29 October 2009

The Old Black Witch & Jack Pumpkinhead of OZ ~ A Halloween Holiday

I am so glad you have joined us for our Halloween Holiday ~ thank you for stopping by. Do turn on the music...I've selected some haunting melodies.


The gate is not locked...please come in.
{I know it squeaks, but don't let that scare you.}



Up the stone steps is the front door...I love the crackle of fallen leaves, don't you? {Be careful and do not fall through that missing step.}




Welcome!



Oh, this is Fido ~ he tries to spook everyone, even me. Do not worry, his roar is more fierce than his bite and he does not scratch too hard ~ you never need more than one teensy weensy bandage...

{FYI My Friends ~ This is not my pet...I do not like cats. I figure that you are either a "cat" person or not. I am not. I saw this feline lurking at me this week as I was walking through the neighborhood. Perfect timing, huh? }



Ring the bell loudly ~ don't be shy. I am in the dungeon doing some last minute preparations.



That light mysteriously burns out every year during Halloween week...the bats are happier when it is dark.



Do come in!



I've even dusted my family portraits...


{This was actually hanging in some one's home in Middle Georgia...ugh! I found this and the one below at a local antique collective. Who in the world would have a skull portrait in their home?}





She is lovely isn't she? But no, this is not a portrait of yours truly, but of my great, great, great, great, witchie Auntie Susie from Salem...we have heard lots of stories about her...

{I had to include this uh, "pretty" girl just because of her name.}







The black chandelier is dimly lit for just the right mood and ambiance.





Only the finest monogrammed linens for my lovely guests.



Gotcha!


Not to worry...you all have met some of the guests who will be here and even tasted some of the concoctions I created...just for you.





The candles are lit...be careful and do not burn your fingertips.




Oops! Who spilled the beans?









It must have been the "Old Black Witch"...





Or perhaps it was "Jack Pumpkinhead of OZ."



No, no, no, not me...I just ate all the black jelly beans.




May I offer you a goblet of some pinot NOIR?



It is chilled to just the perfect temperature.





Or would you prefer some delicious and hauntingly hot cocoa?





Since this is just a spooky story time party and not so scary after all and considering that my head is a bit wobbly, I will have the witches brew of hot cocoa ~ thank you very kindly.





I think this party is coming to a close...and it is time for me to roam the neighborhood.









Thank you for your visit. I hope you sleep well tonight.


~ ~ ~


Happy Halloween! I'm off to take my little pirate out to walk the plank...

Ciao amici,

Suzanne



{My first painting of a jack~o~lantern. My mother kept this for decades and I have recently added it back into my portfolio.}

23 October 2009

A Hay Ride Through the Corn Maze...and a Tribute to Wooly

'Just got back from a day on a working Fun Farm with my son's kindergarten class. This is the second year we have trekked up to the small town of Forsyth, Georgia for this afternoon of play, feeding goats, hay rides, and picking out pumpkins.


"Wooly"


Last year I wrote about this place and you may remember my friend, "Wooly." I asked the proprietor, Chuck, about him ~ telling him that his portrait {Wooly's that is} was up on my blog and that he had a little fan club. Sadly, I was told that last December some dogs attacked the sheep, as well as the goats and they were killed. The llama escaped from the dogs and was found running down the country road. These were not wild dogs, although I hardly think that they were domesticated ~ hunting the farm animals as they did. The farm acquired some new goats, but the sheep {there were two} were not replaced.

Last year it was a bright, warm, and breezy Indian summer day when we were here. This week however, the weather was a complete contrast ~ drizzly, foggy, and chilly autumn day. I was pleasantly surprised at how moody these photographs turned out. I hope you will enjoy your visit.



The Pumpkin Path


We were the first to arrive, so I was lucky to capture these images before dozens of little people were running all over the place.


Big Blue Tractor ready for the hay ride...




About twenty five or more of us piled in the trailer and sat on the bales of hay for a bumpy ride through the corn maze.



They offer "Flashlight Corn Maze" tours in the fall, but that idea sort of gives me the creeps...I am not a bug person, and who knows what creatures could be crawling around in the mud and fields at dusk...




After a snack and some hot chocolate to warm us up, we picked out some pumpkins to take home.



Wishing you all a pleasant weekend...




...and dedicating this post to "Wooly."




Ciao amici,
Suzanne

18 October 2009

Don't Be...SCARED!

Because I have something to offer you...


No tricks, just treats...But first, I thought I would show you some really spooky stuff...



How adorable are these? I was in McDonough, Georgia recently snooping around in some antique stores and found these precious Halloween witches and vintage style decorations.


I just love the tilt and lilt of this little witch...looking as though a spell has been cast on her.



This old crow below did scare me a bit...but I dig the old typewriter on which he is perched. I know my friend Grace would covet that vintage typing machine. You should see her collection.




This past weekend I was participating in an outdoor art show {I really do not do many of these ~ now I know why} and although it had been raining here all week long, buckets and buckets of rain, it was not predicted to rain on Saturday. Therefore, the show went on as planned...until the drizzle became sprinkles and the sprinkles became rain drops and drips all over my art work. {I was even having a good hair day.} UGH! I packed up after about an hour {this was supposed to be an all day show} called my husband for some help and when he showed up, looked at him with the understanding that we both knew what we wanted...margaritas, chips and salsa at the local Mexican restaurant.
I was done.



Needless to say, I did not sell much in that brief and damp period of time.
Therefore, my offer is not tricks or treats, but this:



For a limited time in my Etsy and ArtFire shops I will be offering my photographs two for $50 or $30 each as they are currently priced and no secondary shipping charge. This was what I was selling them for at the show, and since I have some inventory left I want to continue the offer through the holidays. None of these photographs are rain damaged ~ they are in perfect condition, professionally printed in a photo laboratory, matted to 8" x 10", and wrapped in acid free sleeves. Included in this group is some new work that has not been listed before now. I hope you will be able to take some time to visit my galleries.
You may just find the perfect gift for someone or for yourself.


Ciao amici,
Suzanne

11 October 2009

Potions for Your Palate


I've been concocting a few potions in my kitchen lately...



combining delicious delicacies from all around this old house and basement...


The beverages are chilled and chilling...



so please stop by for a bite or two and rest your bones...



...if you dare.

Mia casa e tua casa.



Here's the old skeleton key...don't forget to lock the gate behind you.


Things are starting to look a blurry now...it's time for me to depart.

~ ~ ~

Please forgive me for my lack of sophistication on this post...silliness is going around this house with my little goblin, who is going to be a pirate this Halloween.

Ciao amici,

Suzanne

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