Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Visit to Naumkeag

My husband and I took a trip up to the Berkshires in Massachusetts a few weeks ago to take in the Fall colors (what little there are this year) and to visit the Pumpkin Trail at the historic house and gardens called Naumkeag. I'd been wanting to visit the late 19th century house for some time and when I saw that they we're having a Pumpkin Trail I figured that would be the perfect introduction.

What I didn't get from the advertisement which said there would be woodland creatures on the trail to interact with was that the walk was really for families with children under 12 years old. Ha! My husband and I were a bit out of place. Guides led you on a walking tour of the grounds and you stopped to interact with people dressed in wild animal costumes who explained their habitat. It was amusing, but not what I expected. Despite that, it was a great introduction to the property and the setting was gorgeous. I hope my photos do it justice.

It had rained early in the day and as the sun was setting it came in and out of clouds.

We were greeted by cows as we walked up the hill to the house

There is something about pumpkins lined up in a row that I just love. Show me a picket fence with pumpkins on it and I'm in heaven! Maybe this will give you a few idea for your front yard?

Friday, October 19, 2018

Our Halloween Back Porch

I'm still putting the Halloween finishing touches on our back porch, but I thought I'd go ahead and share what it looks like so far. Our back porch is where most people enter the house. The window curtains are actually mantle cloths I got at JoANN Fabrics on sale several years ago and just sewed some ribbons on them to attach to the knobs at the windows. The witch hanging from the ceiling was an acrobat last year (see the photo here) but since we're have a witch themed Halloween Open House this year I gave her a cape and a broom.

By the way, the awesome bird cage was a tag sale find by my husband who got it for $30 and surprised me with it. It was white, but a can of spray paint brought it to life (death?)

Sometimes my husband and I are actually industrious. He made the benches using crib mattresses for the cushions. I cover them with crib sheets for easy cleaning. The cats love to lay there. He also made the awesome spinning chalkboard wheel that we have a lot of fun with. I made the hanging tent from sheets, curtains and a hoo-la-hoop.  The skeleton birds hold a sign saying "Nevermore" that I glued from printed letters onto ribbon.

These are the beautiful mantle scarves I picked up for about $5 each. Watch for those end of the season sales!

I love collecting bird houses and this one was a real find at the Brimfield Flea Market. I purchased it for only $30 too! It's a little rickety, but that makes it even spookier. 

Hope you like it, and as always, if you're in my neighborhood stop by for a spell!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Fantasmical World

I have to admit I'm on Etsy and the web searching out awesome Halloween artists to share with you everyday. I'm still surprised when someone shares an artist with me that I haven't seen before that I really love.  A friend sent me a link to the artist Rhode Montijo who is an illustrator and writes children's books. I'm in love with his work! Check out his website The Fantasmical World of Rhode Montijo for information about him and his books. He has a shop on Etsy too called Rhode Montijo.

Werewolf Signed Print
Halloween Print!
Team Halloween
It's Always Halloween
Top Hat Jack Pin
Halloween Blessing
Montijo really is fantasmical! And whimspookal too. And I thought I was done making purchases this month....

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Outside Halloween Decorations!

Can you believe we're only two weeks away from Halloween! I think the front of our house is ready to show you, but I know I'll be tweaking here and there as the days go by. It never ends really does it?

The Flames
The most significant feature of our Halloween decorations is "The Flames." We made them out of plywood 13 years ago and they could use some paint retouch. We have to put them up every year or the neighbors complain. Yes, they complain if we don't put them up.  

Lovely Assistant, Rachel
This year we had assistance putting up our decorations from our friend, Rachel. She did two things really well: she brought beer with her and she kept my husband and I from bickering the entire time. She was instrumental in how much we enjoyed it this year.

The Devil
The Devil also came to "help," but as expected, he was a slacker and mostly just caused trouble.

Gentleman Crow
Of course, Gentleman Crow is always reliable as the door greeter and bouncer when the crowd gets out of control. Kitty and Pumpkinhead are also a big help with that.

If everything goes right, it all comes together. The eyeball banner is something that I made and you can see it in more detail at The All Seeing Eye Banner.  My husband has a love-hate relationship with it because he has to climb out the window and onto the roof to hang it. That doesn't sound difficult unless you have historic windows that often don't want to cooperate. Fortunately Rachel charmed them and they opened and closed with no problem.

Ta Da!
I have to admit that not much changes year from year, but that's what makes it a tradition. I know Halloween is really here when everything is put in it's place. As the last flame is secured, I can feel the magic. 

If you live in the area and see our house, stop in for a spell!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Paper Maché Halloween!

You'll need to act fast if you see something you like from Scaredy Kat Studio because today is the last day to order for Halloween! Artist Kathleen Littlefield is suspending sales in order to take her work to a festival. I'm a big fan of paper maché pieces. They rate way higher on my list than cold, heartless resin.

Mini Frankenstein
Jar with Skull Lid
Jar with Devil Lid
Jar with Pumpkin Lid
Party Crow Upcycle
Mini Owl
I love the bright colors and folk-art feel to these pieces. And, they're priced to move!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Grumpy Witches

Bethany Lynn McCotter creates the most expressive witches I have seen. Many of them look like they could be someone's grumpy grandmother.  They look less scary than annoyed that you're not eating the food that they cooked. These witches definitely want to fatten you up! I own one of McCotter's witches and I can attest to the beautiful details of her dolls. Her shop is filled with Halloween items but once these are gone there won't be anymore till next Halloween.  Don't delay.

Halloween Witch Art Doll
Halloween Witch Art Doll
Skeleton Tassel Decoration
Pumpkin Head Art Doll
Witch on A Bird Cage
Crow Skull Tassel
Buy one of McCotter's dolls in honor of your grandmother this Halloween. Maybe you should buy one for your grandmother!