Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On the twelfth day of Halloween

On the twelfth day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:
 
(A 5 am wake up with the kids. Yawn.  Since I have been up for many hours already I have been working for many hours already. I started sewing at 6 because I am feeling desperately short on time right now and I have so many deadlines LOOMING.
 
These pictures are crappy because I took them before the sun was up. Heh.)
 
 One new way to display my plastic Halloween masks. My girlfriend hung hers on a clothesline and I stole the idea immediately.


I have always struggled with how to display these (and keep them away from curious fingers!).

Now I still need more costume time Great Pumpkin, okay?

Monday, October 20, 2014

On the thirteenth day of Halloween

(If you are new here - I do a great pumpkin count down to Halloween every year. I will post every day from now till Halloween, hopefully Halloween related stuff, but we shall see what the days bring!)
 
On the thirteenth day of Halloween, the Great Pumpkin gave to me:
 
One not too shabby flea market!
 
 Three old Halloween die cuts;


 One sweet 1948 fabric book...
 that SCREAMS make me into a quilt like you did with the wizard of Oz (and please use DS quilts fabric too);

 Three old felt stockings;
 One glass bead putz house;
 One pile of 1930 Dresden plate blocks;
 One pile of vintage pumpkin picks (hello next year's swap??)...
 with Jack O' Lantern faces;
 The only three ornaments that survived a horrible crash not 15 minutes after I bought nine of them...sniff...sniff;
 A pair of matching tablecloths;
And one creeper cookie cake.

Thank you Great Pumpkin! Now maybe you could bring an hour or so to make some costumes?

:-)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hapde Burfday Jack!


My Dearest Jack,


10 years ago today I met you for the first time.  This year, for the first time, I feel a little verklempt about that.
A whole decade together already.
You are a double digit dude  now!
You are starting to really grow into yourself.  Friends, braces, grade skipping, sleep overs, sleep away camp, siblings.  Growing up indeed.

The other day your sister wanted to ride a bigger bike. All by yourself you took off the training wheels on the little bike and put them on her bigger bike for her. You found the tools and just figured it out.

Some days there is just so much chaos in our house right now. So much crying and carrying on and attention needed from little people and it's easy for me to think I have just fucked it all up. To think that with all the nonsense there is no way I am doing this right.

And then you go and fix your sister's bike and I think, in that brief moment, that it's actually all going to work out just fine.

You have transitioned seamlessly into things I was not sure you would EVER do, never mind do at 9.

And I KNOW, without a doubt, you are destined for some seriously great thing.  And that those things are just around the corner.  This is your last elementary school year. After this we can start REALLY accelerating you to where ever you want to go in this life.

I don't really need to tell you are amazing anymore (although I still do) because by now YOU know it. Long gone are the days when I kept it to myself that were exceptional and you didn't know any better. At 10, you wear it with pride.  It's hard to do that at your age, and I am proud of that.

I will be there with you always. Your biggest cheerleader, your number one fan, your mama.

I am here you need me and watching (or waiting) when you don't.

I love you my biggest dude.

All my love,
Mom

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin patch take 2. And 3.

Those of you who have been hanging around this old blog for a long time will remember I used to call it "The Misadventures of Mama & Jack".  Around the time I was published in  a book I started thinking about more kids and it just seemed like a good time to choose a different name. However, we are still completely filled with misadventures over here.
 
My pumpkin picture quest still goes back to the last trip. Martha very helpfully (and skillfully!) photoshopped that woman's rear end out of the best photo of the kids. For some reason, either in the processing or the emailing, the photo is getting compressed and is too small to print**. I have not had a chance to sort out how this happens yet and since Dave had the day off I thought we would try again.
 
Sammi REALLY wants to see pumpkins IN THE FIELD, like the Great Pumpkin, you know. Every year we head up north and go to this very small farm in Illinois with my dad. We are free to choose a million pumpkins, from a field, and it's cheap and FUN!
 
This year some nasty folks stole ALL THE PUMPKINS from those nice people, so we cannot go there.  This has left us 1) without pumpkins and 2) without a pumpkin field.
 
Our local farmer stopped doing pumpkins as he felt he was getting too old to handle the craziness anymore.  The patch we went to last weekend is not really a farm.
 
This morning we went out in the country to a "farm", only to discover that they only allow you in the pumpkin field on Saturdays!
 
I know right?  Oy.
 
So we tried to get a few decent photos before heading off to the one place I KNOW has pumpkins in a field.
 




 Not great photos, but workable I suppose.
 My kids are just not really cooperative right now.
 Not even Jack.




 So we get to the third farm and there are GREAT PUMPKINS! Okay, one problem solved.




Not a single photo of all three kids was managed at this place.

But worse! We were out in the damn field and Grant, who is sometimes just totally oblivious, steps RIGHT in the middle of a HUGE 100 lb, totally rotten, stinking of death, pumpkin. And then slips in the mess and falls right in. This smeared stinking ROTTEN pumpkin guts ALL over both him and I. Let me tell you - I was laughing, because it was funny, but also? Trying not to throw up. Because no joke people, this STUNK to high heaven.

I am completely over this pumpkin patch crap.

Done diddee, done, done, done. Frankly I think we should move right on to Christmas or something. At least that smells like nice pine, right? LOLOL

P.S. I haven't even STARTED making the cotton picking costumes yet.

** If anyone knows why the picture is getting compressed, that would be most helpful!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween ornaments with the kids

I have a lot of ideas for Halloween crafts I want to get done with the kids this year, but this 7 days straight of rain has seriously bummed out. The sun is FINALLY shining again this morning, so we are headed outside to sit in it for as long as I can possibly force the children to do so.

 I did manage to get one thing made - foam spider webs made with a kit that was at Target last year, picked up at Goodwill this year.
 One from Grant.
 Very nice ones from Jack.
And two from Sammi.

For the littles I cut the yarn up - tying it around these things was challenging, no way kids age 4 could do it, at least not in my house!

It's almost time to start the Great Pumpkin series around here, a Halloween post every day starts Saturday!

Now I am off to dress the kids and GET OUT OF THIS HOUSE!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Swap 2014 Round 2

Oh dear, while I was collecting links for this post, Grant and Sammi decided to throw cereal bowls across the kitchen. It just never ends with those two. It's been raining for a bazillion days and we SERIOUSLY need to get OUTSIDE.

On with the show, the last of the Halloween swap goodies this year:


 Awesome haunted cottages from Marci at Parsley Vintage
 Mixed media metal ornaments from Michelle and Ashley at The tattered quilt cottage. (I am dying to know what the base for these is from?)
I had to show you the back of these cards from Beth, I am fascinated by these.
I had to look at her for a good ten minutes before I felt like I had seen all her little details! Her hair is especially enchanting.
Cute peg people from Gail at Crafty Little Beana. (I dug through them all to find this one, I like it's scaredy cat face!)
Kim's tag from  Musings from Kim K are just as interesting and hanging on my tree along with:
Kim's ornament - her darling spun cotton witches! They are all different and I had fun choosing one.
 Creepy aunts from Michaele at Twigs and Tulle (her face cracks me up, so sour!)
and Robin made glass spiders from glass ornaments. These were also all different and the fun is definitely in the choosing!

Thank you again to everyone for participating. I hope your boxes are arriving safely (Oh, how I sweat the packing and bubble wrapping!) and that you are enjoying them!