Friday, October 10, 2008


As I have stated in earlier posts, I'm not good at thinking of original ideas at all. In fact, there are times that I almost feel guilty because I copy so many of your wonderful ideas. Joy amazes me at the number of new creations she shows--I know she could write a book for a creation for each day of the week! This past week I thought back to my teaching days and remembered once when I painted some of the gallon sized cans to put my trick or treat candy in to put on my desk. So off to the store I went to buy a gallon of green beans (just for the can). The beans really didn't go to waste because that's one vegetable ALL of my grandchildren will eat. I also thought I'd try a smaller version while I was doing this project so I took a regular size soup can. I did have my DH drill a small hole on each side of the cans to put a wire through. I sprayed a primer on them first---don't ask me why---I've just read that a bunch of you do that first so I've started it also!! Next I painted them orange and after that dried I painted a little jack-o-lantern face. I know some of you could really make these look good but they work for me! Then I tied a little ribbon on the side of the wire and filled them with candy. We don't have a huge number of trick or treaters out here so I thought I might save my cans this next week and make some of the smaller ones to give to those who do come trick or treating. I'm sure there are other things you could do with these. This is one other idea that came to my mind . See the picture below.

This is one creation that definitely costs nothing, (if you already have the paint on hand), and most of us have an ample supply of paint!!!
Also....I must encourage everyone to go see the movie Fireproof. I think I might have led you to believe that my DH and I are frequent movie goers.....not quite. I can't remember the last movie we saw at a theater. However, we both recommend this movie to everyone. We teach a Sunday school class for moms and dads and we are going to see if the class would like to go. I think it would make a change in your lives.


basketsnprims said...

Very cute and creative. Wow, a gallon of green beans!

DaNella Auten said...

Cute, and I TOTALLY AGREE!!! Awesome Movie!!

Linda said...

Very cute!! And I am thrilled you tried the salsa. My friend made it for me 2 years ago and since then it is a staple in my repetoire!!
Have a great weekend!

simple~needs said...

great idea! those are so cute!
i havent even heard of the movie, but i will try to see if its going to be local. :) we havent been to a movie in years.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I think your cans are really cute! Wouldn't they make great luminaries? blessings, marlene

Terry said...

You sure can create! Those are adorable!
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the movie. We're planning on going soon.

Have a great weekend!

Kele said...

Plan on seeing the movie, glad to hear you thought it was good, makes me all the more excited.
LOVE your house, it looks so beautiful and I am so pleased you took pictures of the cotton and shared the story of when you were little...lovely.

Lauren said...

Those are so cute! What a great and creative idea:) I'd love to see that movie...I saw the preview and it looks great, but I guess I'll have to wait until it comes to video with my baby and all. Have a great weekend!

FourOf5zs said...

So cute!
I will have to wait until the movie comes out on dvd to see it. My ears can't take the loudness of the theater and my back can't take the seats :-)

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Those are so cute, my grandaughters would love them!

I'll wait to see it on DVD too, doing to the movies is so costly anymore and with out new tv it's like being at a movie theater:)
Sounds really good though!

Don't worry about feeling quilty about using ideas from other blogs...we all do it and I consider it a complement.

Shannon said...

SO CUTE!! I have never seen these before and that is a great project!

Ginger said...

Love this idea,won't break the bank.Plus can get cans everynight after dinner.
hugs ginger
Wonderful idea!