Saturday, December 10, 2022

La Befana and Friends

This is yet another great piece from artist GrimQuiet on etsy. He also offered Krampus Lanterns you can see if you click on his sold items. This is my favorite new artist this year to watch for the spooky offerings.

Last night I was at a local holiday market and found this artist Pam Young. She makes delightfuly slighty dark items along with some stunning pieces. The pumpkin and crow and the gingerbread men ornaments. She had never heard of the movie Krampus so my new goal is to help her see it!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Behind the Scenes

Wrapping up and making room for the cemetery in storage. 1 and 2 inch pink insulation foam was used to make the gravestones, plinth, and candle shelves. The plinths were made to fit the angle of the grass bank and then the stones were set in the plinths. The fence pickets were cut out of 1/4 inch plywood.

Once the fence pickets were painted and attached to cross bars we faced the next challenge. The steep hill required a steep angle on the side fencing. Setting it in place while not sliding down the hill required a bit of balance.

We used outdoor candles in the family plot only we needed something to keep them level on the hill. Cut out and painted foam shelves to match the gravestones to hold the candles. There were additonal battery puck lights hidden behind the candles to shine up on the gravestones. The same lights we use in the pumpkins.

Once the cemtery was in place it was a bit treacherous to maneuver. Carefully inching down the hill to work on the upper stones. Pitched more lighting pucks down that hill and only came close once to doing the same. A grabber stick was how I moved things around and brought in the pumpkins at night.

It was a big project and now we make plans for next year. This year I made a list of repairs and paint touch ups to be comlpleted over next summer. The complete Halloween 2022 album is here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The day after

Turn the sound up and you can here the rain. I was impressed with how many kids were out in the pouring rain for hours. I'm afraid it is cell phone video only this year. We should have shot better video Sunday night with a camera when it was dry out.

A break in the rain today so I took down all the pumpkins. Towels with so many things drying out. Came back in and sorted lighting for storage. The cemetery, fence, and scarecrow will stay up until I have help to take it down. Tomorrow starts the process of taking down the light strings on the porch.

Different view of the side of the house. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We really enjoyed sitting on our porch with hot tea and blankets. Met more new neighbors. Halloween brings people together.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone. I hope you have a magical night. 90% chance of rain through the prime trick or treating hours. Making of photos and video will go up here later this week and in the Flickr Halloween 2022 album.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Thrill the World

Thrill the world took place in downtown again this year. I had to rush around to try and find a spot when I realized the set up was different. Kneeled down on the wet street to get a few pics and this video clip.

This was the greeter at a shop.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Pumpkin Molds

I was thrilled to read that another company started making veggie molds. Sad that they were not available when we had a garden. Good news for you gardeners.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

ShellHawks Creations

This gorgeous creation is from ShellHawksCreations on etsy. Hand carved with that gorgeous green glaze. The scarecrow on the cup reminds me of our scarecrow. Photographed in front of the tins friends helped track down and ship to me. Gotta love Halloween fans.

Non stop rain for days is proving a challenge for lighting. I hot glued a ring around the flames on the battery candles in the family plot. Hoping they stay dry long enough to get us through Halloween. 60% chance of rain during prime trick or treating between 5 and 8. Next project is rigging somehting to keep the self serve candy dry.

La Befana and Friends

This is yet another great piece from artist GrimQuiet on etsy. He also offered Krampus Lanterns you can see if you click on his sold items...