Thursday, October 30, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween!

I adore this holiday. It has so much going for it. Some of my favorite colors: orange, brown, gold, purple, lime green and black. Some unusual decor: witches, pumpkins, ghosts, scarecrows, cats. And it is just plain fun. I like to find decor that is a little different and not your main stream Wal Mart.  This little beauty was waiting for me in the last booth I checked at an antique store. You could literally hear me gasp. She is a ballerina of the gourd persuasion, very prim and proper.

Then sitting on a clearance table at TJ Maxx, this haughty little lady felt totally misunderstood. No one would buy her! How could they not? (she had multiple red tickets on her and she was not pleased) She had a snazzy broom and came with a cat purse. What more could you want?

Mr. Man About Town, caught my eye on my way to eat some pancakes. Cracker Barrel sometimes has the cutest decor and this one was definitely coming home with me. Trouble was, the sale sign it had on it was a mistake. Oh no! I had already bonded. But lucky for the both of us, the manager gave him to me on sale and he is now mine and we are both grinning.

Now this is my newest item and it is somewhat different if not deranged. My hubby loves to recycle and create items from other items. This is a plastic skull and parts of a computer and VCR. And the best thing is, he lights up and is on a timer! He is my newest friend and I love to see him blinking away in the living room after we have all gone to bed. 

There you have it. Just a little bit of what goes on at my house on Halloween. Tomorrow night I will be wearing my orange and black and happily greeting my Trick or Treaters. And I will love all the comments and oohs and ahhs about our displays out front and will wish for a little while that I was 10 years old again and running from house to house. Happy Halloween! Always, Kit

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hello from Montana! I have been invited to join in the blog hopping fun by my friend on the East Coast, Lizzy at Gone to the Beach. You must visit her blog. Such quilts! The sea! And she has a great eye for creating beautiful things. :)  Let's get hopping.  First off I live here: 

I am originally from New Jersey but relocated (and happily) to this marvelous place in 1974. My sense of creating is a bit different. You will find it is not items, but more so events. Memories.  So let's get to the question and answer part of this fun hop.

What am I working on?   Just this past week, I was planning my hubby's 65th birthday party. In our family, we have this thing called "extravaganzas"! They are not only for birthdays, but in the past marked the first days of school, graduations, new jobs, etc. We believe in our family that since everyday life can get a bit tedious and same o, same o, we need to shake it up a bit on holidays and special occasions.

Hubby's Autumnal Theme for 2014

How does my work differ than others?    Well, I try and find a theme that is special and marks an event in the past year, or is a favorite character of the person being celebrated. And I try not to spend a lot of money. Making items as I go along, finding items way in advance on clearance. I think it is sad when I hear that other families have birthdays and choose to ignore them, they do not even have a cake. And nary a balloon.  I believe all of us should have a day exclusively for ourselves. To be heralded and applauded. :) 

The year my oldest became an EMT and volunteer fire fighter.

Youngest's profession as a Pollen Specialist

The year my hubby's present was a ride on a B-25 bomber.

How does my creative process work?  This is such fun for me! I have a task list I print up and once I have settled on a theme (Mickey Mouse, snow boarding, firemen, air planes) where ever I go I start looking. Special plates and napkins, scatter for the table, color coded beverages, unique items for the gift containers, and I design the cake. I usually have our local bakery make the cake and I add either items or picture collages to the top. And of course the wrapping paper has to match. :) Now for all of you thinking, that is a lot of work. Not really, if you space it out and it is only for the 4 of us. Not for a huge crowd. I actually get quite a thrill when it all comes together. And the reaction I get from my girls when they see their theme is priceless! 

My youngest started to give me a theme each year too!

Why do write what I do?   I started my blog as a way to keep an online journal. (I saw the movie Julie and Julia and was intrigued!)  I have journaled the old school way since I was 16. Writing down my thoughts, marking my day to day life for 43 years. As my blog evolved I met some outstanding people from all over the world, who I now consider close friends. I couldn't believe anyone would actually want to read about my little life in Montana. Now we all check in with each other and I can't wait to see what they have been up to each day.

There you have it. I hope you have enjoyed visiting. And feel free to come back and see what I am up to next.   Always, Kit

Sunday, October 12, 2014


What constitutes a perfect Sunday for you? For me, it is being able to wake up without the alarm. To stay in my pajamas for as long as I want. To keep re-heating my one cup of coffee as I browse my web sites. Then my hubby shows up after his run bearing chestnuts and oak leaves and the scent of fall about him. He will leave at 11 to go to his friends house like he has for so many years and I will flick on the TV. Find one of the many football games being televised and crank up the sound. Chores go much faster and easier with the sound of the crowd cheering me on....LOL  I will pause occasionally to see what the teams are up too, take a look outside at the moody day, where the leaves just pop in color against all the gray. Tidy and arrange, recycle and clean. Then at 3:30, hubby will arrive home bearing coffee and pastries, with the scent of cars about him. :) We will settle in with our snack to watch the Denver game I have been taping and chat about our day. Later I will not even have to cook, since I made a big pot of stew yesterday. And as the day goes into night, I can easily feel, that I have it pretty good. Always, Kit