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Happy Trick or Treat!

Okay, not so much tricks around here- just treats!

This little frog witch is brewing up some sort of gruesome concoction for her Halloween Party.  The cauldron is cake with a fondant covering.  The frog is fondant and her brew is a combination of frosting and white Sixlet eyes with fondant eyeballs.  The flames are Fruit Roll-ups. 

Of course, around here no holiday is complete without cupcakes! These went to my husband's office.  They are presented here on my Nora Fleming platter.  I just love how I can change out the decoration for any occasion! 

I am trying to enjoy as much of this fall season outdoors as I possible can.  Last night my husband and I lit a little bonfire and roasted a few marshmallows with some family members. We also served the cauldron cake. 

Soft drinks were served on the deck in this cute pumpkin bucket my cousin gave me.  

We served a special treat for the grown-ups as well.  I found this recipe on the Creative Culinary blog, but of course, I made a change or two…

Happy Halloween Eve!

Halloween is almost here!  I can't wait to see all of the little ghosts and goblins, witches and wizards on Saturday night!  

In the meantime, I have been enjoying a little bit of time in my craft room brewing up more Halloween fun.  When the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog announced that their latest challenge is "Fright Night", I knew that I had the perfect craft to share.  This is the perfect accessory for the fashionable witch to wear on her big night.  The hat itself is a simple cone shaped from scrapbook paper and attached to a circle cut from Cricut Essentials.  The flowers are from one of my very favorite cartridges- Flower Shoppe. Add some ribbon and some "rhinestone" bling and this witch is ready for a night on the town! 

While I was in my craft room I came across this card that I made when I first got my Cricut. It is made with the Halloween Hauntings Cartridge and some decorative buttons. You may remember seeing more of those buttons in my Hurricane…

Halloween House Tour

I have seen a few "Halloween House Tours" online while surfing the web so I thought I would share a peek or two at my Halloween decor. 

My mantle: 

I know that the pumpkin lights are a little overkill with the other lights lining the mantle, but they are a tradition in the family.  We started putting up a string of pumpkin lights on the first of October about twenty years ago and I can't seem to break that tradition.  Not only are they on the mantle, but under the cabinets in the kitchen as well. We believe that "To celebrate, you must illuminate" (this is a take-off of my cousin's "To celebrate you must inflate- which explains their fun inflatable decor throughout the seasons!). We may go a little overboard with the lights at my house! I wish I could take good pictures of the lights in my living room, bathroom mirror, kitchen.... 

We found the mirror at a church rummage sale a few years ago.  It was intended for my daughter's room, but never seems to…

A "Fang-tastic" Tablescape

We were watching "Hotel Transylvania" last week and Dracula's "hospitality" towards his friends inspired this Halloween tablescape.  If you are not familiar with this animated children's movie, Dracula has opened a monsters-only hotel to protect monsters from humans and their prejudices against the likes of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, the Mummy, a Werewolf family and other creatures.  He has invited them all to the 118th birthday party of his daughter, Mavis.  It is a really cute movie and I hope to see the sequel in the theater sometime before Halloween. 

So I began to think what Dracula's table might look like when he serves his guests.  I chose black and red as the color scheme. Every time you see Dracula he seems to be wearing those colors.  He would set a luxurious table with silver and crystal. 

While I would prefer to dine al fresco, Dracula and his guests would most likely eat in the dining room.  And the blinds would be shut- va…

A Little Fall Crafting

It has been a busy week but I finally got to spend a little time in my craft room.

I worked on a few cards.

 I am joining the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog with this one.  The challenge this week is Autumn.  The leaves were made using the Doodlecharms cartridge.

Of course, you know me- I cannot go very long with out glittering something.  Here is a pumpkin I glittered for a Tablescape I will be putting together next week.

And because I really don't know how to stop once I get the glitter out, here is a little coffin decoration I will also be using for the Tablescape (I promise, it will make sense when you see the table!)

Please excuse me- I need to go and clean up all of the glitter mess I made today.  Thanks for stopping by!


A Little Fall Baking

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is baking.  Unfortunately, I have not had the time to do as much as I would like, but when my sister-friend, Kimberly, recently had a birthday, I knew that I had to find the time to do something special.

I had envisioned a cake full of fondant fall flowers surrounding a pumpkin.  Unfortunately, as I mentioned in an earlier post, we have had tremendous amounts of rain lately.  Even though I had the house closed up, the humidity levels were through the roof.  Fondant does not hold well in humidity! I managed to get some roses to hold up, but my little mums just sagged.  It was so depressing!  None the less, I managed to put together this little cake for her and she loved it.

One of my goals for the fall and holiday seasons is to try and make a least one recipe from each of the magazines I buy (I tend to buy a lot of magazines during this time of year as I mentioned in this earlier post on Five Fall Faves ).  This weekend I attempted to bak…

Tablescapes and Tailgates- Go Dukes!

My husband and I both graduated from James Madison University.  This year our schedule will not allow us to go back to Harrisonburg to attend a football game, but with most of the games televised or streamed live there is no reason why we can't cheer on the team and celebrate their historic 5-0 record at home!

This week we will be watching the Dukes play Towson and enjoying a cookout after the game. I am spending as much time as I can out outside these days so after 15 straight days of rain and cooler fall temperatures on the horizon, I planned this tablescape on the deck. The centerpiece is comprised of a dollar store football and purple pom pom (purple and gold are JMU colors). I cut the adhesive vinyl letters on the cheerleading horn on my Cricut using the Extreme Fonts cartridge.  The Duke dog came from TJ Maxx several years ago (I am not positive that he was supposed to be a JMU Duke, but he sure does look like our mascot!) I added a purple mum in a yellow pot and our school s…

Hurricane and Halloween

It's been a busy week here at Gardenias and Glitter.  We have been under the threat of a hurricane for most of the week and dealing with a Nor'easter as well. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for a hurricane.  Hopefully next season I will remember to put together my hurricane kit before we have a pending storm.  Thankfully the hurricane turned east away from us and we have been promised sunshine next week.

I finally got tired of dealing with the messy weather and decided to spend a little time in my craft room, working on some Halloween projects. Just in time for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge (Shape-up), I created a couple of Halloween cards using my "Pretty Pennants" cartridge.  

The spiders are decorative buttons that I cut the back off of.  

A little peek into the inside message that I stamped.  

And because I didn't want to leave my craft room and deal with more rain I began working on a "frame" for a future tablescape post. 

The frame…


While we are all excited to decorate for fall, visit the pumpkin patch and corn mazes and look forward to the holidays ahead, we must not forget that October is not only the month for foliage and festivities, but also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The purpose of this observation is to increase awareness and knowledge of the disease which affects so many women and in turn, their families, friends and communities. Everyone has been touched by breast cancer in one way or the other.  I lost my dear grandmother to the disease and aunts on both sides of my family have been brave warriors fighting this cancer.  It is in their memory and honor that I have begun this craft project. 

A prayer shawl is made for someone who is undergoing medical treatment, recovering from an illness, needs comfort or is celebrating a birth or other rite of passage.  It is intended to be knit or crocheted with prayer or meditation.  Our church has a ministry which takes the handmade shawls, adds a cross and a pray…