New to Me: Constellations on a Jack-o’-Lantern

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Inspiration

Husband and I do Halloween in a very minimal way in our house: usually we only carve a pumpkin, light candles and get ready for trick-or-treaters. Despite not growing up with Halloween, I love seeing what creative decorations and tips other people have shared.

Earlier in the month I was going through some of my notes and found this photo of a gorgeous Jack-o-‘lantern carved with constellations:

Martha Stewart Magazine Oct 2017 p107

Martha Stewart Magazine, October 2017, p. 107

It’s from the October 2017 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine. Apparently they used a LED light string and pushed into each hole an individual light as a star. No wonder they’re so bright. Very nice!

Happy Halloween to those celebrating!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

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This October, I’ve continued the gift bag project I started last month. In addition to roughly book-sized baggies I’ve tried a larger size for sweaters or other clothes. My thinking is that they could also be used as off-season storage bags or organizers for travel wear, for instance, and not just gift bags.

Personally I’ve really come to like stuffing my underwear and socks into small fabric bags when packing for a trip; they’re so much easier to handle in a larger bunch. Confinement into a baggie also prevents them from being scattered all over in the luggage should the ride be bumpy.

Here are three of the small prototypes:

Gift Bag Prototypes 3 Small Ones

October is undeniably a fall month here in New England. It’s time to start putting the garden to bed, although every year I am re-astonished of how long the growing season continues. Husband and I’ve enjoyed the season. We visited a farmstand to get some bulk supplies…

Farmstand Fall Pumpkin Display

Farmstand Apple Selection

…and pickled our own cukes:

Pickles Done

Although early October was cloudy, we have also had sunny days. The bees are still out, but chipmunks seem to have retired for their winter hibernation.

October Wild Flowers

And Thursday is Halloween! Are you ready for trick-or-treaters?

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Picking away at the scrap piles and selecting bright colors has been such a relief from the dark, gloomy, rainy October days. Fortunately there haven’t been too many of those.

Another Rainbow Project5 Oct 2018

These pieced and lined rectangles measure roughly 8” x 10” or 26 x 21 cm, and make a rainbow continuum intended as a wall art set. They can, of course, also be hung singly. I should be able to list them on Etsy early November.

In fact, I liked the result so much I’m considering scaling them up for a set of striped rainbow continuum placemats. (A bit like my rainbow placemat prototypes.)

Unfortunately, a chronic condition flare-up and various appointments have significantly slowed me from late spring onwards, but this month was the worst so far. My goal for the remainder of 2018 is to get it under control again and return to normal.

My second priority is to minimize the effects of my ill health for shoppers. I will continue to ship orders and respond to queries as soon as possible. I will also make sure I update my Etsy shop with the latest, most accurate processing times.

Even so, as exigencies are quite possibile, I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

In our corner of Massachusetts, early October can still feel very summery.

October Butterfly

However, the latter half of October is when fall really starts feeling like fall. The leaves turn, nature is settling down for the winter…

View of October Trees over Lake

…except…

Last of Our Zucchini for 2018

…we keep getting zucchini from our garden! 😀

How has your October been?

Online Finds: Gilded Insect Cookies for Halloween

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Food & Drink, Stunt Double

We do Halloween in a very minimal way in our house. I do, however, love seeing what creative decorations and tips other people have shared. This year, Claire’s gilded cookies top it all:

The Simple Sweet Life Claire Gilded Insect Cookies

Claire at The Simple Sweet Life.

How elegant! And such detail – wow. Learn more from the tutorial by Claire at The Simple Sweet Life.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Happy Halloween!

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I was scrolling through old photos looking for something else when I came across this Halloweeny picture:
Griffin Helmet Fitting Nat Mus Denmark

It’s a griffin-shaped metal item, probably a helmet fitting. It was found in Roman period Denmark, 2nd to 3rd century, and is currently in the collection of the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. Photo by Husband.

Happy Halloween to those celebrating!

Discoveries: Take Back Halloween!

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Stunt Double, Thumbs Up

Take Back Halloween is a costume guide for women. In their words:

“We’re a resource guide: we come up with the costume designs, explain what you’ll need to pull off the look, and provide links to where you can buy the various components. […]

“We love Halloween. We really love Halloween. We think it’s cool that there’s one day a year when people can dress up as anything they want. What we don’t think is cool is that increasingly women are only supposed to dress up as one thing: “Sexy _____” (fill in the blank). Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cowgirl, Sexy whatever. […]

“There’s nothing wrong with sexy (for adults), and if you want to go that route, fine. Have fun! We just want there to be other options as well.”

I couldn’t agree more – options are always good, since we’re not made in one single mold. And they run a costume contest!

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Take Back Halloween!

What we’re looking for: costumes that fit into our own costume categories here on the website. That means a goddess or mythological figure, a great queen, a notable historical person, or a glamorous star.”

Make sure to have a look at the previous winners – they are awesome!

What interests me in all this are the historical women (queens, notable women) and goddesses or mythological characters. Even browsing quickly, they seem to have a variety of options.

Take Back Halloween is the first venture from the Real History Project, which was conceived in 2010 by Suzanne Scoggins.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

These Star Wars Group Costumes Are Awesome

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!, Stunt Double

Liz Stanley at Say Yes shared a Star Wars style, easy-on-the-wallet (and nerves) approach to Halloween costumes:

Say Yes star-wars-costume

Star Wars group costumes. Photo by Ashley Thalman / Say Yes.

Perfect for Halloween: evocatives outfits that are easy to create almost entirely by using everyday items. Sometimes it’s the whole that matters more than individual details. Great job!

Credits: models Aaron, Kayti and little Monroe Oldham; photography by Ashley Thalman; styling by Sarah Larsen; production by site manager Ashley Aikele; creative direction by Liz Stanley at Say Yes.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.