November Acorns

It’s November and fall has even settled on us here in Southeast Texas.  There is a coldness to the morning air that wasn’t here a month ago.  With the Thanksgiving holiday only a couple weeks away it’s time to focus on decorating ideas that are fitting for the month and season.  We’ve always been fascinated by the simple and natural beauty of acorns so this post will focus on using acorns to adorn and beautify your home.

Here’s an acorn wreath by BHG.:

acorn wreath

Here’s  a twig and acorn wreath!  you can find the tutorial at Amaranth and Kale.:

twig and acorn wreath

One more beautiful example of an acorn wreath from Crafts Unleashed.:

rustic acorn wreath

Acorn napkin rings from bhg.com.:


Acorns painted with metallic paints for a brighter appeal from The Good Weekly.:

Finally, how about some chocolate and peanut butter acorns as a treat?

Chocolate and Peanut Butter; need I say more? These are a perfect project for tiny fingers!

  1. Melt 1/2 bag of Mini-Chips {5 second interval in the microwave, stirring really good each time}
  2. Dip the flat end of the Hershey’s Kiss into melted chocolate and top with a bite-size NutterButter.
  3. Dip the flat end of a Mini-Chip into the melted chocolate and stick it to the NutterButter.

Source: http://sixinthesuburbsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/chocolate-peanutbutter-acorns.html



  • Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream (available here: http://www.etchworld.com/ecom-prodshow/15-0150.html )
  • 6″ x 6″ piece of Contact® shelving vinyl
  • Glue (to adhere Halloween decoration to top)
  • Hobby knife
  • Glass cleaner
  • Masking Tape
  • Glass Jar with Lid (we used a mayonnaise jar)
  • Glass Paint
  • Black Gloss Paint for lid
  • Running water
  • Ball point pen
  • Halloween decorations
  • Paper Towels
  • Transfer paper (or carbon paper)
  • Black & white paint pens


  1. Remove all previous jar labels and glue. Wash jar thoroughly.
  2. Wrap shelving vinyl around the glass jar.
  3. Secure transfer paper to top of vinyl. Place design on top and trace design through transfer paper onto shelving paper. Make sure to press hard when tracing. Remove design and transfer paper.
  4. Using your design as a guide, cut out design with a hobby knife.
  5. Clean exposed areas of your design to remove remaining glue, if any.
  6. Apply a layer of Armour Etch generously and wait for 1-2 minutes. View the directions and How To Videos.
  7. Wash off all Armour Etch® cream under running tap water.
  8. While wet, peel off and remove all vinyl stencil pieces.
  9. Clean your project with glass cleaner and dry with paper towels.
  10. Paint the lid black and allow to dry. Decorate lid with pumpkin and bat.
  11. With black paint pen, paint bats on either side of the design.
  12. With white paint write Halloween sayings around jar.

Witch Finger in a Bandage

Witches' Fingers in Bandages


  • 1 (12 oz.) package cocktail-size frankfurters
  • 1 (8 oz.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  1. Cut off 1/2 inch diagonally from one end of each hot dog, to create a “fingernail.”
  2. Cut puff pastry into 1/2 -inch-by-3-inch strips. Wrap each hot dog in a piece of pastry, overlapping edges slightly and leaving both ends visible. Place “fingers” seam side down on a baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes, or cover and freeze for up to 1 week.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden, 20 minutes. Spread ketchup onto each “fingernail” and serve hot.

Bat Bites

Bat Bites


  • 1 (4 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 8 pitted olives, sliced
  • 32 peppercorns
  • 32 triangular blue corn chips or free-form wing shapes made from leftover tortillas from Ghost Chips


  1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto. Chill for 40 minutes.
  2. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls, about 1 heaping tsp. each. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes and place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
  3. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings; serve.

Ghostly Pizza

Ghostly Pizza


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 3/4 cup jarred tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces sliced low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. Preheat oven to 475ºF. Brush bottom of a 16-by-11-inch rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Press and stretch dough evenly to cover bottom of sheet. (If dough resists at first, let it rest for a minute and then continue.)
  2.  Spread sauce in an even layer over dough, leaving a 1-inch border around all sides. Bake until underside of dough is golden (lift up pizza with a spatula and take a peek), about 15 minutes. Use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut ghosts from cheese. Place ghosts on top of hot pizza and bake for 5 minutes. Place two capers on each piece of cheese for eyes. Let stand 5 minutes on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Devils on Horseback

Devils on Horseback


  • 24 pitted prunes
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 12 strips of bacon, cut in half crosswise


  1. Preheat broiler to high. Soak 24 toothpicks in a small bowl of water for 15 minutes. Mist a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and place a wire rack on top.
  2. Halve prunes lengthwise, taking care not to cut all the way through. Place a small amount of cheese in center of each prune, in cavity left by removed pit. Wrap each prune with bacon, securing with toothpick.
  3. Broil for 10 to 12 minutes, turning halfway through.

Eyeball Punch

Eyeball Punch


  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1 qt. water
  • Yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles dry Champagne, chilled
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced, for garnish


  1. Place 1 blueberry in each compartment of iceball tray. Mix 1 qt. water with few drops of food coloring. Fill tray; freeze.
  2. Combine lemon juice, sugar, and orange and raspberry liqueurs in a nonreactive pitcher; stir until sugar is dissolved. Chill, covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Pour lemon juice mixture into punch bowl. Add Champagne and stir to combine. Add lemon slices and frozen blueberry eyeballs to bowl. Serve in stemmed glasses.

These and more delicious recipes can be found on Allyou.com

Autumn Leaf Luminaries


What you need:

Dried, pressed fall leaves, regular Mod Podge, a jar and a brush.


1. Gather and dry beautiful, colorful fall leaves. Drying should take only about two weeks.

When going out to gather leaves, keep a few newspapers in the back of the car.  Wherever  you go to find your fall leaves, place them between the sheets of the newspaper.  Place another group of papers on top to provide just enough weight to flatten the leaves gently and prevent them from curling. 

When you get home, carefully move your stack of papers to an area where they will be undisturbed for a couple weeks. We recommend that you place the newspaper with the leaves under some heavy books for better pressing as they dry. 



Use ONLY dried, pressed leaves that have NOT been previously coated with Mod Podge when you make this candle jar.


2. Spread Mod Podge all over the sides of the jar.  Do not apply Mod Podge to the bottom or the grooved lid area. You can use a foam brush but a regular brush is recommended for large areas like this.

3.  Next, place your dry leaf right onto the Mod Podge and press into place.  Brush over the leaf with more Mod Podge.


4.  Continue adding leaves and Mod Podge until your jar is covered with leaves.  Overlap a few for a more interesting design, but be aware that overlap areas do reduce the light that can pass through. Lighter colored leaves work best for this project.  Use the darker leaves as accents.

5. Once you have finished placing your leaves around the jar surface,  use the flat end of your brush to create a stippled pattern in the Mod Podge areas NOT covered by leaves. This step will create a more pleasing pattern than will brush strokes when light shines through these “open” areas on the jar.

6.  Let the candle dry thoroughly and then apply a second coat of Mod Podge, again “stippling” the open areas.

7. Let the jar dry several hours or overnight.  Finish by applying a coat of acrylic spray. When dry, pop a tea light in the bottom and you are done!

An arrangement of several of these, in different sizes, make a beautiful table setting.


a special thank you to http://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/102 for sharing these instructions and photos.

Corn mazes are a popular fall activity that is fun for the entire family and a great way for farms to create additional income from tourism. The point is to solve the maze by finding a route from the start to finish. Many have “activities” and “secret” coded clues on dead end routes setup inside the maze. There are usually bridges, overlooking the maze both for viewing and for those folks who are a bit lost and need a little help with directions. Corn mazes range from family-friendly with additional attractions like hay rides, petting zoos, pumpkin patches and play areas for children, to very scary, haunted-house-type corn mazes. The farms decide on themes, the designs start on graph paper and then are plotted over the fields before planting. Farms and orchards grow specialty corn that is taller than most and very dense. These temporary works of corn art are usually huge, up to 45 acres, and are harvested in November.   Here’s a small photo gallery of some unique corn mazes that we’ve seen over the past few years:

A 15-acre cornfield maze with over 4 miles of twists, turns and dead ends featuring a technology-theme with complex additives of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” from Treinen Farm near Lodi, Wisconsin.


Covering 12 acres,  David Archuleta’s likeness, along with the phrase “Archuleta 4 President,” was cut into the cornfield at the 2008 Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest located at Thanksgiving Point, Utah after finishing as the runner up in the  7th season of American Idol.

David Archuleta Corn Maze

Brown’s Farm Festival in Oxford, Florida has 10 acres of pure fun!!  They advertise 3 levels of difficulty and encourage you to try all 3.


 2012 corn maze theme at Server’s in Shakopee, Minnesota.


NASA-themed corn maze at Cornbelly’s in Lehi, Utah. NASA explained that the theme highlighted the specific region’s contribution to NASA and featured space-related educational games and activities.


Aerial photo of Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire cat corn maze in Hoosick Falls, NY.


Black Beard’s Revenge at Davis Farm in Sterling, MA.


Everyone needs to find spooky and creative ways to decorate for Halloween. And what says Halloween more than a little fire? Flames from these tin can luminarias will cast an eerie shadow over your front yard, one that’s sure to lead all the trick-or-treaters right up to your doorstep.

Bucket Luminaries

Materials for project:

Tin/aluminum cans or buckets
Cookie cutters in Halloween shapes


Pencil, pen or marker





Tea lights

1) Begin collecting cans from wherever you can find them. Ask your kids to save them from their lunches, take some from the recycling bin at your office, and of course save your own.

2) Thoroughly wash the cans as you collect them. If you let dirty cans pile up in your home you’ll attract bugs and you’ll have a big chore ahead of you when you are ready to begin the project. Once the cans are clean, store them in a dry location to prevent rusting.

3) Round up your Halloween cookie cutters from that storage box in the garage. If you don’t have any you still like, or if you never had any to begin with, go buy a few from any grocery store or kitchen supplier.

Step-by-step instructions:

1) Start by tracing around the inside of a cookie cutter on paper to make a template. It doesn’t matter what color or size the paper is. For example if you have a witch cookie cutter place the witch on the paper and with your pencil, pen or marker trace around the inside of the cutter. Remove the cutter and the shape of a witch should be on your paper. Repeat this process several times for each shape. Once you have finished with one shape, you can move on to the next and the next and so forth.

2) Wrap one paper template around each tin can and tape it in place. Make sure the paper is facing in a direction that enables you to see the shape you traced on it.

3) With a hammer and nails, carefully punch holes around the outer edges of the template. If you wish to also punch holes inside the template picture you can do so.

4) Remove the tape and paper once the can has been punched. The holes you punched should clearly resemble the shape of a witch (or whatever shape you used).

5) Fill the bottom of the can with sand. This will help stabilize the can in case of wind. But sand will also help muffle a fire in case the luminaria should tip over. Don’t fill the can too full with sand. You want the sand to give the can weight, but you also want the candle to stay near the bottom of the can so the flame stays protected from wind or rain. Also, Wal-Mart carries an alternative to candles for jack-o-lanterns and luminaries. They claim they won’t blow out.

6) Once the sand is in, drop a candle in and light it at night for a fun alternative to the traditional paper luminaries.
Keep the candles coming to enjoy these luminaries for as long as you want to leave them up and glowing.


A Salvaged Halloween

 Search salvage shops, house demolition sales, and estate sales for creepy old architecture to add mystery to your Halloween lawn decor. Here, an ancient wooden post serves as a cheesecloth-covered perch for a faux crow.


Touchable Decor

This papier-mache black cat by folk artist Jack Roads provides a game of chance as well as decoration. Hidden beneath one of the jack-o’-lanterns is a pea — take a chance and guess which one. The cat’s clown companion is by artist Cody Foster.










One Frightful Ghost

Aim for at least one focal point in each room to spark conversation. This striking ghost wearing a top hat came from Disney World’s Haunted Mansion; only about 1,000 were made, so it’s a collector’s dream.













Pumpkin Patch

A collection of American hard-plastic Halloween memorabilia from the 1940s and ’50s lines the shelves of this hutch. Unlike the mass-produced plastic creations of today, each of these collectibles is handcrafted. Most of the pumpkins, watermelons, and other vegetables have human features such as bright eyes and toothy grins. The effect is eerily fun.











Skeletal Sentinel

A grinning skeleton holds court among cobwebby desserts. The homemade paper-pulp skeleton is held together with wires. The figure is surrounded by a permanent display case of antique bottles and jars, dressed up for the party with spray-on spiderwebbing. Dare kids and adults at your party to pick up candy and cookies at the skeleton’s feet.











Scary Faces

This tiny 3-inch grimacing pumpkin is a collector’s favorite. Also on the table are rare lapel pins from the 1920s. Combined, they create an eye-raising tableau.


Better Holiday Display

Majolica pottery — stored year-round in a hutch — complements the seasonal addition of Halloween decorations. The whimsical rectangular plates in back are paper pieces produced by the American Dennison Company between 1930 and 1950.

Noises in the Night

The noisemaker on the left is a German antique. On the right is a reproduction made of tin and pressed paper and filled with beans.

Treasured Decor

Rare 1940s pumpkins flank “The Sheepish Boy,” a one-of-a-kind reproduction. In back, a vintage Fairy Seed Company poster coordinates with the rich orange wall when the Halloween decorations are gone.


Stacked Pumpkin Scene

A contemporary cat holds a lit jack-o’-lantern for the freeloading birds circling his tail. Their backdrop is a former doll’s chest made from old orange crates and filled with German papier-mache pumpkins. For collectors, the smaller the pumpkins, the greater their value.


Dine with Scary Friends

The decor in this dining room is typical of 1920s party decorating with exotic paper lanterns, colorful streamers, and ghoulish pumpkin faces at every turn. The focal point of the dining room is a grinning Beistle black cat centerpiece that’s nearly 80 years old.