Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

{this moment} - fireside knitting

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Belated Happy Halloween!

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! We have been busy, busy, busy around here, hence the long blog silence. But we've been having a lot of fun!

We got the house all decorated for Halloween.

And we picked out some pumpkins at the Farmers' Market.

The three little black and white bats I commissioned about two years ago from Squirrel Momma on Etsy (aren't they cute?!).

And the equally cute grey, black, and purple bats are Duckie Uglings. (Becca Jo's the one who taught us at my penguin party).

My guy and I looove holidays, and any excuse to give each other gifts. Here's my pile for him:

I made the wrapping paper with a bat stamp. (I love making wrapping paper).

My gifts for him included this sweet little magnet from Marisa of Creative Thursday:

As well as some Halloween books and candy, and some homemade gifts as well. The homemade gifts included the ghost wreath, the watercolor leaf (finally framed!), and this little painting:

While we opened our Halloween presents we had this wine. I bought it a few years ago when I was in Michigan with my brother. I've been saving it, but the label seemed so perfect for Halloween that we opened it up on Monday night.

But before we had our gift exchange, we went to dinner at my parents' house with some family friends. We all took turns handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters.
I made the place card settings for dinner (inspired by Martha Stewart). First I started with six little pumpkins:

I made a bat wing template and then traced around it twelve times on black cardstock. I cut out the bat wings and taped them (fancy, I know!) to the pumpkins.

I used one of my paper punches to cut out more black cardstock for our names. I decided they looked a little like tombstones, so I added 'RIP' above our names, then tied them to the pumpkins with orange ribbon.

Here's the table at my parents', set for Halloween dinner:

Lentil soup.

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and cabbage.

The little velvet pumpkin that I gave to my mom.

We also carved pumpkins and roasted pumpkin seeds, but this post is already really long! So I may have to share a few more Halloweenish things later this week. For now, you can check out last year's pumpkins right here.