I have recently begun re-reading "Great Expectations", and am truly inspired by the melancholy character Miss Havisham. (If you aren't familiar with this Dickens classic, you can read more about Miss Havisham here.) So inspired in fact that one of my main goals is to incorporate this character into my Halloween decorations. (You can see one element of my decorations here.) I'm still in the planning stages, but I hope to share my progress here.
The above pictures are from this photostream, which is definitely worth a look around.
I purchased this candelabra at an auction a couple of months back for just a couple of dollars, and unfortunately it has been sitting in storage ever since. This weekend I decided to drag it out, and with the assistance of Krylon, gave it an entirely different look.
Can't forget the underside.
I have big plans for this little candelabra, which may or may not have something to do with Halloween. I'll be sure and post pictures once it's completed.
One of my favorite childhood memories is that one week in late summer when the fair would come to town. My family lives in a very rural area, and the fair was a pretty big deal. I remember being a child in the back seat of the family car, making the trip to town to drive by the fair the night it opened. The bright lights of the rides glowing in the night sky, stirring up quite the feeling of anticipation and excitement in my little kid self.
Not only did we go to ride the rides, savor in some tooth-rotting cotton candy, or on occasion sashay our little selves across the pagent stage, we would also enter items in the exhibit barns. It was quite fun deciding on what flowers, vegetables, and/or craft projects to enter. Zinnia's, Marigolds, and fuzzy poster's usually being my items of choice.
As children do, my sister and I grew up and life got busy. The fair lost it's luster, and we stopped entering things into the exhibit barns, sans this year. This year I decided I was going to try my luck, and enter a couple of pictures I had taken just to see how I would do. First of all, I must tell you that I am not a photographer. I'm just a girl with a camera who likes taking pictures of random things.
Here are the two pictures I entered:
Neither was framed elaborately (the frames actually came from the dollar store), nor were they professionally developed ( unless you consider those print-it-out-yourself machines at Rite Aid professional). However, that didn't deter me in the least. I was proud of them, and I hoped the judges would like them as well. Evidently, the judges saw something they liked, because my photograph of the lizard won third place, and $2.00 in prize money!
I would love to hear about your favorite childhood memory, so feel free to share!
I spent much of this weekend working on several different craft projects, some of which included items for Artsy Mama's Sweet & Sinister Swap. I'm really pleased with the progress I've made thus far, and would love to show you some sneak peeks. However, I know that my swap partner reads my blog, and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise.
So instead, here are a couple of pictures of some Halloween inspired items I've made in the past:
The two pictures above are of a very daunting work in progress project. Several years ago I was in the market for a fixer-upper camper that I could essentially strip to the bare bones and make my own. I knew I wanted one that had "good bones", and that had a lot of potential when it came to customizing it to my own specifications.
After looking high and low for what seemed liked forever, and not finding a camper I was completely happy with (i.e. price, condition, etc) I was ready to give up my search when one day, less than five miles from my house, I saw this little gem with a "For Sale" sign plastered on the front. I knew immediately it had to be mine! After talking to the owner, and striking a deal she was all mine. I was so excited! The interior was in good shape, or so I thought. After ripping out a great deal of the inside we were surprised to see that it had quite a bit of water damage. Needless to say, we had to remove paneling, insulation, wiring, etc.
Work is currently stalled on this project, but once some progress starts to show I will definitely take pictures, and post them here.
In the mean time, here are a couple of pictures from my Flickr favorites of campers that I love, and that are a great source of inspiration!
Miss Elsie from the wonderful blog "A Beautiful Mess" had a great post a little while back listing her "4 Simple Goals," and being the obsessive list maker I am, this prompt couldn't be any more perfect for me. So, without further adieu here are my "4 Simple Goals:"
1. To Keep This Blog Going. I'm giving myself a time frame of six months, I think that will allow me enough time to get a feel for this new environment, but short enough so I don't run the risk of becoming bored. I want to have meaningful, and interesting things to say, and the minute I feel as though these two things are falling to the wayside, then I'm signing off.
2. Restock my Etsy shop. The shelves in my Etsy shop have been bare quite long enough. I want to find interesting items that both my customers and I love.
3. Work on making my dream of owning my own home a reality.
4. Complete some (if not all) of the unfinished projects I have laying around my home. I'm notorious for starting a project, and never seeing it to completion. However, this does not dissuade me from beginning another project, which results in the same outcome. I must learn to end this vicious cycle.
I tried to pick and list practical goals that I feel I can accomplish. If you are participating in this challenge, please leave your link in the comments.