I volunteered to bring the healthy snack to the Halloween party. I was thinking about making pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins, but in the end I decided this was the simplest solution. I think they're pretty cute.
Lots of Halloween preparations have been taking place around here for the last few days. The children have become very opinionated about what they want to be... gone are the days where I can dress my little girl in a pretty dress and slap some fairy wings on her. She refuses to be a fairy or a princess or even an elf. She really wanted to be a rock star and even talked about being Cleopatra, but she had picked these costumes out of a catalog, and they were just too expensive, especially when you factor in the knee-high go go boots [come to think of it, I probably still have my silver sparkle go go boots tucked away in a box in the basement, but they'd be much too big for her] and the wigs and all of the other accessories that make the outfit.
The little guy insisted on being Wolverine. A few weeks back, I'd found some cool ideas about making claws and the rest of the outfit, but in the end broke down and just ordered him a Wolverine costume. I was worried that if I tried to make the claws they'd just fall apart and wouldn't be sturdy enough. I let him try the store-bought costume on for a few minutes last night and, can you believe, one set of claws is already broken. So frustrating. I should have just made his outfit.
We already had this big, fluffy pink tutu. I suggested all kinds of costumes that might incorporate this tutu, but in the end she decided she really wanted to be a bunny. She loves animals. Last year, she had to be a cat. It was absolutely necessary. At first I was going to make felt bunny ears similar to the mouse ears I made for her school play last year. But then this pin popped up in my feed on Pinterest and I was suddenly very inspired to make mythical woodland horns and giant bunny ears. I found an inexpensive pink wig, some knee high striped socks, white shirt, white gloves and I made her a large, fluffy white pom pom tail with some yarn I had.
There's a really cute video tutorial on how to make similar horns here. The boy and I watched it a few times. He tried to help shape the horns, but in the end made his own little sculptures out of aluminum foil to play with. I just had to make the horns. I love mythical woodland creatures. It's my thing. And also, the wolverine costume wasn't going to arrive in time for our Halloween activities last weekend. So the horns were a great substitute for a few hours.
We took the kids to the lantern festival and parade this weekend. It was fun to run around with friends at night in the city and a great way to celebrate Halloween creativity. And best of all was watching the hundreds and hundreds of elaborate lanterns trailing through the park at night. It's magic.
I look forward to receiving my Getty Images statements each month. It's so interesting to see what photos sell. These are the photos that sold in September to design and marketing companies in New York, Spain, Great Britain, Switzerland and Australia.
I've added two new prints to my shop: Seaweeds and Seaweed Pearls. They're limited edition prints of my photographs taken of beach finds while on my walks in Florida. And they look so pretty framed and hanging on our family room walls. My daughter said that our family room looks like a whole new room. I needed to test them out, of course.
Those of you who have been following me for a while, know that I love sunrise walks on the beach. The sunrise part is always so beautiful, of course. And it's wonderful to be out walking alone with time to myself, but most of all, I look forward to discovering new bits of nature each day. Shells, seaweed, crabs, sea turtles and even a risso's dolphin.
We spent nearly two weeks in Florida this summer, and I don't think I shared a single photo. Here's a smallish sampling... it's so hard to choose.
Thank you to my friend Jeanne for patiently hand modeling for me on this walk. She also has nice taste in clothes and purchases much of her wardrobe with the pretty patterns from our dear friend Hillery and her mother's amazing clothing line.