Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Glimpse of October Around Our House

Here it is…

 …the last day of October (Halloween) and I am just now snapping photos of our Halloween/Fall decorations.

Better late than never!


Our "formal" Dining Room.  
I use quotation marks because this room is anything but formal.
It is probably one of my most favorite rooms of the house.

Our fireplace mantle in our Family Room.

I raised up the ironstone pitcher with a stack of vintage school books.
These books are close to 100 years old…the teacher in me loves them!

I picked them up at an antique store off of I-29 in rural northwest Missouri.  I love that they have a "local"connection to where they now rest.

A cute collection of reproduction vintage Halloween decorations sits on a bathroom shelf.

Back to the Dining Room for a moment…

Remember when Longaberger Baskets and parties were all the rage?!  Oh how I loved going to and hosting those parties.  I have quite a few Longaberger baskets in my personal collection.

This one is a cherished favorite…
…a Hostess Only opportunity purchase.

I jumped at the chance to buy it and never have regretted the money I spent on it.  (Even with my discount it was pricey.)  My kids love this pumpkin basket and get giddy with excitement when I bring it out every October 1st.

And just a couple other little things to share…

My mom bought this holiday purse for Mary Catherine when she was about 3-years old.  Mary is kind enough to allow me to use it in my holiday decor!  *wink*

Mary Catherine's "trick or treat" bag that I sewed last October.
Mary picked out the coordinating fabrics!
She really does have an eye for color and pattern.

So there you have it…a glimpse of October around our house.

I hope that your little ghouls and goblins get more tricks than treats!

Our rains have finally stopped…the sun is breaking through the clouds…and while it will be cold and damp we will be warm and toasty around our neighbor's fire pit celebrating all that is fun about tonight with good food and sweet treats.

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Simplify…Easy (healthy) Halloween Party Treats

Halloween and All Saints Day is nearly upon us and if you have little ones in the house you may be preparing for classroom parties, homeschool get-togethers, or church-night functions.

If you are anything like me, you might be looking for a healthy-alternative to the sweet treats that will be served at all of those events.

This year, I signed up to provide a treat for Luke's preschool class Halloween party.  As one of four moms on the "food list", I am going out on a limb and assuming that at least two of the moms are going to provide some type of cupcake/cookie/candy treat.

So this year, I decided to spend a bit of extra money and provide a healthy choice option for our little ones' plates.

Going off the likes/dislikes of my own preschooler, I decided to create individual serving sizes of summer sausage and Colby-jack cheese.

Of course, adorable Halloween picks with coordinating Wilton Cupcake Liners doesn't hurt either to tempt even the pickiest eater to try one!  I picked up my liners and picks at Walmart.

I began serving summer sausage and cheese cubes at classroom parties back when I was a full-time 3rd grade teacher to balance all the sweet treats that arrived.  I never had leftovers and always took home an empty platter, much to my husband's chagrin.  *wink*

This year, instead of 2 large platters of cheese and sausage, I decided to use my Snapware Cupcake Carrier, and create individual serving cups for the party.

I'm looking forward to seeing my little goblin all dressed up in his costume.  Can you guess what he's going as???  *hint…he wears part of his Halloween costume around our house*

Wishing you all a delightfully-frightful Halloween!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tweak it Tuesday...Ballet Slipper Collection

If you're a mom to a dancer than you understand the universal dance dilemma...

...what to do with all those used ballet slippers?!

I'll be the first to admit it...I've seen the used slippers basket at the dance studio, but right now, at least at this point in my daughter's life, I'm too attached to her used dance slippers to donate them.  (I did donate one pair to a family in need that I learned of, but I've kept all the other pairs!)

So, after Googling and Pinning a few crafty ideas for recycling used ballet slippers, I came up with my very own...

...stashing all of them inside a glass vase and putting them on display in her bedroom.

I also hung her very first pair of ballet slippers...Toddler Size 9 from when she started dance at age 3...over her bed.  (Today she is wearing a Size 3 in ballet slippers and a FIVE in tap shoes!)

I'm not quite sure I'm liking the ballet slippers hung up over her bed, but I am loving the slipper display on her dresser!

I am almost finished with this little ballerina's bedroom makeover, and hoping to link up the big reveal at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday the day after tomorrow.

Thanks so much for visiting today, especially if you are popping in from Brenda's blog Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday.


Weston's Red Barn Farm

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 

We sure did.  We took the kids to Weston's Red Barn Farm on Sunday and enjoyed all the best that Fall in the Heartland has to offer.

Enjoy the pictures of nature's bounty...and my kiddos.  *wink*

 I think the giant picture frame shot is my favorite pic from this collage!

Sights around the Farm

Close-ups shot in the Corn Maze

And a few random images from around the farm...

Loved these old lanterns on the barns...looking for similar lighting for our front porch.

Fresh-frozen pies prepared for sale at The Farmer's House.

Last few blooms before the predicted hard freeze to come.

Fields of gold...

I have a thing for old windmills!

Brothers waiting on the horse-drawn wagon.

This one's getting to be such a big boy!

Family shot on the wagon.

A pic with my youngest.

A peaceful ride through the woods.

Thank you, Tutera Group for gifting us with tickets to the Weston Red Barn Farm for the day.  We enjoyed our visit and loved your sponsored Scarecrow!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beauty on Sunday

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
 ~Philippians 4:8~

I've been in the process of creating this sweet quilt for my beautiful daughter.

This is the first time that I have actually done more than just piece...I've added borders...and finished the backing (FLANNEL!)

Thursday afternoon, I ran by my favorite Singer sewing machine store and bought the one thing I desperately needed to finish this quilt...a "walking foot"...a necessary sewing machine attachment for the serious quilter!  :)

What beautiful thing have you gazed upon this Sunday?  Do share!