Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grim Stitch Factory


This is just awesome!!  I love the work that Grim Stitch Factory does.  Check their links at the bottom of the page.



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Grim Stitch Factory

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alcohol doesn't solve anything. Neither does milk...

I've been locked out of my blog for quite a while.  Drove me nuts!  Yahoo changed how I could log-in.  I have always logged in with Google.  So, I had to remember my Yahoo account info.  Now, I have the most insane "User Name" that Yahoo assigned to me.  That gave me access to my Flickr account.  Still no access to my blog.

Next in line is Google.  I was denied access and directed to contact the domain administrator.  I believe that's actually me.  I did contact Cableone.  They seem to be the only one with a phone number for tech support.  They did give me a number for Google.  That number and all the options (press 1, 2, etc.) direct you to their website for help.  After several hours, days of frustration, and throwing my hands up; here's what I learned.  I did not have a Google account and  I did have a Google account.  I read all the forums.  I asked numerous questions.  I read complicated solutions.  I drank wine.  I cursed.

Next I try Blogger.  No access for me.  I read all the forums.  I asked numerous questions.  I read complicated solutions.  I drank more wine.  I cursed and used sign language.

I kept thinking it cannot be this hard.  I have Blogger one day and the next I don't.  It cannot be that hard.  It has got to be something simple.

Back to Google.  I search the website for anything in the form of help.  I just start clicking at anything and everything on their site.  I'm getting distracted, bored, and click on the Google Webstore.  When everything else fails....go shopping.  In the Google Webstore I find I can buy or get free apps.  One of the free apps is Blogger.com.  I check the box for Blogger.com.  Guess what?  I'm back in my blog!  I pump my arms in joy. I drank wine.  I cursed.

Here's to perseverance....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Full-size broom vs sub-compact broom....

 I started hanging the witch brooms last year.  This year I have a fascination with the witch broom mini (sub-compact) version.  I'm thinking for the long Halloween night ride a witch would choose the standard version.  Maybe for a very short trip to replenish frog legs...a sub-compact.





Saturday, November 16, 2013

Witchy...

This beauty is my inside witch.  She looks over my shoulder as I answer the door.  I love that her head turns at random.  I love that she creeps out the UPS guy.  I only put her away yesterday.  

I wanted to do an exercise on photo composition.  The cauldron of poisoned apples seemed like a good thing to practice composition on.  That exercise made me hungry...










Friday, November 15, 2013

Video by the neighbor...

We have a neighbor that took a video/photos of our home during Halloween.  He came over knocked on the door, handed a DVD to the Mister, said he made this for us, and turned to leave.  The Mister stopped him and chatted and told him I would be thrilled.  I am THRILLED!  There was a man on Halloween that was everywhere taking photos of everything....everything.  I am so humbled that a stranger would do this for us.

The beginning of this video is of Harrison Blvd.  It is the historic street that is THE place to be on Halloween. The homeowners on Harrison Blvd generally get 1200+ TOTs.  We had 334 and I am in love with that!  At about :24 the video is of our house in the daylight and then Halloween night.  I can't tell you how much this means to me.  It's a pretty good video and I never seem to have the time to do this.  I generally don't see the kids and people outside because I'm busy with the TOTs.  It warms my heart to think someone...someone out there appreciates what we do for one night of total Halloween fun.

I made a Pumpkin Banana Bread for my neighbor as a "Thank You".  The Mister pointed out the house and away I went.  I was effusive in my thanks and he was gracious in his praise and excitement over our haunt on Halloween.  Nice to meet a neighbor I haven't met before.

I hurry home and relate to the Mister about meeting our very kind neighbor.  Here's the kicker.  Our neighbor is NOT the man I saw taking so many photos and videos.  I'm thinking I need to bake another Pumpkin Banana Bread or maybe....lock the doors.





Thanks to my neighbor.............

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Halloween Night...


Halloween Night ~ perfect chill in the air  ~ perfect hint of cotton candy drifting in the breeze ~ screams ~ laughs
It's what we wait all year for.










I'll post a few more photos over the next few days.

2013 is over and it was.........so worth it.....

Halloween 2013 is over and it was worth all the work, all the effort, all the rush, rush, rush.  This week I would love to post some photos.  We always have company stay with us for the Halloween week.  It's such a blast.  I wouldn't have it any other way and that means that the photos come later....after the fun!  This is a chalkboard we added this year.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hats off...

I am in love with the hanging witch hats!  Add the orange lighting.......be still my heart!!







Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bones...

We had a minor glitch trying to get these skeletons to stay in position.  Remember that word...position.  I went out later to check the position.  The one on the right had fallen over and it's head was in the lap of his friend on the left.  I cracked up.  Then I sighed, set him back up, and I'm hoping we don't get turned into the HOA...........sigh.

Happy! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Psycho Path...

We have a brand new neighbor!  He got up early the other morning to take the trash out to the curb.  When the motion sensor went off guess what he saw?!  Yup!  Welcome to the hood!  First successful Halloween scare of 2013!

Gotta love motion sensors



Two neighbor girls were trying to sound out "psycho".  They tried.  They tried hard.  They finally asked. They look at me and say, "You could have just left off the "P".  Why, yes!  I guess I could have.  What was I thinking.  Phonetics at work...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Repairs...

I'm making some minor repairs to the tombstones before they go outside.  For the most part I'm pleased with the foam tombstones I've made but.....  They are a little tender in the wind, in storage, in the not-so-tender hands of installation, etc.  I've always just painted the foam but I'm wondering if the monster mud application on foam makes them a little more durable.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Working on an idea...


I have a small ambition.  I have a beginning of an idea.  I'd like to try my hand at incorporating still photos with very tiny video clips.  So begins practice, practice, practice...








video




Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Beginning...

It's been such a year.....let's begin again.....with something that makes sense to me...

Candlelight...




Monday, March 11, 2013

A costume this year...

Normally, I don't wear a costume.  My thought process was:  if some terrified little TOT'r finally makes it to the door I don't want to send them over the edge by a costume.  My youngest son as a 4 year old came running, screaming "scary monkey" down a driveway with a neighbor in a gorilla suit running after him yelling I'm so sorry!  It was funny.  It was traumatic.  It was memorable.  It was classic Halloween!

BUT, I found the most amazing vintage tutu, petticoat, crinoline girl-thing!!  The latex wings I found a few years ago and I do wear them each year.  I love my wings but haven't exploited their scary factor. (You know, that quiet neighbor, kind to children, with a dark side and a body-sized freezer in the garage.)  There is a first time for everything and this is the year for a costume!   I'm thinking striped stockings, some bling, a top, some spats, etc.  You do understand that me in a tutu isn't quite a 3 on the scare-o-meter??

Latex wings & girl thing


Love the wings

Ooooooo baby...
Full dark...

Witchy...