I do love a well-dressed Pumpkin Girl. Check out those lovely leaf shoes!
Happy Halloween. Here’s hoping the day will be filled with delicious treats and delightful tricks and so much more. I’m happy to be playing in the Scattered Life Collective and welcome you to my door to peek into my week.
out the window: Perfect Halloween weather – the wind is blowing and howling and the leaves are flying. Some of the trees are bare now. It’s a holiday tradition in our house to watch Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes and this is the perfect day for it. It’s going to be nippy for the trick-or-treaters later tonight, but nothing like a little sugar high to keep you jumping and warm.
on the menu: We went out to our favorite pancake house for Halloween breakfast so I’m still filled to the gills with pumpkin pancakes. Yum. But I imagine I’ll eventually get hungry again, and this orange and black meal is what I have planned. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans.
- A surprise visit from an out-of-town family member.
- Putting together my Samhain/Dia de los Muertes altar. Tonight I do an ancestor connection and reverance ceremony and the sacred wheel turns to usher in another year.
- A delightful Dia de los Muertes gift from my cousin.
reading: I find Maira Kalman’s work such a delight and this week I got a chance to read her Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag: 31 Objects from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
And keeping with the theme, I started digging into Molly Oldfield’s The Secret Museum: Some Treasures are Too Precious to Display. I’m not finished with it, but instead I’ve been savoring it, jumping in and out and wandering about looking and reading about various objects in a non-linear fashion. My favorite object so far is two golden bees taken from a throne in the Glass Palace in Burma.
watching: I am always fascinated by creation stories. For the last few weeks I’ve been playing in a circle where we’ve been telling creation stories based on particular tarot decks we’re working with. So interesting! So with creation stories on my mind, it was such a serendipitous find to discover this video called Duelity doing a split-screen telling of Earth’s origins.
listening: Saw a fabulous photo of the far side of the moon and that made me go hunting down De/Vision’s song.
favorite word of the week: Brummagem – adjective: Cheap and showy. noun: Something that is counterfeit or of inferior quality.
project I’m loving to support: Roxana of Illuminated Perfume is doing a fabulous and fun fund-raising campaign to deck out her perfumery space. I’ve said before I love Roxana’s natural perfumes and her blog is a visual treat. With an artistic eye and creative sensibilities like hers, her space is going to be over-the-moon wonderful. I have a not-very-secret wish to have space like this myself some day. But in the meantime, I’m delighted to make a donation and reap a reward.
on the wish list: Isn’t this piece by Cathy Cullis fabulous?
out and about:
- You’ve got to check out this peacock spider and his fabulous dance moves. He wins the best costumed arachnid award in my book and he certainly outdances me.
- I’ve always loved Niki de Saint Phalle’s exhuberant and colorful figures and there’s a new exhibition of her work being mounted. How fun would it be to dress as one of her Nana sculptures for Halloween?
- Once again I’m swooning over a vintage kid’s book: Helpful Mr. Bear. His arrival is perfect timing too. A California friend reported having a bear and cub in her yard this week and just to really invite in bear energy, I’ve created a card for my Inner Alchemy Earth oracle deck dedicated to this fabulous creature.
- With our colorful autumn leaves rapidly blowing away it’s nice to peek at a differently hued set of leaves. House of Blue Leaves art quilt by Jane La Fazio.
- I discovered this charming blog call All is Full of Love and I’m smitten with her art and her spirit.
So there you have it, a peek into my world – one that is inhabited by Pumpkin Girls. Now tell me about yours. Dressing up for Halloween? Have a treasure that is too precious for a museum to display? Wish you could travel to the far side of the moon? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.