Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Here’s Caden in his ghost costume (with make up):

He's so Spooky!
Have fun trick or treating tonight!
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ghost Costume

Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of year for kids; the costumes, the candy, what could be better? It is still my all time favorite holiday! So when Caden came home from pre-school one afternoon devastated that some other kid told him he couldn’t be a ghost because he was going to be one, well… I kind of flipped out! Caden had been asking to be a ghost for over a month! I mean he completely had his heart set on it. The girls in his class told him he could be a giant frog instead. What?! Absolutely not! So, being the mature mother that I am (ha ha) I said, that’s crazy! You can BOTH be ghosts! But, just because he’s a rotten punk, you make sure to tell your *friend* that your ghost costume is going to be MUCH cooler than his because YOUR mom’s an ARTIST! Oh dear. Way to make friends Amy! Open mouth, insert foot! But seriously, how dare that little brat break my baby’s heart, right? Ugh. So the pressure was on to put together something fabulous, but with everything going on, I wasn’t exactly prepared for the task. We searched and searched but there wasn’t a single ghost costume to be found and it would be a cold day in hell before I just threw a sheet over my son’s head! So I obviously had to make something. But the problem is that I don’t sew and I certainly don’t own a sewing machine. However, being me, I don’t let those sorts of obstacles preventing me from doing what I need to.
So I drew Caden this rough sketch:

Which he approved. I bought some fabric, and then I went about making this:

Ekks! What do you think? I’m hoping the hair and make up will greatly improve the overall look but? Oh dear. We’ll see. Uh I guess what I’m really hoping is that Caden didn’t express my flippant comment…

Ooops! :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Porcupine Obsession

So you may have noticed that I’m mildly obsessed with porcupines…
As exemplified by this evening’s porcupine photo shoot:

But what you didn’t know is how my porcupine obsession has affected my baking… Check out the 6 layer Porcupine Cake I made for the family birthday party this past weekend:

Inspiration can be found anywhere! :)

The Last Blooms

Frost arrived weeks ago turning the Wildflower Meadow dormant (or so we thought). The Mr. went about with his usual winterizing schedule which includes cropping the meadow to prepare it for next season. However, he left the back Wildflower bank to be cut at a later date. I am glad he did because it has been interesting to watch the annual wildflowers continue to bloom and survive through the frosts. Most of the late season survivors aren’t as robust and perfect as their mid-summer counterparts but they are in some ways more beautiful. Here is an in depth look at the very last wildflower blooms:

Deer at Dawn

Enjoy this peaceful early morning moment with mom and the twins at the gardens edge:

Perfect Fall Day

Do you ever have one of those days that you think, Today Is Perfect! I wish every day was just like today? Well, here is what a perfect fall day looks like to me:

Jonathan Fraser

Hey Everyone!
Meet my cousin Jonathan!
Here we are as kids:

(The little blond with the smart ass grin would be me, and Jonathan is in the back)

Here’s Jonathan now:

You guessed it! My fabulously talented (and very handsome) cousin is the actor, Jonathan Fraser! So why am I here bragging? Well I thought you might want to know that he has recently released an exciting new movie project with Renee O'Connor (Gabrielle from Xena ) entitled:

Diamonds and Guns

Click on over there to find out more. It’s a really fun comedy! If you hurry, you can purchase a limited edition of the movie from the Diamond and Guns website and make it in time for Renee’s October art raffle! Good luck!

And be sure to check out Jonathan’s

Go find out more about my talented cousin!

Enjoy! :)

Stone Textures

Since I promised to move on to lighter topics this week, I thought now would be a good time to share the stones Caden and I collected when we were in Cape Cod. I find these stone textures to be very intriguing and inspirational but I’m not sure in what manner I would translate these textures into polymer clay or acrylic paintings? I’m still thinking about them. In the meantime maybe you’ll come up with something? Have a look: