“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Humpday with apples and skellies

Happy Haunted Humpday!!

It's our 2nd one in October!
How are you enjoying this festive month?
We try to get in a scary movie every evening.
So far this week we have watched..

What can I say? TCM has them for free on-demand:)

Have you watched this one before?

It's from the early 80's.

Six girls have been found murdered in the apartment of famed russian occultist,
 Karl Raymarseivich Raymar and the police cannot explain it. 
When Raymar's body was lifted onto a stretcher, bolts of electricity shot out from his fingers. 
His estranged daughter Olivia and her husband Allan are unaware of this until
 they meet Samuel Dockstader, a feature writer for The World of the occult as a friend of Raymar.
 Dockstader explains that Raymar was a psychic vampire who gained great powers of telekinesis by kidnapping young girls, terrorizing them, and feeding off the bioenergy they produced. 
Allan does not believe him, but Dockstader shows Olivia a set of photographs to demonstrate how bioenergy works and gives her an audiotape that outlines his findings, which convinces Olivia to believe him.
Meanwhile, High school student Julie Wells wants to be part of a club entitled The Sisters, which consist of three snobby high school girls named Carol, Leslie, and Kitty, 
Unfortunately, Carol is the ex-girlfriend of Julie's new boyfriend Steve, and is jealous. 
She intends to get back at Steve and Julie by making Julie spend a night alone in a mausoleum, unaware that Raymar's body was just entombed there. 
That evening, Julie is dropped off by only Carol and Kitty, as Leslie had refused to accompany them on the plan. 
Julie explores the mausoleum and sets up her sleeping bag, unaware of the cracks that appear around Raymar's vault.

It's pretty good, a little cheesy and gory but 
worth it if you can find it.
We watched  it on YouTube a little while back.
It's perfect to watch huddled under a warm blanket with the lights out.

We are planning on making these on Friday.
There's a trip to a local pumpkin patch in the works too!

Caramel Stuffed Apples

Total Time:
Level: Easy
Serves: 4


  • 2 apples, halved
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
  • 12-16 caramel candies
  • 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Using a melon baller, core the apples. Place apples in a shallow baking dish and brush each with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Pour water into baking dish and place in oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove apples from oven and add 3-4 caramels to the well in each apple. Return to bake, 15 more minutes. Drizzle with chocolate, sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar, and serve

This passed week has gone by so fast!
I've started many new paintings and projects but the only one 
I have ready to show is an art card I created.
she has a burlap skirt on!

Helena painted these wooden witch legs, haha!

Last year on my birthday I received a gift card to a bookstore here called
Changing Hands..
I was not able to go use the gift card until February, due to health problems.
By that time everything was on clearance, including these cuties, they were three dollars!
I almost forgot I had them!

My friend stopped by the other night to watch movies and paint.
For no reason, he brought me some sweet amazing gifts!
This awesome candelabra...

and this handsome guy..isn't he CUTE!?

Ready for a story?

The nights have become chilly
 and the shadows are creeping in earlier and earlier
So let's sit by the fire now...

This story is about a lady named Bettina and her husband Ricardo,
They lived on a small farm in a pretty desolate area of town, 
( in fact they only had one close neighbor, her sister and her nephew)
with a small apple orchard and a modest sized pumpkin patch behind their house.
.  They also had some chickens, a couple of goats and an old pony.
One afternoon Ricardo arrived home and said one of his friends was moving
 and had asked if he wanted to buy his hog, 
It was very large and would be ready to slaughter by next fall.
They had an old pig pen already built and it was empty,
 so he purchased the animal and brought it home the next day.
 From the start Bettina didn't care for the hog.
She told Ricardo that every time she went to feed him she felt uneasy.
It would stare at her and whenever she got near the pen to care for the other animals,
it would rush at the fence then turn away at the last minute.
She asked Ricardo to please replace the wood because it was old, and rotted.
She was also afraid the hog would push the catch with it's snout and the door would swing open.
He promised her he would, but honestly did not understand her fear,
to him the hog was just that, a hog.
He removed the latch and replaced it near the top of the gate,
but the new reinforcement would have to wait until harvest was over.
She began to have disturbing nightmares where the hog 
would leer at her through the window and speak to her in a raspy voice.
One night as she was getting ready for bed,
she thought she saw it watching her from the closet.
Ricardo was busy working, so he did not notice her discomfort getting worse. 
Her twenty year old nephew arrived one evening to help Ricardo finish out the season.
he noticed how nervous she was and asked her what was wrong.
She told him it was the hog..she believed it was evil.
she said it giggled softly when ever she went passed the pen. 
Sometimes she could it hear it muttering to itself.
It haunted her dreams and told her it was going to catch her and tear her throat out.
To her it was no longer a hog, but a demon.
He couldn't believe what he was hearing.
He attempted to assuage her fear but nothing he said helped.
 He spoke to Ricardo about it and 
he said he'd go into town as soon as he had a chance and get some wood to reinforce the pen, 
He also wanted to cover the fence so she would not have to see the hog from the kitchen window.
He thought that would help her feel better.
The next morning after breakfast,  Ricardo got in his truck and  went to purchase
the necessary supplies to fix up the area.
 When he got back he was surprised to see the sheriff and an ambulance in front of the house.
He was not allowed to enter his home.
His sister-in-law was there, in hysterics.
Once she calmed down she told him what she knew.
She had heard his truck start and drive off, then about five minutes later
she got a phone call from her sister, 
claiming that she could see the hog was on it's hind legs 
and was trying to undo the latch on the gate.
As she listened she said her sister started to scream.
By the time she threw down the phone and raced over to the house, it was too late.
When she got there the back door was in pieces
 and the hog was eating her sisters face.
It had already torn out her throat.

 It was ruled an accident, of course..
The pig obviously broke through a door that was weak and attacked a human.
that's all..
The strange thing was, the gate to the hog pen was not broken.
It had been unlatched.

Guess what?
it's my blog's birthday!
This place has been a home to me.
Many people feel blogging is losing steam, choosing Instagram and FaceBook
to post their art and tell their stories...that's fine, obviously, it's your own choice.
I use IG and FB, but I always come back here.
There's a certain comfort to blogging for me.
I won't be quitting any time soon,
So to my little blog:

See you all very soon!

have a happy Haunted Humpday!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

countdown to Halloween day 8

posting this as a Cryptkeeper 
this is day 8.

It was the start of May and my heart was longing for October and something spooky.
 I decided to watch 'Halloween' 
then got inspired to paint this.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Haunted Humpday..Finally!!

It's the first Haunted Humpday of October!!
Isn't that exciting?
I feel like I celebrate it all year,
but it's SO nice to see it in the stores.

Did you know there's a blog dedicated to Halloween?
you can go there and click on any of the 
 links and you will be taken to one spooky site after another!

So have you done anything spooky lately? 
I try to watch a scary movie and create something 
from beyond the grave!! every day.
okay, maybe not that extreme, but I do try and create
 something cute and Halloweenish after a good movie.
I've made a few things this week that I really love!

Before I get to them though I want to show you this throw pillow from Target..
Doesn't it look like it's from the Haunted Mansion?

 OOOH! I got the latest issue of 
Faerie Magazine,
It's the Practical Magic issue...
It's just gorgeous!

It reminds me of the  Practical Magic blog parties
Anna from Frosted Petunias would host.
Don't you miss those?

aaaaand I bought
 This awesome Medusa bust from Marshalls, 
It has a color changing bulb inside.

Oh my gosh!
I watched Gerald's Game on Netflix last night.
It was such a good movie!
If you decide to watch it, make sure the children are asleep first though,
it's not appropriate for the kiddos.

We bought these Halloween treats to make this week too,
Have you seen the Scooby-Doo cookies before?
We got them because the cookie looks like Helena's ugly little dog, Spanky.
He makes this face when you ask him to smile..

You have to have rice krispies treats when you watch Halloween movies.
And they taste better when they're monster shaped:)
I have to admit, the packaging is what gets me every time!

Here are three little canvases I created for today..
This first one is a silly, trick or treating goblin...

A fuzzy little werecub..

And a baby creature from the darkish lagoon, hehe
They are all made of felt.

Okay, I'm not sure I talked about this one or not..
there are many stories and only so many brain cells, haha!
This one happened to me.
I was about 5 years old and loved going to visit my cousin..
We are about a year apart in age

which was great because my siblings are all at least 10 years older
and never had time to play..(or be nice)
It was fun to go visit her during the day..
She lived in a big old ranch house
on many acres with pecan groves, corn fields and what looked like a swamp.
We always had fun, either playing board games or exploring outside. There were horses
in a field right next to her house and we would often sit on the fence and watch them,
 occasionally giving them apple chunks when they ventured close to us.
All of this was amazing to me.
One thing I remember doing with absolute clarity is
playing in her older sister's closet.
My cousin never wanted to go in there, it was creepy and flashlights never stayed on.
I didn't mind it though
It was fairly large, the floor was cool and it smelled like mint gum.
I liked sitting in there with the clothes hanging down around me..almost like a tent.
I felt happy and protected in a fort made of 
"fancy" teenage girl dresses and a make believe campfire 
made with clunky high heeled shoes.
One day I was puttering around towards the back of the closet, being nosy and looking through
an old shoe box filled with old perfume bottles,scented erasers,
  broken jewelry 
and a journal covered in squiggly writing that I could not understand (cursive)
for some reason I decided to put my hands on the wall behind me..
I went further and further into the closet trying to find the back
next thing I know I was opening the door and crawling out through my aunt's bedroom closet
that was at the other side of the house!  
I ran back down the hallway to my cousin's room and crawled back into the closet and tried to find that
passageway again..
I did this for a long time,
going in through one closet and coming out another.
It happened every time I visited there.
What I can recall, during these little...jaunts, was:
It was dark, I was aware of the clothes hanging down around my shoulders
then it would get very dark for a little while,
 eventually I would see the light underneath the doorway and I'd come out
in  my aunt's room.
I was always afraid it would stop,
This went on for a couple of years.
I still remember the day it didn't happen..how flat and close the back wall was..
the huge disappointment I felt. 
When I think back to it now
I'm reminded of stories I've listened to on YouTube.
stories about glitches and time slips...
Here are a couple horror narrators that have true glitchy stories:
What do you think that was?
I never felt scared or threatened and I'm positive it happened.
Has anything like that ever happened to you?

I hope you enjoyed this week's Haunted Humpday...
I'm going to get ready to watch a movie with Helena.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

October Eve Haunted Humpday..almost!

Here we are again at the last

of September!!

I want to thank everyone that dropped by my
Stephen King party,
We had so much fun making the decorations and setting everything up.
 I really appreciate your comments.

So how was your week?
ours was great..
we found another DVD to watch.
It's really good, & just a little gory.
Check it out if you want to watch something creepy.

" After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, 
a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, 
but when she disobeys a sacred warning, 
she upsets the balance between life and death."

Oh, I love these cookie cutters so much!!
one side cuts the shape, the other side is raised, 
to stamp the image on the dough.
Found these at walmart.

Look at how fun this is,
at Target for a dollar.
 It holds one incredibly soft and yummy cookie.
I love the little tin!

 This was also at Target!
He's weighted on the bottom so he stands on his own.
Don't you think his little face is adorable?

I made this witches cabinet a little bit ago, it's about 6 inches tall.
this is the front view:

The inside..
complete with potions, a spell book, a crystal ball..
everything you need to get everything you want!
 (high pitched cackle)

 Back :

Helena made this jar of eyeballs..
she used ping pong balls
a spooky label
and an empty pretzel container.
We got all of these supplies from the 99 cents store.

 By now you know how much I love
creating with Lisa Kettell Designs..
This is a
China Doll head. 
 She's plain white and you can paint her up however you want.
All of Lisa's products are very lightweight and
 easy to paint, glue & glitter.

I created Madame Leota
from the Haunted Mansion.
This is an 8x10 canvas
I used electric blue wool felting for her hair,
acrylic paints, glitter and scrapbook paper.
If you want to take a look at some of Lisa's magical products
click here.

It's been cool here in the desert..cool for us anyway,
the highs have been in the 90's and the lows in the 60's
that's pretty much Fall over here.
Either way, come sit next to me.
I have a little story..something that happened to me
a long time ago...
good, now listen close..

 In 1998, my mother passed away suddenly.
It was right before her birthday in mid April.
The night before her viewing,
after my siblings went home and my dad went to bed,
my good friend asked if I wanted her to stay over and help me with the kids.
my daughter was 7 at the time
my niece, 6 and my nephew, 18 months.
Since my mom was usually the only person to help with them
I gratefully accepted.
My daughter asked if she could go with my friend to pick up some pajamas at her apartment across town.
I let her go but stayed home myself because I was worried abut my father staying home alone.
I didn't want him to wake up and not find anyone there.
I stood outside by the front door right near the orange tree we had there.
they got in the car,
I waved at my little girl as they backed down the driveway...
It was about 11pm and the neighborhood seemed so quiet
the only sound was the incessant singing of a mockingbird..
being early Spring the night was filled with their songs and chirps.
I remember feeling terrible because my mother adored them.
The scent of the orange blossoms was heavy and sweet.
All of a sudden the birds stopped singing..
I had been gazing up at the stars and began to feel ill at ease.
The quiet was louder than I could take.
Suddenly, my sadness turned into terror. I began getting chills.
I quickly turned to go back in the house
As I grasped the doorknob, I heard a loud noise up in the orange tree,
almost like a large animal had landed on the topmost branches..leaves fell on the ground
and I ran inside..
my scalp actually felt like it was moving on my head.
You know it might sound silly,
you can blame it on my grief, my over active imagination, my loneliness..
but in that moment, I was convinced that a monster was out there in the tree,
a boogeyman, The boogeyman, all dark and winged..grinning maliciously.
He wasn't there to kill or maim, just to scare me..
to show me that my talisman was gone and I was vulnerable to his evil now.
It took almost an hour to calm down completely.
By the time my friend and my daughter arrived home I was better...
still afraid to go out into the darkness, but better, none the less.

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday, and she happened to mention that, after losing a good friend
in a car accident this summer, she had a period of time where she felt very afraid..
not afraid of the deceased,
not afraid she herself was going to die,
 just afraid, almost like a primitive fear.
I told this very story and said maybe it's just something
 that happens when we lose someone close to us..
what do you think?

Okay the sun is out and the fire is low, so we must go back to our regular day..
I hope you have enjoyed this week's Haunted Humpday.
And I hope you have a spooky week.

see you next time! 


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