Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Night

Happy Halloween my pretties... I hope your evening is filled with candy and cider... and jack-o-lanterns! Don't forget to bring your kitties in early tonight, for there are goblins that lurk in the dark. Have fun! XO

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On a Very Windy October Day...

Just a little 'hoot' here to say hello. I have a large cluster of homegrown pumpkins on my porch. All my little Halloween goodies are hung around the house. Now I just need some candy to fill my glass pumpkin! A costume is in the works... we'll see how it turns out. Today is extremely blustery, the roads are littered with tree branches and leaves. The fireplace is whistling and it is just the eeriest sound. Good thing I am inside sipping a hot cup of tea!

It is almost time! What are you going to dress as this Halloween? Any big plans? I want to hear all about it. xo

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tickets Purchased

Yesterday I bought our tickets for the midnight showing, for the day it comes out in November. We are going to have to get there at least two hours early, maybe three. Last year we were an hour early and we could barely find a seat.

I am ecstatic, how about you? Please, do tell...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pour le Maisonnette {Crown #3}

Here is the third crown I have made for Maisonnette! It is green and blue! This combination is refreshing - leaves me thinking thoughts about blue popsicles, cucumbers and gold foil covered chocolate bars.
It was fun to get all these shades of green together and watch them flow from one side of the crown to the other.
I didn't originally intend to have colors other than blues and greens for this one, however the patterns I had in my stash lent themselves and were relentless. My eye just wouldn't stop looking at them - guess that's when you know you are supposed to use them! And my messy messy stash, that is a story of it's own. I am SO good at turning an area in my home absolutely upside down. I am the messiest crafter ever! I claim it is part of my creative process:)
But the results are often very worth the mess. Like this green crown, which is seriously one of my favorites to date.
So I hope you have enjoyed this little trio of crowns - and I hope all of Maisonnettes shoppers love them too! I will be back soon to show you the little pillows for them to rest on, as well as the other goodies I am bringing along with me to decorate their new home in the shop.

Happy Wednesday friends,

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pour le Maisonnette {Crown #2}

Here is the second of three of the crowns I designed to go in le Maisonnette shop. Pink and red!
The combination of pink and red wins a prize ribbon in my heart. One thing you may have noticed if you are familiar with my crowns is that none of these have the sparkly alphabet letter on the right side. Having these in a shop, there would be no way of knowing which letter a customer would choose. So I get to come up with some creative alternatives!
Little details give you something to look at all over... I had fun making and playing with covered buttons for this one.
The antique Czech beads are a lovely addition -
Ribbons - one of my very favorite parts. My kitty friend Jane's favorite part too (ugh).
The back of this is one of my other favorite parts of this crown too. The stripes are just so pleasing.
And last but not least! My signature - German scraps. These birds just make this lady very very happy! xo

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pour le Maisonnette {Crown #1}

I have not mentioned it here yet, but the sweet sweet ladies over at a shop near me, Maisonnette, have graciously agreed to feature a handful of my crowns in their shop, on commission. My first store! Yeee! This weekend I finished off three beauties to bring over to them, and I would have to say these three will be hard for me to part with.
But alas, they need to find good homes! These special occasion crowns are meant to be worn and loved by others, not hoarded on a shelf be myself. So this particular crown here is the first of three that I will post about over the next few days. This lovely one here reminds me of Autumn, Thanksgiving, spices and chocolate.
I played around for the first time with lace doilies, and I love the asymmetrical placement that found itself right on the front. It was so pretty I couldn't dare cover it up with anything! I tried a few new techniques for this one - the leaves were one in particular that I was pleased with. You can't see it in the pictures but the edges of said leaves have a tiny band of silver creeping off the sides.
I still have to finish up some of the items I need for displaying them too - covered button center pillows for them to rest on, a pendant banner I have in mind displaying "Modern Crush" and a few other decoration goodies. So many fun things to make, and so little time! xo

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Olde Moon on Hallowe'en

I am sure I am not the only one here that can say that I adore vintage postcards, and the amazing artwork that covers each inch. It is fun to imagine that people actually sent these come the holidays, to wish one another a happy harvest time, a haunting Halloween, or even as just a neighborly gesture to say an autumn 'hello.' One of my very favorite themes among these old greetings is the moons with faces. I am smitten with them, they absolutely charm me! If I had a great big giant moon image with a face like one of these, ohh I would have a place or two to hang it for sure.
This face in the moon, this figure way up there, signifies Halloween to me. You see, the way I see it is that the moon's light, although often dim, touches everything in the evening - it is so involved with the night. It touches all things on Halloween. Just like the postcard above says, "When the world is wrapped in slumber, and the moon is sailing high..." I am not really into witches and demons and devils at Halloween time, but the moon... that wise old moon. He's pretty cool to me.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday Outing: The Great Patch

Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite
All are on their rounds to-night,-
In the wan moon's silver ray
Thrives their helter-skelter play.

Fond of cellar, barn, or stack,
True unto the almanac,
They present to credulous eyes
Strange hobgoblin mysteries.

Cabbage-stomps-straws wet with dew-
Apple-skins, and chestnuts too,
And a mirror for some lass,
Show what wonders come to pass.

Doors they move, and gates they hide,
Mischiefs that on moon-beams ride
Are their deeds, and, by their spells,
Love records its oracles.

Don't we all, of long ago,
By the ruddy fireplace glow,
In the kitchen and the hall,
Those queer, coofllke pranks recall?

Eery shadows were they then-
But to-night they come again;
Were we once more but sixteen,
Precious would be Halloween.

{poem by Joel Benton}

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Admired {Fingerless Gloves}

fingerless gloves in grey by homelab, $35
spicy mustard cable knit wool gloves by corrugatedfiber, $42
purple gloves by afra, $25
moss green bamboo silk fingerless gloves by ginaminda, $44
beige cabled fingerless gloves by homelab, $35
teal hand warmers by handknittedthings, $24
textured fingerless gloves by phylphil, $25

My love for fingerless gloves came from a trip up to San Francisco a couple Autumns ago, while shopping in the Fillmore district with Chels. Urban places tend to do that to you, inspire. I bought a few pairs on that trip, and so began my amity for fingerless gloves. They are so practical, unlike full fingered gloves, and render you able to grip and type and button your coat. Above are some gems I found on etsy, I know my cold weather friends have already started thinking warm. I already have a wish list going for these, hope you love them! <3>