“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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy, Happy Halloween..The Great Pumpkin has landed!

Can you believe it's here already?
It's a bittersweet time for us.
ecstatic that it got here, sad that it's going away for so long.
We started the morning with

 (of course)

Then we started getting everything ready...
We had a great time at our 'Great Pumpkin Night' party.
We've been celebrating that for about twenty years or so..
There's food, sweets, movies, music and lot's of laughter..
Then at midnight, (after scary stories are told around a single candle) 
the Great Pumpkin himself drops off toys and plenty of candy.
The trick or treating comes to us! 

The movie we chose for tonnight was

 Which I really enjoyed.
afterwards there was a feast!
We had:
A spider cake:


These are brownie ghost pops,
they are fantastic!
all you need is regular brownie mix,
bake as usual.
when they cool off roll them up, like I did,, 
or use cookie cutters and insert a Popsicle stick.
melt white chocolate and cover the surface, add details with black icing.

We also had a variety of other foods with spooky names...
devil wings,
baby mummies,
witch pillows,
you get the picture..

Helena got an amazing purse filled, no, stuffed! with candy and goodies...
A scarf, bubbles, fangs, a tutu!

She even got a mood ring, which she has wanted for such a long time.

This is my treat bag ...
That's a silicone pencil bag!!

and this blanket!!!!

                                                                      It was the best!!

I want to thank everyone that stopped by, left a comment and played
on Haunted Humpday.
It has been such a wonderful Holiday.
I'm so grateful.
Stay safe but eat as much candy as you can!

PS ....
We had such a great time, I was wondering if you would want to come back next week and 
join us in celebrating a different holiday?
I'll let you know the details on Saturday!
see you soon!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Three Muses-Orange

The three muses
Challenge this week is Orange.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

T'was the week before Halloween...

Guess what?
This is our last Haunted Humpday!

It's gone by so quickly hasn't it? 
Have you done anything eerie/creepy/spooky to celebrate?
I've been trying to get as much of it in my life as possible because,
We have less than a week until

We made Halloween brownies!
We baked them as usual, then after they cooled off,
the cookies cutters came out.
Aren't they cute?
This is before they were frosted and decorated, 
 once they are frosted they lose a bit of their shape..
(probably because I use massive amounts of frosting!)

I also made spooky nachos.
You just need corn tortillas and cookie cutters (again)
lay the tortilla on a flat surface, then press the cookie cutter firmly into it.
It's easier than you think, just make sure you use metal cookie cutters because
the plastic ones don't cut through as quickly.
Deep fry the tortilla until it's as crispy as you want it,
 press into paper towels to drain,
salt them, then dress them up however you like.
I add cooked ground beef
melted cheese
cheese sprinkles
sour cream
refried beans
and guacamole.

We put a movie on and carved a pumpkin too.

Peeves decided he did not like the competition...


This week we watched Audrey Rose...


All of these are old favorites of mine that I have watched before.
Except for 'The curse of the werewolf' that was the first time.

If you're interested  here's a video showing a list of

As the big day gets closer
we try to create lots of Halloween crafts..
This is what we have made this week.

Helena painted this..
(she's feeling much better now, thank you for the well wishes)

and this..

This one's mine..

We both made this,
it's the Witch Castle!
She made her side with an empty box of rice,
my side is an empty oatmeal container..
We hot glued them together to make a grand manor, fit for a witch.

Have you noticed how Hocus Pocus  is making a comeback? 
I think it's cute.
throughout the years I've made decorations that were
influenced by this movie..
there were a few lucky rat tails strewn about and I actually made the Sanderson sisters out of clay pots.
but I stupidly gave them away.
I think it's time I started rebuilding that collection again.
We went out and gathered small stones and made some
Dead men's toes!
What do you think? Do they look fresh?

I made this too,
it's 16x20 
They are made out of felt.
You can't really see the designs on winnie's dress,
but they are gold glitter.
I really have fun using felt to "paint' with.
I'm positive I will be making more soon.

It's a Vampire Party!
I used Lisa Kettell products to create this little art card..

This Haunted Trick or Treat House was made using an adorable Lulu doll from Lisa's Etsy shop

Here's a couple new additions to our decor..
This doorbell is loud and say "scary things"
Peeves likes to press it and watch the green glowing eyeball blink!

A great friend sent me this,

Isn't is adorable?

So now that we have had our fill of brownies and nachos
let's sit by the fire one last time.

I mentioned last week that I have seen and heard many strange things lately.
The veil is thinning and it is both exciting and frighting.
A loud thump coming from a kitchen cabinet.
Plastic bags rustling behind a closed closet door.
Voices and what sounds like laughter in an empty room.
You can try to explain it rationally if it makes you feel better.
But sometimes the weird and scary can't be explained away...

My aunt's home was a large ranch house in the middle of many acres of farm land.
There were apple orchards and pecan groves
corn fields, a pumpkin patch..I have talked about it often.
When I was a child, it was way off at the edge of town..everything surrounding it was wild and rural.
I spent a lot of time there.
My cousin and I played on huge stacks of hay (my mom did not know I did this btw)
we dipped our bare feet into the culverts of cold water when the fields were getting watered,
Hide and seek was played in the apple orchard where we ate sour green apples till we felt ill, 
it was awesome!
But when night fell, it was a different story.
We rarely stayed past sunset, thankfully.
Part of the reason I was petrified to be there after dark was because
I had overheard my uncle telling my mom and aunt that 
a few of the farmhands had quit because they claimed to have seen a monster.
It was late in the season..they were working well into the evening.
One of the men heard a loud noise that sounded like massive wings flapping.
He moved towards the sound, which was coming from a large hedge.
Getting closer, he started thinking that maybe one of the turkeys had escaped from it's enclosure.
suddenly, a large hairless creature with leathery looking wings
 flew up from the hedge and into the nearby trees. 
He said it was about 4 or 5 feet tall.
It was not a turkey. It wasn't anything he had ever seen before.
 He quit and so did both his brothers.

I asked my mom about it on our way home,
and after I got scolded for eavesdropping she told me not to worry about it.
It was just a silly rumor started by a silly man. 
That didn't stop me from scanning the tree line though.
The next time we visited I asked my cousin about it.
She said her older brother knew all about the monster.
He told us that not only did it have wings, it had horns too. 
That wasn't the first time it had been spotted before either.
according to Anthony, years ago the creature had attacked a car
with two of my uncle's friends in it.
They had been visiting and it had grown late.
They said goodbye and drove off.
 As they passed the last pecan grove,
something jumped on the car and began 
pounding on the roof.
The men slammed on the brakes and made a run for it.
When they returned with the police, 
the roof and the hood of the car were completely torn up.
It was determined that the damage was not caused by the men,
but rather an external source.
Did I believe my cousin?
partly...he was known to try and scare the crap out of us on more than one occasion,
but this story sounded different from his usual garbage.
eventually I grew up and they ended up moving ...
their home, with all it's fantastical areas to play in and all it's creepy creaks and bumps,
 became a memory.
That is until 2005...
I was helping my dad clear out his closet.
We were going through all the stuff in a little metal box..
He picked up an old newspaper clipping and handed it to me.
It was something that had happened on my aunt and uncle's property.
Two men had been attacked in their car by an unknown creature.
It had caused quite a bit of damage.
Neither man knew what it was.
But they both claimed to have heard massive wings flapping. 

Thank you so much for coming to visit!
We have had a great Haunted Humpday this year.
I will be back on Halloween to share our
Great Pumpkin magic with you.
Big spooky hugs to each and every one of you!!