November 7, 2011

Fall Festival

Oh my goodness.  I deeply apologize for my lack of keeping up with posting.  Life gets a bit crazy sometimes.  Shall I catch you up on what's been going on in my life? First of all, it's my absolute favorite time of the year, fall!! Autumn always brings a new spirit with it that I cannot describe to you.  I have a moment that I wake up each new fall and just know that it is going to be a wonderful season.  I've noticed that I always gather up quite a bit of new music around this time, friendships seemingly flourish out of the joy that surrounds fall, and I am always extremely thoughtful and write considerably more than I do during the other months of the year.  I also drink a rather substantial amount of coffee and hot chocolate, which I'm sure my bank account is not a fan of.  I feel it's more the atmosphere and ambience than simply the coffee.. Another story for another day. 
So with Autumn comes my incessant craftiness.  This year my friends Megan and Elizabeth decided it was necessary to have a "Fall Festival".  A Fall Festival in our eyes consisted of sappy romantic, cozy movies, lots of sweet treats, delicious comfort soup, and of course fun DIYs.  With this night of fall also came a spontaneous adventure to find the location of the chanting that was echoing through the neighborhoods of Stillwater.  Come to find out, it was only a game of Humans vs. Zombies going on around campus.  It added a bit of excitement to our Fall Festival. We started out with acquiring all the necessary materials from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.  
I have always wanted to try the project where you staple paint-filled balloons to a canvas to create a lovely explosion of color by throwing darts at it...which in our case was forks, and when that didn't work, knives.  I'm sure the neighbors weren't frightened at all. Tip: Before you decide you don't need to look up how to accurately fill up balloons with paint, think again, you will get paint in your mouth...

After we did had our adventure with balloons, we ate soup and puppy chow, and Megan began to make the Pumpkin Gems.  Pumpkin Gems are a sort of cupcake/muffin yumminess with yellow cake mix and pumpkin mix.  She even made icing from scratch to put on top of them and the adorable festive cupcake wrappers. The next item on the agenda was pumpkins of course! Our obsession with Pinterest led us to find a really neat way of waxing a pumpkin for a unique decoration.  After taking the wrapping off of a crayon, you hold a lighter up to the crayon and let the wax drip over the top of the pumpkin.  You can get all fancy and even let the wax drip by holding the lighter a certain way for a different effect.  Here's how ours turned out! 
The last project of the night was making a fall wreath with a foam ring, colored yarn, and tulle! I thought these turned out very nicely.  Though, I'll be honest, Megan and I were a bit challenged at wrapping yarn at first without getting it tangled... 
Overall we had a lovely Fall Festival, and I think we are planning on some sort of Christmas/holiday Festival as well!  Hopefully, I can begin to blog more, but forgive me if I fail once again. 

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