Halloween Crafting. . .My Ode to Route '66'

Hello my friends,
have you ever traveled route 66?
Hubby and I have driven bits and pieces of it, but with his recent retirement it is on my bucket list to drive it all.
I have always loved back roads and the fun places that you find along the way.
This time of year one is certain to see a farm stand or pumpkin patch along the route.
Last Tuesday my craft group was creating Halloween scenes on large tart tins.  I was not feeling well, and wasn't able to go.  They sent me photos of their wonderful projects.  Each one was unique and so creative!
Friday I was feeling better and decided to give mine a go.
It's my ode to 'Route 66".
We started with the tart tin that one of our crafters , Shirley's husband assembled and spray painted them black for us ahead of time.  Such a big help!! We find tins often at thrift shops and a wooden candlestick was added for the base.
I decided to add a bit of glitter to the fluted edge.  I brushed on a thin layer of modge podge and sprinkled black glitter.
No pumpkin patch would be complete without hay bales and cornstalks.  I got the little bale at the Dollar Store.  I took a small clump of raffia and folded in in half.  Then I tucked some of the fluffy tops of real corn stalks down inside and tied
around it with jute.

It's hard to see, but I added a black key to one of the stalks.  I had pulled it aside to use and thought, "what the heck".  :)

This cute pumpkin head mad came from Walmart for $1.24.  I ended up adding black glitter to the crow as well.

I've had this little orange Tonka truck for a few years.  Doesn't it look just like something you'd see somewhere along route 66?  I found the little bag of pumpkins at a thrift shop last year.  They were all green, so I painted some of them orange.

The black branch was another Dollar Store find and I got a package of two candy corn bottle brush trees at Michaels for 40 off.  Only used one.

I added glitter to the tree and some of the pumpkins as well. 

So stop on by, u pick; and we'll load them up on our reliable little Tonka truck and deliver!
But don't wait long, because as you can see; there is frost on the pumpkins!  (wink)

The finishing touch was the addition of the numbers, "66".  They came from Aunt Bunnies estate.  One was a '9', but hubby fixed that with his handy drill.

Here's a close up view of my little pumpkin patch along route '66'.

It makes me ever so happy!

Happy Fall,
My sweet blog friend Susan Clayton  Eclectic Shorebird shared this darling poem, with me.  I think you will enjoy it too!
I will be sharing with these fun parties:


The Victorian Girl said...

That is adorable! Your craft group does some really fun projects. Hope you're feeling better--it's really a long journey, but you can make it!

Laurel Stephens said...

This is adorable! I just love projects like this!

Susie said...

Jann, How very creative. I love it all. You lady just have the best fun. Hope you are feeling more like yourself. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Pam said...

So charming. Love the addition of the Frost is on the Punkin too. Thanks so much. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Rhubarb and sweetpeas said...

Would love to see some of the others creations also. You never fail to inspire me! Just keep taking things a day at a time and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so cute! I love all the fun details! I might be ready to get my fall on!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

What fun crafting and I love all of your details. The truck, hay and pumpkins. I do hope that you are feeling better. Take care and have a great week.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thanks for sharing your crafty little pumpkin patch vignette Jann. Handy that one of the husbands made up the bases. Frosted pumpkins along Route 66. Hugs Jann, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Janice Smith said...

How much fun is that! I love it!!! Glad you felt up to do a bit of crafting.

Stay strong!

Regina said...

Jann I'm still praying for you! Sending you hugs!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

What. An. Adorable. Idea.!!! You're right - we see these tins all the time but how sweet of that hubby to put these together for all the gals! Yours is so cute -- what a great theme. This has gotten me thinking about making one of my own and what would I put on it. Would be cute for Christmas too. Or for a hostess gift . . . so many possibilities!!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your project turned out really cute. Hope your feeling better - take care.


Love your Tonka truck.

Debra@CommonGround said...

glad you were feeling better to be able to put together that adorable little project. We're in a town that 66 runs through, holler and wave when you drive through Missouri!

Tamara said...

How fun and cute, Jann..
You are so creative! I can't seem to find time to work on crafts but you've inspired me to try harder. Such wonderful details. Magic and whimsy! Have a lovely week.


Creations By Cindy said...

That's the cutest idea Jann. You are so creative. Hope you are feeling much better sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love all of your cute pieces and how you put them all together. That tree and truck are too cute! I just bought a bunch of porch spindles and I have some tart tins...thanks for a great idea on how to use them.

Barbara said...

I love your craft project! I need a craft group like yours. I'd someday like to drive route 66, but it will have to wait until retirement. Enjoy your trip.

Louca por porcelana said...

So cute!Happy Fall!Hugs,Maristella.

Jeanie said...

I love it, Jann. Totally adorable and all the details work so well together.

Thanks for showing the bottlebrush tree -- a reminder to me to get the ones I bought last year bleached, tinted and decorated before my November 5 show!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Jann, that is the cutest little decoration!! You did a great job, and I'm glad that you felt better to make it by last Friday. I'm going to remember that trick of the tin and a candlestick. Thanks for sharing!

My thrift store addiction said...

Jann, this is just adorable! Thank you for sharing @ Vintage Charm!