"The sky is blue, the grass is green, may we have our Halloween?” NCIS fans should recognize that line. But yes it is Halloween and for once Jack is actually home, he normally has to be at work because it is the end of his fiscal year. One of the benefits of being interim boss is that he gets to pick his trip schedule so he made home just in time for trick or treats and a movie. Since normally I am alone on Halloween night I spend it passing out candy with Amber and Aaron next door in their drive way, with Jack home we still wanted to spend it with them. I made my yummy mummy pizzas and brought over the left over candy and popcorn bar in a large tub. We also brought over the projector and watched The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Poltergeist. The neighborhood kids loved watching the movie while getting their Halloween treats. We had a lot of fun and it was such a perfect evening to end the Halloween Season. Hope your Halloween was full of spooks, treats, and laughter! Happy Halloween!!
This is my second Halloween costume for this year. We dressed up like Ghostbusters for our annual Halloween party and Glenda is for our work Halloween party. My whole team is going to be dressing up as the Wizard of Oz and I am really excited. I made my coworkers Dorothy ruby slippers the other day and now I am finishing up my Glenda dress.
I found an old prom or bridesmaid dress at my favorite thrift store for only a few dollars and found the white with silver stars tulle at craft store. After I sized the dress to me I started adding the tulle to the pink dress. I started with the bodice, pinning the tulle in place and then going over it with the sewing machine. I then moved onto the sleeves leaving them poufy and only sewing them on the shoulder. The last think I did was the skirt. I pinned the center of the dress to the center of the tulle and pinned the sides and back. I then pinned the pleats along the skirt and sewed into place. I had the perfect Glenda costume for under $10 (dress $4, tulle $6)!!
To make the crown I used pink scrapbook paper, cutting out the shape of the crown. I then glued remaining silver star tulle to the paper crown. To hold up each point I used toothpicks on the inside and painted them pink. Lastly I added a ribbon from one side to the other so I would have a place to hold it into place with bobby-pins.
To finish my look I had a silver star wand and wore my redone wedding shoes that I made into glass slippers last year when we went to see Cinderella on Broadway on our New York visit.
My costume was such a huge hit and there was glitter everywhere!
A few weeks ago I asked my team if they would be interested in dressing up as the Wizard of Oz movie; and much to my surprise most of the said yes. One of my team members wanted to be Dorothy and I told her that I knew how to make the ruby slippers since I have made several pair over the years. This is a really super easy process and if you’re lucky should cost you under $10, much cheaper than you could buy them for in the costume stores. Oh and an added bonus you won’t leave red glitter everywhere you walk!
Red Craft Paint
Multipurpose Sealant Paint
Red Round Glitter
Paper bowl or Glass Jar
To start, find a pair of comfortable shoes preferably at a thrift store. The color doesn’t really matter, but in the past I have notice a faux leather or satin works best.
Paint the shoes red using regular craft paint, you can skip this step, but I have noticed that if the shoes are painted red it makes it less noticeable if you miss any glitter spots.
Once the shoes are dry, mix red glitter and the multipurpose sealing in a jar or bowl. You want the thickness of peanut butter. I have learned by doing this several times with different glitter that glitter that is round shaped and not square works much better.
When brushing on square glitter it tends to build up and not lay as flat. Starting at the heel, brush on thick brush fulls of the glitter mixture. Be careful not to brush spaces in the mixture. Repeat until the entire shoe is covered and set aside to dry.
By the time you finish the second shoe, the first shoe should be ready for the second coat of the glitter mixture. Repeat until you have the desired look and set aside overnight to fully dry.
Once dry the shoes are ready for the Yellow Brick Road!
Who’s there? Candy Gram. Every time I hear that phase I think of that famous SNL skit with Jaws. At work we wanted to update our annual Halloween Candy Gram fundraiser and I came across popcorn hands on Pinterest. I presented the new idea at our committee meeting and everyone loved the idea so we decided to do both popcorn and candy grams and call them Handy Grams. Well 410 Handy Grams later I think I switched my opinion on how cute they were! These are cute if you have to make 30, not as many as we had to make. Thankfully there were a lot of us and we were able to get them completed in a few hours. The committee heard a lot of great feedback after all of them was delivered, everyone loved them and it helped us earn a lot of money towards our Winter Warmer coming up in a few weeks!
Halloween time means costumes and every year I get to wear a couple of different ones! For our annual Halloween party we wanted to do something comfortable and easy since it is still in the 90’s here! We decided on doing an adaptation of the classic Ghostbusters uniforms. Instead of doing full jumpsuits we wore shirts and shorts/capris, again it is in the high 90’s here! I found khaki shirts at my favorite thrift store and used some iron on transfer paper that I printed out our names and the Ghostbuster logo on. Our costumes were done in no time, but we still needed proton pack! These were going to be a little more challenging since we wanted to keep it simple and we were short on time. Instead of creating an actual proton pack we decided on doing a simplistic box version. I picked up some priority boxes from the nearby post office and printed out four copies of an oversize picture of a proton pack.
I put together the four boxes leaving one flap unsealed and spray painted them white.
I then followed the same process as I did with the Yosemite Picture I did several months ago, but instead of modepodge I used spray glue. I sprayed a little glue and laid the first piece of the picture in place and moved on until all four pictures were on.
I then folded and glued down the sides.
The day of the party we cut out a small hole where the proton pack light is and covered it with red tissue paper (on the inside) and placed a small LED light inside the pack.
We cut small holes to poke the ribbon straps into, knotted them and place tape to hold them in place. Next we cut holes also into the back to put the tube of our camel packs through and finished the packs with ribbons for the straps. They came out so cool and under $12 each, the camel packs were $10.
Duffey got to be our Slimmer and her costume was made with green fleece and foam cut outs. I didn’t want to be mean and make her a real costume since it was so warm so she got more of a cape. I cut out the same of the cape and added cut out eyes and mouth, and cut out a hole for her head and added elastic to hold it in place around her tummy. It looked more like Slimmer ate Duffey, but was still cute.
So who are you gonna call?
For our annual Halloween Party we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to keep it similar. A few weeks ago we purchased a project and thought it would be a lot of fun to watch Halloween movies in the backyard. We had a kid friendly movie which is one of my must watch Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus and an adult movie full of jumps and twist: The Others. I kept the food simple and fun. I made Devilish Eyeballs, Witches Fingers, Mummy Dogs, Turkey Pumpkin Chili, Brain Dip, Vampire Fang Cupcakes and Eyeball Cake Pops. Creepy and Tasty!
In the backyard I had a candy and popcorn bar where you could make your own snack bags. All of the treats were a big hit and everyone loved the movies. I can’t wait to do another movie night!
It’s time for creepy and tasty treats! Last Halloween I shared my Devilish Eyeballs and Witches fingers so this year I needed something even better! This is how you make Halloween Cream Cheese Brain Dip:
1 8 oz. package of soften cream cheese
½ Cup Chili Sauce*
Mix the cream cheese and chili sauce together. Add a spoonful of chili sauce in the bottom of a bowl, preferable clear. Put the dip mixture in a gallon size freezer bag and cut off a small piece of one of the bottom corners.
Pipe the dip in a snake design on half of the bowl, when half way up the bowl repeat on the other side. Finish piping the remaining dip in the same pattern creating the look of a brain. Top off with a little more chili sauce. Serve with crackers.
This dip may look extra gross, but it is super tasty!
*Can use salsa instead of chili sauce.
Most of this week I have been at a work conference in Missouri and I am ready to go home tomorrow to see Jack and Duffey! Today is Boss’s Day and I am away from my team, but a lot of them sent me emails and text and even left a huge sign on my office door. It made me simple and made the last few months’ worth of stress and long days’ worth it. The last few months have been full of challenges and to be honest some nights full of tears, but I kept pushing through it and that light of the end of the tunnel is here. My team has become so strong and really works as a team now; I couldn’t be more proud of them. When you feel yourself struggling find someone you can confide in and ask for guidance. Pray and ask for help and strength. Take each day at a time and hopefully one day everything will fall into place. Every day I say a little prayer on my way to work and I try to walk into my office with a fresh start and a cute outfit on. Take a deep breath for this too shall pass.
I created this blog to share my creations with hopes that it will inspire others to show their creative side.