Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Closing up Shop {SALE}

Saucha Shop

I'm closing my doors on Etsy. Please go check out my shop and take advantage of the great sale prices.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Handmade Holiday

I have a huge desire this year to have a Handmade Holiday. I love to buy handmade gifts, make handmade gifts, give handmade gifts and get handmade gifts.

I am not the only one.

The Nester is supporting this movement as well. If you're looking for a great list of shops that sell handmade goods, go there.

In the meantime let me tell you about my great {stuff}.

I love to make accessories because I love to wear accessories. I have beaded jewelry, hand stamped silver jewelry, hair accessories and accessories for your home. Everything is handmade by me with love and attention to detail. If you don't see what your looking for, contact me. Chances are I can make it. I love to chat about handmade goods. All your items will come specially packaged and ready for gift giving.

Please join me in making this Holiday season a Handmade Holiday!

Handmade Glitter Skeleton Head

I ended up finding a plain old skeleton head at WalMart. $4.00 The glitter I got was just a plain craft glitter. The pieces were larger than the glitter from the Martha Stewart line. The difference in price was $5.50. So I went with the less expensive glitter to try to keep the cost down. You could still go with the Martha Stewart glitter and still be under the Pottery Barn price.

In total the project was simple.

Brush some white craft glue on the skeleton head. Make sure you get in all the little crevices. Put the glue covered head in a cardboard box. Begin to sprinkle on the glitter. Shake off the excess. Look for any bald spots and keep reapplying until you have your head covered to your likeness.

Super easy project with a great outcome!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pumpkin Pictures

I love fall pictures.

There is something about the bright blue sky and bright orange pumpkins that just makes me smile.

Of course the kiddos in the pictures could have something to do with it also.

Apple Picking

I highly recommend an apple picking adventure as a great Fall family activity. I have Paulus' Family Orchard to thank!

I have never been apple picking until a few weekends ago. I know! Can you believe it? I've been strawberry picking and to a pumpkin patch as a kid but never apple picking.

We had such a blast!

I live for moments with the kids where I don't have to hear myself saying {Don't do that} or {Why did you do that}. That's why I love the beach with the kids. There aren't really any rules except {Have fun!} Now I can add apple picking to our list.

We chose to pick a half bushel of apples. We paid first and the man handed us a bag.

Our apple orchard had an extra section {of course you pay extra for it} with a corn maze and some great activities. There was a loose corn box {similar to a sand box} a play house and this amazing slide. Both my husband and I want to build this in our yard. I think young and old alike would get a thrill from going to down this slide!

We had three varieties of apples to choose from. We chose to pick all three. As we picked, the kids ate {we did too}. I have never tasted a better apple in my life! And the size of these apples. They were almost as big as grapefruits.

So we are eating apples and baking apples and making sauce and just having a {Gala} old time here in PA for apple picking season.

How about you? Do you have PYO {Pick your own} apple orchards in your area? Share some of your experiences.

Your Makeup Match

I think this is such an awesome idea I thought I would share it with you. You can go to Instyle and find your perfect celebrity makeup match.

I was a little disappointed to find out they didn't have a celebrity to match me. You choose your skin color, hair color, and eye color. I have medium skin, dark hair, and light eyes. I guess I'm just a freak of nature because there's no celebrity out there that looks like me. LOL The only one I can think of is Courtney Cox but she wasn't listed. The closest celebrity they gave me was Lucy Liu but she has dark eyes.

Let me know if you have better luck.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Pottery Barn Style

I always check in on Pottery Barn to see how they dress up the different Holidays. As I flip through the catalog I always think "I bet I could make that myself." I will also bet I could do it for a lot less money.

Take, for example, this glitter skull.

I'm going to check out my local dollar stores and see if I can come up with a skull. I have to think one of them will have one {if they're not already sold out}. How easy would it be to brush on some glue, sprinkle on some glitter, and voila, sparkle skull!

And these votives?

I'm not sure I've seen black votives? I never really looked for any either. I'm guessing I could pick them up at Pier 1 especially this time of year. Again, easy enough to check out the local Michael's for a skull and cross bones stamper or stencil. Sprinkle glitter and fancy votive you now have. All dressed up and ready to haunt.

The question is: can I do both projects for under $38 plus shipping. I'll be shopping around this week to see if it's possible and keep you posted.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kindergarten Rocks!

My six year old son just began Kindergarten this past September. Now I know it's not the beginning of the school year but around our house Kindergarten is a big deal. He's the oldest and his brother will be in Kindergarten next year and then his sister the year after that. Kindergarten is the main topic of conversation around here.

To celebrate Kindergarten and all the great things it is providing for my son, I thought I'd look for a few of my favorite Kindergarten finds.

I love, love this Kindergarten Rocks t-shirt from Fun2Wear2. I know my son would love it and I'm wondering if it wouldn't be a nice teachers gift for a younger, fun Kindergarten t-shirt?

So if the t-shirt isn't a great idea for your Kindergarten teacher, how about this clipboard from Slimdgm. I think that's going to be top on my list.

Every Kindergartener adores a good PB&J. I don't know, these are just so fun! Nice work CherryDot!

Now this isn't really a great pattern for a boy's memory book but I know my son would love one of these. He loves saving EVERYTHING from school and loves talking about "remember whens" already. This is from ChicMemories on Etsy

What an ingenious idea! I think this is the cutest gift idea from Aquabeet.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Creating SITStas!

Today is The Secret is in the Sauce Blogathon! Yaaaay! I'm new there but I'm enjoying myself. I encourage everyone to go and check it out.

I totally love
Todays Creative Blog
Tip Junkie
Skip to my Lou

So go and check out my favorites. Make some new SITStas!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Crockpot Applesauce

I did it! I made the Crockpot Applesauce yesterday. I first read about it at OldRedBarnCo and it sounded so good. I knew it would be a big hit. So what does anyone do when they want to find more out about something? That's right! They Google it! There are a ton of recipes out there so I kind of took a few and combined them to come up with my own rendition.

10 Large Apples Peeled, Cored, and Cut
1/2 Cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar depending on how sweet you like it and the type of apples you use.
Squeese of lemon

Put it all in a crockpot. Give it a stir. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

The kids absolutely adored it! Seriously 10 apples didn't even fill one jar after the kids were done with their afternoon snack!

Do you have any great ideas for things you like to throw into the crockpot?

Monday, October 6, 2008

20 Things to Treasure in Autumn

I so love this season but most of the time I hate to admit. I'm always so sad to see summer go. I love summer, it's my favorite. But there are so many great things about fall. If it weren't for looming winter fall might be my favorite but shh, don't tell anyone!

1.Warm sunny days with cool nights
2.All the earth tones
3.Smell of pumpkin candles
4.Leaves changing color
5.Johnny Appleseed Day
6.The 5 Little Pumpkin Song
7.Apples, apples, and more apples
8.Pumpkins of any color-love the almost green
9.Warm Apple Cider with a cinnamon stick
10.Crockpot Applesauce
11.Hikes with the family
13.Warm pumpkin pancakes
15.Playing outside after dark in sweatshirts
16.Halloween night
17.Making costumes
18.Hot cocoa
19.Corn Stalks
20.Candy Corn

What about you? What are some of your favorites?