Friday, September 27, 2013

Pretty Jarring Creatures

If you have read this blog for a while, you know that 8 months of the year I watch a group of pretty cool kiddos one weekend a month for a single mom in the national guard. While it is "work" of sorts I do also have quite a lot of fun with these kiddos. What makes it even MORE wonderful is their love for crafts and creativity. Even the simplest of things can be entertaining and fun.

Tissue paper
Pipe Cleaners
Silly eyes
Jars from your sister (haha, oh wait.. is that just me??)

I don't have pictures because we really all did this SO differently. Generally speaking, we all started by ripping our tissue paper. Well. All but one of us did. The boy among us decided to make his a ghost. I was so impressed by the angle he took on his little creature of the night and so were his two sisters. He was apparently the most creative of us all- the 3 girls all ripped strips and used two sizes of eyes.. this struck me as funny for some reason.

.. see what I did there?? 

At any rate this was really my first (albeit early) Halloween craft I think it was a pretty darn big success with the kids. The youngest and I actually perused pinterest looking at ideas and went from there. I think it all turned out pretty darn great for less than $5 spent at the good old Dollar Tree. 

Oh yea, that's right. They also had small strand of ORANGE lights at the DT too. Of course being the lights hoarder that I am I grabbed them up too. As you can see, they came in handy so we could light up our little creatures of the night..

What fall and/or Halloween crafts do you have on reserve for your little creatures? 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Checking in

If you follow me on IG (you should if you don't!) You have seen some sneak peekers of what I have been working on.

I haven't had a chance to sit at the computer at home and upload photos of EVERYTHING just yet (hopefully this evening). I did want to pop in and share those IG pics for those of you who maybe didn't see them. It has been busy between life, working, and training for my upcoming half marathon. Things will get a little more crazy before they die down after my half in October. In the meantime, I am trying to squeeze in quick but fun crafts. This is SO easy for me since I absolutely love this time of year (as you may have read about in this post.

This isn't everything I have been working on, but I wanted to share SOMETHING since it feels like it has been forever since I updated.

Be on the lookout for another post with more pictures and more explanation of whats been going on in craft land at my house. Hope you are all getting geared up for the fall season (even if that just includes Starbucks pumpkin coffee or lattes!) 

Talk to you all soon!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall fever

As you could probably tell, I haven't quite gotten back into any sort of crafting just yet. But I can tell you that as the days are getting shorter and darkness sets in before I even get home from work, this is really just right around the corner. Although I will moan and groan about shorter daylight hours, I am totally and utterly in love with fall.

I love pumpkin everything - bread, pancakes, coffee.




I love the fall squashes available as quick and easy dinner options.


I love the crunch and smell of leaves along with the crisp, cool air.


I especially love RUNNING in the fall because it is so much easier to breathe and run my best without the impending doom of heavy, humid, thick air.


In all fairness, this is where all my energy and time has been going. If you follow me over at Tiny Thunder Running you will see that I am training for my FIRST. EVER half marathon in Hershey, PA which is October 20th. As it is getting closer, I am getting nervous but know if I prepare appropriately, the rest will fall into place. In fact, my long run (9 miles) for the week will happen tomorrow.

I guess the moral of the story is, I miss crafting quite a bit but right now my time is tighter so I might just not really jump back in until after the race. I do have some fall projects I would like to do for decorative purposes, so we will see if I get to it. I will try to still make an appearance around here at least once a week with something :)

I hope you all are out there enjoying the beautiful fall weather, we are about to head out on the motorcycle for a decent ride while we can.

What are you favorite things about fall??