, a photo by beans + ink on Flickr.
Post Halloween crud has me down and I ran out of pre-scheduled entries for the blog. Found this adorable Day of the Dead pumpkin. Project for next year.
Posted the other day about using my funkin pumpkins as hat storage off season. Found out my funkins were taller than the hat storage space. I did mange to finally hang the skeletal hand set from Grand in Road purchased last year. One hand faces up and one down. The down hand has scarves on it. Pleased with how good it looks and its great for bracelets. Costumes are cleaned and stored for the season.
The spouse and I were walking through an antique mall looking for props for a theater production opening next week. He is a scenic designer but the props person had fallen behind so we picked up the slack. Walking in to a big room I see these 2 wonderful lampshades. Well, the big one now is just the frame. They looked like a spooky art piece. I couldn't stop thinking about the shades.
The smaller one was just so wonderful with old shattered silk and crusty tarnished gold bullion. The beading hanging off the edges is amazing. Hubby was cashing out up front and I made a last minute decision and asked the clerk to cut the smaller shade down! She asked what are you doing with it? I said spooky Halloween art piece. She smiled and was excited it was going home with me. More pics of it on flickr.
Sadly several of my Halloween photos turned out a bit blurry. Moving fast and a dirty lens. All the photos from this year are on my flickr group here. Several projects I wanted to craft also went by the wayside when I got behind on my Steamcon costumes. Still plan to make some things and post about it here. Trying to put the Halloween away. Its like an unfolded sewing pattern it never fits the same when you try to store it. My sewing room looks like a storm blew through and I dread getting it back in to shape.
Good haul today. The soap dispensers and owl pillow were at Target. Grabbed the Halloween facial tissue, Ziploc bags, and paper towels. Always stock up on those necessities for half price and it helps extend the seasonal theme. The Skull in photo 3 has light up eyes from World Market. They still had a lot of Day of the Dead merchandise today. JoAnn fabric has Halloween fabric 50% off and decor and costumes at 70% off. Oh...and I am on the hunt for the battery operated light sets Phillips LED Bat set at Target. They were sold out before I could grab one.
Trying to decide what to wear tomorrow night. It turned cold and damp for Halloween. We had frost on the pumpkins last night. Decorations still need to go outside. My spouse is bringing home Thai food and we will wait for family to come trick or treat at the door. It will be a low key movie night with no big plans this year. So excited for my favorite day to be here...soon!
In the merchants room at Steamcon V one vendor was using funkins with color changing lights inside as hat stands. Pumpkins wearing pith helmets and bowler hats made for a clever display. I liked the idea so much I now know how to store some of the foam pumpkins. My closet has a top shelf that runs all the way around all 3 walls. I have foam wig heads, wooden stands, and hat boxes there now. Going to try the pumpkin idea at the end of the season.
Like this gorgeous image from a Yahoo article about an amazing make-up artist Goldie Starling.
Things I won't post include links back to adult content. This is a family friendly blog and try though you might spammers I will not post a link to your naughty nurse costumes. If I like a company or product I will link to your web site in a future entry but not in the comments. Getting heavily spammed right now and need to reject a bunch of comments every day. I love to hear about fabulous vintage or vintage inspired Halloween items and cheap easy tutorials for making Halloween decorations. Thank you for reading and sharing all the wonderful things that make this time of year magical.
A bit behind on decorating this year. Still adding things to the mantel. In 2010 I used the paper lanterns on the floor with lights running through them. We adopted the kittens later that year in December and Ivy is a wire chewing machine. This year I moved the lanterns up to the mantel and still enjoy the effect. Ivy luckily is not a jumper!
Our favorite local family owned farm pumpkin patch is closed this year. They could not afford the increase in the liability insurance to keep the barn open. Very sad since it was a really nice family and excellent pumpkin patch. Today we drove out to an older family owned farm that was really charming. My favorite part was the old bathtub full of squash. There was a poll taking place about their haunted woods. The haunted woods would be shut down by the fire marshal unless they made improvements. Its a maze of tarps in trees. Close it or fix the problems and ask for a higher admission fee. Right now its 50 cents. I voted for pay more but we didn't have time to go through haunted fire trap...er...woods. Gorgeous pumpkins and gourds and great corn maze. They give out free baby pumpkins to every kid. It was a quick trip today but I think its worth exploring again next year.
Last year at Steamcon we played with all 3 versions of The Day of The Dead temporary tattoo styles. They are easier to apply on clean skin but with a little practice you can apply over make-up. Water is used on the back side of the paper to loosen and apply. You have to be careful not to get your make-up wet unless you set your make-up with a fixing spray. I like using a little baby oil to loosen the tattoo when removing. My friend applied one to her arm that lasted for days using care to blot it dry.
This year for Halloween several companies seem to be offering some nice designs and you can buy them at places like Walmart. The main company that produces the tattoos is Tattoo Manufacturing. They offer bulk pricing. Handy for group costumes and haunts. The best part is you can design your own tattoos and have them manufactured with this company.
This beauty for sale on ebay is one of those items I wanted to buy years ago and for some reason never did. As time goes by the NEED to own one has been fading. It might actually be time to thin some of my vintage Halloween collection again. Looking at my flat files and boxes there are so many pieces there will have to be some thinning before another move. It will be hard to live in that little cottage in the woods some day if we have to sit on boxes full of Halloween treasures.
No kids and no one in the family who appreciates paper ephemera. We have friends who collect political memorabilia. Their kids have no interest in what is a massive museum worthy collection. It makes more sense to me to pass things on sooner than later to loving homes. Since many readers here have large and impressive collections what happens to your Halloween collection after celebrating your final Halloween?