Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

 I hosted my annual Halloween party. Everyone who knows me knows exactly when it is going to be because it has never changed. Friends, family, and neighbors all want to attend because my parties are actual celebrations. We interact with each other rather than stare at our phones in silence. That is great! And no one wants to miss out on the five pound bowl of candy corn that is the centerpiece of my table!

 This mix had a whole lotta stuff in it. It had pretzel sticks, rice check cereal, cheese it's, M&Ms, candy corn, candy pumpkins, and cinnamon cereal squares. It might seem like too much random stuff, but it tastes good and is addictive.

 I love putting up my Halloween tree. People are amused that I actually have enough Halloween ornaments to load up a six foot tree!

 Jack Skellington is one of the main attractions of my tree.

 Mr Duffy looked good in his skeleton costume.

 I was a pumpkin fairy.

On the actual day of Halloween when I passed out candy, I dressed as Cruella de Vil. People were very amused with my costume.

I do love Halloween and I know how to do it. And my celebrations get bigger every year. What will the next one be like?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cropping in Milpitas

 This was a last-minute crop for me. A spot opened up and the organizer asked me if I wanted to take her place. I said that sure I would! So I gathered my supplies, put them in my car, stuck them on this luggage rack, and set up for the weekend.

 I thought it was kind of funny that I took a picture of myself, scrapbooking a picture of myself, while I was scrapbooking.


 The first day went by quickly. I went to bed late and got up early. I munched on a few donuts then got ready for the day.

 This goodie bag was left at my chair. There were some tasty treats in it.

 I wanted to explore the hotel. Sometimes I get so involved in the creative process that I don't stop and explore where I am and actually build memories from the event - which is why I am even scrapbooking at all!

 This chair was near an elevator bank. It was very wide, even for a teddy.

 Ah, this is a welcome sight any place.

 Nice relaxing soft chairs to kick back in.

 I went for a brief ride on the luggage rack in front of the hotel.

 There was a little pond out front. I love water features.

 Sadly, no koi lived there.

 There was a cute little waterfall.

 There were some pretty flowers on the property.

 This was my hotel, the Beverly Heritage.

There is a lot of nice landscaping at this hotel.

 I checked out the pool area but I had no plans of going in.

 They have nice lounge chairs on their pool deck.

 This was my bed. Simple but welcoming.

 There was this giant TV but I rarely have time to watch TV when I'm on these retreats. I spend most of my time in the crop room.

 These rooms do not have mini fridges or microwaves. I had to keep my food on ice all weekend.

 After another long day of crafting, I was ready to pass out.

 More donuts!

I don't know if I can get out of bed! But this is my last day so I have to pack and check out. I have another crop coming up next month. My favorite one, in Carmel!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Uesugi Farm Park

 Ah, it's time to visit one of my favorite pumpkin patches. Uesugi Farm Park in Morgan Hill is a fun place to spend a couple of hours, exploring the sights and really just taking in the fun Halloween scenery.
 They have millions of marigolds growing on the field.

 Fun welcome sign!

 There's a shy scarecrow hiding next to the tree.

 I think this one might have indulged in fermented pumpkin juice.

 I think this scarecrow was cosplaying as Wall-E.

 Ooh! Honey! Yum!!!

 They had free honey tasting! Wow, that is perfect for me.

 Levi is an anagram for Evil. Dun dun DUUUNNN!!!

 My favorite kind of flower.

 This is just a small view of the pumpkins.
 That is one gigantic pyramid made entirely of pumpkins.

 I'm so small, I didn't even reach the chart!

 Am I the Pumpkin Queen?
 Yes! Yes, I am.

 All the pretty marigolds. They do sell them, they are good flowers for keeping pests away from vegetable crops.

 Now to start looking for my pumpkin.

 Oh, but the sunflowers! They're so pretty!!!

 Okay, back to looking for the perfect pumpkin.

 A pumpkin is really a squash I knew that!

 Pumpkins are good for your health.

 Oh, now I want pumpkin pie.

 I love this corn that they sell. I don't think it is edible, but I do like to put it on my table for the fall holidays.

 I wonder if these pumpkins are called Cinderella because she rode in a pumpkin carriage.

 Why are these called blue pumpkins when they are a cream color?

 Ah, here we are with the Califia-sized pumpkins.

 That's a big chicken.

 These pumpkins are very bumpy. How did they get that way?

 They had tomatoes growing near the back of the field. Not quite ripe yet.

 This one looked pretty good.

 I think these are some kind of pea pods, but they're purple. Is that how they start out then turn green?

 I had to take a break from pumpkin hunting to play on the bales of hay.

 Here are more of the decorative gourds. I picked some up for adding to my cornucopia.

 How cute are these?!?

 I love munchkin pumpkins, they are so cute.

 These were the pumpkins I would end up buying, and the name is as cute as they are.

 Yummy, they had corn growing!

There is a train there that people could ride.

 That person has a familiar face.

 Wow, now that is one big pumpkin.

 There were so many different colored pumpkins.

 I'm not sure I remember what these are.

 This kind of sunflower is called Teddy Bear!!!

 They had a Califia-sized bench where I could rest.

 And a carousel I could ride!

I had a very busy day of playing, exploring, and picking out my pumpkin.