“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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Haunted Humpday IV

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:
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,
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....
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??

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!!!   



  1. Oh wow!!! Love all ur art and the stories this week are fab. Your posts always get me in the mood for this time of year :) I also did a post this week....Creepypasta http://tabithalenox.blogspot.com/2014/09/hauntedjeff-killer.html Happy Haunted Humpday everyone!

  2. Love your decorations Marfi! Thanks for all the haunted fun! I'm showing some Halloween atc's in this weeks post.

  3. Wow, that's awesome crazy weather you're getting there in the dessert! I would love rain. You're spooky tales are wonderful as always and those pumpkin socks are too cute. Happy Haunted Humpday my dear!


  4. Spooky treats and spooky streets, love it. I'm a pretty active dreamer also and often have to wake myself from nightmares. Thanks for the extension for Haunted Humpday , my lil {M} has been keeping me busy.

  5. I love your art and your vampire wreath. I understand that your nightmare must have been scary but I really liked that one too!

    I have nightmares all the time, but usually the more horrible kind; Like babies who brains are leaking out in the middle of a war zone, or people beating dogs to death and hanging them up in their front yard. Needless to say, I won't be writing about them anytime soon...

  6. Another terrific post of spooky stories and great craft ideas! I'm going to have to make some sock bats and pumpkins too, they're so cute. Sorry about your nightmare but it at least it made for a good story in a zombie sort of way. Happy HHIV!
    heres my post: http://calamitousbotanicus.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-mummy-etc-haunted-humpday-iv.html

  7. Your sock creatures are really cute!
    Now I am scared of little old ladies down the street!!
    I just decorated a lampshade for Halloween. I was buying Halloween fabric and at the checkout stand this lady showed me the darling lampshades she does for Halloween, all draped with fabrics and cute things so I went straight to the store. I will feature it later on my blog.
    My post


  8. Oh my gosh, Marfi -- I guess reading about your zombie dream wasn't a wise thing to do before going to bed... I wonder what kind of dream I am going to have tonight!

    The sock bats are sweet -- do you plan to make a whole colony of them? I really like your decorations, too.

    I hope to finally do a Haunted Humpday this week -- thanks so much for organizing this!

    Greetings from Germany
    and happy haunting,


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