Thursday, October 24, 2013
The weather was amazing and the people were even better! We had a great time this last Saturday at our Which Craft Gathering. The afternoon was spent, admiring, and visiting both by young and old. If you didn't get a chance to fish for a spooky monster hat or sip a cup of witch's brew, don't worry, we will be having our Winter Holiday Gathering on December 7th.
We had some great new stuff to be seen, I love seeing the talent of others, these hand embroidered days of the week dish towels were beautifully done.
I loved these adorable dresses, made from vintage pillow cases, and these hand died stenciled onesies, too bad I have no little girls or babies, to dress them in.
|He's a great presentation model, don't you agree?|
And who could forget these awesome holiday decorations, they are so primitive, the amount of time on these is not represented in their $15 price tags.
Friday, October 18, 2013
We're all waiting..... Are you coming??????
You can visit Dracula's Den, A Witches Cottage, or the Haunted Forest.
When you come be sure to get your ticket, every $10 you spend gets you one, and then enter into our drawing for a Halloween Surprise Bag! We've started are brew, and are ready for you!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sometimes I find a piece of furniture that needs just a bit of cleaning before adding it to gathering treasures, other times it is the complete opposite. After cleaning, fixing, sanding, and then a first coat of paint, I realize that my original vision is just not there. I eventually work something out, but I don't entirely know if what I've done was worth my time. A perfect example was this cute vintage footstool, I thought it would be a fairly simple redo, and although I'm happy with the end result, it wasn't and easy task.
Now I'm working on this desk, and I'm not loving the blue, think I'm going to go white (funny that always seems the best), what do you think?
And sometimes you find the things that barely need any work at all.
I guess it's a little like life, it's just too bad that life can't have a little more of cute vintage glass door front cupboards.
Monday, October 14, 2013
There are days that I find myself a little obsessed with getting things ready for a gathering. My kitchen is covered in random projects, none quite completed, and my children are in the middle of them. I realized that during those times I should try to include them. I know that their mark will be on the final project, but a little more character never hurt anything. So this last week while making some spell books, I had the help from a couple of boys. They did a great job transforming the covers of some journals from a boring white canvas to weathered black or brown. Then when I found a large stack of plain white bags, that could be used to bag purchases, I put my three year old to work with some spooky stamps and a stamp pad. They turned out wonderful (he completed far more then we needed, but he was so motivated) even if he looked like he had caught some infectious skin disease. They each got a chance to improve there fine motor skills by stringing charms onto our soon to be necklaces. And even though this next one was a bit challenging, I enjoyed guiding a little hand as he help me paint some stencils onto some small totes (note why we opted for one bag to look somewhat like a batman symbol).
|Creepy Necklaces $2|
|Scary Stenciled Totes $2|
|Spooky spell journals $3|
Saturday, October 12, 2013
She's recently picked up an old hobby, painting. I love the sweetness of her characters, they make her paintings hold just a little bit of magic, she is so talented in that way.
As our gathering draws closer, I grow more and more excited to see what others will bring. That's really what makes these gatherings fun, admiring other's finds, sharing ideas, making memories, just being together with friends, and one great mother-in-law.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Alright so I'm horrible at remembering birthdays. I hope no one ever takes it personally when I call to wish them a happy birthday, and I'm a couple of days late. Well last week was no exception, and I missed a couple of birthdays (actually I did manage to sneak a very last minute phone call to one). Anyhow in order to redeem myself to one friend who always is helping me out, I thought cookies were in order. The thing about making cookies in my house however, is that somehow after making a full batch, there is only a few that stay around long enough to be given away. I don't know if you have the same problem, but I can tell you taking a paper plate to a friends with seven cookies on it, looks pretty pathetic, especially if your trying to save face for forgetting her birthday in the first place. So I came up with an idea. After grabbing from my stash, and a bout with my wood burner, I had the perfect delivery dish for my sweet friend.
|I chose chickens to represent her and her six girls & one rooster for her hubby|
My husband has tinkered with wood since his 8th grade shop class. His most recent creations are these cake stands, and other carved handiwork.
|This is a huge acorn, and the top comes off to reveal a carved out bowl!|
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I really can't take creative credit for much of the crafts I do. Really most of my ideas come from a friend in one way or another. While I was putting together some crafts for our upcoming fall gathering, I once again relied on some friends for some creative inspirations. I remembered these great witch legs one friend had dangling out of a drawer around Halloween, inspiration number one. Now what should I do with all these sweaters I have hanging around, "Oh I've made sweater pumpkins before, really pretty easy", said one new found friend, inspiration number two. Now what to do with all these sweater scraps after making all those pumpkins, remember those cute sewn mice from an Alice and Wonderland party at a friends house, inspiration number three. Really the list goes on and on (freezer paper stencils, applique, pennants, inspiration 4, 5, & 6).
But wait a minute I'm not giving them all the credit, I mean really I've got to get some recognition for having such great taste in friends, and it was me after all who stuffed 15 pumpkins, 12 stripy legs, 6 tiny mice, and cut out 48 witch's shoes.
Friday, October 4, 2013
So I know one of the steps of addiction is admitting you have a problem. Well I'm admitting it, I have a problem, and it's with Halloween decoration (really it's with all holiday decorations). Where most people have a couple of Halloween totes, I think I pull out nine or ten, not including the several I have for our annual Halloween party/spook alley. Long ago my husband made a rule, no holiday decorations until the first of the month, so I patiently wait until October 1st to haul down all my totes to begin my spookifying process. I enjoy every minute of it, and so do my children, especially my oldest. He actually starts to ask about the Halloween decorations as soon as he sees the leaves changing (he's a smart one that boy), and I think I've passed my addiction to him (oh no his poor wife). If I think about it, I believe my addiction comes from my own mother, she doubled my Halloween stash in size, and don't even ask about her Christmas decorations.
|Here she is as Mother Nature, really as the entertainment for several children at a Halloween lunch with close friends.|
So on keeping with my Halloween addiction, on October 19th we will be having our next gathering, and it will be a scary one! We're calling it a Which Craft (it's a play on words : ) ), and along with some of our usual treasures, it will also be full of frightening surprises (keep checking there is plenty more to come).
|Notice the eerie black widow painted by local artist Jamie Wayman|
|Great fall carved acorns both small and large|
|Plenty of apothecary jars for your creepy crawlies|
Really I think it will be just another Halloween celebration, one with vintage finds, handmade goods, free witches brew (warm cider), and disemboweled pastries (doughnuts). Load everyone up, on October 19th for some haunted fun with A Huntsville Gathering. So here's to forgoing my feelings of me being a Halloween hoarder, and hoping that my "addiction" may actually be making for some pretty great memories!