Well today, I turn 28 years old. I usually like to make a big deal out of other people’s birthdays and I try to apply the same passion to my own, but this year I am struggling to be as excited as I have been in the past. I am incredibly grateful for all of the many blessings I have, my family, my friends, the animals in my life, my incredibly kind and hardworking husband, my career – but there’s something that makes me sad as I age because I feel like I’m losing time each year I get older. And, I like having time to enjoy all these things I love in my life.
I think I need to stop chasing time and the way I treat it as a loss as I lunge further into my “late twenties.” For my birthday and the year ahead I’m going to work on enjoying these wonderful seconds I am alive on this earth to be as productive or unproductive as I want be. I am going to try to also think of the time I spend as something I am gaining (not losing). I am going to take more risks/try new things and stop fearing and start loving and letting things go that don’t matter. That is something I am happy to have embraced this past year. I still have lots of learning and personal growth ahead of me…and patience is my weakness which I need to grow a lot of. My lack of patience is very evident in the first ever homemade birthday cake I made…I was so focused on EATING the cake, that I haphazardly decorated and assembled before the cake was 100% cool – and you know I’ve seen way too many cooking shows to know better…
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Who’s feeling crafty this spring?! I like to beat those I-wish-it-were-Halloween-blues by doing some spooky crafts! I myself have been getting into making pins and earrings out of polymer clay. I’ve always wanted to give it try and found it to be a fairly inexpensive and fun way to create all sorts of charms and accessories. I’m still very much in the early stages of perfecting the art of working with polymer clay – but I learn something new and inspiring each time I sit down to mold with it. I want to share how I made this bright and colorful jack-o-lantern pins for spring if you too want to start sculpting with clay – they’re super simple and minimal tools are required!
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This is a fairly easy craft – and if you love Halloween and want to celebrate it all year this is a must to transform your Halloween items into springoween delights!
I thought I’d share what I did with some of my decorative Halloween buckets to help inspire your springoween decorating.
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Valloween has come and passed, and Halloween seems so far away. But fear not spooky friends, because this time in-between seasons has me feeling nostalgic and looking back on my past blog posts.
I figured now would be a great time to revisit some of my favorite posts, recipes and DIYs to keep the spirit of Halloween alive during this chilly and bleak transition into spring.
Take a look back at my favorite posts with me…
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Valloween is a new holiday created by Halloween lovers for other Halloween lovers who believe the Halloween spirit should exist 365 days a year! I hope you’ll celebrate Valloween with us! In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of my fellow Samhain Society member’s Valloween ideas, inspirations, recipes and more so that you have PLENTY to do to make Valentines day creepy and weird, as it should be. I am writing this post while jamming out to Spooky Little Halloween’s Creepy Love Song playlist which is AMAZING. She gets me and my music taste. If you need eerie playlists year-round, she’s your expert creepy music curator (Music inspires the heck out of me, just like Halloween! Spooky Little Halloween also blogs about music at the Good Groupie – check it out!).
Now let’s dive into some of the most magical Valloween things happening on the internet!
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Love is in the air – and sometimes you can be so in love it hurts (plus, you love things with a dash of spooky!)! For all of you spooky lovers, I have a fun Valloween cookie recipe and ideas for you and your sweetheart to enjoy!
Keep reading for the recipe, ideas and tips to create this ghoulish treat:
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Nothing says “love” like a handmade spooky Valentine to celebrate Valloween! I’ve been working on making some Vallow-tines and wanted to share the doodles and phrases with you in case you are looking for some inspiration for spreading some scary good love to your friends and family!
Making homemade valentines is super nostalgic to me. It brings me back to my grade school days when we would make homemade shoe box sculptures to hold all of our paper valentines. I’ll never forget the one my parents helped me build that looked like a red Razor scooter. Those scooters were all the rage…and I think they’re making a comeback!
Keep reading to see photos of some of the Vallow-tines I’ve made:
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The time of year where love is in the air is fast approaching – but who says that love can’t be a little scary? For those of us who live with Halloween in our heads and hearts all year, we take this holiday and add in some spooky flair and we celebrate VALLOWEEN!
I’m excited to share some fun Valloween ideas, crafts and treats with you in the coming weeks and wanted to kick off the festivities with some DIY Valloween home decor – the perfect Valloween wreath!
Keep reading for inspiration and to see how I made mine:
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Happy Winter Solstice Halloween friends! I can’t believe we’re days away from Christmas and a new year. I hope that you have had a splendid 2018 and that luck and fortune will be with you in 2019! Speaking of luck…did you know, based on Ukrainian and Germanic folklore, a spider ornament on your Christmas tree will bring you good luck? The legend of the Christmas spider is also said to have been the story that inspired the popular decorating trend of draping silvery tinsel on the tree.
There is an ongoing superstition in Europe that spiders bring good luck – and the Christmas spider legend tells of a widowed mother living in poverty with her children. The children find a pine cone and tend to it with hopes that a tree will sprout in time for Christmas (which it did!). Once Christmas came, they could still not afford to decorate the tree. After the children fell asleep on Christmas, a spider is said to have spun a glittering web around the tree so that when the light hit it in the morning it shone and turned the web into gold and silver – quite a sight to behold. The family was overjoyed and also were no longer living in poverty from that point on.
To honor this legend and to help you bring a bit of luck into your new year, I’m going to show you how to make your own spider ornament if you do not have one adorning your tree yet! Keep reading to find out how:
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Tis the season for sweet treats – and what’s sweeter than baking a warm, spicey ginger bread cookie with a sinister twist? Today, to celebrate Creepmas with you, I’m sharing a delicious and easy ginger-dead cookie recipe. What’s so fun about them is you can decorate as creepy as you like! My piping skills are very amateur (which you can tell by the photos), but the sloppiness gives them some character!
I also cut out different shapes to make an evil Santa Claus and spooky snowman. Keep reading for the recipe and some decorating inspiration:
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