Saturday, October 30, 2010

Toad in the Hole.....

It's Halloween morning and how about a toad in a hole for breakfast?  Sounds appetizing doesn't it?

Don't is a twist on your classic bacon and egg breakfast.

8 slices of bread
1 tbsp of butter or margarine
4 eggs
1 cup of  grated cheddar cheese
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled  (optional)
(makes 4 servings)

Preheat oven to 425 F.
Cut a hole in the centre of 4 slices using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass.
Butter the remaining slices and place on cookie sheet, buttered side down.
Top with half of the cheese, then bread slices with holes in the centre.
Break open 1 egg and place in each hole.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and eggs are set.

Remove, serve and eat your toad right out of the hole!

The kids got a kick out of saying they were eating toad for breakfast!

Here's to a 'toadfull' Halloween tummy !

much love,


Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween'd out!

In three more days, little ghosts, witches, princesses and pirates will be knocking at our door.  We have seen mummies, bats, spiders and pumpkins galore and to be honest, I'm glad to see them go (sorry).

But before I wrap up my Halloween decor, I wanted to give you a little treat!  Enjoy!

We made these out of oreo cookies, smarties and black jelly beans.
Not as good as baking but so much easier!

I painted the red veins with food colouring.

We made a bunch for the kiddies to  take to school.

We called these Frosty Frankies...

A quick story:  So, I asked my hubby to pick up some items from the grocery store and gave him a list, on which I had written 'green cones'.  I literally meant 'green cones', as in the colour 'green', but he thought I meant 'green' as in the eco friendly, organic kinda cones.  Needless to say, he brought home regular cones and I had to take out my green colouring/milk mixture and voila!

Anyway...back to the Frosty Frankies....we used a little white frosting for his eyes and black licorice for his scar and details.  I didn't have any black icing, which would have worked much better.

I made some orange pumpkins and used grape flavour for the bats.

Little tip: before removing your cut out from the pan, place it
in warm water for a couple of minutes to loosen the bottom.

Here are some pictures from last year's Halloween....

 Here is my gorgeous 'papillon'.  Elle est tres Belle!

And my two monsters...

Posing right before going trick-or-treating...I look so mean  :o( 

And here we are after we collected our loot!!

I do their face painting every year and this year I offered to do the faces of the neighbourhood kids (wish me luck!)

Well...I think that pretty much wraps it all up for this year's Halloween season.  I'm so excited to see what you guys have in store for the rest of the year.

Please keep your kids safe this Halloween and have fun!

much love,


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Trick AND Treat.....

Trick or Treat? 

How about a trick and a treat (?).

Here is a freshly sprouted Craftberry that will allow you
to play a little trick on those older trick-or-treaters.

You will need...
A new pair of Socks (I'm not so mean that I would use a dirty pair)
Loose Candy
Glue Gun
Exacto Knife
Halloween Bucket

Here's my dollar store bucket.  He looks ready to pull a prank doesn't he?

On your bucket, mark a circle large enough that your fist can fit through it.

Cut out the circle.
TIP: to make cutting the bucket easier, 
heat the knife with a BBQ lighter or candle

Take your time to avoid your cut out looking as messy as this one.

This very unattractive picture is a sock filled with paper because...'re going to use a glue gun to stick some loose candy onto it (top and bottom)

Stick the sock into the hole and glue the edges of the sock onto the
outside of the bucket (after completing this craft, I realized you will
achieve a cleaner finish if you glued the sock on the inside of the bucket).

Remember me saying you should take your time when making the cut? 
Well, I rushed it a little, making the cut too large and I had to cut the edges
of the sock so it would cover the hole (again, it looks a little messy at this
point, but bare with me and you'll see that it doesn't really matter).

Stick your hand into the sock...

...and if you are able to get some candy away from your little monster,
fill the bucket with the candy and...

...when that pesky teenager knocks on your door and wants a treat...
Offer them this TRICK!

Your hand will me camouflaged with the rest of the candy, so when
they reach into the bucket, you can grab their hand with yours!

It was challenging trying to photograph the SHOCK!!!!
factor for this tutorial, but I hope you get the gist of it.

I suppose I could have photographed the startled face of
one of my kiddies, but I want to keep this one a surprise!

And if this tutorial was a total womp...womp...womp...

Perhaps you'll love this little guy...

Nothing goes to waste around here...this is what I did with the other sock.

How can you resist those big green felty eyes.......?

Wishing you a trickless day!

much love,


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hey guys...I hope you all had a great weekend!

I wanted to take two seconds to thank Kim from A Girl and a glue gun for mentioning my little blog on her tremendously popular blog!

    A girl and a glue gun

Kim was kind enough to feature my little Halloween pencil and paper mache leaf tutorials.

Kim, your blog is a great source of inspiration to many of us - thank-you for encouraging our creativity.

And thanks to you guys for stopping by the Craftberry Bush!

much love,

Good Morning....

Good morning, Sunday!  You smell sweet like pancakes, warm waffles and buttery toast.

Here is a cute  idea for a Sunday morning breakfast...

Mix some food colouring and a little bit of milk together. 
With a clean (never before used) brush, paint on your
little bread canvas...

Toast and serve...

Wishing you all a toasty Sunday....


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Linky Parties- Thank you for hosting

The following are the linky parties, where I share my creativity.

 Please drop by and take a look....

 Thank you to the wonderful hosts.
You are the hostess with the mostess!

On Monday I party with...

On Tuesdays I attend this lovely party....

On Wednesdays I make sure I go to

On Thursdays I always join


On Fridays I make sure I visit...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

a BIG thank-you....


Remember those mischevious  little monsters who love to party?  Well, they were party crashing all around blog world and ended up at a blog party link at seven thirty three, becoming the most popular link last week....(blush).

A BIG thank you to seven thirty three creative blog for hosting such amazing parties.  If you get a chance, please link over and check out the other party-goers as there are some really creative and neat ideas out there.

And a BIGGER thank-you to you guys for making all those glue gun burns, dirty finger nails, late night postings worthwhile.

It really does mean so much to me.

Many hugs to all,


Getting my Martha on....

Today I walked a quilted path.
Bricks made of fabric cushioning my every step.
Downy pillows scattered along the way.
Felt animals smiling and going about their day.
Pink batting clouds gracefully dancing among the linen mountains.
Ribbons hanging from every branch and white beaded silk birds making bows out of them.
It was a place of softness, tenderness and beauty.

If I had a craft room, this is how I would keep my ribbons.

Hanging freely from white painted branches.

But the reality is.............

This is how my ribbons live :o(

Until I had a light bulb moment and turned this giant chocolate container into this...

"Good!  Now lift it up a bit!  No, a little more...down a bit...up a bit.  Ok! Perfect!"

A brand new home for my hard working  ribbons.

 Please excuse him...he just wants his 15 minutes of fame.

The ribbons sit neatly inside the newly decorated tube....but if that's not tidy enough for you....

I also made another slit where the ribbons can be tucked when not being used.
Oh Martha would be so proud! 
Me loves! 

 But let's keep it real...

I still have these many more ribbons who need a home.

And in the spirit of 'keeping it real'...
Here is how my drafting table really looks like....paint stains and scuff marks everywhere.

But I couldn't leave you with that as my last here is another beautiful picture of my new ribbon holder (and of course, my old faithful wooden man).

I hope you have an honest and beautiful day!
much love,


ps. I am often in a playful mood, which you may conclude from reading some of my posts.  However, rest assured that at no time do I speak to my wooden man nor rely on him to stage my photos ;o)

Attending this creative party
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