Our little pink butterfly is finally asleep after a long night of trick-or-treating. There is enough candy in the house to last until next year. Hope you had a Happy Halloween too!
If you're looking for a fun Halloween project to do over the weekend this Halloween box scene by Joel Henriques is just the ticket! Above is Lizzie's version with a few leaves added to the spooky tree and a small hill with flowers in the background--I tried to make it into a gravestone but Lizzie insisted that flowers were lacking. She'll have fun playing with it all weekend until it's time to head out for trick-or-treating.
Looking down at my makeshift, outdoor light-box this morning I'm realizing that I'll need to start photographing indoors by a window soon. It was chilly and windy which is not a good combination when taking product photos. That cup of coffee was the only thing keeping my hands warm between shots! Yes, more holiday blocks are on the way into the shop.
With the recent onslaught of toy catalogs arriving in our mailbox (only eight weeks until Christmas!) I thought I'd share one that I truly enjoy pouring over. Sometime last year I purchased this circa 1950's toy catalog. If I remember correctly, I paid around thirty dollars for it--more than anything in the catalog was originally sold for. Don't forget that you can click on any of these pages to get a closer look as some of the descriptions are priceless. For instance on the image below..."dolls are more fun than people". Enjoy!
Our jack 'o lantern carving efforts were successful! All three of us were pleased with how they turned out and we had a bunch of fun making them together.
We're planning to carve our pumpkins this weekend. Lizzie posed for me with the one she picked out. She was emphatic on choosing one that she could carry all by herself.
We didn't want the mini pumpkin to feel left out of our photo shoot.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Did you ever draw patterns with a Spirograph as a child? I picked up a copy of Kenner's 1967 Spirograph instruction booklet at an antique shop in Alma, Kansas a few months back. The designs are mesmerizing to look at and as I remember it kind of puts you in a trance to draw them too. You can view a collection of the various sets manufactured over the years right here and don't miss this photo of an obsessive Spirograph-ist.
Here is Lizzie's list of things to do today. Yep, still into the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. 'More stuff' will include the things on my list like going to the post office, the library and possibly a couple other stores. It's going to be a busy Tuesday.
Finally....the leaves are starting to turn here in Kansas. Lizzie and I found the above evidence on one of our recent Fall walks. Our routine 1.1 mile jaunt around the neighborhood always produces new things to document.
A bird flying south for winter? There were so many soaring overhead but the snapshot only caught one.
The destination during this time of year are some large jack-o'-lantern yard ornaments in a cul-de-sac we pass. As long as I promise that we'll "visit the pumpkins" I have a very willing walking partner.
Once home we empty our pockets and document the treasures on the front stoop. Polly Pocket always claims the acorn tops for use as hats and bowls.
One of many benefits in starting this blog nine months ago has been the connection to designers and artists around the globe who share an analogous fondness for the little things in life. For instance, I love Turning Pages, a blog by the talented Ellen van de Sande, a graphic designer of North Holland, Netherlands. Ellen's blog is full of wonderful design finds and from time to time she shares images from her amazing collection of vintage games. When you visit Ellen's blog be sure not to miss the side bar filled with her doodles--they are a definite treat!