Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Theme Halloween Party Treat Bags

I was so excited about the Halloween party at school that I asked about signing up weeks in advance.  When the sign up list came out, our name was typed in.  Yeah. 

You already saw the pumpkin crayons ,

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so now on to the bags.

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I really wanted to find an image online of a pumpkin that I could print onto the bags so that the kiddos could color in a jack lantern.  After searching all morning, I came up empty.  I thought about coming up with my own image and scanning it in, but just decided to free hand it with sharpies. 

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This was what started the whole thing.  When I saw these Tootsie Pop Pumpkins on Skip to My Lou I really wanted to try and make them.  It’s tissue paper cut in 6” rounds.  You put a white reinforcement label in the middle of the circle and push tootsie roll pops through the hole.  Then you wrap it up with floral tape.  I decided to use brown.  I tried brown and green, but thought the brown looked better.  I could have left them like that for pumpkins, but decided to but cute little faces on them with a sharpie.  That part was harder than I thought because of all the folds of tissue paper.  I will be doing this one again.

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I decided since I had crayons that I had to add a little coloring book.  The hardest thing about these was making the cover.  I designed it and the laid out the pages using Publisher, but I think you could do this on most any program.  If you would like a copy of this cover, just shoot me an email and I will try to send a copy.  I’m not sure how to add it here yet.

I sized everything to be half a letter size so I could print two to a page.  I used card stock that I had on hand which turned out to be purple and green.  I really wanted it to be orange so I could have a pumpkin theme, but the crayons weren’t orange either so I guess it still fits.

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Here is the first page.  I got all of these images from the Crayola website.  They worked out perfect.  I ended up not laying out the images exactly right, but for every picture I had a letter page that went with it.  B for Bats, T for Trick or Treat, H for Happy Halloween.  I thought it went together really well.

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This is where the instructions came from for making the coloring books.  I didn’t really use the sizes or the program, but the idea for sewing the books together. There are also some really good websites for pintables listed.   I wish I had some Halloween themed sticker tape to put down the binding but I didn’t.  Maybe next time. 

And here is everything laid out ready to be put into the bags.  I didn’t want a lot of candy, because I figured that the kids would be full up on sweets by the end of the weekend.  Besides the tootsie roll pops I did add these popcorn balls.  I’m not sure if the other parents will like me after this though.  They were really good, but sort of messy.

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For the teachers bags, I did the same thing except instead of coloring books and crayons they got these.

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I made these using black card stock, a MS paper punch, orange scrap card stock, glue runner, and a black sharpie.  And behind the orange note is a Starbucks gift card.  See I did stick with a pumpkin theme!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Pumpkin Crayons

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Here are some pumpkin crayons that I made for our gift bags for this years school Halloween party.  Fun, fun!  I love making crayons!

It all started several months back with some crayons I found at the thrift.

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They were Halloween treats that someone had bought marked down and then never used.  Score!  I could have just used them like this because the bag had never been opened, but why stop there. 

Next I found these at the Dollar Tree. 

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At first I only got one of the pumpkin one, but after I went back I decided to pick up the an extra one, and two of the skulls.  I’m not big on bones for Halloween.  Don’t get me wrong, I like scary but I there is something about it.  I decided to get them because I thought that they might work for a pirate theme later.  Or something. 

I picked up an extra because I hate waiting.  I’m so impatient!   I had originally planned on making crazy crayons, but since these are sort of small and I had all of these that were the same color I thought why not make a set of one of each! 

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This time I decided to try and use baby food jars.  I decided this was not the best route to go.  I still got some wax in the pan.  I was also afraid of busting the glass when I was taking it out and putting it in.  I went to the thrift to find a bigger pan that I could use, because I tell you this is soooo fun!  I just need to find more molds.  And more crayons!

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Here is the finished product!  I picked up these lollypop bags made by Wilton.  I used a MS circle punch and orange scrap card stock to make these little tags.  I was afraid that a little kiddo would taste them.  I know they are none toxic, but yuck! 

When you add up everything these little bags only cost about 35 cents a piece!  Not bad!

Tomorrow, I will post the rest of the gift bags so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

32 Birthday Randomness

That’s right, another birthday has come and gone.  I had planned on doing another birthday post, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I think partly because I will have to actually have to count how old I am.  I know!  You would think that I would be able to remember my own age.  But I can’t.  I actually told my family that I was 35 . . . . and then didn’t realize that I had added a few years for several minutes.  Oh well.  I guess at some point age doesn’t matter any more.  Right?
So here is a list of randomness that it has taken me 32 years to figure out:

1.  Right now I am blogging from McDonald’s because they have free wifi.

2.  I’m waiting to for my Zumba class to start.

3.  I joined a gym for my birthday!

4.  I really like fonts.  Serif or sans serif . . . it doesn’t matter.

5.  I really want a pair of moccasin boots.

6.  In the last few year I realized I liked brussel spouts and beets.

7.  I need to clean out my craft supply closet.  Ba-aaaddd.  Anyone interested in a swap?

8.  I really like the A-Team.  I was sooooo excited to watch the new movie.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  Except for the end.  What was the comic book stuff about?

9,  I have met a few celebs in my time (and here is where I name drop), John Stamos, Kevin Smith, Stevie Nix, Mick Fleetwood, Sid Vicious, Mick Foley, David DeLuise, . . .), but my all time favorite was Steven J. Cannell.  Meeting him was a dream! 

10.  In fact I can only thing of two people that I can think of that could top that . . . Mr. T and Dolly Parton. 

11.  Meeting George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and James Best would be pretty awesome too.

12.  I also meet Junk Yard Dog as a kid.  That was pretty awesome too!

13.  My favorite holiday is Halloween!

14.  I bought 25 black crows from the dollar store this year.

15.  I wish I had bought more . . . like 100.

16.  My dream jobs would be to work in the craft department of Martha Stewart Living, be an ice cream taster, own a craft store, own an ice cream parlor, National Geographic photographer, and I’m sure there are more that I just can’t think of right now.

17.  I really want to go to stunt driving school to learn J turns and to jump something . . . just like the Dukes of Hazzard!  Yeeeeee-haw! 

18.  My dream car is a Shelby mustang with black metallic paint and baby pink racing stripes.  Yeah, I can hear it now . . . .

19.  I have never rode in a lemo.  Ever. 

20.  I have rode in bus with a police escort.  It was AMAZING.  Probably the closest I will ever get to feeling like the president. 

21.  Taps makes me cry.  Like a little baby.  With runny nose and bad crying red face and everything.

22.  I’ve never had my fifteen minutes of fame.  I have been on tv for like ten seconds.  So that means that I have fourteen minutes 50 seconds left . . .

23.  I have been on the front page my hometown newspaper . . . does that count? 

24.  My favorite number!  Whoop!  (ok I was trying to spell woot but the spell thing popped up Whoop.  I think I’ll  start using that)

25.  Do you remember that commercial where the Mom embarrasses her daughter/son by talking hip but saying it totally normal.  I thought that commercial was hil-a-re-ous!  That is totally the kind of parent I want to be.

26.  My favorite commercial of all time is the Levi cords commercial with the badger.  Classic!

27.  I usually listen to the station The Coffee House on XM in our car. 

28.  I have a shirt that says “Welcome to the Gun Show!” 

29.  I also have a shirt that looks like Chewie’s Chest.  Don’t hate!

30.  I dig the Ukulele! 

31.  I can’t spell . . . which I’m sure some of you have figured that out by now!

32.  And I still have the bestest family!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sneaker Bag

I finally have a craft completed to share!  And I really like this one.
If you have a pair of these that goes into a gym bag . . .

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then these baking soda inserts are the perfect thing. 

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And to top it off,  a shoe bag!  And when you are making it for a guy, what better than an old T-shirt? 

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