“November 1st (or All Hallows’ Eve on October 31st) has become an eagerly awaited date…”
-From “A Year With God, Celebrating the Liturgical Year” (Little Way Press)
Happy All Hallow’s Eve from Stamping Peace. These little treat boxes are filled for my husband and three sons but we hope you receive a treat today! I learned to make these at a monthly Stamping class that I attend at the Orland Fire Station. Stace Coombs teaches the class and being the great teacher that she is, she showed us how easy these boxes are to make. The black paper is 10″ x 5 1/2″. Score every two inches along the 10″ side. Turn and score at 2″ on the short side. Turn the paper back to the long side and cut slits up to the 2″ score mark. Fold it all up and glue. We added washi tape to the front, and a “Tags 4 U” tag. The handle is attached with brads, and they are good to go! They were sitting at my guy’s breakfast places this morning, along with the little scarecrow that you see in the background. My mom used to put him on the kitchen windowsill every Halloween when I was growing up, with lollipops in the little sack on his back. She passed him along to me when I had a home of my own. He’s just a little scrap of plastic with peeling paint, but he holds a lot of wonderful memories for me! : )
I’m off to Joseph’s Special Education Class this morning to stamp a Halloween project with them, and later on Joseph will be trick-or-treating on the street. We combine the fun with the true meaning of the holiday, which for us, is All Saints Day…when we celebrate the heroic people that have gone before us in this big family of God that we are part of. Last year Joseph dressed as St. Joseph, this year he is going as St. Francis’ little pumpkin. We are studying St. Francis from the soft-cover book “Francis of Assisi, Activities and Coloring Fun for Children”, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Another book I wanted to share with you yesterday, but forgot, is “Pumpkin Moonshine.” It was Tasha Tudor’s first book and it’s a treasure. (She is our all-time favorite illustrator.) Speaking of books, one of our blog followers who is also a church friend of mine, Kelly Brooks Bay, has written a children’s book! It is called “The Rainbow Pants” (see it at amazon.com) and it is illustrated by another local woman (Lindsey aka thefrugalcrafter.com). Congratulations Kelly….what a beautiful book!
We rarely have candy in our house, so today the guys are getting a double dose. These are the treat bags that I made for the dinner plates tonight. They are a Becky Roberts design and are made with the Circles and the Labels Collections of Framelits. The stamps are from the Best of Halloween Stamp Set.
In the background is one of the pumpkin mugs that the boys have had growing up, and it holds the names of everyone that has commented on our blog since the “blog candy” was announced. We’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Somebody is going to get a nice treat! : )
P.S. Congratulations to the Red Sox. : )