Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Halloween in May

I've lost it you say? Perhaps in many ways that's true right now! Selling a home in this crazy market is enough to lose your mind, but I assure you - so far my sanity is still intact! But I am planning for Halloween a tad early! I saw this new pattern of Meg Hawkey's a few days ago and had to have it - even if it doesn't get made for this Halloween. I just love stitcheries and those from the gals at Crabapple Hill are some of my favorites. I also love Halloween! Once we get to the Squash House I'll be doing it up big-time. I want the neighborhood children to enjoy Halloween as much as I did when I was a child! We have a great yard for it, too. Lots of big trees to hide ghosts in and Mr. Squash will make scary noises before he opens the door to the little ghosts and goblins! This stitchery may even be hanging on the door!

Check out this cool color chart I made for my Babette blanket. Terri convinced me I should show it to you. I converted my Cascade 220 colors and numbers to the pattern, got a piece of card stock, lettered each color and with a glue stick and a few inches of yarn I made myself a handy guide! I can already see that N and O are awfully close in color, so I may have to order another blue. If you haven't been over to Terri's blog to see her Babette progress, you must go have a look - it's beautiful!
While I was spending money on the internet the other day I decided to buy this book. Have you ever checked for a book on Amazon and gone to the ones that are "like-new" or "used" for a better price? I always buy those nowadays - I've never received one that says "like-new" that isn't in perfect condition and the saving are enormous!
Anyway, I saw this potholder on Laurraine's blog a while ago and absolutely adored it! There are so many cute potholder patterns in the book; I want to make them all!
I'm still working on my last Christmas in July Swap piece - as soon as I get a little farther I'll give you a peek!

14 comments:

Stephanie D. said...

Nope, you're not crazy. I've already begun planning for Halloween at my place--I am a HUGE Halloween fanatic. Folks in the neighborhood who don't know my name call me The Halloween Lady. I live on a corner lot, and we get lots of kids who come into our little neighborhood to go Trick-or-Treating, because it's a really safe place to go.

Here's a post from last year with pictures:
http://scrapsbystephanie.blogspot.com/2008/11/over-but-not-yet-done.html
(THe theme was Mad Scientist's Laboratory)

And 2007:
http://scrapsbystephanie.blogspot.com/2007/11/day-after.html
(The theme was Roswell Alien Crash Site)

2006's theme was In the Graveyard.

Since it's on Saturday this year, I'm planning a party on Friday night, before the T-or-T'ers come around on Saturday. And the theme is Anything Goes!

Next year, since it's on a Sunday, I'm thinking of going to Vegas for Halloween! Nice to see another blogger as nuts about the holiday as I am! lol

Ulla said...

It is good to be on time, yuo never know how long a project will take. The pattern looks great! Your colour card looks very professional and will be very useful.

Stephanie said...

Starting early means you'll be all ready for Halloween! Can't wait to see your Babette starting to take shape.

Purple and Paisley said...

wish boo and rase could come trick or treating at your house...☺...some of my babette colors are similar, too...it's okay...just don't put them in the same square?

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I got that book and Pretty little patchwork too!! I like your color chart, I like to organise, sometimes as much as the project!! Funny I plan for the 4th of July all year it is my favorite, even more than Christmas, so no you are not crazy at all!!

Sherri said...

Oh, it's definitely not too early to plan for Halloween...and have you seen some of the great Halloween fabrics that will be out soon? (I've seen them on the Coming Soon pages of Fat Quarter Shop)!

Libby said...

Not crazy at all - I've already made a Christmas quilt for this year. No better time than now to start getting ready *s*

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Candace,
I do the same thing when I order books! Usually the postage is more than I pay for the book!

Kaaren said...

I love decorating for Fall and Halloween, so I'm right there with you.

I love your yarn colors and can't wait to see your progress.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

So your into Halloween and Christmas. lolol Your gonna be ready. I love Halloween because I love Fall.

Jackie said...

Love the color card! What a great idea! The yarn lined up on your porch in the post below looks scrumptious. Can't wait to see your progress! I need to go check out the potholder book!

Carrie P. said...

Crabapple Hill make the cutest patterns. Have fun.
Love the threads choices and they all look great hanging on the rail in the previous post. Have fun with it too.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love used books on Amazon. Strictly how I buy now. Look at you girl, ahead of the fall holiday here!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love used books on Amazon. Strictly how I buy now. Look at you girl, ahead of the fall holiday here!