Month: October 2012

Frankendoor

I hope you are safe and warm as Hurricane Sandy makes her way out. We experienced quite a bit of wind and rain, but fortunately lost only one tree and power for a few short periods of time.  Stay safe!

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Frankenstein. Frankenstorm. Frankendoor.

I “pinned” this adorable Halloween door a few months ago – before we even had a green door!

from MelDesigns

I knew I had to make it happen!

After I painted our front door a friendly shade of green this summer, it was ready for a Halloween costume.

I’m not sure how the original door was made, but I used:

– craft foam
– hot glue
– painter’s tape.

I bought three Creatology craft foam sheets from Michael’s for $5.00 – one white sheet and two black sheets.

Then I measured my door to make the hair the same width as my door.

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I cut (freehand) the hair, 2 eyeballs, 2 eyedots, 2 teeth, 1 mouth, 1 scar, 6 spider legs and 3 pieces of a spider body.

I used my hot glue gun to put together the eyes, the hair (my foam wasn’t wide enough to do it in one piece), the spider and the mouth.

I cockeyed the eyeballs and teeth to make him look goofy

To attach the pieces to my front door, I used a few pieces of blue painter’s tape (protect the doorpaint dude!).

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I put mine underneath our window, and I like it because it will be eye-level with our trick-or-treaters.

Our door is protected from the elements by our screen porch, so I can’t say how the painter’s tape will hold up to wind or rain.

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Still no screen door though!

I love it!

Even if we get no trick-or-treating kids, it was totally worth it!

Happy Halloween!!!

I’m linking this project up to the Fall Pinterest Challenge at YoungHouseLove

Spend an Afternoon in Concord, Massachusetts

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One of my favorite things about living in Massachusetts is that you aren’t more than a stone’s throw away from a historical location. When my parents came to visit a few weekends ago, we decided to introduce them to Concord, MA – as in the battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battle of the Revolutionary war, and birthplace of the Concord Grape.

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It was the perfect New England town to visit on a gorgeous autumn day.

We started the day with a trip to Walden Pond.

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The pond is open for swimmers in the summer, and freezes over in the winter (I have twirled and swirled all over the iced-over pond once upon a winter).

There is a 2-3 mile hike around the pond. And, thanks to man-made fencing, is extremely narrow. This is not hiking, this is “hiking”. But it is a pretty trail nonetheless.

There were a lot of people out while we were there – many people perched upon the edge of the pond reading and writing. The place inspires intellect.

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The pond was made famous by existentialist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau lived in a small cabin (and I mean SMALL) near the pond and made the small pond famous.

Nearly makes me want to sell all my belongings and live in a hut.

Concord is a literary hotspot – home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, in addition to Thoreau. All writers are buried in the infamous Sleepy Hollow cemetery.

All the writer’s homes are in town and a short drive away from each other.

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We stopped at Louisa May Alcott’s home, which, being a lover of Little Women, I like to refer to as “Orchard House” – the home of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Directly next to Alcott’s home was the “Concord School of Philosophy”.

Next we moved on to Old North Bridge and the grounds of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

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It’s a sombering sight, visiting a battlefield.

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We spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting the small, picturesque village of Concord.

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It’s stores are small and expensive stores, but the streets are lovely to wander around.

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Only 20 miles west of Boston, Concord is a must-see New England town.

Just be sure to bring your philosophy book so you fit in. ; )

My Favorite (Non-Horrifying) Halloween Movies

Whether it’s the excess of candy corn, the excuse to wear full-fledged costumes in public, or blissfully running through cornfields, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

Since my birthday is only three days before Halloween, most of my childhood birthday parties involved costumes and pumpkin shaped cakes. I was groomed to like this holiday from the beginning.

Since I’m too old to trick or treat (I milked that for as long as I could, but the time is long gone), I like to watch Halloween movies to celebrate the occasion as I try not to devour all the candy for trick-or-treaters.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite (non-scary) Halloween movies:

Hocus Pocus

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Does it get any better than Bette Midler?

Besides the hilarious characters (witches riding vacuuums?) and tweeny plotline, this movie takes place, and was partially filmed, in Salem, MA – my old stomping grounds. Therefore it holds a special place in my heart.

“Let’s light this sucker and meet the old broads.”

The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values

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My FAVORITE Halloween movies, harkening back to the days of watching The Munsters on Nick at Night.

The Addams Family. That violent, yet loveable family of weirdos.

Am I the only kid who flipped her hair around in the pool pretending to be Cousin It?

(Really, the only one? Forget I said anything about it.)

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“20 grand for summah camp and he’s Mister Woo woo?”

The ‘Burbs

Oh Tom Hanks, you are an adorable little man of yore.

Does it get any better than the neighborhood man-club investigating the creepy new family?

“The message to psychos, fanatics, murderers, nutcases all over the world is “do not mess with suburbanites”. Because frankly we’re just not gonna take it any more. Ya know, we’re not gonna be content to look after our lawns and wax our cars, paint out houses. We’re out to get them.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the original)

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Color me embarrassed.

This is the original movie, pre-television show, when Sabrina discovers she is a witch.

It’s cheesy and everything you want the mid 1990s to be. It really takes me back to the good old days of roll-on glitter.

Jackpot! The whole movie can be found on YouTube here:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zboblFg8uP8]

The Village

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Okay, this M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller is actually kind of creepy, but with beautifully dreary cinematography.

This movie boasts quite the cast, including an adorable Amish-esque Joaquin Phoenix, who play a group of isolated villagers plagued by an outside force that lives in the forest. Get rid of everything the color red. Stay inside. Be afraid.

Just don’t let anyone ruin the end for you.  If they do, they aren’t a good friend.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Bring out the Reese’s Pieces.

Watch classic kid Elliot befriend an alien who is stuck on Earth and can’t get home. E.T. is a classic American movie, ranking with the likes of The Sandlot, the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. This fall we celebrate 30 years of E.T.

And in case you are wondering, it’s still okay to cry.


Edward Scissorhands

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Ahh, the story of the irrefutable Avon Lady.

There isn’t much I don’t enjoy about watching this movie – from the idealistic Levittown neighborhood, to blonde pre-shoplifting Winona Ryder, to Edward’s far-out hair and landscaping businesses.

This movie is saturated with colors and a Tim Burton creeptastic delight.

“And I will bring the Ambrosia Salad.”

Rear Window

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James Stewart? Check. Grace Kelly? Check.

A recovering Jimmy Stewart is wheelchair-bound during a sweltering summer month and begins spying on his apartment complex neighbors from the window. As a mysterious murder occurs, all helter skelter is let loose as Jimmy, lovely girlfriend Grace and the nurse begin to investigate the crime from their very own living room window.

Honorable Mentions:

Harry Potter (any of them!)

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Pretty Little Liars

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The Witches

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What is your favorite Halloween movie?
Do you like watching scary movies? (Unlike me!)

Thank You x 100 Grand

As a kid, my favorite candy bar was 100 Grand. After I unwrapped the bright orange wrapper, the combination of chocolate, caramel and krispies was too much to pass up.

I haven’t had one of those candy bars in years.

But, I think I may need to pick one up at the grocery store, because last week Withywindle surpassed 100,000 hits and 1000 subscribed readers.

Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and taking the time to comment. I love reading your notes and visiting your blogs to see who you are too.

Without you guys I’d be a crazy, rambling gal.

Okay, well that’s still me.

But at least I’m not a crazy, rambling gal that is only talking to herself.

Thank you for reading!
Kat

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

G.K. Chesterton

Autumn in New England

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I love the fall.

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Crisp air in my lungs. Crunchy leaves underfoot. Boots and wool socks reappear.

I love New England. Especially in the fall.

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I feel like I’m living in the opening song of Gilmore Girls.

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Every road is a delight. Explosive fiery foliage at every turn.

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And the beaches are empty. Perfect for long walks.

Only the roaring waves to fill your ears.

Or the quiet lull of the tide.

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Apple pie! Apple crisp! Apple cider! Caramel apples! Applesauce!

I could go on. But I’m too busy looking up apple recipes!

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And our favorite fall activity, the Topsfield Fair – America’s oldest agricultural fair.

Where else can you see the world’s largest pumpkin, prize-winning zucchini, racing pigs and baby farm animals?

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Fall, please stay here forever?

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Or at least until Summer gets here, of course.