Saturday, October 25, 2014

Willowday Wishes

Warm wishes. Simple dishes. Happy Autumn days.

We're headed out of town this weekend after our first week of Fall break where we enjoyed visiting family (and the great French cheese that they left,)  local activities, catching up on some things at home like the stready stream of clothes the kids are constantly outgrowing and are now looking forward to a little family adventure.  

Last night's Curried Carrot Soup made me think of the beauty of simple, comfort foods of this season and the fun addition of Trick or Treat Flatbread, as a way to build the spirit while still putting off the sugar that will come with Halloween. 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paper Fan Garland

I learned this simple technique for making paper fans in a course that I took with book binder, Linda Gimle. They are constructed by using simple paper fans and adding a twist in their construction that really changes their look. Everyone can make these: adults, kids or to make them side-by-side.


Interview with Linda Gimle

Swedish book binder and entrepreneur, Linda Gimle, re-defines the expression: "painting the town red."  Her town is red --- Swedish "Falu red."

Since Linda doesn't need to paint the town red, she prints, binds + folds paper in red -- and all colors imaginable --- expertly. Linda's work is sold around the world but, her own brand of Swedish attention to craftsmanship and handicraft detail travels with it.  I was fortunate enough to travel to the Dalarna region to take a class with her this past Spring and was so happy when she agreed to be included in my "Swedish Creatives" Interview Series and photographed, too.

The opportunity to share creativity, from life around me, is truly an aspect of blogging that I love. Continue below for more glimpses into this world and to read Linda's interview:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Note Pads and Doodle Books

Happy doodle day.

Today,  here are some Halloween Notepads and Doodle Pads from our house to your own: 8 Halloween Note Printable Pads. 4 Printable Doodle Pages. Tailor these just for you.

Make a one of a kind note pad, to -do list, doodle pad or include all.  Continue below for full post:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Make Zombie Hand Treats

Get spooky tonight. Make Zombie Hand Treats this Friday night!

I am positive as a kid I had dreams this entire month about Halloween candy. Now, as a mother, I think about it differently. I want to give the kids the fun but without the sugar.

This is that: treats without sugar. Add a little spookiness to the weekend with Zombie Hand Treats. Later, add these to a Halloween party.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Pumpkin Light Necklaces

Throw away your ordinary flashlights: The Halloween spirit is here and I am so happy to share a little shiny idea with you, too: Pumpkin Light Necklaces! These are a perfect project to make and enjoy now and then, again, to serve as little guiding lights for your Trick or treaters!

Continue below to see how to add these special Halloween flashlight necklaces to your countdown, too.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Play with Leaves

Fall for Fall.
Surprise someone.

We have a dog, Henry, who I walk every day.  Even when the kids are at school, I find myself, time after time, returning home with handfuls of leaves and kid-related ideas. As I followed the path back home, last week, I noticed that I was picking up leaves until I hit our front steps and while doing this, I had an idea. Why not make a leave trail to welcome the kids home?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Googly-Eye Icebox Cookie Pops

Hi friends.

3 cheers for Day 3 of Halloween creating this week. (Day 1: here | Day 2: here.)

I'd love it if you'd come with me to get just a little crazy in the kitchen today.  I'll show you how to make Googly-eye Ice Box Cookie Pops today. These are interactive baking; wonderful to make with the kids and for them to inject their own ideas --- great for the everyday or for a wonderful addition to  holiday parties!

Click below for recipe and full tutorial, below

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Handprint Ghost Cards

Transparent Ghost Halloween Handprint Cards

As long as there are small hands in our house, let there be "handprint art."

Kids always seem to have fun creating art with their handprints. The results are one-of-a-kind pieces that are time-capsules, too.  This past weekend, I had an idea for updating the classic handprint card by using a paper cut technique and transparent paper. I thought the results were spooky cute!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bat Garland

Happy October. 

I'm so happy to meet you today. We've had a wonderful weekend that included birthdays, matches, Fall walks and friends, along with time for creating with paper. This is such a perfect project to bring Halloween into your home --- very quickly!

Yesterday, I found our daughter quietly making this paper bat garland (and most likely singing, too.) I loved them so much that I asked her if I could share them with you! Of course, she said, yes and so we invite you, to invite paper bats into your home this week, too!

Come join me below for template and how to make the worlds easiest paper bat garland.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekend Round up

Hi and Happy Friday!

Sometimes it's all about simplicity, right? No need for grandness, perfection or sets of rules -- enjoyment is already in front of you, ready to be "picked."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Printable Halloween Countdown 2014

One week to go!

I'm so impressed with you. You guys are o-r-g-a-n-i--z-e-d.  I've had so many nice requests for an update and "yes, let's go!"

Come with me. Let's get started and let's print the October Halloween Countdown Calendar 2014.