October 9, 2019

You've Been Boozed!

The tradition of "Booing" our neighbors only happened a couple of Halloweens on the tail end of my childhood years. Neighborhood kids took turns putting together a bag or bucket of Halloween treats, running up to someone's porch, ring the doorbell, and then rung away. A game of tag to further our advancement towards more cavities and sugar rushes in an already candy-laden season.

This tradition for many has carried on into adulthood with a bit of boozy twist: Boo your neighbors with snacks--both salty and sweet--with some special brews or alcoholic beverages of choice to celebrate the holiday season with, then pass the fun along!

I wanted to give it a try myself and put my own touches on it too. Starting with some snacks, I picked out sour gummy bats, Reese's Pieces, Halloween Junior Mints, pistachios, and mini caramel dips with apples to go with pumpkin beer from a local brewery. 

Boozed Halloween

To make things even more festive, I added in some fun items as well: Paper straws to go with the drinks, caution tape for decorating, coasters I whipped up with some scrap fabric, glow bracelets, grow cats (because why not?), and confetti mix.

Boozed Halloween

Boozed Halloween

I created this cute printable to attach to the box, which you can download to use for yourself by clicking below:


Boozed Halloween

Boozed Halloween

I took a little time to decorate some of the six-pack packages, but you could totally leave them as is as I did with a couple of them you'll see below too.

Boozed Halloween

Boozed Halloween

Included in the printables is this tag specifically designed for your significant other to boo-ze them too.

Boozed Halloween

Boozed Halloween

Finally, if you'd rather do individualized boo-ze treats for a party, here's my take on it using a ephemera from Crate Paper:


Boozed Halloween

Happy boo-zing!

October 1, 2019

Scaring Away Germs At Halloween +A Free Halloween Printable

Halloween Hand Soap Gift

Autumn weather brings with itself so many exciting things: pumpkins, cooler weather, hot cider drinking. But it also brings some not so exciting things, like heightened germ weather--colds and the flu. If you're a teacher you enter the beginning stages of I'm-trying-to-not-get-sick-from-all-these-kids-weather. AKA: Don't touch me with those hands--I've seen where they've been. 

Instead of sending in a Halloween sugary treat to your child's teacher to celebrate the season, might I just put forth that you lend him or her your support in this battle of germ-killing? Send them a festive hand soap. You can easily pick these up at Target or Home Goods (amongst other places).

Halloween Hand Soap Gift

Attach a little tag with some ribbon or twine. Click the link below to download this one I made for you to use for free!


Halloween Hand Soap Gift

If you use these tags, do me a favor and leave a link below for me to see it in your diy projects! Happy germ scaring!

Halloween Hand Soap Gift

September 30, 2019

Sweater Weather Inspired Snail Mail

It is beginning to feel like that time of year--sweater weather! Which means it is time to send out some cozy, warm, sweater-weather snail mail to a handful of people to help them embrace the fall season. I found the cutest paper from Crate Paper called Knit Wit that inspired me to make up these care packages and pockets, which you'll see later on.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

For the care package, I wanted to have crafting, baking, and self-care treats and goodies. For the craft stash of the recipient, I included some floral elements with a mini-twig wreath so she could make her own fall-inspired window wreath, some washi tape, pipsqueak markers that match the color scheme, journaling cards, giant-rose gold paperclips, and a paper bag of stickers and items from my de-stashing of my own material.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

Additionally, I've loved putting these mini polymer stamps from Lawn Fawn. They are light-weight which makes them ideal for mailing, and super, super cute--I just had to include this Caramel Apple of My Eye set.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

For self-care, I'm a big fan of sending these mini-candles from Antique Candle Works Co. (my current favorite candle company) for my friends to try out. Add in some new socks to keep toes cozy and warm, followed by a face mask and one of the fall sanitizers from Bath and Body Works.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

Current fall favorite sweet are these snackable marshmallows called Smashmallows--eat them by themselves or top off your go-to hot beverage of choice with them for added sweetness. They come in many different flavors to try. Or, to keep with the baking theme (alongside the recipe cards pictured earlier)...

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

Include somethings like a cookie mix, or in this case, an apple crisp kit--all she had to do is add her favorite apples to have a delicious dessert to share.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

Now it is just a matter of stacking everything in the mailing box--heaviest items go in the bottom.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

Then comes the fun part--decorating the four flaps of the box. It is a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper, and when the box is opened it serves as a surprise element to get excited about. I like to always have a flap that outlines the items found in the box and any special reason why; the rest are purely decorative.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail


Sweater Weather Snail Mail

Aside from care packages, I also used the scrapbook paper to sew some pockets, which I tucked with similar craft goodies to send out to some other friends too.

Sweater Weather Snail Mail

September 25, 2019

A Spooktacular Halloween Countdown Banner

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Cats, bats, and all things spooky are in the air with October just around the corner--and with it Halloween. Crate Paper recently release their newest collection for the holiday this year which included the most adorable countdown paper pieces, so I knew exactly what I needed to make for my spooky decor: a Halloween countdown calendar. I took the pieces and made them in cards that could be hung up as a banner. One side has the number pieces and then they can be flipped over as each day passes; both sides are decorated making the banner reversible. Below is the final project...

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

And here they are when reversed to "mark" the days as they go...

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween Countdown Calendar

All that was left to do was to find the perfect spot for this countdown calendar: our big kitchen bay window. I used baker twine and mini clothespins to hang up these darling cards along with some other banners to bring even more balance and texture to the space these will hang for the month of October.

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Also, I had to put up a couple of paper bats--they're a favorite of mine! Happy Halloween!

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Psst!! If you enjoyed this post or are a fellow Crate Paper fan, share the love a little and pin this image below to share with your friends. If you've used any of the products from this year's Halloween line, I'd love to see them--share your links in the comments below for me to check out!

Halloween Countdown Calendar

September 23, 2019

May Your Fall Be Caramel Sweet!

Caramel Apple Treat Bags

It is officially fall now! Time to embrace cooler, sweater-weather days, crunchy leaves, and apple cider (because PSL is overrated). To celebrate the change in the weather here is a super easy and quick DIY for a caramel apple treat.

Caramel Apple Treat Bags

Take apples and individual caramel dips (you can typically find these in bulk at your local grocery store in individual size in order to make several of these treat bags), and stack them in a cellophane bag. 

Caramel Apple Treat Bags


Then you can download a sheet of these little gift tags with the link above. Tie off the bags with twine and the tags and you have a simple fall-themed gift bag for your next event, or to hand out to friends for no other reason than to celebrate it finally being autumn.

Caramel Apple Treat Bags

© Natalie Grimm. Made with love by The Dutch Lady Designs.