July 23, 2013

100 days!!! Skeleton comparison revisited

 Last year for the Countdown to Halloween challenge, I did a side-by-side comparison of the Garden Ridge $50 skeleton and the Walgreen's $30 model.  At the time, I was leaning in favor of the Walgreen's skelly.

Then this past weekend, I went back to Garden Ridge since I knew they were getting fall things in. I noticed they must have gotten a new supplier for the skeletons!  But the shoulder & hip joints have this considerably sturdier stirrup-looking attachment and the seams on the bones were not split.

I am wanting to get another skelly this year - I think I may fork out the extra $20 and get the G.R. model!  And of course I'd do an updated comparison of all 3.

I also couldn't pass up another blowmold!  Frankie was actually too tall to stand on the back seat of my car and had to recline with his feet in my back.   I know, smart people would have tossed him in the trunk or laid him down on the seat.  But where is the fun in that???

July 18, 2013

105 days! fence update

We're almost in the double digits!   

I'm made a tiny bit of progress.  Once I got the idea of where to place the fence (from Mom, of all people!!) I finally got off my carcass and went out the yard with a tape measure. 

To bring ya'll up to speed..... my problem is that kids would cut across the neighbor's dark yard and / or the ditch and try to shuffle thru the cemetery to get to the candy bucket.  Which would be fine if I didn't have a web of extension cords all over that are covered in leaves.  The blue lines are the chosen paths.

So what I've come up with is..... I'm going to need at least 70 feet of fencing!!!  The red line in my quality drawing is the future fence.  It's going to make the cemetery somewhat smaller but I'm OK with that.  And the section from big maple #2 and the driveway is going to look like it's fallen.  

The next step is to figure out materials.  I want it to be substantial enough to be seen, but not to block the view from the street.  And the top will be woven with orange rope lights - to give a nice glow and to draw attention to the fence so no one will walk into it. 


I've done some shopping here & there lately & found a couple neat things. 

 I have no idea WHY anyone would think to create wooden fruit, 
but at 49 cents each, I couldn't pass them up.  
Maybe enchanted food for the apothecary / witches kitchen?

 This is a pretty good sized case. If nothing else, it holds quite a bit!

 JOL stickers.

 These perfume bottle are neat.  I love the blue & gold one.  

 These are metal stickers, I assume are for scrapbooking?  
IDK.  But they'll look great on a spellbook!

 Window gel things.  These were at Michael's. 
Not on sale, but fairly reasonably priced, so I grabbed them. 
I put them on the bathroom mirrors and glass cabinets in the kitchen.

 fall vase fillers

 This will look neat out in the cemetery by a stone on a little metal hook. 

Nothing to do with Halloween, but I am a Detroit Red Wings fan 
and couldn't pass up a mini-Stanley Cup!

Now it just needs to cool off so I can get outside and do stuff!