Saturday, October 22, 2011

Our love letter to Fall

No crafts this time, I promise I have one more Halloween blog up my sleeve. This is just our love letter to Fall.

Fall is that tricky time of year when the heat of Summer is a distant memory and the air is crisp with warning of cool days to come.

As the beautiful leaves turns shades of yellow, red, and brown we are reminded God still has a few beautiful surprises op his sleeves.

Fall lets families enjoy the warmth of a warm hoody and the snuggle of a dear loved one.

Fall can be a time of magic, all kids know that pumpkins are the gourd of choice for all wicked witches.

Our family started in the fall. 8 years ago in November as the leaves died our family began it's beautiful life. Then 4 years ago in the fall God sent us our first angel.

Last fall God sent us our last angel. The fall was when our forever family began.

Even though this man was sent to us from heaven during the winter, God kissed his head with hair as red as beautiful fall leaves.

As the year winds down and we get lost in a maze of triumph and tragedy that occurred throughout the year,

the fall will fill us with that ever lasting hope that the new year will have more triumph and less tragedy. Like a loved one at the end of a maze calling you home.

The fall is Gods promise of feasts with family, the praising of our saviors birth, and other magic is just around the corner.

The fall is when we put on our political hats and elect leaders. Some will fight, others will come together evoking compassion and compromise. Like a brother and sister who can fuss and argue, but will always remain the best play mates you could find.

In a society that spins faster and faster...

always rushing without looking at the blessings we have in our homes and outside our doors...

the fall gives us that chance to slow down, hold on, and live and love.

Really, slow down. See what blessings you might miss.

We love the fall, we love that magic and excitement in the air.

We love our gypsy family. We are Scaffs. We are a family who are thick as thieves and unapologetic about our weirdness or awkwardness.

So this is our love letter to our favorite time of year. We love the celebrations, the weather, and the beauty of Gods creations.

As we left our fun day at the greenhouse with two kids pleading, crying, and pitching level 12 hissy fits, this goat left me a lovely thought.  Even the best fall day can still have an yucky butt at the end.  ;)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welcome to the bat cave!

Hey there! My goal on helping you get festive this Halloween without sending you to the poor house continues.

This week I took a single BUCK and created something fun for your bat cave.

Our local Dollar Store had these fun bats, 15 for $1!
I think the Dollar Tree also had these.

So the easy tip is to simply fold these suckers (blood suckers!) wings and tape them in a interesting design. This would give you a chance to use those bone folders Martha pushes on us almost every episode. (I just used my Poor Badger paws)

Easy peazy, lemon squeezy. Right?!?!

So since this was a short, sweet, simple, and CHEAP blog I thought I'd show off the most beautiful things I've created. (Well, not just me. Mr. Badger helped)

Miss Olivia, the oldest and most creative of the baby badgers. Freshly turned 4 and a very important young lady.

My red headed stranger, Cody. He may be only 2 but this boy is the toughest and wildest of the baby badgers. He loves his mama and loves to rough house.

Oh Abigail. Oh our Abigail. She is only 10 months old but she is a firecracker! She has a face that just MELTS this mom and a wild and wooly spirit that I pray the world never tames. 

Happy Halloween from the creative team of Poor Badger:
Olivia, Cody, Abigail, Jayson, and Barb.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

DIY: Yard Reaper

Time for another Poor Badger Halloween tutorial.
I have always gave credit to Ms. Martha Stewart for being the bottom line Queen of Halloween, but this year I am aiming hard for at least the Duchess of Doom title. 

Like all of my projects this one was very easy and VERY CHEAP.

Our Out-Let store had this costume for $4.95, so it was a SCORE!

I found a wonky ball from my tots room that made a perfect head, a few swipes of some cheap Folk-Art acrylic paint in red and this monster had some snazzy peepers. 

Since the costume was a kids costume, our yard reaper was only 4 or 5 feet tall. If you wanted taller, you could get an adults costume or sew yourself a black robe. 

We used an tomato stick and stuck it into the ground a few inches for stability. Then a few feet of chicken wire (which can be bought at a feed store or Lowes) framed the little fellers body so he could be dressed. 

Some wire ties helped hold the whole shabang together. God bless wire ties!

We dressed our newest yard member and had him point the way to our spooky plots. 

More spooky crafts to come!

I'm haunting these parties:

Monster Mash Bash


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