Let the pumpkinheads unite - it's time for Halloween!
I just love decorating for All Hallow's Eve. Not the disgusting, bloody, gory kind of decorating that seems to be taking over the stores these days...just the fun, quirky, orange/black/white look that doesn't terrorize my little ones. I seriously can't take my kids down the Halloween isle in some stores because it's too offensive...yet another example of the effects of a culture desensitized to violence due to overexposure to it via the entertainment industry. But anyway, I digress...
There are bats in my dining room (eek!)...
About a month ago I kept finding the cutest Halloween things at Ross and HomeGoods, and so I succumbed and bought some things. I was going to hand-paint a bunch of Halloween-themed plates this year, but since we're in the middle of a house remodel and these things are so dang adorable (and inexpensive), I played consumer instead. I feel a little guilty for not doing a bunch of handmade stuff this year, but my life has been upside-down with all the moving we've done in the past 9 months...and I promise I'll post some great ideas for handmade ornaments soon! I have some fun sewing projects lined up too, hopefully I'll get those done this week.
I really like this cheery trio of plates above my dad's oak tree sculpture (he made it for us as a wedding gift). Soon the tree will be bedecked with little ghosties!
I finally finished framing these black-and-white monotypes that I made over a year ago...yeah! I made the frames from brick molding, which is available at Home Depot or equivalent. Before I cut the mitered pieces, Steve and I ran the sticks through the table saw to create a "lip" for holding the glass and mats. I'll try to remember to do a little tut for making frames sometime, it's hard to explain without photos.
I found a self-service framing facility on a nearby Army base, which was very exciting - I was able to cut the glass for a bunch of picture frames with their very handy glass cutting tool, instead of using a little hand cutter here at home. Hazel was with me for that trip, so I wasn't able to stick around long enough to use their mat cutters. I ended up doing that at home after the kiddos were all tucked in bed.
It's great to see my monotypes all framed up and on the wall - they were getting lonely being all boxed up for so long.
Polly Pumpkinhead and Gary Gourd are grinning with the widest of wishes for a Happy Halloween!
ps. Until I get all of this year's Halloween things posted, I invite you to check out last year's posts, starting with the Goulish Grub I made for a neighborhood Monster Bash. Lots of ideas for costumes, decorations, and food lurk in my October 2008 archives, so beware...