Sunday, October 25, 2020

I Be Like Waiting....

I be like waiting.....

.....waiting for All Hallows' Eve....
....waiting to turn back the clocks (I always feel like I get an extra hour of sleep...but wait, I no longer sleep, so what do I care??)
...waiting for the moon to be full (a Hunter's Moon and a "blue" moon to boot since we already had one full moon this month)....

....waiting for the election to be over....

....and waiting for 2020 to be over.  (Something tells me I am going to regret that last one though...because as bad as it is, we know it CAN get worse....)

I am not quite done decorating yet but, at this "point," it's a bit "pointless" I will likely call it done....Unless the snow goes away so I can finish up outside.
For some reason, I feel like I have to have at least some decorations outside for the trick-or-treaters that don't come....

So, here's yet more Halloween:


{Dolls by Kimberly Bouffard....They didn't always reside here, but one naughty kitty has a penchant for chewing on wee clay legs and feet.....)



{Yes, I know "maker's" is not grammatically correct...but the person I paid to make the sign obviously didn't....}




{Punchneedle mat on the wee-est little picnic basket I have ever seen....which was a gift from my "good twin" Lauren of Rugs and Pugs....Thank you again "Sissie" 😉}


{"All Nite Long" is actually a complete sheet music piece I had framed...}


{Vintage noisemakers...I usually display them in a divided tote, just like my twin, but thought I would change things up a bit this year.  Not sure I like it as well...and my tambourines don't stand a chance of fitting....}


{More dolls by Kimberly Bouffard (shhhh...kitty hasn't found these yet....) and cross stitched pinkeeps and pillow tucks.}

{What? Doesn't everyone have orange witches and Jack-o-lantern snowmen in their laundry room???}

There are many, many, more things I could photograph, but I don't want to make you tire of Halloween here.

I promise that this blog will be back to its "regular programming" soon.

Have a great new week ahead!

PS....Look what I found!  Hobgoblin grapes! I know some of you have had these for a several years already, but this is a first here in these parts!
Wow...they are everything everyone said they are!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

More Halloween....

Real original title, eh?
Well, I'm not feeling real "original" today.
What I wouldn't give to sleep like a normal person. sleep at ALL.

 But I digress.
I want to thank everyone for their gracious and kind comments on my previous post....and since there seemed no objection to seeing more Halloween, that's what you're getting.

{This actually IS new this crow one was getting a bit faded....}

There's really no rhyme or reason to how I'm decorating at this point.
As I said, I usually start with my papier mache jacks and apothecary cabinet, then it's what strikes my fancy...or, more likely, which tote I happen to grab.

{Ghoul Gal by Lisa Evans ~ Folk For All Seasons}

I have a bit of a rodent problem.  I just wish someone would tell my cat that they are already dead. Every time I look he has taken them.

{This is my little hearth witch}

It is very difficult to photograph in our house because of how it is configured.
There is a spiral staircase that goes between the living room and the hallway, and there are railings along the hallways, so it seems something is always "in the way" when it comes to photos but, hopefully, you get the idea.

{Sculpted witch on old wooden ironing Lisa Evans of Folk For All Seasons}

{This is at the top of the circular stairway.  Thanks to Lori Rippey of HomeSpunPrims for lending me the pattern.  It was by a pattern by Cheri Payne, a wonderfully talented artist who left us too young and I could find the pattern nowhere.}

{Boxes covered in vintage Halloween fabric}

{Kitchen...The pieces on either side of the refrigerator are again by Lisa Evans of Folk For All Seasons. Hmmmm...I sense a theme here LOL}

{Mohair Bear by Lori Ann Corelis of The Spotted Hare}

{"Scaredy Cat"....Freebie pattern by Lisa Bowles....and hooked by the ever-talented and gifted Lauren from Rugs and Pugs .  I loved it...and her finish on much that I cajoled, begged and pleaded for her to sell it.}

And speaking of hooking, look what I found!  My black jack mat with the braided edge!  Somehow it didn't end up with all my other rugs and mats that were packed away during WWR ("When We Remodeled") and it's been MIA for the better part of 5 years.  And, no, I'm not going to tell you where I found it.

Now, if I could only find my hooking mojo.  But I guess that's ok because I have lots of decorating left to stay tuned for even more Halloween (unless by some miracle I finally fall asleep and sleep until then....)

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Something Lauren Said...and Something Saundra Said....

Ok....I just couldn't resist....and Saundra started it LOL.

In her post on Friday, Saundra mentioned something that Lauren (from Rugs and Pugs) said....and well, that got me thinking about other things Lauren said.

{My Halloween Kitchen Tree}

You can relax Lauren....I won't repeat those things.  😜

Ok...seriously now....  We were talking about Halloween decorations and how I had totes and totes, and if I were to decorate this year, I should get to it. 
Lauren said I should post photos when I did and I said that I don't change things up much from year to year.... I have decorations that I love and they usually go in the same place every year and I was pretty sure people had pretty much seen everything I have already.
Lauren replied that I should do it anyway because if most people were like her, they likely wouldn't remember.

Well, I am off to a late start - I usually like to have things done by the first of October so I have at least a whole month to enjoy it while I watch spooky shows and read scary books.  (Or is watch scary shows and read spooky books???)  But I have made a start and thought, in honor of Lauren, I would share some of what has gone up so far.
(And if you aren't like Lauren...and me...and do remember seeing these before, just skip over this post please LOL...and please don't take offense that we assumed you had forgotten.)  😉

One of the first things to go up is my collection of vintage papier mache jack-o-lantern lanterns.  Yes, they actually put candles in these and lit them....that's why not many survived...and why it is rare to find them with the tissue face inserts in tact.  I do put battery operated tea lights in many/most of them so they light up at night.

Of course there are many repros done now, but I like the old.  (If you are interested in knowing how to tell a repro from the real deal, I did a post about it several years ago....I think.)

{I also have a rare black cat one which went MIA during WWR...and it hasn't been located even yet. Makes me sick.}

Some mini papier mache jacks in a mini pie safe:

Usually the next thing that goes up is my witch's apothecary:


I think the rest of the photos are pretty self-explanatory, so I'll spare you the narrative.

{Fresh bittersweet!!!}

{In my laundry room}



{Also in the laundry room....The embalming fluid crate and the undertaker sign in the picture with the papier mache Jack-o-Lanterns came from the same undertaker's estate.  The tins to the right are old "Shadowland Candy" tins.... I LOVE them, but they're not easy to find.}






{I have a little strand of rice lights wound in and about the shoes that light up at night.}

That's it for now....a start.  I hope to be able to finish up the inside this week and hope the ground isn't too frozen to do some of what I usually do outside.  If you didn't get too glassy-eyed with all the photos, I will post more if/when I get it up.

AND...if you've made it this far (Saundra?) and were wondering what it was Saundra said well what she said was what she said she said to Lauren....which was that she had never hooked and stuffed a pumpkin.

And I was tickled to finally be able to say I have done something she hasn't LOL.

Somewhat pathetic and certainly not even remotely in the same class as Lauren's hooked pumpkins, but in my defense, he was hooked years and years ago LOL.

Kind of anti-climatic, eh?

Stay well and safe my friends.

PS:  In previous posts I have gotten several comments and/or questions to which I have not been able to respond because the person asking the question is a "no reply" blogger.  Obviously, it's your choice to be "no reply," but just thought I'd mention it in case you were wondering why you haven't heard from me.  The names that I am recalling now as "no reply" are:  Winnie, Susan Hemann (although I do have your email Susan), Constance (Mystic Woos Primitives), Heritage Hall, and Nicki.  Also, Catherine ("diamondc") - I am not able to respond to you either, but not because you are no reply.  I get an mail failure message??  My apologies.....