Cool Stuff I Like


October 7, 2011

I might have to do what you see above to one of my pumpkins.

What I want to know is, IS IT TOO EARLY TO BEGIN CANDY CORN CONSUMPTION? I got a rad witch hat, which is going to be a big step up from my usual Halloween costume which consists of me wearing my pajamas and pigtails for my ‘baby’ costume. I highly suggest you try this costume. Just put on your jammies and hold a stuffed animal and do the pigtails. Costume achieved! (Note: Ridiculousness also achieved.)

Julia really wanted me to be a leopard/cheetah/ocelot/whatever-the-heck-her-costume-is with her but then I got a gander at the price for the matching Mom cheetah costume. Um, that’s a big negativo. Mama is just going to put on the hat and black clothes and call it a day!

Let’s see some COOL STUFF shall we?

Check out this Poptart Cat video. (Feel free to lose your mind if you watch it for the full 3 minutes. My husband felt the need to send this link to me. Oh and Julia thought it was FANTASTIC. I’m guessing you will also be able to entertain/mindlessly amuse your child with this.)

Lego Haunted Houses.

Cookie Cutter Ginger Crisps!!

Pumpkin Doughnuts!!!!

LOTS of fun Halloween craft/treat ideas right here. (via OneCharmingParty)

Just saw these FAB Halloween cards over at Not Your Average Ordinary.

An entire blog devoted to vintage Halloween! I admire the commitment.

Cool Book of the Week: ‘Skelly The Skeleton Girl’ by Jimmy Pickering. Not scary! CUTE. Julia thinks it’s adorable and she’s read it three times in the past 48 hours. All about a friendly little skeleton girl who’s looking amongst her sweetly spooky pals to see who will claim ownership of the missing bone she found. Did you know that ghosts don’t have bones? Yep.

HAVE A MARVELOUS WEEKEND! What are you up to?

(Image Credit: Pinterest, I was unable to locate the source. If someone lets me know, I'll gladly link and credit!)

Vintage Halloween


October 6, 2011

Halloween is a big, big deal in our family. We all just love it! Christmas is still the all-time winner, but Halloween is definitely the next-best holiday for us. From the time I was old enough to open a book and read it, I was drawn to stories about witches, ghosts and supernatural creatures and happenings. And little Julia seems to be following in my spooky footsteps.

You know what else I love? Victoriana! If you love all things quaint and old-timey as well, then you are going to flip over the offerings at D. Blumchen & Co. Don’t you just love the ‘Cutie Pie Witch on a Pumpkin’ greeting card up above?

‘Old Fashioned Halloween Stickers’, $5.95. ‘Old Fashioned Halloween Postcards’, $6.95.

‘Halloween Nostalgia Wreath’, $32.00.

‘Shadow’s Midnight Meanderings’ ornament, $66.

‘Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards’, $6.95.

‘Halloween Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear’, $17.95 sale price!

‘Classic Ghost Stories’, $3.50. ‘Great Ghost Stories’, $2.00. Two dollars, really?

‘Pin the Tail on the Cat Game’, $5.95.

‘You are Invited!’ Halloween Party Invitations, $9.95.

‘Black and Orange Halloween Candy Assortment’ ornaments, $38.

How about you? Are you a fan of the Victoriana Halloween-ness? I would love to have the Gypsy Fortune Telling cards for a party! I just right now decided that I want to have an old-fashioned vintage Halloween party someday, and we’ll all play old-fashioned party parlor games and have treats that I’ve found in some book from the 1920’s. Ok maybe that won’t taste awesome. And everything will be all glowy and candle-ish. Oooh I just got myself all very excited about the party in my mind that I’ve just envisioned!

Halloween Cats


October 5, 2011

Today is Halloween Cat Book Day!

Do you think we should dress up Sally as a Halloween cat? She love loves hanging out with Julia on her bed, which is very sweet, but whenever I see her on the bed all I can think is, Oh HELLO future allergies!

I had the realization that I’m never going to be able to cover all that I want to show you if I don’t throw a bunch of books together. . . so let’s take a peeky at some cheeky kitties!

‘Jenny’s Moonlight Adventure’ by Esther Averill is one of a series. Love the art deco art style! Just the right amount of text/story for where 5 1/2 year old Julia is at right now. Will Jenny save the Cat Club’s Halloween celebration by rescuing her cat friend’s prized nose flute? (That’s right. Nose flute.) Answer: yes.

Julia adores ‘Cat Nights’ by Jane Manning, which we got last year. Did you know that a witch can only change into a cat 9 times before she remains a cat forever? Felicity the witch really loves being a cat! Cliffhanger: Will she decide to change for the 9th time? (Spoiler alert: Felicity REALLY loves being a cat!!)

Just recently read the classic ‘Millions of Cats’ by Wanda Gag! The black and white art reminds me of Lois Lenski. Such a fun tale about the issue of Too Many Kitties.

I’ve got another great cat book for you, but I really have to do that one by itself. GAAAH! So much awesome Halloween material! So little time!

Tiny Tot Tuesday: Pumpkin Moonshine


October 4, 2011

I just got my hands on a Tasha Tudor book I’ve been hankering over for ages. I’m kicking myself that it took me so long to get it because the text is a little too simple for Julia, but she still really liked it and it will be a good one for her to practice her just-beginning-to-read skills.

Or should I say SKILZ. Because it’s more fun that way. Sigh. Apparently it’s going to be one of those days where I write all CRAY-ZAY. Maybe I’ve had too much PUMPKIN MOONSHINE!! (Get it???? Oh wow. It really IS one of those days!)

I’m OBSESSED with Tasha Tudor. I’m trying to collect all of her works, the way I am trying to collect all the works of Gyo Fujikawa. Tasha’s art, her enchanting tales of old fashioned life in New England. . . I just can’t get enough! She’s an American Lit Legend. I’ve asked my husband to give me the Tasha Tudor cookbook for Christmas, I hope he delivers! (He says I need to remind him. IS INTERNET SHOUTING ENOUGH OF A REMINDER?)

Love love this sweet sweet book.

So darling!! It’s all about little Sylvie finding the perfect Halloween pumpkin, only to have it roll away from her, escape down a hill and cause great havoc in the barnyard. Then her ‘grandpawp’ helps her to scoop it out and create the perfect ‘Pumpkin Moonshine’ for Halloween night. Julia was very fascinated by this wording. “What’s a pumpkin moonshine? Isn’t it just a pumpkin?”

I think we all need start calling our pumpkins PUMPKIN MOONSHINES, don’t you? And does anyone have a recipe? Tee hee.

Owls Owls Everywhere


October 3, 2011

Have you all read ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell? Such a fun story for the preschool and toddler set about three owl siblings who are impatiently waiting for their Mama to fly home. It was one of Julia’s favorite books when she was three.

Once when I was growing up on Maui, I saw a Hawaiian owl, the pueo, flying at night. They are endangered and very rarely seen. In Hawaiian culture, pueo are considered to be among the animals who serve as aumakua, which are protective ancestor spirits. It’s thought very lucky to see one, and in the whole of my life living in Hawaii, I only saw one once.

You can find more kid friendly information about the Hawaiian owl here.

I’ve put together a gathering of feathered owly friends for you today and I’m wondering, what makes owls seem so seasonally appropriate for this time of year? We recently saw a bird exhibition at the zoo, and the snowy white barn owl was SO BEAUTIFUL! My favorites from this round-up are the owl blocks and the mobile. How about you?

1) ‘In My Tree’ by Sara Gillingham, $8.99; 2) Owl Mobile, $49.98; 3) Forest Friends Block Puzzle, $14.98; 4) Owl Snuggle, $32.98; 5) Embroidered Owl Plush, $65; 6) Owl Apron Knot Dress, $40; 7) Night Owl Lamp, $59.98; 8) Hoot Owl Hoot! Game, $14.98; 9) Child’s Owl Mask, $10.



October 1, 2011

Oh how I love this month. . .

Happy candy corn eating, pumpkin picking, cider drinking, spooky book reading and cozy sweater wearing!

(Image credit: Flickr via Greenlikeglass photostream)

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