Monday, July 1, 2019

Thrifty Finds Turned Into Halloween Treasure

Well perhaps not treasure but I did take my thrifted wreath frame that looked like this:

and  added some thrifted burlap with the help of the video.  Then created some crepe paper flowers, added a variety of skulls and produced my very first Halloween prop of 2019.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thrift that Halloween

My only New Years Resolution in 2019 was to live in a kinder, gentler way toward Mother Earth.  His Lordship and I both agreed we would produce way less for the landfill.  We have been so pleased with the results, watching our waste reduce to one little bag every week.  I wrote about ways to do this over at Twisted Sisters Cafe back in April 2019.

But Halloween is fast approaching.  It is the one time of the year I am traditionally tempted go to big box stores in the urban sprawl east of Colorado Springs.  But this year, I am saying "NO!''. 

Thrift that Halloween I say. Shop used. Why?  So many good reasons: uses less packaging,  keeps the money in the community by shopping local,  gives to charity (many thrift stores are charities), reuses something that would otherwise end up in the landfill, indulges that creative passion, and saves us money.

So today I feature our little craft thrift store Who Gives a Scrap.  
This is a unique store that keeps tons of craft waste out of landfills and sells it cheaply to all in need.  I found so many interesting bits and bobs that will look awesome in the haunt for about 9 bucks.

 These two beauties were $1.50.  I think there is room for improvement but for the price I am pleased as punch.
 Here is some black satin paint - a must in every Halloween crafters arsenal.  It is unused.

 Got some big corks to fit those potion jars with wide mouths - twenty five cents each.
I got this wreath frame for a dollar - it had the original price on it from Hobby Lobby - or should I say Slobby Lobby.  So glad I gave the money to a lovely resale shop and not to that bastion of right wing, planet hating, control freaks  - the Slobby Lobby Corporation.

I also got some other fun stuff not Halloween related, like reusuable hankies.  Who needs a disposable tissue anyhow? 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Vacation Photos

Justine over at Justine's Halloween ask to see some vacation photos.  I usually don't share them as I don't wish to bore you all.  But we did visit one place I think might interest you while in Suffolk.  This is St Peter's Westleton.  



His Lordship and I happened upon this while doing a village walk.  It would not be a proper British Church without a graveyard.


 I always find inspiration in these places for my yard haunt.  Look at the the varied shapes and designs of these stones. 

The mosses and lichens growing all over them just add to the character as does the carving.




This Graveyard inspired me to think of some new Tombstone names.  I mean how else is one to while away the hours of boredom during a long drive? They are:


Howie Suffered

May U. Weep
Ima Sue Screwd
Ivan Nished
Euell Greave

The last one was inspired by driving past the town of Youlgreave in Derbyshire.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tanager Invasion

Warning:  This post is not spooky.  If you are a Halloween addict, you are advised to close this page now.  This post contains pictures of cute, brightly colored birds.  Of course, you can always channel your inner Hitchcock and get through it.

We are now in our fourth day of the tanager invasion.  It started innocently enough on Sunday with just one female on the suet feeder.  But Monday the weather moved in and we were invaded properly.  Since then we have had snow and freezing temperatures and these poor little neotropic migrants are just stuck here.  Needless to say, I am making a lot of suet.  Here is the recipe for you if you ever find that you have a tanager invasion.

Homemade Suet

16 oz of lard
16 oz of chunky peanut butter
4 cups cornmeal
4 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups whole wheat flour

Melt lard and peanut butter.  Remove from heat.  Add all dry ingredients and mix well.  Place in a well oiled pan and refrigerate till firm.

Bullocks Oriole and 2 male Western Tanagers on the Suet.  The one on the right is a first year male hence a little more green.

Bullocks Oriole and a female Black Headed Grosbeak


 For the darker Suet at the bottom, I substituted some organic buckwheat flour I needed to use up.  They did not seem to mind.
Downy Woodpecker




If you do not have time to make suet, they like oranges too.


Female Western Tanager

Four days later - still raining and they are still here





Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Back from the Abyss

Hello Readers - Happy Walpurgisnacht. I bet you thought I was in prison or something.  Not so - just doing my usual gain weight the first have of winter than lose it the second half.  So I have been cooking and fulfilling my New Year Resolution to use less plastic packaging - See Twisted Sisters blog

Then I went to England and all that went out the window.  I did however, come back with a very cool poster from the lovely county known as Cornwall.  Here it is.
That should be fun to frame for the Haunt.  Heck - maybe it can even stay out all year.  Anyone for grievous molestations and curiosities?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Iced Magic Cakes

Years ago I met a woman on a boat in Alaska named Chris.  She is from Bristol in the UK and designs and creates the most amazing cakes at Ice Magic Cakes.  Here is a picture of her second from the right taken a few years later in England.

Sometimes she really gets her spook on and does something on the dark side.  Here are a few of those example of  Ice Magic Cakes twitter page and website.