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Archives for October 2012

Happy Halloween!


I’ll be spending the evening with the cutest spider ever (aka my nephew Bentley) and forget to tell you all I Guest Posted over at the CSI project sharing my Fence Post Pumpkins on Monday (in my defense there was a hurricane headed my way)!

Make sure to stop over and check out this quick fake pumpkin tutorial that will carry you from Halloween to Thanksgiving!

Free Halloween Word Searches – Easy and Hard


New for 2016: Printable Halloween Crossword Puzzle

Here on the east coast Halloween activities may require scuba gear. So I thought I’d whip up a few more word searches for everyone!

The last Halloween Word Search I made was pretty tough (it took me forever to find the word Werewolf!) so I made an easier one:

Free Halloween Word Find

And another hard one:

Free Halloween Word find

Feel free to download the Easy Halloween Wordfind and the Halloween Costume Wordfind from Google docs and print as many copies as you like.

The PDFs do not have watermarks and are set to print on regular printer paper.

Please DO NOT sell this file, I make them available for free so everyone can enjoy them!

I’d love some feedback on the word searches! Do you love them? Hate them? Would you like them easier/harder? Would you like a key with all the answers? Any ideas for new ones?

Halloween Cups – A Quick DIY


We had some friends over last night for a last minute Halloween/Birthday Party (my husbands birthday is Monday, he’ll be 33!). We threw together a pretty decent spread, but my camera went MIA so sadly no pictures of the set up. We served chilli (some of it was baked in pie pumpkins), corn bread and sausage bread.

I bought a pack of orange paper cups and a pack of googly eyes at the store and along with a hot glue gun and a sharpie I made these fun little guys:

Cute right? It took less than 20 minutes to do them all, there was a cyclops but that one went missing. After I ran out of cups I realized I hadn’t done a kitty, always next time right?

This is also great for smaller kids who might not recognize their names but will remember whether they had the pirate or spider cup.

You could also personalize them to match each child’s costume!

Spiderweb Halloween Candle Holder


Are you ready for Halloween? No? Me neither. But I do have another quick project for you!

I have a thing for spiders, you can probably tell by looking at my past projects including the very large lawn spiderwebs with giant spider warning signsembroidery hoop web art and hot glue spiderwebs.

Spiderweb Halloween Candle Holder DIY from Dollar Store Vases
You probably have most of the supplies floating around, if not everything is easy to find at Target, the dollar store or Grandmas.

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A Crafter’s Dream Giveaway #ACraftersDream


My Merry Messy Life: A Crafter's Dream Giveaway #ACraftersDream

I’m very excited to be part of  A Crafter’s Dream Christmas Giveaway! This giveaway is hosted by My Merry Messy Life, Earning-My-Cape and Tutus & Tea Parties and has a Christmas, crafting, and supporting small business theme! Each blogger is offering her/his own giveaway worth $25 or more going on now through Sunday, November 4, 2012. You have more than 50 chances to win fun stuff here!

If you aren’t familiar with the Chicken Scratch house, I have a country aesthetic with a lean towards handmade and natural elements. Today I am offering something a little different. The winner will receive 4 embroidered fabric squares. They can be simply framed or sewn into a beautiful table runners, wall hangings or pillowcases. The options are endless!

Included in this set are:

Barn Swallow Botanical, Wild Rose Botanical, Yellow Warbler Botanical and Tiger Lily Botanical

Each is approximately 6.5 x 4.5 inches on Cream colored organic twill with a generous seam allowance. Please note that this is thicker than Quilt Cotton!

Christmas is just around the corner, and the time to start crafting our gifts for friends and family is now.  Some of the blogs in the giveaway group will be giving away some awesome crafting supplies! Sometimes we want to give a handmade gift, but just don’t have the time or know-how to make them ourselves. This is a great opportunity to support small businesses and shops who offer handmade items! Some of the blogs in our giveaway group will be highlighting such small businesses and offering giveaway items for them, as well. Even if you don’t win the giveaway, we hope that you will keep these small businesses in mind when shopping for that perfect gift for your special someone.

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Now you can hop from blog to blog entering as many giveaways as you want!