Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Trivia & Fun Facts

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers.

Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Winter Wreaths

My daughter loves to plant succulents in old gravy dishes or other odd and cool silver pieces. Currently she is tackling the process of making a succulent winter wreath, which I admit didn't sound very nice at first, but is actually quite pretty. Especially when you think of it hanging on a headboard made of salvaged beadboard. What do y'all think?

Tips for making your own succulent decoration via Martha Stewart.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday in the country

Went to see my friend Marianne today and I fell in love with her NC home...
I have always admired her taste and artistic ability!

Marianne makes the best pickled green tomatoes!

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

--christie (the daughter)