Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sometimes I'm Super Lucky!



I won ShellHawk's Nest Jack O'Lantern giveaway. I was one of several lucky winners and I won this creepy little mini Jack! I love him he's found a Happy Halloween home!
Thanks so Much Shell!!! Please be sure to check out her etsy shop and blog!
She makes the coolest Ceramic Jack O' Lanterns! They are really stunning and spooky and perfect for house haunting! Thanks again Shell!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Origins of the Scarecrow


The origins of the Scarecrow are enchanting and creepy. A familiar autumnal symbol which dates back further than I thought. Known by many names: Jack in the Straw, tattlebogle, scare bird to name a few.
The first Scarecrows that weren't actual people were made of wood by the Greeks around 2,500 years ago. The Scarecrow represented Priapus(god of horticulture and fertility) the disfigured well endowed son of Aphrodite(goddess of love). According to lore he was abandoned by his mother in a vineyard. The keeper took him in and noticed birds and other creatures were frightened by his appearance. This tale spread through the land and the Scarecrow legend began. Farmers began erecting Scarecrows throughout the world.
I was fascinated to learn that the Pennsylvania Dutch who's human formed Scarecrow was called Bootzaman, or Boggeyman. They often used two one was the Boogey wife called Bootzafrau.
The creepy part of Scarecrow lore is that they come to life at night. They move around and protect an owners property at all costs. I admit I have had Scarecrows move around on me. I think it was the wind or my sons. Or was it? Creepy!


Here's a wonderful Scarecrow Festival I found. Check your area you may have one near you!

The information found here is from several books and online. But a really good one which talks about the origins of many Autumn symbols is Ellen Dugan's Autumn Equinox The Enchantment of Mabon.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jack O' Lantern minis


Something new from me. I've made some mini Jack O' Lantern spool boo's. They were fun to make so I'm making sets of these. Got some Witches and Black Cats started too. These JOL's will be part of a SEHA giveaway check out our FB page for more info!
Now off to paint I've got a Scarecrow ornament I've got to finish! Have a bootiful day all!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My Kind of Shoes!


My friend Wendy posted some very cool Halloween Shoes on her blog today. Here's my favorite shoes. I really need these! I think they would look wonderful with jeans and an orange shawl I have. Oh I'm so ready for fall! You can see more of these pretties here. Wishing everyone to stay cool and no melting in this heat!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Eye Candy at the Carnival!






Here's a few fun shots I took at a local Carnival. We had a ton of fun and the boys really enjoyed themselves. I think it was the perfect summertime treat! I hope you enjoy the eye candy! I'll share more later.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Are you an Autumn person?


Well if you are you will Scream with Halloween delight when you visit my friend Wendy and her blog for us Autumnal Folks! Wendy is a super talented photography and graphic artist! I love her work and her blog takes you to Halloween Town which is were some of us feel more comfortable. I won these Treats in her Dark giveaway and I'm so excited to frame up my Witch print. Oh and she has an Etsy shop too which is filled with Halloween Treats and Spooky Goodies! Thank you again Wendy!

I am going to Michael's today for some fall inspiration. I heard the Fall stuff is out. It's next door to the book store. My oldest will be turning 11 and he asked for a book for his Birthday! He's an easy one to shop for and I love that reading is his thing for now anyway! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend stay cool if you can!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fall La La La La!



Finished these Fall Leaves! Took the boys to the lake today it was nice to get out and enjoy summer. It feels like it's going by too fast. Now I'm back to painting some scarecrows and cats!
Leaves are here if you'd like to take a peek!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Harvest Moon and some Moon Lore


I finished my newest Harvest Moon Ornament. His smile is slightly menacing and he is full of craters. If you'd like to see more of him he's hanging out here.
The Harvest Moon is the Moon which occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. A rare occurrence is when it appears in October which only once every three years. The Harvest Moon appears brighter at this time allowing farmers more harvest time. The color of the Harvest Moon is magical. The Moon itself does not change. It's the air which it passes through containing dirt, dust and pollen which gives it an orange glow. Later on as the Moon rises high in the sky the color then changes to a golden yellow. A perfect color to allow you to see a Witch flying by!

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Perfect Blossom


A pumpkin of course! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. I'm busy trying to finish up some fall leaves and a harvest moon. I hope to have them listed on ebay this weekend. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A huge Thank You to Marzel & a Skeleton Key and SEHA Giveaway!



I was one of the winners of Marzel's Dark Tea Party giveaway! Thank you! You can find Marzel at her blog Play of Light and Shadow. She is a very a talented artist and a very generous friend! Even though many of us live across the world we are connected here and I'm very grateful to have such wonderful friends.
My latest Ornament is a Skeleton Key he has a darker side but is still whimsy. Skeleton Keys are also known as pass keys. Which can be used to bypass a lock. The stems resemble a skeletal figure. The locks hole is often shaped like a skull. Mine is for a Vampire I think.
SEHA is having a giveaway on our Facebook page. You can sign up here!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fireworks in the Garden!





Happy 4th of July! Here's what's blooming in my garden. I've got black eyed susans, butter and eggs, bell flowers and lilies. Have a wonderful 4th and the rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wool Challenge Pumpkin Man ornament


I finished Pumpkin Man ornament! I made this as part of Brenda's Wool Challenge. Thank you so much Brenda! It was fun seeing what I could make with the wool you sent. I've never worked with wool before. I didn't felt it. I pulled the wool into long strands and then wrapped it around a wire body. I used a twig for his stem and felt for his collar and face.
I'd also like to wish everyone a very Happy & Safe Holiday weekend. It's going to be very hot here. Sound like a beach weekend to me!