Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Preparations: Our Trip to the Hardware Store

Halloween Preparations: Our Trip to the Hardware Store

The big haul–PVC pipes, new tools, and lots of duct tape

So, the time has come to put our Halloween preparations into full gear.  We have been planning this year’s yard display–our tenth aannual extravaganza– for quite some time, but we needed to move from talk to action.  Neither my husband nor I is overly fond of Home Depot (too big, too confusing, too filled with purposeful people who seem to know what they are doing), but we found ourselves in the plumbing aisle trying to find the right PVC pipe to form the skeleton (or as I’ve learned to call it from all my art classes, the “armature”) for one of our characters–an axe wielding George Washington fighting off zombies  (more to come on this, but don’t want to give away too much just yet).  We were there two hours, looking like little kids with tinker toys, screwing this piece to that and gumming up the aisle with our toys.  One man finally asked us what kind of plumbing project we were up to–oh silly people who look at PVC tubes and only think of plumbing!  I think he was relieved to hear we were building a skeleton of sorts, as our pipe construction looked nothing like any kind of thing you might find in your bathroom.   Michael is the mastermind behind all of our figures, and so after a while I wondered off to get other necessary supplies, like duct tape.

Exciting PVC pipes, connectors and wavy things that just looked useful

We already have chicken wire, stakes, lighter wire, and mannequin heads in the Halloween vault.  And of course you can’t go to Home Depot without finding some cool tool.  In this case, we got both a cool PVC pipe cutter

Pipe cutter. I don’t know why this makes me happy, as it will probably be a pain in the neck to use, but there’s something about feeling like I can cut through any object–it must be how superman feels

and a much smaller cutter that is supposed to cut up copper pipes–I’m going to experiment on some thin copper tubing I purchased (not pictured, left abandoned in the trunk of the car for now), but just in case, I also found these cool little copper rounds that have a plumbing function but look like the perfect size for small bezels to fill with paper, beads and resin.

You say “Copper Crimp Ring, I say “Jewelry Bezel.”

You’ll see the results of those experiments when I get around to them. Oh and I got new sandpaper sponges of different grades to keep working on my soldered charms.  No matter how hard I try to make everything nice and smooth with the soldering iron, it just doesn’t always work out, so I’m excited to sit down with my sponges and smooth out the rough edges of my life.

Soldered charm, still rough around the edges and with no jump ring–but you can see why I need sandpaper

OK, rough edges of my charms, as it takes more than sandpaper to smooth over life.

But this little adventure to the hardware store was a fun way to spend time with my husband and to keep us thinking about why we like to do things together.  Breaking out of the rut reminds us that we have a good time doing nothing, even in the hardware store plumbing aisle.

Banners R Us and So Can U

Banners R Us and So Can U

Rebecca and I have been enjoying the creative possibilities of decorating our own banners.  We’ve been buying them at Paper Source and decorating our hearts out.  You often see these banners, made of heavy cardstock, decorated with other scrapbook paper, which looks very cool.  I am partial to Sharpies, however, because the cardstock easily soaks up their nice deep colors.  The Sharpie people have expanded the range of colors enormously, too, so it just gets more and more fun.  I’ve actually been thinking about this blog post for AGES, but one of the banner recipients–my Mom, Joyce–hadn’t yet received her birthday banner.  Umm, yes, her birthday was back in August and yes, the box with presents and the banner has been sitting in the trunk of the car since, well, Labor Day.  But the box is finally off, and so the grand reveal can be made.  Happy Birthday, Mom.

Happy Birthday, Joyce

Super important here to recognize the joint nature of this work–Rebecca went for intricate patchworks, I went for tiny details

We are also big fans of lavender, so had to put that in!

And of course, you need birthday candles.  You can and I have make the pennants yourself–cut a bunch of long pointy triangles out of heavy craft paper (a nice sketch pad with thick paper, scrapbook papers, heavy stationary paper) , use a hole punch to give yourself some clean slots for the ribbon and thread ribbon or string through for you own banner.  This is a great, kid friendly project and Rebecca and I were both proud of the results.

Here we are, staring happily at the banner we made for my father-in-law’s 85th birthday party!  Now get to coloring!!!!

“Doggie State University” banner–it’s a family joke!

happy happy birthday