This October has flown by faster than any in my life. I feel like it was just last weekend that I wrote about our annual decorating day, but Halloween is now upon us (and of course, I'm not finished with costumes.)
One of the many things I love about our borough is its enthusiasm for Halloween. I don't know if this is just a general trend, or if it's something unique to this locale, but every third house is fully decked out in Halloween decorations. This is much to the enjoyment of my chicks who spend every car ride, bus ride, and walk looking for the houses with "the Halloweenie." If we happen to enter a non-festive neighborhood, Bojey says repeatedly, in a very concerned voice, "I don't see any Halloweenie! I don't see any Halloweenie!"
I made the Harvest Candle Holders from The Magic Onions the other night. It was a spur of the moment decision, really. I had seen the images on the blog earlier in the day. Confronted at the grocery store with a display of bags filled with tiny pumpkins, my robot hand, set to autopilot, reached over and grabbed some to take home with us. I guess I am that impressionable; what a Gap ad does for some people, a crafty, earthy blog does for me. I see, I must try.
I didn't read the instructions because I figured it was pretty self-explanatory. And it was, except I made the holes in the pumpkins way too large. Being too lazy and too frugal to compost those pumpkins and start anew, I grabbed some of last Christmas's green playdough that is still occupying space in our art cabinet. I filled the holes with playdough and then inserted two tall candles. As a testament to how long I hang onto things, I have to tell you that I've had these candles since I was an undergrad. I'm now 34, and since acquiring them, I've moved from Michigan, to Georgia, and then to California, and then out of the country to Montreal. And still, I have the candles, unused until now.
On the one hand, it's a little absurd, but on the other hand, they were so perfect for this project! They melted in such a Halloween-y way. Ninna kept trying to pick the wax off the pumpkins, and while I'm sure it would have been very satisfying for her, I wouldn't let her because I liked the way it looked.
Today was our trial-run for Ninna's Halloween costume. Her little preschool was having a dress-up day, and the kids trick-or-treated at the offices in the building. In classic hen style, I was still sewing Ninna's shirt/dress up until the second we had to leave. While Ninna, Bojey, and the other little girl we take with us jumped on my bed, I sewed a rainbow playsilk onto an old, stained shirt to serve as the body of Ninna's "rainbow fairy" costume. It's a little bizarre, but it's rainbow-y, and she likes it.
I'd like to thank The Crafty Crow for featuring my DIY Skeleton Puzzle Set yesterday. I'm so honored! I assume you are familiar with The Crafty Crow, but on the off-chance that you're not, go on over. It's a collection of children's craft projects that's usually updated several times a day and contains a wealth of ideas. And welcome to my new readers, subscribers, and followers! I'm so happy to have you.
Have a Happy Halloween-y Weekend!