My cat died. She was ancient and ready to die, but it is still pretty horrible to say goodbye to our pets and I have been a grieving mama. As such, I haven’t had much space in my heart to write. But, life goes on and play dough gets made and played with. I promise a post on grief, pets and parenting, but today I want to share our play dough stamping with gourds and a few other bits and pieces.
Aodhan lives for Halloween. I mean, the guy talks about pumpkins all year round and almost crapped his pants a couple of weeks ago when he saw the first gourds at the shop. I currently have a total of 34 pumpkins/gourds in my house and there are still quite a few days left until the official day. It’s a little odd that this guy is so Halloween crazy. He has never been Trick or Treating, he scares super easily, and the guy doesn’t even know what ‘candy’ tastes like. Being vegan, we opt for a slightly different approach to Trick or Treating. Aodhan dresses up (last year he was The Very Hungry Caterpillar), and we have a little treasure hunt in the house or back garden. He eventually ‘finds’ a new book and some healthy treats. Last year we also handed out apples and raisins to our neighbourhood friends.
Currently a huge chunk of our day revolves around the pumpkins and gourds that we have collected. He is either playing Pumpkin Farm, counting them, selling them in his pumpkin shop or using them as objects to launch (much to the detriment of my sanity). Today, we took a slightly different approach with the gourds and used them to make impressions in our freshly made batch of pumpkin pie play dough. As usual, I used my favourite recipe for play dough, which you can find by heading over to NurtureStore’s Playdough Master Class and grabbing her easy no-cook recipe. To this batch, I just added some Pumpkin Pie Spice and orange food colouring to create our Fall/Halloween play dough.
We rolled, we pressed and we pricked.
After stamping with the pumpkins, Aodhan used a cookie cutter, some additional green play dough and my quick DIY cardboard oven to make a batch of yummy smelling pumpkin ‘cookies’. Honestly, they looked and smelled good enough to eat.
Be sure to check the blog on Monday – when I will be launching my Holiday Gift Guide Series. I will be featuring some amazing shops and products to get you thinking about holiday prezzies! I will also be sharing DIY tutorials and giving lots of stuff away – does it get any better?