What’s Brewing?

    Halloween Is Such A Fun Time Of Year!

    The imagination can truly run wild when you find a nice picture of a witch and a boiling cauldron.witches1

    The book could be a normal recipe book . . . not some book of spells to bewitch the neighborhood . . . They could be making a nice stew with fresh herbs and spices for a cold fall evening meal.

    Maybe it is more fun to imagine something magical or mysterious. A love potion . . . a prosperity spell . . . or some recipe for disaster . . . Honestly, would someone truly want disaster? I would hope not . . . life is full of good times and difficult times . . . and we get through them all . . . wanting much more good in our lives.

    I think witches have been given a bad reputation . . . there are good witches . . . and those who don’t seem to do good things . . . just as there are people who make wrong choices . . .

    I choose to think more positively and my imagination goes toward these women brewing something good . . . yet, given the look of the liquid in the cauldron . . . something interesting is brewing . . .

    It does look like an old book . . . and what is in the pitcher? The expression on the witch’s face has me a bit concerned . . .

    I do wonder what has been placed inside the cauldron . . . and what is the woman with the pitcher saying? Is it some magic spell?

    Quite some time ago, I was at a local antique mall where people sell their family treasures . . . or estate sale finds.

    I’ve bought quite a few antiques over the years . . . but nothing like what the woman I met there told me . . . I’ll call her Myrtle . . . she looked like a friend of my mother’s with that name. She found this old cookbook. She was looking for old family recipes. Well, she had one collection of them . . . but there was another book of them she was desperate to find.

    It seems her daughter was in the attic and decided to clean things out and sell them to pay her rent. She had recently lost her job and was working at the local diner. She needed a better paying job, but by selling some of her grandmother’s old stuff, she was making ends meet.

    Myrtle was furious . . . “If that book gets in the wrong hands . . .”

    This did put a new slant on it . . . Myrtle was looking for special recipes . . . with special ingredients . . . that made things happen . . .

    I wanted to hear Myrtle’s story . . . but I wasn’t sure she would tell me what I needed to know . . . I was willing to help her find the book . . . as a matter of fact I think I had the book she was seeking.

    I loved the old binding of the book and thought it would look good on my book shelf along with my Halloween paper crafts. The pages were cross referenced without any real recipes inside. The old calligraphy was beautiful and I thought it was interesting.

    Evidently, alone each book didn’t have “the power” or information necessary to make anything happen.

    The more Myrtle spoke, the more determined I was to keep the two books separate. There are just some things that should be hidden away in an attic . . . or separated . . . never to be joined together again.

    I knew my intentions for the old book, but I didn’t know Myrtle’s.

    This is one of those moral dilemmas we don’t like facing . . . but I faced mine and decided that there was a reason Myrtle’s mother kept the books separate for all these years . . . and a reason Myrtle never thought to put them together . . . until now . . . And she wasn’t going to tell me about it.

    I think things happen for a reason. I believe those two books were separated on purpose and should remain separated . . . and there’s always the possibility that Myrtle’s book and mine are not the pair she’s seeking.

    I don’t know . . . What do you think?

    This time of year I do think about Myrtle and her daughter . . . and the book . . . I do wonder if Myrtle ever found it . . . or if I have it . . .BookSafe1

    It looks very similar to Ray O’Bannon’s book safe. This is a fun free printable you can make, display on your bookshelf or coffee table or give as gifts filled with fun fall treats. Or keep your family secret recipes . . . They are easy to make and fun for all ages.

    Click the link above to go to my earlier post with the links to RavensBlight’s book safes. They come in two styles for your crafting pleasure.

    I have one filled with odds and ends of ephemera I’ll use sometime in one of my mini-albums. It’s a nice place for old photographs, too. Or even, antique mall finds you want to keep safe.

    I do hope you enjoyed my story . . . and will make some book safes for your friends and family . . . You can add a title to your book . . . maybe even change the cover to give it a more personal look and feel for your fall favor box.

    I would hope people would save these boxes and keep them for their own keepsakes or treasures after the goodies I put inside are gone.

    Have fun and Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    3-D Paper Craft Halloween Buildings

    Ray Keim of Haunted Dimensions has some creepy facades you may enjoy making this fall.

    There are two facades and my favorite one — the Skoolhouse.psychoscareapy

    They are all fun to make and display on your buffet table for your Halloween Party.

    These make great centerpieces and also look frightfully fun for a coffee table or entry table . . . even a bookcase. You’ll have the makings of a great Halloween Village with these.

    screamhouseClick the image of Psycholoscarapy to the right for the PDF to download and print out. And while you’re at it click the image of ScreamHouse and also of the SkoolHouse to have the whole collection of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

    You may also want to hang out at Haunted Dimensions for awhile and get some more great paper crafts printables you can make for your Halloween decor or for family and friends. A donation would be nice to help keep these great paper crafts free.

    Ray Keim is a great artist and has a wonderful website of scary things you may enjoy.skoolhouse

    I am quite fond of this SkoolHouse and have had it up since August for Back-to-School. I’ve also added some monsters from Ray O’Bannon’s RavensBlight toy shop . . . He has a few characters I thought would add to the feeling of going back to school.

    It may be unfair to speak unfavorably about the lunchroom selection of food. I know when I went to school in the dark ages our school lunches weren’t too bad . . . not like Mom’s cooking, but I did like their Chili Beans on a cold rainy day . . . And back then those lunches were only 35¢ . . . unbelievable, huh?

    micromonstersset2aThose were the days . . . and since then there have been movies about the cafeteria lady . . . and maybe the janitor, too . . .

    All the scare the wits out of kids . . . or to make them wonder . . . is it possible? Did Harry move away . . . or did something . . . or someone get him? Then there was sweet Marsha . . . she wasn’t around one day after school . . . hummm, I don’t remember seeing her after lunch . . .  And, then there’s Bobby and Sam . . . Lisa and what was her name . . . ? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

    Which one of these culprits could have done the dirty deed? Now that pumpkinhead scarecrow has my vote, but the innkeeper with the bloody apron would make a wonderful cafeteria lady . . . and the mortician would be a great principal and the witches could be teachers . . . Now the pirates would be great yard supervisors . . . and having some monsters around would keep the kids in line . . . micromonsters1

    Ray O’Bannon has another set of these monsters I should include . . .

    Just remember the click the image and you’ll find the PDF to print out.

    I don’t know about this second set . . . A mad scientist might work out . . . a vampire and a skeleton ghost may be interesting . . . or the bride and groom . . . They were high school sweethearts . . .

    I just like giving you a selection . . . Ray Keim and Ray O’Bannon are the go-to people when it comes to wanting some haunted places . . . and Ray O’Bannon has his monsters and other toys you may find interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    Free RavensBlight Eye Catcher

    Ray O’Bannon has been busy at RavensBlight creating new papercraft toys for his visitors.eyecatcher1-1

    One caught my eye . . . an eye catcher . . . Which is actually catching an eye on a strong . . . A fun hand-eye-coordination thing you may enjoy making for your family . . .

    Click the image on the right to be taken to the PDF to print out. Click Here for the assembly instructions.

    cleavergolf1I do like the eye and may use it in other projects . . .  Be sure to check out Ray’s other toys . . . He has a fun golf game that may get you right into the Halloween spirit . . .

    To me it seems more like a variation to croquet, but Ray can name his game whatever he prefers. There are so great eyes again . . . Can you imagine terrifying your friends and family by bringing out this Cleaver Golf game?

    Click the image on the left for the PDF. Here are the Cleaver Golf assembly instructions.

    These may be a great hit at your Halloween party. I think I may make up a bunch of those eyes and put them in a big bowl . . . I wonder about a friendly game of pool . . . or perhaps put little treats inside . . . A little jingle bell may be a nice touch . . . For the eye-catcher, too.

    I believe Ray O’Bannon is a clever artist . . . His games and images go to the mysteries of the paranormal . . . His does give a colorful history of how this golf game was created . . . yet it does play a bit more like croquet with the hoops . . . and the cleavers . . . but I’m not going to argue with the creator of this game, I just delighted he has these free to print out and make.

    Although I may be feeling a bit creeped out at the moment, I do hope these Ray O’Bannon games will find a place in your home in which to play . . . I did want to give you something fun to have for the official opening of this fall season.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    September Is Finally Here!!!

    Oh Yes!!! September!!!

    Fall is on the horizon . . . even though the weather is a bit warm.Thanksgiving3

    I like going out early wearing a sweater. It allows me to pretend that fall is here. Yes, some of the trees are turning and the leaves are falling. Nature is getting ready for fall.

    I’m looking forward to getting pumpkins for decorating rather than carving. I find it run to have them decorating my front porch . . . along with my fall wreath I put on my front door. I don’t go all out with the decorating. Just enough to celebrate the change of season.

    This is a perfect time for you to get into your fall crafts.

    franken-goofy-cupcakes-recipeIf you haven’t been in the mood to do any of the 3-D buildings from either Ray Keim’s Haunted Dimensions or Ray O’Bannon’s RavensBlight, you might find something from Family.Disney more to your liking.

    It’s never too early to start thinking about special cupcakes you’d like to make for Halloween.

    Goofy is on-hand to give you a bit of a frightfully funny cupcake design — of course, featuring him. He’s doing a franken-goofy thing you might want to try out on your family before your Halloween gathering.

    Click the cupcakes to the left and you’ll be taken to the recipe so you can begin planning this delightful party treat.

    This may inspire you to give Mickey and Donald a square head . . . or maybe not, but this concept would work with creating other Disney character images on your cupcakes. And there are always the cupcake toppers . . .

    That should get you thinking fall a bit . . . I know you’re busy with a new school year with the kids . . . but it doesn’t hurt to look ahead.

    Have fun!

    Sharon

    Free Printable Recipe Binder

    Having Problems Getting All Of Your Recipes Organized?

    There is help on the way!Recipe-Binder

    Just click the image to the right for the download of the recipe binder pages.

    I’m always saying I’m going to organize my recipes, but I never do . . . they’re stuffed in drawers and in recipe books, I also have a file folder full of them in a drawer . . . And everywhere I look, I find another recipe.

    Enough!!! This is finally the time for me to get my recipes organized!!

    I’d add seasonal recipes or make another recipe binder for Halloween and another for Christmas.

    Depending upon the number of recipes you have, you may need to have several binders.

    This is an easy way to get started with organizing your various recipes. And these would make great gifts for your family and friends. I’m sure there are many people who could benefit from this recipe binder.

    You can make it your own by personalizing it . . . not just with your own recipes, but with your own drawings and paper crafts.

    As I said earlier, I do need to organize my recipes . . . and this will help me get started on the task.

    I hope you found this helpful and will download the PDF file of pages.

    Until next time,

    Sharon