Pumpkins: Paint or Carve ?

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  journal entry:   We took pumpkins with us when we went for a visit. And paints. And glitter spray. And glow-in-the-dark paint. Mom had painting shirts handy and dad set up a table in the driveway. I poured the paint onto paper plates and stood back. Some children hurry when they paint and some […]

Halloween Garland

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journal entry: Spooky stuff is really fun. Simple spooky stuff is even more fun. I cut these shapes with my Silhouette Cutting Machine. Spiders. Pumpkins. Bats. Cats.     I used my tiny hole punch to punch two holes in each piece. Then, I threaded a flexible black floral wire through the holes.  Here and […]

Happy Halloween to the Neighbors

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EAT, DRINK AND BE SCARY ! -Unknown- journal entry: Most holidays contain too much sugar.  Not the holidays but the holiday food.  I try to be a little early in taking things around.  Just to be kind to stomachs and to parents who are frantic to avoid another sugar buzz.  Generally the frosting is where […]

Come In for a Spell !


“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” -JK Rowley from Harry Potter- journal entry: This little witch wants you to come in for spell.  Wonder what kind of spell?  She is cute.  Don’t remember where she came from but I suspect that it was love […]

Years and Years of Spooky Things

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“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen; Voices whisper in the trees:  Tonight is Halloween.” -Unknown- journal entry: I am quite sentimental about a lot of things.  I have collected a few Halloween decorations from “I don’t remember where.”  It can be hard to figure out what to keep over a lifetime.  When I […]

Painting Pumpkins

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“Grandpa, look at our hands.  They’re the same !” -Holden and Grandpa Painting Pumpkins- journal entry: It is October.  Pumpkins are ready.  All are harvested and lined up in the garden.  Children have opinions about pumpkins.  Once they have picked their favorites, I get out the paint and the glitter glue.  Grandpa remains in charge […]

Funky Fluffy Fancy Trick-or-Treat Bag


“At the first cock crow the ghosts must go back into their graves below.” -Author Unknown- journal entry: I know that this a world of blog tutorials.  I can’t make tutorials because I am just making it up as I go.  I can share ideas.  I can keep track of my own ideas.  That is […]

Tiny Pumpkin Person


“If the pumpkin fits – wear it.” -Anyone- journal entry: I didn’t have a blog when I took these photographs of a new little pumpkin.  I don’t mean the orange pumpkin with the stem.  I mean the human one.  Even grandmas can take fun, staged photographs when a baby is involved.  Babies can’t object.  Well, […]