Thursday, October 21, 2010

In Memoriam

Claudia A. Luecke (1967-2010).

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

~Desi and Steve

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Non-Negotiable

While tossing traditions so that new ones can be established may be all well and good, there was no way that my two favorite decorations were staying in the box this way. (Or any year.) An so permission was granted to me by the decorating committee to dust off our ceramic pumpkin (painted by Steve when he was eight) and three pieces of artwork done by Julie and Z in elementary school. These oldies-but-goodies feature two portraits of bats with characteristic "blood teeth" (a term coined by Z when he was five) and a picture of "October" reminiscent of Halloweens of old spent trick-or-treating with Lisa and Peter (note the trick-or-treat bags say "JLZP") who are now a bit beyond neighborhood candy runs as a sophomore in college and a senior in high school.

~Desi

Monday, October 18, 2010

Martha Stewart Has Nothing On Us

Every year, we bring down four big brown boxes full of traditional Halloween decorations and set them up pretty much how we have done in prior years. This year, though, the kids wanted to be a bit more creative, so we tossed tradition and chose an alternate route to making our home more festive.

As subscribers to Martha Stewart Living, we have been looking through the Halloween issues (of which there were two) for weeks. Both Julie and Z have shown interest in trying some of the crafts, so we set out to Michael's and, yes, Home Depot. So armed with our theme (scary), we hunted and gathered for materials.

Now I know that things aren't always as easy as they sound. I found that out a while back when I tried one of Paula Deen's recipes. But I decided not to jade Julie and Z's view, so I encouraged them to go for it. They worked tirelessly through the day, carving and spray painting styrofoam headstones, dying cheese cloth with black tea to make creepy curtains, drawing pupils and irises on fingerling potatoes to make eyeballs, and cutting out paper bats and spider webs.

Did I say tirelessly?

Well after around four or five hours, we were well on our way, but in no way did our house look like the one depicted in the magazine. Many hours lie ahead if we are to reach the look we are after. No doubt, though, the fun has been in the process. Spending time (lots of it) on transforming the house using imagination and creativity provides good, wholesome enjoyment.

On the aside, as I went to sleep the other night, I mentioned to Steve how intense this kind of decorating is. "How does Martha Stewart have the time to decorate that huge house of hers? Every room shown in the magazine is perfect!"

"Hundreds of trained professionals," he replied.

Oh...

~Desi

PS: I betcha she doesn't know where to buy liquid starch either!