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it’s a Birthday Pity Party

my 50th birthday cake

Today is my birthday!

Yahoo! I really truly totally and completely love my birthday.

There are so many silly people (my husband included) who sigh, moan, and groan about their birthday. “Woe is me, yet another year older.”

Wake up people, the alternative is not so happy!

You may be wondering then, “If she loves her flipping birthday so dang much, what’s up with the ‘birthday pity party” title?”

Oh, that has nothing to do with it being my birthday.

urban scarecrow wreath

The Pity Party is in reference to today’s featured craft from the 2013 Fall Craft Party.

See that photo above? How darn cute is that?!? It’s an Urban Scarecrow Wreath. You know, urban, ’cause there’s not a real need for scarecrows in suburban Scottsdale.

No corn that we need to scare crows away from.
To be honest, there aren’t even that many crows here in suburbia.

We have plenty of pigeons though, so if somebody invents a working scarepigeon – I’m in! Until then, I’ll continue to research ways of taking the matter into my own hands. I quite like using my pellet gun to control the pigeon population in my yard! They can do some serious damage, so make sure you protect your property.

display shelf

Anyhow…. one of the nine crafts the guests might have chosen to make was an Urban Scarecrow Wreath.

craft menu

There were 23 crafters and 13 wreaths available. Guess how many wreaths were made. Come on, shout out your best guess…

USC setup

No, not thirteen.

Not nine.

Not even five.




None! That’s how many!

Not one wreath was made.

Sigh. Moan. Groan.

no love

This photo was taken late in the evening. You can see ladies in the background, happily working on their Boa & Glitter Wreaths and Bundt Pan Pumpkins. Yet, there in the foreground we see the sad, empty, and ignored scarecrow wreath station.


No, I’m not BITTER! I’m fine with it.


Look, at what I’ve done with all the fake pumpkins, gourds, some of my rusty springs, and one of the crows… I’ve made a really cute centerpiece for one of the patio tables.

crow king

The crow stands guard, watching for any returning crafters who regret NOT making the cutest fall wreath ever.

Don’t try coming back.

It’s too late!

The 13 crows and me – yeah, we’ve moved on!

(*For links to all the craft projects please scroll to the bottom)

crow mantel

His other crow friends are now part of the Halloween decor throughout the house, including this disappointed happy little guy on the living room mantel.

stack o wreaths

The 13 wreaths are neatly and happily stacked in the dining room, awaiting their next potential project – most likely some sort of Christmas wreath craft that anyone with good taste will be fighting over – just for the chance to make.

The people at Goodwill will be happy to resell all the shirts I bought, that have now been re-donated, by moi.

All is well, don’t worry about me. I’m just fine. It’s my birthday, for goodness sake, I am happy, happy, happy!

Urban scarecrow steps 1-4

For those of you with good taste and an eye for awesome crafts – Go HERE and learn how to make your own Urban Scarecrow Wreath.

Urban Scarecrwo 4-8

It’s easy and fun. You need only a few supplies

  • 18″ raffia wrapped wreath (leave the plastic on to reduce the mess)
  • an old XL men’s plaid shirt and an old pair of jeans
  • Straight pins
  • Raffia
  • Small fake pumpkin
  • Fake crow
  • Fake gourds
  • Hot glue gun and glue

USC finished

Initially, I hung mine on the front door … but with all the construction going on…

front door

The cracked threshold tile, the dirt, dust, and the super attractive orange City of Scottsdale permits were a bit too much of a distraction from the wreath’s awesomeness.

place on honor

Now it hangs (leans actually) in a place of honor – on the new back patio mantel.

Take that, naysayers!

I’m gonna pour myself a nice cup of tea, take out the Sunday newspaper, light the fire, and enjoy my wreath on my birthday.

Have a happy Sunday.

2013 Craft Party Project Links

Burlap and Lace Flatware Sleeves

Velvet Pumpkins

Black Boa & Glitter Wreath

Mercury Glass Pedestal with Wire Cloche

Rustic Planter with Succulents

Urban Scarecrow Wreath

Bundt Pan Pumpkin

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1 Mary Price { 10.27.13 at 9:15 AM }

Happy Birthday Linda! Looking forward to your next classes at Les Gourmettes!

2 Peggy { 10.27.13 at 9:57 AM }

This post had me laughing out LOUD! I love you Linda. Happy Birthday. I will celebrate with you soon!!!~

3 Marissa { 10.27.13 at 10:07 AM }

Haha poor scarecrow wreath! I’d make one!

4 Linda Hopkins { 10.27.13 at 10:08 AM }

Marissa, no you would not! You’re just saying that out of daughterly pity for your mom. You hate crafts. But I still appreciate the sentiment! Love you!

5 Linda Hopkins { 10.27.13 at 10:09 AM }

Thank you Mary, looking forward to seeing you too. And Peggy, I kinda hoped it would! Love you too! xoxo

6 Betsy { 10.27.13 at 2:14 PM }

I for sure would have made one !!
Hope your birthday is a wonderful one and that I will someday meet you ! I bet last night was a great party- so excited for Tram

7 Anne { 10.27.13 at 5:35 PM }

Hilarious !!!!! I felt like I was sitting in your kitchen, doubled over with laughter, listening to your sad..scratch that…unfortunate tale!!! (Unfortunate in that we all missed out on making the best craft EVER! What were we thinking?!)
Thanks again for another delightful and funny read…thinking of you and wishing you the happiest of birthdays!! Loving you much…hey, now that’s something to crow about! (I had to.) 😉

8 jennifer makett { 10.27.13 at 8:52 PM }

Girl you are so dang funy!! I actually would have made one!! maybe you should have offered the feather one from last year…..NOT
I can just picture you writing this blog post…laughing…also laughing at the sad picture of all those shirts and all those wreaths…what the heck is wrong with people hahaha!!

9 Linda Hopkins { 10.27.13 at 8:55 PM }

Jenny, Girl, I did offer the feather boa one! That was the most popular craft of all – but of course, it was, it came from you. Love you and thank you for the comment – solicited or not, I love and miss you dearly. xoxo

10 Linda Hopkins { 10.27.13 at 8:56 PM }

Betsy, thank you for the sweet birthday wishes, I know we shall cross paths sooner or later. Anne – Love you and adore the crow joke. Made my day! xoox

11 Tram Mai { 10.28.13 at 9:30 PM }

YOU ARE HILARIOUS!!!!! But at least you had a fabulous cake to celebrate!! Happy birthday!! xoxo

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