Saturday, October 31, 2015

Family Halloween Costume: Star Wars

Happy Halloween! 

Our darling girls are in love with Star Wars right now, so this was an obvious choice for family Halloween costumes. 

I was Princess Leia, my husband was Han Solo, then our girls were R2D2, C3P0 and an adorable little ewok. :)

Doing the family costumes has been too much fun! :) 

Here were our last few:


Monday, October 26, 2015

Pink and White Crochet Blanket: Lacy Ripple

It wasn't just my youngest that got a new crochet afghan that matched her room perfectly. :) 
They all did! 

My middle daughter, who is 5, loves pink. Purple for the youngest, and pink all the way for this one. She loves all things pink and pretty, so I thought a lacy ripple afghan done in different shades of pink would be perfect for her.

And she loves it!

Alas, the pattern Great Grandma used for this was from an old book she had, so I cannot share it with you, but it is very similar to this pattern.

I really like how the shades of pink flow into each other. It matches her room and her personality really well.

Once again, many thanks to Great Grandma for making them for us!

Next time, I'll show my oldests'.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Purple Crochet Blanket: Granny flowers

 I had this master plan to have my girls' rooms COMPLETE upon moving into our new house. 

I got surprisingly close, but alas, I did not have them finished. And, just as expected, we've been busy with other projects since moving in 3 1/2 months ago, and they are still not finished! 

With the coming of school and chillier days, I feel us moving more and more from spending our days entirely outside to doing more inside--we're not out picking apples anymore--we are inside juicing apples! I find myself thinking of "inside" projects more and more. And because of this, I am finding a renewed confidence that we will get those sweet girls' rooms done before too long. 

Last year my kids' great grandma helped me crochet floor poufs for them. It was fun, she seemed to enjoy the projects, and I lacked the skills necessary to crochet blankets myself, so once again I solicited her help in making some blankets to match my girls' rooms. Last week we finished all three of them and delivered them to my VERY excited girls. I was worried they wouldn't like their specific blanket that I had planned out for them, but they each loved their individualized blanket. Hurray!

Today I want to show you my youngest daughter's purple granny flower crochet blanket:

Didn't it turn out great!

I also ordered the yarn online, so I was pleased that the colors matched as well as I wanted them to. :)

Here is a "sneak peak" of what her walls are painted like. I love it!
They were old wood paneling, so it was very easy to use the lines to make stripes.  Here is a link to the post about the inspiration for this room (and the other girls' rooms).

Not only is the blanket adorable, matches her room and is nice and warm for a basement bedroom, she also LOVES it!

The way to this girl's heart is purple! I'm so glad she loves her blanket.
And I'm so glad for your help Great Grandma! Thank you again. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween Poison Apples: Black Candied Apples

When it was my turn to host book club, and lucky me, it fell on our Halloween month when we were reading selections from Edgar Allen Poe, I knew I wanted the food to be black and creepy, so I decided to make these "poison" black candied apples. They were perfect!

At first when I was looking for ideas, I googled "black food" and had quite the chuckle about all the cornbread, okra and fried chicken that came up. :) Ha! That wasn't really what I was after, but it made me laugh either way. 

Well, once I decided on this, it was quite fun to put it all together. I collected sticks, found some apples and bought some black food dye. 

I followed the recipe for candied apples that was in my old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook I inherited from my grandmother--only I added black dye rather than red. It worked out great! I think I may have cooked the candy-coating a bit too much because it was REALLY hard and thick. It made the apples nearly inedible; however, I made them more for decoration than for eating, so I didn't care.

 I also liked the accent of having just one red candied apple. Perfect decoration for an Edgar Allen Poe night.