While scrolling through my wall on Facebook, I couldn’t help but notice it was already inundated with Halloween decorations and we’re not even half way through August yet. Maybe they’re right and it is time to start thinking about the Fall Season and getting our decorations made now!
So, that’s what this post is all about. I took a few decorations from each place I found and hope you enjoy them.
I came across this video and just had to share. If you have kids you know how hard it is to haul everything down on the sand, and then to keep sand out of everything. Well this video will help to solve some of those issues!
Boo! Halloween. You know it’s going to sneak up on us if we don’t start planning for it now. This year Halloween falls on a Saturday, which is good for late night parties. Not so good if you have to work and need to put together your haunted houses to scare all the kids in the neighborhood! Or to get everyone in their costumes.
This year we do not have much in the way of costumes or decorations on our site. There might be a couple costumes left, and of course you can check out what we have in the way of vintage clothing if you want to go retro. This is exactly what happens when you wait until the last minute to start planning. We didn’t plan for Halloween and we have nothing. Don’t let this happen to you.
I’m sharing a recipe this time. Hope you like it!
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Coated Apples Ingredients
•10 to 12 wooden Popsicle sticks
•10 to 12 medium apples, stems removed
•1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips
1/2 cup vegetable oil
•2/3 cup powdered sugar
•2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
•MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes or chopped REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips (optional) Directions
1. Insert wooden stick into each washed and dried apple. Cover tray with wax paper.
2. Stir together peanut butter chips and oil in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 minutes or until chips are softened. Stir until melted. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred.
3.Stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; gradually add to melted chip mixture, stirring until smooth. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until very warm.
4. Dip apples in mixture; twirl to remove excess coating. (If coating becomes too thick, return to microwave for a few seconds or add additional oil 1 teaspoon at a time.) Roll lower half of coated apple in coconut or chopped chips, if desired. Allow to cool on prepared tray. Refrigerate, if desired. 10 to 12 apples.
The first one is primarily for our West Coast friends having to endure years of no rain to speak of, but clearly can be used for anyone wanting to conserve water. Of course it may take people on the West Coast a couple of years to fill the barrel.
Unfortunately, instructions are not included. I’m sure though any man that’s handy around the house could figure it out in a minute.
The next idea also deals with the great outdoors and uses drought resistant plants to provide an awesome look for your fountain. We happen to have a fountain like this one and rarely do we fill it with water anymore, so this is a great way for it to be useful.
I think this interior décor item is interesting if for no other reason than what it’s made of and the amount of work that went into it’s creation. To that point; I bet you would never guess that the leaves are made from toilet paper rolls! Each leaf is then sewn on the machine to give it the center vein. They’re spray painted silver or whatever color you would like, then very painstakingly attached with a glue gun to willow branches that were also spray painted silver. The effect is awesome, yet clearly it does involve a lot of work. A link to the site with more detailed instructions is attached to the photo and where you’ll also find more projects!
How many times have you seen pallets either laying around by industrial trash receptacles or for sale by someone for next to nothing? When they get their hands on one, most people either make a bookcase, use them to display their collectibles or some other indoor, creative decorative item. Well here is someone who thought outside the box to create this walkway and I love it!
I thought I should take a few minutes to update you on what is going on with our online thrift and consignment store. If you visited us in the past you know we now have a complete new look and the site functions very differently and admittedly it’s probably better!
I am a little disappointed though in how long it’s taking to add our merchandise. In some cases items have had to be dealt with 3 or 4 times. It’s been partly due to the learning curve of this program and partly due to changing how the merchandise is presented and the balance is just the norm for adding an item.
In a perfect world, (like the way our redesign was handled in 2009) we could take our time to make sure everything was as good as it could get before switching over to the new design. This time we didn’t have the luxury of time. Our ranking on Google was slipping on a weekly basis and this was serious. I won’t go into all the details, but Google changed the way they present their search results which left us out in the cold. For us it was like the saying goes: Do or die!!! So we did. And I think Google will like us again soon.
We hope you’ll hang in there while we continue adding our merchandise and correcting our original mistakes. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed as we have so much new merchandise it will probably take us until we have to redesign the site again to get it on. Just kidding.
If you love thrift store shopping you’ve come to the right place! Here at Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift and Consignment store, you’ll find new, used and even custom made items filling our cyber shelves. Some items can no longer be found in a department or discount store. So if you’ve been looking for something check us out. Especially since we’re also an online consignment store and so a lot of our items have been consigned to us. People who live all across the nation will bring us an awesome array of merchandise, some of which you may not be able to find where you live. Is it any wonder why we think our thrift store offers the best of all thrift store worlds: New-Used and Custom made?
Something else you’ll find a little different when shopping at our thrift store is how you might come across an antique or a vintage item mixed in with all the other up-to-date merchandise. We call those our ‘hidden treasures’ and we believe they’re what makes thrift store shopping so exciting! We really think you’ll see it’s just as much fun to browse and shop at our online thrift store as it is at a brick and mortar store. In fact, we think it’s even better!