Thursday, October 30, 2014

On the second day of Halloween

On the second day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:

Four pumpkins gutted with two little kids who were not the  least bit sure what to make of the smelly, messy things!



And part of the last Halloween collection, the die cuts (in poor light - it's raining here today):



Tomorrow night it is supposed to be in the 20s! Brrrrrrrrrrrr. I took photos of the kids in their costumes today because tomorrow we will be wearing winter coats! LOL

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On the third day of Halloween

Skipping myself ahead a few days since obviously I am never going to catch up!

On the third day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:

My Halloween costume collection-




(This one is messy this year, little fingers!)

And my Halloween blow mold collection (well, part of it, I did not want to get it all out. )




Tonight it's pumpkin carving time!

(I am just going to admit right now that yesterday I was ready to be done with Halloween. I do not have my Halloween spirit this year.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

On the sixth day of Halloween

On the sixth day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:

Nothing Halloween related! We are having some minor issues here today which have delayed anything Halloween.

We did have:


One unusually warm (80+ degree) late October day. So we had a picnic outside;
One rainbow, drawn by Sam;
One conference about said rainbow;
And one excessively problematic attempt at starting a new quilt.  There are just WAY too many ways for this pattern to go wrong. So while I like it, and it suits the book pages, I think it will scrapped in favor of something less complicated. (I have so little time to sew I just do not have the patience for this kind of pattern I think. It felt stressful and not joyful and that is NOT a win!)

4 more days? Really???

Sunday, October 26, 2014

On the seventh day of Halloween

First, I need to answer some questions I cannot seem to get around to!

*Yes, Sammi is quite blonde now. Weird since she was born with BLACK, BLACK hair.
*505 is a quilt basting spray, and yes the pencil quilt is the same on both sides. I plan to show you that as soon as Halloween is over. It's awesome! (And done.)
*I am thinking of having a "giving November" here on the blog but I haven't quite fleshed out the idea yet.
*The kids don't really get into the Halloween tree. Actually, they are doing pretty good staying out of stuff right now. It's pretty high up though - on top of a table and then that old bucket made it another foot or so higher.
*I want to run an Etsy coupon this week. Use the code BOO14 to get 10% orders of $5 or more through Nov 1. I have FINALLY gotten around to listing a huge lot of table linens I bought this summer.

On the seventh day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:
Exceptionally warm weather. Hot even.

Flea Market Sunday!
A small glittery bat bucket. I think these are Bethany Lowe? I have other bigger ones in other styles.
A very sweet vintage necklace for Sam.
A not so old (1983) can. Useful things.
A vintage purple quilt for my purple loving girl.

Very sweet! And I think I used that purple floral in my own purple quilt. :-)

Finally some color in our trees!

I am off to deal with Grant, who is having a SERIOUS SERIOUS case of the terrible twos this week.  Happy Sunday to you!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On the eighth day of Halloween

On the eighth day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:

The awesome 2014 Halloween tree!

It's starting to get so full and so much more interesting.
I LOVE all of my swap ornaments!
In fact, I might love them more than the Valentine ones. Gasp!




P.S. Here is what the tree looked like before I got the Halloween swap idea:
I have two costumes finished. Wooohooo!

Friday, October 24, 2014

On the ninth day of Halloween

On the ninth day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:
 
 One differently decorated Halloween mantel.  Usually I would put our vampire painting up there, but because I have relocated other things this year I had no room for my big cat in his usual place, so up here he went.
 Along with some of the labware (plus food coloring).


This one feels just marginal to me and probably won't be repeated next year.

Oh well, win some, lose some!

One week to go and I still only have one costume for the children.  Time to really get crackin'!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

On the tenth day of Halloween - an Owl Mini Quilt

On the tenth day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:

A rerun. It's cloudy today and I really should have planned ahead and taken all the Halloween photos at once!

Never mind that though, in the age of pinterest this mini owl quilt I made when Jack was small deserves a rerun.

Super easy to do - even if you do not possess a ton of quilting skills. (Which I totally did not in those days!)

Fusible applique holds the owls in place.
That vintage black floral was PERFECT for this. (I wonder if I have any more of that fabric.)
The fussy cut polka dots that make the center owl's eyes and mask are what charms me every single year when I pull this one out of storage.

  I have been up since 5 again. Daylight savings should F U N ! this year. LOL

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On the eleventh day of Halloween

On the eleventh day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:

One sleepy little girl who slept on the couch for hours yesterday after our insane 5 am wake up.
One finally finished little kid Halloween project. I made this one with Jack when he was small and ever since Sammi spotted it hanging up she has been dying to make one of her own. Yesterday we sat down and did just that.
Sammi's version. (I should've made more foot prints to fill out the wreaths better like I did with Jack!) (Sam must have a very high instep?)
And Grant's version. 

When I made Jack's he could obviously write and these two cannot yet, so I used a marker instead of paint and helped them write boo.

Also, because I could NOT remember how we made the pumpkins so many years ago - I used their palm prints. Paint only on the palm, not the fingers. I tried making it with their fists first and that was obviously not how I did it the first time.
And one GORGEOUS old yellow ware bowl with lid. 

Double thanks for that one Great Pumpkin!