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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In Search of My Perfect Halloween...The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

I got this record when I was a kid, I don't think I was even 10 years old yet.

I still have it. It's at my mom's house. She has a turn table and I listened to it with my son a few months ago. He thought the "Chinese Water Torture" was sooo politically incorrect and, it probably is but, remember I got this record decades ago. This record means Halloween to me. When I got a little older I would darken the house and play the record when kids came for trick or treating. It would scare the crap out of them! I love the noises of the creaking house and howls and screams....AAHHHHH! What memories! When I listened to this record it meant Halloween was just around the corner and I had better start thinking of a costume. Hmmm, what to be this year?

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Joy of......

I've recently re-discovered this delicious treat. I used to eat it when I was a kid. I was the only kid in school that got a chocolate sandwich for lunch! I didn't eat it for a long time, I'm not sure why but, I was at the store a my hand grabbed a jar. I've been eating on toast and with bananas for desert. How do you eat your Nutella? Would love to hear your recipes.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Search for My Perfect Halloween Begins...

In my previous post I talked about the kind of Halloween I do and don't like. I'm going to search the web, blogland and the outside world to find the prefect Halloween and share what I find here on my blog. I'm not sure what I'll find or come up with but, I'm excited! I for sure will not be heading to the commercial Halloween stores as that's what started this search. To my joy, last week, there was one open already near my house. I got sooo excited and then I was very disappointed with overload the "sexy" costumes - sexy witch, sexy vampire, sexy Alice in Wonderland - geez when did Halloween get sexy? There was a lot of gore stuff too. I like a little blood during Halloween but, some of it just seemed gross.

Of course Hallween means different things to different people so when I say perfect, it's what perfect is to me. So let's begin with one of my favorite artists that caputures the spirit of the perfect little witch....

This is Darcie by Paulina Cassidy. She is for sale on her website, the link is on my side bar. Paulina has also created these...

It's a lovely little 1x1 inch brooch. And, it's only $7 on her site. Sooo cute!

Thank you to all that have shared your suggestions for shops to check out. I can't wait to see what awaits there!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I love Halloween but, I don't like that kind of Halloween....

I was tickled the other day when to my surprise I see a Halloween Express store at the local strip mall! And, at another mall was a Spirit Halloween store. It seems Halloween comes early to the Las Vegas area. So, of course I meandered in to soak up some trick or treat goodness.

 I was kind of disappointed. Not because the store didn't have a good supply of costumes, zombies and gore items but, I think it was because I was looking for a different type of Halloween. The gore and sexy costumes have their place but, not in my Halloween world.

I'm still trying to define what exactly what it is I'm looking for in Halloween. I guess I'm a vintage type of gal. I like jack o' lanterns with sneaky grins and black cats like the image below.....
 And witches riding broomsticks across the night sky......
And caramel apples.....

Whether you like gore, sexy costumes, monsters or cute little goblins and fairy princesses knocking on your door for candy, Halloween is a state of mind. Everyone has a different idea of what it should be. Unfortunately, I can't go to these commercial Halloween stores to get my fix. For me to get a true Halloween fix I'd need to go to Salem, MA but, that's not in the cards right now. I guess I'll have to create my own Halloween state of mind, I'm not sure what I'll come up with but, I promise to share whatever discoveries I may find.

What kind of Halloween do you like?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

It's Practical Magic Party Time Again!

Get your hats, brooms and mix up the midnight margarita's because it's time for the Practical Magic Blog Party!
Practical Magic Blog Party
I participated last year and it was so much fun. It's the perfect way to kick off fall the Halloween season. The link is posted at my side bar. Please join us.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ready for Halloween? Visit this Fun and Spooky Halloween Etsy Treasury....

I was featured in a really great Etsy Treasury. Sigh.....I'm sooooo ready for Halloween.
Spooky Spectacles

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I've Re-Opened my Etsy Shop!

Instead of sitting around and feeling lonely and sorry for myself, I've re-opened my Etsy shop! I've re-newed some items and hop to have more soon. I even have a "trick or treat" section for Halloween items (I hope to have more of these real soon.)

I'll be having a giveaway soon to kick-off the Halloween/ autumn season, so come by here again soon. Thanks for stopping by the shop!