Halloween 2014!

For those of you who know me in real life, you all know about my love for Halloween. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love it so much, as does my husband, that our wedding had a Halloween theme to it! There’s just something about it that I love. These days, spooks and thrills are my favorite thing about it, when I was younger and a fraid-y cat, I just loved getting to dress up in costume so that nobody would know that I was who I was, it was my chance to fit in for a single night and a chance for me to be me without being looked down upon. The fact that I’d get bags full of candy didn’t hurt matters, either!

I’ve always been a fan of the macabre and “spooky” things, even if they use to terrify me. When I was a young child, one year I went as Morticia Addams, and the following year I went as Lily Munster, two of my idols from two of my favorite shows (the original Addams Family, I’d like to add, I never liked the 90’s Addams Family until I grew up). As I grew older my costumes started to change into things that I felt like them being, instead of what my parents thought was acceptable. I even went trick-or-treating all the way until I was in 10th grade, but I went in full costume with my best friend, traipsing through our neighborhoods having a blast. My junior and senior year of high school were spent driving around filming terrible “horror movies” with gore courtesy of the Burger King condiment bar. After high school Dain (who was just my boyfriend at the time) and I bought a 1977 Chrysler Town & Country hearse for me – to go with his 1981 Cadillac DeVille hearse, naturally, and ever year since 2006, I’ve spent Halloween with Dain, sometimes our friends, and, as of 2007, two hearses, instead of just one. Of course, as years go on and you hold an interest in something, your collection of those things grows a bit bigger each year, and our Halloween collection is no exception!

Since I’m so fond of Halloween and our set up each year, I always take pictures to watch how it grows and look for ways that we can improve on it. Please forgive me for the not-so-great quality of these pictures. For some reason I refuse to use a tripod when I use my actual camera, and the pictures from my phone were seriously lacking this time around, when usually they’re of fairly good quality. I hope you can at least get an idea as to the awesomeness that is our set up! I’m breaking these up into two groups, pictures from my phone, and the ones from my camera. I hope you all enjoy!

Pictures from my camera:

Pictures from my phone:

Autumn Bluff Beauty

So I have been MIA for the last week, it’s been a busy week with not a whole lot of time to sit down and blog, let alone sit down and craft. However, thanks to some beautiful weather here in Southeast Minnesota, and the autumn colors finally coming ’round to visit, I did accomplish something on my to-do list.

So what’s kept me so busy? Well, October is a busy month full of birthdays and anniversaries and of course, autumn!

Tuesday was my brother-in-law’s birthday, which I did not attend, due to a recent falling out, but my husband, father-in-law, and mother-in-law all went to supper and to have a housewarming type deal for my brother-in-law. It was apparently a good time, they went to Famous Dave’s (which, really, you can’t go wrong there) and they had cake and everyone got to see my brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s kids. So that was good. In the meantime, I had the whole house to myself to just sit in silence, which is not something that I get to do very often. I don’t even really remember if I played any music, but I do know that there wasn’t any sound aside from the occasional barking from the dogs due to whatever it is that they decide to bark at (seriously, I think they just like to bark. 98% of the time there isn’t a damned thing out of the window that they’re barking at). It was really nice and something that I really need to do more often.

Wednesday was mine and Dain’s 3 year wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it was already three years ago, but I couldn’t be happier. I’ve found somebody who loves me for all of my quirks and problems and doesn’t think that I should just drop dead. We spent the day with our friend who officiated our wedding, she happens to be one of our very best friends and one of the few people who will actually make time for us out of their lives. After we spent time with her, we spent time with our other best friend who happened to be in town for a few days. It was really great to see him, like it always is. While we didn’t get to do anything extraordinary, we got to spend it with some of our best friends and wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was a really great way to spend our anniversary.

Thursday was my sister-in-law’s birthday. However, we did not get together with her as she lives on the East coast, BUT! we spent the afternoon out and about taking pictures in one of the most beautiful spots in the entire country. I might be biased because I live here, but I’ve lived a handful of other places that gloat that they’re the “Most Beautiful Place In America” and they’ve got nothing on this area. We went out armed with two 35mm cameras and my digital point-and-shoot and only got about 1/8th of the way into the cemetery (yes, yes. Trust me, it’s gorgeous) before both 35mm cameras were out of film, and because we’re awesome, we didn’t bring any extra film (not to mention the second camera that we brought, my Holga, wouldn’t have been able to have been used even if we did bring extra film because I need either a dark room or a changing bag because you can’t wind the film, and it’s not technically made for 35mm). We continued on in a little ways and took a bunch of shots with the digital. We haven’t gotten the film developed yet (because the pricing is outrageous and our budget is capped for the month) but hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have the film processed and ready to post.

In the meantime, however, here are the digital photos that we took! I don’t remember all of what I took and all of what Dain took, but it’s about 50/50, so he gets credit. I say that the shots that he took are better (the few that I remember him taking) and he says that the shots that I took (that he remembers) are better. So we’re at a stalemate. I hope you all enjoy!

I am really excited to get back into creating things and I’m even more excited for Hallowe’en. Only 11 more days after today! Hell yeah!

Skulltastic Skull Scarf (& Pattern!)

So I finally finished up the skull scarf and have put together the pattern for it, so I’m here to share pictures and a pattern!

Since my husband Dain and I are sort ofcompletely obsessed with Halloween, I thought that this was a perfect photo opportunity. So he gathered up all of the skulls he could find and I set them up and took some pictures, I also asked Dain for help with ideas for pictures of the scarves with our hearses (yes, plural, we each have one), as well as helping me capture a couple of the pictures because he’s got a great eye and some of these shots needed two bodies and four hands.

This scarf was one of the first things that I’ve created on my own. I looked at pictures of other crochet skulls, but wasn’t satisfied with how any of them looked, so I set out to make my own, and I like how it’s come out. I’ve made coasters from just a singular skull and I’ve made two scarves. I hope that someone can get some good use of this pattern! It’s the perfect time of the year for it! I hope you all enjoy!

What you will need for this scarf:

  • Any weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn!”, which is aran weight) PLEASE NOTEThe lighter weight yarn will create a smaller skull.
  • Any size crochet hook (I used a US J/6.0mm hook, but please know that I usually need to use two hook sizes bigger than what is recommended, also realize that the smaller the hook the smaller the skull, and the larger the hook the bigger and more spaced out the skull will be)
  • Tapestry needle.

Special Terms:

Pattern:

  1. FHDC 8 sts, turn
  2. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  3. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  4. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  5. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  6. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  7. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  8. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  9.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  10. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  11. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  12. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  13. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  14. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  15. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  16. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  17. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  18. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  19. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  20. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  21. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  22. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  23. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  24. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  25. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  26. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 15-27 until scarf is half the length you desire
  27. Go back fo FHDC and join yarn, CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  28. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  29. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  30. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  31. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  32. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  33. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  34.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  35. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  36. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  37. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  38. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  39. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  40. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  41. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  42. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  43. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  44. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  45. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  46. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  47. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  48. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  49. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  50. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  51. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 27-51 until scarf is same length as other half, break yarn, Finish off
  52. OPTIONAL: SC evenly around scarf, slip stitch to first SC, finish off, weave in ends.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern! Thanks so much for checking it out!

Amateur Photography

Every now and again, I like to try my hand at photography. I have no where near the skills or the eye that my husband has, but I like to pretend. Late last week I was at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and the view from the floor that I was visiting really captures my eye, the Kahler Motel sign, which I don’t think has been changed since the 50’s, and this beautiful building a little further down, which I presume to be a church, but I have no idea. All of these years visiting that clinic and I still couldn’t tell you left from right in there. Anyway, enjoy some very shoddy photos that I took with my phone and the Lomo Camera app (because I haven’t managed to purchase a fisheye lens for my phone yet, but they make them!)