Can you believe that another Halloween has come and gone? It seems like it was last week (really it was the third week of September) that I purchased our pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. The pumpkins went fast in Northern Illinois. Many were spoilt from our unusually wet spring. :(
Mew had to be out on the porch as I set up the decorations. Mr. Hollow and I always tell her that she is worth a premium this time of year. She would not stay by the big pumpkin to have her photo taken. There were to many outside smells to investigate! ;)
My pumpkins survived the month and a half sit to Halloween. Whew! The kids scoured the internet to find some new patterns for their faces. The pumpkins were soooo thick that I didn't think the faces could have much detail, but they really turned out nice! :) Since we did not have the appropriate carving knives, Farmerboy rigged up tiny vise grips with small hacksaw blades... They worked perfectly!
Meet Jack Skellyton and Cheshire Cat or as I call him, Chesh for short. :)
Getting ready for the big night... We are in a small town but can get descent numbers of kids from the surrounding towns. Unfortunately Halloween was on a Friday, all the towns overlapped. We only had 28 kids, but they were the most polite and absolutely darling little Trick or Treators. It was fun catching up with our old neighbors and seeing all of the familiar faces.
Remember the Giggleswick Blog Hop that I had on the side bar of my blog? Well, 21 talented Halloween artists created prizes for giveaways on each of their blogs in celebration of All Hallow's Eve. ( I am telling you from a critical eye that these are some SERIOUSLY talented artists.) Well, my name was chosen from the blog HoHo Halloween. The prize was a secret until the day my name was chosen. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the post of this amazingly detailed piece of Halloween art... An Absolute Original One of a Kind! Yahoooooo!! The talent that created my new Halloween heirloom is artist Jorge De Rojas, and I can tell you now that the photo does not do this guy justice. He is simply spooktacular. EVEN Mr. Hollow was impressed. Doesn't he look so incredibly vintage?? There is not a ghost around that could get past this little guy! :)
I can not express in words how impressive this piece is. Please check out Jorge's blog at HoHo Halloween , and while you are on that post take note of the other fine artists listed. It will be well worth your time to check their blogs as well. :) If you are lucky to live in their area, some of these fine artists do local shows or sell on the fabulous site -- Etsy. No storage box will get my little man either. He is heading for the curio cabinet as a remarkable example of Halloween art. Now, the only thing left to do is to think of a fitting name for him... :)