Happy Halloween, everyone!
Happy Halloween, everyone!
I finished her Candy Corn dress just in time. I bought thrift store corduroy pants and sewed on extra ruffles. Yes, she's eating candy corn AGAIN. She pronounces it, "Eee Koh". Yesterday, I made her scrambled eggs, strawberries, and a pumpkin waffle. She pushed the plate away, pointed to the candy corn jar, and said, "No, Mama----Eee Koh."
I went exploring in downtown Greenville with a friend and we found "Petticoat Junction". Well, it was there anyway, it's not like we discovered it, but it was new to me. It's in Greenville's old train depot. Aren't these autumn bicycles cute? The store has jewelry and clothes, but my favorite part was the 'paint your own ceramics' part. That would be a fun Little Girl party.....everyone paints an ornament or something. The prices were reasonable, and they had a big selection of bisque pieces.
We've been trying out lots of her thrift store costumes. She liked the wand, but not the scratchy witch dress. The sleeves were itchy.
I'm trying to make a big effort to take more photos of me and my daughter. As moms, I think WE are usually the one with the camera. A mommy blogger (what is her name??? argh) recently started a project called 'Get Behind the Camera', or something like that. It's to encourage us to get in some photos with our kids. There are so many days when I think, "Oh, no----I don't have on any makeup, I've got oatmeal on my shirt, my hair's a mess." I'm trying to get over that.
As a child, most of my photos are of just me, or me and my dad. I wish I had more images of me and my mother. I LOVED seeing what she was wearing, her hairstyles and clothes, what kind of food she was eating, what book she was reading, what her apron looked like....things like that. I want to remember what it was like on the other side of the camera, too. So, even though I don't always like having my photo taken, I'm trying to remember that my little girl might really enjoy seeing these images later. Also, I don't want her thinking she only had one parent! So-----get in those photos, moms! Your kids will love it later.
Miss Onderful contemplating her new costume. Isn't her shadow funny? I bought a thrift store cheapo Red Riding Hood costume and have been heavily embellishing it with lace, german-ish belt, cameo, and gingham basket. Photos later. I hope.
I tried a new pumpkin fritter recipe. I liked that they were baked, not fried. They were tasty, but pretty time consuming. My husband just drowned them in ketchup, anyway. Sigh.
Our local Post Mistress, Linda, always puts out great decorations. This guy is about Miss Onderful's height. She wanted his candy, but his moving eyes and spooky voice made her stand behind me most of the time I was buying stamps.
Creepy, isn't he?
I tried some super easy Pumpkin Mousse. (Like my moose? Dorky, I know. I couldn't help myself.) I like how light it is....made with skim milk and fat free jello.
I like almost any Country Living recipe, but these Pumpkin Waffles are great to have on hand. I make a bunch of them, then freeze them in ziplock bags. It's nice to be able to toss one in the toaster or microwave for a quick healthy breakfast. I like little breakfast 'sandwiches' made with them, too.....throw a scramled egg, cheese, ham, whatever you have on hand.....between two waffles, and you're out the door.
All right, I can really only show you party decorations, since not all the other moms wanted their kids in photos. So.....here they are:
Sorry there weren't more photos of the actual festivities. We took video of that. Miss Onderful ate a LOT of junk food. Adam and I ate lunch with her, and she seemed very pleased.
It's here.....it's Halloween Party Day at Miss Onederful's little 'school'. I'm so excited! I remember looking forward to being a room mother for holiday parties before I was even pregnant. I'll share photos later, but many parents don't want their child's photos on the internet. I'll have to take some photos of the party without photographing the kids. Hmmmmmm.
(I'm opening a barn sale jar filled with stuff every Wednesday. If you want to read more about the background, click here.)
Oh.....Jar #4 is a good one!!!! I usually try to grab a jar at random, but I admit....I picked this one because I saw a pumpkin pressed up against the side of the glass. How could I pass that up?
The randomness just keeps on going......an old Avon gas pump, tiny guitar, icky empty pack of Camels (???), more Easter stuff, a long 1976 scroll calendar with a colonial them, a Coca Cola pocketbook, and a Mickey Mouse stamp.
And last, but not least.....
If your computer doesn't let you view the video below, click this link to see it on YouTube.
Do you remember these film strips from school? I was a kid in the 1980s, but we still watched a lot of these on holidays. I remember a style where a beep told the teacher to advance to the next slide.
There are lots of interesting (and fairly odd) Scottish fortune telling games that were played on Halloween. I thought I'd share a few. I'm a mutt, but there's lots of Irish and Scottish in there, so it's funny to think my ancestors might have played these games.
Here's some vintage Halloween weirdness. The woman is cracking an egg into a bowl of hot water to try to read her future in the shapes of the coagulating egg. Yuck. Hmmm....I see salmonella in your future. That will be $5.00, please.
There is a Scottish tradition called reading the "Luggie Bowls". The participant would be blindfolded, and asked to stick their hand in one of the three bowls. The other players would mix the bowls up after the person was blindfolded. One bowl was empty---representing a person who would never marry. One bowl was filled with clean water---representing a future marriage partner who was pure of heart/or a virign. Another bowl was filled with dirty water---representing a partner who was not a virgin when married....or perhaps a slovenly housekeeper?
This one is awfully vague....a blue ball of yarn was tossed into a lime kiln. A rhyme was read, and the voice of your future love was supposed to reply from the depths of the kiln. I'm left thinking....what the heck is a lime kiln?
What's Halloween without a big batch of cupcakes?
Here are instructions for these skeleton cupcakes from Woman's Day. They're VERY cute and easy....the skeletons are made of marshmallows and icing.
The gorgeous cupcake wrappers are available from Wilton. I love the graveyard fence style. For the toppers, you could print out any public Halloween clip art and glue it to a toothpick. Easy peasy.
These are classic and fun. The grass is really cute, but I think that might be kind of hard if you aren't a whiz with the icing attachments. The recipe and instructions are over at Salt Pls blog.
Whoa! 52 Cupcakes has some crazy confections.
This was a photo I liked, not a cupcake. Still, I think a little crumbled Oreo dirt, a tiny tombstone, and a barbie arm bursting through the cupcake would be SPECIAL. Oh! Or a whole zombie graveyard CAKE!
I am gaga over this cupcake dress by Anton Perry. Isn't it GREAT? It's not Halloween themed, but you could fix that with some black and orange icing. Who needs that many cupcakes, though? Maybe you could duplicate the look on a smaller scale with a Barbie doll. Put a witch hat on her, surround her with cupcake tiers, and you're good to go.
These are cute from Kitchen Daily. These pumpkin bites are also from Kitchen Daily....not cupcakes but still cute.
These would be great for a Psycho themed party.
Spider cupcakes fromEchostain.
All right...that's all for today. I'm hungry.
I'm always looking for Halloween decorating ideas.
I thought this set up on the demilune table was nice. The silvered pumpkins are a nice, modern touch. It didn't specify what they did to them, but I'm assuming they're sprayed with metallic paint. You could also gold or silver leaf them. That would be pretty hard, though, I think. I also love ANYTHING in an apothecary jar, especially orange Halloween candy.
I've been wanting a Halloween Countdown House for years now. At Christmastime, I always get so excited about advent calendars. I prefer the ones that look like boxes or houses, where you open a door or a drawer that holds a little treat for each day.
Did anyone else catch this spread in Better Homes & Gardens? They shared the interiors of Bruce Elsass, Halloween King. I would love to see that house in person, wouldn't you?
This cat by Jack Roads is FUN! One of the jack o' lanterns hides a pea, and you try to guess which one it's under.
And I can't resist Martha's stuff. I like the calmness of this arrangement. And it's very adaptable for people at home. Except for the human bones. I'm fresh out of those. I'm guessing they are from a servant who didn't iron her pillowcases just right.
Oooooh....how I wish I could see this exhibit in person! The "Dead or Alive" show closes on October 24th at the New York Museum of Arts and Design. Click the museum's link for detailed info on all the art shared here.
Basically, everything in the show is made from dead stuff!
(from the museum's press page...) The exhibit will showcase the work of over 30 international artists who transform organic materials and objects that were once produced by or part of living organisms-insects, feathers, bones, silkworm cocoons, plant materials, and hair-to create intricately crafted and designed installations and sculptures.
Look who showed up outside of my studio yesterday!
Maybe it's mating season, but I've seen TONS of armadillos on our place the past few weeks.
Some armadillo facts:
(photo from Bits and Pieces)
All right, folks...I am limping along until the new computer arrives. I can't crop or color correct photos, so please be kind about the photos, yes? Thank you.
Jar #3.........old stamps!!!
Do you remember this stamp? I loved it when it came out. My mother used to be a Post Mistress....doesn't that sound ridiculous and naughty? I always imagine them in those tacky postal knee sock with a whip. But I digress.....I remember being really excited to see the new stamps when they were released. I always liked the art work on them. The earliest stamp I remember was the .19 cent stamp. What about you?
This is a fun decoupaged bowl by Ligon Craft and Design by Ruthi on Flickr.
These shoes are pretty cool, courtesy of Funky Fingers.
OhOhOH!!! THESE!!!! Yes, definitely these. Here's a link to the artist's site, Heather Donahue. A little Christmas village would be pretty sweet. Then I'll still have 2,795 stamps left.
I have a problem....my computer has all but died. We had an awful crash and I can only use the most basic operating system. We have ordered a new one and are waiting for it in the mail.
So...I'll have to just tell you what was in today's jar. No--wait, I won't. I'm going to let you guess.
Can anyone GUESS? If you can guess, I'll send you the contents.
Here's a hint....the jar was completely filled with one type of item. It was NOT bouncy balls, but if it had been, the jar would have been filled with bouncy balls of different sizes and shapes. And there were TONS of these particular items.
You can have THREE guesses if you want!
Ooooh......check out this log cabin Halloween quilt from Kris at A Nostalgic Halloween.
I like this simple Halloween embroidery from Crafty Craft. This is so easy and quick....just pop a candy corn on a dish towel or slap a set of vamp teeth on a shirt collar.
A quirky graveyard scene from FlossBox on Flickr.
A quick project from Metro Station.
The rest of these are gorgeous projects (as always) from Lazy Gal Quilting.
It's time for our annual Halloween Party hosted by Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist! I look forward to this every year, don't you? However, things at my house are pretty different these days. Halloween with a toddler is more than a smidge different than Halloween with grown-ups only. I venture to say it's sweeter and slower, which are awfully nice.
We arrive home with a pumpkin for every member of the family. A big handsome grey one for Daddy, and two happy orange varieties for Mama and Miss Onederful. What simple bounty, yes? I feel rich in pumpkin currency.
This is my first year as a 'room mother'. My daughter only goes to a preschool 2 half days per week, but it's still exciting to have a school party. That's pretty much the main reason I had children.....to decorate overly much on special occassions with a fresh new audience for my holiday addiction. Her class has a candy corn theme, so I've been going a tad overboard. I made oodles of vintage style candy corn shakers. I fill them with extra rattley eco-friendly stuff, and also throw in a bell for good measure. If I'm going to shake something, I want it to shake!
They're all for sale on eBay but I'll be giving the unsold shakers to her classmates as party favors. In fact, even if they ALL sell, I know me....I'll stay up until 3:00 am the night before making new ones. It's hard to find something that almost-two-year-olds would genuinely like. Most Halloween stuff is far too scary, so....that leaves candy and things that make noise. I thought these fit the bill.
If the notorious Miss V was here with us, I have a strong suspicion that she'd shake her money maker for all it was worth with us. Shake it, V, shake it!!!
If I haven't mentioned it before, my child has quite the owl obsession. She makes the best owl call in Texas, I tell ya. I nabbed these at the local market to snazz up our cupcakes this season. I know those sugary cake toppers are devoid of any and all nutritional value, but they just taste so....nostalgic when they've been marinating on top of horrible-for-you-icing all day long.
Speaking of nostalgia, I found a copy of an Ed e book at a thrift store. I LOVED his
books when I was little. Emberly had a wonderful sense of humor and a way of making art accessible. Do any of you recognize these?
The illustrations he helped us learn were so simple and witty. Some people dismiss formulaic drawings when it comes to teaching children. I understand that, I really do! For example, how many people do you know that were shown how to draw a basic flower by making a circle for the center, then a bunch of teardrop shaped petals, then a straight stalk and basic leaves??? I'd say the majority of Americans would still draw a flower that way if we asked them to draw a flower.
Usually, I'd say "No formula approach to drawing." In this case, though, I say YAY! He presented drawing in such a basic, beneficial and non-threatening way. Look below each phase of the illustration......he give a simple shape, like a D or letter O or triangles, to tell you what to do next.
This approach helped me to see objects as components. I saw things as part of a whole. As a child, I knew I wasn't always drawing a life-like representation. Still....breaking a subject down into recognizable parts was an invaluable tool that translated well to real-life drawing. Not to mention that these were just good old-fashioned FUN!
Mix in whatever ratios you prefer:
Here's the IMPORTANT PART!!!!
Make up all the non-popcorn ingredients FIRST and put them all in a big jar or bowl. Theeeennnnn when you're ready to eat some snack mix (and only then), pop up a bag of microwave or fresh popcorn. THEN mix the original mix with the popcorn. This keeps the popcorn from going all stale and gross due to storage. Everything else in this mix keeps just fine.
You can skip the popcorn altogether if you want to, but who wants to miss out on popcorn?
Other thoughts on Halloween snack mix.....make a 'caramel apple" version with dried apple chips, a variety of nuts, caramel chips, and cinnamon cereal. Or, go with spooky gross and add mini Oreo cookies, gummy worms, and drizzle the whole popcorny mess with "blood"...caro syrup and red food coloring. The possibilities are endless!
I wanted to share a collection of pumpkin paintings I've found from various places. I'm a big fan of traditional jack o'lanterns, but sometimes I prefer a quieter interpretation of a pumpkin.
Still Life with Fish and Pumpkin by Jose Arrietta
I think this one is particularly nice. I love a round canvas, and the frame is unusual. The pumpkin almost looks like some internal organ.
Pumpkin, Peaches, and Silver Goblet by Francois Bonvin
Pumpkins are so interesting in their varieties of colors and textures. They're fascinating in a sculptural way. I'm surprised we don't see more sculptures fo them.
(In case you don't know what I'm talking about, I bought about 50 huge pickle jars filled with STUFF at a Barn Sale--read more here if you're interested. I'm opening a jar every Wednesday and sharing the contents with you guys.)
Oh boy! Jar # 2......
This jar had lots of potential. The little spanish princess is made of a clothespin, and Miss Onderful loves rubber duckies. The wooden buffalo toy actually rolls, and my favorite are those 2 retro ballerina birthday candle holders!
The Barbies are just weird, but my daughter will chew on them anyway, so who cares? I really like the plastic Hermie bottle toppers-they're supposed to help save fizziness, I think? He's the blond elf from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Maybe I'll turn them into earrings. Or a nice set of ponytail holders for Miss Onderful at Christmastime.
I was sad to hear artist Joan Steiner recently passed away. She made AMAZING tiny dioramas. Steiner was probably best known for her 'Look Alikes' book series. She was also notorious for answering ALL letters she received, even from school kids.
You get the idea. I could look at theses iamges for hours. It's kind of like Where's Waldo, don't you think? How fun! I'm so sad she won't be making any more of these to share with the world.
Happy Friday! Here is a bit of clip art in the public domain. I really enjoy downloads of art for personal use, but PLEASE be sure an image is available for public use ...I hate seeing someone's work being used without permission.
This is a great illustration, don't you think? It looks like it came out of an old Aubudon-type book.
And some fun bat printed fabric from GotFabric.
And a fun vintage clip from DrawFluffy.
I've been painting all week! When I was a girl, my favorite paintings were ones that had tons of stuff going on in them. So....even though these aren't the most sophisticated paintings in the world, I have a soft spot for jam-packed folk art work.
(Click on any image to see a larger version...the words 'Laura Irrgang & rhinestone armadillo' are not on the original.)
"Witchfield County", available on eBay
It's so exciting to me that Miss Onederful is finally old enough to look at art. Well, she's always looked at art, but old enough to identify things. When I showed her the painting, she pointed and said, "Moon!" She also pointed at the cats, pumpkins, and hats.
"Harvest Town Festival", available on eBay
(Click on any image to see a larger version...the words 'Laura Irrgang & rhinestone armadillo' are not on the original.)
When my daughter is older, I'll start painting her, her pets, and her friends into paintings. I would really have liked that as a child. Who knows....maybe she won't be interested. However, I think it will be fun to 'unveil' a painting with little secrets in it. She'll be able to say, "That's ME and my cat at the Pumpkin Toss". Or whatever.
Would you have liked that as a child? Even now?
AAAH!!! I missed Wednesday! Just pretend it's Wednesday, ok?
Not a stellar start, but hey---I was in this for the randomness. They can't all be filled with rhinestones. I'm really looking forward to opening all these. I wish I could grant you ALL a barn full of old pickle jars so that we could open something new together every Wednesday. Do you ever see brown paper 'Grab Bags' at the Dollar Store or old timey Five and Dime's? I always wanted to buy one of those, but never have. Have any of you ever bought one? If so, share photos, please!
I meticulously hand-sculpted every single one of these out of clay. I tried to work from nature for all of them. It took a while to get all the paint the right colors, but I think they turned out pretty realistic. That's what I was going for.
I thought it might be fun to put some of the mushrooms on a Yule Log for the holidays, too.
These were fun. I think I'll make some more. Oh! Maybe a Winter Woods set would be nice for the holidays. Yes! I'll do that....along with a mushroom set specifically made for yule logs. Excuse me, Francophiles.....Buche de Noel.
Hey Book/Movie club people! I have an idea.....how about we all choose ANY book and/or movie about vampires for the month of October? Pick anything....classic Bram Stoker, newfangled (couldn't help myself) True Blood novels, Nosferatu....whatever you want.
Then, we all submit our reviews. I think it might be neat (for one month only) to review movies and books based on a theme.
We would go ahead and read "Book of Air and Shadows", but make that the review-at-the-end-of-November book.
P.S. If you want to join the book/movie club, e-mail me. It's pretty dang low pressure, believe me.
Hello hello! It's a special day around here....the first Sweater Day of autumn. I get so excited about the first day cold enough to send me into the sweater stash. It was 42 degrees when I woke up this morning!
Look at that gorgeous recycled sweater coat with a liripipe hood...it's from KatWise on Etsy. I think I have a new obsession coming on. She does some amazing things with used wool.
I've been making more mini food!
They're all available through here on eBay.
Happy October toUS!!!!!!!
Let's go shopping, shall we? When I can't go 'real shopping', I'm just about as happy with Etsy Window Shopping. So.....here are my latest picks:
This 1930s orange velvet dress from JForney000's Etsy store is luscious.
I'd happily take this coat from DeDeDesign.
Bohemian Bisoux's "Elizabeth Taylor's Halloween dress" is so elegant and twirly.
A nice neck ruff from MisFitChic.....don't mind if I do!
Oh, goodness....Miss Onderful might just have to have this dress from Pineapple Mint with brown velvet and lace trim.
This would be perfect on a prissy big collared dress. (from Radness)
Oh! Oh! Where would I wear it, though? Walmart? Yeah, I probably would. (from Jennie's Junque)
I'll end with this vision of sweetness from Clever Vintage.