I'll love you 'til the end of vine.
One of my all-time favorite stamp illustrators, Claire Keay, just released two new stamp sets for October, and, yes, I HAD to get my hands on this one. Well, you know, it was destiny formed more than 20 years ago.
I'm not much of a seamstress but I did try my hand at making the kids' Halloween costumes because, well, imperfections just gave them more character. They were Peter Pan (complete with fairy dust glitter), a Lady Bug and Ballerina, and then there was the year I made all four of us M&M's.
Baby Ben was just two years old when I sewed my first costume and it never occurred to me he would NOT want to go Trick-or-Treating. Oh my. I was floored, and not just because my costume masterpiece would go unused, but because of all that candy
I, oops, he would miss. After much humiliating begging and grovelling, Baby Ben agreed to try at least one door. He quickly grasped the concept of costume = candy. Smart, that kid!
Pumpkin-adorned Ben made it half way around the block with a respectfully filled bucket when one of our neighbors got into the spirit of Halloween and answered the door with a "Boo!" Well, one "Boo!" sent Baby Ben into a tizzy and we had to run all the way home. This has to be one of the most under-utilized costumes of, at least McClain family lore.
I've been a huge fan of Claire Keay every since I ran across her stamps at My Favorite Things. Oh dear, they're just so adorable. Great news – Claire just opened up a new on-line store of digital stamps called Jellypark and, if that doesn't start your engines, she's also started a new Jellypark Friends Challenge Blog with a fabulous design team headed up by Jennifer Scull. I'm crazy excited that Jennifer asked me to be their guest. I can't wait to see what's next from Claire and her friends.
Oh my goodness, gracious gravy with pumpkin pie! The entries for our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe #23 are just amazing. It's not too late for you to join in. I played by including Jane's and Kristi's fall colors, polka dots, Copic markers, thread, buttons, pearl brads, seam binding, twine, die cuts, tags, and by paper piecing, sewing, and making a bow bouquet. I also used Kristi's crepe paper idea by using Dollar store crepe paper I tea stained to match my paper. Shew!
The Catered Crop FTR23 recipe also includes the ingredient to "make us laugh." You know I can't pass up an opportunity for some bad Pun(kin)s.
A man was arrested for carving up 100 pumpkins. He must have been out of his gourd or going through a rough patch. The District Attorney squashed the motion to dismiss and the accused faced jail or a hefty vine. Orange you glad this seedy character is off the streets? That's the scoop.
Hee Hee – I warned you. Here's the rest of the recipe.
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