Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All Hallow's Eve

Hello folks! We are feeling very lucky right now to not have lost power with Hurricane Sandy. I felt extremely anxious all weekend that we'd have a repeat of Irene. I know some places were hit hard. I hope those without power get it back quickly, and those suffering from this storm get the help they need. Selfishly, I was getting worried there wouldn't be much of Halloween this year, but it looks like things will be okay for festivities.

In the spirit of Halloween, here is a divine little milk ghosty, Oona calls the "Hoo Hoo Ghost" ("owl ghost").

Also, here is a sneak peak at my costume I'm working on, which is very much not finished yet! It's slightly ironic with all this storm business going on, but I'm going as the North Wind.

We also got our jack-o-lantern carved tonight. I think this is the most friendly looking jack-o-lantern we've ever made. It was carved from biggest pumpkin in our garden (the only big pumpkin in our garden) so I am quite proud of it. I appreciate your sacrifice for our celebration Mr. Jack-o-Lantern.

It appears the rain is picking up again, so I hope I haven't spoken too soon about everything being well and good. Be well out there!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gingerbread Girl and Pumpkins

Oh my! Time is like a little birdie always flying away from you! Where has it gotten to these days, I wonder? There is such a whirl of things going on right now.

For one, there has been a small weasel spotted in our kitchen! Not sure how the devil got in or if he's still there, but we would certainly like to evict this unwanted critter. The critter world has been out of balance around our house since Terrapin's disappearance. There seems to be a million chipmunks outside now, where once there was just a few we'd see on occasion. Unfortunately, the mice population in the house has grown too, and we are trying desperately and humanely to get rid of them, but they are tenacious ones. We need a kitty again, but we have to wait until we're sure the weasel is gone. Oh, life in the country!

I am getting some sewing done, but not as much as I'd like. Below, Oona is trying out her new gingerbread girl dress made from brown corduroy and ric-rac. I started this as part of KCWC, but didn't get it finished until this past weekend. Originally, the sleeves were suppose to have elastic so they'd hug her wrists, but she seemed to prefer it this way.

 In reality, it probably looks more like a hippie Native American style dress than a gingerbread girl dress, but that's okay too. I love my babes enthusiasm for Mama's handmade things. I can never have her just try something on for fit because she doesn't want to take it off! Run Run, as fast you can, you can't catch her, she's the gingerbread girl!

She insisted on wearing it out Saturday night to our friend's annual pumpkin carving party, which was a blast! Rain threatened to destroy the whole event, but the big kids were happy to be outdoors carving even in the drizzle. And there was an amazing potluck with delicious chocolate cake and pumpkin pie among other desserts. Time to rally the troops out of bed. Hopefully I'll have some more craftiness to share this week.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sweater and Turtle

Hello! Here's a few items I've been working on for KCWC the last couple days. The sweater was originally suppose to be a dress, but I ran out of yarn. I used granny stripes for the skirt part and made up the pattern.

I also finished Oona's turtle shell for Halloween. I made patchwork hexagons and hand stitched them together for the back of the shell and stuffed it so it would stick out like a real shell.

The front of the shell is attached to the back smock style, and it's made of ribbed corduroy. Now I just have to figure out what she's going to wear under the shell... probably something green with a hood and green leggings or pajamas, but it's harder to find then you might think. I might have to make that part of the costume too.

I wish I had even more to show, but things  are slow going around here. I'm hoping to get one or two more projects done before the end of KCWC, so I'll be back soon with more.

Monday, October 8, 2012


I'm going to attempt to participate in the "Kids Clothes Week Challenge" again over at the Elsie Marley blog. I've got a number of holiday clothes I need to get started on, so here I go! I'll post some progress tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rainy October Days

 Hello October! I'm a little late in welcoming you, but I'm glad you've come with all your splendid colors.

The leaves around here are changing faster than expected, probably on account of the endless rain we've had lately. We've started running the pellet stove a little. It feels lovely to sit in front of a warm fire with a cup of spiced cider.  I've been crocheting a bit. It always feels right this time of year. I'm really hoping to get back to my sewing machine today. Miss Oona needs a turtle costume for Halloween that's going to take some time. She loves "tortles" as she calls them, so I think she'll be thrilled with it. There is a pet turtle at a book store we visited the other day, and she blew it kisses the whole time we were in there.

What else is new:
- we celebrated 3 years of marriage in September while Jake's dad was up visiting, and he treated us to dinner at a favorite thai restaurant
- we are contemplating getting a kitten... it is a very bitter sweet thought for me as Terrapin is still greatly missed
- there is a delicious harvest of eggplant in the fridge, and also some tomatoes that need saucing up
- Oona has been burning the midnight oil again for the last 3 or 4 nights, which has both her parents groggy and a little cranky
- we had our first open mic/concert at the store on Saturday night on our new purple stage
- I love apple season, yum!
- my big jack-o-lantern is almost ready for pickin'