When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween. ~Author Unknown
Last sleep before the big night...still scrambling for ideas? Here are some quick and cute ones I found in my attempts to make something for Noah...
Raining cats and dogs...too cute!
Love this and so easy.
We did Santa beards for our holiday shot a few Christmas's ago and I always thought a knome would be cute. Friends did family costumes of the Reds and Blues from Knomeo and Julliet this year, can't wait to see the pics.
Be sure to share your costume ideas...I found these dandies on Pinterest.
Recipes to come, I've had a full house of company and have done lots of baking and cooking. Zonkered...but for now just sharing a quick image from this weeks family session that's too cute not to share.
It only took a few bedtimes to plow through Sophie Kinsella's book The Undomestic Goddess.
It's fluffy but fun and light and Sophie has a charming British voice that brings nice life to her writing. I am not a fan of the Shopaholic books...they seemed a bit too whiney and foolish for my frugal self. I do love cooking and gardening and Samantha Sweeting was an easy character to feel compassion towards and adore. I found it absolutely impossible not to fall head over heels for Nathaniel, her English gem of a beau. Read it and you'll know what I mean.
Last night I started into the Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton...I am only a couple chapters in but already I am smitten, it's a great read to clear your mind and whisk you away to enchanting places.
I saw that Kate Morton has a series of these books and I think I just might have found my November reads.
Have you read The House at Riverton or The Distant Hours?
A nice fire, a cozy blanket, a glass of wine and a good book at the end of the night is my autumn bliss.
p.s. both these reads are available via my Chapters/Indigo link for under $10...with free shipping. All my sponsors comissions are going to be a little Christmas bonus for our World Vision sponsored child Kienlee.
Feeling slightly plum crazy these days. This is two of the four batches I did. The freezer is also plum full with frozen plums for cakes and there is a small cluster left for eating in the fridge. My friend Joy was kind enough to let us raid her tree once she had her fill and I am sure we picked at least 50 pounds.
We gave some away and I tackled as many as I could. I preserved some with less sugar and left them slightly chuncky for savoury dishes...they are delish on warm goat cheese. Then lots got jammed with the standard recipe from the Certo package less a cup of sugar.
I keep thinking of that part in Night At the Museum when the Easter Island stone head says : "Hey Dumb Dumb give me gum gum!" except of course these days we say: "Hey Dumb Dumb give me Plum Plum!".
What are you canning and jamming this year?
I did some pears too this past weekend but I still haven't made pear jam and we love pear jam. For now I am still plum tuckered out and I am going to wait until our wave of company is over and my family sessions slow down...the autumn colours and afternoon sun is too lovely to miss out on now.
Normally my house would be very Halloweenie by now, I LOVE to decorate for All Hallows Eve.
So far this year not a single thing is out and up. Busy days have dampened my spirit I suppose. The itch is starting though, and tomorrow I am going to pull out the spooky bins. Planning to give the boys free reign to do some decorating and put out my favorite treasures.
With the big night being only a week away I was feeling the need to get inspired. Here are some images that get my inner-monster mojo going...
I have one of these huge jars (you can get them at Walmart) it's great for punch, goodies and offers endless decorating possibilities...it's a bugger to store though! A creepy bones set up is a brilliant use.
I am a huge sucker for anything sort of vintage-y and I love the idea of these paper decorations.
What a nifty idea...old trays are easy finds at thrift shops and they need not be real silver to work with the blackboard paint...just give them a light sanding where you will paint to rough them up a bit and help the paint adhere well.
Hubbie is a major party pooper when it comes to planning costumes and such but I think this combo is something we can easily pull off with items we have at home. We won't be nearly so chic but you'll probably see us sporting a version of this at local Halloween soirees this year.
Thanks to my beloved Pinterest for the shot of creative energy. If you thought facebook was internet crack you have no idea how dangerous Pinterest can be for a visual junkie like moi. Drop me a line if you want an invite to join the swoonfest and say goodbye to bedtimes anytime before 12 am for weeks to come!
Sometimes it's nice to stay in my happy, slightly oblivious bubble. It's just easier.
This week I posted about a song our family loves on facebook called Pumped up Kicks by Foster the People thinking it was just an innocent fun pop song. It gets our whole clan a shaking and singing to the main parts. I could never really get the words they were saying at the end of the sentences hence the whole 'oblivious' part of this story.
Lucky for me an ever so wise friend sent me a link via facebook with the lyrics which I kinda awful and rather disturbing. It's a song that seems to be written to raise awareness on school shootings. This is not a nice, light family song!
My boys are still in their naive bubble and I am in a dilemma whether to tell them the lyrics and explain or let them stay ignorant. What would you do?
Read on and let me know your brilliant thoughts please...
Robert's got a quick hand He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan He's got a rolled cigarette, hanging out his mouth, he's a cowboy kid Yeah, he found a six shooter gun In his dad's closet, it was box of fun things, and I don't even know what But he's coming for you, yeah, he's coming for you, wait
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun (we always sing faster than my brother at the end as we couldn't hear the words properly! duh) All the other kids with the pumped up kicks You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet All the other kids with the pumped up kicks You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun All the other kids with the pumped up kicks You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
Daddy works a long day He'd be coming home late, yeah, he's coming home late And he's bringing me some surprise 'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice I've waited for a long time Yeah the slight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger I reason with my cigarette And say "your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits," yeah...
Looking forward to hearing your opinions. It's back to Jack Johnson and Fred Penner for us! lol
Taking 12 boys to paintball today for Noah's birthday...as long as everyone shows I am free to not play...if not I am sure to pee my pants at least once and sprout a fresh crop of springy grey hairs!
p.s. I know it's eco-Friday...sorry. I'll find something nice and green to write about soon and make up for it.
The perfect autumn corn field, backed by rolling golden hills.
Several lovely families, and an empty memory card and a snap happy finger are anxiously waiting and wishing for a vintage sofa to use for a day.
Anyone in the Lavington area have one of these they wouldn't mind sharing for a day?
Or even better this?
Or heck I'll even settle for this...
Fall family mini sessions are in the works. I have a couple spots left for when we find this missing piece of my holiday card vision....let me know if you and yours want a spot on the couch. It will be $150 per clan.