Howl-O-Ween Treats

I am greeting the cooler temperatures with a smile because that means fall is upon us and I LOVE THE FALL. From the change of the season to the rustling leaves and the colors that surround us, I have to admit that I look forward to fall’s magic all summer long.

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Since we are on the border of summer and fall, now is the time to get some great photo studies of leaves, full grown hydrangeas, geraniums, zinnias and vegetables.

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Each day, I try to take a few pictures of the luscious flowers that come with summer’s end so I have them whenever I need them for reference. I am always amazed at the change in colors as the day wears on, so take your photos at different times of the day.

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As a gardener, I can appreciate the bounty of the summer. This year, I harvested sunflower seeds for my bird friends and corn for the squirrels…and dried corn stalks for me to decorate with!

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With fall, comes Halloween and as you might know, I love to decorate and dress up for Halloween. I am not sure that my family appreciates my lack of maturity in this respect, but if you have seen some of my crazy get-ups at the tradeshows, you have come to expect this side of my personality.

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If you are planning a little Halloween party of your own, you might want to include a mix of candy corn and peanuts –the sweet/salty combination was introduced to me at a gathering of our painting chapter and I make tons of it up each October. It is not just delicious, it looks pretty and festive, too!

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I created this quick and easy jar to hold my special mix using a couple of our TransformMASON™ tags, chalkboard paint for glass and a Ball jar. I used a lettering stencil and a chalk pencil to get my lettering started. You could use one of the silkscreen stencils from the TransformMASON line or freehand your favorite saying on the chalkboard painted band. Add a quick border to the top and bottom of the band with acrylic paint and scatter polka dots around the lettering.

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To dress it all up, I tied a ribbon around the neck of the jar and attached the TransformMASON wood tags that I painted. I found a glass candle holder that fit nicely into the opening, which held the tags in place. I then filled the candle holder with the candy corn mix for easy access. (Maybe I should have made it a little harder to get to…..oh, boy, am I on a sugar high!)

I hope that you are able to enjoy the vivid colors and fun of October as much as I do! Happy Fall!


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