I really liked today's Google Doodle--did you see it?
I really liked today's Google Doodle--did you see it?
"All for one and one for all!"
Happy Halloween from the Three Musketeers. I mean...Irrgang Family.
Piper wants no part of a costume. Can this child really be from my loins? I hope it's just a phase.
Send me a photo of your costumes and/or decorations-please!!! I worked on costumes, but didn't really decorate this year. Let me live vicariously through your house this year, ok? I live for Halloween...please share.
May your jack o'lanterns be filled to the brim!
I let Violet choose her own costume for her preschool's Halloween party, and I pick tomorrow's outfit. She decided to be a ballerina-she's the one in white. There was a tiara on her head earlier, but it has gone missing.
They played that fun spiderweb on the floor game. The other parents do a fun job with food and decorating. We all take turns decorating and cooking for their parties. Thanks for all your hard work, moms!
I have several costumes for the baby, but Piper was not having it. So...simple pumpkin jammies it is. She has developed these lovely rosy cheeks in the last few days. Isn't that cute? I hope it doesn't mean she's in the first stage of some awful pigeon poop sickness. (Just so you don't think I'm insane if you don't remember....there was an awful pigeon incident a few weeks ago.)
We're making sugar-free gummy candy today. It's super easy...just mix Jello and Knox unflavored gelatin with water, then pour it into molds. I used this recipe from Spark People.
This last week at Bountiful Baskets, I got the Asian pack. It had a head of napa cabbage, snow peas, bok choy, thai basil, a huge onion, green onions, celery, and garlic. Oh! And those purple things are fresh water chestnuts. I'd never had those before, so I was excited. They're a lot like the canned type, but are a bit sweeter and crunchier.
Adam and I decided this was The Absolute Worst Thing I've Made since we've been married. I cook a lot, and I've racked up an impressive list of cooking failures. Being the absolute worst is really saying something. It was a garlic shrimp with veggies mess. Just a big mess.
Roast beef, salad with pomegranates, bread, and acorn squash rings. I thought the acorn squash was pretty this way, but it was too hard to eat because you had to get all the pulp out of those curly shapes.
Poached eggs, toast, spaghetti squash with cherry tomatoes and basil, and garlic soup with bleu cheese crouton.
Chicken and acorn squash cassoulet, spinach salad, bread. We really liked the cassoulet, and it's really flexible. You can use anything you have on hand and easily substitute other ingredients.
None of the hats I found at the store fit or looked quite right. There were a few on the internet I liked, but they were all over $40, which seemed ridiculous for a Halloween costume. Just so you know, I was going for something vaguely like this, but with a bigger brim:
Halloween Costume Hat Tutorial
1. Cut off the tip of the witch hat. If you want a taller brim on your hat, cut less off. If you want it to fit closer to your head, cut more off.
3. Now I turned the hat inside out and glued the cut edge together. Then I turned it right side out and tried it on. I stood in front of a mirror and just squished it around until it looked right. Pin it, put clothespins on it, whatever--just hold it into place, then sew or glue it how you want it. I hot glued the fabric into a shape that was sort of rectangular.
4. (This sounds complicated but it's not....trace the outside oval/circle of the hat, giving yourself 2 extra inches, then do the same with the inside oval.) Place the hat on top of your t-shirt and trace about 2 inches outside the brim. Trace the inside where the hat touches your head, too. Leave yourselves 2 inches on the inside of that part. In the photo above, I didn't leave myself enough room on the inside circle, so I had to do it again with another shirt.
5. Glue the t-shirt fabric to the underside of the hat. The whitish lines are my hot glue. Then cut off the excess along the edge of the brim. (Tip...I found it helped to run a line of glue just inside the ribbon of the brim.)
I'm working on our costumes again today. (What we're going as is a secret, so there. However, you're welcome to guess.) Are you all in a Halloween frenzy? If not...why aren't you? It's Halloween thirty, people!
Do you guys think that the different colored parts of candy corn have different flavors? I think the yellow part tastes the best. Isn't that ridiculous? I seriously think the colored parts taste different, though. Do you??? After watching this, it seems like they're all made out of the same base, and only have added dyes.
Thanks to my friend Dusti for getting me interested in the makin's of candy corn. I'm munching on some right this very minute.
I got so excited when I saw this on Pinterest:
500 calorie pumpkin bread with cream cheese ribbon
(Here is the recipe from Sunday Baker.)
It's two hours later and I have to tell you, my friends....this stuff tastes like grainy cardboard with some sweetened caulk in the middle. It's more decadent than, say-a celery stick. But still. This recipe tastes....healthy, if you know what I mean. And I mean 'healthy' in a bad way.
Also, a bunch of people fact-checked the calorie count, and it's more like 150 calories per slice, nearly twice what they originally claimed. Sigh. I don't even want to give this away to anyone. Maybe I can trick Violet into thinking it's a special treat.
When it comes to baking, I think you're usually better off just baking with full-fat recipes. There's nothing worse than spending a few hours in the kitchen and ending up with something that tastes mediocre.
More Halloween stories for your little ghosts and goblins!
"Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet" by Lisa Desimini
Violet thinks this one is so funny. I suppose stinky feet are always a big hit with the preschool crowd.
"Los Gatos Black on Halloween" by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
The illustrations are so detailed and rich. I love the rhythm of the book. Forgive my butchering of la Español, por favor.
"The Insomniacs" by Karina Wolf, illustrated by the Brothers Hilts
This is my favorite of the bunch. The illustrations are so witty and fun. The text isn't condescending, and it pushes kids to learn new words.
"The Runaway Pumpkin" by Kevin Lewis, illustrated by S. D. Schindler
I've done a Halloween Recipe Roundup for you guys. I've tried to include ideas from appetizers to drinks to main courses to desserts. If you try any of them, please let me know how they turned out!
(It's from Queen of Halloween, but she didn't say where it came from.)
How awesome is this for a dinner party set-up? Why can't we all just have a spare gothic manse for such occasions? Why?
1. Put a blood drip on any drink from Hostess With the Mostess
2. Halloween Cocktails from Martha Stewart
3. Candy Corn Martini from PinCurl (photo by Levi Brown)
4. Halloween Margarita from Lime Tree Cove
1. Cheese Pumpkins from Betty Crocker
2. Black Bean Cat Crudites from Spoonful
3.Roach Bites (made of dates) from Almost Vegan in Paradise
4. Spidery 7-Layer Dip from Divine Dinner Party
1.Spooky Ghost Pizza from Chef Mom
2.Mummies in a Blanket from Holly Klein (I know these are cocktail weiner size, but I say make them with refrigerated bread dough and full sized, quality sausages. They'd be good!)
3. Pasta from the Gourmet Mom
4. Proscuitto Head from Woman's Day
1. Vampire Cupcakes from Sugadeaux
2. Candy corn parfaits? I can't find a link but dang it....just throw in some food coloring and mix up whatever flavors of pudding you want and some whipped cream
3. Caramel Apple Draculas from Erica's Sweet Tooth (the link is down, but it's pretty self-explanatory, don't you think?
4. Amazing Autumn Cake (that I have no hope of making---ever) from the Tulsa State Fair via the One Room Schoolhouse Crafts.
I signed us up for circus class for our anniversary! The Lone Star Circus offers classes in all sorts of things...juggling, trapeze, trampoline, contortion, lyra, and aerial silks. We decided on an intro to the aerial arts.
We celebrated late this year since Adam had to go out of town at the last minute. He kept saying, "Happy anniversary...observed."
This is me on the aerial silks. I learned to wrap my arms up in the fabric, flip myself upside down, and do a variety of beginner tricks.
This is Adam's first attempt to get on the trapeze. He says, "I don't think my legs weigh enough to hold me horizontally."
The moves require a lot of core body strength and balance. I'd say it was a medium-hard workout. It wasn't particularly cardiovascular, but you use a lot of different muscles in positions you've probably never been in before. It was harder than yoga, but easier than....say, Olympic gymnastics. Not like I've tried that.
Adam's a lot stronger than I am, which helped with a lot of the activities. My hands and arms were shaking by the end of the class. I think I liked the aerial silks the best.
I was soooo sore the next two days! I felt like my arms had been pulled out of their sockets.
The classes are held in a huge training facility. Most of the area is used for gymnastics training, and a small portion of the gym is used for circus classes. It was fun to watch the gymnasts tumble and use the bars and balance beam.
Our instructor was Stephanie Stewart. She was so strong and graceful and made everything look so easy!
There's a neat article in D Magazine about Fanny Kerwich, the founder of Lone Star Circus. (That's her in all the red feathers. Check out those arm muscles!) She's an eighth-generation member of a French/Gypsy circus family...wow! She met her husband while touring in Dallas with a circus. He promised to build her a circus if she would stay in Texas with him, and that's how the Lone Star Circus was born. Talk about an interesting love story!
Afterwards, we went to Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant within a mile of Lone Star Circus.
Adam tried yebeg tibs, which is small chunks of lamb sautéed with onions and jalapeño in a spicy butter sauce. I got tibse, chunks of beef in a spicy wine and butter sauce. The meals are served with a variety of vegetables and lentils. We also tried an Ethiopian honeyed wine called tej-it reminded us of mead, and was pretty strong.
It was a good experience. The food was yummy and surprisingly tasty. It was a fun anniversary 'observed'. I'd highly recommend those circus classes if you're an adventurous sort.
I'm thinking of starting a book blog in addition to Rhinestone Armadillo. It would focus on all things literary, but primarily Young Adult books. I'm trying to get my novel published, and the best way to learn about a market is to read, read, read. So...I think it will motivate me to read more by doing book reviews. I'll also throw in reviews of adult literary and children's books, since we read a bit of everything around here.
Do any of you read book blogs? I usually don't...I'd rather be reading books.
However, I think I'll give it a try. In researching the best ways to get a book published, I keep reading that agents like authors to have a strong literary web presence. I've been blogging for years, but my blog is all over the map. I think I'll move my book related content to a new blog and see how that goes. I'm pretty serious about getting my book published, and I want to do everything I can to let agents/publishers know I'm willing to work hard on writing and marketing. Wish me luck, please! I'm new to this and it seems overwhelming at times.
I'm brainstorming names for the blog. Which of these are you liking?
Is there anything in particular you'd like to see on a blog about books? Reviews, readings, author interviews, etc.?
Oh, no! Big Tex burned today.
(photo by John McKibben)
Big Tex was the 52 foot tall icon of the Texas State Fair in Dallas, Texas. He was huge, fun, and slightly creepy. You just can't have the fair without Big Tex walking around and talking in his booming voice! The fair officials said he would be rebuilt next year. I hope they don't 'modernize' him.
(You can see Big Tex at :21)
The mayor and police department said there will be an investigation, but for now, they think it was an electrical fire.
The fair is held in the historic Fair Park, famous for its Art Deco architecture and sculptures.
This is just gross.
(costumes from Yandy)
Sexy Mrs. Potato Head? What's wrong with people? Now, I might have forgiven this costume if her purse was filled with features you could pop on and off. I'll give you some slutty allowance points if you can back it up with creativity and originality. But this? Just icky.
I think I'm going to go as Sexy Paula Deen.
(photo from OddAnimals)
I got pooped on by a pigeon. And when I say pooped on, I mean pooped on.
I ate breakfast at IHOP, a pancake chain-do you have those where you live? They have a giant sign that pigeons were sitting on, and I stupidly parked under it.
I was holding Piper in the front seat, and had the windows down. I started hearing these loud, sticky thumps on the roof and thought, "Is somebody throwing something at my car?" Then, nasty pigeon poo poo started sliding down my front and back windshields.
Then. Oh...I shudder even now thinking about it. Then...a big plop landed on my passenger arm rest and splattered all across the inside of the car. It landed on my baby and in my mouth! And between my seats, and in my open purse. I was horrified.
I scrubbed at my mouth with wet wipes and tried to clean Piper up. When I got out of the car to put the baby in the car seat, another pigeon pooped all down my back. At least I had a sweater on so I could take it off. I want to to bleach my mouth. It was so, so, sooooo disgusting.
My friend Vanessa said, "Laura. You should be happy that pigeon pooped in your mouth. It's good luck. It means you're about to make a lot of money."
All right, then. I actually bought a lottery ticket. Now I'm going to go brush my teeth again. For about the 15th time.
P.S. IHOP's pumpkin pancakes are back on the menu for fall. Even after the pigeon yuckiness, I still think they're yummy.
Does your child like to hear the same story over and over and over? Mine does. So...here you go, Violet!
"Working Mummies" written by Joan Horton, illustrated by Drazen Kozjan
Music-"Ghost Dance" by Truett & George
(I looked at the publisher's site to try to find out whether or not it was all right to read this online. There are tons of stories read aloud on YouTube, so I hope this is kosher. If it's not, please let me know how to get permission or I'll remove the video.)
P.S. If any of you have kids, please let me know if they enjoyed this. If they like it, I might do a series.
This isn't what Violet is going to be for Halloween, but I told her she could pick out her costume today. We have a trunk full of costumes, and she chose her dragon suit. Everyone thought she was a dinosaur, but she insisted she was a dragon.
Everyone had on orange, and there were bounce houses everywhere. This girl's costume reminded me of this:
Ooooh...I want, I want. Isn't this a gorgeous dress? (from Luly Yang)
I'm a skee ball fan. What's your favorite carnival game?
It was a fun weekend! Do you go to a local carnival? Send me a link if you post photos-I'd really like to see other people's carnivals.
These two music compilations are great. I think these will stay on shuffle from now until October 31st.
I was looking for Halloween music that was not too kiddie and not too goth or pop. These are mostly big band era hits, and a few old timey 1930s radio program type numbers. This would be perfect grown-up party music.
The first one (1930s Hipster Halloween) is my favorite, and it has 40 songs on it. If you click on either image, you can listen to a small clip from all the songs.
The second one (Old Halloween Songs) is good, too, and has 30 songs. I like its album cover better. I'm such a sucker for retro marketing.
(From DriveWayFollies by Larry Schmidt)
This is my favorite from the collection...."The Wobblin Gobblin" by Rosemary Clooney. I found a marionette show that enacts the lyrics....brilliant. The song starts at :50 if you want to skip ahead.
Larry Schmidt puts on a marionette show every year on Halloween night in Oakland, California. He says,
"...it's a non-commercial, residential Halloween installation (usually in a front yard) which emphasizes the atmospheres of Halloween rather than gruesome shocks or repellent horror. They tend to be child-friendly."
Check out some of his other Halloween shows on YouTube-here's a link to his channel.
(from DrGrrrlFriend on YouTube)
"Headless Horseman" by Kay Starr is on the first collection. Here it is played over an old Betty Boop Halloween cartoon. Can you imagine how excited people must have been to see this at the movie theater? I really wish they still ran cartoons and short features before the main film, don't you?
(from Mr. Serbilly on YouTube)
"She's My Witch" by Kip Tyler. Dig that guitar.
(from DutchBluesFan on YouTube)
"Mister Ghost is Going to Town" by The 5 Jones Boys
Crank this collection up and starting sewing those costumes!
A friend of mine recently introduced me to Bountiful Baskets. (Thanks, Hope!) I've been looking for an alternate source for produce since our local stores have had the worst half-rotten fruits and veggies lately.
Bountiful Baskets is a volunteer run food cooperative. Everyone contributes money to buy fresh produce in bulk. A big truck delivers the food one day a week, and volunteers sort the produce into baskets for the members to pick up. You bring your own bag or box, load up your goodies, and you're done!
Since it is volunteer-run, they ask that you volunteer occasionally if you're able. Today, there were lots of friendly teens helping out.
They try to give you $50 worth of produce for $15. Here's my first order...it looks great!
All of that was just $15. If you pay an extra $10.00, you can get an all-organic basket. They also have 'add ons', which are extra food choices. I got:
These are so decorative, but I'll also eat every single one of them. We're going to try popping the indian corn on the cob in the microwave.
I'm really pleased with this program. Let me know if you try it out in your area.
The firemen showed the kids what happens when a fire call comes in...they look it up on a big area map.
A lot of the kids are scared of a fireman in full regalia, so it was a good opportunity to see there's a real guy under there. I thought it was funny when they said, "Go on-you can touch him." Like it was a petting zoo.
(It was outside and there were lots of people, so the sound quality is cruddy.) Violet even got to help spray the fire hose. Thanks, Greenville Fire Department!
(Darn it, that's not centered. Html code, I hate you.) I used this Wilton linzer cookie cutter for the shapes. The one on the right is really cute, too. It's autumn themed and has leaves, squirrel, acorn, turkey, and a moon.
For the food, we used: black plums, rye bread, salami, carrots, cheddar cheese, apples, and celery. Then I threw in some walnuts, candy corn, and marshmallows, too. There was healthy food in there, but kids always like a few sweet treats, too.
Yay for field trips!
I'm glad Violet's first excursion went well. I remember being devastated over my first field trip. In kindergarten, we were supposed to go to the zoo. I woke up feeling terrible that morning. I tried as hard as I could to pretend to be well because I wanted to go so bad. We pulled up in front of the school, and I was about to sneak onto the school bus when my mom felt my head. She said, "Oh, no-you're burning up. You look pale, too. I think you'd better stay home today." Waaaah! I remember looking at all the other kids sitting on the school bus and pressing my hands up against our car window, in sheer agony. I'm scarred, I tell you.
Violet has never met a slide she didn't like.
Now, this is going to sound weird, but---I think my ob/gyn is great! Her name is Dr. Julia Gillean, and I have nothing but good things to say about her. Her nurses and staff are fabulous, too. They are so genuinely caring and friendly, not to mention extremely competent. If you're in need of a 'lady vet', get thee to Metroplex Women's Care. You'll be happy you did. (This isn't an ad...I just really, really like them.)
I adore this piece of furniture. Does anyone know what it's called? Surely it's something in French. A few years ago, I posted a similar thingy....pouf?....and one of you told me the name of it, but I forgot. Tell me again.
There is original art hanging in every exam room. I am a sucker for details like that.
I wanted to steal these chairs. That orange upholstery is super soft. And the wood has a nice coat of pearlescent paint, too.
I think I'm inspired enough now to paint some chairs. If any of you have painted the wooden legs of chairs...have you had any trouble with the paint peeling?
Get out those old t-shirts and get ready for some instant gratification. You could easily use this same tutorial to make a jack o'lantern face, too.
I bet you could do this even quicker if you tried.
2. Start cutting out the areas you have outlined. I started with the eyes, then the nose, and finished with the teeth.
3. You're done!
4. Layer your new shirt over a black shirt. Other Halloweenish colors would look good, too-purple, orange, green.
I made one with a black t-shirt, also. I also cut slits about 1/2 inch apart on the sleeves. If you'll notice, I had some trouble with the center teeth. My 4 month old grabbed the bars between the teeth and yanked. Cut those lines out carefully, because if they're too thin, it's easier to tear the remaining strip.
I don't know how things are where you live, but here in Texas, we have snakes. Lots and lots of snakes. I don't mind the vast majority of them, but the venomous snakes terrify me.
My mother went to high school with Jackie Bibby, the world record holding rattlesnake handler. In the video below, he is setting a world record for the most rattlesnakes piled on top of you while sitting in a bathtub. Who knew that was a contest, huh?
(video from Waco Tribune Herald)
They sometimes hold this contest near my tiny hometown. It is a big deal out there. Does that sound insane to you non-Texans? Or do you have a local version of this sort of wackiness? Like moose wrestling or badger baiting?
He lets them sit on his head.
There are two kinds of people-those that are willing to touch snakes, and those that are not. I'm in that second camp.
Mr. Bibby received a severe bite just above the knee at a recent snake handling event. He's been bitten a dozen times during his snake-handling career. Unfortunately, this time, he was injected with a life-threatening amount of venom, and they will have to amputate his leg above the knee. Here is a link to his Facebook page if you'd like more info or want to donate to his medical fund.
(from Let 'Em Grow on YouTube)
Here's a typical rattlesnake encounter. Oh, and by typical, I guess I mean where they are typically found. They are so well-camouflaged. Isn't that scary?
Most people would get away from them, not chase them around. I take that back. About half the people I know would leave them alone. The other half---heck, other 75%---would try to kill them. I'm not making a judgment call here, just giving you very unscientific statistics.
This video freaks me out. It's a cottonmouth eating a rattlesnake. We have more cottonmouths (also called water moccasins) than anything else. They are scary, nasty, stinky, aggressive snakes. I am more scared of cottonmouths than any other snake because of how they will actually chase you! And they climb trees around water, which is so scary. They will occasionally drop out of a tree onto someone's head or into a boat passing under branches.
(from Amy Siewe on YouTube)
Is this woman crazy? Or drunk? She repeatedly lets these snakes bite her. None of these are venomous, but so what? What if she grabbed one that was? She's blindly sticking her hand in holes. I couldn't even finish watching this. It made me cringe and wince and feel vaguely nauseated. Seriously.
Well, guys...it's here:
So...are you going to read it? Honestly, I'm a little scared to give it a try. I have such a warm corner in my heart for the Harry Potter books that I'm not sure I want to read anything else by Ms. Rowling. Is that silly?
It's almost like this:
She wrote those fabulous, magical books, and that is enough for me. She never has to write anything again ever. Never ever.
Can you imagine the pressure that poor woman must be under to crank out something amazing? Seriously. She has set the bar pretty high for herself.
(Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Let's face it, Ms. Rowling probably never has to lift a finger again, more less type out another book. What dedication and creative drive she has to even attempt it! I think a lot of people in her situation would happily rest on their laurels.
I'm still not sure if I'm going to read it or not yet. I feel like "the critics" might be a little harsh with her regarding this book. I'm more interested in what you guys, as fans of the HP series, think.
P.S. I'm going to give ads a try. I'll try to keep them as relevant to my blog as possible, and no annoying pop-ups. Let me know what you think. If you readers hate them, they'll go away.
Here is a video of Violet playing harp. She made up a lullaby on the spot.
Again...I should really dress my child, shouldn't I? We live in Texas. It's hot. Seriously-she wears clothes 95% of the time. This was after her bath, so I hadn't chased her down to dress her yet.
She said her song was called "To Wonder". These are the lyrics, as best as I can make them out:
Ooooh...I was bright you care...in the share
I know my calendar....Calendar
you I love you ....Ooooohhh
We care...it was riding me through the stars
Raindrops is bright...the star said good bye
I went for a walk in the woods without Violet. It was before she was awake. She usually loves to take walks with me, so to take the sting off being left behind, I try to bring back some nature treat. I found a huge Burr Oak acorn, and a pair of tiny twin acorns with another pair of 'parent acorns'.
(image from Nordic Ware)
Have you guys seen this awesome acorn cakelette pan from Nordic Ware? I want. I want. I'm not sponsored by Nordic Ware, but man-oh-man am I a big fan. They make the best cake and shaped treat pans ever. Ahem---Nordic Ware folks---I would not be sad at all if you wanted to send me some products to try out.
I saw a suggestion to make buttermilk cornbread acorns to accompany chili. CUTE for your hungry autumn squirrels. Another recipe suggested smearing them with maple cream cheese centers...yum.
(This one is from BigCatTreasures on eBay)
Last autumn, I bought a chocolate acorn mold on eBay. I am still liking that thing! For a few bucks and some melted chocolate, you have amazing-looking, relatively simple treats.
To make them look more realistic, I used regular chocolate melted for the body of the acorn. For the cap, I mixed white chocolate with regular chocolate to make a lighter brown. Then, I used a paintbrush to paint that into the cap area of the mold. After it set up in the fridge 10 minutes or so, I poured in the melted darker chocolate.
Violet and I are still wearing our autumn hair accessories we made. I like to mix up antiques with garage sale jewelry and then glue on faux and real forest finery. Dollar and craft stores are packed with autumn fakes this time of year....acorns, pine cones, feathers, etc.
I changed my banner size...that sucker below was way too big. Or too fat of a rectangle, at least. And I decided my Etsy shop button needed an armadillo. Learning this computer stuff is KILLING me, guys! I'm working on it, though, with the help of savvy friends.
Do you struggle with technology? I feel like as soon as I figure something out, it's either upgraded or becomes obsolete. Why can't I be a happy troglodyte?
(image from Future Perfect Publishing)
Probably because you guys would not want to communicate if I was contacting you through some weird, dusty newsletter you received in the mail. Although...I might actually like that. But-it wouldn't be in real time.
I think everyone should take a version of this. Pose yourself, your kids, your pets if they're willing. It would be pretty easy....black clothes, witch hat, light background with a strong light source for a dark shadow and voila! Instant witch.
(Margaret Hamilton, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Original movie promo photo - Loew 1939-can't find a link to credit.)
Wouldn't that be fun? An entire family full of Wicked Witches of the West! A husband shot would be extra great. Hear me, Adam? Come here, my pretty!
Ooooh! I want to try this. Look at these fun trees from Makin' Projiks. Great idea, lady! (All these photos are from Sarah on her blog.)
The basic idea: take those mini bottle brush trees you see everywhere at Christmas (You have 5 or 6 stashed away somewhere....right?) then bleach them. Then, take your tree and dye it in Halloween shades.
3. Now take those albino trees and dip them into some dye. Rit works, but I bet you could get by with plain old food coloring in a pinch. Or even Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid is so stainy it's practically toxic. I hate to see what my esophagus looks like after a glass of Kool-Aid.
These would be great for any holiday....I'm imagining pastel Easter trees, yes?
I told you guys that Adam had to go to California for work on our anniversary, right? He took a few photos to share with me while he was there.
I'm sure you'd think nothing of this if you lived in Los Angeles, but I would be so excited to drive down a road and see the ocean! It would seem magical to look toward the horizon and see sand and a shimmer of water.
I rescheduled our anniversary plans for later in October. It's still a secret, but I'll share it with y'all when it's time.
Yay...October is here! I think it is the best month. Followed by December. I am a huge fan of OCTOBER!
I can't believe how much bigger Violet is now. This is from our New England trip in October of 2009. Isn't that the cutest fox sculpture? I wanted to bring it back in my suitcase. I'd never want to leave our place---I'm too rooted and attached---but autumn in New England seems positively heavenly. If we didn't have family here and weren't such homebodies, I might pack up and move to Vermont. But only for the fall.
I realize my photos could be better. Still....here's the deal: I have KIDS. And by the end of the day, I'm tired. And I want to eat. While the food is still warm. And I have to get up and up and up to get a dropped fork or a forgotten napkin or the spoon with the flowers on the handle not the spoon with the ugly handle. And I just don't have the energy to have a serious photo shoot at that time of day. Any tips for taking quick but good food photos?