Friday, October 15, 2021

Dare to Share #490

It's Friday night, and you know what that means..
It's time to Dare to Share!!

Last week during the party post, I mentioned that I was going to have a much needed day off, and I was going to be able to catch up on a few projects. It was a fun day! I was able to meet my best friend for lunch, and also make a project and write a post.  

Meet the twin gnomes Trick and Treat.  They are the new members of the pumpkin gang.  They were a lot of fun to make, and I think they are pretty cute. You can see how to make them here.

This weekend should be fun. My boyfriend is in town and we need to go find our Halloween costumes.  Our birthdays are both the week of Halloween, and we are celebrating at a Halloween party/dance.  

Do you have any exciting plans this weekend?  Also do you still dress up for Halloween? 

Well its looking to be that time, so let's get this party started.  Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Halloween Gnome Pumpkin DIY

I have been thinking of making a gnome pumpkin to add to my pumpkin gang, (that are also all made from Dollar Tree pumpkins) for awhile now.  Today was a perfect day for crafting, so I pulled out my glue gun, and twins Trick and Treat were born.  

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All of my supplies can be found at the Dollar Tree, here is what you need 

Carvable Foam Pumpkins  (in orange, black or white) 

Crafter Square Fabric or Felt (I used Halloween prints) 

Wood Beads    (the beads are hard to find since they are very popular, my tip is to check out the new cute signs with the bead handles by the frames) 

Foam Floral Cone   (to make their hats stand up) 

Glue Gun   (they are currently being sold in store, be on the look out for them) 

Pull out strands of the mop head, and lay them down flat. (I used 16 strands) 

I cut the strands in half, and then in half again, making 64 pieces about 4 inches long. 

Using the hot glue gun, start attaching the mop pieces near the top of the pumpkin to make the beard.  I tried to get them as close together so the pumpkin would not show underneath.  I did not paint my pumpkins since they match their Halloween hats, but you can paint underneath the beard so the orange does not show through if you prefer. 

 Continue gluing until the beard covers the front half of the pumpkin. 

Pull off the foam stem, to make room to glue the floral cone. 

Glue the cone to the top of the pumpkin 

Fold the fabric into a triangle with the right side on the inside. 

You can sew the seams if desired, or you can just glue down the seam with the glue gun, and turn right side out when it has cooled. 

I had tried the hat on Treats head before adding the cone just to see what it looked like.  It definitely looks better with the cone attached.  

Once I got the hats looking the way I liked, I glue in place to the pumpkin.    The last step was to glue on the wooden bead noses. 



Happy Crafting! 

If you would like to see how to make other members of the pumpkin gang, you can see a list of all of them here.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Dare to Share #489

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Another week, same old story.. LOL!  School has been very busy.  We have been short people/enough subs every day, so the  building subs and the teachers are covering people as best we can.  There are some days when classes have a different person every hour because other teachers are using their prep hours to fill in. After school I am tutoring and other things.  Next week we have our first day off for the year, and I am really looking forward to having some time to catch up on projects I have planned for Halloween and Christmas.  

I hope to be sharing them on my blog very soon! 

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I got something in the mail today.. 

My Halloween Fairy Garden set arrived today.  It is so cute! I plan on displaying on my tiered tray and the counter around it.  I took a video of all the pieces.  They are still currently still  available on the website if you would like one.  You can see them here.

If you would like to see more of my Dollar Tree finds and reels, but sure to follow me on Instagram.

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Dare to Share #488

It's Friday night, and you know what that means..
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Happy Friday!  We had another busy crazy week at school, but not quite as eventful as the power outage last week. All I know is that this past week flew!  Now that it is October, the next few months will fly by as well.  

Earlier in the week I shared a post how to have a great tailgate party.  You will find some of our favorite tailgating/football party recipes and decorations from some of our past parties. 

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As I was writing this post I found out from a friend that the Halloween Fairy Garden is back in stock on the Dollar Tree website. They sold out very quickly this summer online, so I am very excited to see them back. I just ordered mine!  If you would like one, you might want to order it soon before they are sold out again. 

Well it is getting late, and it is time to get this party started. Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Tips to have a great Tailgate Party

If you are a long time reader, you know that I LOVE FOOTBALL! I grew up in Ohio, and went to Ohio State. I am a 2nd generation Buckeye.  My parents met on campus, which gives me an even bigger reason to like Ohio State, because if my parents had not met, I would not be here.  I also have three pro teams that I cheer for in addition to Ohio State. I have been a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals for years, and even named on of my cats after Boomer Esiason. In more recent years I have also become a fan of the goat and the baby goat.  LOL! Love him or hate him, I really admire Tom Brady.  He is still at the top of his game, and showing everyone that he still had what it takes to take his team to the Super Bowl in his mid 40s.  I also love the quarterback of the losing team of this year's Super Bowl, Patrick Mahomes. He is adorable, and will hopefully be able to play for many years to come.  A lot of my family lives in Missouri and are Chiefs fans.  

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I have been a long time ambassador and affiliate for Oriental Trading Company, and have used their items to throw a few football parties over the years. 

One of my favorite items I used at one of our parties is this inflatable buffet cooler.  While we did not use it for hold our drinks, it was large enough to hold several of our easy to grab snacks.  

We decorated with these cute football lanterns .  They were a really nice size, and could even stand up on their own.

This football utensil caddy held all of our silverware, straws and napkins at the buffet. 

While the football style treat boxes and football photo props are not currently for sale on their site, I am posting them in case they give some idea inspiration. 

Now for some of our favorite party food. Everything listed here has a been a huge hit with our family and guests. 

 A dip I like to serve is this warm cheesy bacon dip

These cheesy air fryer stuffed mushrooms are so yummy, and made in only a few minutes.

Tator Tot skewers and easy ham and cheese sliders are also party favorites in our house.  You can see both of these recipes on my Super Bowl party food post.

Here are a few items that have been added to the website since we had our last football party.  I am loving these stadium trays. They are large paper trays that can be used as serving dishes and hold  a lot of food. 

Loving this stadium cupcake stand. It is such a cute way to display your cupcakes. 

Here is another fun item for your football party.  A 72 pc football face tattoo set. They are temporary tattoos can be worn throughout the season. 

Do you like what you see and want more ideas, go to the football tailgating section over at Oriental Trading Company.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Dare to Share #487

It's Friday night and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Sare! 

Happy Fall Friday Y'all!

I'm not actually from the south, but a lot of my family members have grown up there or lived there for over 20+ years, so I like how that sounds. :)  How was your week.  Mine was a bit crazy.  Things started a bit slow and then mid week we had a power line go down near our school just as many of the kids were arriving.  The generator kicked on so there was some light but we were out of most of the electricity at our school, the neighboring elementary school and the surrounding neighborhood.  There was no running water or internet and the power was not predicted to come on for several hours.  We had not choice but to cancel school.  Since we had many of the kids already dropped off, we had to contact parents and wait for them to be picked back up.  The power was already off when the buses started to arrive to they just kept the kids on the bus and return as many as they could back home. It took 90 minutes to get everyone safely to where they needed to go. All the teachers, support staff and some volunteers worked together, which was really cool to see.  Thankfully this outage was not as bad as the time when my son was in intermediate school.  At that time the power outage happened in the middle of the day and all 900+ kids were in the building. It was also very early in the school year so it took a lot longer to get everyone picked up.  I was on the parent side that time and not working at the school.      Yesterday a bit more craziness as we had more people out than we had subs, so I was covering two people. On top of that we had a lock down drill which cause a bit of anxiety, but the class I was in did great!  With everything going on this week, I did not have a chance to write a post. I have a couple planned, so hopefully they will be up in the next few days.  

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Dare to Share #486

It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It's time to Dare to Share! 

Happy Friday!  I made it through our second week of school. Yea!  We are starting to get back into the flow of things. The buses are closer to being on time, the parents are a little less nervous dropping off and picking up their kids. Next week we have our first spirit week where we dress up in different outfits every day.  It feels good to be almost back to normal. 

Are you getting excited about Halloween and Spooky Season? I have been a long time fan and affiliate for Oriental Trading Company. I have used their supplies for all of my kid's parties which you can see on the party themes page above.  Their decorations are so cool this year! I am loving the giant skeletons.   You can see this unicorn skeleton and many other fun items on my post Fun Ways to Decorate and Celebrate Spooky Season

I am also excited to share that I finally got my Etsy Shop open after a few months of anxiety procrastinating.  I have a few fall themed calendars listed, and will be adding Halloween and Christmas items over the next several weeks.  

Did you have any accomplishments that you would like to share this week? I would love to hear about them!  

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fun ways to decorate and celebrate Spooky Season

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I have been a long time fan of the Oriental Trading Company.  I have used their products at all of my children's birthday parties (which you see on the party theme's page here)

Your house will be one of the most interesting ones on the block with this dragon skeleton. It is 4 feet long, and 3 feet high, with many 5 star reviews.  

Recently they sent me an email with some of the coolest Halloween decorations that I are definitely something I would love to have in my front yard.  

While the Dollar Tree has the mini mermaid skeletons,  Oriental Trading has this life size version.  It would definitely be the showpiece of your party. 

My personal favorite the unicorn skeleton.  You could have a lot of fun adding some colorful flair to this fun guy.  If you like both the dragon and the unicorn they can be bought separately or as a duo at a discount.  

If you like your skeletons on the smaller side, there are this scary but cute vinyl skeleton toys (12 ct) I just love how the unicorn and narwhal have a candy cane horn.  

I adore gnomes, and this Halloween gnome sign can definitely put a spell on me.  

Do you like scary movie posters?  This Creature from the Black Lagoon is just one of many that are available. 

How fun is this pirate ship cooler. Its 3 feet high, and 3 feet wide and holds up to 72 cans.  That's a lot of cans.  

Oriental Trading has Hocus Pocus Party Supplies  

and all of the Sanderson sister witch costumes.  Which Sanderson sister are you?  It's been awhile since I have seen the movie, but I think I am probably Sara
Want an ice breaker for your party guests?  Have them spin the wheel and find out their fate with this fate prize wheel.

There are currently over 10,000 Halloween items available on Oriental Trading, and for a limited time there is Free Shipping on ANY order

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