Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Kooky Cemetery Fence

Our "Kooky Fence" exists soley because of my husband. The design and construction is his. I helped out, but he alone deserves the credit.

Better pics soon.

Cornstalk Tee-Pee

The "Cornstalk Tee-Pee" is a tradition from my youth, that I still carry on today. The first tee-pee was created by my grandfather for me when I was 5. This year, we have two.
Me, on the left, in 1975. My daughter in 1997, on the right.

"Jack" Flag

All of our scarecrows here at Ivy Hall have similar faces (perhaps you've noticed).

This year, we decided to make a flag with that face. The flag is put out mid-September to mark the beginning of the Halloween season.

"Jack" is the first scarecrow we ever made, hence the name.

Night Photos

Septimus Rex

The growing cememtery.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Zero Materializes

Zero is our spectral scarecrow and is new this year. He will be bathed in green light at night, once put on display. He is my personal favorite.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Ascention of Septimus Rex, Lord of Mabon

On September 23rd, the Autumn Equinox (also known as Mabon), Septimus Rex ascended Scarecrow Hill to begin his inaugural reign over the Halloween and Autumn festivities at Ivy Hall.

Our Familiars

A Mama cat and her three babies have taken up residence in our yard, just in time for Samhain. There are two black kitties and one grey tabby kittie. Mama is also a grey tabby cat.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Glowing Lanterns

Standard "Farmhouse Lanterns" with frosted glass and lit by LEDs.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Witch Bottles and Jars

Here are a few pics of the jars and bottles for our witch area. We will have several other props there, as well, but I'll take pics of those on Halloween. I don't want to give everything away!

(I made these out of Crayola Model Magic!)

(Juniper Berries)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Light Fixtures

We finally replaced our old, outdoor light fixtures on the house. The reasons are two-fold. One, the existing ones were well-worn, cheap-looking and did not truly fit the style of our house. Two, they used chandelier bulbs, which prevented us from using colored light-bulbs on Halloween.

Here are a few night-time pics of the fixtures equipped with the green bulbs we plan on using on the big day. There is also one daytime pic, to better show the fixture itself. (The orange light is inadvertent - that's just the way the incandescents from inside photographed!)

We couldn't be happier with the results!

Friday, July 13, 2007

The First Completed Headstone

Made of flat plywood; hand-painted.

Thanks So Much!

Thanks to all who voted for me at the Haunt Forum Sign of the Times Challenge. I really appreciate it.