Friday, June 13, 2014



Today is the 13th and Jason will be grinning in his goalie mask by the light of a full moon.

And did you know? It's such a rare occurrence on the calendar, and so creepy.... that it hasn't been seen in 14 years — and will not be seen again until 2049.

In New York, the honey moon — as astronomers call it — will be unveiled at exactly 12:11 a.m. Friday, right around the time the werewolves start stirring. It will usher in a day on which some superstitious folks will be thinking twice about walking under ladders, stepping on sidewalk cracks or crossing paths with black cats.

The last time the moon was full on a Friday the 13th was Oct. 13, 2000! Wow, that's pretty amazing! (And a bit romantic too, if I must say so myself) So do make sure that you get a peek at the full moon tonight!

Wonder why you're so spooked by Friday the 13th?

LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don't have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven.

Though no one can say for sure when and why human beings first associated the number 13 with misfortune, the superstition is assumed to be quite old, and there exist any number of theories — many of which deserve to be treated with a healthy skepticism, please note — purporting to trace its origins to antiquity and beyond.

It has been proposed, for example, that fears surrounding the number 13 are as ancient as the act of counting. Primitive man had only his 10 fingers and two feet to represent units, this explanation goes, so he could count no higher than 12. What lay beyond that — 13 — was an impenetrable mystery to our prehistoric forebears, hence an object of superstition.

Have a Frightful Friday The 13th!

Friday, June 6, 2014

WORDS OF WISDOM

Happy Friday to All!

I thought today would be a good day to pick up the old embroidery hoop, and start a new cross stitch project!

I'm always looking for cute stuff that I can frame, or put on a decorative pillow....

Now don't be intimidated.... it's really pretty easy to do.

But if you've never cross stitched before.... or don't trust your own design skills, just surf the www and you'll find lots of free templates and instructions, to all kinds of cross stitch projects!

I've even seen tutorials on line, with step-by-step video that'll teach you how to do it! Come on give it a try.... what have you got to loose?

Now this would be perfect for the kitchen, wouldn't it? It'll make 'em think twice, before they complain about what's for dinner...


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PINTEREST PROJECT DAY



I looooooooooove Pinterest! So many amazing ideas out there that people just want to share, and I for one, am all about the sharing! That's what our little corner of the web is all about, after all....

My Pinterest Pal Jen sent this to me, and I thought it was a perfect for our Project Day!

DIY Aluminum Candleholders - made from sheets of decorative mesh aluminum, cut into strips. I've used this kind of mesh before with other projects, and you can usually find it and your favorite home improvement store.

You'll need a pair of wire snips, a Sharpie marker, floral wire, and a yard stick. Also a can of black (matte or gloss) spray paint.

Here's what you do:

Lay out the mesh on a flat surface.

Using the yard stick and Sharpie, measure out the amout of mesh you want to use, and draw a line where you'll need to cut. Carefully, using the snips, cut the mesh on the line you just made.

Wrap the mesh around containers, (like a soup can or vase) to figure out the size you want. Secure by twisting wire through the mesh at the top, middle and bottom of the seams.

Turn edges of wire inside and spray paint. (Two light coats seem to work best) Add candles.... Perfection!

Happy Project Day!.... And be sure to spend some time on Pinterest today, for more fab-boo-lous ideas!


Monday, June 2, 2014

A MONDAY MAKEOVER


Well, it's another dreaded Monday. You've got a long To-Do List around the house, I'm sure. And some days.... you just get tired of looking at the same old decor, am I right?

As a Halloween Homemaker, one thing you can always count on, is working some new magic on old stuff you've got laying around the house.

Not only is it recycling.... but it's giving some new life to that old d├ęcor. I love that!

Here's a great example of that. We can take those old candlesticks and make them look brand new! No foolin'....

All we need is some glossy black spray paint, some ribbon, and a few dabs of hot glue.

Spray paint the candlesticks, and let them dry completely. Then set the white candles on the top of the holder. Measure and cut the ribbon the fit around each candle. Secure with a few dabs of glue.  Then it's time to add the spiders.... using more hot glue.

As you can see, when you group them together, they make a real style statement.

It's so simple, it's scary.