When you are shopping in a fabric store and your two boys ask for hand-made trick-or-treat bags, and pick their own fabric, you gladly stay up very late to finish them. I added a ghost to each bag and used glow-in-the dark thread for a spooky touch. My youngest requested a skeleton too, so I am still sewing one on.
I think they picked great fabric combinations, don't you?
How about the second week of November for book week? Next week is going to be full of Halloween pictures and election nonsense, so this gives you time to prepare. I'm going to focus on children's books and maybe some vintage ones too. You can post about your favorite books, books your kids like, old books that are not PC, or books we should avoid. I will have a post next week where you can sign up if you are interested.
Eight paper mache pumpkins for other preschool class - not done (what was I thinking - thanks Martha Stewart for driving me to this madness!)
Old school caramel apples made.
Pumpkins - work in process.
As kids we always waited until the last minute to decide what we wanted to be, so my Mom was usually throwing together the old stand-by "gypsy" or "hobo" costumes. The kids have their costumes this year, so no last minute rush, but the paper mache may throw a wrench in the being prepared feeling.
One of the gifts my parents gave me was the belief in magic. I really thought there was a Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, a man who lived in the toilet, and magic pumpkins. I hope I can pass those same feelings of wonder to my children. We carved our magic pumpkin today. If you need directions on how to create one, I posted about it here last year.
My son wanted to give some of the seeds to his friends so they could grow magic pumpkins next year. Everyone needs a little magic...and some big candy bars.
I bought this thread at Sublime Stitching; glow-in-the-dark. I stitched a wee ghost from the free pattern you can download here.
Spooky! Sorry about the blur, I need a tripod or a steadier hand.
Is anyone signing up for Nablopomo? I did it last year, but it was hard to post every day.
I was thinking of doing some posts about children's books or books in general - would anyone be interested in a "book week" or would it be better to have one day a week for a month? The first week of November?
Molly is giving away a chicken, you have until the 30th to enter!
This was the first time we went to Brookfield Zoo's, "Boo at the Zoo." It was a perfect day, there was a costume parade through the Zoo. My kids didn't wear their costumes, so we watched the parade instead.
Rented wagon: $8.00
Big brother pulling the wagon: priceless
Who knew that throwing a few pieces of popcorn on the ground would insight a goose (or is that geese?) riot. It seemed like every goose in the park heard the rustle of popcorn and raced to where we were standing, so everyone would know WE were the ones feeding geese when the signs say not to. Sorry little goose, go back to eating the grass treated with chemicals.
I admire the blog writers who create calm and inspiring posts. They leave me feeling refreshed and I want to do that here, but I also love to complain. So, if you are looking for inspiration, stop reading now.
I had one of those days that seem to get worse as the hours tick by. It began with the seal-coating company who came out and put the coating down on our driveway when it rained. So, it all washed away and the rain sprayed tar all over our garage and house. They won't return my calls.
Then I noticed that something strange was happening to one of my teeth. As I am on the phone, trying to call the seal-coat company and look at my tooth with my handy dental mirror, the kids are going nuts; screaming and throwing the couch cushions on the floor. I had a moment where being a mom is frustrating; you need to look at your tooth and you can't. You want to make a phone call and they misbehave. I know, it isn't supposed to be easy, but it would be nice to have some normal moments.
On my way to the emergency dentist appointment, I watch a squirrel get hit by a car because a cat is chasing it. Only the squirrel isn't dead, it's flailing around on the pavement. (Things like this can send me into fits of crying) So, I stop my car and debate if I should run it over again and put it out of misery. I kept going. Hitting it again seemed worse.
The dentist. Without going into details, I need a tooth fixed, cost $950. Ouch. We have insurance that will cover half, but we were happy that we earned and extra $100 this month and now that is gone and more. Have you noticed how money works this way? Have a little extra and something will break.
After the dentist I went to Walgreen's to have my prescription filled. The line was long and we were all diseased and wretched. When it was my turn I lurched forward and they asked the magic question, "Do you want to pick this up tomorrow?" "Um, no I will wait." I get the sigh, the eye roll and the threat...it will take at least a half an hour. Why does it take 30 minutes to put 15 pills of the most common antibiotic in a bottle? It's a corporate plot to force you to wander the aisles in that store and spend more money. So I shopped, starting in cosmetics. A woman was arguing with the cosmetic employee that the hair dye she bought turned her hair red instead of brown. Her hair was still wet from the bad dye job and I wanted to laugh, but then remembered why I was there. I hid my face..."Please don't look at me with my mouth of rot." In the next aisle I found "bag of panties." Yes, that is what it was called. Not, cotton underpants, comfort band briefs, or low rise fit...bag of panties. I wish I had brought my camera. I also found nylons sold in tiny plastic bubbles - the kind that hold toys in vending machines. They have a lot of items made in China - just screaming lead paint and toxic. You can buy a blender in the aisle across from the one selling hemorrhoid medication. My only extra purchase was a hair brush - so they got me to spend an extra $4.
Now that I typed this out, it doesn't seem so bad. Let me put on the rose colored glasses; the seal-coat company did not burn our house down, being killed by the cat was probably worse than getting hit by a car, some of my dental work is covered, you can get a prescription at 8 p.m., and the sun was out today. I will try to be more positive tomorrow.
It seems all the leaves are changing colors here. I did not enhance the color on this photo, the leaf is that red. For those tree fanatics, this is our Autumn Blaze Maple, which has great color if all the conditions are right - he's a little finicky.
My son insisted that we rake leaves yesterday, even though we had to carry them from the front yard to make a big enough pile.
I still haven't made it to all the blogs that signed up for the Halloween Party, but I did pick a winner for the giveaway. Jenelle from Sleepy Hollow Craft Company, congratulations! She has a vintage store on Etsy I'm going to go look at now.
I realized I've reached blog insanity when I was walking down the street to my neighbor's house, who has more leaves in their yard, to photograph the Crypt Keeper. I hope they weren't home. So, welcome to our little party...all the ghouls have arrived-
The house is decorated-
I made the ghosts out of fabric cut into circles, saturated with Elmer's glue, shaped and left to dry overnight hanging from a pen. I got the idea from The Small Object - she used pipe cleaners for legs, but I like mine without feet.
Our shrunken heads are dried and decorated with thread and doll hair. They also brought fruit flies with them, which is a nice addition to the kitchen.
Please enjoy some cupcakes, candy, and green Jello hand-
No party would be complete without a giveaway. I would have put together something more elaborate, but I just had a giveaway, so a little treat today. Leave a comment by Monday October 20th, 7 p.m. central time and I will announce a winner on Tuesday. You can win this DVD -
But if you are not into horror movies, you can choose this book. It's a new Hansel and Gretel book by Cynthia Rylant and illustrator Jen Corace - my new favorite.
I hope you enjoyed my little party, thank you Vanessa for setting this up. I can't wait to see the other parties. Happy Halloween!