over to see Candy Corn Bars by Broward SavesCreepy Pumpkin Scarecrow by Crafty in Crosby, Witch Hat Cookies by 3GLOL, Simple Stormtrooper Costume by Carrie Elle, Spider Spell Book by Artistic Endeavors, DIY Toddler Poodle Skirt by So Easy Being Green, Halloween Muddy Buddies by The Rebel Chick, DIY Halloween Garland by Rock-A-Bye Parents,  Olaf Pumpkin by Pams Party & Practical Tips, Ghostly Pudding Shots by All She Cooks, DIY Rock Star Costume by Giggles GaloreFrozen Halloween Coloring Pages by Mommy In Sports, Halloween Wreath by Wesens-Art, DIY Lumpy Space Princess Costume by Some of This and That

My co-host Kim shared this week how to make Halloween Spider Dishes

Now it is time for this week's party..  You are welcome to link up anything that you would like to share.  If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the Day, your post will be promoted on the blog, FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and G+.   

Link up and Have Fun! 


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Are you still working on Halloween at the very last minute this year like I am?  With everything going on this week (school finals, extra activities, my birthday), we just have not had time to get everything done.  Last night Kara had a choir concert, and by the time we got home and had dinner, it was too late to carve the pumpkins. (at least they are gutted) We will be finishing them today, as well as finishing decorating for the trick or treaters.  In case there were other people needing last minute ideas, I am featuring many posts that can be done last minute from the last several weeks of Dare to Share. 

Candy Corn Bars by Broward Saves

Creepy Pumpkin Scarecrow by Crafty in Crosby

Witch Hat Cookies by 3GLOL

Stormtrooper Costume by Carrie Elle

Spider Spell Book by Artistic Endeavors

DIY Toddler Poodle Skirt by So Easy Being Green

Halloween Muddy Buddies by The Rebel Chick

DIY Halloween Garland by Rock-a-Bye Parents

Ghostly Pudding Shots by All She Cooks

 DIY Rock Star Costume by Giggles Galore

Frozen Halloween Coloring Pages by Mommy in Sports

Halloween Wreath by Wesens-Art

DIY Lumpy Space Princess by Some of This and That

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

4 Easy Halloween Cupcakes - Feature of the Day

It is Halloween crunch time! Do you feel it?  I sure do!! We are trying to prepare for Halloween while having finals at the high school, a choir concert, and my birthday this week. Kelly from Virtually Yours with Kelly Stillwell has shared 4 Easy Halloween Cupcake Ideas that can be done at the last minute.   I had plans to make a few sweet treats this year, but it just did not get done.  Maybe we will have to make some easy cupcakes. :)  Thanks so much Kelly for linking up your great ideas to Dare to Share!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Caramel Popcorn Balls - Feature of the Day

Back when I was a kid, I can remember getting an occasional popcorn ball in my trick or treat bag. Since then, when I see a popcorn ball it brings me to back to my childhood. Now days, it would be very unusual to receive one unless it is at a Halloween party, or you make a batch at home.  Joy from Yesterfood, shared her recipe on how to make a Caramel Popcorn Ball at this week's party.  Stop on over for the recipe, and bring back your own childhood memory.   Thanks so Joy for linking up these sweet treats to Dare to Share!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Glowing Alien Heads for Halloween

I wanted to make something easy and fun to use on Halloween night.  I realized that when a milk jug is turned upside down, it looks a lot like an alien head.   I had a lot of empty milk jugs that were in recycling bin, so I pulled them out and got to work.  

I painted the circle eyes with a little bit of black craft paint.  It needed 2-3 coats since the milk jugs were plastic.  

I decided to make seven alien heads to guide the way  up the sidewalk to our front door when the trick or treaters come on Halloween night. To keep them in place, I placed them over half of bamboo skewer, and then pushed the open jug a little bit into the ground. 

The other day I picked up a couple packages of glow sticks from the dollar store. Right before it got dark, I placed one of the glowing bracelets (from the 8 pk) into the milk jug.  I waited until it got dark and then went outside to see if it worked. This is how it looked with only one bracelet in the jug. There was a little glow, but it was not very bright.  

I added a second glow stick bracelet, and it is really started to glow. You could definitely see the green color.  I am glad that I tried the glowing heads tonight so I know it will work for real on Halloween night.  I will probably bring in the alien heads so they do not get rained on or blow away before Friday night.  If you do try to make some alien heads of your own, I suggest using 2-3 glow sticks per head. If you use the 8 packs, the entire cost for 8 glowing alien heads is only $2-$3.  While I used green in my alien heads, you could use any color glow sticks. I also picked up some orange, so I might give that one a try.  

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dare to Share #134

It is Dare to Share time!  

We are definitely in a busy time of year.  This week and next week there is something going on pretty much every day, not counting the Halloween festivities.  Yesterday I had a two hours Robotics team parent meeting, in addition to dance classes, a couple of sick days for the kids, and a choir activity this week..  Next week we have an eye appt, a choir concert, dance classes, a birthday, and end of the quarter midterms.  I am not sure when we will carve of pumpkins as we are busy the few days leading up to Halloween.  Are you finding that your schedule is crazy this time of year too?    

Last weekend I posted about our visit to a local paint studio for a Girls Night Out. We had a lot of fun and I high recommended having one of your own. 

I made a few witch themed crafts , which have inspired me to make a witch themed porch this year.  I will be sharing more about it soon once I finish putting it together.   I also have a super fun craft for Halloween night that I will be sharing this weekend.   

With my crazy schedule,  I only had the chance to two Features of  the day. Did you see the adorable Rock Trolls  by There's Just One Mommy?  This would be a great craft for a Frozen themed party.  

These Ghoulish Meatballs by Memories by the Mile. They would be great appetizer for a Halloween Party or for spooky themed dinner.  

Over at my co-host Kim's blog, Kandy Kreations, can find this free Spider Banner Printable, and more features for easy Halloween costumes.  

Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to link up anything that you would like to share.  If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature of the Day, your post will be promoted on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and G+.  

Now link up and HAVE FUN! 



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ghoulish Meatballs - Feature of the Day

Spooky recipes for Halloween

Are you having a party, or do you make a special meal for your family for Halloween? These Ghoulish Meatballs by Memories By the Mile would be great to serve for either occasion. Kids will love the  look, especially when served with a plate  Slime Spaghetti. Be sure to stop on over at Memories by the Mile for the recipes for both  spooky recipes.  Thank you so much Wanda for linking up your yummy recipes to Dare to Share!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Witch Crafts

This week I knew I wanted to make a few more crafts with the Halloween items in my craft stash.    Well one craft lead to another craft, which lead to an idea for my entire porch for Halloween.  

I pulled out black cat, purple ribbon, a shiny purple witch broom (that really reflects sunlight!) and a wreath form. All of these items I had bought at the dollar store awhile back.  I knew they would make a good wreath for the front door, and since they were dollar store items, it would be okay to be out in the elements without worry they would get ruined.  I put the wreath together, and then hung it on the front door.  

I then pulled out a paper mache witch hat that I recently bought at the craft store and painted it black.  I used some of the leftover ribbon from my wreath and strips of tulle to decorate it.  

I thought the witch hat would be a fun way to decorate a pumpkin if we do not end up carving all of them.  

Then it hit me..  With the black cat wreath, and the witch pumpkin hat, I unintentionally had a theme going.  I have many other witch items in my boxes of  Halloween decor such as a large plastic cauldron, a few standing black cats, and a witch broom. I think even have some Wizard of Oz witch legs somewhere. I also have a 2-3 foot standing painted witch that painted many years ago in a tole painting class.  This year for Halloween, I am going to do my entire porch in the witch theme.  I don't like super scary, as I don't like to scare the little ones,so the witches won't be too wicked.  I am pretty excited now as my easy Halloween Witch Crafts have started something much bigger..  Stay tuned..  

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rock Trolls - Feature of the Day

As you may know from my many Frozen posts, like my Olaf Pumpkin, and Elsa's Ice Candy that I have a soft spot for all things Frozen. When thinkng of Frozen party ideas. I had wondered what to do for the Rock Trolls.  There's Just One Mommy had the great idea to have her party guests make them using actual rocks. They loved it, and got to bring home their own Rock Troll as a keepsake from the party.  Stop on over to There's Just One Mommy to see more about their craft project.   Thanks so much One Mommy for liking up this great craft to Dare to Share!
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Painting Fun for Girls Night Out

A few days ago, I got to try something that I had not done before with the women from church.  We had a night out at our local paint studio, called Paint and Pour.  We were taking a two hour paint class, where we would learn how to paint a fall painting.  

When we first arrived, there was a long table with an easel and canvas for each of use.  The canvas was 16 x 20 which is a very nice size. They had already set up each spot with brushes, paint and water to clean the brushes. 

This is Zach.  As you can tell by his picture, he was quite the character. He was our instructor for the class, and definitely high energy. At the end of the class he took group pictures with our phones, and a crazy selfie for us remember him by.  

We used red, yellow, and white to make the background of our paintings. He did say that if we wanted to, we could use other colors and do our own thing.  I decided to do the picture as he was teaching it.  My friend Rhonda, decided to add some grass to her painting. 

We took a snack break to allow our backgrounds to dry a bit, and then it was time to add the tree.  I love how it looks. It reminds me of a tree in a spooky forest.  

We were given another short break, before adding the details. We got to walk around and see everyone's work. It was cool to see that they were so similar,  but so different at the same time.  In the bottom picture, you can see two of the paintings that a few of the ladies did.  They decided to uses blues and greens instead of red and yellows.  

The last thing Zach had us do was add different color dots all over our painting.  I think they represent the falling leaves of autumn, without actually painting realistic leaves. Whatever they are, they looks really cool. 

This night was so much fun. My friend Rhonda and I took this selfie with our paintings in the background.  Since my birthday is coming up at the end of the month, she wanted to celebrate it by buying my ticket to the class. (Thanks Rhonda!)   This was a great way to spend a birthday, and a night out with friends.  If you are looking for a girls night out, a place to hold a party, or just because you love to paint, see if you have something similar in your area.  You will definitely  be glad you did.  

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