We're all ready for the trick-or-treaters! Full bowl of candy. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Cute little Halloween greeter. Bought Louie a Halloween shirt at Old Navy. One dollar-couldn't resist. Loving my yard. Big change from when we moved in!
Here's a sneak peek at my pockets for Bluebird Papercraft's Apron Pocket Recipe Swap. I was going for a 50's diner feel. Pink Poodles and plaid. Inside the pocket is a mini menu with my recipe card inside. I found a recipe for Crock Pot Spinach Dip. You combine a cup of shredded mozarella, 1/2 cup of parmesan, a cup of cream cheese, two minced garlic cloves and a jar of artichoke hearts with a box of frozen, chopped spinach (drained). Season with salt and pepper and cook in a crock pot for two hours. I can't wait to make some.
I'm linking my Pink Saturday Post to Donnie at New Blessing Everyday. You should scroll down and find her sweet potato casserole recipe. I can't wait to try it!
EEK!! How cute is this banner! Elizabeth at Creative Breathing brought nine of us together to collaborate on this adorable Halloween banner. I was the "E". It couldn't have come out cuter. I love it and I know that I will have it on display for many Halloweens to come. Elizabeth also makes the cutest felt creatures and this time it was an adorable crow on top of a jar of buttons! So cute. I just read a blog post about improving your blog and they suggested not using the word "cute" so much. But, this is just too darn cute to call it any thing else! It is sitting on top of my new "old" piano. Believe it or not-I bought my piano at the thrift store. The salesman was so good that even though he insulted me-I had to buy it. His words were, "I'll give it to you for the senior discount (55+). I know you're not 55 but you look like you could be close...." I'm 50 and I don't look a day over 39. Wink, wink.
I thought it was a great buy. It's beautiful and a seriously out of tune piano just needs tuning. Right?! Apparently it is over 100 years old, the insides are a "birdcage design" and it is very, very hard to tune. Tomorrow the piano tuner is coming. He was the third one we called. The first two said they wouldn't even touch it. If he can get it to at least Christmas carol playable, I will be happy. If not, it is just a beautiful piece of furniture and a great place to display my cute Halloween banner.
Oh! I just have to tell you about a trip we took today. Have you heard of Craig's List? It's an online forum for everything from selling your possessions to finding a job or a home. I like to browse the antique advertisements and yesterday there was one that said "Craigsters only before the yard sale, sale". I emailed and was told I could come out today. My hubby and I took one of our drives to a nearby town. The address was an old Victorian house with a big front porch surrounded by lots of flowers and trees. I walked up on the porch and rang the bell and a cheerful voice answered the door. A senior citizen in braids, and looking a lot like an aged hippy came out on the porch and invited us out to her "garage". I don't think this garage had seen a car in many years. It was filled with shelves of "stuff". There was so much "stuff" you could hardly walk. If you like 70's kitsch, you would have had so much fun. There were many cookie jars and knick knacks. Now, I'm not big into the 70's so I was a little disappointed. We hunted around and found a few things including these cute baby and bluebird wall placques. I know at least one blog friend that would have squealed when they saw them. I'm thinking that those same friends could probably make some cute artwork and if they do I hope they'll share it with us. I also found a doll house that I'll take pictures of after the rain goes away. I'll just tell you that it is bright pink and needs a lot of work but it was only seven dollars. Even more fun than finding a few good deals was meeting and talking to the seller. I asked her if the collection was from a business and she told us that she had just collected the items over the years. She said she just retired from a teaching career and was starting to get rid of some things. Oh, how I would have loved a peek inside her house! As we were leaving and I was admiring and commenting on the beautiful garden, the owner offered us some hollyhock seeds. The hollyhocks were a beautiful dark red and I wish I'd had my camera. The gift of the seeds was worth the trip alone! Now, my question is to you gardeners-do I save them till spring or should I sow them now?