You know what they say about best laid plans, right? Well, this week has been full of them for me.
I've never been a huge decorator for Halloween. It's fun, but the best I could do was put out a few pumpkins on the front porch, and that was only after I was sure it'd stay cool enough not to turn the pumpkins into mush.
In blogland, there are so many great ideas for Halloween decorating that I've been inspired. I don't have a lot of time to shop, but I suppose I have enough time to pull together a few things. One of the blogs that has inspired me is "Just a Girl." She hit the dollar store and bought some of these:
To make this (from Martha Stewart.com):
I thought easy enough, but there are two dollar stores not even all that close to me, and the first one just had the skeleton bones and hands -- no skulls. I just don't think that glitter skull thing is going to have anywhere near the impact of Martha's with just hands and bones. I'll try the second store tomorrow, but I'm not going to get too optimistic. Maybe everyone in Austin's reading the Just a Girl blog and buying out the dollar stores close to me.
I'm trying to clean out my refrigerator this week and decided to cook some hotdogs on the grill tonight. I'm not a huge fan of hotdogs, but if I must eat them, they must be grilled. My husband bought one of those huge smoker/cooker/grill things after we moved into this house. I agree that everything's better cooked on this grill, but it requires good ol' charcoal and a lighter to get it going. I started that thing as soon as I got home tonight, and it took over an hour to get the coals good and hot. Oh, I got them lit, but for some reason, the coals just didn't get hot as fast as I would've thought. I hate eating late on a weeknight.
Finally, I've been trying to come up with an idea to cover the bay window in the front room-turned guest room. It has a ledge, and for some reason, it's been a real bear to figure out how to treat. Finally, I decided to hang bamboo blinds in front of the window (I'll show pics when it's done) and flank them with sheets as curtains. I need blinds at least 84" long, and wouldn't you know it? World Market has quit carrying their bamboo blinds. Home Depot, Target, WalMart and Lowe's don't carry the long ones. Hmmm...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, so I'm going to use some 48" bamboo blinds I already have and bring the curtains in a bit to camouflage the fact that the blinds don't go all the way across. Because of the ledge, it shouldn't be noticeable from outside, unless you're right there, peering in. I'll let you know how it goes.
Oh, and I burned those hot dogs. At least one side of them. How do you suppose they'll look all glittered up with a few skeleton bones?
Extraordinary Women ~ Mother Joseph Pariseau
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