Sunday, October 27, 2013

Octoberfest Blog Hop 2013

While taking in all the amazing work for a different blog hop I kept seeing the gorgeous tree in autumn colors you see to the right here.

I checked out the link, and found I was not too late to sign up.

Then I spent way too much time on pinterest, (dusting off and) digging in my holiday idea binders only to find no inspiration. Not even my usual holiday inspiration. I kept that saying, "inspiration must find you working" in my head so I kept at it.

When inspiration finally hit it came like a deluge, and still hasn't stopped. So here's what I've done to this point. I still have more ideas to finish. 

Here's my favorite creation so far.
Candy Corn Bracelet
This bracelet was made with Shrinky Dinks and the tutorial can be found here.

Jack o' lantern seeds
This was a pinterest find. The original post can be found here.

Spooky Smores
Hooray for pinterest I must say. It makes being the cool mom so much easier.
You can find the pin here

The two treats above and these items...
 went into these bags...
For our Cub Scout den's Halloween treats.

I also did all the prep work for the Cub Scout pack (24 boys plus siblings) Halloween party with 10 well received games, but I was too busy taking pictures of the kids in costume to take pictures of the games. Here's the one my son created all by himself though.
Ignore the danger tape and candy corn there's always a lot going on in my house. The balls are just styrofoam balls.

Here are the treat bags for my son's class.
I'll say it again. I love Japanese packaging! 
Here's what each one contains.
(two dum dums to increase the chance you get a flavor you like and
2 spider rings because I accidentally rebought them. Oh and yes that is a brain eraser.)
Even the leftovers can become decoration.

This idea was found in the Oriental Trading catalog with the printable quote being from...yep use guessed it pinterest.
One more view since this one too so long to complete.
Some of the eyes glow in the dark ;)
Oh and yesterday (October 26th) I learned to make baskets with the Japanese eco-paper. So my next batches of treats will have such great packaging. Here's my first completed project. It's a muffin basket.
The picture isn't great 'cause I finished it at night, but you get the idea.

Here's what I've been working on since.
I've used even the scraps to keep at this till I can get more supplies. 
The tiny basket is made with the cuttings from the other project.

Last one isn't finished, but since I spent 2 hours on it already here it is. My version of the book pumpkins.
Do not cut while watching your favorite tv program because if the episode is good you wont care that it's coming out all wonky. It really doesn't look so bad opened up though.

That's it for me. I've got to ice these cookies and head to a BBQ.
Orangsicle the box said. I don't know how they taste yet, but they sure smell good.
Thanks for stopping by!
-Ginger B.
Don't forget to check out all these talented artists' posts if you need inspiration or just to take in the eye candy. (Hey, it's fat free so indulge all you want.)

Octoberfest 13 Artists
Carolyn                                       http://
Andrea Glick-Zenith           
Dolores Raml                     
Karla Morgan                     
Susie Harris                       
Kay Thomerson                 
Jean Yates                        
Kelly Hosford Patterson     
Kathy Lindemer                 
Liz E                                  
Jasvanti Patel                    
Christie Murrow                 
Jodie Marshall                   
Andrea Trank                    
Dini Bruinsma                    
Elsie Deliz Fonseca           
Vera Lynn                         
Rana Wilson                     
Catherine King                 
Lily Vincent                       
Janice Hidey (Janimar)     
Cory Tompkins                 
Candida Castleberry        
Cynthia Kent Machata      
Alicia Marinache               
Linda Anderson                
Leah Curtis                       
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)    
Robin Reed                       
Tanty Sri Hartanti              
Lisa Lodge                        
Ingrid A.                            
Judy Turner                      
Gina Hockett                     
Nelly May                          
Tanya McGuire                 
Sonya Stille                       
Carol D.                            
Asri Wahyuningsih            
Ginger Bishop                   
Shaiha Williams                
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)


  1. What a fun post, Ginger!! I'm sure your boy and his friends will have a blast as well!! :-D

  2. Wow, I want to be your kid! How fun, what a great set of treats for the holiday :-)

  3. That is a whole lot of fun going on! I love your basket; it's amazing.

  4. Looks like you have been busy! Fun decorating and treat bag ideas and of course the shrinky dink bracelet it too fun!
    Ingrid A.

  5. You really went all out, Ginger! Brought back memories for me (especially the school and scout treat bags). Those baskets look amazing... I look forward to seeing more!

  6. Wow! You must be the coolest Mom on the block. I would just love to see pics of your home once you are done decorating it for Halloween.

  7. What a great post! Lost of inspiration. Loved it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. You have been one busy mama! The Japanese weave basket is so cool. Glad to find another Pinterest junkie :) That candy corn bracelet is great! Christie

  9. What a fun bunch of projects. I love that candy corn bracelet!

  10. Love the idea of the book pumpkins! You are a busy mom, kinda forgot those days of scouts, etc...Brought back some memories. And I love the baskets, too. Thanks for a "fat-free" visual of the goodies!!! Gina

  11. Oh I miss having young kids around who love all that fun stuff. You must be like the Energizer bunny to get so much done. Love the baskets.

  12. I love that candy corn bracelet Ginger I will have to try that one out. What fun to still have a young child that you can do all sorts of cool stuff for Halloween.

  13. WOW, your October must be as busy & crazy as mine. I really enjoyed all that you put into your blog.

  14. Wow, you really did your homework. So fun to see all the items your found or made. Really love your candy corn bracelet. Your children must have really had a fun time at their parties with the treats you put together for them.

  15. What Energy and Inspiration! beautiful post and the muffin basket is so cute.

  16. Thanks for sharing, so many ideas, so many colours, this must have been great fun! But most of it, I love the bracelet! And the ♥ baskets ♥ :-)

  17. Wow you were busy, but it sure looked like fun. The candy corn bracelet is really cute. Can't wait to see what you might do for Thanksgiving. :-)


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