Sunday, June 1, 2014

"From the dust returned"



After a hellish winter and long absence, the pumpkin patch
returns

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Decorating commences!!

Time to start pulling the stuff from the attic and basement and get this place whipped up into Halloween shape. Before we could get started, I needed to build another corner cabinet to hold our growing collection of stuff. Now we can get serious.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pumpkin family picture

Got all of our pumpkins picked now and set them out to cure. I learned that after picking they should sit in the sun for up to two weeks to cure and harden the outer skin. Seems to be working. Our biggest pumpkin this year weighed in at a wopping 48.2 pounds! Not huge by any standards, but for us that is far beyond the 10 pounders we got in the past. Lots of carving on the schedule now.



Also decided to make another group prop from a 10$ walmart skeleton for the fireplace hearth. Happy with the way it turned out. Did not really want to use my Pumpkinrot jack in it, but after putting him there, it looked right and so at home.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It's harvest time

Looks like the pumpkin patch of 2013 is finally at a close. This year we managed to get 8 very good sized pumpkins, by far the best crop ever. Hell if I know why, but never the less happy about it. We still have 3 left to orange up, but as for the other five they are ready to pick. I am a bit hesitant to pick them as we never had a crop ready this early. If anybody has tips to how to keep them fresh till Halloween please pass it on. Not sure if I should leave them on the vine or not.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Using what you have

Once again this year I find that we can have a lot of fun working with what we already have.
Props always look cool when you get them, but sometimes standing alone they seem to lose
a bit and seem smaller and not as visually impressive as once thought. I guess that can happen when
you have too much stuff...although I will never admit that. I found that grouping props into a
single stand alone piece can be better than just tossing them in the yard randomly or in the
garbage for that matter. Below are a few examples. I took a 12$ bag of bones we had, a extra small tombstone, and a evil light up pumpkin we had. Alone, they were not much, but together I
think we came up with a cool stand alone prop that goes with the graveyards theme much better.


I also had a nice wall buster plaque I got about 10 years ago. Looked ok on a wall, but not a lot
of "wow" effect. I decided to grab a piece of foam board and mount it to a large tombstone and 
place a couple of flicker candles in the eyes. Was also going to toss out the Boneyard sign as it was 
damaged and seen better days. Stuck that to the bottom and it completed a nice addition to
the cemetery. I left it open on the back with a wire so I will also use it as a large wall hanging prop




So now instead of having a box of odds and ends, I have just two condensed props that look
much better together. time to see what else is laying around.....