Lest We Forget.
On November 11th we fall silent and remember the many brave people who have fought and are still fighting to bring peace to our world. The Canadians who have come before us and those who fight today for those who will come after us are heroes.
We must also remember to pray for those who make it home. They suffer greatly from PTSD and many physical wounds.
Lets take a moment to remember. And for the year to come when you see a poppy growing take a moment to pray. Pray for those who made it home, for them and their families.
One of the favorite parties of the year in our neighbourhood is the Pumpkin Carving Party. There are 18 children in our neighbourhood so as you can imaging there are many MANY pumpkins that have to get carved.
The most tedious part of pumpkin carving is the gutting process.
This year was the first year we used the Pumpkin Gutter. I read about it over at All Things Thrifty! Brook and her family carve almost 100 pumpkins every year.
The best thing about the Pumpkin Gutter is that all the seeds are intact and even easier to separate from the guts. You can thin the walls of the pumpkin so that they are easier to carve into.
It is really easy to use. You just attach it to a drill and go for it. There are instructional videos on the Pumpkin Gutter website. (Just click the link to check it out) Let me tell you…. This is worth it!
Lately I have become more acquainted with my embroiderer. It has been a lot of experimenting. Getting classes around here as proven to be a little difficult. So between YouTube and Owners Manuals I am getting it figured out. This was one of my first projects.
The little cat and owl in the pumpkins are from Sweet Pea Place. It is an embroidery design website with a lot of greaty6 designs. Super cute hey?
I cannot wait to know more about machine embroidery. In my searches I learned that Bernina also has a painting foot and a cutting foot that goes with the embroiderer.
Looks like there will never be a shortage of gift ideas around here!
Here is the very first entry for the Door Decor Challenge.
These foam pumpkins are super easy to work with. They can be colored with markers or paint, hot glued (hottest setting) or pinned. This was a fun project because it was fast and easy and involved the little ones. My girls went through the jar of buttons to find fall or harvest looking ones. There were many to choose from.
As for the ribbon, Micheal’s has had some incredible deals on ribbon as of late. There are huge bins and each one is less than a dollar. I mean way less. The girls and I go through and each grab a few of our favorites. They all hang out in a draw together and when it comes time to add ribbon to a project, there are tons to choose from.
I adhered to pumpkins to the door with hot glue. I used the glue at it’s hottest setting and held each one there till it dried. Let’s hope that doesn’t leave any damage. I may have to paint the door by the end of this challenge.
Aren’t they so cute?
Did you notice my Scardy-Cat Dog in the window?
Last year I challenged myself to make a wreath for each month.
I hung them on my front door as a way to represent each month in someway or another.
I figured it would be interesting to continue the same challenge but with a little twist.
For a year I will continue to decorate my front door, but with
It will be called ……………………………….
Credit must be given to my friend Sam for the catchy name. She is oober talented and super funny. I thin she should have a blog of her own!
Each month I will try to come up with someway of adorning my front door as a way to celebrate each month.
Make sure you come back each month to see what crazy creation is happening at my front door.
Also, I encourage you all to make wreaths or something for your front door. It is a fun and easy way to make your house look decorated for the season. Remember to take pictures and share them with me!
If you ever need a lesson in patience try this….
We had to wait a week before we could try the yummy sugary goodness.
We started with Bamboo sticks, food coloring, flavors, water and a lot of sugar.
First we chose what flavors would go with what colors.
Than we soaked the skewers in water and dipped them into the sugar canister.
I boiled the sugar and water until it was at a rumbling boil. It was about 4:1 sugar to water. eventually when I dumped the sugar in, it just formed a clump and took a long time to dissolve. After we put a teaspoon of flavor and some color into each jar. I used a canning jar funnel and added the sugar water.
The sugary sticks have to be suspended in the jar. Not touching the sides or the bottom. We clipped them with cloths pins and rested the pin at the top of the jar. (Ummmm, I forgot to get a picture of that. Sorry)
The hardest part of all was leaving in a sunny window for a week and waiting……
Star Anise (Black Licorice)
And as you can imagine, the kiddos loved them.
I did it!
A wreath a month for the whole year.
There were some months that were a little harder to imagine than others. And I will admit that some of them appeared a little late, but regardless, they all got finished……………………. eventually.
Here is a recap of each month from top left to bottom right.
January, February, March, April
May, June, July, August
September, October,November, December
(click on the month to see post)
One thing is for sure, my camara skills have improved. Thanks to Lorelei and her amazing photography skills. (Thanks for all the tips, keep’ em coming) You can check out her blog and website here.
Now to come up with another way to celebrate each month….
Oh, I got an idea……………. you’ll have to keep an eye out in October for what will come next.
I can’t decide which one I like best.
Which one is your favorite?