Hoping to make some little winter birds happy, I recently bought this bird feeder. I've attached it to our back kitchen door. We've had a few visits, but not many. I think those little birds quickly became aware of our resident bird watcher Bear. I'm sure he's been throwing himself against the door whenever a bird stops by to nibble.
From the photos I've spotted on Instagram it looks like The Good Mail Day opening was a lovely success. All of the artwork looks amazing and is now for sale online HERE. Hope you'll stop by and take a look... it's a great way to invest in some beautiful artwork by some talented artists.
Halloween was a success! Our evening included the neighborhood parade and pizza party, a spooky get together with friends, pumpkins filled with candy, and happy trick or treating through a beautiful old neighborhood covered in webs and twinkling lights.
As usual, I put together the costumes at the last moment. My son had originally wanted to be an Enderman, a character from his favorite computer game Minecraft. I bought black long underwear and the cardboard Enderman box mask and was so pleased with myself for putting his costume together so simply and being prepared a few weeks before Halloween. My little Enderman was so excited to test out the box head, but I kept putting it off, because I didn't want the box to get broken or crushed (between two kids and two cats, boxes don't last long in this house). Fortunately, I finally gave in and put the box together only to discover that it was much too large and awkward and the eyes were too high. It would have been an uncomfortable disaster on my wildly active and sensitive little boy. So, I quickly scanned Pinterest for a quick and easy costume that might incorporate black Long Johns, and I found a Pin that led to this fantastic costume. I love, love Sheena's beautiful photos. And costumes. So good.
I pulled out some black wool felt from my fabric stash, drew a simple bat-like shaped mask onto two pieces of felt, cut them out and stitched them together with some black elastic sandwiched in between. I'm quite experienced in felt mask making after stitching more than twenty superhero masks together for a birthday party a few years back (remember this party?)
Because I had piles of black felt on hand and didn't have time for a trip to the fabric store, I chose to use felt for the bat wings. I cut out two wings and stitched them to the underside of the arms and on either side of the torso. But this costume would work just as well (maybe even better) with some sort of stretchy black fabric.
Coincidentally, my friend made a white bat costume for her daughter. I'm not sure if we were both inspired by the same Pin or if everyone just has bats on the brain these days. She used one large sheet of stretchy white fabric that was only stitched to the underside of each arm and hung loose across the back. Also, she made the cutest white bat ears using felt and a headband so that her little girl didn't have to wear a mask. So cute. She was the littlest white pixie bat fluttering through the night.
My little bat was thrilled with his costume and it survived a day at school and Halloween just fine. And now it's his new favorite costume to wear around the house. Because that kid is always in costume... changing his wardrobe numerous times throughout the day. It's his thing.
And the little lady once again refused to be a fairie or a princess, she wanted to be something scary. After weeks of changing her mind, she finally settled on a vampire. I gave in and bought her a dark and scary dress that she's promised to wear next year, too.
She wore fangs and creepy vampire make up to complete her scary vampire costume.
We squeezed in a whirlwind trip to Chincoteague, Virginia a few weekends ago. Fall is probably my favorite time of year to visit. The weather is usually pretty amazing, cool enough for biking, but still warm and sunny and not a mosquito in sight.
We love the rugged natural beaches covered with driftwood, shells and sea creatures and sometimes lost juvenile black rat snakes who mysteriously end up in the surf. I'm sure that little snake had a story to tell and was thankful that my little girl insisted that I rescue it. Oh my.
It was so good to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a bit to wander the beaches, go for long bike rides through the marshland past gatherings of snowy egrets and great blue herons, hikes in the woods with brief glimpses of the wild ponies, visits to candy shops, the ice cream shop, and to see beautiful sunrises and sunsets from our room on the channel. We've been staying at the same little hotel for the last six years. The staff is always so friendly and they make such a commotion about how big the kids have grown. So much fun.
We had a fun visit to the pumpkin patch last weekend. The perfect pumpkins were picked (well, except for that enormous rotten one that we accidentally brought home, but we won't talk about that). The kids had fun running through the hay maze. I indulged in two orders or freshly made apple fritters... so good. We drank lemonade and lunched by the pond in the sunshine. And now I'm off to the grocery to buy a "fresh" pumpkin out of a bin that isn't cracked and leaking scary things.
We're pretty excited about this page about us in the November issue of Family Fun. We were thrilled to be contacted by the creative director a few months back about contributing to the magazine. She knew exactly which photo she wanted to include and I think she made the perfect choice. Thanks so much for thinking of us Moira Greto! Yay!
I am so pleased to have been invited to participate in a group show at Artsream Studios Gallery in Dover, New Hampshire. The very lovely and talented Lisa Solomon and Susan Schwake are co-curating this GOOD MAIL DAY exhibition which opens November 7 and runs through the end of December.
GOOD MAIL DAY will be comprised of a selection of 60 or so artists creating up to four works in postcard format. I love that all of the pieces will be the size of 4 x 6 inch postcards and pinned to the wall. I'm anticipating the best postcard wall ever.
I've really enjoyed working in this small size. So satisfying... I might continue with this beach-themed series.
I'll make sure to post the link for the exhibit when it's online. Can't wait. Yay! Thanks so much for thinking of me, Lisa Solomon!