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!
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 )
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
a cute little witchy purse charm
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?
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 http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/
Marybeth Rich http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Karin Grosset Grange http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Andrea Zenith Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Linda Anderson http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Kim Dworak http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Jo-Ann Woolverton http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca
Jennifer Reno http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Veralynne Malone http://veradesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Alisa Siceloff http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com
Pam Traub http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/
Cryss Thain http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Maria Lourdes Rios http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina http://www.peru-medesigns.com/
Debbie Rasmussen www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Carol Dillman http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Chris Eisenberg http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Rebecca Sirevaag www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Sherri Stokey http://www.KnotJustMacrame.com
Gina Hockett http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Dana Hickey http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.com
Cynthia Abner http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Gloria Allen http://gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Johnson http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com
Marde Lowe http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Jill Bradley http://chat2jill.blogspot.com
Toni Gifford https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28
Shawnda D’Arcy https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda
RaMona Woolson http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com
Esterina Jagiella http://ekleijar.blogspot.com
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com
Mary McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Ann Schroeder www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Suzanne Berk https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
Diana Miglionico Shiraishi http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com
Andrea Rivers http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com
Janine Lucas http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Tanya McGuire http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com
Anindita Basu http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Mitzie Crider http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com
Deb Fortin http://studiok24.blogspot.ca
Cynthia Kent Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Laurel Hanson http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog
Ingrid Anderson http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Susan Kelly http://http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/
Lee Koopman https://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/
Carol Briody http://cbriody.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/