Dinner & a Craft: Cranberry Backpack

This blogpost kicks off my “Dinner & a Craft” series, wherein I attempt to merge my love of food and crafts in some kind of integrated manner. 🙂

It’s Monday night and time to work on a new project to wow the visiting Littles on the weekend. I’m venturing away from crocheting today to attempt a project I’ve seen and loved from the blog of Doll Diaries. Lots of fabulous ideas here, but the one that caught me immediate attention was the backpack.

Duck Tape Backpack

First a bit about Duck Tape. It’s come a long ways since I was making my own pewter coloured wallets back in the day. I was able to find an impressive selection of patterned and coloured Duck Tape at the neighbourhood Walmart, but to have some idea of what’s available, check out the Duck Tape webpage here. There’s a whole line of Disney inspired Duck Tapes, not to mention Minions and Sponge Bob. Of course there’s Elsa and Anna Duck Tape.

Now a bit about Friday’s recipe. Friday nights are pretty casual at our house. It’s the end of the week, so time clear the fridge of leftovers by offering them as a dinner buffet. But I like to try out one new simple recipe to jazz things up a bit.

This week it’s cranberry turnovers, made from a recipe at the Food Network site. Looks delicious, yes? They were.

I’ll keep you posted!



Vampire Birthday Party

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Hotel Transylvania is the current favorite movie of our oldest granddaughter. She comes over every Saturday night for a pajama party and, for the last two months, we’ve been watching either Hotel Transylvania or Hotel Transylvania 2 for our party. You’d think we’d be tired of it.

Apparently not.

This is my Birthday Weekend and, although I’m an Old, birthdays haven’t lost their appeal for me. My last few birthdays have all had a princess theme (Elsa, Ariel, etc.), so it’s fun to change tracks and plan a vampire party.

Eileen desperately wanted to be Mavis for the party and we were fortunate to be able to throw together a sort-of Mavis outfit for her. The leggings were an unusual color and hard to find. Amazingly, my husband found them at Old Navy for 47 cents. Yep, you read that right. We bought an oversize black t-shirt at Walmart and red Converse high top runners at Brown’s Shoes for $35.

Shopping for scary stuff outside of Hallowe’en can be a bit of a challenge. Black tablecloths, plates, streamers, etc. were readily available at Walmart and Party City, but skulls and skeletons were more difficult. Luckily we have an ample supply of Hallowe’en supplies.

You can check out my Hotel Transylvania Pinterest board here.

Here are some of the things you’ll find there:


Pin the Teeth on Dracula

Hotel Transylvania (Mis)Fortune Teller (we always called them cootie catchers and they’re as popular with kids as they always have been)


Vampire Floats

Scream Cheese

Coffin Spinach Dip

Coffin Spinach Dip

Skeleton Ribs and Intestines


Hot Dog Spiders and Mummies

And I ran across this, which looks kinda fun:

Hotel Transylvania Ring Tone


Because this was a last minute party planning, I didn’t have time to put together a craft for it, but here are some links to patterns I’m looking at making for our next vampire party:

Vlad the Vampire Bat – this is really cute and comes with a cool little bit of backstory from the creator of the pattern.

A Minion Vampire

Vampire Bat


Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

There’s no finer thing than spending time with my grandchildren, unless maybe it’s spending time with them having a tea party. This month we celebrated the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – aka Dr Seuss – born March 2, 1904.

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Suess breakfast aboard the Carnival Sunshine

Dr Seuss holds a special place in our hearts. Our own children grew up listening to us read his books and now our grandchildren do the same. Two years ago we took our oldest granddaughter on a Carnival cruise that featured Seuss at Sea. What a blast! We wore Thing 1 and 2 wigs and t-shirts, ate Seuss themed foods, and participated in a Seussapalooza parade.

So this year, for the good doctor’s birthday, we had a Seuss tea party. I did up a crocheted hat and sweater for our dolls (Emily is pictured above) with vivid Seussian style colors, made colorful foods, and we read Cat in the Hat as part of our celebration.



Here are some of the links I used to prepare for the tea party:

Emily’s Outfit (available on Etsy) – this is my original pattern. The outfit is available and, once I’ve sent it to some testers to try, I’ll post the pattern as well.

Dr Seuss Cootie Catchers

Cat in the Hat Banana & Strawberry Skewers

Green Eggs & Ham Pretzel Bites

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Dipped Strawberries

55 Seuss Activities