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Friday, October 30, 2009

Boo To You!

How are your preparations for Halloween going? I am starting my Friday at school and then will leave a wee bit early to attend an Arizona bloggers luncheon. It should be great fun.

Marty from A Stroll Thru Life planned the luncheon. There will be about 12 ladies attending the event. I am so excited and didn't want to show up empty handed so I made up some goody bags to pass out to everyone.

Of course I wanted to bring something for our hostess to thank her for planning the event.

Start with a bottle of cider. (Or wine will do too.) Find a nice linen dish towel. (Terry cloth is a bit to bunchy.) Grab a few straight pins with enamel heads, a bit of scrap ribbon and a pretty tag if you desire.

Fold the towel almost in half and begin rolling the bottle up in the towel. When you've reached the end of the towel secure the seam closed with 3 straight pins. Fold the bottom up like you would wrap the end of a gift and secure it with 2 more pins. Tie the top shut with the ribbon. Attach the tag. Pat yourself on the back for giving not one but 2 gifts, cleverly wrapped.

Here is another bottle in a towel gift I recently gave one of my instructors who invited all of his students to tour his ASID (American Society of Interior Design) award winning home. I just can't wait to show you the pictures of that day!

In case you have a present that won't roll up very nicely in a towel here is another idea based on some bags that I did last summer. Once again I just repurposed paper shoppers and added a few bootiful images I downloaded from the computer. Add some rafia and ribbon for a bit of fun fluff.

Here is a closeup of one of the bags.

After the luncheon I will be spending what is sure to be a delightfully frightful afternoon with a classroom of 7 and 8 year olds. I will be assisting with the costume parade, a candy filled party and of course giving an art lesson. Today we are making bats.

You begin with a wooden clothespin and paint it black. (I bought this package at Joanne's for less than $2.00 by using a coupon.)

Cut out some wings and a body.

Add a smile with fangs and a spooky name with a silver pen or acrylic paint.

The end result looks so cute tied onto a gift, hanging from a Halloween tree or as a place marker on a table setting. It's so easy, even a wee goblin such as this can do it.

May you have a spooktacular weekend!


Designs on 47th Street said...

Very informative post! My head is spinning...could it be because it's Halloween? Love this way of "sewing". Using pins, I might get this bag done. Great ideas. Also loved the bat idea for my little grandsons.

So jealous of your bloggers luncheon. I know you'll have fun and hope we get to see pictures.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea for gifting a bottle of something. I love your gift bags, too. Makes something plain look special.

Willow said...

Everything looks lovely. I know everyone will have a great time. We had Halloween here last night. Not too many kids out though. That flu has gotten to everyone in our area.


The Style Sister said...

Very cute gift bag ideas! How fun.

I am having my first giveaway so come on by and take a peek. A set of 12 berry wreath napkin rings in either white or red. I think you will love the white ones. They are so will see with the pics I posted.


Jingle said...

Everything looks fantastic! I love the vintage images that you used!

Linda said...

Every time I come to your blog, I'm filled with inspiring ideas... thanks so much for sharing! Lovely gifts. Hope you have a BOOtiful day and weekend,


FROGGITY! said...

loving it all! you have a happy halloween!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

So many clever ideas, I loved them all, I think my favorite is the bottle cover, so very cute, I am a new follower of yours and I will return, come for a visit...see you soon

Lou Cinda said...

Laura, these are so such cute ideas!! Ya'll will have such fun!!

Take photos and "share"!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda :)

Tamara Jansen said...

What great ideas! Love the little clothespin re-do

karen said...

Hi Laura,
It certainly sounds like a fun filled day! I love it when bloggers have a get together. It would be so much fun to meet up face to face. I wish there was one here on the east coast. Maybe someday soon.
Your treats are so sweet and I love your gift bags. Great idea!
Have a wonderful time.

confused homemaker said...

I love the bags, they are so cute but in a really spooky way.

ceekay said...

Laura, it was so wonderful to see you again. Your towel gift wrap is a darling I will be using soon! I am so glad I got your gift at the luncheon. Now, seriously, that was one fun afternoon! Have a great weekend and BOO!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Laura!
You are so creative. I so enjoyed visiting with you today. What a wonderful time we had. I love the towel idea, and I had no idea that it was you that had brought it. Just lovely, so lovely.

I look forward to visiting with you again. Thank you for sharing with me. Have you found a place to set up your "B-O-O" letters? That was so cute for you, as you have a little one still at home.

I will be visiting often. Thanks again sweetie. It was a beautiful day. Country hugs and love, Sherry

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Love your blog so much I can hardly stand it. Thanks for sharing.
All the very best.

Kathleen said...

Hope you had a good time with Marty..Cindy was there too?
Love your little gifts..good thing you didn't get her a cloche..she has A LOT of them!
Happy Halloween!

Shraddha@theselfloveproject said...

wow!!you are very stylish and thoughtful!

have fun!

{ L } said...

Those goodie bags are super special! You did an amazing job!

I was just on Marty's blog and saw the get together. I was born and raised in Arizona. :) It looked like a fabulous time!

Really Rainey said...

Great projects Laura! I love those gift bags! I remember that ones you made last summer too... I Loved those as well!. You are so talented!
Have fun tonight
Happy Halloween!
~Really Rainey~

Emma (Healthy Diet Is Fun) said...

Hi Laura,
Great ideas (as always!)
Happy Halloween!

The Redhead Riter said...

Double, double toil and trouble;
fire burn and cauldron bubble.
~ Shakespeare "Macbeth"~


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laura,
It was so much fun meeting you and the lunch was just fabulous! You have so many wonderful creative ideas, I can certainly tell your a interior designer. I hope you had a great Halloween too and fun with your darling son! Hoping to meet up with you again, Hugs, Cindy

linda t said...

Hi Laura,
I was so honored to be seated next to you at the AZ bloggers luncheon. You are sooo talented Laura. I was thrilled to actually meet you.
Love your blog!
linda t

Maricris Zen Mama said...

What a wonderful idea! I hope your Halloween was great as well!