I'm always scouring the internet for fun vintage Halloween stuff. Enjoy!
Just what we all need for the holiday....cigarettes and booze! Is it just me, or did people circa 1950 live on smokes and liquor? (from in-sect.com)
It was a fun, offbeat con movie. I've never bought Mark Ruffalo as a leading man, so I was thrilled to see Adrien Brody cast as the lovelorn love interest. I know Brody only weighs 75 pounds, but he's hot in a really quirky way. I'm a huge Rachel Weisz fan....she's adorable in everything. Without smacking of adorableness. My favorite scene was her frantically running through her list of hobbies. I can live with Rinko Kikuchi....she was just an irritant in every scene she was in. I don't get her.
It reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie, for some reason. Like a con version of "Royal Tennebaums".
So, I'll keep this brief---it was a good show. I give it 8 armadillos.
As most of you know, I'm pretty obsessed with art. And Halloween. So....let me share a few of my favorite paintings involving both.
I had trouble finding many paintings that weren't of witches. They seem to be pretty popular for subject matter. Many of the pieces are illustrating something--I've found several depicting the three witches from MacBeth, and also the Witch of Endor from the Bible.
I've been hard pressed to find paintings of pumpkins, trick or treaters, etc. Most of what is available was for promotion, post cards, or to decorate something else. I was searching for purely fine art Halloween-related pieces. I'll try to keep adding them until Halloween.
The Witch's Sabbath, by Luis Ricardo Falero
The bat is so similar in both of these paintings by Falero.
The Vision of Faust, by Luis Ricardo Falero
I like the subtle color palette and the moonlight shining through the bat's wing.
The Witch of Endor (detail), by Jacob van Oostsanen
She appears to be riding a skull of unidentifiable origin that is pulled by roosters. Weird.
Witches in the Air, by Francisco Goya
This one is so mysterious. It seems extra sinister to me because the witches are portrayed so differently from the typical hag with a black pointy hat on a broom. They are male, too--very unusual to see in a portrayal of a witch in art history. And, to make it all even creepier---I think they're actually about to eat their victim. Eeeek!
Witches, by Arthur Rackham
His muted palette lends itself perfectly to fall, especially Halloween.
This is my new favorite song.
"Animal Tracks" by Mountain Man. They're so sweet and I found their nerdy, natural look so endearing. There voices are like clear rocky streams.....or maybe what squirrels would sound like if you caught them singing in the shower. Do squirrels shower? Anyway...
Isn't it great to find a new favorite song? I sure think that's worthy of an "Everyday Holiday". I am not a repeater sort of person, but I can listen to this song over and over and over. I'm a big sucker for three part harmony.
I created my first Treasury over at Etsy. That was fun!
If you don't know what that is (I sure didn't until today) - that's where you can pick 16 items with a certain theme that you think are great. My theme was....
These are 4 of my picks....the rest are found by clicking the link above them.
It's time to get my Halloween stuff organized. I've had a stack of holiday paintings out in my studio for ages. I'm trying to get myself in gear and get them listed on eBay and Etsy this week.
How do you guys motivate yourself to do large tasks? Jewelry? Coffee? Music?
There is a very silly site called Nic Cage as Everyone. It's totally ridiculous, but I like to check up on it every now and then.
Nic Cage as Wonder Woman.
You get the idea. WHY can't I quit looking at these?
This week, the Movie Club reviewed Chris Rock's documentary, "Good Hair".
It was an amusing and slightly disturbing look at black hair issues and styling. The movie offers a fresh behind-the-scenes look at black women and men getting their 'hair did'. It takes you through the mysterious world of the human hair trade, even making a stop in India to see where all that hair comes from. The film culminates in an over-the-top "Battle of the Stylists" in Atlanta where the top hair royalty fight it out for the title of Best Black Stylist.
It's worth a watch. I'll give it 6 armadillos.
We recently had a really cool evening, so we decided to have a mini-picnic on the patio. This is outside my studio.
These were the first peaches and plums to come out of the orchard. They were so sweet! I topped them with rosemary, basil, and sprigs of oregano from my herb pots. Homemade shiraz, too. Miss Onderful shared everything but the wine....she had milk.
Look at that chubby little backside! She loves to climb. The tiny country church cemetery down the road was throwing away these old pews a few years ago. I asked permission to take a few, and they said sure, since they were just going to take them to the dump. They're pretty beat up, but I love that look.
Here is a tray I made a few years ago. (It's in the above photo) Awful photo, but......I took an old tray, then decoupaged this page from a children's book called "The Seven Ravens". I think. I really liked the image. The way the tree trunks break up all the vertical space reminds me of a Klimt painting of the autumn woods.
I had a Good Idea that turned out to be a Bad Idea. I lined a graham cracker crust with melted dark chocolate chips, then caramel sauce. The caramel would have been all right, but the chocolate was hard as a rock when it set up.
Hello! Here are some very random things:
We dubbed this the "PoopFishSnakeLizard". It was simply disgusting. I thought it was still alive because the little arms were gently waving, but Adam said, "No! Don't touch it. I already made that mistake and it's filled with worms." Ew.
Underside. And there are weird fibrous things poking out of it, too.
I think it's really a skink, but I don't want to get too much closer. This one was too nasty to put in my "Weird Things I Keep in Jars" collection. By the way, spell check doesn't like "PoopFishSnakeLizard". Imagine that.
I cut the figs in half, stuffed them with a dollop of blue cheese, a half a pecan, then wrapped them in half a slice of bacon. I stuck them under the broiler until the bacon was done. Not exactly health food, but they sure are tasty little morsels.
My mom shared a great Maque Choux recipe with me. It's pronounced "Mock Shoe", and is typically made from fresh okra and corn. It was a native American dish, but the cajuns appropriated it, so you find lots of versions with spicy sausage or crawfish. This recipe was from Southern Living.
We had a very scary and sudden storm blow through our place today. It was blowing small trees sideways and even hailing. We headed down to the storm cellar, but fortunately almost everything turned out all right. We have some tree damage, but that's about it.
From left to right: Asian pear, Bosc (I think), Mollie's Delicious apple (I think)...
It knocked down almost all the fruit in the orchard. Right now, that means pears, mostly. We now have almost 30 pounds of pears to deal with. And a few apples.
What the heck am I going to do with 30 pounds of pears? Anyone?
I fear I'm about to have a new obsession.....Bento!!! (Read more about it here.)
Miss Onederful starts pre-school for 2 days per week in the fall. It's only part of a day, at that, but I think she'll really enjoy being around some other children. I will be sending a lunch or snack each day, so I've been researching healthy kids' lunches. I was vaguely aware of the bento craze, but now I'm starting to view it as addictive. All the accoutrements! All the perfect little boxes!
Look a these adorable little bento boxes from Modes4U. They have 2 tiers, so you stack them together.
I want this one. It's from Kotobuki. I'd love to have them for all the seasons and holidays. Maybe when I'm magically rich. They're kind of high--$20 or so compared to most $5-8 lunchboxes with compartments you see at Walmart or Target.
But who wants this...
...when you can have this?
Fun. I'm not sure what the heck Marge's hair is made of, though.
..."Where the Wild Things Are" from LoyalKNG.
I've tallied the votes, and we have our next book and movie club picks.
1. August --The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Isles-We'll review 1st week in September
(tie between #2 and #3)
2. September--The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson- We'll review 1st week in
Movies:1. Chris Rock documentary -We'll review , the
2. The Brothers Bloom-Review