Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Overdue Review

I have never actually written a review before, but I suppose there's a first for everything.

Feeling festively fall, I recently purchased a lovely pumpkin necklace from maytedesigns on etsy. Shipping took three weeks, which was not at all the sellers fault just a postal thing, but it was worth the long wait. It arrived in a bubble envelope, inside a little jewelry box with a pretty bow on top. I excitedly opened it up and couldn't be more thrilled. My favorite part of all was the little pumpkin curl, just adorable. I've been wearing it every day since it came. Just a great addition to my little festively fall wardrobe. Do be sure to check out the shop to pick up one of your own!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

How Corny

Nights are getting colder. Cool autumn winds blow through your hair. The geese are officially starting to leave. Yes, the signs of fall are here, and the thought that winter is just around the corner.

I've been hearing plenty of geese flying overhead and can't help but try to call them back. I love fall, but I also love a long warm fall...the kind that makes you hopeful that Halloween won't be dreadfully cold or, worse yet, snowing. Hurray for Manitoba Halloweens.

Halloween decorations have been dug out of the closets and are starting to appear around the house. Bags of candy corn sit on the table, along with little Halloween trinkets like a pair of jack-o-lantern candle holders that I don't even remember getting...found in the cupboard a few years ago and finally started to use them. Orange really is an amazing color, possibly part of what I adore about this time of the year.

Halloween is just over a month away and I'm still thinking about making more pumpkin skirts for my shop. The larger ones, not the mini skirt versions, since there seems to be such interest in them. The problem is, if I order the fabric for it now will I get it in time to be able to make more, list them, and allow enough time for shipping? Such a dilemma. I have a hot lead on some wide enough fabric, but I'm waiting on a shipping quote. So we'll see...

Until then, happy autumn days to us all!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boo Mail

As Halloween draws nearer each passing day, I find myself getting more and more excited. I have decided on my costume and even picked up the necessary fabrics for it. All that's left is to make it, which of course isn't something I do until just before Halloween. In the mean time I have been working on pieces of possible costumes to sell. To a great many people, a vast amount of my sewing creations would be ideal Halloween-only pieces, but for those who love them for every day, I'm made up some more Halloween specific.

While in town the other day I check out our local Bargain Shop to see their Halloween goodies and while passing through rows...there it was. Candy Corn. My most favorite Halloween treat. Is anything better? Something about candy corn just gets me giddy. Perhaps it's the colors, the sweet taste, the fond childhood memories, or maybe just the fact that it is an absolute classic fall treat that has been around for so many years. It's everything. In fact, I'm rather obsessed with the stuff and while I don't eat a huge amount of candy I just love the look of it. Anything and everything with a candy corn theme promptly goes on my wanted list, especially lights.

There is one downside to candy corn, and one that drives me a little crazy while making me sad at the same time. You know when you open up a baggy of candy corn, reach in, pull a piece out...only to discover the white tip is gone? Drives you crazy doesn't it? Me too. Then after you've finished all the corns in the bag you're left with all the little white tops that didn't make it through. Poor little white heads. Sad.

Today was the first day of the "Halloween Postcard Swap" that I coordinated on swapbot, and things seem to be going smoothly. Lets hope it continues that way. As I have done previously, I made my own postcards from recycled newspaper and magazines and am quite pleased with the results. I went with pumpkins because, well, what's more traditionally Halloween than a pumpkin? Classic, just how I like it. I'm pleased with the results anyways.

All in all, not much to report. The weather is cooling off quite significantly and I'm thinking about investing in some more tights and perhaps making up some new sweaters to get me through the cold days ahead. In the mean time, I'm having fun with candy corn, hehe.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Proud Pumpkin Mama

Well, after everything that's happen as far as my garden is concerned, I suppose I can't complain. I had said that I would be happy to get even one pumpkin, and I did. One funny little misshaped baby pumpkin. After the storm it basically became stunted, and didn't grow any bigger. It's small, and very oddly shaped, but I love it to bits.

Two more pumpkins showed up in my garden after the hail storm and are actually growing well. It's getting colder at night, so cold in fact we've had a touch of frost. Luckily I knew ahead and covered them. Thwarting evil nature. There should be at least two more weeks of decent weather for them to grow a bit more, and hopefully within such time they will get much bigger. After all the heartache, some small sign of happiness shows through.

A little note on the random photo at the bottom of this post; a found very old, I guess, advertisement found tucked into an antique book that belonged to my Grandfather. What it's about I really don't understand, but the illustration was so interesting...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kitschy'ween

Halloween items are starting to come out in stores nearby. I couldn't be more excited. While I had walked into Walmart on Tuesday I had no intentions to buy anything at all, but merely check to see if they had set out their Halloween stock, I couldn't help myself when I seen these delightful kitchen goods. I picked up two pot holders, two oven mitts, as well as a tea towel for one dollar each. They just look so...I suppose vintage. I love the tea stained sort of color and we all know by now how I feel about pumpkins. Needless to say, they had to be mine. By far the best looking kitchen pieces I've seen at Walmart in the past few years.

I hate to shop at Walmart. In fact, I'd rather pay more at other more relaxed stores than have to deal with the people and absolutely ridiculous lineups at Walmart stores. Oh well. They are one of the first to set out their Halloween, and Halloween is irresistible. Enough said. So should you care to get a set of these yourself, do check out the kitchen linens section of your Walmart store.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Isn't It Romantic

A new meaning to carrot love. I thought it looked as though they were two bodies, entwined in each other...making out, hehe. Rather, it's the result of two carrots growing too closely together. I imagine I'll find a few more carrots like this when I finally dig up my garden. I'm prolonging my growing season as long as possible since things are going beyond slowly.

I've come to the conclusion that this yard just isn't suitable for a garden. Too much clay. So, another growing season with practically nothing, once again. At least it was, yet another, learning experience.