Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy time to ramp up for Christmas!

Happy Halloween to you all.
I have failed miserably this year.  The decorations are not up, the lanterns are not carved and the sweeties are not bagged.  My two boys seem to have reached the age where they're no longer interested in Halloween.  Mind you I haven't really got into the spirit this year either which is not like me at all.
I'm away to bake some cupcakes and some crispy cakes just in case I get lots of kids later, mind you if the weather is anything to go by I don't think we'll get many visitors.  It is pouring down and has been all day.  You know the type of day when every time you leave the house or work you get wet?
Basically a perfectly dreich day.
A busy morning for me at work today cleaning, lots to do as we ramp up for Christmas.  I was also lucky enough to get a spotlight award.  It is when you get acknowledged for going above and beyond and it means I get a wee bonus from the management as a thank you.
Well chuffed!

Back to crafting, recently we had some wood delivered for the fire.
Is it sad that I got all excited because it was delivered on a palette?
I have been after a wooden palette for a while to try and make some rustic Christmas trees after seeing the idea loads on Pinterest.  On Sunday I sent my man that can into his "man shed" with a diagram and he made me this.

My rustic tree and a star for the top.  
It has been sanded down and now is sat with a coat of chalk paint on.  I did ummm and arrr as whether to leave it all rustic and just wax it.  
I decided instead to go for the shabby chic look and once the paint is dry I shall be sanding it back before waxing.  There is also the possibility of painting or decoupaging it, decisions, decisions, so much choice and not knowing what I shall like the best.  

That's all from me today, I did try and post early but the wifi was playing up before work. 
I better go and get cake baking before putting on the tea.  
Enjoy the rest of your Halloween, I hope you don't get too many scary visitors. 
I will be back later this evening to catch up with you all. 


Barb said...

Happy Halloween to you Erika. We've had a lovely day here - not to rub it in of cause. Congratulations on your spotlight award. I'm sure you deserve one every week.

Your hubby has done a great job and I look forward to seeing how they end up. Enjoy your evening. Barbxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Erika,
yes congrats on your award.
Happy Halloween.
Great makes from your DH.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Evening Erica, u have had a busy day, great idea about making something out of a pallet. I make compost bins out of ours.

Dens cake was a masterpiece will blog it tomorrow. He has enjoyed his birthday. πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‚ 🍰✨

Will be interesting to see pallet tree finished. What size is it.

Enjoy your evening x

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Oh and Ps well done on your award x

cuilliesocks said...

Happy Halloween Erika, and congrats on your award, it's good to feel acknowleded. Love your rustic tree, very creative indeed.
Thankfully we had no one tonight, now Alistair is eating all the sweets, Kate x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow your rustic Christmas tree looks fab and I can't wait to see what finish you eventually give it, good ole' hubby with his carpentry tools.

Carol said...

Love these Erika and look forward to seeing the finished article....wonder if my man can, although after a double hernia op last week he's out of action atm! Carol x