Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ready for Halloween

 This was a very fallish weekend.  In fact it was so chilly it was almost wintery!  Tom and I decorated for Halloween yesterday, and went to a local pumpkin farm today.

 The dining room is more about whimsy and enchantment than spooky, so we just did fall decorations in here.

The entry is a mix of fall, with our assorted pumpkins, and Halloween, with a mask on Hestia and bats on the walls.

 The bust on the table has a hat and mask, and the homemade spooky mirror I made a few years ago is back up.

We got a new openwork bat bowl, and inside of it we put dried moss, glow in the dark creepy snakes, and a single candle.

The mantel is all ready for Halloween.

The candles on one side say eek, and the other side says boo.  (the antlers were humanely acquired)

A bunting of vintage style black cats and pumpkins hangs across the bay window.

And an incredible piece of cross stitch made by a friend is hung in the kitchen.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Wedding Anniversary Fit for a Couple of Kids!

Today was Tom and my sixth wedding anniversary, and we spent it the best way possible...proudly acting like six year olds!

First we went out to a breakfast of sugary pancakes and bacon and eggs.  Then we came home to exchange gifts.  We really like to try to play off of the traditional anniversary gifts every year.  Six years is traditionally "iron and candy." 

Tom's gifts to me were...

Frozen shimmering jelly beans!

A plush Olaf who loves big hugs!

And most brilliantly and romantically (imho), to fulfill the "iron" part of the traditional gifts, he got me a wrought iron facade piece...authentically from the actual Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World!  He knows how much I love WDW and the Haunted Mansion in particular, so it was an extremely romantic and creative take on the theme.

When I heard that the theme this year was candy, I immediately glommed on the idea of doing a Wreck it Ralph theme.  Wreck it Ralph, FYI, is one of Tom's two favorite Disney movies.  He loooves it.  And despite what a hit movie it was, they really didn't release very much merchandise for it at all.  Especially adult merchandise, specifically men's shirts.  Which is ridiculous, because the movie basically was made for nostalgic 30-40 year olds who grew up with the arcade games the movie references. 

Anyway, I'm ranting, but the point is...I've been looking for a cool Wreck it Ralph shirt for him for ages, and there was nothing out there.  Then finally I found this shirt on Ebay, which was totally his style, and grabbed it up.

Continuing in the Wreck it Ralph theme, I got him a keychain with a sculpt of the cookie medal Vanellope makes for Ralph.

My final present was interactive.  In the movie, Ralph and Vanellope make a race kart for her to race in her game, Sugar Rush.  When we got home from breakfast, I ran into the living room and set up this display, with the theme song to Sugar Rush playing on Spotify (from the soundtrack). 

Yep, I went out and got a ton of candy and frosting and graham crackers and marshmallows etc etc etc, and we made our own race karts, like in the movie!!!

Here's my finished kart:

And Tom's:

We watched the movie as we made our crazy creations.  

Next we drove to Columbus to our favorite theater to see Boxtrolls:

We tried to get a picture together, but the employee who took it for us totally cut off the picture and it was all blurry :(

Boxtrolls was extremely charming and fun of course...Laika has another masterpiece under their belts. 

We then went to the Disney Store and bought a Minnie Mouse Halloween plush, and an Elsa doll.  Have I mentioned yet that we're just a couple of proud kids?  :)

Dinner was at Olive Garden, and then we finished our day like a couple of grown-ups, with a photography and fine art exhibition by dear friends of mine.

Some familiar faces were on the walls! :D

And I saw some dear friends I hadn't seen in far too long.

All in all, a VERY excellent day. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Neddy The Green Man

My Toby Froud Green Man arrived a few days ago, and I was instantly smitten!  He's marked 34/50, so if you were thinking of getting one, I'd do it soon!

His spot in the house is right at the bottom of the stairs, above the silhouette of Ned and Topsy, also known as William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.  

You can see Toby's other Green Man above the front door in the above picture.

In fact, the Green Man rather reminds me of Ned, so I've decided that's his name!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Birds and Flowers

This morning I woke up to a sight that made me chuckle.  The trellis in the middle of the flower bed by the garage has two or three little metal birds in the design of it.  Well...this morning a flock of tiny birds decided it made a good perch, so there were many many more *real* birds on the same trellis. 

There were even more, but by the time I got my camera....

Our back yard has become quite the bird habitat, and I'm loving it.  We've had three bird families so far nest in our tree this year.

I got some good sweaty hard work done on pruning the raspberry bushes, and the remaining primocanes are all woven along the fenceline, which makes the garden look infinitely more neat.  And then I picked a bouquet of flowers from the garden for my Grandma, who has been recovering from a surgery.

Fern, Black Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Calendula, Bachelors Buttons, and Sedum

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catty-Corner Cottage Garden Tour 2014

I had such a good time doing the video tour of the completed dining room, I thought it might be fun both for sharing and for keeping a record of do a video tour of my yard and garden this summer! 

A few screenshots from the video:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Twelve Dancing Princesses Dining Room -- DONE!

The Twelve Dancing Princesses walking in trance-like procession across all four walls of my dining room...are completed!!!  And they have been for a few months now.  But I kept hoping to get better pictures of them than the ones below...professional pictures, though I don't know how to take the best shots.  But I figured if I wait that long, everyone might have forgotten about the project before I do my "grand unveiling." 

So instead, here it is!!  Bada daaa dummmmm!!!!

I am still having an internal argument about whether or not to add a gothic arch acorn border stencil I found online below the chair line in gold and burgundy.  I vacillate almost daily over whether I should or not.  But otherwise, the room is done!

Perhaps showing the room best of all, here's a 7 minute video tour of the room from all angles and with all the princesses featured.  Video best seen expanded to full page.

And finally, once again best seen viewed in large size, here are all twelve of the princesses!

Friday, June 20, 2014