A good weekend for remembrance. The Day of the Dead altar will be empty tomorrow. Still finding Halloween things I meant to put out this year! My attention now turns to a sci-fi convention this weekend and a big trip in December. Thank you for reading along and sharing your photos and stories. Hopefully I will be back in July 2015 to start talking about Halloween again!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Beistle Paper plates from The Vintage Halloween Store. A roll of crepe paper from my stash, also from Beistle.
Gather edge of crepe using needle and thread. You can glue and gather on to the plate at the same time. Even coverage is easier if you pre-gather the crepe paper.
Plates can be glued back to back to make a hanging room decoration.
Halloween at World Market is %50 off. New trend this year of marking Halloween 50% off up to a week before Halloween. Two brick and mortar stores in town marked Halloween half off a week ago and merchandise was moving fast. Christmas had moved in to the seasonal section so all the Halloween was moved to a clearance area. Its nice to be able to pick some things up before the big day on sale. The selection left over the day after Halloween though is going to be slim.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tonight we carve pumpkins. That was the plan until we both got a stomach bug! Scaling back plans to get at least one done tonight!
My prized carving tool set from the old Martha By Mail company. It came with wax paper in different colors to back the carved areas and a carving booklet.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Saturday we drove out to Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch. My husband needed a big pumpkin for a mini Segaki or feeding of the Hungry Ghosts festival. All those who have passed in the last year will have their names written on paper. Paper goes in the pumpkin to be burned.
Met a pumpkin carver, Roger Pope, who was showing me how to carve a Hubbard squash. Going to try this since the squash holds up much longer than a pumpkin. Very hard surface after its carved. It reminded me of the scarred surface of a pumpkin if you carve in to it while it is still growing.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
To learn more click here. I have been a type 1 Diabetic since the age of 9. Trick or treated with my sister every year but she always got the candy. Neighbors made up for it with little toys and mom made sugar free cheese cake some years for me.
My first home we made up treat bags with a little candy bar and other non food treats. Gives the food allergy and Diabetic kids the option to toss the candy and still have a treat. Got a huge thank you from a family at my last house. Their little goblin had a food allergy so the bag of toys made her night! Halloween theme stickers, pencils, plastic rings, and tattoos all make a nice addition to the candy bowl.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
If you are in New York, or visiting between now and February, there is an amazing collection of mourning gowns at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit opened this week featuring Gowns from 1815 to 1915. Slideshow of gallery images and more information available here. I know there is some cross over with readers here who enjoy Victorian Mourning attire. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a catalogue for the exhibit to order on the web site.
Planning to pick up a white boo pumpkin. Like the simple clean black and white design. Source. Painting keeps the pumpkins around post Halloween but not as much fun as carving. The last 3 years we haven't carved and went for the natural look. Keeping the pumpkins, squash, straw, and corn stalks out through Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Found the prettiest corn stalks this year. This might be broom corn? The purple "brooms" are really heavy. This was the first year Vince Woods Farms carried these shorter stalks of corn. Edit: We have a positive ID thanks to Mr. Macabre. Thanks!
Monday, October 13, 2014
Farm with the standard pumpkin patch and corn maze. The specialty item here is the "gently" haunted caboose. You pay a dollar to walk through the Pumpkin Walk that leads to a real train caboose. To my surprise there was something much better than a haunted caboose.
Vintage blow mold lights! Along one side of the wall flashing on and off were all these beauties.
Vince wears a train conductors outfit around the property. He knows the name of every pumpkin and offered to carry corn stalks to my car. Delightful multi generation family run farm. Vince's granddaughter pointed me to my parking space. I hope this gem is around for many more years.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
In a bin at Dollar Tree I found glitter pumpkins and skulls. Small color changing LED inside. Found this great tutorial for turning glitter skulls in to great display pieces by making little paper costumes. The skulls come in black, silver, orange, and green. The LED inside is bright so I plan to use some black gauze in the eye sockets to soften the light.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Amazing weather in the 80's this weekend. Drove out to an old family farm we have been supporting since 2008. Not sure how much longer they can hang on. Older couple in a Victorian farm house. They have been scaling things back each year. We would drive out to buy cider on the weekend but they stopped making it this year. Bought pumpkins, gourds, and squash. No corn stalks or straw bales. Hope to hit another small family farm for corn stalks this week. More photos of Sunday's farm adventure in my Halloween 2014 album here.