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Octoberfest Blog Hop

The lovely Rita, of Toltec Jewels is sponsoring this Octoberfest.   We are not limited to post only about jewelry but will share all the things we love about fall.   This is my very favorite time of year, so I will have lots to show you.   Most folks love the foilage and I am not going to post that type of photo.  Rita’s blog button shows that beautifully.


I  LOVE the chilly nights of fall.   We can curl up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and our favorite blankie and watch a movie.   In the summer, when it is so beautiful outside, you can’t do these things without feeling guilty for ignoring the great weather.



APPLES:   I love apples in the fall and ice cold  apple cider.  Apples never taste the same in the summer months as they do when they are fresh off the trees.  They are crisp and tangy and juicy.  AND they are great with that big bowl of popcorn!


juicy apples

juicy apples


The cooler weather always encourages me to break out my knitting needles.  My grand daughter says I am a knitting machine!!  I love to knit.   I do some charity knitting.   There are lots of kids in this poor neighborhood who don’t have warm winter hats or coats.    I usually try to donate at least 10 to the grade school or to the church along with scarves.   I’ve got 8 boys hats made so far and 6 girls.   I love making myself cozy ponchos.  (here’s a pattern).



It’s so much fun to cook in the cooler weather.   After summer’s heat and too many salads, I am ready for hot soups, bowls of chili, plates of spaghetti and some serious beef and beer stew.



   Nicholas loves to bake.   We go out in the morning and gather the eggs from our chickens.   His chicken is the only one who lays white eggs (her name is Chickzilla).   We have to use Chickzilla eggs and bake every day:   muffins, cookies, cake or brownies for our lunch and after school snacks for his brothers.   (did I mention that school starts in the fall?   Yayyy fall!)




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And best of all, I love fall for Halloween!   I want to share this light show I found on YouTube.  The theme song is from Nightmare Before Christmas, which we have watched around 2000 times.   Someone else loves Halloween and took a lot of time to set this up.   It is amazing!

Our family is known as the Addams Family.  My house has Halloween stuff all year round and we all love creepy stuff.

Addams Family

Addams Family

It is Addams Family Tradition to make a huge deal of Halloween.   Everyone dresses up and we pass out candy.   One year, my mom and sister were here from Florida and mom, at 89 was still “game up” and dressed as a witch to join in the fun.

My witchmother

My witchmother


Everyone makes something special to eat and we have a big feast!   There are chili dogs, baked beans, salads, nachos with salsa and cheese sauce and plenty of desserts.   One year my grandson won a 120 pound pumpkin by guessing the weight.  That was really special!


Big punkin

Big punkin

monster cupcakes

monster cupcakes

monster cupcakes

witch finger cookies

witch finger cookies

witch finger cookies


We have dummies that we use every year.  Frank and his wife are practically part of the family.   Sometimes Frank is still around at Christmas time.   When the little kids come, it’s not unusual for them to say “Hi Frank” before they say hi Mimi.

Frank and his wife

Frank and his wife


We love Halloween crafts also.   Here is our Frankendoor this year.    Get ideas for your own Monster Door here. 



Nicholas and I made a plate and cup to leave cookies for the Pumpkin King.  (These cool graphics are courtesy of Graphicstock.   If you do a lot of crafting, you might want to check out their site.   You can get a free trial )

for the Pumpkin King

for the Pumpkin King


We made bookmarks to give as treats to our favorite readers.  Great graphics again courtesy of Grapicstock. 




If you would like to join our festivities, post a photo of your own gang on my Strega Jewllery Facebook timeline   I’d love to see it!

And, last but not least, there is Halloween jewelry! Yaaaaay! I’ve been following the Halcraft blog and they are doing a thing they call Macabre Monday. They post a tutorial for creepy seasonal jewelry every Monday. Here is the first one, the Arachnid necklace. I’m going to make all of their pieces! Get your own free tutorial


Here is a little “afternote”.   It’s Saturday and I am spellchcking this when I realized that I posted this tutorial all in good faith that it was going to turn out just fine.  NOT!   I  made 2 of these arachnid necklaces yesterday.  Let me just say this.  The spider legs flop all over the place and instead of laying on your neck gracefully, he flops around and , at times, looked like a squashed cockroach.  I took the spideys off.  The web part of then necklace is just fine.  I’m going to hang another teardrop bead from that center loop.   I have a pattern for a little beaded spider that uses just two beads and I’m going to wire him to one of the corners.   I’ll post that photo on my Faceobook page.  Too late to do it here.  I thnk it will be much better.

Cute little mummy earrings in my shop

mummy earrings

mummy earrings

a cute little witchy purse charm



ghost earrings



I LOVE these cool spidey earrings.  I follow Rena Klingenberg and she always has lots of tutorials in her newsletter.  These are so easy to make I went crazy loco and made a dozen pair plus some larger ones to hang on our Halloween Tree.   This is Rena’s photo so she gets full credit.  Her tutorial is really easy to follow.   I was thinking that I could use these in bright shiny red beads to make Christmas spider ornaments also.  What do you think?

cool spidey earrings

cool spidey earrings


Thank you Rita (Toltec Jewels) for this most excellent hop!   If anyone wants to see what the rest of the hoppers love about fall, here is a list.  Be sure and stop  by  Rita’s blog.  
Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                 

Marybeth Rich                          http:/

Mary Govaars                 

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi

Karin Grosset Grange     

Andrea Zenith Glick        

Nan Smith                      

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake              

Melissa Trudinger           

Lennis Carrier                

Sue Kennedy                 

Kim Dworak                  

Jo-Ann Woolverton        

Jennifer Reno                 

Veralynne Malone          

Lori Schneider                

Shaiha Williams              

Alisa Siceloff                  

Pam Traub                     

Cryss Thain                    

Maria Lourdes Rios       

Kathy Lindemer             

Carolyn Lawson            

Blanca Medina              

Debbie Rasmussen        

Heather Richter             

Kathleen Breeding         

Carol Dillman                

Chris Eisenberg             

Rebecca Sirevaag          

Sam Waghorn                

Sherri Stokey                 

Gina Hockett                 

Michelle McCarthy        

Michelle Buettner           

Dana Hickey                  

Claire Fabian                  

Cynthia Abner                

Renetha Stanziano          

Jami Shipp                     


Gloria Allen                    

Lisa Johnson                   

Marde Lowe                  

Monique Urquhart          

Jill Bradley                      

Toni Gifford                    

Shawnda D’Arcy            

RaMona Woolson          

Esterina Jagiella              

Sandra McGriff              

Mary McGraw               

Alenka Obid                  

Marianne Baxter            

Ann Schroeder              

Inge von Roos                

Robin Reed                    

Suzanne Berk                 

Mowse Doyle                

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi


Andrea Rivers                

Janine Lucas                  

Tanya McGuire              

Anindita Basu                

Mitzie Crider                 

Deb Fortin                     

Cynthia Kent Machata   

Cheri Reed                    

Laurel Hanson               

Ingrid Anderson            

Karla Morgan                

Lori Anderson               

Louise Mccormick-Glazier

Jasvanti Patel                

Susan Kelly                            http://

Lee Koopman              

Carol Briody                

Kathy Lindemer          

Renetha Stanziano      

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  1. Lee, thanks so much for mentioning my spider earring tutorial in this lovely long Halloween-inspiration post! I’m glad you had so much fun making them. I’m sure you and your family will all have a great time this week with Halloween! 🙂


    Comment by Rena Klingenberg | October 25, 2014 | Reply

    • Rena, thanks for stopping by. I had a blast with those earrings and the girls loved them!


      Comment by stregajewellry | October 26, 2014 | Reply

  2. I love your love of Halloween! Your house would have been the one we looked forward to most each year 🙂 Of your wonderful pieces I think the mummy earrings are my favorite!


    Comment by Dana | October 26, 2014 | Reply

    • I DO tend to get all fired up at Halloween. LOL……..


      Comment by stregajewellry | October 27, 2014 | Reply

  3. I would love being around your house! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I just can’t seem to gather up the energy to decorate for it anymore.


    Comment by Shaiha Williams | October 26, 2014 | Reply

  4. Hi Lee, well you certainly get into the Halloween spirit. The witch finger cookies are great and something I have not seen before. The spider necklace is beautiful.


    Comment by Becky Pancake | October 26, 2014 | Reply

  5. Great post, so fun and so inspiring. Love the Halloween jewellery so so cute!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by kepi rasmussen | October 27, 2014 | Reply

  6. I loved reading your post, it looks like so much fun!


    Comment by Karin | October 27, 2014 | Reply

  7. “a squashed cockroach” hahahahaha


    Comment by Sherri Stokey | October 27, 2014 | Reply

  8. WOW!!! what an amazing post! I don’t think I could pick out one thing that is my favorite so I am going to say WOW!!! and leave it at that! have a Blessed Day!!!


    Comment by Robin Kae Reed | October 27, 2014 | Reply

  9. I live in The Netherlands, so for me, your post shows me so well what is all about… Thanx so much!


    Comment by Dini Bruinsma | October 27, 2014 | Reply

  10. What a celebration!!! Must be fun with all of those decorations and bakings… the witch finger cookies are really creepy (I think I have to get all the courage in the world to be able to bite on one… LOL). I really love your arachnide necklace… it’s an art!


    Comment by Esterina | October 28, 2014 | Reply

    • Yes, we have a blast! And I have to admit, it took me a bit of courage to eat one of those witch fingers but they were mighty tasty.


      Comment by stregajewellry | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  11. Looks like you guys go to town on Halloween! I bet it is a pretty fun night for your and the little one 🙂


    Comment by antiquitytravelers | October 28, 2014 | Reply

  12. Such a fun post – love your fall spirit!


    Comment by Susan Kelly | October 28, 2014 | Reply

    • I feel more alive in the fall, extra energy, ideas and enthusiasm.


      Comment by stregajewellry | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  13. I wish I had your energy! You really do it all for Halloween. Your jewelry is very cute. I know you will have a wonderful time on the 31st!


    Comment by Kathy Zeigler Lindemer | October 29, 2014 | Reply

    • LOL, I don’t know as I have “all that energy”. I’m unable to work any more so I have to fill my time with other things………preferably FUN things.


      Comment by stregajewellry | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  14. Love this blog post, and the way you go all out for Halloween. I love this time of year too


    Comment by eganj1 | October 31, 2014 | Reply

  15. Those earrings are so cute. Love the mummies!


    Comment by Renetha | November 1, 2014 | Reply

  16. You and your family sure know how to have fun! Your post made me smile the whole way through. Love all your decorations and the pieces you made.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by beadlove | November 2, 2014 | Reply

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