Thursday, 29 October 2009

All Hallow's Eve Eve

Okay, so I have some pretty amazing, generous and kind readers. Thank you all for your sweet get well soon wishes, and what do you know? They worked.

Well, they did in conjunction with some very delicious veggie chilli (so good we're had it again tonight), some Sambucol, some Floradix, some Echinacea, some ibuprofen, some vitamin C and some Vitamin B12. All topped off with an early night. I feel so much better.

Not well enough to leave the house exactly, but well enough to sew a ribbon back onto a fur collar, make a feather garland and carve my first pumpkin. Remarkable, eh?

My pumpkin carving was quite hard going. Pumpkins are tough. But I avoided serious injury (several times)and tried to make peace with my constant search for unattainable perfection (yes, I'm no Martha Stewart). I'm going to have another go tomorrow (at unattainable perfection, I never learn).

A progress shot..

And Iris did declare it beautiful (several times), and really, that's cool with me.

Now, I also have some recommendations for you.

Firstly for the best and spookiest look at Halloween in the olden days, check out this AMAZING flickr set and also this set from last year.
Gives you the chills, eh?

There's a good interview with the collector, Steven Martin, here.

He says he's a obsessive compulsive collector, so you can see why I like him.

Now your nerves are a-jangling, you may be searching for something unsettling to watch (that pretty much defines my viewing habits all year round) so you could do worse than seeing if your local video store has this film. It's eerie and compelling.

So, happy Halloween! Hope it's super-spooky!

p.s. One of my plates in this Etsy Treasury.I don't really know what that means, but I like it. (Is it like a favourites list?)


TheMadHouse said...

I love the pumkins, next year we are hoping to grow more, then I can have dotty ones too

Archivegirl said...

Wow I have pumpkin envy! What brilliant shots!


Kylie said...

Glad you're feeling better. Love your feathers and pumpkin. Also, those photos are just amazing! Thanks for the link. K

Annie said...

that feather garland is fabulous!!!!

anisatomic said...

nice carving

we don't celebrate halloween in Malaysia ):

Grace said...

Hi nath,

I did a bit of a scout for you and this is what Etsy said treasuring is:...glad you are feeling better and love your pumpkin. xx

The Treasury
DOs and DON'Ts > Community > The Treasury

More Help: The Treasury | General FAQ

The Treasury is an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery of handpicked items. Members can feature their favorite items, items selected on a theme or just whomever they like. Etsy may, at times, promote whole or partial selections from a Treasury list to other areas of the site (for example: the home page).

* Only one Treasury list per person at a time. Do not create lists with multiple accounts at the same time.
* Treasury is not intended for personal promotion. Do not include more than one of your own items in your Treasury list.

Etsy reserves the right to remove Treasury lists at any time. Abuse of the Treasury may result in suspension of privileges and/or account termination.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Great post nath. Love the feather garland and the pumpkin - looks fine to me! The photos are great too.

happy halloween...

littlebyrd said...

I am so happy you are feeling better. The feather garland is AMAZING! love all the spooky links you provided :)

artycho said...

Glad to hear you're better! Sorry I didn't take the time to answer about posting big pictures. First you need to chenge your code HTLM to a bigger size then download your pictures in full size in Picasa from which you can copy and paste into your blog posts. Hope it is clear do ask for more details!

Jenny S said...

Your pumpkin is so sweet and I love the photos!! There are about as spooky as I can go... :)

sinnlighet said...

So glad I stumbled on your lovely lovely blog today, it's always nice to find other blogger out and about on the net!

Agneta & Sweden

St├ęphanie said...

I am so happy you are feeling better. Great post !

St├ęphanie said...

I am so happy you are feeling better. Great post !

Alex said...

That pumpkin is stunning, what with the colours and your carving!

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

Love your pumpkin, what a stunning effect! And your feather garland is equally inspired. xx

Anna Betts said...

NO WAY! I can't believe we were bidding on the same coat, that is TOO SPOOKY! But we must have great taste though right? Sorry I won it, you'll have to borrow it some time :)
I don't know how I missed your lovely feathers in this post, they're really sweet and remind me a bit of this