Posted by Kim K.
I am not a crafty mom. I used to be a crafty teenager, making
music mixes, collages for my friends and writing notes. But, that
was BEFORE--before I became mom and a mom who works. But, always at
this time of the year (Halloween through the holidays) I constantly
strive to be crafty. It's my #1 goal. Every year I say to myself "I
am going to do better next year."
So, what is a crafty mom? After spending my first year living in
the suburbs (I moved to the 'burbs in summer 2008) I answer this
question with: Someone who has decorations everywhere in the house.
Someone who bakes cookies (or something homemade) on a semi-regular
basis. Someone who does the homemade art projects as decorations
with the kids. Someone who passes out cute/homemade holiday goodies
for the kids AND the teachers.
I promised myself this Halloween that I am really going to take
it up a notch. And, the truth is that the kids are actually
satisfied and happy with what we have done and what we are doing.
But, I think it's the pressure of knowing that their friends' moms
are doing some of the crafty stuff that is driving me this
So, for what it's worth, I'm going to share my easy crafty
ideas with you and just maybe I will help another non-crafty
parent take it up a notch, too. I'm not saying these are stellar
ideas, but enough where you'll feel like you've done "good."
So, it started a couple of weeks ago. It was time to decorate
the house. We got our box of Halloween stuff out of the basement
and set it all up. Accomplished. The house COULD be more spooky,
but we have a one legged-skeleton (the other leg fell off), cobwebs
and fake tombstones set up....some fake bones and our best
decoration-the skeleton guy on a motorcycle that inflates and
lights up. Not my style, but the kids LOVE it. Moving the party to
the inside of the house, we got out black, orange and white paper.
My son drew pumpkins, ghosts, mummies and bats. I cut them out. The
kids decorated them. I hung them. Looking pretty good. I still
can't find our decals from last year but I keep searching (did I
mention that I am also not great at storing things?) We added two
pumpkins last weekend that the kids decorated at a festival.
Getting better! I think we've got the basics covered. Now what?
I am sitting here planning and plotting. I am planning on
getting two pumpkins this week for carving AND for Mr. Potato Head
decorating (we have these sets where you push the Mr. Potato Head's
pieces into the pumpkin). I'm feeling pretty optimistic. But, we
now have a soccer party on Saturday and my daughter's preschool
party where there have been requests for treats. The regular "me"
would go to Target and get some candy, send a couple of pieces in a
bag for each kid and call it a day. BUT, the new crafty mom is
going to try something different this year. We are going to take
Oreos, dip them in orange chocolate (maybe even drizzle some white
over it but I think I am getting ahead of myself), and then
bag them in Halloween bags for passing out. I am also going to
attempt to make spooky labels. My kids seemed to be excited and I
think it will be successful.
Will it be a success or a disaster?!
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