My Christmas Craft Weekend Continued…

When you move, things are bound to get misplaced. Since we have been in the new house I’ve been missing my cheque book and my hot glue gun.

Yesterday, I finally unearthed both items (for some reason they were actually in the same place). I was most excited about the latter as I have several craft projects dependant on its rediscovery.

Last night I fired it up and made this. They were so fast and easy to put together, I made several more today.


Here’s what would need if you wanted to make some yourself:

hot glue gun (or craft glue – I think the hot glue holds better though)
a plain gift bag
8 or 9 buttons
green cardstock
leaf punch (mine is Martha Stewart brand from Micheals)

1. Punch out lots and lots of leaves (I used a whole page of cardstock)
2. Draw a circle on the bag (I just traced around a small saucer)
3. Using a dap of glue attach the base of the stems to the bag in a V formation, about a centimeter apart, working your way all around the circle.
4. When all the leaves are attached. Glue on the buttons.


That’s it.

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Christmas Craft Weekend

Holy cow! There are only 32 days until Christmas!

As usual, I’m late getting started on my Christmas crafting. This weekend we didn’t have much planned so I had a chance to get started.

Today I made a batch of Green Tea and Lemongrass bath salts. It’s really simple to make. Here’s how:

First you’ll need to track down some containers for your salts. I like candy jars from the thrift store. Mason jars would be good as well.

Then you will need the following:

3 lbs Epsom Salts
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Green Tea
15 Drops Lemongrass Oil
2 tbsp Grape Seed Oil


Warm the olive oil in a double boiler. Add the lemongrass oil, grapeseed oil and loose green tea, stirring to blend as the mixture heats. Continue to infuse the oil and tea for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour the mixture through a strainer lined with a coffee filter into a large mixing bowl, a bit at a time. Discard the leaves and let the the oil cool to room temperature.

Mix the infused oil with the epsom salt. Spoon into jars and decorate.

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Happy Halloween!

I love halloween. I love the candy, the smell of candles burning inside of jack-o-lanterns, the toasting pumpkins seeds and costumes. I love to dress up. This year, for the second year in a row I am going to be dressing up as Wednesday Addams.

Halloween is also the perfect time to watch scary movies.

These days it seems that most scary movie aficionados seem to prefer the violent slasher flicks. Personally, I am not big on blood and gore, nor do I have much interest in zombies and any other blood thirsty monsters. I like a good ghost story. Throw in a séance, witchcraft or some sort of invisible supernatural entity, and that is totally my bag, baby.

Here are my top 10 favourite scary movies:

1. The Changeling
Not to to be confused with the new movie with Angelina Jolie, this movie was made in the late 70s, and it’s not only a good scary movie but just a good movie in general. It has everything a scary movie should have, a beautiful old haunted house, a creepy musical score and an awesome séance scene.

2. The Shining
Is it just me, or does Jack Nicholson play crazy a little too well in this movie?

3. Poltergeist
I have two words to sum up this film. Toy. Clown.

4. Watcher in the Woods
This was an Disney movie from the 80s, yet is is has always been creepy enough to give me a mild case of the heebie jeebies.

5. The Others
This movie wasn’t really scary, just beautifully eerie with a predictable, yet interesting plot twist.

6. The Ring
If you have seen this movie, I wouldn’t even believe you if you told me you didn’t jump when your phone rang for the first time when you came home from the theatre.

7. Blair Witch Project
Changed camping forever.

8. Rosemary’s Baby
As if expectant mothers don’t have enough to worry about. It also should be noted, the book is actually scarier than the movie.

9. Carrie
This movie was both heartbreaking and scary, with a valuable lesson to be learned. Don’t pick on the weird girl.

10. Children of the Corn
Creepy, Satan worshiping cult of children. It wasn’t the greatest movie, but it had a enough moments that made me jump and cringe to make my favourites list.


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