Three weeks ago, to celebrate Owlfish turning two, we threw her a Monsters, Inc. themed party as it was currently her favorite movie. Last year it was a Rio themed party, which was a success. And this year was no different. Owlfish really is surrounded by so much love and people who deeply care about her. Unfortunately, Daniel wasn't able to be there this year due to work, but he had birthday lunch with her the next day! But here are a few pictures from that fun day. These aren't edited in anyway mostly because I haven't had time to! We had her birthday in the same park as last year just because it was easier, but she had fun nonetheless.
Abigail Jolene, Age Two
I wasn't lying when I said she could have fruit snacks for her birthday breakfast.
My brother and his girlfriend's dog, Aramis, is a hoot. He and Owlfish are bffs.
Abbie and her uncle. She only gets to see him a few times out of the year because he is in college and is military. So the few moments they get are special.
Once again, my longtime friend Jessica worked her talented magic and created these whimsical monster cupcakes for the party. She made the Rio themed cake last year and my baby shower cake back in 2011.
Owlfish and her Uncle Darren, another longtime and dear friend of mine.
Funny story. My grandparents, Abbie's Nana and Noni, sent her a baby doll carriage and her firs baby doll for her birthday. Abbie took one look at the doll swaddled in the pram, pulled her out, put her aside, and climbed in. This was her seat for most of the party.
Owlfish and her Aunt Jessica
Lily is one of Abbie only playmates right now and she came in full makeup and costume for Abbie's special day!
My little monster. So much love, way more than you know! <3
Special treat for you guys tonight! A double post since I couldn't post the new playlist last night due to other events going on (coughhalloweenpartycough). Starting off the night with a new Things post. Unlike the last post, I think all of you could appreciate this one.
This week's Things I'm Obsessed With is-
I could have gone with just the pumpkin itself, but I know there are probably plenty of people who are sick of everything pumpkin flavored by now. Too bad I'm not one of them :) I love pumpkins and pumpkin flavored anything, sweet or savory. But I'm mostly in love with the Jack-O-Lantern. Scary face, happy face, logos, faux, or real. It doesn't matter how they look. These gourds are a Hallowe'en icon and I personally always get a real pumpkin (although I've seen people also carve turnips and beets, which are historically also used for these lanterns). Why a real one? Well, even though the faux ones are probably much cheaper and, in the long run, better for the environment, it doesn't beat the creative and fun atmosphere that happens when you are carving a pumpkin. As far as my research has show, jack's origin's are virtually unknown, although legends circulate as to how they came to be.
One story goes that the jack-o-lantern got its name after the will-o-the-wisps that flicked over peat-bogs in Europe. Another is that the lantern was created to sit in windows and frighten off the spirits that wandered the earth when the veils thinned during Hallowe'en and All Saint's Day. The most common story I've heard personally is that of the trickster named Jack. Supposedly, Jack tricked the devil up a tree and trapped him up there by carving a cross onto the trunk. When he died, because of his mischievous ways, Jack was denied going to heaven and couldn't go to hell because he tricked Satan while he was on earth. The only pity Satan took on him was to give him a small burning ember to light his way in the never-ending blackness of limbo. This ember was put inside a hollowed out turnip and made into a lantern that Jack carried for eternity. Those who saw his wandering spirit began calling him "Jack of the Lantern", which then shortened to Jack-O-Lantern. Spooky, eh?
Have any of you made a jack-o-lateen this year? Do you have any spooky stories related to the lanterns? I'd love to see your pictures and hear your stories!
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And now, onto the fourth installment of the Hallowe'en Playlists! This time around, you may see a bunch of familiar favorites! Get to creeping, friends...
Cold selfie, ya dig? It's starting to really feel like fall here in the south, especially with this sudden wave of cold temperatures that arrived this week. Woke up this morning to frost and 42 degrees. It's scarf and sweater time finally. I'm really happy about that, even though this cold came during the Mercury retrograde. Damn. But we make the most of it around here.
I've been keeping myself busy with digital photo assignments, French lessons, and Revolver products this week (which you can find out information about here or purchase items from me here). Daniel has been battling shitty work schedules and some lack of sleep, which I hope to help fix soonish. And the Owlfish? Well, she's not happy I've brought out the footie pajamas now; she hates having her feet covered. But we've started reading "The Wizard of Oz" together, which was a birthday gift to her from my long time friend Danny. She's discovered more words, such as "Wall-e", "Buzz", "book", "bubbles", "bites, "and saying "alright" after everything! She's started stringing her words together in coherent sentences too. But the diva strikes often and we've had quite a few p.i.t.a chip days recently. Ahh, the terrible twos. But as usual, I know deep down I wouldn't trade these moments for anything. I love being a mom.
Also, a few more phone pics of life in the autumn lately around these parts. All from my iPhone.
So, I hope you who are reading this have been nothing less than stellar and enjoying the autumn air that's found us (if you are in the northern hemisphere, that is!). Check back tomorrow for the fourth installment of the Hallowe'en Playlists and for a new Things I'm Obsessed With post (which should have been last weeks version!). We're going to be preparing for All Hallow's Eve the coming days, so I'll hopefully have pictures of that. :)
Evening. I hope you all have enjoyed the first two playlists so far. Sorry this is being posted so late in the day, but life is busy now with creating work to sell in support of Revolver. If you haven't backed it yet, hop to it! I promise this project won't disappoint.
Anyway, onto Round Three, creeps. Enjoy the spookiness.
The Kickstarter for Revolver is live today! And in just under 16 hours, over 24,000$ out of a 99,000$ goal has been backed! I am happy to say Owlfish and Family are one of those backers!
And you could be too!
Just visit Veronica and Burke's kickstarter HERE and pledged to help make this dream a reality. Even 1$ counts and there are SO MANY cool prizes for backers. This kickstarter fund ends November 15th, so there is plenty of time to help out!
(Fun fact: watch the Street Team video! Recognize someone at 2:42?!)
Also! I am offering several art pieces and handmade items over the next few weeks with all funds going towards the Revolver kickstarter. Head over to my Facebook Art Pageand look for the "Revolver *For Sale* Album". I will be adding more things over the next few days, so keep an eye out there!
Any little bit helps and this project is amazing! Any questions? Contact myself at theburntnickel(at)yahoo(dot)com OR Veronica herself at veronicavarlow(at)danger dame(dot)com
So I'm attempting to get better at at least weekly posting again, which is safe to say I sometimes lack in. Blame it on school, mommy duties, or honestly, laziness (I'm a twenty-something in 2013, we are skilled at this.) Either way, I'm challenging myself to do more pots and weekly columns help. I've had a good bit of feedback on the "Things" posts, so I'm going to kick off the witching month's Things post with one of my favorite obsessions. I will warn that these next couple of posts may not be everyone's cup of tea, so this is your chance to leave this page now.
And with that, this week's Things I'm Obsessed With is-
The Ouija Board
READ: This is not to encourage the use of the ouija board as a communicative device in any way! If you want to experiment, I advise that you do not.
Yes, the original Talking Board.
I might as well get it out of the way- yes, I've used one before. About four times in my life though. Each time has had some creepy repercussions, so you can imagine why I don't condone it's use or encourage anyone to use one.
But I have been fascinated by this thing since about the fourth grade, when I was at a Girl Scout sleepover and one of the girls there brought this out of her sleeping bag, apparently sneaking it out of her brother's bedroom before arriving. At the time, I was still very devoutly Catholic, so I put my foot down immediately about playing with it out of my fear. I was one of only two girls who refused to take part in it, preferring to watch from the side.
Even though now I realize one of the girls was likely moving the planchette around on the board, it still was intriguing as an eight-year-old to watch their questions get answered by this thing as if it knew all. That intrigue stuck with me and come ninth grade, I received a board for my birthday from my then best friend. By this point, I was in a weird limbo state with what I believed in and had also done some extensive research into the weird side of the world. It was during my weird and bad years of high school that I used the board, but since my senior year, it's been cleansed, stored in a box wrapped in white cloth and hasn't been touched since.
But that hasn't stopped my love for the board in general. I've built up a decent inventory of pictures and research on the boards existence, mostly out of personal curiosity. Before it was patented by Hasbro and sold as a board game, the talking board had been a part of communicating with the spiritual world for centuries. Although it first came into commercial use in 1890 by Elijah Bond, believers and the curious of old have used similar methods to talk to the spirits of their deceased loved ones and ghosts that were plaguing them. The Ouija sometimes was brought out as a parlor trick at turn-of-the-century homes or used in traveling shows, although more often than not to trick the desperate into paying big bucks to speak with their loved ones. Even though science and sociology are still on the fence about the truthfulness of a talking board (yours truly is as well), users of the Ouija and believers will firmly stand by their testimonies to the good- and bad- that comes from using the board.
But the Ouija has found it's way into other places beyond parlors, television, and Hollywood. Jewelry, phones cases, purses, and even dresses exist now sporting the talking board on them. T-shirts can be found around Halloween with the familiar alphabet and numbers layout. Some creative souls have gone so far as to even have shoes made with this on them. Personally, beyond my personal spirit board, I own a necklace of the planchette and have a novelty candle with the board stamped on it. I hope to one day have a collection of all items Ouija, whether vintage boards or more novelty pieces.
Mine and everyone's favorite Danger Dame with her Ouija Board phone case!
But to this day, I have no intention of ever using one again and plan to teach the Owlfish extensively that it's best to stay away from using them (I know, how hypocritical of me!). I personally have not had a great experience with the Ouija, but I cannot speak for everyone.
Check back next week for another spooky Things post. :)
Top three images found via WeHeartIt, all Ouija items pictures were found via Google Images and Etsy searches. Veronica's picture is from her diary section on DangerDame.com