Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Retrospective

I loved my time as a volunteer Grandma along with all the Parents and Grandparents, during DGS's pre-school through the Primary Grades. The local Pumpkin Patch's Halloween Field Trip was always a treat. (Pictures after this project).

Project before Retrospective

Garage sale find (after repair and painting) - I added a 'grain sack stripe' in black - from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors stencils - over the white. The tin whale with that beady eye was another find.

The red wooden tote handle was broken so DH replaced it with a piece of dowel after repairing the end which was also broken. 

I painted this grade 8 school project with 2 coats of ASCP White and when dried, a coat of Fusion Satin Sealer. A handy (but heavy) container for holding stuff or seasonal decorations. The red bled through in some areas so I used Zinsser Primer-Sealer Stain Killer Bulls Eye 1-2-3 (after this photo)

So ... a retrospective of Halloween Past

In 2007  DGS's pre-school class visited the pumpkin patch. Lots to see and touch. Pumpkins covered the fields and were piled high on the hay racks and in groups on the ground. The chances for exploration, interactions, the petting animals (and the look-at-only animals too) and the space to run bring back families by the hundreds every day in October.

2008 - Kindergarten - Serious play time, gold panning was and continued to be a favourite activity each year.

This is my favourite photo - the orange ladybug on a pumpkin stem. The boys in the group stayed looking studying the bugs on the pumpkins for quite some time.

 2009 - grade 1 were lots of fun with DGS, the kids all knew the routines and were prepared for fun.

We've continued visiting the Pumpkin every year to visit, pick out pumpkins, visit the animals, gold panning, visit the small forest of imaginary scenes, find a path through the pumpkin patch maze and pick pumpkins.  

2010 ? I know 7 years old kids continued to have a great time at the Pumpkin Patch and I know I was a class volunteer and went along too - but it was pre-blogging and I can't find any pictures on my lap top and I (whoops) wiped my desktop.

2011 was a great Halloween extravaganza for an 8 year old DGS and Dad carving those Pumpkin Patch treasures.

2012 DGS and DS's Halloween Decorating contributions (my favourite picture) from that post.

This Grandma (me) really loved Halloween at the Pumpkin Patch. 

p.s. as a special treat DGS took ME to the Pumpkin patch in 2017 - the last visit trip with him. I got a bit teary and had fun walking the familiar paths and Maze and picking pumpkins. He was fairly bossy - taking the adult role I think.

Favorites  Decorations of Halloween Themed posts over the years.


A mixture of gourds and pumpkins, a folk carved and tin finned fish, peeks at special paintings. This was my 'beginning' in deliberately making vignettes. Before I just called it decorating.


First try at finding burlap (this is landscape/plant wrapping burlap). This was before close weave burlap became easier to find (not including real burlap potato sacks). Gourds, waxed leaves, burlap and a great bowl.


Big pumpkin on a finally finished painted project.

2013 - my first decorating for Halloween with a burlap banner and 'thrifted' finds. 

It was also the year the Breast Cancer Month meaning became very real.


I embraced the idea of Halloween decorating but only in small groupings (the window and outside Kid-fun Halloween decorating continued).


Didn't find a post about decorating at home but DH and I loved the long drives to our favourite Fruit and Vegetable Gardens Farm near Ashcroft - this was from a 2015 collage.


It took a few random pieces to make a Halloween fall grouping. The lantern was already rusty and worn looking, favourite faux pumpkin came out of storage (the bigger of the pumpkins here) and the front porch became the background, the pumpkins were picked up on an upcountry drive and the squash - a gift from a friend.

Another Halloween themed decoration, just bits and pieces added together.


DGS/Dad carved the pumpkins.


Our dear friends Dave and Sally who live on an edge of an island in the Pacific Ocean, off the grid

 Their blog is Our Off the Grid Home  <>

They came for curry and a visit and brought us a signed copy of their new book: Accidental Fugitives The FBI's Most Wanted Seniors (Kindle or paperback).

Sally likes to see what we have gathered since their last visit so I built a display mixing Halloween and some old favourite collectibles.

Thank you Friends for visiting today.

A mixture of topics crammed into one post.


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fall and a Pink Pumpkin

Fall with the reds and oranges and browns and crumbling yellows. My favorite season. Cooler weather in the daytime and cold at night.

Snapshots of autumn in my back and front yards...

Kale will last at least 6 more weeks, tomatoes are finished.

DH added additional uprights to the backyard railing this week.

Amaryllis waiting to bloom.

Front Yard settled into fall foliage.

I picked up a pink t-shirt the other day at the thrift shop - and the pattern looked great. Wearing it more than a 'try-on' didn't work - the pattern was rough inside, so...

I made a pink pumpkin.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Making Pumpkins & Memories

My Dad's old orange shirts ... memories.

When I was cleaning out my Dad's dresser several years ago I found 3 orange stretchy vintage shirts - golf shirt, fleece shirt and a long sleeved 3 button shirt with a collar. 

I saved them, dreamed of making them into pumpkins and this week - I did.

The last of the roses and fall hydrangea with an orange pumpkin. Small dream. Dear memories. Orange was so 1960's.

Project: making cloth pumpkins


orange stretchy shirts
strong thread, needle, scissors, chalk
round dinner plate
pliers, scissor
thin long wire, pen
leaves, stem pieces


Lay shirt on table, make sure there are no wrinkles,
using a plate, trace around with chalk on the shirt, cut through both layers (back/front).

Repeat with each shirt.

Double thread needle with strong thread, knot the end (you will have 4 pieces of string at the knot end, trim close to the knot).

Running stitch around the edge of each cloth circle, about 1/2 from outer edge, gathering as you stitch

When your needle is back at the starting point pull the thread to make a small circle of gathers. Pull as tightly as possible being very careful NOT to pull too hard and break the thread.

Next - stuffing 

I pulled the stuffing in handfuls from the batting, filled the gathered circle, pushing the filling as needed to fill out the roundness I wanted. To finish the top I used the double threaded needle and stitched the open space closed.

The curly vines were made using doubled thin wire twisted around a pen, pulled off and shaped a bit.

The curly wires were pushed into the batting and then twisted to keep them in place.

I picked hydrangea leaves for  faux pumpkin leaves.

Stems defeated me, couldn't get them off the regular pumpkins. I am going to cut some short branches and glue them in a 'stems' place.

Making fabric pumpkins was evening work - and here is the before adding leaves group, (still have 3 round pieces of cloth in case I want to make more pumpkins).

I decided to NOT check with other posts on HOW to make them. I suspect there is lots I could have learned but I had fun playing with fabric (which rarely happens these years) and messing around with wire, batting, thread and a needle.


October - Mom was born, back in 1920 and I remember her especially each year on her birthday month. She was born October 1st. She passed when she was 92.  Dad was born on August 4th, 1920 and he passed on October 5 at age 95. Gratitude for their lives.

Last week I had some fun playing around with a piece of fish shaped wood and chalk paint to make a pumpkin. Two posts in a row - having fun.

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Hope you had some fun in your day too.



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