Mini 13 Days of Halloween Part 2

Here are the next two items I made for quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.

A cute wooden wall hanging that lights up.  It was pre-made but blank so I painted it. 

This hoop which was a labor of love.  I have never stitched a hoop entirely with fill stitches.  It was daunting but actually went faster than I thought it would.  I am very happy with how it turned out and can't wait to find another pattern to use this technique on.

I used a bit of back stitching, satin stitching, and split back stitching on this hoop.  The split back stitch is my new favorite stitch!  I am happy that my satin stitching is improving too!  

Pattern from Urban Threads


Manic Monday

I was lucky enough to be paired with the fabulous quaggy in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap on Craftster.  She so spoiled my family with some AMAZING Halloween goodies!  These pictures are just the first half of what she sent!
Painted cans filled with goodies for the kids

Halloween bookmarks and a scary book

Table Runner

which is double sided!

Wall Hanging

Mug Rug and Pumpkin Mug


Foodie Friday- Slow Cooker Applesauce

Applesauce is a bit of a lunchbox staple in our house.  The kids eat it, like it, and its easy to toss those little prepackaged cups in there.  But, really who knew that making your own applesauce would be so easy??  Seriously easy.  I had eyed some slow cooker recipes for jam and applesauce on Pinterest before but hemmed and hawed about trying them.  I thought that somewhere in there would be some crazy steps that turn something that looks easy into a pain.  I was wrong.  Making applesauce with no added sugar and no preservatives will take a total of 15 minutes of effort.

First you want to take your apples, I used 4 Fuji apples, skin them and remove the core.  Cut it into chunks and toss them in the crock pot.  Add two tablespoons of water and stir a bit.  I added a few dashes of cinnamon to mine but you don't have to if you don't like it.

Turn your slow cooker on low and cook for 4 hours.
Take the lid off and mash for a minute then put the results in a jar.

There you are done.  Wasn't that easy??


Mini 13 Days of Halloween Part One

Once again I have done the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap on Craftster.  I had to send 13 little gifts to my partner one of which is opened each day.  13 crafted items can be a bit much so we are allowed to add in some store bought items fora  few of days gifts.  I had a fabulous partner this year and couldn't wait to craft for her.  I am going to share the things I made for her throughout the month.

One of the first things I sent was a set of altered blocks that spells SPOOKY.  I used scrapbook paper and letters cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

I felt that leaving all the other sides of the blocks unfinished was rather boring so I decorated each side with a different Halloween motif.  This way the blocks can be mixed and matched.

The next thing I wanted to make was of course something altered.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a shrine or a haunted house... 
Then I stumbled upon these little cardboard Putz style houses on Etsy and was sold.  I used paper, ink, and random embellishments to make this spooky little house.

Here is a close up of some of the details from the front of the house including a spiderweb, black cat, and pumpkin.

So fay my partner has enjoyed each gift she has opened and I hope she enjoys the rest of them!  I can't wait to share everything else throughout the rest of the month.

Cardboard house purchased from Little Village Houses


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