Thursday, 1 November 2012

Catching up

We're having a nice relaxed half-term holiday, there is lots of crafting, cooking, gaming, and our favourite - sleeping in until we wake up naturally (oh, how I miss that!).
Our Halloween pumpkins:

Cat Bus pumpkin


Mine was supposed to be the cat bus from My Neighbour Totoro (made using this template).

Zelda Pumpkin

Cameron's was a design from The Legend Of Zelda.  This is the first year that he's done his pumpkin completely independently and I think he did a cracking job of it.

We went to a Halloween party to catch up with home ed friends which was fantastic, as always.  I get to see people fairly regularly as I still run a home ed book group but Cameron hadn't seen any of his home educated friends since the Summer so he really enjoyed it.  I barely saw him the whole afternoon!
I didn't get many pictures but I did manage to snap him giving the pumpkin piƱata a whack outside with my mobile phone camera...

halloween party - giving the pumpkin pinata a whack!


And now it's November - can you believe it?!  Just thirty days until advent, I haven't quite wrapped my head around that, yet.
With the temperature growing colder every day and the last leaves doing their last dance in the wind before they fall to the ground I'm hearing and reading a lot of people referring to us being in Winter already but there's plenty of my beloved Autumn still to come.  Bonfire night, Martinmas... so much to savour before we turn our attention to Winter, I think.

I have a mass of crafting to do to accomplish my goals including Martinmas lanterns, a couple of swaps and getting my blanket up to date - I'm still in awe that I've stuck to my year-round project and am nearing completion!  I am hoping for a dry day to get my Spring bulbs in the ground and tidy up the garden (perhaps for a bonfire...) and it's about that time to start making Christmas cake and puddings, isn't it?  I love the busy pace of Autumn and the cosiness that accompanies it - knitting by the fire, a bowl of hot, steaming soup after outdoor work, creating and baking whilst conjuring up hopes and dreams for the festive season.  It feels so magical, don't you think?

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  1. It looks like you are enjoying the break too, it's lovely being able to wake up when you are ready (which has only been half hour later than my work alarm anyway).
    We have just done what we fancied every day. It's been great, I really need to knuckle down and do my paperwork for next week but I am very much enjoying the time to relax and craft!

    Enjoy what is left of half term :-)

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    1. Isn't it funny how we wake up fairly early naturally anyway but doing it with an alarm is so intrusive and draining.

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  2. Yes, it is a magical season and full of loveliness. I think both pumpkins are excellent. Thanks to the link for the cat-bus template. I think I will try to surprise the boys with that next year. Totoro is still our favourite film.

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  3. Love the pumpkins. I cannot believe that October is over already

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    1. Thanks, Jen - it's gone so fast, hasn't it?

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  4. Oh sleeping until you wake naturally...surely that's a myth you're teasing us with?! Sounds lovely and can't wait to see all your projects come to completion.

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    1. Hehe - your time will come again!

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  5. I love this time of year and I agree that his independent pumpkin is fantastic!! This is from a Zelda game watcher (my son played through most of the games!)

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  6. It looks you had a very lovely Halloween! And I also can't believe it's November and Christmas time just around the corner. But now is still autumn and we should appreciate what we have now.

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  7. Until this year, I never thought of using templates for pumpkins. I guess that's why ours always look really bad. LOL.
    XO
    C

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    1. I hadn't either but apparently you can even buy transfers to put the design onto the pumpkin before carving. We printed ours off the internet and pritt sticked them on to draw around. It worked really well, I was surprised.

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