Posted in Craft Corner

Haunted Barn Halloween Cards

It’s been a while since I have made cards. I pulled out my Halloween papers and stickers last week and ended up making these haunted barn cards. I love that I live a country setting where barns are scattered everywhere. Sometimes I even dream of having my own crafting barn. 🙂

I made my own barn template, which I admit was a bit tricky!

For these cards I used the following supplies:

  • Black cards
  • Halloween and fall themed paper
  • Wood themed paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Small leaf craft punch
  • Stampin’ Up’s owl punch
  • Halloween stickers
Poor witch!

Halloween will be here before we know it! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic week!

Posted in Craft Corner

Halloween Kid Craft Party

This past Friday, I hosted a SURF (Sweet Unique aRtsy Friends) Club Halloween party for sixteen neighbor girls between the ages of 5 and 15.


With that many girls I decided to create three craft stations and divide them into three rotating groups. In my Craft Cove, the girls made Halloween wreaths. I set up the table with pre-cut paper plates, paints (purple, orange, black, green), brushes, markers, pom poms, ribbon, gems, googly eyes, chenille stems, scissors, and glue.


At the second station the girls decorated foam cauldrons (from Dollar Tree) and created monsters from pre-cut monster shapes my son created for me, with pom poms, gems, googly eyes, feathers, markers, and glitter glue.


I didn’t take a picture of the kitchen table, which was the third station, but the girls decorated sugar cookies there. I made the cookies the day before. There were witch hats, brooms, cauldrons, pumpkins, ghosts, bats, cats, spider webs, coffins, skulls, bones, and tomb stones. My daughter made up plates of cookies, covered them with gallon zip locks, and labeled them with the girls names ahead of time. I thought that was a great idea! For decorating, we provided vanilla frosting in black, green, orange, purple, white, and blue, Halloween perils, writing gels, and plastic knives.


When I give these parties, I’ve learned to provide a space for the girls to keep their projects together. I lined the bar side of my kitchen island with kraft paper and used a pencil to draw lines so that each girl had an equal space. As the girls arrived, I sent them to the counter to select a space and write their names. Another trick was to have the girls names on paper cups and have an assigned place for their cups so they could get drinks as needed.


It worked beautifully.


Is it just me or does this cauldron look a bit like the Kool-Aid pitcher?


I didn’t have time to take any more pictures. Hosting is a full time job! Luckily, my two sons stuck around to help me. They each took a station. I served the girls mummy hotdogs and mac ‘n’ cheese in jack ‘o lantern cups. They watched The Nightmare Before Christmas and munched on Halloween Chex mix. My son made up an orange punch for them with gummy worms in it. I also had a Halloween scavenger hunt to keep the girls busy between their craft rotations (some girls finish quickly, others take their time).


The best part for me was decorating for the party. I love to decorate my house for holidays and I especially enjoy decorating around my fireplace. But I have a Halloween town and all sorts of decorations throughout the main rooms of my home. My kids think I’m nuts! But the girls loved the ambience. We even had Halloween music playing in the background while the girls crafted. Oh, and the girls all came dressed up as well.

♥ Do you host a Halloween party at your house? When my children were young and we lived in Washington, we were the neighborhood rest stop on Halloween night. We’d have several of the neighbor families take a break from trick or treating to eat chili or sip cider or hot cocoa at our house. It was a lot of fun. Here in the country, we don’t get many trick or treaters on Halloween night because of the distance between houses. So this was fun to have my crafting girls over for an all-out Halloween party. It was a LOT of work, but worth every effort to see all the happy faces. Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Posted in Movie Corner

The House with a Clock in its Walls (Movie Review)


My daughter and I saw this movie with a friend and her daughter, right after it came to theaters. Our verdict? We were hooked the entire time. It was a jumbled mix of creepy mild horror (see my age recommendations below), magical high jinks, and laugh-out-loud humor.

This movie is a Universal and Amblin Entertainment effort and stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. It has elements of Goosebumps and Harry Potter, with a sprinkling of Matilda. It is rated PG and according to Parent Previews, has five lines with mild profanity (somehow I missed three of them). Otherwise, I call it a clean family movie, as long as the children watching it can handle the darker side of the movie.

Because of the mild horror, I definitely do not recommend this movie for any child under the age of ten, and even then, parents should consider their child’s sensitivity to a dark evil villain. It’s the villain’s creepy backstory (told through flashbacks) and eventual reappearance which make the movie edge-of-seat scary for children and some adults (for me, this is as scary as I like to get). My friend’s daughter is ten and she sat next to me during the movie. She hid her face in her jacket a couple of times, and came away claiming the return of the villain scared her the most. Luckily, she did not suffer from nightmares afterwards.

The basic plot line is that a ten-year old boy named Lewis is sent to live with his unconventional uncle Jonathon after his parents pass away, and soon discovers that both his uncle and his uncle’s house are hiding secrets. Lewis also meets his uncle’s neighbor and best friend, Florence. Much of the humor comes from the biting, friendly banter between Jonathon (Jack Black) and Florence (Cate Blanchett). I have to say that I found their performances to be great fits for their characters.

If you are a fan of Jack Black and Goosebumps, you will enjoy this movie. I personally found it worth seeing and would add it to my movie collection. Plus, it’s perfect for the Halloween season. 🙂



Posted in Family Corner

Trunk or Treat


For those of you who may not be familiar with trunk or treat, it’s an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. This was a church activity this past Saturday night. We enjoyed barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers and then as it got darker, we moved to our cars, opened our trunks and let the children go at it.


This year we went with a Minecraft theme (last year was a cemetery theme). Marcus and I created each piece ourselves: 2 creepers, 8 pumpkins, 1 spider and web. It took up most of our free time last week and was a fun activity to tackle together. Marcus loves Minecraft and many of the children who came to our car for treats were Minecraft fans as well.

♥ Have your children been making anything crafty for Halloween? ♥