October Crafternoon

Yesterday’s Halloween crafternoon was lots of fun! Halloween and Christmas are always my most favorite crafternoons to plan out. I’ll have a few more post about yesterdays event so I can share a few DIY projects, and my Halloween mixed cd with you.
We made vintage style paper mache jack o’lanterns. I’ll have a DIY explaining how we did it posted tomorrow, so you can try and make some of your own. Everyone seemed to really enjoy making them, and I think its the first craft where every single person finished one! So I call that a success.
We had a costume contest as always where we each vote for three different winners. Page came dressed as a “lunch lady” and Molly dressed up as my #1 fan. She even wrote “I ♥ Heidi” on her knuckles. I didn’t get a photo of everyone’s costume because of course as people started arriving I just got sidetracked. I kept my costume simple because I knew I’d be running around. I wore all black and made a vintage inspired black swan headpiece (it was really easy and I’ll share my pattern soon). Crystal was dressed as her Emerald Witch doll.
For the costume contest prizes I cut some little black cat string winders (I’ll have a DIY for these too) out of wood, and got some $5 target gift cards. I made little drawstring bags out of Halloween fabric. And of course ballots for our secret voting. Page & Molly both won prizes and then there was a tie between a homemade Girr costume & sriracha. So we tossed a coin to break the tie.
The white elephant gift swap this time was Halloween themed. I used this free lined drawstring bag tutorial for my bag. I highly recommend it! Very easy to follow and sew, and they turn out so great. She also sells a pattern for different sizes.
I made a big pot of soup and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It was a great crafternoon and has me already looking forward to planning Decembers.

turning 37


Last month I turned 37! Its so funny as I inch closer and closer to 40 how little it bothers me. I think it has a lot to do with how you feel, and I really do not feel old (not that I think 37 is old, but I think a lot of people start tossing out the word old the close you get to 40) Age is relative and I feel great, and young!
My birthday fell on a Tuesday and Tom took off work to spend it with me. We went out to breakfast to a local place I love called Christine’s. There was some amazing cake in the evening. Three small cakes to be exact, german chocolate, carrot cake, and chocolate peanut butter from a local bakery/fresh produce shop called Paul’s. An amazing new record, all the fall bath and body works, adventure time mug!
I also got to celebrate my birthday two other days, one with Molly and one with Heather. Molly took my out to brunch and then gave me all these crazy thoughtful gifts (look at that vintage bee!) Then the day after my birthday I met up with my sister for a lunch date and as always she wraps her gifts so beautifully. She got me a bunch of the Harajuku Girls perfumes that are hard to find. They all smell nice, but mostly its the adorably shaped bottles that get me.

The Great Pumpkin

Every time I see pumpkins when we are out and about I get even more excited to plan a pumpkin patch for next Spring. I have already decided I will keep the vegetable garden small and really focus on a proper pumpkin patch. I’m going to try and grow as many varieties as I can, and see what does best. I have started ordering seed catalogs, but would love to know if there a company you love?