Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #155

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope your week has been wonderful. I love these parties and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Farmhouse Sign Using A Printer by Simply Beautiful by Angela
Apple Crumble in a Jar by Home Cooking Memories
Sweater Weather Coffee Mug by Simply {Darr}ling
Red Velvet Bread by 3 Boys and a Dog
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
Chevron Burlap Fall Wreath by Our Clover House
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes & Easiest Cream Cheese Frosting EVER! by Bird's Party
DIY Spooky Halloween Books by Run to Radiance

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DIY Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl

Thanks to Oriental Trading for helping make this post possible. As always, all opinions are my own.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

As a family with a lot of food allergies, I wanted to make a project to help bring awareness to the Teal Pumpkin Project. By simply placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, it means that you have non-food treats available for those trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. This pumpkin was a lot of fun to decorate, and I was able to find a lot of non-food treats from Oriental Trading that every kid will be excited to choose from.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

To make my treat bowl, I found a white diorama craft pumpkin at the craft store. To transform the white pumpkin to teal, I used Rustoleum pearl metallic spray paint in "Sea Mist". You could also paint the pumpkin with teal acrylic paint.

If you can't find a diorama pumpkin, you can also find carvable craft pumpkins. It's important to make sure that they say "carvable" - otherwise, they are a solid foam and will not work for this project (ask me how I know).

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

Spray 2-3 coats of paint on the outside of the pumpkin - but make sure to let each coat dry completely before adding another to prevent bubbling.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

Once the paint has dried, you'll need some black acrylic paint. Add a 2-3 of coats of paint to the inside of the pumpkin. I also added a few layers to the stem. Let the paint dry completely.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

To add a bit of "glam" to the pumpkin, I found some black faceted round gems in different sizes.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

With a little bit of clear glue, I attached the gems to the stem and around the top of the pumpkin. This is a great time to get creative! Because you can see in between the gems, it's important to paint the stem well with the black acrylic paint. Set the pumpkin somewhere safe for it to dry for a few hours or overnight.

Here's some examples of safe, sugar-free fright-night goodies that will work great in a teal pumpkin:

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

These Nerdy Pumpkin Stickers are adorable and are a safe alternative to sugary treats. The 5 sticker designs are 1 1/2" and you can get 100 on a roll!

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

Multicolor Porcupine Balls are a ton of fun to play with, and are a colorful alternative to food and candy. They measure 1 1/4" and come in a set of 36!

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Bouncing Balls are a perfect alternative to sugary sweets for trick-or-treaters! These 1" glow-in-the-dark bouncing balls in four different spooky designs will give the pumpkin an eerie ambiance. There are 48 balls in a set.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

No bones about it - these Glow-In-the-Dark Tumbling Skeletons are a spooky addition to your Halloween treat bowl. Toss these 1 3/4" creepy rubber Halloween toys against a wall and watch them tumble - day or night! There are 48 skeletons in a set.

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

Throw all of your allergy-safe goodies into the pumpkin and give it a good shake to distribute everything. This will also help it to be more more random when the kiddos reach in to take their treats!

Make a glam Teal Pumpkin Project Treat Bowl filled with allergy-safe goodies to share on Halloween!

I can't wait for Halloween to get here so that we can share our teal pumpkin with the kids in our neighborhood. This would also be a great idea to share at school since there are usually a lot of kids with food allergies and other conditions that these prizes would be perfect for.

What Halloween toys and non-candy items would you add to the pumpkin?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #154

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've all had a fantastic week. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the creative recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Real Tree Candle Holders by Chas' Crazy Creations
Baked Sea Salt Apple Chips by Brooklyn Farm Girl
Indoor Fairy Garden: A Fall Snow Globe by The Country Chic Cottage
Hot Spiced Cider by Marilyns Treats
Crock Pot Hot Mulled Apple Cider Sangria by A Sprinkle of Joy
Harvest Fairy Garden by Gluesticks
Apple Cake Sundae by Honey and Birch
DIY Galaxy Jars by Views from the 'Ville

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Free Printable Autumn Word Search Coloring Page

Welcome autumn with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

Free Printable Autumn Word Search and Coloring Page

I love coloring with my daughter, and we enjoy doing word searches even more. Autumn is just around the corner, so I created this Free Printable Autumn Word Search Coloring Page for everyone to enjoy. It's the perfect mix of brain games and a coloring book!

Free Printable Autumn Word Search and Coloring Page

Not only do we have a ton of fun with these at home, but my husband also loves taking these kinds of activities to school to entertain the students and keep them busy. With school just starting, this is the perfect worksheet to incorporate autumn vocabulary words!

What are you waiting for?! Go grab some colored pencils and a pencil sharpener and get to work!!

Free Printable Autumn Word Search and Coloring Page

The top section is filled with fun autumn images like a pumpkin, leaves flowers, as well as the word "autumn" to color. My daughter had a ton of fun with this printable, and I've found it to be pretty calming myself! There are 30 autumn vocabulary words to look for that will be horizontal, vertical, diagonal and backwards. The printable download also includes the word search with the solution.


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*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, school, libraries, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

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Easy Peanut Butter Lunch Ideas and Free Printable Back to School Lunchbox Jokes

This post is sponsored by Peanut Butter & Co. As always, all opinions are my own.

Take the lunch box up a notch with these 3 EASY (non-sandwich) Peanut Butter Lunch Ideas
and Free Printable Back to School Lunchbox Jokes!

Easy (Non-Sandwich) Peanut Butter Lunch Ideas and Free Printable Back to School Lunchbox Jokes

The past few months, my daughter has refused to eat PB&J sandwiches. As a mom who often sends lunches from home, this can get to be a challenge to come up with something she'll actually finish. Turns out she just got tired of them and doesn't like the flavor of peanut butter and jelly together. After a little thinking, I'm going to see if we can work some peanut butter back into the lunch rotation by getting a little more creative. I've come up with a few new ideas using different flavors from Peanut Butter & Co. that I think just might work!!

Add in a Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Dipping Cup along with some apple slices and pretzels for lunch!

The first lunch idea to incorporate some peanut butter is one of the easiest! By adding in a Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Dipping Cup along with some apple slices and pretzels, you've got a simple and filling lunch that can be thrown together quickly. It's also going to make it a little more fun for my daughter to start to enjoy eating peanut butter again.

Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Dipping Cups are perfect for snacking on the go!

Not only are Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Dipping Cups great for lunches, they are also perfect for snacking on the go! With 7-9g of protein per serving, it's sure to give you that boost of energy you need in the afternoons. Choose between Smooth Operator or Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to pop in a lunchbox, stash in your desk drawer, keep in your purse or in your car for a quick snack.

PB Honey & Banana Sushi is a fun lunch for kids to enjoy with Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter!

The next idea is something we call PB Honey & Banana Sushi (no fish or seaweed included)! My sister-in-law sent my daughter some adorable Japanese chopsticks, which inspired this lunch. With all the flavors of a PB Honey & Banana Sandwich, this is a whole lot more fun for kids to eat!

To make the "sushi", use a rolling pin to flatten a piece of bread. Try to get it as flat as you can for best results. Spread some Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter over the piece of bread all the way to the edges. Cut a banana to the width of the bread and lay it down on top of the peanut butter at the bottom edge of the bread.

Starting from the bottom, carefully fold up the bottom edge and roll the banana tightly up to the top edge of the bread. Use a knife to cut the "roll" into slices. Place the slices into a container along with a side of some fruit or veggies (chopsticks optional). Now you've got a healthy lunch that's fun to eat!

Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter is peanut butter blended with scrumptious honey, which makes it perfect for PB Honey & Banana Sushi!

The Peanut Butter & Co. The Bee's Knees Peanut Butter is peanut butter blended with scrumptious honey, which makes it perfect to pair with bananas in this recipe. It's the perfect mix of sweet and salty that you can even enjoy straight from the jar!

PB Hazelnut Roll-Up Kabobs is a fun lunch for kids to enjoy with Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter!

This lunch idea looks a little more complicated, but I promise it's an easy one. PB Hazelnut Roll-Up Kabobs is literally a mouth full. With layers of peanut butter and chocolatey hazelnut rolled up and stacked with fruit, this is a lunch that kids will think is more of a treat than a meal!

Start by flattening a piece of bread with a rolling pin. Spread a layer of Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter all the way to the edges. Add a layer of Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread on top of the peanut butter. Start at the bottom of the bread and roll it tightly to the top edge. Use a knife to cut the roll into slices. Carefully use the knife to poke through the slices vertically. This will help the sticks to go through the slices without smashing the spiral.

Cut a banana and two strawberries into slices. Slide a stick through a roll-up, then alternate with strawberries and/or bananas. Place the kabobs into a container and enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator is made with peanuts blended with a pinch of salt and cane sugar for a touch of sweetness.

Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter is made with peanuts blended with a pinch of salt and cane sugar for a touch of sweetness. It's also got a little bit of palm fruit oil (containing zero cholesterol and zero trans fats) to keep the peanut oil from separating, which means no need to stir the oil back in!

Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread is a delicious chocolatey hazelnut spread made with 25% less sugar and more protein than the leading brand of chocolate hazelnut spreads.

Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread is a delicious chocolatey hazelnut spread made with 25% less sugar and more protein than the leading brand of chocolate hazelnut spreads that tastes great on pretty much anything you put it on! Along with PB Hazelnut Roll-Up Kabobs, it's also delicious with fruit and can be used in baking.

Free Printable Back to School Lunchbox Jokes are sure to make your kids smile!

Now that lunch is taken care of, I always like to add in a little note in the lunch box to brighten my daughter's day. These Back to School Lunchbox Jokes are free for you to print and are sure to make your kids smile!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, libraries, classrooms, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Be sure to enter to win the Peanut Butter & Co. Back to School Giveaway that's going on now, and check the store locator to get yourself some peanut butter today!

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #153

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope you've had a great week and are ready to share what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the awesome projects and recipes shared at last week's party:

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Easy DIY Leaf Stamped Dish Towel by Flamingo Toes
Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies by Major Hoff Takes a Wife
Beautiful Modern Leather Bench by Love Create Celebrate
Cinnamon Spritz Owl Cookies by The Monday Box
Red Velvet Protein Bites by Bites of Wellness
Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin with Washi Tape by Refresh Living
Overnight Monkey French Toast Casserole by Lamberts Lately
Build A Monster Printable Kit by Somewhat Simple

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Halloween Character Treat Bags

Make Halloween Character Treat Bags to fill with spooky goodies to share with friends!

Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Making Halloween crafts are one of my favorite things to create. There's so many fun things you can make, and these Halloween Character Treat Bags are simple and adorably spooky! For this post, I’ve teamed up with over 40 bloggers to bring you 15-minute Halloween project ideas ALL using the Cricut

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Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Here's what you'll need to create all three Halloween Character Treat Bags:
Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machine
Cardstock (black, white, green, orange)
Adhesive
Acrylic Gems (optional)

These Halloween bag templates are a Make It Now project found in Design Space and is FREE with a Cricut Access subscription.

Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Design Space will guide you through every step of cutting out the treat bags - starting with which color of cardstock to load on the mat, a reminder to place the scoring stylus into the machine (so the score lines can be made), and giving you the option to choose your material so that it cuts perfectly the first time. Finally, all you have to do is press "GO" and the Cricut will do all the work!

Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

After everything was cut out, the first thing I did was work on assembling the base of the treat bags. Crease the bags along all of the score lines so that they will be easier to put together.

Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Next, add a line of adhesive (I used a tape runner) along the two edges of the widest flaps. Placing adhesive in these spots will be just the right amount to get the sides of the bags to stick together.

Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

To make the bag, bring both sides up with the wrong sides facing each other. Fold the smallest tabs in first (from the bottom), then fold the thinner tabs in. Start on one side and line up the tabs with adhesive on them with the edges of the bag and use your fingers to press both inside and outside to help the adhesive stick well. Repeat for the other side. Now your bag bases are ready to embellish!!

Halloween Pumpkin Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

To make the Halloween Pumpkin Character bag, you'll need some black cardstock for the bag template, and green and orange cardstock for the pumpkin details. I've already assembled the bag, so let's get to making the pumpkin to add to it!

Halloween Pumpkin Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

We will be layering paper pieces to create the faces of the treat bags. First, turn the pumpkin over so that the back of the paper is facing up and add some adhesive.

Halloween Pumpkin Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Next, place the square black piece face down onto the back of the pumpkin face. Add more adhesive onto the back.

Halloween Pumpkin Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Carefully line up the edges of the pumpkin face with the front of the treat bag. Use your fingers inside and outside of the bag to press the papers together so that the adhesive sticks well.

Halloween Pumpkin Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Add some adhesive to the back of the pumpkin stem, but only at the bottom. Line the straight edges up with the top of the bag and press well. Next, crease the fold lines of the handle piece and add some adhesive to both ends (right side up).

Halloween Pumpkin Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Line each end of the handle on the inside of the back to the score line and press well. Add in your Halloween goodies and some gift bag filler and your Pumpkin Character Treat Bag is ready to share!!

Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Now it's time to assemble the Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag! Assemble the bag base, and cut the spider elements out of black and white cardstock.

Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Unlike the pumpkin, we're going to add some adhesive to the front side of the white piece of cardstock.

Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Lay it face down on the back of the spider piece. Press well, then add some adhesive to the back of the white piece only (not the legs).

Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Line the top and bottom up with the bag, and press well. Crease the fold lines of the handle piece and add some adhesive to both ends (right side up).

Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Line each end of the handle on the inside of the back to the score line and press well. To add a little more personality to the spider, I used some adhesive gems to the eyes. Simply peel the gem from the backing and stick them on. Any color will look great!

Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Add in your Halloween goodies and some tissue paper and your Halloween Spider Character Treat Bag is ready to hand out to your friends!!

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Last, but not least is the Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag! This one has the most pieces, but is so simple to assemble. You'll need some black and white cardstock for the bag, eyes, and hair details, and green cardstock for the face.

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Start with the green piece face-down and add some adhesive to the back.

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Lay the white piece face-down on the back of the green piece. Try to center it (better than mine) so you don't see any white showing through the edges, mouth, or stitches. Add some adhesive to the back.

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Lay the face piece down onto the black to create the illusion of hair, bolts, and to fill in the facial features. Add adhesive to the back of the black piece, but not on the bolts.

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Line the top and bottom up with the bag, and press well. Crease the fold lines of the handle piece and add some adhesive to both ends (right side up). 

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Line each end of the handle on the inside of the back to the score line and press well. To give Frankie a little more life, I also wanted to add some gems to the eyes. These ones weren't adhesive, so all I had to do was use a little bit of a quick-drying tacky glue to the eyes. 

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

I used two different sized gems and stuck them on over the glue. Let them dry well, and you're all set! Again, any color will look great.

Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Add in your Halloween goodies and some crinkle paper and your Halloween Frankenstein Character Treat Bag is ready to hand out as a Halloween surprise!!

Halloween Character Treat Bags made with Cricut Maker #CricutMade

Because these are so easy to make, it will take no time at all to make some to share on Halloween. I just love how they turned out and can't wait to make some especially for my daughter's teacher, and for my husband to give to his co-workers to celebrate Halloween.

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