Guess what...I'm still sick! It's like I'm going to cough myself to death! It has made it hard to do much, and hard to want to do much...so today's blog will just be a little bit of house keeping! Sorry about that!
First, I've got a big craft show this weekend! (boy that should be fun while coughing! weeeeee!) But really, coughing aside, it will be fun! This is the 50th Annual See & Sell Holiday Market at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, KS.
This one was really fun last year and I expect this year will be the same! I hope some people finally bite on the little gift sets that I made! It should be cold enough to make people want to buy hats and scarves...so that will be nice!
Next week is Thanksgiving you guys! Can you believe it?? That means stay tuned for a sale in the Etsy shop Black Friday through Cyber Monday! I'll be posting a special blog on Wednesday next week to tell you all about it!
Hello!! I had a bit of a Halloween get together that I was going to tell you about BEFORE Halloween was over so that you could borrow my ideas if you wanted...then I got sick and didn't want to do anything...not even write a fun blog post...so now its after Halloween but I will still tell you about it! You can save it for next year if you'd like!
I have an annual adult pumpkin carving party. This doesn't mean we carve naughty things into pumpkins (though that's not prohibited) but instead that the event is more focused on letting adults do something that they often only do with or for their kids. If you don't have any children I think sometimes you forget to carve pumpkins and how much fun that can be! Many of my friends do have littles that they bring these days, and that is pretty fun too!
What I do is make too much food and then wander around trying to make sure everyone has a good time!
I really only took photos of the set up in the dining room because it looked the nicest, but I had food in 3 different rooms of the house! What you won't see is the Walking Dead Tacos station (complete with Zom-beans), the punch and cider stations (though you will see the punch below), and the Bubbling Cauldron cheese dip set up. You aren't missing much in those areas...mostly just an assortment of crock pots!
The bit I'm most proud of is the Dead Meat Platter! I saw this on Pinterest and knew it would be easy to pull off! The hardest part was finding a skeleton that didn't cost an arm and a leg (pun intended!!)! I found a "Bag of Bones" at Target for $20 and although it didn't have all the bones a complete skeleton might enjoy, it had the most important part...the rib cage! And it just happened to fit perfectly on my platter! I got a fancy deli meat tray from Costco, sliced up some cheese...and guts were made!
I had so much fun with this guy and he was a big hit! This will definitely be a staple item going forward!
When I say I make a ton of food, I mean it, I make a lot! I won't go into the full menu here because that would be tedious for all involved! I just want to highlight a few of my favorite things! Like these bird claw grabbing sticks! I loved them so much I bought 2 pairs and its only through sheer will power that I don't use them year round for every thing I can possibly think up! Aren't they cute! They are from Target, they were there the past 2 years, but I didn't see them this year.
Those things just make me smile every time I see them! Seriously best Halloween money I've ever spent! In past years I've turned a chocolate fountain into a "blood" fountain, but last year I decided it was just too fussy so I skipped it this year. Got my fair share of blood in though with Room Temperature Monkey's Brains (just rice krispie treats shaped and decorated) and Bloody Bandage Cookies (wafer cookies with a little frosting and jam)! No party is complete without punch...so I always put out the Witches' Brew Punch...and it always moves quick! I'll give you the recipe below!
The punch recipe could not be easier! Each year I just pick a color for it and choose soda and sherbet that match (I also use this at my annual birthday luau). Here's how you do it:
1 large can Pineapple Juice
1 2 Liter bottle of any carbonated soda
1 container of sherbet
You just pour the juice and soda together and then top it with scoops of sherbet! So simple! For this one I used 7Up which wasn't going to make things green enough so I put in a packet of Lemon Lime Kool Aid (just the unsweetened kind, didn't add any sugar) and I like how it turned out. I used another packet of Kool Aid (mixed per directions this time) and some gloves to make frozen hand ice cubes. You always want to add an ice with flavor so it doesn't water down your punch. My other favorite recipe is to use a carbonated fruit punch for the soda (like Tiki Punch or Tahitian Treat), that makes it red and tasty!
So that's it! I'll finish packing up the Halloween decorations this week (except those that stay year round) and my buddy Angus will lose his cauldron hideout and life will be less spooky (and less fun) for another few months!
I make a lot of stuff...I pretty much never stop making! Every Thursday I will post here about things I've made. It will be mostly crochet, but not entirely, and where I can I will include tutorials or links to how I figured out how to do things!