Let me just admit that I'm usually a Halloween stick in the mud. I have been for years now. Fall just whisks by with me rarely succumbing to the slightest bit of decorating or celebration of the changing season, and I especially ignore Halloween. Somewhere along the line, I guess when my kids grew up, I gave up Halloween with all the pressure of costume deadlines and having to open the door to large man-sized guys wearing black capes with their heads and faces and covered with hoods just because it was Halloween. I sure did love going trick or treating as a kid, but that love didn't follow me into adulthood.
This year, however, with the pressure off from costumes, and ever since the Great Pickle came to grace the wall of my dining room, and pumpkins came home with us from the pumpkin patch, my attitude shifted a bit and I decided to get in on the fun and do a little something.
Everyone is headed to the masquerade!
Since this was a free project and one I figured wouldn't require that much of me, I gave it a whirl, choosing a time when Casey was at work to make the masks and get them onto our living room pictures so she would discover them when she came home.
Turns out it was a bit more time consuming than I expected. The big masks were much easier to make than the tiny ones, but cutting out the eye holes was a bear on the little ones! I had no exacto knife within easy reach or it might have been much simpler. And I was making up some of my own patterns to get the correct sizes and working at lightning speed to get done before Casey walked through the door.
Unamused by the eye dressings I gave her?
I downloaded some masks I found online and tried copying Carlene's masks as well because I wanted a variety. I managed to copy a Batman mask for my son and my nephew and made a couple of different ones for everyone else. Some worked in the sizes I originally made them, but others had to be reworked to fit the faces. One of the masks has a kind of Cat Woman vibe to it. I guess that fits since we have Batman in the mix.
After I got these underway, I also saw THIS by Tracy at Crows Feet Chic. These hats would be another fun addition to framed pictures. "The Oak Gulch Ladies' Aid Society;" they look positively witchy! Tracy's going to be decorating for a Halloween party, so check back with her to see what she comes up with! I'm betting it'll be spooky good fun!
Well, I'm pretty excited; today the washer arrives. (We didn't get a dryer yet after all. Too expensive. I didn't want to wipe out every penny I had, so we are going to wait on that.) I spent my evening last night after work clearing a path to where the washer goes from the storage area that once was a garage before we added a room in most of it. This involved lots of shuffling of stuff and piling things up precariously, both in the storage space and in the craft room and the adjacent bathroom. It was quite a feat, but since I wouldn't buy washer hoses (since I already had them), I was told the delivery guy will not bring the washer in and install it. He will only drop it at the door. So I figured I'd better have the simplest way to get it into place without having to go up and down the two steps into the house and then back down a step into the laundry area. That means it will have to go through the usually filled garage storage area, through the usually crammed craft room and through the usually somewhat blocked hall...the stuff has to go somewhere!
So in preparation for the delivery of the new washer, I did some unbelievable arranging of junk last night, and then afterwards, I got ambitious, made a decision (Woo!). I pulled out all 16 of the wood pieces (large cabinet doors) I got for free from a pile on the side of the road a while back and took off as much of the hardware as I could get off and threw the wood away. I know we'll be needing that immediately now that it's in the trash, but it was hogging about 4 feet of space and my plans for it were iffy. Gotta do what you gotta do.
I'm getting there!
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