November’s crafternoon was spent making surprise balls. I had some small goodies saved from thrifting, and then I bought some items from Tiny Things Are Cute. I made three balls in total but would of made even more if I had not run out of surprise fillings. They are lots of fun to roll up!
Here are some ideas for adding to surprise balls:
-fun balloons (animal shaped etc)
-origami items (like a cute folded paper crane)
-vintage charms or cracker jack toys
-tiny whoopee cushions (I saw packs of these in the party aisle of Target)
-enamel zipper pulls
-re-ment type miniatures
I hope those ideas help should you decide to make some surprise balls of your own. The photo at the bottom is the white elephant gift I gave. I had been doing lots of production sewing for Plush Of The Month Club, so it felt great to take some time to sew something a little different. The bag is a free pattern you can find here.
For the craft I got some Halloween stencils from ebay, and Jessee made some stencils with her silhouette machine. Then we stenciled things! I did a bunch of fabric that I plan to turn into Halloween pillows by adding some quilting around the image. I made a huge pot of broccoli and cheese soup (which isn’t very photogenic but always seems to be a hit as the pot was empty at the end of the night) and my twelve year old son has really been into baking so he picked out and made the baked goods the day before. He made 2 pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, brownies, and peanut butter cookies. I baked a pan of gluten free brownies and chocolate chips cookies from a brand called Our House and they turned out really wonderfully! Amanda brought an apple crisp, and Katie brought spiced pear cake..so there was lots of delicious treats.
I made everyone my annual Halloween mixed cd (which I’ll have up here soon for your playing pleasure) and filled these amazing Beistle skeleton treat boxes with some candy and stickers to take home. I had such a good time that I am sad I have to wait another year for another crafterween!
Our crafternoon family had a very sudden loss at the beginning of July when our friend Crystal and her young daughter passed away unexpectedly in an accident at their home. I think it made us all realize how much our little rag-tag group of crafternooners means to each of us. We all met up soon after and held a midcentury potluck in her honor, something Crystal would of really loved. There was even pickle dip because she absolutely loved pickles. The loss of Crystal has made me want to double my effort in getting crafternoon going again. These monthly meet-ups are some times the only time I get to see most of these wonderful ladies and I don’t want to let months slip by before connecting with them. So far we have a September crafternoon scheduled at my friend Jillian’s, and then October here at my house. I am really excited about getting the crafternoon gang back together each month.
Katie’s crafternoon was a seed swap/garden marker making party. She made all kinds of food like a really delicious blueberry tart, and had a never ending supply of her homemade iced mocha coffee. I decided to paint rocks to look like the “rock fact” guy from Over The Garden Wall, Molly made little figures out of clay to push into her indoor potted plants, and a lot of other people painted rocks or corks to look like bugs, mushroom, etc. I wish I had gotten photos of everything!
We did a white elephant gift swap with Easter baskets, so I used the tote I had made at the last crafternoon as my basket and filled it with candy and two handmade surprise balls. There are so many great tutorials out there for making your own surprise balls, but I think I might put together a blog post with ideas for what to put inside them, a mixture of handmade and things you can buy. They are so much fun to make that I am considering hosting a crafternoon at my house where we do just that. I think they are great to then save set aside for those last minute gifts, or a little something extra to add to a present.
Anyhow I really enjoyed taking another month off hosting, and just getting to attend! Its not only very relaxing, but fun to get to drive out and visit everyone’s houses.