Popping in . . .

I thought I better pop in and tell you guys “hi!” Just so you know I’m not missing or dead!! Jamie, my Craigs List Whisperer friend, is probably falling out of her chair right now because I’m blogging. She likes to casually remind me that it has been a while since I’ve been on here. I sometimes try to beat her to the punch and “remind” her that it has been a while since I blogged and that I need to post. She tries to be all like “whatever” and just blows me off. But I got her number. I’m reading her mind. I know she is thinking, For the love of all things Christmas, red and lime green – let your readers know you are ALIVE! So, ….


I’m here and alive! And busy like some crazed maniac! Okay, so I failed miserably with my personal date of October 1 being the completion date of the limited edition Christmas art. But my new goal is November 1 – and I’m actually thinking I will actually meet the goal! Now, of course since I said that ….. I probably won’t. So, after reading this paragraph, forget what you read. That will either cancel it out and I will finish them all by November 1 or I won’t, but you will will not remember that I said it was my goal since you forgot about this paragraph!

Yeah, now that I’ve confused you all with that little mind game, let’s move on to some other stuff!

I decorated for Halloween a few weeks ago. I didn’t go all that crazy this year. For one, my kids {aka EMME} wanted some scarier stuff. I don’t really do scary – I like the cutesy Halloween stuff. I pulled out all my pumpkins and Dept 56 village, but kept it at a minimum. I spent about 10 bucks {no joke} on a couple of small skulls and a pack of skeleton hands at Michaels and got this crazy mess ….

I already had the spanish moss, moose moss and the stones {all from Hobby Lobby.} I had saw something like this on pinterest – from Pottery Barn. It was an apothecary jar with some spanish moss and several of the skulls all which way. I think I might have taken it to the next step of creep factor – needless to say, Ems loved it.

Funny {and true} story …. the day I made these, I left them sitting on the dresser that sits behind my couch because I wanted to really clean off my mantel really well. {I need to leave out the part where I tell you there was so much dust on the mantel that I should have left it there for the creepy, haunted house effect.} That night, after the kids were in the bed and the house was dead silent, I came down the stairs. There was only one light on in the living room. It was the lamp that is between the green chairs {I’m telling this story as if you have all been in my house and know exactly what I’m talking about, okay?} The green chairs face the sofa. So the lamp was shining through the hurricanes with the creepy skulls/boney hands in them. When I stepped off the last step, I looked over and saw those things – I for real screamed. And not just any scream. A scream you would give out to an intruder in your house wielding a chain saw! Pretty sure my heart stopped for a few seconds. It was so bad that I immediately spun those things around to face the back of the couch. Only, when I started picking up toys a few seconds later on the other side of the couch, ….. I made freakin’ eye contact with the skull that has his hands on his faceĀ {not the one that has the let me out look and is pressing his hands on the glass jar!!} I immediately cleaned the mantel and got those jokers put away at a higher spot so that I could avoid anymore face to face time with them.

That morning Em told me that we needed to add a pretend spider crawling out of the eye socket.

{maybe next year.}

I ended up not doing my legs this year ….

And it is mainly because in the spring I started a topiary in this urn. Yeah, I know – ivy topiaries are dated. But let me tell you that I received a personal call from 1994 and he told me I could keep my topiary because it looked so good. Now, THAT is saying something! haha! Seriously, I’m excited to be able to string Christmas lights on it!!! I know, sort of lame – but hey, it is the little things! I have tried artificial trees and they never look right or good. So, I thought I would try the topiary this year. I will post pictures once that season rolls around. Needless to say, I’m excited about Christmas this year.

And speaking of Christmas, November 1 is awfully close – I got to go paint.

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About Kim
I picked up a paint brush for the first time 7 years ago, and haven't put it down since. My goal - To paint a canvas for my son's nursery. I never dreamed a business would be born out of it. {And if you saw the first canvas, you would think the same thing, too!}


  1. Robin says:

    I can’t go on living….you didn’t do the legs. :( :( :( :(

  2. Lauren Kelly says:

    Girl, those things are creepy and this post made me laugh so hard!!

  3. Carole says:

    I like cute, fun, but also the slightly creepy. I usually decorate in a combination of all three. I’ve used the fake spider in the eye before and it really creeps hubby out. lol Love the apothecary skull. Very similar to my Halloween decorating style. Sorry it scared you, but it must have looked pretty eerie with the lights streaming through.

    Ivy topiaries are dated? I don’t have any, but had no idea. Who knew? Of course I think outdated is in the mind of the beholder personally, and I’ve rarely fallen prey to what ‘other’ people say is in or out of style. If it looks good w/ your style of house, and you like it, I say use it.


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