Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ideas are starting!

I've been going about my business all summer, always with that thought in the back of my mind that I'm forgetting something.  I hadn't been putting much thought into my cemetery display this year, since there's nothing I feel needs to be built (since I finally got my fence!), it was just going to be a matter of arrangement.  I want to separate my beloved blow-molds from the rest of the cemetery.  I can't get the awesome blue & green LED spots that I've been dreaming about when it's all washed out by the neighboring ghost or pumpkin!  Pretty sure there's just gonna be a mosh pit of blowmolds in the smaller area of yard next to the driveway.  I can't imagine there being any rhyme or reason to their part of the display.  Maybe I need different height boxes or bleachers or something for them?  Hmm, something else to think about.

So anyhooo, I don't recall why I even had my phone out at the dinner table one night recently and I sure don't know why I was on Pinterest, but I came across this beautiful scarecrow...


And pooof.... the lightbulb came on!  

I have 5 skeletons for this year (so far).  2 pose & stays and 3 not.  
Miss Angela happens to do....5 different types of dance. 

What if I borrow a costume from each type of dance for a skeleton and pose them in a corresponding manner??  

SQUEEEEE!

She has several hundred costumes (OK, slight exaggeration, but her closet is filling up rapidly!) She does ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz & hiphop - and after 12 years, she's got quite a stash of threads. 

I promised I wouldn't mess up her costumes (some of the competition ones have been recycled and used for multiple years) so in case of rain again, I may just dress them up the night before or day of  Halloween.....or I could pose them and just drape them with black creepy cloth?  Either one would work. 
The 3 non-pose & stays will be a challenge, but between strategic fence posts and fishing string, I can make something work.  I plan to keep them all fairly close together, so they can support each other. 

Love this idea! 
I don't think I'll borrow the shoes, tho.  Have you every been around a dancer and her feet / shoes?  Those things are rotten!  I prefer not to mess with those. 

Right as I found the scarecrow, the hubby showed me this - funny!
Hmm, I'm assuming an interior PVC frame to pose the arms? 
The purple one cracks me up!

And this weekend......
I'm not all as pyscho crazy as some of those people on the Boney Bunch Love FB page (OMG, I can't wait!!!  I've been waiting for months!!  blah blah blah - get a life!!)  But I will go to the preview party and I'm sure to pick up a piece or three.  I like the lady with the wine glass and they also have a pet cemetery tart burner that looked interesting.  I don't like going to the mall, so this is one of the few things (other than teenage girl & friends) that will get me there willingly. 

And what's up with this cool weather??  It feels like fall now and it's still a month til my birthday!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Garden Ridge is stocking H'ween!

Oh excuse me - they're changing their name to "At Home" but whatever.  I knew they would have goodies out since I bought a skeleton from them in June last year or the year before.  And since Miss Angela and a friend wanted to go to the mall yesterday, I dropped them off and went to get my fix. 

I can't believe I didn't look closer at the skeletons to see if they were the same ones as last year, but I did notice they were still $50.  This place hardly ever does sales, so that's the best they'll be.  There are half-off after-holiday sales, but good luck finding anything good! 
These guys were pretty neat with their saws. 
 
These are neat, too.  But most of the items are head & arms and the rest is just hanging material.  The eyes light up on a lot of them and they make the requisite screaming. 
I like the green-caped guy.  He's nothing I'd use in my display, but I can still admire!
Fabulous!
They had a bunch of lanterns.  
You can get ones like this or non-Halloweenified ones. 
$20 for the haunted phone.  I was pleasantly surprised at the weight of this.  
Nice and solid. 
Candles.
The skull candles have bases that fit in where you'd put a tealight, which I thought was clever.
Cutes.
For some reason, when I looked at this picture when I got it off my phone, it reminded me of some coworkers. 
A bunch of yard stakes.  This is only about half of this wall. 
This is a box that looks like a book.  Very pretty & colorful. 
This guy is solar powered - it would look nice on a headstone. 
This angel was close to 4 feet tall for $150.  
A couple blowmolds and foam headstones and inflatables. 
Then some of the fun stuff that caught my attention. I love this lion!!
Those eyes!
A glass balloon bunny. 
And a frog bull-riding on a lizard.  WTF??
Alas, nothing came home from Garden Ridge / At Home with me.  
Next I wandered over to the Salvation Army that was nearby.  
I found a couple pieces for my village. 
The train engine from each side......
  
 The train caboose from each side.....
It's a happy train!
The pen is for size comparison.  
OK, and I couldn't resist.....the most confused nutcracker ever!  His vest says Police.  His badge says Security Guard and the sticker on his hat & each sleeve say National Security Agency.   
Yes.  I have well over 100 of them now.

Since I had to pick the girls up from the mall, I wandered around there, too.  In the store called Torrid (cute plus-sized clothes.  I almost can't shop there anymore- happy tangent!) I was surprised at the number of items they had with skulls!  

I stopped in Yankee Candle.  They had a big sale going on.  Their Boney Bunch Preview Party is August 2!!  I can't wait to see what they have this year! 
That candy dish is pretty awesome!
I follow a page on Facebook called Boney Bunch Love and I don't know who runs it, but they have a lot of inside info and "leaked" photos of new items.  That's where I grabbed this image.