Monday, October 31, 2011

What is that?!

Happy Halloween – but I’ll get to that later. Really, I will. First I wanted to have some photo fun. Seriously, I am not above messing around with visual effects on Halloween. Before you get too excited that you might see something fantastic, let me say I’m sorry. You gotta aim low around here.

“What is that?!” my husband exclaimed peering over my shoulder at the photo below.


Could it be a freakish Halloween scene from a movie?

Nope, sorry folks – nothing quite that lively.

Here let me show you where that came from, okay?

It’s a snippet from the far left end of the photo below that I took of some pumpkin carvings at the State Fair a couple of weeks ago. Do we have some pretty cool talent around here or what?!


I hope you enjoy these faces . . .


because there is nothing like this on our porch on Halloween.


I have loads of ideas for pumpkin faces and stuff  . . .


but I’ve directed all my time and attention towards making bears and um, well, messing around with these photos. See how I prioritize?


Now to the important stuff – to all the dear readers here –

Sebastian and I would like to wish you a very, very


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Two Kinds of Boxes

What is it with my posts having numbers in the titles lately? Never mind. Let’s proceed.

Here we are one day away from Halloween and I thought I would mix it up a bit today – combine a couple of holidays in a strange and bizarre sort of way. All in good fun, of course. And it has to do with boxes.


I love creating my bears&boxes pieces. The exciting bit after they are all done is seeing them from the outside and then opening them up to reveal the surprise on the inside.


Here are a handful of Halloween boxes from the last few years. And even though the pleasure from making them has passed, I still remember how delightful it was to create them.


This one even has a poem I penned which tells the Halloween tale of the kitty inside.


Now for the mix-it-up bit.

See these shoeboxes wrapped in Christmas paper? They have surprises inside them too, but not of my making – unless you count shopping for things like toys and toothbrushes.


They will be delivered to children somewhere in the world who might not otherwise receive any gifts at Christmas. If you want to have some shoebox packing fun, you can get the details by clicking here.


One day left in the 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Fearsome Foursome

I am looking with fondness at two photos from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The reason is because I think we are having our first taste of a cold, nearly freezing, wet and rainy autumn day and these take me back to Florida where the weather was wonderful and warm.

The costumes that Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet and Pooh were wearing were terrific and so appropriate for each of them - almost. Pooh as a bee and Piglet as a butterfly really reflect who they are. Tigger too as a pirate! But I have to say; I think in this case, Eeyore is my favorite because his clown outfit doesn’t quite go with his lovable gloomy Gus personality. I think I have a soft spot for the old donkey.


Sebastian is in there if you look closely – again in his fried egg Halloween costume. What a scream!

I also thought I’d include this photo I took of the castle during the fireworks show. You don’t often see the castle this color – at least I don’t think you do. What a great show it was too.


Now for the rest of the day, I am going to sew and dream of the warm and happy memories we had in Florida and at the beach while I warm my toes by the heat in my studio.

Day 3 of the 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Zoltar in a Coffee Shop

We discovered a relatively new and delightful coffee shop near where we were staying at the beach. One thing that made it unusual was its resident fortune teller. Not just any fortune teller, but Zoltar.


Did you ever see the movie Big with Tom Hanks? Zoltar was in the fortune telling machine that transformed the character that Hanks played.


Sebastian was fascinated by Zoltar, who wore a gold turban with an orange feather. He asked me if Zoltar could really tell him his fortune.  See Sebastian peering up at him?


I explained that with a few coins deposited in the machine it would return a card with a fortune, but that it was just for entertainment; that what the card said should only be taken at face value.


He looked so longingly up at Zoltar that I thought perhaps we should give it a try – just for fun, of course.


Zoltar kept his part of the bargain and presented a small yellow card for Sebastian. Are you wondering if he was happy with what it said?


I should say so! It said he had a very sympathetic nature and devoted hours to the welfare of others. It also said he had a fine mind and would be successful. The next bit about being fond of sports I wasn’t so sure of, but Sebastian said he thought that was referring to his champion cookie eating skills to which I conceded. He really latched onto the last part which said unending happiness would be his.

Here’s a photo of Sebastian clutching his precious fortune. I don’t know about the unending happiness bit but for now he is definitely a contented little bear.


Day 4 of 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Scary Dozen?

Looking back through my photos of previously created Halloween themed bears, I was surprised at how many there were since I rarely have time to make more than just two or three each year.

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I also noticed that most of them were dressed.

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I picked out a chosen few that I especially liked and decided to share them here as part of the countdown since they all had a bit (or more) orange in their outfits.

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Nearly every one of them is carrying something. I imagine that’s because I have such fond memories of Trick or Treating when I was growing up.

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Looking at these bears makes me want to revisit my patterns for twelve inch bears . . .

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and revisit my teddy bear clothing patterns and fabrics. I love fabrics.

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Maybe that’s what I’ll do as soon as I have finished a few other things currently on my table.

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In the meantime, if you’ve read this far through this post, I have a game for you.

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Soon it will be time for me to have another giveaway as I promised back when Spring turned to Summer.

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I really enjoy giveaways this time of year. They’re so . . . so . . . festive!   That’s the word!  Yes, festive!

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So for an extra entry in my giveaway, guess which bear in this group is my personal favorite using the numbers above the photos.  One guess only.

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You’ll get one entry just for trying. And if you get it right, I’ll give you another. Email guesses welcomed as well.  This game will only last until Halloween so if you want to play, make it quick!

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I’m doing this because apparently having a 10 Day Countdown to Halloween isn’t enough to keep me out of trouble before my upcoming show on November 12th!

Hopefully, I will be able to announce my giveaway in the near future.  Until then, it’s on with the countdown!

Day 5 0f 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Orange Squish

We were oh so fortunate four years ago when this young lady accepted our son’s marriage proposal. I have to say she’s the sanest one in the bunch – no offense to any of the rest of my family members – really. As you will see, she’s a big Disney fan and has converted the rest of us – without trying very hard at all. She has friends all over the place and here’s a few Disney ones showin’ her the love.

First up, our teddy friend and Mickey’s too, Duffy. Duffy’s Halloween costume was to dress up as a jack-o-lantern. An orange one, of course.


Here she is with another one of our favorites – Stitch. Stitch had just finished a stage show and came out for a dance party. So I guess you’d say she’d been dancing with Alien Stitch in his orange costume.


Here she is with Winnie the Pooh, or as we fans call him – Pooh. Of course, Pooh is not orange. Everyone knows that. We just like this photo and we’re all about bias when it concerns family and bears. And we couldn’t show the next photo without first showing Pooh. I think it’s in his contract – or at least it should be.


You see Pooh and Tigger go together like peanut butter and jelly or peas and carrots or candy and apples. I like all of these photos but I have given this last one a title that I think is apt – Orange Squish. Even Tiggers like to hug pretty girls!


Day 6 of the 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Funky Punkins

We went to the Farmer’s Market a week or so ago and saw an amazing number of pumpkins right from the pumpkin patch. They all were such gorgeous colors –


– even the funky ones were fascinating.


I liked the striped ones.


The pumpkins came in all kinds of shapes and sizes too – from very small ones


to those you could make into jack-o-lanterns.


Choosing the right one wasn’t easy. I mean is there really a ‘right’ pumpkin? I decided to leave that big decision to the one who offered to carry it to the car. After all, I can see faces in all of them so it really doesn’t matter much to me.


For $1.00, we also brought three of the little striped ones home. You wouldn’t want the big one to get lonely.


Day 7 of the 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bills and Webbed Feet

Since I made the rule, I guess I better live by it, huh? Doing so is going to make for some very, um, very split personality type posts. Here we are on Day 8 of the 10 Days of Orange Crazy Countdown to Halloween.

As I mentioned previously, we were at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and saw many of our favorite characters dressed up for the occasion. Sebastian wanted to get in on the fun so he also dressed up as a fried egg. (Don’t ask!)

We took him along and he was thrilled to meet Donald and Daisy, or should I say, Daisy and Donald? Ladies first as the saying goes.


These two ducks must have the patience of saints to put up with crazy people like us. But they did so with such flare and finesse. I can guarantee that we did not see their eyeballs roll back once!


Now in my opinion, Daisy’s and Donald’s bills are kind of orange, as well as Donald’s webbed feet, but alas, I wasn’t completely sure you’d agree with me so I’m playing it safe by including a few more photos of the pumpkin at the beach. After all, it was such a fleeting thing and all we have are our memories at this point. Memories and sand – in my shoes and in my car, but you know how that goes; just bringing home the beach a little at a time.




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