Saturday, October 27, 2012

Oct. 28 October Fest and Beginning of Holiday Craft Fairs

Baywood Holiday Craft and Collectibles Fair 2011

Welcome to October Fest sponsored by Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends!  This is a jewelry, craft, bead, home and hearth blog and facebook challenge and celebration!

 For me this weekend marks the beginning of preparing for the holiday craft fairs.  Delaware by Hand members of which I am one are invited to participate in the Biggs Museum of American Art  Holiday Fair on November 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This market will be held in conjunction with First State Heritage Park's 18th Century Market Fair. Please go into the museum to see our holiday creations.  My second is at Baywood Golf and Country Club on November 10.  I can't wait to see how Baywood is decorated last this year.  Can they top the autumn decorations from 2011?  I hope my Delaware friends will stop by and say hi.
Ceramic Owl by Sandy Sapienze

In between the two fairs, I am going to a Sewing by the Sea Fall 2012 Retreat in Ocean City, Maryland,  for a few days to rejuvination.  This retreat is put together by the mixed media artist Sandra Sapienza.  She gifted me with a series of ceramic owls that she created.  I used one of her smaller owls with an eclectic mix of some of my favorite beads-pearls and jasper.  It created an earthy necklace that is perfect for the Fall. 

I live at the beach so my Fall has leaves, empty sandy beaches, and local wildlife like this deer at Cape Henlopen State Park. 

                       Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it involves chocolate.

I am not know for spending much time in the kitchen and when I do it usually involves chocolate.  I found a perfect fall treat--acorn cookies. It is very easy to make. 

                       Acorn Treats made with Chocolate Kisses


  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 milk chocolate kisses
  • 48 Nutter Butter Bites


  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread the flat side of each kiss with a small amount of melted chocolate; immediately attach each to a cookie.
  • Attach a semisweet chocolate chip by spreading a small amount of melted chocolate on the opposite side immediately attach each to a cookie . Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 4 dozen.

The Witchery by the Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

                                        Happy Halloween!


  1. Oh those acorn treats look tempting :)

  2. Love owls and the acorns treats look yummy!

  3. Your owl necklace is great and thanks so muchc for sharing the cute acorn recipe. I LOVE making fun sweets, etc. for the holiday!

  4. Love your owl necklace! Good luck at all the shows and happenings - and enjoy. Thanks for sharing the recipe, after today I am going to put back whatever I managed to loose in the past few weeks. Oh, well, everything looks so yummy :)

  5. Sounds like you will be very busy... love the recipe... Love the necklace.

  6. Your necklace is so perfect for fall at the beach. This season is actually my favorite for playing on the beach.

  7. Love the owl necklace, so cute. Ohh and those chocolate acorns are adorable.

  8. Love that owl necklace! Does Sandy have an online shop?

  9. Love that owl necklace. Me too - does she have a shop? It is soo pretty.. Good luck with the voting.

  10. Your owl necklace is so sweet! The acorn treats are too cool - I'll be making them tomorrow!!

  11. Owls,chocolate,beaches and Nutter Butter! What!?!!- how awesome. I had to take Rita to ER. She will comment asap.thanks, Lee