Saturday, September 3, 2011

Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see...

Is it weird that the pumpkins we are growing are turning orange already?

Is this bad?  I have no idea.

Every year for the past 4 years or so, we have planted pumpkins in our little planting bed by the house. 
As you can see, just this ONE PLANT takes up a lot of room!  The other plant is almost as big.
Carlos made the copper plant markers for the kids.  You can see the scale of these leaves!! Yow.

This year my husband bought 2 pumpkin plants, one for each kid.  We have some copper plant labels that he made, too- just in case there is any argument about whose pumpkin plant is whose.  But this year he bought the super giganto mega freakish-sized pumpkins from Meijers.  He figured it might be worth the extra couple of bucks to get the big ones.

 I don't know about you, but the FIRST thing I will think of when the giant pumpkins are full grown, is how to hollow them out and make a boats out of them.  Yeah.  Or maybe make a doghouse out of it.

 It's the first week of September and only one plant is producing pumpkins.  And the pumpkins are over a foot across already, and orange!  Will they start to rot now, or will they get bigger? Should I destroy the plant in case it's evil?  We have no idea what we're doing.  But apparently the fertilizer worked. Well, on one plant, anyway.

One of the pumpkins actually did call me "Seymour".  I don't mind telling you that I'm scared.
Yes, we are hoping the Great Pumpkin will visit our pumpkin patch this year.  I have to admit, we have a very sincere pumpkin patch, if I do say so myself.  Man, those things take up a bunch of room!!  The vines go everywhere!   These mutant giganto ones have even bigger vines than last year. We had kind of a Japanese theme going on, but the pumpkins are an interesting contrast to that. Hmmmmm....maybe this year we can do a Japanese theme for Halloween..?  Japan has TONS of mythology, ghost lore, demons, and bizarre legends to draw from.  This might be a possibility.

Insert caption for the guy on the upper left...

She's a little creepy!  Yeah, "The Grudge" and "The Ring" were damned scary...

 I hope the Great Pumpkin gives money.
  We were thinking maybe a traditional ORIGINAL Halloween theme- meaning 3,000 years ago in Ireland Halloween.  Carlos is already buying turnips to carve.  Pumpkins are from the Americas, and Europeans didn't use them as Jack-o-Lanterns until fairly recently.  For centuries, it was turnips that were carved into lanterns.  They switched to pumpkins as they became available because of their ease of carving and pleasing color and shape.  Sure beats the hell out of a turnip for sheer coolness, too.  We will probably end up eating the turnips with the can of haggis we've had in the cupboard for 2 years...

Read up on the legend of Stingey Jack tricking the Devil, but being doomed to wander the earth with his lantern...

 We were also thinking an Edwardian or Victorian theme- but that has been done to death.  Maybe Day of the Dead?  Classic Universal films motif?  Strictly ghosts?  Insane asylum?  I have no idea what to do.  We have to decide on something quickly because we only have a few weekends to do it!  Carlos has assembled some parts for animatronics, but he can't start working on them without a theme.  Any other suggestions? 
Maybe this is our new theme.  Purple dinosaur overlords.  Kinda like Barney, but less humiliating.

Well, hopefully inspiration will come to us this weekend.  Did I tell you we took the family to a Renaissance Faire last weekend?  We go about every other year up to Bristol.  The kids like to see all the stuff there like the crossbow games, falconry, sword fights, and the food!  The day was really nice (74 degrees) which was perfect for walking around all day.  Check out what Carlos got for no particular reason-
Yes, he got a goatskin.  Maybe he is going to make a really creepy "dream catcher"...
Well, he is always getting weird things.  He wanted to get a badger pelt also, but it was a little too pricey.  Kinda glad he didn't get the badger.  He'd probably make it into a sock puppet or something.
He also got this iron bell from Hobby Lobby today at half price.  He spray painted it black and is looking for a place to hang it.  His plan is to put it in the planting bed with the pumpkins, I think.

Hey, have you checked out the new stuff we have on Etsy lately (now THAT was a seamless segue.  Pretty smooth, huh)?  Got more t-shirts for sale, and a couple new items in the works.  Here's a link, if you have the time and inclination to check it out-

I also have an art show next weekend.  Plainfield (the town where we currently reside) has their River Days next week, and the art show will be at noon on Saturday the 10th.  Lots of artists will be there, and I will have my tent full of art goodies, and maybe a few give-aways for you folks.  Just look for the crows....

I am SO tired.  I gotta work on 2 more paintings, and the other items we are going to be selling on Etsy.  Time for some caffeine, I think. Aahh, old friend.....I think I'm gonna shotgun one of the big cans.

I've had enough of blogging for one night.  And I don't feel like doing the rest of my work either!  To quote a Meatloaf song, "You can't run away forever, but there's nothing wrong with getting a good head start".

Nothing to see here, folks.  Move along.



  1. my one pumpkin plant is a 'surprise..remember where you threw those seeds last year?' freebie. it is growing & has 4 blossoms. never having pumpkins before, i'm not sure how fast it's supposed to grow, but do think i need fertilizer! i only have a 10x10' foot plot, so buying a pumpkin plant apiece for the 3 grandchildren isn't such a good idea, i'm thinking. damn, that's a small goat! theme:addams family or anything studio ghibli.

  2. Nice pumpkin post here beautiful pumpkin leaves...Awesome that pumkin boat....

  3. i liked these photos very much.. thanks for sharing it!!
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