Halloween Memories

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Well, it’s Trick-or-Treat time again, and Princess Buttercup and her friends are ready!

This year they are going to dress up like characters in Steven Universe and hit several neighborhoods.

Last year, one of the dads put on a scary mask and overcoat and started following us from way back. If we would stop, he would stop. It was so freaky. When we got back to the hostess’s house, he came right up to one of the girls in the group.

I was ready to pounce on the guy and protect the girl with every bit of the mother bear instinct inside me.

Then he took off his mask, and the girl was like, “Dad!!!”

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I remember having a green witch mask one year.

Do you remember wearing those plastic masks with the little circle breathing hole in the mouth and nostrils?

Those things were hard to breath in, got sweaty (icky!!!), and my long blond hair always got tangled in the elastic band that held the mask on.

What are your favorite Halloween memories?

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Thanks so much to the following eBay sellers for being so kind and giving me permission to post their masks:

Yellowildflowers for Wonder Woman mask.

3rdflrretro for witch mask.

 

 

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Creative Calendar for July 2016-2017

I decided that I needed a desk calendar in addition to the calendar on my phone. It’s just so much easier for me to see what’s going on and to be able to quickly write down an appointment date without fumbling with texting in the appointment name on my phone.

I found this handy calendar that Wal-Mart was clearancing for only $2! Woohoo!  It is a July 2016-2017 calendar, so I’ll get a year’s worth of use out of it.

The fact that it was boring made it even better.  Yay!!!!! Craft time!

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Blue, white, and gray. With mostly a lot of white negative space.

So what should I do with the top? Acrylic paint it? Be-ribbon it?

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Bling it on, baby!

 

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Ta-da!

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I tore apart a dated bracelet and a necklace that had gotten twisted up beyond repair.

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I hot-glued the beads/sequins and simply taped the bunting string around the back of the calendar.

I did all of this yesterday, fully intending to post when I was done. But time got away from me, and I had to go pick up Princess Buttercup from school.

In other news today…

My friend Kim texted me that there was an estate sale given by Seven Sisters. I got there late but scored big with the vintage linens and wall paper. $10 for everything! More on what I’ll do with it next week.  I’ll also let you guys in on the next Seven Sisters sale. Stay tuned!

A Road Trip to Cullman — Festhalle Market Platz

veggies_farmers_mktThe Festhalle Market Platz is an outdoor farmer’s market covered by a huge wooden-framed pavilion that provides its customers a place to buy the freshest vegetables, artisan breads, canned goods, food trucks, and whatever else you can think of.

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Located in the downtown Cullman area, visitors may shop there from April – October, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

My friend K and I headed south of Huntsville last Saturday and found that Cullman had streets blocked off to promote the long pedestrian area. We parked for free and walked across the old train tracks to eat lunch at Rumors, a delicious Cullman, Alabama deli, where we both chose the chicken salad.

Oh, it was sooooo good!

Afterwards, we walked along the farmer’s market to see what was what.

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Cindy of Cindy’s Creations offered her flavorful Hot Chow Chow that goes great on hotdogs or can stand alone with chips.

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Cindy says, “This is one of the best things that I sell, along with the Cowboy Candy.” This entrepreneur is around my age and is in her 3rd year of business college. What an inspiration to me, personally!

She also takes pottery classes from a fellow Festhalle Market Platz vendor who runs  Abbott Pottery.

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Beautiful texture–from Sandra Abbott.

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the road trip story, when K and I visit one of my favorite stores on the face of the earth: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. (Note: Very photo intensive!)

 

Packing up Christmas Stuff and Avoiding the Post-Christmas Blues

Christmas_decorations.jpgIt’s that time of year when I have to pack our Christmas stuff away after having it out only about three or four weeks.

After all the presents are unwrapped and we’re heading into New Year’s Day, I typically get a big wash of post-Christmas blues.

No fun.

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The bare, naked Christmas tree.

But over the years I’ve found a way to minimize the blues.

I find that if I invite kids over while I’m un-decorating (dis-decorating??) the tree, things are a lot more festive.

Yesterday, we invited a sweet friend over to hang out with Princess Buttercup while I took down the ornaments from the tree.

Her mom stayed a couple of hours and we talked over coffee and caught up on each other’s lives while the girls played. When the mom left to go run errands, I took down the ornaments and enjoyed shrieks of laughter and the sounds of girlish gab.

It made me happy.

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No worries, I’ll get to bring all of these out next year!