Friday, March 16, 2018

Crafting today

Having some fun printing skulls on old newspapers - have to head to the thrift store to see what kind of vintage frames I can get.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Free at Last

This poor little creature fell into our window well last week.  We were sleeping in the basement and we heard it fall in.  
His Lordship snuck outside the next day and installed some ramps to help it get out.
But unfortunately skunks are about as good at problem solving as the 45th president of the US.  Thus, when I returned from being away for 3 days, it was still there. So yesterday, I lowered a milk crate down on a rope and tied it off on the fence so it would not tip over. Last night the skunk managed to use to milk crate to reach the top and escape.

Run free little skunk and may your days be long.

Just finished stapling chicken over the window well so this will never happen again.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Surprise gift

I had two old pumpkins hanging around in the garage leftover from Creepmas.  I decided to cut them up and put them out back for the wildlife.

I guess they were thankful because they ate it all and one big buck left me this.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Halloween Cartoon

Here is a funny little Halloween idea in the kids pages inspired by motion pictures.  Cartoons in Halloween costumes!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nothing New

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.  Who does this cartoon from the 1920's remind you of?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Boys clothes -1908

Here are a couple of boys clothing ads from the News Gazzette in Colorado Springs from 1908 featuring Halloween Motifs.  Enjoy!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Newspaper Crafts

Of course, these old newspapers are great for crafts.  I seem to be covering everything I have.

Here is my recipe box

And a box for vitamins and supplements.

  Box for knick knacks

Spooky pictures

I am going crazy.  I wonder what's next?
available from 
The furniture?  The walls?
Or perhaps his Lordship!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

One for HRH

This post is dedicated to Debra She Who Seeks deceased Cat HRH.  She should enjoy it, especially that last sentence.

More 1920 ideas for your party

Here's a great article on decorating for your party. 
I love some of these ideas, as they are very organic i.e. "trailing sprays of bittersweet designed to brush the guest faces in a spookish fashion."  Spookish - now there's an interesting word.

Vegetables as candlesticks with corn husks bases - sounds like a fire hazard to me. I love the suggestions for color schemes: black and orange, black and white, gray and white, and gray and green.  "Owl, bats, witches and "han'ts" all look good in gray as in black"  Really, though, I have know idea what a han't is.  Other design advice suggest the house be dressed up with leaves, berries and jack o' lanterns.  Only how would one carve a sad faced carrot? 

 Well hope you plan a spookish party this year using these great tips.  Be sure to include a lot of han'ts.

Monday, February 19, 2018


Judging from the businesses hawking Halloween wares, it was a well enjoyed holiday in the 1920's.  The foods of choice were donuts, apple cider, apples and pumpkin pie.  Candy was fashionable too.  Parties, rather than trick or treating, were popular.  Here are some fun ads around the Colorado Springs area which will help plan your perfect soiree'.  I love the graphics on these.

When things sag or slow up at my party, I usually suggest more alcohol.  Alas, prohibition kept that option at bay.

Viands, now that's a word you don't hear much.  It is defined as articles or dishes of food of a delicate or choice nature.  I am gonna use that on this years Halloween invite.

The bogie book was the "go to" Halloween party guide.  Here it is from 1921, the year of the ad above.

Hmmm - all about Christmas with that fine Halloween graphic.  Even back in the 1920's, Christmas invaded Halloween!

Pumpkin pie seemed to be associated with Halloween in the 1920's than it is today.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Old Newspapers

His Lordship is on the board of the Manitou Heritage Center.  Recently, they decided to sell volumes of their old pre-1928 newspapers.  Thanks to an article written for the local community papers, these gems have been flying off of the shelves and making some decent money for the Heritage Center.  

I was lucky enough to score some myself mostly to use in craft projects. I took 2 volumes - Sept. - Nov. 1918 and Sept. - Nov. 1926. 

 From a Halloween perspective, 1918 was a bust.  After all there was a war on.  I only found one short piece explaining how Halloween would be cancelled but parents could still get their kiddies a Halloween treat.

 However, I did score Nov. 11, 1918 - yes the armistice and end of WWI. Pretty cool but I would have rather had Halloween shit.

1926 was a lot more fruitful. Here is some advice on throwing a Halloween Party.  Be sure to have a peppy crowd. 
I will be sharing more interesting stuff soon so stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A few holiday gifts to show you

Hello dear readers!  I received a few spooky gifts at Christmas and wanted to share with you.  I will bore you all now with pictures.
 Raven skull jewelry from my Sister in law. This came from Etsy pendant and earrings.
 Skeleton anatomy socks from Baby M.

Owl sculpture from My Twisted Sister number 1. The talented artist is Henry Dupere

There, I kept it short so you did not have to endure too much.  Now go have a beer - it is almost happy hour.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Local artists

Last night I attended meeting at the MAC. While waiting for the judges panel to make a recommendation, I discovered a great artist named Angela Hartshorn-Kerr.  Her work is amazing.  Here is a little of her work being displayed at the Manitou Art Center.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Just in time for the Grandogs visit, my new gates were installed 2 days before Christmas.

Why am I blogging about this?  Because I channeled my inner Tim Burton and designed these gates on Photoshop. Then my talented contractor Adam cut, powder coated and installed them.  Here they are.

 I am quite pleased with the results.  They are designed to encourage Bambi to eat elsewhere as his Lordship and I have big garden dreams for 2018!