Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mummy Dogs

When I was little, we always had hot dogs for supper on Halloween night before heading out to trick-or-treat.  This was not necessarily and intended tradition on my mom’s part.  One time she asked me what I wanted for dinner on Halloween, and I gasped in surprise that she would even ask!  Hot dogs, of course!  Turns out, she hadn’t even realized that we always ended up having hot dogs on Halloween.  It was just a convenient coincidence: trick-or-treating started early, and hot dogs made for a quick and easy dinner before the rush to set out candy for my mom to give our visitors, put on my costume, and get my dad and me out the door to roam the neighborhood.  However, hot dogs came to say Halloween to me in the same way turkey says Thanksgiving and candy canes say Christmas.

Now that I have my own little family, I still fix hot dogs on Halloween night to carry on the tradition my mom accidentally started.  (And I must admit, they are very convenient to have on such a busy night!)  I was so pleased last year then when I found a fun new way to serve my Halloween hot dogs on Pinterest – Mummy Dogs!  Just as quick and simple, but way cuter!

Mummy Dogs

Mummy Dogs

All you need is hot dogs, a tube of crescent rolls, peppercorns, ketchup, and mustard.  Cut the crescent roll dough into strips.  Wrap the strips around the hot dogs leaving a small space uncovered for the mummy faces.  Bake them at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Just before you serve them, put peppercorns on them for the eyes – or you could draw faces with ketchup and mustard instead.  Then gobble them up and get on your way to trick-or-treating!  Happy Halloween!

Seasonal Sticker Pictures

Don’t you hate it when you have a creative new idea or something unique you’ve always done for years, and then that idea shows up on Pinterest or in Martha Steward Living or everywhere?????  Well, that was exactly the case with this: a Christmas tree made out of jewelry.

Jewelry Tree

Jewelry Tree

Jewelry Tree Lights

Jewelry Tree Lights

This tree was made by my grandfather almost 40 years ago.  It has always been one of my most prized Christmas decorations, so imagine my surprise (and slight annoyance!!) when similar artwork started popping up on Pinterest.  However, I was also grateful to see Pinterest’s take on it because I got some new ideas based on my old classic.

I decided to make smaller versions for other seasons:  A fall pumpkin, a Christmas ornament, a winter snowball, an Easter egg, and summer flowers.

Seasonal Sticker Pictures

Seasonal Sticker Pictures

They were surprisingly easy to make.  First I collected all kinds of sparkly stickers and stick-on jewels from the craft store.  (Vintage jewelry like my grandfather used way back when it wasn’t vintage was just too expensive for this project.)  Then I cut out the shapes I wanted out of tagboard to make stencils and put them over some card stock that would be my backgrounds.  Simple shapes work best.  Then I just filled in the shapes with the stickers and jewels.  Make sure you have a really pretty frame for your new work of art for all seasons!

Fall Sticker Picture

Fall Sticker Picture

Halloween Cards

Let’s make some Halloween cards!  Christmas and Valentine’s Day don’t have to have a monopoly on holiday cards.  Why not send some cards for Halloween?  I always like to make a few cards to send as Halloween treats to special friends and family I might not get to see during trick-or-treating.

Start by gathering some Halloween stamps, papers, ribbons, brads, tape, stickers, punches… any supplies that look like fun!  Many of these are from Stampin’ Up, but you can find cute Halloween craft supplies just about anywhere.

Halloween Card Supplies

Halloween Card Supplies

Next, plan your card.  Put together a sample to make sure it turns out the way you want.  If you are happy with it, start making you cards.  Personally, I like to do one part at a time (color and stamp all the stamps, punch all the shapes, cut all the paper, etc.) then put them together all at once in an assembly line style.  I find it much quicker and less tedious that way.

Halloween Card

Halloween Card

Be sure to put something on the inside of your card too – makes it that much more special.

Halloween Card Inside

Halloween Card Inside

Finally, send them off in the mail.  I like to use the self-stick invitation envelopes from Office Depot.  They are the perfect size and so easy and convenient to use.

Your friends and family will be happy to get the unexpected and cute treats in their mailboxes just in time for Halloween!

 

Halloween Candy Jars

Decorating for Halloween has so many fun possibilities… and Halloween candy is so yummy… Why not combine the two?  I found this darling candy jar project on Pinterest a couple of years ago, and I just had to make it for myself!

Other Halloween Candy Jar

Other Halloween Candy Jar

All you need is a cute jar that can be sealed up, a variety of Halloween candy, and some ribbon.  Layer the candy in the jar until you find an arrangement you like.  It is helpful to put bigger pieces like Peeps around the sides first then fill in the middle with smaller pieces like candy corn or gum balls to add stability.

Halloween Candy Jar Top

Halloween Candy Jar Top

Then seal it up and finish with a bow.  It only takes a few minutes, and you end up with a fun Halloween decoration that is new and different every year!