Crafterween 2016










October’s crafternoon (or crafterween) is always my most favorite! I like the planning, the spooky food, the fact that the house is all decorated, and everyone comes in costume. While this is not all the costumes, it gives you a good idea. We worked on Halloween themed cross stitch (which turned out not to be everyone’s favorite hobby) but the last couple of crafts (felting and the weaving) went over really well, so I think it was time to end up with something was not everyone’s cup of tea. The good thing is even if someone doesn’t end up liking/making the craft there is plenty to eat and sit around talking about. We had so much food this crafternoon, it was an insane crafty Halloween feast!

Florida in October











For a week in October the family and I headed down to Florida to spend some time at Disney & Universal. We ate way too much junk food (Krispy Kreme, Dole Whip, Chocolate Extinction dessert, Butterbeer) The Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was lots of fun. The trick or treating during the event was insane! Everyone (no matter your age) gets a bag and you go around to spots in the park marked with big inflatable “treat signs” and cast members proceed to dump handfuls of candy into your bag. Add that to our list of junk food actually ;) The weather was amazing and we even had to wear sweatshirts a few nights, but still were able to swim in the pool during the day. The only thing that really surprised me was I expected things to be a bit more decorated. I thought the whole park would be, but its really more the front “town” area of The Magic Kingdom, and the Disney resorts didn’t have decorations at all. What decorations they did have were beautifully done and I did get some photos on my phone, but I deleted them after transferring them to google drive but they seem to have gone missing. I did hear that Christmas at Disney is a whole different story, so I think we’ll have to take another trip some time in December. I’ve been to Disneyland in December when I went out to LA for a few crafty shows and I remember that being really beautiful.
Universal didn’t have decorations at all, though my husband did win me a big Sam from Trick R’ Treat my favorite Halloween movie. Being in the Harry Potter area felt magical enough without any need for extra Halloween decorations.

Halloween Pumpkin Gourd Wreath

You might remember my Halloween tutorial from last year, painted pumpkins and gourds. I turned those fellas into ornaments for my Halloween tree. This year I decided I wanted to make more, and turn them into a wreath for the front door.

I used a 16 inch doubles wire wreath that I found at Hobby Lobby, but I’ve seen similar ones at Michaels. They are wire, but have funny little sprigs of greenery (in this case the little pine parts were black, spooky good for Halloween) I painted a bunch of faux gourds and pumpkins, then twisted some wire and shoved it into the back of each (most of them it went in really easy, but a few I had to poke a small hole with a pencil to help the wire break through the “skin”) Then I put a little hot glue over the hole/around the wire to help keep it glued in place.

I started with my biggest pumpkins and wired and then glued them around my wreath, then I just went in and kept wiring/gluing until the whole thing was covered. Once I got a bunch in I even started gluing the gourds and pumpkins together where they touched. Since everything is wired in place, it helped it feel extra sturdy. If you are going to hang outside in an area that will see rain I would spray each pumpkin before making the wreath with a clear top coat.