Fall cleaning. Check out the etsy store for a little Halloween garage sale that I am having. These are items that I just couldn't stop making once I got started and ended up at the end of the season with a few leftover. Since I always seem to be making new things, I need to make some room in the storage part of the basement, five Rubbermaid tubs full of Halloween is a bit much, don't you think?
When these decorations are gone, they are gone, I won't be making anymore, on to different things!
Remember the post about the first day of school? Did I tell you the part about painstakingly writing, "Maddy K" and "Jacob K" on every crayon, pencil, eraser, scissor and what not in their pencil boxes? Well, I did do that, because helping out in the classroom weekly last year, I got to be the referee in several heated debates about who had whose pencil. The First Grade class were a bunch of sticklers on minding your own stuff. Don't try to use someone else's orange crayon, you're gonna go down, especially if you are gnawing on the end of it. Eeeeeewwwww! Now they were also wonderful at asking each others permission to use their stuff also and very gracious sharers. But don't also try to convince someone that the "chewed beyond recognition" Sponge Bob pencil is theirs. They won't except it, uh-uh, no way! So remembering all that I had witnessed, I thought it best to take the extra time (mainly thinking of the poor teacher) and label everything. So Maddy comes home that first day, "Guess what, Mom? There are THREE Maddy K's in my room!!!!" AAAccckkk!!!!! The teacher worked it out, God bless her, I bet she flashed forward to the future when she got her class list, and said a quick prayer of guidance under her breath. Our Maddy is with the "y", one Maddie will own the "ie" and the last one reverts back to Madelyn. PHEW!!!! Remind me to send that woman a couple extra boxes of snacks to make her weeks go a little smoother, she has got it going on!!!
Oh, back to Halloween, I am trying to decide if I should make another batch of these pumpkins, my absolute all time favorite of my Halloween decorations. Every year I would get my Martha Stewart October issue and she always had those cool white pumpkins which no one sold or grew around here. Then came an issue of Country Living with the white pumpkins marching down some stairs with "BOO" spelled out on them. Since Neccessity IS the Mother of Invention and I WAS a little ticked off, I decided to sew my own and by God I did!!! I made several sets and only sold like two the first year and then three the next year, Was I the only one who desired these pumpkins? They are good sized, that is my stair steps that they are on. Some sets I aged, some I left the Lumina white. I charged only $45 for the set of three, that was a price I would have gladly spent. Only nibbles, what was going on? I love the fact that they don't rot and stain the carpet. I can spin them around to the unlettered side and use them through Thanksgiving. A friend of a friends who works in a quilt store saw them and said they were really well sewn and assembled, so I didn't do shoddy work. Also this was two full years before Hobby Lobby and Michael's started to carry the foam ones, which are all exactly alike. It must just be me. I was the only one obsessed with all things Martha. I now wonder if local farmers did try to raise and sell them only to have them rot on the stands because they didn't look as pretty as the orange ones. Just ranting and wondering if I should make more, is there any interest out there?