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Frugal Halloween Decorating

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Here's a fun and frugal idea way to create little treat boxes for any little Halloween visitors and it's almost all from your recycling bin! I got the idea when I pinched a discarded candy display case from a local store (I get most of my cardboard boxes there!!).

First I took some cardboard paper towel rolls (I don't like using cardboard toilet rolls for obvious reasons) and cut them in half. Next I cut circles of cardboard slightly larger in diameter than the diameter of the cardboard rolls and glued these to the bottoms of the rolls. Then I filled each little container with Halloween treats. To top the containers, I cut out circles of black paper 1/2" larger than the diameter and secured them to the top of the containers with string. If you find the tops difficult to place, use any extra cupcake liners you have on hand and use an elastic band to keep the liners on. The final step was to glue on some downloaded labels.

Halloween Rosette Workshop

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Halloween Rosette Workshop was a sellout with some really creative participants. We had a great time at Pot and Pantry making rosettes for Halloween decorating.



We had so much fun in fact that I am planning another (albeit different) for early November.

Halloween Rosette Workshop

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)



Our 2-hour Halloween Workshop is being held at the lovely upscale kitchen and food speciality shop, Pot & Pantry on Elgin Street on Wednesday, October 18th.


Not ghastly, not ghoulish, not gruesome, and certainly not grisly. Instead the workshop is just devilishly stylish. Prepare to be amazed, astounded, and delighted but, more important, if you are in the Ottawa area, be there! Spend an afternoon learning how to create a stunning paper rosette from an old book to decorate your Halloween home, while chatting, making new friends, and enjoying seasonal refreshments.


To register, click here.


Come if you dare.


Workshop News and Examples in the Making

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)



Did you find that August just flew by? I can't believe it's already SEPTEMBER!! Boy, do I have to scurry!!


I've finally got my act together and will be posting my new workshops later today. I've been working hard on making samples and sometimes I tend to forget why I'm making them. One of my workshops will be on Halloween decorations. It was so popular last year that I will be repeating it. The most popular project were the rosettes/pinwheels wall decorations and the bunting rosettes/pinwheels (I call them rosettes, others call them pinwheels).




As I was making my rosette samples, I wondered if there was another way I can use these decorations. I know that the concept can easily be transformed for any holiday or occasion - just fold away and glue, right? But what else besides wall decorations, bunting or garlands can I make?


Why not a Christmas or holiday tree! This idea was inspired by those little trees made of squares of paper. They were all over the web a year or so ago. 



This one is from our lady Martha.  But I could never seem myself cutting up all those itsy bitsy pieces of paper. I don't have that long an attentions span!! Could I do this with rosettes and would it be easier?? A good question.



Et voilà ! Here is what I did. It's a prototype and still has a few kinks. So I wouldn't have to make tons of rosettes, I simply added a small piece of 1/2-inch foam poster board between each rosette. Because I get bored easily I was happy enough to make each rosette while watching Escape to the Chateau, a Channel 4 British show now on CBC.


What do you think?