Halloween Countdown 2017: My Brother’s Handmade Yard Decorations!

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Do you ever have decorations from any holiday that you take out, year after year, and they get a little shabbier, a little more worn out and fragile, and you just can’t part with them or fix them up because they are so precious to you, you wouldn’t want to change their original charm? Do they bring back memories of holidays past? Or maybe someone long since parted from this life made them, and you don’t want to cover that person’s craftwork? Are those decorations practically like part of the family? Well, I certainly can identify with these sentiments, and my oldest brother Jimmy sums it up very well with these wooden cutouts his late father-in-law made. I’ll put in his original words:

Back around 1992, my father-in-law Harry M—- bought a really fancy scroll saw. Another addition to “Harry’s Hardware Store”. He quickly put it to use making┬áthese cut-outs for the family. In addition to the Halloween ones here, he did some for Christmas and Thanksgiving. He made sets for us, my brother in law’s house and for his house. After he passed in 2004 we got his sets of cut-outs.

Here they are for their 24th Halloween (have more in front of the house) and they still get great comments from the neighbors. They need repainting but I really don’t want to paint over Pawpaw’s art.

Happy Halloween everybody!

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Little One-Eyed Dolly from Smeddley!

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My pal Smeddley and I exchange small gifts on occasion; I send her rubber ducky items, she knits adorable little toys for my Collection of One-Eyed Monsters. I think she simply knits in her spare time and needs a project to complete on occasion and asks me what I would like. This one was a total surprise until she asked me if I liked the ears. I said “sure”, and the next thing I knew, an adorable cyclops dolly arrived in the mail! Thanks, Smedd!!

 

Both Shops Running!

Whew, I am whipped. I’ve been working on Etsy stuff all day. I finally got my shop open, so if you look to the right, there, if you’re on a laptop, you can see my regular shop plus my Etsy shop links to click. If you don’t see those, go to to the “Shop!” link in the menu at the top of the page and that will get you there, too.

On a goofier note..

Experienced the most amazing “Leeeroy Jenkins” moment. While I was driving, a guy in a rather douchey little noisemaker car a few cars ahead of me decided to go ripping through a (green) traffic light at ludicrous speed so his car would make the most noise or something. Well, his car stalled out about halfway through, he skidded to a stop, and so did all the rest of us.

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Dammit, Leroy.

Halloween Countdown 2016: Art by my Seniors!

Today I went to one of my senior homes as usual and our project was themed for October– painting pumpkins with acrylic on cardstock. We started with the face in black, and I gave them my usual instructions of using simple lines and shapes. Then we moved on to the orange portions and wow, look at the fun stuff they made!

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This lady used to do a lot of ceramics.
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When I gave them the orange paint(we started with the black), this lady immediately colored her pumpkin’s nose orange.

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Fun and Frolicking: Renn Fest 2016!

So Steve and some of our pals(Blue,Orangebird, JoJo and J )went to the Georgia Renaissance Festival a few weekends ago, and I went again with another set of friends(Phrog and Dooflunkey) yesterday. When I go, I love to go on a “creature hunt”, since monsters of all description are all around in the art and flags and crafts and tapestries and statuary and so forth. Here are some of my finds: