Monthly Archives: September 2017

Trick or Treat Merchandise!

Back in the day when I had more free time, I used to paint sweatshirts.  I made shirts for every holiday – shocking, I know!  My favorite one by far was the shirt I made for Halloween.  It said “Trick or Treat” in candy and other Halloween themed letters.  My mom loved it, so I made one for her too.  I can’t remember exactly how long ago I made these shirts, but it was when I was in either high school or college.  I just celebrated my 40th birthday, so suffice it to say regardless of the exact timing, it was a very loooooooong time ago.

Original Trick or Treat Sweatshirt

So for the last 500 years, I’ve carefully pulled this very old sweatshirt out of the closet once a year to wear it on Halloween.  It’s on its last legs after all these years of use.  The paint has started to crack, the sweatshirt is stretched out and looking a bit worse for the wear.  Each year on November 1st when I carefully hang it back up in my closet I wonder if it will last until the next Halloween or not… my mom’s shirt bit the dust several years ago.  I kept thinking that I should just make a new one.  The only problem with that plan is that I just don’t enjoy redoing designs I’ve already made.  For some reason it’s tedious and just not fun for me.

Luckily, my husband had a brilliant idea to save the day – and my beloved “Trick or Treat” sweatshirt.  He told me about a website called Zazzle.com.  You can create your own designs, add them to the site, and have them printed on shirts and a plethora of other items.  So I decided to draw a new version of my “Trick or Treat” design and color it with colored pencils.  Since I was drawing it rather than painting the same exact thing again, it wasn’t an annoying project for me.  (In fact, I enjoyed it so much I decided to make little signs like it for each holiday and season… stay tuned for more!)

Trick or Treat Colored Pencil Drawing

My husband scanned my drawing and with the magic of technology and his brilliant computer skills, he turned it into an image to post on Zazzle.  I put my “Trick or Treat” image on a shirt and ordered one for me, our daughter, and my mom (to replace her old one, of course).  I was so excited and nervous to see how they would turn out, but I was thrilled when they arrived.  They totally preserved the hand drawn look of my original drawing without the tediousness of creating each item individually.  I love them as much as my original shirt from so long ago.  I was so excited that I started exploring the Zazzle site some more and found that I could put my design on lots of different items… pillows, mugs, stickers, greeting cards, treat bags, totes… and on and on.  Our house is going to be full of “Trick or Treat” items this Halloween!

Zazzle Trick or Treat Stuff

 I always got lots of compliments whenever I wore my original “Trick or Treat” sweatshirt – people often said they wished they could get one for themselves.  So at the risk of sounding like Yogurt from the movie Spaceballs (“Merchandising!”), I thought, “Why not?” and posted my “Trick or Treat” items for sale on Zazzle.  Please check out my new little Zazzle shop at https://www.zazzle.com/most_wonderful_time if you think you might want some of my “Trick or Treat” items to brighten your Halloween this year!

End of Summer S’mores

It’s been a very busy few weeks.  I meant to share these fun s’mores ideas earlier as a late summer idea, but I’m just now getting around to it a few days before fall starts.  Just under the wire!  S’mores are fun in the fall too though, right?

A couple of weeks ago we had a s’more themed party for our family.  I loved how the decorations came together so quickly and easily – and they looked so cute!  First I made a chalkboard sign for our kitchen featuring s’mores for late summer.  (Please note – I’m still working on my sign making skills.  In fact we just took a class about hand lettering last weekend.  It was very fun, and I’m getting better!  Practice makes perfect.)

S’mores Chalkboard

I also had our daughter make a picture for our fridge using brown rectangles, her handprint and glitter glue to make a campfire; chalk lines for smoke; a brown pipe cleaner for a stick; and a cotton ball for a marshmallow.  She smudged brown paint on the cotton ball so that the marshmallow would look toasted.

S’mores Handprint Picture

The centerpiece for the s’mores party was my favorite.  I found a s’more tote on Amazon and filled it with marshmallows on sticks.  I also filled Ball Jars with all of the things you need for s’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars, and of course a campfire.  The campfire jar was filled with orange and yellow tissue paper.

S’mores Centerpiece

For an extra special effect, I put a battery operated tea light inside the tissue in the “campfire” jar to make it look like it was actually glowing!

S’mores Table with Light

I used brown and white plates and napkins for the party.  I absolutely loved how the table looked!  In fact, I loved it so much I saved the centerpiece and used it a second time at our daughter’s Girl Scout meeting.  This time I made it more of a picnic theme with red and white checkered plates.  To make easy s’mores, we served graham crackers that the kids could dip in chocolate frosting and marshmallow fluff.  It was a bit sticky but very easy, and the kids loved it.

S’mores Girl Scout Snack

So there you go – fun and easy s’mores party ideas you can use to try and prolong summer for a few “s’more” days!