Monday, October 31, 2011

Pretty Pumpkins

 I'd like to share the pumpkins that my friend Paula and I have been working on.  She had the great idea of taking plain cream pumpkins and adding polka dots, crows, webs and words.  She is going to stack them in the urns and make a pumpkin tower for her front porch tonight.

Here are the plain pumpkins before.

and here they are with all the added details.....looking totally cool.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Word Wreath

Well the weather here in Canada has turned cold and is really putting a damper on my ability to finishing projects.  The piano is complete and I will show it to you as soon as it gets inside.  Pumpkins for Halloween have to be put on high priority alert and two pieces of furniture have to be inside until I spray paint them so that they are warm and not cold (same with the paint).  Anyways, as I looked through some of the projects I wanted to get done this month, I saw a wreath tutorial on ucreate that I wanted to try.

Here is my version of the fall burlap wreath.

First I needed a wreath form and I remembered that on Pinterest someone took a foam pipe cover and used that.  So I went to Home Depot and bought one for a whopping $1.69.

It comes sliced on one side so you can slip it around a pipe, but all you do is pull the yellow tape off and the slit seals closed.

Then I duct taped the pipe together. 

 The wreath form was not as thick as I wanted (a pool noodle would be better) so I covered it in strips of coloured upholstery material.
Then I picked my fabrics (all remnants on sale 75% off).  This wreath literally cost me less than $3.00 total.

Then I wrapped my form just like the tutorial.  I think it looks awesome and this part was so easy.

For the flowers I wanted to do something different, so I typed up French and English words about love, thankfulness and blessings, etc.

I then traced it onto my material with a sharpie pen.

(maybe a little spell check would have been nice on bienfait...oops!!!)

Made the flowers.

Added metal antique buttons.

Attached it to the wreath

 And hung it on my door.

I loved how this project turned out.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread

Well I woke up this morning all ready to finish my final 4 projects that are sitting in our garage and found out that the weather was not going to cooperate.  It was a whopping 2 C, which is 35 F and for anyone who paints outside you know you can't paint below 10 C.........so what was I going to do now?  Why, I hit pinterest  of course, and while I was browsing I came across some

 and decided it was something I needed to make.  So I looked up the recipe here and gave it a try.  Here are some of the pictures I took along the way. 

 sugar mixture pressed into dough

This is the bread cut into 6 strips.  I only stacked 3 on top of each other because they were wiggly.

I cut them into little squares and started to layer them in my greased pan.  Early on I had the brilliant idea of leaning the pan vertical......much easier!!!

 Waiting for the oven to heat and rising a little more.

and here is the bread all done with the very yummy glaze on it.  I didn't do the rum flavouring, went vanilla instead. 

It was very good with a slight pumpkin spice taste to the bread but, time consuming....
at least my FHE treat is done for the night.

My little boy got to taste a  bit and said, "Mommy this is so good, I could eat it ALL day".
From the mouths of babes.....this one is a keeper.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two More Performances

It's hard to believe that there are only 2 more performances of Annie left.  It has been so much fun, tons of hard work and lots of prayers.  Everyone is healthy and ready to perform the last two shows this week.  I have not been able to get out front and take pictures myself, but I will try tomorrow and Friday.  Here are some that other cast members have taken.  The first ones are from Maren (Maren's blog is private or I would send you over to view more fun pictures).  

These are our adorable orphans.
Here are Rooster, Miss Hannigan and Lily St. Regis
(they rocked, their number of Easy Street is so fun to watch)
(I also love the prop behind them.....so chippy)

Here is one of the Annie's with Daddy Warbucks, Grace, Rooster and Miss Hannigan.  (This is where they try to convince DW and Grace that is Annie is their little girl).

 This is when the crowd loses it with laughter.  We have two great guys as Punjab and President Roosevelt.  So funny!!!

Here is the end song with the whole cast. (Thanks to Nikki for this one).

This play has been a lot of hard work and so much fun for the kids and cast.  I wish them GOOD LUCK on their final two (SOLD OUT) shows.  Yeah!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Costumes

Wow, did I find the best site ever for Halloween costumes it's called chasing fireflies and they have the most adorable costumes.  Since I have three girls here are my top 3 picks:

and because I have a boy too, here's one for him.

 Just kidding. 
 This one for sure.  I wonder if it comes in adult sizes?

Oh yes it does!!!

Love it!!
(hee hee)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Being Thankful

Wow, it's been almost 2 weeks since I've been on the computer for longer than 15 minutes.  I have been so busy painting Annie sets (two more days before opening night).... YEAH!!  After getting up at 6:30 this morning and painting until 10:00 I can now say that I see the end.....and I am so thankful that my part is almost done and grateful for the friends that helped SO much.  I can't wait to post the pictures of the scenes. 

 I did want to post something else right now being Canadian Thanksgiving Day and that is the two desserts I tried  from pinterest.  You know when you see something and you pin it and don't even know if it tastes good?  Well now I have an opinion on two desserts.  First was this apple cream-cheese bundt cake from myrecipes.
Pinned Image
This cake looked just like the picture......so pretty.  This was VERY yummy and quite the hit with the kids and the majority of the adults.
(I didn't add the cup of chopped pecans because I don't like nuts in my cake and it was still really good.)

I also made this Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle from taste of home
Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle Recipe
This was so easy to make and made my house smell like gingerbread for the whole day.  The only thing that I didn't put in was the rum extract.  It was very yummy.  This was more appreciated by the adults as the ginger flavour was quite strong.  I had some of this for breakfast today and the flavors had mellowed and was even better.

Just thought I would pass on two really easy and yummy desserts that are definitely making it into my recipe book.