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.

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...