October 30, 2010

Eye Candy

~ A Sweet & Sinister Tale of Unrequited Love ~

When he first gazed upon her glinting eyes, he simply lost his head.
He fashioned for her a box, glittered with the sharp ashes of his unsent love letters and festooned upon it, her likeness and his - seeking to beguile her with sweet treats and trinkets, bejeweled baubles and
his legendary trick riding prowess.
"Look no further my love, I only have eyes for you. Tell me now, can you answer me in kind?"
No reply came forth and after a good long look, her gaze drifted above the shining head he held aloft.
Catching ahold of the night wind, she was gone in a thrice.
He rode out in search of her, through the deep dark woods and chanced upon the very deadwood tree
where he had first beheld her shining eyes.

Securing the sweetmeats box to a branch, hoping against hope that this small token of affection
would forever win her heart (until death did them part) he galloped away into the darkness.

But alas, it was all to no avail.

Her cold, black, avaricious heart had no room in it for the aspirations of a headless man on a one trick pony.

She scuttled back to her web to gobble up the contents,

orb after glistening orb.

Special thanks to Tanya at Time for Scrappin' who generously sent me the sparkly headless horseman after I had admired her guy galloping through one of her amazing Halloween mini's. Check out her frighteningly precise attention to detail! It will turn your head! HERE

October 26, 2010

Treat Trap

There's no escaping all the treats floating around at Halloween...or is there?
I created this catchy little contrivance for Denise, my Sweet & Sinister Swap Sista to trick her into thinking that her treats could be fully contained.

October 23, 2010

Trick-R-Treat, Smell My Feet!

This Halloween, all the little zombie children on the block will be skittering down the street in these postively poisionous little Maryjane's,
singing that charming little ditty -
"Trick-r-treat, smell my feet, gimme something good to eat" I unearthed these on a recent thrifting adventure and thought, "Look! Tuesday Adams' baby shoes!"The add-on arachnids, paired with happy little pumpkin socks and stuffed with candy corns just make ya wanna sing - don't they?

October 22, 2010

A Compendium of Curiosities in Costumery

Here's a spot to show off some of the best Halloween get-ups ever.

October 21, 2010


A trip to IKEA has yielded up a package of alphabet cookies - that spell - you guessed it - IKEA.
Or do they?
At first glance, maybe so...
but a little shifting around can produce the proper sentiment for Halloween.

They are the perfect topper for chocolate graham squares, to create these yummy treats.

Two minutes start to finish - scarey fast!

October 20, 2010

Black & White Fright

Here is a fun project for anyone, any age, who likes messin' around with paint.
We made some Halloween tags with this easy-peasy paint method and had a blast doing it.

All you need is white paint and black paper.

I used white gesso, because I have tons, but any acrylic, tempera, or gouache will do.
I also had a stack of black construction paper to use up, but you can easily substitute any black paper you have on hand. Another cool lookin' variation is to make the opposite with white paper/black paint.

Fold your paper in half, blob on paint in the center and if you have a particular shape in mind, think of it "in halves" and just scoot the paint around until it vaguely resembles half of your intended image, keeping it to one side of the center line.

Close the paper up and smoosh a bit, then open it to reveal something spooky!

These make great tags and decorations.

You can also use them to play the "What Do You See?" game -
especially fun with your most abstract creations.

October 11, 2010

New in the Studio for Halloween!

This week, we are finally getting wired for sound in the studio!

Previously we've had an iMAC belting out the tunes all on it's own, but now my son has graciously offered a set of hand me down speakers, and he'll have my studio"(and more of the studio)" wired up and ready to go - just in time to crank out the Monster Mash for Halloween.
Thank you, Thing.

Late Great Harvest

This year's growing season was not so great and harvesting shifted a bit late.

Here are the last of the Organic High Carotene Tomatoes, waiting patiently for me to get to them.
Let me tell ya, these are awesome tomatoes!

The seed packet said, " High Carotene has 2-3 times more beta-carotene than other varieties, making it a good source of vitamin A, an antioxidant important for healthy vision. The 2-3 inch, red globes with a hint of orange color are very meaty and flavorful. An excellent canning tomato with its higher acid content. These large indeterminate plants should be staked."

Ya think? The plants were six feet tall on a trellis!

The bounty here will be hopping into batches of salsa today, although I hate to see this little guy go.

Maybe I'll save him out for a Halloween decoration!