Tuesday, July 21, 2015
First Halloweenies...It's Pinterest's Fault!
Calendar...You're Not the Boss of Me!
I have never been a summer person...unless it's Indian Summer. My soul longs for golden days and cooler nights. It's not just because I am in the autumn of my life...I've always felt more alive when the calendar page tears off to reveal September. I want to drive down country roads lined with the sunny faces of wild sunflowers and take trips up the canyon to watch the first trees change color. Labor Day weekend is usually the kick-off to my fall crafting season, but I seem to feel a sense of urgency somehow...like autumn can't come quickly enough. It doesn't help that Pinterest is alive with fantastical ideas right now. Creativity for me comes when it comes...I can't force it.
Yesterday, I showed one of my cute neighbors my latest Halloweenies. She jokingly requested that I wait until at least the first of September to decorate my front porch. I think I can manage that if I replace the red/white/blue decor with sunflowers and vintage kitchen knick-knacks. Hmmmm...getting a few "scathingly brilliant" ideas here. Back to Pinterest! But first I will share the Halloweenies in question.
Spice Tin Ghoulies and Mr. Cotter!
This is Mr. Cotter. He's ready for a party.
Paper clay and Styrofoam balls make prim pumpkin heads .
I found the little 2.5 inch black and orange cotter pin box at
Trackside Mall in Idaho Falls.
Just like Cinderella...Mr. Cotter's party ends at Midnight.
The Watkins Brothers...
Nut and Meg Watkins.
Their hats are small gelatin molds.
Tiny silver sugar spoons became quirky arms for these shelf-sitters.
The spoons are also from Trackside Mall.
Metal measuring spoons would have been my first choice.
Trick or Treat Containers.
Spray painted veggie cans with candy labels on two.
New Halloween Photo Backdrop.
I couldn't find my Halloween or Christmas backdrops. I usually make them from those science project easels from the school supply department. I went to Walmart to purchase one and found they now come in four or more sizes. I was cutting down the huge 36" by 48" to make 2 or 3 backdrops. The one I used was about 22" wide by 14" tall and folds to a compact 11". Just decorate them with seasonal scrapbook paper and you're set.
Don't you just love this tin?
Oh, the ghoulies these would make!
For some reason, antique dealers seem to think that old spice tins are made of solid gold and price them accordingly. I could see if they were unique like the tin above. But tins of fairly recent vintage are sometimes marked $7 to $14 or more. I tend to find better prices at local vintage flea markets like Fleaology held several times a year at my friend Paula's home in Payson. Even then, the selection varies. If I want a certain color combination, I might not be able to find it. I found a lot of great spice tins pics on Pinterest. Maybe I could modge podge the labels I want on some of the cans I have. It's something to think about.
Be it Summer or Fall...Get Your Crafting On!
Falloween Spice Tins...Enjoy!