Spooky Chandeliers


I must confess I’m an after holiday clearance shopper.  I always have been.  These great red bulbs we have had for nearly 10 years now.  Before Halloween their way to expensive to purchase.  However I picked these up for 25 cents each one year.  The hardest part is keeping them safely stored during the off season.  I have also used the for Valentines day.  Add some beads and plastic spiders on YES fishing line, and you have a nice display.


How to make Giant Pumpkin Piñata


What you will need:

36″ Balloon

News Paper Strips and lots of them

Black craft paper ( for face)

Brown Paper bag  (stem)

Colored tissue paper (orange)

Recipe for paper mache 

1 part flour to 2 parts water.

I hate to be vague but with a balloon this size you will have to do sections at a time and allow it to dry.


I think it took us 5 or more coats.  The ball does become heavy and at some point your balloon may even pop  however the dried paper mache will hold the form.


Dip the newspaper strips into the paste you made. Remove any extra glue on the newspaper piece by running it through your pinched fingers. Spread the newspaper onto the balloon. Continue this, making the strips go in all different directions, until your balloon is completely covered.

 Make sure you leave a small hole on the end where the balloon is tied so you can remove the balloon and fill the pinata. Let the first layer dry.



Add two or three more layers of paper mache to your balloon. Allow each layer to dry completely before putting on the next layer.


Once it is dry, pop the balloon and create a hole in back to fill with candy and toys.


This pumpkin was pretty heavy and the children at the time were small.  We had them do a treasure hunt which ended when they found the Great BIG Pumpkin.



Velvet Pumpkins

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These fabric and velvet  pumpkins are very easy to do.   The stems are the hardest to find.  Here’s the easiest secret..  Go to your local pumpkin patch and ask them if they have any stems that have broke off their pumpkins.  My local stand said ” yes we have a box full would you like some”  YES. yes I would…

Then I went to my local Joann’s fabric store and purchase some nice quality left over discounted pieces.  I cut them in to circles using inverted mixing bowls.  Multiple sizes makes a better display.  Set your round cut outs aside.  Now you will run a need and thread around the edge of the circle and fill 1/3 of the pumpkin with uncooked beans or rice the top portion you will fill with poly fill.  Then simply close up your whole and tie a knot in the fabric.  From here you will get out your glue gun and glue the stem onto the top of your pumpkin.  So simple.


My Favorite Fall Veggie Dish

4 cups 1/2-inch-diced kabocha squash
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Crushed red pepper
Kosher salt
1 pound haricots verts, stem end removed
1 pound oyster mushrooms, pulled into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds), for garnish
1 bunch fresh chives, finely diced, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss the squash with olive oil, cinnamon, crushed red pepper and salt. Put the squash on a sheet tray and put in the oven. Roast the squash until very soft, about 30 minutes.

Toss the haricots verts with olive oil, crushed red pepper and salt. Put on a sheet tray and roast in the oven for 15 to 17 minutes. Repeat this process with the mushrooms and roast for 12 to 14 minutes.

Place the pepitas on a sheet tray and roast for 7 to 8 minutes.

When all the veggies are roasted, combine all them. Garnish with the toasted pepitas and chives. This recipe is compliments of Anne Burrell!


Giant Balloon Spider


One of the things I couldn’t live without is fishing line.  I hang everything from fishing line.  What you will need to make this Balloon Spider.

  • 1          24″ or 36″ Red Balloon
  • 1          12″ or 18″ Black Balloon
  • 8           Purple Twister Balloon
  • White construction Paper
  • Craft Glue
  • Fishing line

Blow up your balloons and tie your black balloon to your red Balloon this will make your head and body of your spider.  Now your just going to tie on your legs one by one.  Now that you have your spider made simply glue on his eyes and hang him off one of your lights with your fishing line.  See how easy that was.

The smaller spiders in the background were just 12″ rounds with crepe paper for legs.