goodbye October . . .goodbye to the last camping trip of the season, goodbye to leaves and open windows, goodbye soccer, and goodbye to one more month of Missouri skies in my sky scarf. If this poem is accurate for November I might be going through a good amount of grey. Today is still pretty brillantly blue. A part of me has been doubtful if I will have enough blue to finish out that last two months!
Time to settle into cooler days with after school tea and plenty of stories to keep us connected with our ancestors and were we came from. Tea with the dead seems a little macabre of a title so maybe we will just call it family teas, but this is the time of the year when tradition and family keep our souls warm during the winter holiday months. And a healthy does of crafting including some hats for the boys if my needles can work their magic fast enough!
Hope your Hallow's Eve and Day of the Dead weekends were full of mystery and lots of family time!
Last night was pumpkin carving time. I have enjoyed the book Little Boo for pumpkin season this year- pretty sweet little story about a pumpkin seed that wants to be scary and he gets his chance. Silas was inspired by Little Boo when he carved his little pumpkin.
This afternoon we will roast up the seeds this afternoon and get ready for a chilly trick or treat night. If you are looking for a sweet read today you should check out Little Boo and the activity kit to share with your kiddos as well.
I have fallen in-love with Homer and did not even know it. Homer Laughlin that is. I by chance picked up these two "oven serve" vintage pieces a while back. One is a pie pan and one is a casserole dish. I did not recognize the marking on the bottom. I just liked the simple style of these. They seemed to be from the 30's and they were both around a dollar.
It was not until I came across these sweet little small dishes at the thrift store this week that were labeled as "homer laughlin" that I did some research and found that it is the same pottery maker as Fiesta Ware- now it all makes sense. I am smitten with this little simple cream and green flower line. Drives my hubby crazy, but there is just something from the 30's farm pottery and dishes that I adore and kept bringing pieces home and trying to shove into a little spare inch in our small kitchen.
Goodness though, couldn't you just picture some little homemade chicken pot pie in these little cuties? Time to do some recipe searching!
Sometimes it is just kept at home! We were not able to go to one of our favorite music festivals Walnut Valley- Pickers Paradise, this fall so we did it up DIY style and had our own Little Walnut Valley fest with our friends and it became the Knit Pickers Paradise. We are still hoping to make it there in the future, but till then this was a nice substitute.
I have to give kuddos mostly to my husband that created the stages, set up lights, arranged for beer, food and just had a general wonderful passion for the whole "little" fest.
Here are more pictures but one thing that I have gotten for myself each year is a patch for our family camp flag. If we were going to make our own fest then I needed to come up with patches to boot.
A quick guide for you involved:
1- finding the perfect graphic- I happened to come across the perfect graphic at Shutterstock
It is that time of the year where we choose to honor our dragon energy for "dragonmas" (Michaelmas) at the end of September. We set up our baby knit dragon that slowly hatches throughout the day, read dragon stories, contemplate the changing season, make bread and share how our inside "dragons are doing this year around the dinner table.
It is tradition that has held pretty stable since the boys were little. This year Silas drew a pretty amazing crystal dragon. The crystals fall off the dragon's head and become unicorns. He is into unicorns in a pretty big way these days and they seem to be creeping into all parts of his creative energy.
So cheers to another changing of the season with the hopes that our dragons will stoke enough fire to keep up warm and energy flowing till next summer!
My oldest fella entered the official teenage world in September. He has been waiting a long time for this crowing moment! I found myself to be pretty calm, not so teary eyed and really was able to just sit back and enjoy watching and being with him.
I am a bit of a recovering over the top thematic birthday party mama starting from when the boys were babies. As they have gotten older I have found that I still need to operate within some sort of theme but not get so overwhelmed by it.
As I was thinking of what kind of wood birthday candle holder my 13 year old was to have on his cake I sat back and thought about this person he is growing into. He is my trumpet player, my book lover, my creative builder, by soccer player, my science lover. So it was a simple combination of OMG and the periodic table of elements that I had seen some funny images of online. I tweaked the numbers a bit to match his age and birthday. I don't think he was nearly as tickled as I was.
Otherwise we enjoyed taking him and his buds to play laser tag and then a quick trip to ride roller coasters the next day.
OMG he may be a teenager but he still likes his birthday traditions that we do. The boys wake up to a golden dollar path leading to a simple little candle to blow out and song from us first thing in the morning. And he did not mind the extra kisses and photos mom wanted to do on his birthday either.
I am pretty sure I blinked and September was gone. It has been some running days with a kiddo officially becoming a teenager, hosting our own little bluegrass fest, a large art installation project for a big music festival in our town, soccer, and a big meeting and banquet planning for my job. In a nutshell; September kept us on our toes.
But we were still able to work in family time on the deck, exlporing the woods, and welcoming in Fall. I hope to share the highlights with you as I am catching my breath now and loading up pictures from the past couple of weeks.
It does bug the dickens out of me that I was not able to blog most of the month, I hope you will stick with me- the sleep monster overtook me most nights!