kiddo boo craft

If you need a last minute inexpensive Halloween craft, this is one I"m doing with Henry's class on Monday.
-Got the $1 wooden frames at Michael's
-painted them with watered down orange acrylic paint (so you can see the woodgrain underneath)
-painted the little cardboard insert that came with the frame a glossy black acrylic
-do the handprint with acrylic white paint (will stain the clothes unfortunately)
-used small & big black buttons for the eyes & mouth
-went ahead and wrote everyone's name & year on the frames

So Ruthie thought it was a puppy dog, but we know it is a ghost-right.

Mine is a variation of this idea I got here.

BTW, Henry is a robot & Ruthie is Hello Kitty this year. Their pick. Ruthie sleeps with a giant hello kitty each night & Henry would will himself to become a robot if he could. Can't wait!!!

pumpkin time

Pumpkin carving time...I got a large & in charge pumpking & downloaded a carving template & made us a smiley pumpkin (well, Tim did the heavy scooping/carving). And the kids lost interest pretty quick.
I saved the pumpkin seeds, rinsed them off, tossed them in butter & salt & toasted them. YUM, I'm the only one interested them though.


Delta T-shirt designs

So I've got a friend in the MS Delta & we grew up together-Heather Dunning Short. She has more energy than anyone I know. She makes things happen. She run a cute gift shop there in Cleveland, MS-Locals & she asked me to design some T's for her incorporating all the hot spots in the Delta. These are the 2 T designs I worked up (back of the T-shirt). If you heart the MS Delta & want to reserve a T....here is their FB page or call 662-846-6816 to order one!


Getting ready for Halloween....

This makes me smile. Just sums up Halloween for me. Growing up, it was my favorite holiday. We were a candy-only-on-Saturday family, so Halloween was my dream. My sisters and I would literally roll around in our candy after the big night-sort it, count it & eat it until we were sick.

The moral dilemma of this sweet boy & the sneaky bumble bee remind me of Henry & Ruthie.


chicago trip!

Chicago!!! It was on the list & is now checked off! Perfect timing..before our family expands in March (no one is extremely willing to keep a newborn). It was a perfect trip-a long weekend & we slept in and everything. Our friends Chris & Jennifer were fun traveling partners.

 ^ seeing the big bean, so very cool in person ^
^ no kids on the trip, but went to the lego store-it felt wrong being there without Henry. windy city man made of legos! ^

^ Frontera Grill, Rick Bayless restaurant-YUM. If only I could have had a margarita! ^
 ^ Trump towers neato succulent display. ^
^ kept taking pics of buildings because there really is the coolest architecture there ^
^ ITALIAN NIGHT::::::: ^
(so we needed mustaches-right. don't worry, in the cab only.)

^ love the top two light fixtures, this vent covering light was a nice nod to the industrial-ness of chicago ^

::::::::::Art Institute of Chicago:::::::::::
thanks, jennifer for going with me. It was amazing to see some of my favorite artwork in person.

 i was all energized after the museum. blown away.
and i had flashbacks to the dorm room studying for my art appreciation class. my roommate Frances would be flipping thru the flashcards helping me remember all the fancy artists' names.