Day 260: Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

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Popcorn air popped and ready. Cranberries rinsed and drained. Thread, scissors and needles poised.

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Making cranberry and popcorn garland. I believe this was an idea that was popular in Victorian times. I don’t know of they had garland parties but Kit and I had lots of fun stringing everything.

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If you’re interested in doing this with your family or Boo. Here is HOW we did it:
Embroidery thread (six strand), separate into two parts. I cut the length quite long–double the length of my finger-tips to elbow. Double knot one end of the thread so the popcorn won’t come off the end.
Thread your needle and go to town. We alternated two pieces of popcorn to one cranberry and we still had about half a bag left of cranberries.
When you come to the end of your thread tie it off and tie multiple together if you want more length. Hang it on the tree!
Very cheap date for us.

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Tips from our household:
Don’t be discouraged if your popcorn falls apart. Pierce the fattest part of the popcorn to help avoid splitting and if you can pop the popcorn a day ahead and let it get a little stale.

Be careful when picking up your garland. It will be more fragile than a storebought ornament.

We’re adults and had no issue with the occasional needle prick. However, this may not be the best activity for smaller children. It requires patience and honed fine motor skills. Depending on your child’s abilities, I might recommend it for youth 10 and up.

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Part of my December Adventivities.

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Day 206: Boot Stocking

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Kit and I enjoy wandering through aisles in stores merely to pick up items and make goofy jokes about them. I guess you could call it window shopping.

This boot stocking got me cracking up and I tried to take a picture with only the boot showing.

We already have stockings but it was still fun to look around.
Someday I will get up the gumption to make us some stockings by hand and embroider them appropriately.

Would be fun to made a rustic, cowboy themed stocking for Kit.

I would have to go with some definite nerd fare on my handmade stocking.

How would you decorate your stocking? Would you bedazzled it? Or incorporate leather work and metal staples?

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You know what they say about a girl with a big stocking…

Day 195: Franken-Wall

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This was a DIY project my friend did for her Halloween party. I loved the simplicity.

She used…

Black foam board
White foam board
Green plastic tablecloth

I believe she use a box cutter and pencil to trace and cut out the shapes. We took packing tape and attached the individual features to the tablecloth right before we hung it up.

You could easily do this for a door hanging.
This is not a proper tutorial but I think this project looks cute if it has a little personal touch or flair by the person who created it rather than tracing a prefabbed stencil.

Day 185: Happy Holidays

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Snatched this picture in Kmart the other day. From the angle I took this photo you can see the trick or treat buckets and fake Christmas tree forest. Just behind me are the turkey table centerpieces and Thanksgiving doodads.

I’m not trying to hate on Kmart. This is the way that large chain stores do things. I know many people that begin Christmas shopping in August so I can’t entirely blame the big department stores for trying to sell trees in October.

Day 178: Miniature Spookies

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This is my dollar store purchase. It was a ton of work to put this little guy together but I suppose you get what you pay for when you only pay a dollar.

I got set of six ghosts but I was shorted a twist tie so I couldn’t complete the last–meager excuse I know.

My sweet neighbor is an older gentleman not accustomed to change and he swerved nearly off the road when he first saw my ghosts set up by the mailbox. This was in broad daylight.

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I suppose it has the desired effect. Just looking adorable.
We had a terribly windy day recently but my little ghosties weren’t the least bit bothered.

Day 172: Halloween Barn

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Spent a day here recently helping decorate for a Halloween party at my friend’s house/barn.

There will be cobwebs, crepe paper, skeletons, blood, tombstones, and creepy lights placed in strategic places.

This old barn is not just a stinky old tobacco barn but a huge horse barn that in its hay day was the best in the state.

Tons of stalls, room for hay above, medical stalls, and cleaning/treatment areas. Super impressive. The cobwebs already present will make for an awesome haunted barn for the party.

I can’t wait to drink punch and dance around the bonfire :-)

Day 165: Tombstone Decor

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I have been helping a friend of mine put together her decorations for a Halloween party. The location is perfect. We will be rockin in a huge old horse barn.

The cobwebs and shadows come free of charge. We painted tombstones last week and these were some of my favorites.

We also have headstones with blood smeared handprints and dripping good letters.
Water soluable craft paint, bursted and a large thin sheet of foam board. Easy as pie :)