September, 2014

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Ornaments for That Geeky Person in Your Life

Hello All,

As some of you know I have added a few items to my Etsy shop. If you haven’t stop recently at here is what you’re missing.

Etsy has been reopen!

Hello All,

Well I finally did it! I’m on Etsy…. again. After the debacle on Storenvy in 2013 I just thought it best to sell what I have on Etsy. I trust it and even though it has fees up the wazoo I can deal with them. Since Etsy does give me a lot of perks like support and helpful tutorials I do not hate that much.

So check me out at:

Spooky Ghost and Fall Pumpkin Popcorn Treat Boxes

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I have made two more 3D Popcorn Treat Boxes. A spooky ghost and a fall pumpkin, I think they both came out super cute.

42nd Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival

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Well it’s late and my kids are finally asleep and I can blog about my day. Today and tomorrow is the 42nd Annual Castro Valley Fall Festival. It start at 10am and runs till 6pm. My family and I had a great time! I love our local business they are the best people you can ever meet, and just seeing them all on the strip made it all the more easily to see them all.

I saw some new faces and some and I missed a few. But the atmosphere was surreal; there were so many people that it blew my mind.


Let me just say the amazing smell of the vendors would make any tummy rumble.


The lines seem to go down the street for some food vendors and I can tell you why. If your vegan turn away this is not for you. But for all of you that love the smell of BBQ keep watching.

Oh yeah, mouth watering!!! You can smell this for blocks and this is why people were coming. But once you were there the rest is what made you stay.  There was music from live bands which sadly I couldn’t get clear photos of. But you saw little kids and adults just rocking out right on the street.


But I did get some nice shots of the local vendors like “Auntie Nel’s Fine Foods” best baked goods and hot food this side of Castro Valley. If you go to her site get 20% off discount when you place your first order.



My favorite stop was the “FRESH KETTLE KORN” Oh those delicious kernels of caramel goodness has me coming around every Saturday at the Farmers Market. However, I didn’t need to go there today since they were at the festival.


And after my bag loads of popcorn I headed over to Mehendi Artist nothing better than some henna tattooing while you’re at a festival. I think that was Swati Shah giving a customer a lovely ink job. If you want to see their handy work, check them out at


And Operation MOM were there, got to give it to the military family support group. These ladies really dedicated there time while I was there.  If you want to know what they are all about take a look at their site


After a few hours there we got a little thirsty so we got ourselves some drinks. Not bad beer or wine for 5 bucks and you get one of these lovely glasses.


Once we had our drinks we stop off at Kate Bartolomei place called USBORNE Books & More. She is a lovely woman that is an author and lover of the written word.  My son kept snatching at her books trying to read them; we would have spent the rest of the day at her booth if it wasn’t for my 11 month old daughter grumpy mood. It was a bit warm and she was on her last leg. She wanted her naptime and she wanted it now.  If you want to check her out, click


I wish I had more photos, but it didn’t dawn on me to take them when we got there. There was a big kids section with bouncy house, climbing tents, space jumpers, and tons of kids with faces paintings. Oh I almost forgot “SEW IN LOVE” where there. My favorite shop in Castro Valley. They had the cuties Halloween clothing you can check them out at


How to Make Your Own Popcorn Treat Box

Hello Subbies, This template comes from Lynn White she posted this on Pinterest: If you don’t like the look of this popcorn box there are hundreds of free templates online. Just go on to your favorite search engine and enter Free Popcorn Box.  What you will need:

  • Template see above
  • Scissors or other cutting utensil
  • Butter Knife or Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Glue or Tape
  • Copy Paper or Card Stock
  • Pattern Paper or Printed Pattern Paper
  • Embellishments

 Check out my tutorial for tips and tricks to making this box


    The following are photos of popcorn boxes I created using my silhouette.

Freebie Tuesday!

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If you haven’t checked out my Facebook you’re missing out on Freebie Tuesday. Don’t fret here is a list of places you can pick up your freebies this week curtesy from your favorite crafters.

Miss Kate Cuttalbes:

Silhouette of America:

Get your 48Hour Freebie – Steampunk Clock with Gears:

Get your Deep Edge Card 10, 9, and Spooky Design Team Halloween Mask Card:

SVGcuts has a nice Thank You for you at:

Get your Treasure Box Tuesday FREEBIE of the week from:

Still making teacher gifts for your little ones as they go back to school? Then check out Apple Cub at:

Take a look at the 2 Panel Banner from:

Need a dragon? Then get it before it file off at :

Get your apple basket that you always wanted from:

Love that lunch box template? Love Disney? Then get both from:   (need your translator up) also don’t miss getting your free Rapunzel tower:

Lori Whitlock:

Under a Cherry Tree has bonus Freebies for today only: