Photo Friday: Will’s Spooktacular Costume Birthday Party

A few weeks ago we had Will’s VERY belated birthday party. His birthday is always the first week of school, meaning there’s really not enough time to invite any of his classmates besides the ones we already had addresses or parents’ phone numbers.

As we got closer and closer to Halloween, we all settled on having a Costume Party. It was fun and REALLY crazy!

Here was his Spooktacular invitation by Holly at Denleys Design Shop on Etsy. She did a great job, don’t you think? She was super fast at getting it to me and priced very reasonably!

Spooktacular Birthday Bash Costume Party Invitation

Spooktacular Birthday Bash Costume Party Invitation

Obviously, my I tried to plan a few games to keep the boys entertained. I think the easiest and most exciting game was the donut eating contest. We also did the spider throwing contest, glow ring toss, and the pumpkin racing contest….none of which I recommend for 3rd graders. They didn’t keep their attention long enough. But, hey, I tried. I get points for that, right?!?

Donut Game NinjaDonut Game WinnerDonut Game Full MouthDonut Game Cleopatra and Sleeping BeautyDonut Game MomEveryone had a great time I️ think…even Mammy (my mom) enjoyed the fun!

Garen didn’t get as many photos as I had hoped due to our little monsters (Clara and Kate) running around as well. I think the ones he got turned out good though.

Halloween Snacks Brain Cream Cheese Mold

I did try to do some spooky food. Can you tell that’s a brain??? I️t was super easy. Cream cheese and red pepper jelly molded into a brain mold from the Dollar Tree.

We had a great time but, like after all kid parties I’ve had at our house, I’m now pondering where we want to have it next year that I can just show up with cupcakes.

Happy Photo Friday!


The Great Button Escapade of 2017

First off, I can’t take credit for hardly any of these photos or for the title of this post. However, I can proudly say that I love buttons. 

Let me tell you a little of the background…

My dear mother-in-law, Jacquetta, currently has a large collection of vintage buttons passed down from her Aunt Lily. 

She found out there are button clubs across the state and they were having their annual state button convention in Waco. We didn’t have much to do that weekend so we decided to meet them there. 

This is what greeted us….

Yes. These folks (not just ladies either) take it seriously. 

Jacquetta and Uncle John were trying to get a good gauge of resale value. Y’all- some of these collectors have some expensive and/or awesome buttons! 

Oh, and there was even a contest. As if I wasn’t already drawn in, the competition made it even more intriguing. There are lots of different categories. Here are just a few:



Kids category 

You may not know this about me but I’m a closet crafter. This means I’m a wannabe that has a bunch of craft stuff in the closet and Pinterest boards full of projects I’ve never done or have started and not finished. 

I can admit I have a problem. Isn’t that the first step to recovery? It must be, because I may be on the road to recovery:

I actually completed a project- start to finish. 

It started when I saw the gigantic collection of Aunt Lily’s buttons and my mind immediately started going through the possibilities. Then I searched “button crafts” on Pinterest. (Oh my. Will I ever stop underestimating the creativity that can be found there?) 

I was lucky enough during Easter weekend to do some digging through the collection, with Jacquetta’s permission, of course, to find the perfect unique buttons for my project. 

They may not be worth much more than the sentimental value but I had a great time “making flowers” out of them with wire. Now we can keep a few of Aunt Lily’s buttons as a family heirloom. 

I finished the project by searching EBay for a small red vase. I managed to find a red vintage Fenton vase that was perfectly sized for my little button bouquet. 

Now I’ve only got about 25 or so more projects started that need to be finished. Could this be the beginning of a trend? Only time will tell but if my ability to keep up with my blog is any indicator, I would guess that these finished craft projects may remain sporadic as well. 

UPDATE: I failed to push post about a month ago. Obviously I’ve NOT started a trend. 

Last Minute Gifting: Family Movie Night

Have I ever mentioned that I am the queen of procrastination? Well, they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. So I’ll admit it: I wait until the last minute sometimes. Disclaimer: I did buy the almost all gifts early, mostly thanks to Amazon. 

Wrapping…now that’s a whole other story.

So, here’s my last minute creation after I forgot we’d not given our Taekwondo instructors a gift and yesterday was the last day of the year. (The older kids attend after-school taekwondo every weekday afternoon). Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Renee have two young girls, so I wanted to find something they could all enjoy. I call my creation the Family Movie Night basket. 

I managed to put it together with a fast trip to the Dollar Tree and Walmart yesterday afternoon and for slightly over $20. 

Contents included:

  • Elf- the movie 
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Cracker Jacks, complete with prizes
  • Whoppers
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Russel Stovers peppermint patties 

Wrapping included:

  • Popcorn bucket
  • White shredded paper (for filling)
  • Iridescent shredded plastic (for filling)
  • Plastic basket bag (came in a two-pack)
  • Wired ribbon 

It probably only took about 20 minutes. At about 20 dollars total it looks pretty nice and is a fun gift (not to toot my own horn, of course). It almost looks like a fancy expensive premade basket. 

Oh, and I included a gift receipt in case they already owned or didn’t like Elf… Although, who doesn’t like Elf?!? It’s a modern day classic!

There you have it: one last minute gift idea for a procrastinator like me. It’s pretty perfect for teachers, neighbors, or family-friend gifts without breaking the bank. And if you’re not like me, you could do it ahead of time and maybe even put more or special homemade treats in it. The possibilities are endless, folks! Just remember to put popcorn in there if you’re putting it in a popcorn holder…or that’d be weird. And not the cool kinda weird. 

In case you didn’t notice, I did it all from the front seat of my car even. Making a bow without any scissors…now that might be a talent that’s worth bragging about. Make-shiftery at its finest!

Happy last minute shopping to you all. Stay safe, stay sane!