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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Get Organized for Halloween, 10 Spooktacular Tips

Ghosts, witches, goblins and black cats . . . yes, it's Halloween once again. Here are 10 tips to ensure this holiday is a fun one for your and your family.

1. Make a List

Make a checklist of everything you'd like to do for Halloween--such as making/getting costumes, having a party, attending a festival, carving a pumpkin, getting some scary books or videos at the library and taking the kids trick-or-treating, safety precautions, and baking pumpkin pie.

2. Decorate for the Season

It's time to pull out your tried-and-true Halloween decorations from year's past. If they're not in one organized place this year, be sure you put them all in one organized place for next year when you're done with them.

3. Find the Festivities

Using the Web and your local newspapers, find out what Halloween festivities are happening in your area. Schedule some outings for your family and enjoy the season. Apple picking, pumpkin picking and hay rides are popular this time of the year.

4. Search Your TV Listings

Search through your TV listing and make a schedule of all Halloween programs and cartoons you wish to watch. If the family can't be together when a particular program is airing, video tape it and watch it together later on.

5. Buy Treats Ahead of Time

Pick up Halloween treats at the supermarket now so you're ready for trick-or-treaters.

6. Organize Treats into Treat Bags

Spend time before Hallowing, placing an assortment of treats into each treat bag (or plastic baggie.) Every trick-or-treater will then get an equal amount of treats.

7. Organize a Halloween Party

If you plan to have a Halloween party at your house, plan for the party ahead of time. Make a list of everything you plan to do, and everyone you wish to invite. Be sure to get the invitations out early. Begin preparing meals and baking before October 31st.

8. Get Ready for Parties You're Attending

If you already have plans to go to a Halloween party elsewhere, determine what you'll need to bring to the party. Will you need to bring food? Find out what dish you'll be bringing, and determine if it can be prepared ahead of time. Need a costume? Begin making one now, or be sure to hit the costume shops early, while you still have time.

9. Send Out Halloween Greetings

Halloween is a great time of year to keep in touch with family and friends. Send Halloween greetings in the mail, or save money and send e-mail greetings.

10. Enjoy the Season

Go outdoors and enjoy the fall foliage. Take a walk in the brisk air. Enjoy your neighbors' Halloween decorations around town. Take some photos for your memory book. After all, this holiday doesn't linger after October 31st--you'll be heading right into the holiday season!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Newbies 4 Sale

Custom order only $26.95 + s/h
Special order only $28.95 + s/h Coffin---This was a custom order.....
Vintage stitcheries $10 ea + s/h, no glass in frame and one frame hanger is loose. Some age spots on fabric, see pics....

Wooden Angel White $14.95 + s/h Above wooden angel $12.95 + s/h
All vintage patterns $3.75 + s/h of $2.00 ea

OOAK Amish Doll $12.95 + s/h email to purchase......

New Dollies and Vintage Items coming

I am going to be getting pics of some new vintage items and new Halloween and everyday dollies for you this weekend. They will be up for sale in my Lemon Poppy Seeds shoppe so make sure you go check it out when you have the chance. I will be putting them up tomorrow around 11 ish or sooner....

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I was Interviewed and here it is :)

I was interviewed for my Etsy shoppe and here is where you can read the wonderful article :)

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My Wsoapp Halloween Swap

So we had a secret swap and I received my pckage yesterday and was soooo excited to see it was from Patrick of Cre8tor's Touch. I just love all the goodies I received.
He gave me one of his bobble head pumpkin men on his OOAK Halloween boxes, one of his shrunken apple head witches on broom, a yankee candle in sage/cinnamon, some plaster of paris candy molds with pics of Halloween for me to paint up, some plaster of paris square plates to use for testing paint colors and such, a HUGE box of chocolates and some homemade Amish Cashew brittle! I am soo spoiled. Thanks bunches Patrick~

Saturday, August 22, 2009

History of Witches I Found on Net

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog"

"Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing"

"For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and babble"

"Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble"
William Shakespeare

The Witches' Cauldron*

Witches and Warlocks have had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 - the eve of May Day and the other was on the eve of October 31 - All Hallow's Eve.

The witches would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on unsuspecting people, transform themselves into different forms and causing other magical mischief.

It was said that to meet a witch you had to put your clothes on wrong side out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch.

When the early settlers came to America, they brought along their belief in witches. In American the legends of witches spread and mixed with the beliefs of others, the Native Americans - who also believed in witches, and then later with the black magic beliefs of the African slaves.

The black cat has long been associated with witches. Many superstitions have evolved about cats. It was believed that witches could change into cats. Some people also believed that cats were the spirits of the dead.

One of the best known superstitions is that of the black cat. If a black cat was to cross your path you would have to turn around and go back because many people believe if you continued bad luck would strike you.

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*Holidays on the Net has received numerous objections about our presentation of Halloween folklore involving witches. In fairness we present this letter from one of our visitors wishing to address this stereotypi

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Dollies are Up

In my Etsy shoppe. There are some nice witches and pumpkins. I have an awesome witch coming soon. Back to work is making it harder to get things done. I also added some more dolls to the list of available dolls to order on my website.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Newbies A Comin

Have 4 great newbies coming soon. Bats, pumpkins, pumpin dollie and witchie poo stay tuned. Oh and if you own an i=phone check this out The 35 Best iPhone Apps Of The Year (So Far) -

Friday, August 14, 2009

Repro Vintage Halloween Treats I Found Today

Bought at Pat Catans when I was at home visiting mom.
Witch I got today that son broke in 10 minutes.  Can you see the breaks?  Need some black glitter. Bought at TJ Maxx comes in black and purple.
This was all bought at tueday Morning.  3 shakers, some glitter halloween ornies owl, witch, cat and pumpkin.  2 bobble heads cat and pumpkin, 2 boxes made to look like old books,  and then for Christmas 2 bog white bottle brush trees.
So I went out to TJMaxx and Tuesday Morning and found these wonderful repro Halloween items.  I wanted to show you them all.  Now story today is do not let them sit out with small boys around.  I flipped today!  Totally flipped and went ballistic.  My younger son comes into my office where I have these items on the floor getting ready to put away, he I don't know trips, gets pushed by his brother or something and falls on the black witch breaking the bottom half of her off!  I only had it like 10 minutes before it got broke.  Well I flipped.  Sooo hubby hot glued it and I painted over the break points now I have to find black glitter to cover it up.  I was so mad.  My son just asked me about 5 minutes ago if I forgave him, which I do but i am still mad.  I am having a Malcolm in the Middle Mom moment >:(

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Newbies Coming Soon

I have 3 great newbies coming soon.  I hope to get them done before I go back to work if time allows as I am swamped with orders and Etsy is really taken off for me.  Sooooo stay tuned on that end.  

Oh and if you homeschool or have a child from 1st-4th grade, this website offers free printables of worksheets and other fun things

Thought it was kewl.  They have a bunch of Harry Potter stuff.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Found this on Betty Crocker

Make this "spook-tacularly" easy cookie for Halloween parties or treats!
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 15 min
Makes: 32 cookies
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32Hershey's® Kisses® milk chocolates, unwrapped
1package (11 1/2 ounces) fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32)
1tube (4.25 ounces) orange or red decorating icing

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1.Attach 1 chocolate candy to chocolate bottom of each cookie, using decorating icing.
2.Pipe decorating icing around base of milk chocolate candy.
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Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a shallow bowl. Make a face with miniature chocolate chips and decorator candies; top with a Witches' Hat. Quick, eat the witch before she melts!
You can use any 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-inch chocolate or chocolate-covered cookies instead of the shortbread cookies.
Nutrition Information:
1 Serving: Calories 95 (Calories from Fat 45 ); Total Fat 5 g (Saturated Fat 4 g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 35 mg; Total Carbohydrate 13 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g); Protein 1 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 0% Exchanges: 1 Fruit; 1 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Hershey's and Kisses trademarks and associated trade dress are registered trademarks of The Hershey Company.

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Witchies 4 sale

These are all on Etsy and also my website under fall dolls tab and fall dolls cont. tab....

Ebay dollies Ending in 8 Hours

I have a bunch of dollies on Ebay ending in 8 hours so if you want a good one this is it. This chickie is done taking fall orders at the moment as I am swamped and will be going back to work in a weeks time. Thank you are for the wonderful support. Here is a link to my ebay:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Mummy Cupcakes


  • 2 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/8 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. In small saucepan, melt white chocolate over low heat. Stir until smooth, and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in white chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and orange extract. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Mix in heavy cream.
  4. Beat together the eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl, and mix in the oil and vanilla. Fold in carrots and pineapple. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix flour mixture into the carrot mixture until evenly moist. Fold in 1/2 cup walnuts. Transfer to the prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before topping with the icing and sprinkling with remaining walnuts.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Way to Carve a Pumpkin

I used to teach science and we did all these kewl experiments with the kids. I had just as much fun as they did and time flew by.

Halloween Science Recipes Looking for a recipe to spice up your Halloween party?
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Halloween Science Recipes

Planning a Halloween party or need ideas for a kids' Halloween party? Try mixing up a batch of gross slime or a bubbling dry ice potion. For a spooky party, turn off the lights and watch the atomic slime and worms glow. Or write hidden messages and make Halloween sounds.

Halloween is the perfect time for oozing, bubbling. slimy mixtures and it's the perfect opportunity to have some Halloween science fun.

We have all of the Halloween party supplies you will need to have the best party on the block.

Halloween is a wonderful excuse to fill the cooler with dry ice and get ready for a day filled with "ooze" and ahhhs!

Here are links to Steve Spangler's most popular Halloween science activities and videos:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

HuGE Thank You!

The Open House was a HUGE Success and I want to say thank you bunches for it. I still have a ton of goodies on my website. I just added page 8 to the fall dolls tab and a whole new fall dolls continued tab with page 9! The winter dolls have all been added and then the vintage misc and summer dolls have alos been updated and now there is a summer dolls 4 tab.

My Etsy shoppe is rolling out the sales too so check over there for great buys and then the patterns on EBay are a sellin so check those out there. Stay tuned for the Christmas Open House and giveaway coming in the future......