“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl





Friday, September 19, 2014

Three Muses Challenge

The Three Muse challenge this week is ROSES.
I'm always in a Halloween mood, so mine is a little on the dark side:)


All elements from here .

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Haunted Humpday IV

 BOO!
Did I scare you??
I hope you're ready for our next installment of


It's been a strange week...
Friday started with the normal heat and sun
then around 4 in the afternoon
a huge clap of thunder 
scared us...
then the rain started, heavy then heavier...
but get this...other than a small grayish cloud the sky was clear!
See how weird the raindrops look?
the sun is hitting them cause it's shining!



I've never seen the rain come down so hard
from a relatively clear sky before.
The whole mood of the day changed for me after that.



 Once it got dark the lights flickered a few times then
went out.
We lit candles
and made cocoa..

aren't these cute?





I took out a few of my favorite books


They're really fun and kid friendly.

Of course as soon as the lights are off
my little one starts
asking me to tell spooky stories..
so I oblige, haha!

In the book I talked about last week
Baleful Beasts & Eerie Creatures,
there's another story in there that is really good.
It's called


It's about a little girl that 
moves into the neighborhood with her family.
While her mom and dad are running back and forth
between the old house and the new house,
She receives a package for the creepy old lady 
down the street.
All of the neighbors suspect that the old woman is evil.
There's a warning written on the box:
KEEP OUT OF SUNLIGHT!
her curiosity gets the better of her &
she opens up the package.
inside is a horrible, dead, dried up creature about an inch tall.
It's so ugly she can't tell if it's human or animal.
She is so repulsed she drops the opened box in the front hall.
In full sunlight.
After she recovers from the shock
of seeing something so disturbing
she returns to the package so she can
wrap it back up.
The creature is gone.
Just then, the old lady
knocks on the door asking for the parcel.
 The little girl lies and says 
she's not received anything.
After warning the girl
about how dangerous 
the package contents are,
she leaves.
 The little girl continues searching frantically for it
but it's nowhere to be found,
Then....
she sees a shadow in the living room,
thinking it's a cat that got in the house somehow
she runs to catch it..
it could, after all, find the 'thing' and rip to shreds.
But she comes face to face with the creature from the box..
it's about a foot tall and seems to be growing.
she runs upstairs, but then realizes that she needs to get out of the house,
while trying to escape out the back door
she is cornered by the monster
so she hides in the basment.
It follows her in there and she can hear it sniffing around the boxes and old furniture.
The creature has grown very large by this time, at least taller than her father!
Somehow she gets out through a loose window.
She can see the lights on in the neighbor's house since it has grown dark by now. 
 Her pounding on the front door and cries for help are answered
by the old woman...
She drags the girl inside and tells her that since she knows
about the monster she cannot be allowed to leave again.
The old lady throws her into a room and locks the door.
The creature which has grown to at least 9 feet tall
is waiting for her.


I guess the moral of the story is, don't open your neighbor's mail, haha!



Once the lights turned back on
we made a few little 
spooky buddies:)


The pumpkin and zombies
are pretty much just socks
stuffed and painted...
Helena had a lot of fun.

 


The bats are black socks
with stiff black felt wings
attached with a little hot glue.
Googly eyes and white felt teeth
complete the look.
you can hang them upside down
around your house.
If you get the socks at the dollar store
you can make a whole colony
to hang in the corner.





I bought this lithograph card at walmart
I thought you might like to see it.



Creepy right?
 

Oh look at how neat these are!!


$6.99 at Walgreens!
I'll make some for next week:)

I just completed this mixed media painting..


 
 
 
 
I'll put her in my very neglected shop soon.
 

As zombie filled as this post seems to be
I'm not as into them as some people are..
I don't read books on them or practice for the alleged Zombie apocalypse.
(some people really do that!)
But I have had some really ugly dreams.

This dream is pretty disturbing so if you don't want to read it,
please feel free to skip past it.
 
 
 
In this dream (I had it about 2 years ago) I was with my dad.
We were on our way to a wake.
The hallway that led to the viewing room was miles long...
The carpet was a deep maroon.
when we finally arrived my uncle
was lying on a table that was covered in red fabric.
He wasn't in a coffin, just on top of the table.
I was terrified.
Nothing was strange or odd..other than the missing coffin.
As we approached the corpse
my fear intensified.
We were behind a couple...a man and his mother, it looked like.
They stood in front of the body...
the man reached down and touched my uncle's arm.
Suddenly my uncle sat up and bit the man on the chest...
he wouldn't let go.
The man kept trying to pull away but he could not.
The sounds the corpse was making were horrifying.
I could see it's eyes...they were completely black, no whites at all.
I grabbed my dad and ran...knocking people down, stepping on whoever
was in our way.
Everyone in there seemed to be unaware of what had just happened.
once we got outside I started driving home as fast as I could.
We arrived at a bridge and I could see far over the town.
There was pandemonium.
Cars on fire, smoke everywhere, people staggering about with parts bitten off..
and we were trapped.
No way of moving through the town and no way back either..
As I began to panic I woke up.
 
Told you it was ugly.
 

Let's talk about the winner from last week's giveaway
It is....
congratulations!
this week's give away includes:
Pumpkin glasses, glittery rats and a small original piece of art!
 
 
Well I held out long enough,
I've started decorating the yard for Halloween!!
 
Vampire wreath...



Headless horseman's skeleton...

 
Ring around the pumpkin



Pumpkin jester...


 This guy moves and makes spooky sounds..
 


Front door greeter...



I'm not finished yet...I have to add bats and lights!




ready for our story??
good.

My best friend in junior high 
had a brother-in-law that swore this happened.

He and his younger brother went to visit
his great grandmother in a small town in mexico.
They had been there a few days
when their cousin suggested they go into town and have a few drinks.
Their great grandmother
didn't like the sound of this...it was a Sunday
and she felt it was very disrespectful of them to go drinking.
she said it was inviting evil. 
Well nobody listened to her.
some more cousins dropped by & a few uncles and they
all got in his truck and took off.
They had a pretty good time..all twelve of them,
lot's of tequila, loud music and dancing girls.
Evening fell and soon the bar was closing.
They all piled into his truck ready to get home and sleep off the effects of the alcohol.
The truck would not start..not matter what they tried the engine wouldn't turn over.
They decided that walking home would be the best thing to do.
It would be easy to come by tomorrow and tow it to a mechanic.
The walk home proved to be lively and full of laughter...
they were, after all, pretty drunk.
All except his younger brother...he didn't drink as much as everyone else.
Since the walk back was through a very rural area with no lights around, they
depended on the light of the moon to see their way around rocks, trees and bushes.
About halfway home, they happened to see a lone donkey in the middle of the path.
 They clamored to get on it..knocking each other down and laughing hysterically.
one by one they got on the donkey..
before long they realized that they were ALL on the donkey
at the same time.
The younger brother cried out in fear..when he did that, they all landed on the ground.
The donkey was no where to be seen.
They began to run home, terrified by what had happened..
every once in a while they could hear thrashing and crazed laughter in the tree branches above them.
The next day when they towed the truck to get repaired
they found out that the particular path they had taken was locally known as 
"Tormenta de demonios"
which translates to storm of demons..
no one ever used this path, even during the day!
 

 
Well, I hope you are all feeling extra spooky now:)
I know I am!!!
Happy Haunted Humpday!
 
PS...you can post your HH until Friday night...I  know how hectic things can get:)
Comments can come in until the following Tuesday to be eligible to enter the giveaway.
 
See you soon!!!   

 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Haunted Humpday lll

Welcome back!
It's the third Haunted Humpday already...
Time is really going quickly.



so what are you ghoulies doing to get ready for the holiday?
Something that really puts me in the Halloween mood
is creating something using Fall colors and elements.


This little witch has her very own sugar skull.



Don't worry, this spider isn't real!





I love getting greeting cards and framing them
if they're super cute..
Sometimes I'll use them in my artwork.
Found these two at the dollar store, 


This one reminded me of the Haunted Humpday button.

 
 This Candle seems to have the pattern too!


I love the scent also..Candy Corn:)


This metal spider was at Ross before I brought him home.


Look!a flashing eyed glitter skull!


 I adore this tiny ornament...She's the first thing I set out.





When I was in junior high 
I read 
The Amityville Horror.


I was truly terrified when I read it...
It's a book that graces my bookshelf
to this day and I occasionally re-read it,
But I always make sure Paul is in town
so I'm not alone when I stop reading for the night.



This book was in the library at my
Elementary school..
my sisters had checked it out
years before and I remember looking at the pictures
when they would bring it home
 I didn't know how to read yet, so the images became 
engraved in my mind.
Once I began school
I would check it out as often as I could


 Almost every story is scary..
but there's two or three that are
really good.
There's one in particular
called The Patchwork Monkey
that is very disturbing, for a children's book.



It begins with the creepy old lady down the block 
and her patchwork monkey doll..
She ends up giving the doll to 
a neighborhood boy.
The boy's older sister is jealous and tells
the little boy that all the patches on the doll
belong to the all the children the monkey has
killed over the years.
That night the parents leave the house
as a storm hits
When the lights go out
The doll terrorizes the little boy
and the older sister
Turns out the sister was right..
The story ends with the little boy
turning into the monkey.


You know..
I never ever had a monkey doll when I was little,
hard to believe huh? haha!



It's always fun to see the Halloween
baking goods...
It never fails to cheer me up, no matter what.
We had sooo much rain here yesterday that
the only thing we could think of to do was 
bake some cookies.




 While we were mixing and baking we put on this classic,
Love having on a spooky movie
and smelling something good in the oven..
you add torrential rain and I'm in heaven! 

This movie is pretty good,  
violent but not too inappropriate.



My husband used to ghost hunt 
for a living.
He was sent all over the world
to investigate places that were 
allegedly haunted.
One of the cases called for 
an investigation in 
an abandoned tuberculosis ward
 from the early 1900's
The story behind it is
that occasionally a young girl can be seen
near a staircase.
supposedly her father was a doctor there
and when she got ill he wasn't able to save her.


My husband took photos in and around the building.
When he put the pictures on his computer screen 
he got a closer look at the film and
he noticed a little figure sitting on some stairs..
can you see her?


What do you think about this?
The picture has not been altered at all.




It seems that as we get further into the season
I hear more and more things!
Things that go bump in the night, I guess..

If you joined us last year you read about how my house
is built on what used to be a graveyard.
My own grandfather worked for the city of Tucson
and he helped clear up the land here and relocate the deceased.
The main problem was that
a long time ago there wasn't a map to where 
everyone was..
He was sure that a lot of them were forgotten
somehow..
while all this was going on...coffins would break and spill
their contents occasionally, it was a major disruption.

As soon as the land was clear
homes started to get built
ours included.
When my parents were going to buy this house
my grandfather told them about the cemetery..
but they didn't really care.

It was after they kept seeing a 
woman in a long white gown
pass though the back gate and cross the yard
that they began to mind.

It was usually in the winter time
after a rain..
she would approach the back yard
go right through the fence
and walk over to the large mulberry tree in the corner.
Sometimes she appeared to hold a candelabra
 other times long strips of fabric.

My mother spoke to some of the neighbors
about this phenomenon,
an older lady ended up telling my mother the 
whole story.

This young lady was happily married 
but her beloved took ill and passed away not long after the wedding.
he was buried here, in the old graveyard..
she was so distraught, that she 
 hanged herself from the tree in the center of the cemetery. 





I never saw this apparition myself, 
 And I hope I never do.
 But sometimes
when I'm outside at night bringing in laundry
I think of the woman in the white dress.
And it takes everything I have not to run inside screaming, lol 

The winner for last week's prize is Spookiness 
congrats, you won a GHI T-shirt and some creepy decor!!

The new give away is this little table decoration..



and bottle decals!


I hope you enjoyed tonight's Haunted Humpday..
remember leave a comment and you will
be eligible to win!!

Have a magical week!
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