Monday, October 20, 2014

Holiday Handicraft by Nina R. Jordan

When my wife and I were first married we lived about 5 blocks from the downtown Victoria Public Library. Friday nights we would walk to the library, browse the shelves, and then wander back home with our selection of books. Trish discovered this book and after that we borrowed it several times. We went to a library book sale and there was our book, needless to say we bought it. I hope you enjoy the Hallowe'en party ideas, her drawings are delightful.


There are lots of ideas in this book for other holidays; I will post them as the holidays arrive.


I know that oranges can look like a pumpkin but the flavour is TOTALLY wrong for Autumn! The farther south you live you will most likely disagree with my comment.


As a child I could never understand how the children's balloons in the drawings would float in the air, mine just hung pathetically from the string.


Popcorn balls, apples were not much appreciated but toffee apples were another matter, and fudge, all homemade, were handed out at the door along with commercial candy.


I love this illustration. For the most part the costumes were homemade using what was at hand; Dad's cloths usually.


Almost every school child made paper bag masks...


and construction paper cats, witches, and pumpkins...


These party favours are delightful. The paper cones that I created as a child didn't always look the same as the ones pictured in books or magazines but I got better at it as time passed.


This is just cute and I like it!

Purchase my Jack-O-Lantern Slipper party favour ornament here.
I have saved the commercials for the end, a guy has to make a living doesn't he! Pop over to my Etsy shop to see these items and a whole lot more.

Purchase my Black Cat Slipper party favour ornament here.
See you soon with more Hallowe'en blog posts, in the mean time have lots of fun getting ready for your party and making your costumes.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Jack-O-Lantern Twins - a 1941 primary reader

The Jack-O-Lantern Twins by Anne M. McCauley and illustrated by Vera Stone Norman was published in 1941 by Lyons and Carnahan. Having this book to read just before Hallowe'en would have been absolutely wonderful! The anticipation that it would build would be delightful. I have scanned it in it's entirety, enjoy reading it.




















Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn Rituals

 Happy Thanksgiving! 

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. We had our Thanksgiving turkey dinner yesterday. Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, it sums up my love for Autumn.


I don't know about you but I have seasonal rituals. When late summer arrives I start collecting dried seed heads and flowers. Once Autumn arrives I begin picking up leaves and bringing them home. The mantel obligingly accepts my little tokens of our walks so this is an ongoing assemblage of "stuff".


You can see that a few weeks later there are more leaves and seed heads; a black turned wood candle stick found at Salvation Army has aslo been added to the ever growing accumulation. My wife's birthday cards were added to the mantle as well.


Another of my rituals is the front door urn. I bought this giant metal urn with birthday money several years ago. It was on sale, the price tag was no where to be found, the sales girl looked it up on the computer, it was the last one left and had been marked down even more. I love a deal!

I never know exactly what I will do with the urn but I start collecting bits and pieces to use during the late summer gardening. This year I pruned the crab apple tree. There was a very large branch that I wondered if it would fit in behind the urn, it did, and it looks great.

I had also pruned the myrtle tree so I used some of it in behind the urn to frame it.


Here is a closer look at the urn. The top of the urn is covered with chicken wire and then with dried grasses and leaves to hide the wire.


There was so much myrtle that I made this huge wreath, it is at least 4 feet across.


Several weeks I have added dried elephant garlic seed heads and three very twisty oriental poppy seed heads to the wreath. The wreath has dried out somewhat and changed colour considerably. I like that it has blended in with the wall a little more. It has sagged a bit on the left hand side, I may wire it in place a bit or I may just leave it, we shall see.


We attended a wedding last week, one of the daughters of a long time friend was getting married. I love wrapping gifts for weddings so that they are totally over the top elegant. Actually I love wrapping gifts, check out  the post to see more gift wrapping that I did for a Christmas display a few years ago.


The front door decorations sat for a few weeks until we went to the country last Wednesday to purchase some squash and pumpkins. All of our squash are kept outside in the display so that they don't rot from being in the warm house. They are eaten on a regular basis so the display constantly changes; pumpkins will be added closer to Hallowe'en.

This last August I noticed that moss was growing on our old wooden sawhorse, I immediately knew I wanted to use it for the front door display.


 Here is a close-up of the squash and the saw horse. The bamboo broom is not there for the decor, although it does look like a great witch's broom, it is the best thing for sweeping up leaves and fir needles. I hate the noise of leaf blowers and this gives you a workout as well, you can't beat that can you.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Good-bye September, Hello October

September is over and October is here. Thanksgiving will be here in about two weeks and then Hallowe'en. I love Autumn!

There is a family recipe for red pepper jam that we use with turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It has been passed down from a grandmother, so I thought. This following pamphlet was put out by the B.C. Electric Vancouver Island in 1952. I found it in my mum's cookbook and recipe files several years ago. That red pepper jam recipe was passed down from this 1952 pamphlet.





There is the recipe at the bottom of the page, "Red Pepper Jam - Delicious to serve with chicken or Game."






I posted the canning labels earlier in this blog post and promised the rest of the labels later and now is as good a time as any. There are some labels that say liquid, fragile, handle with care and most of a page with poison labels, you may find these useful for Hallowe'en.





I have misspelled labels several times in this post and spell check says, "LABELS NOT LABLES!"

One moment, I have to put the lables on the tabels.

Now neither word looks correct in either spelling!


This squirrel peanut butter label is to usher in Canadian Thanksgiving, October 13. Once Thanksgiving is over I have some great Hallowe'en posts for you, bye for now.
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