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Photowalking Salt Lake City – October 6th

Filed under: Living in SLC, UT — Laura Moncur @ 1:00 pm

There is a local photography club that does something like this, but they make me pay a fee and join a club of film snobs, so Rich Legg’s Photowalk here in Salt Lake City sounds 100% more fun.

He is having it this Saturday 10-06-07 at 5pm. That’s right when CodeAway finishes this week, so I’ll have to book it downtown to catch up with everyone. Sounds like fun, though!

Via: Photowalking comes to Utah | Thom Allen Weblog

Twitter Log: 2007-10-01

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Finished with my chores and ready to get to work and get my Twitter on. Good morning, Twitches! #
  • It’s warm enough today to leave the window open. Fresh air in the house. :) #
  • I’m a little late for lunch. #
  • A juicy nectarine for lunch. Wipe the drips off the keyboard. #
  • @ apperceptions you need a special cable that’s not available yet. #
  • @ missrogue Were you being sarcastic? #
  • I think I’ll go crochet something. #

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Twitter Log: 2007-10-02

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Playing Animal Crossing. I have been playing for over a year now. Still love it! #
  • Waiting for noon when the turnip prices change. #
  • Shucks only 65 bells… #
  • @ Ladanea Not when you’re playing Animal Crossing. Turnips rule! #
  • Need food. #
  • Lunch with Strebe! I’m so happy! #
  • Letting Strebe take the Prius on the freeway. #
  • @ msjen Try Benadryl. #

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Kirby Monsters Never Reprinted

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Jack Kirby Monsters

Jack Kirby’s monsters! Enjoy the scariness!

These are the kinds of comic books I used to read as a kid. My view of what the future would be like was so skewed by comics that I am continually disappointed by the future…

Via: Just Some Guy on Twitter


Halloween Is Coming!

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

A little late this year, but Halloween is coming! The rest of the entries this month will focus on Halloween crafts, parties and other fun!

If you’re a fan of Halloween, enjoy this month. If not, I’ll see you in November for my regularly scheduled kvetching!

Rotting Halloween Pumpkin Time Lapse

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 6:00 am

This is totally AWESOME!


The History of Halloween

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Courtesy of The History Channel, here is the history of Halloween:

The History Channel has even more Halloween videos here:

Halloween Interruptus

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 12:53 pm

I’m sorry to interrupt this Halloween Fest, but I just HAVE to tell you about these guys:

Dragonette – I Get Around

They are HOT! I’ve been waiting for a long time for a band like this to come around!

Here I come when I betta go,

I say yes, when I oughtta say no!

Via: Discopop Directory – Britney’s back

More after the break: (Continue Reading…)


Halloween Decorations From Rod Lange’s Collection

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

The scary witch of my youth.When I was a child, we were Jehovah Witness. We didn’t celebrate Halloween and we certainly didn’t decorate for it. I remember passing the windows of the decorated homes and wishing my house was like theirs. In retrospect, it was just paper. Seriously, all those houses in the 70’s just taped a couple of die-cut prints on their windows. There were no graveyards on the front lawn. There were no fake spiderwebs. There were no animated ghosts or spiders. It was just paper, yet it meant the world to me.

Looking at The Rod Lange’s Halloween Collection, a flood of memories passed over me. This witch, in particular, was one of the scariest to me. I wished I could go Trick or Treating because I just knew that a house with this witch would give good candy. How could it not? She wasn’t just a piece of paper. She was a piece of paper with JOINTS! Her body was so misshapen compared to her head. Scary and enticing at the same time!

No matter when you were a child, Rod has something for you to enjoy. His collection is wide and varied:

Considering that paper of the early twentieth century had so much acid in it, Rod’s collection is amazing. We are so lucky he’s willing to share it with us. Enjoy!

Twitter Log: 2007-10-06

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Don’t forget CodeAway today. #

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Monster Cupcakes

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Monster CupcakesEvery year, we have a contest at our Halloween party for best potluck dish. Anyone who brings these cupcakes gets my vote, no matter what else everyone else brings.

The variety of cute and funny cupcakes that she had made just makes me smile and be excited for the Halloween party this year. I can’t wait to see what everyone will be bringing!

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Monster Halloween Cupcakes


Wil Wheaton’s Halloween in 1977

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Your lack of candy disturbs me . . . from FlickrI love to see Halloween costumes from when I was a kid. Wil Wheaton shared his Darth Vader costume from 1977 and his memories of it:

These costumes always seemed one dimensional to me. They look good from ONE viewpoint, but add a couple more dimensions to the mix and they just look dumb. Plus, Darth Vader would NEVER wear a costume with Darth Vader on the front. Geez, Mom!

I never got to wear a Halloween costume like that. I really didn’t get to celebrate Halloween until I was an adult and they just don’t make those kind of costumes for adults. Now that I think of it, they really SHOULD. I bet they would be a hit for one year while all the grown-ups reminisce about how it was when they were kids.

I can’t really reminisce about that, though, so I just have to imagine that they were uncomfortable and a pale comparison to REALLY dressing up like Darth Vader.

Twitter Log: 2007-10-08

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Hello, Twitches. I’m trying Twitter again because I miss you all so much! #
  • @ ThomAllen Halloween! I thought I knew what I was going to be, but now it’s all pear shaped! #
  • @ JesseStay I feel for ya, man. Sending good Karma your way. #
  • Where should I go to dinner? Twitches to the rescue! #
  • @ ThomAllen Chimes? What’s that? #
  • Thai Garden for dinner. Nom Tok for me and a curry for Mike. #

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Halloween Cupcakes

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

With my choice of skull cupcakes or pumpkin cupcakes, I think I have a chance at the prize for best potluck this year.

Halloween Cupcakes from Pushin Daisies

Now, I just need to learn how to do the frosting so it looks spooky!

Via: Popgadget Personal Technology for Women: Skull cupcake pan

Waiting for Weight Watchers to Start

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:08 am

I have never found a Weight Watcher meeting that I’ve felt comfortable
in. They are filled with retirees and women. I never am able to find
people there that I have anything in common with. I come anyway
because I gain if I don’t. I’m not here for socializing. I’m just here
for the show.

Apartment Fire in Salt Lake

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 6:16 pm

The black smoke was billowing over our heads, so we had to find out
what was on fire. The smoke lead us to 400 East and about 4000 South.
It’s amazing how far smoke can travel. We all stood around gawking as
the fire truck flashed.

“What’s burning?” I asked an onlooker.

“Apartments,” she replied.

Mike noticed, “Here are the news.” The van pulled past us, blocking
the road for the ambulance.

“We should leave.”

Twitter Log: 2007-10-09

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Thai Garden was disappointing for me. Bad beef ruins a Nom Tok. Should have gone to Pawit’s. #
  • Halloween costume shopping. Twitter off. #

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Twitter Log: 2007-10-09

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Thai Garden was disappointing for me. Bad beef ruins a Nom Tok. Should have gone to Pawit’s. #
  • Halloween costume shopping. Twitter off. #

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Do They Know It’s Halloween?

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Do They Know It’s Halloween? I can’t find this song anywhere. It looks a little like a collaborative effort from a bunch of bands. I wonder if it’s a parody of Do They Know It’s Christmastime?

I don’t care. It’s awesome and I want to buy it! Where do I buy it?!

Witchie-Poo: The Typical Witch

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I grew up watching shows like H. R. PuffnStuff. Witchie-Poo was the villain in that show and embodied all that I equate with witches.

As an adult, I cannot bear to watch these shows. The dubbing is so horrible that I wonder if they were originally filmed in a foreign language. Jack Wild was the object of a childhood crush and part of me still wishes I could meet that boy.

Witchie-Poo, however, is still the embodiment of being a witch. Good form, Sid and Marty Krofft, good form!

Twitter Log: 2007-10-10

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Skipped Simplicity class to go to Ikea. Learned more there anyway. #
  • @ Ladanea Maybe it’s alright to just exist somedays. Save the world tomorrow. #
  • A thoroughly unproductive day. Tomorrow I’ll kick butt, but today I’m just surviving. #

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Bat Wings For Your Ceiling Fan

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Bat Wings For Your Ceiling Fan

In time for Halloween, here are some bat wings for your ceiling fan:

How to Make Devil Horns

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

This AWESOME video shows you step by step how to make devil horns out of bake-it clay:

There are a bunch of video tutorials on YouTube that you can peruse here:

She also has and Etsy shop. It’s currently closed because she is in the process of moving, but I’m sure it will open again soon:

I love it when crafty people are willing to show how they do things, even though they sell them. Props to Meandrous Art!

Via: Craftzine.com blog: DIY Halloween Horns

Twitter Log: 2007-10-11

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Hey all. Is there a Flickr plugin for the new iPhoto? #
  • Where should I go to eat, Twitter friends? #

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Halloween Bento

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Bento boxes are simple food such as rice and vegetables made beautiful by art. Kawaii Crafter made a Halloween Bento box just in time for the holiday:

Kawaii Crafter’s Halloween Bento Box

zakka life: Halloween Bento

If you have ever played with your food as a child, bento box making might be the hobby (and lunch choice) for you.

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Halloween Bento

Extreme Pumpkins

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

Extreme PumpkinsIf you haven’t carved your pumpkin yet, there are a lot of good ideas on this website. Be forewarned, some of them are a little gross and gory:

After seeing all the creative ideas that they have there, I am almost tempted to try one on my own. Ever since we bought the pumpkin lamp, I haven’t really wanted to try a pumpkin, but these are making me excited. Last time I carved a pumpkin, we used a knife. Now they have those cool pumpkin carving tools that limit my risk of cutting myself. Maybe I should.

I wonder what they put in the pumpkin to burn so high and bright…

Via: Shiny Shiny: Weird Website of the Week: Extreme Pumpkins


I Got A Rock

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Mike talks about this all the time. Charlie Brown goes trick or treating with his friends and they get great candy and he gets a rock.

Because I never saw this as a child, it seems strangely unclimatic to me. I was never allowed to watch the holiday specials on TV when I was a kid because we were Jehovah Witness. Watching them as an adult just isn’t the same.

I guess I missed out on this piece of the collective unconscious.

How Does It Feel To Die?

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

In honor of the dead, this All Hallow’s Eve:

Twitter Log: 2007-10-13

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • Hello, Twitches! I’ve got a few minutes before we go to dinner. Checking to see how you all are. #
  • I guess I should be doing something awesome because it’s the weekend, but all my plans fell through. Mike and I are going to eat hippie food #

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Katamari Damacy Costume

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Wondering what you would like to be for Halloween? How about Katamari Damacy. Here’s a link to a photoset on Flickr from gollygee17. She achieved costume uniqueness last year!

This is the kind of costume that you would have to spend the entire night explaining, but the people who got it, would REALLY get it!

Twitter Log: 2007-10-14

Filed under: Twitter Log — @ 11:59 pm
  • @ robertmerrill 4 Impressive UT Companies: Ediths Flowers, Pawit’s Royale Thai, La Frontera, Greenhouse Effect #
  • Good morning, Twitches! You all at church? #
  • Read PostSecret. Too sad to write today. Gonna go back to bed. #

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The Magic Mirror

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

These folks created a magic mirror that talks to the children as they come to get the candy. It’s created with a facade, a skrim and a computer running software to be the face.

You can see it in action here:

That looks like a lot of fun!

Via: Craftzine.com blog: HOW TO – Make a Magic Mirror


An Apartment Halloween

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Last year was Josh Leo’s first Halloween in an apartment. He grieved over losing the advantages of living in a house during Halloween.

Click here to see the video

I remember what it felt like to have Halloween in an apartment. I think that’s why we started the Halloween party. Fewer kids come out trick or treating every year, so I am so grateful that we have the party now.

What’s That Bug?

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

Bug of the month: October 2007Insects and arachnids don’t scare me, but I’ve heard that other people are scared by them. Maybe it’s because some spiders are poisonous. Maybe it’s because they could infest your hair or clothing. Maybe it’s because when they crawl on you, they make you feel itchy. If you are feeling itchy right now, check out this website for a Halloween thrill:

If creepy crawlers give you the hot and cold running chills, What’s That Bug is perfect for a quick scare. There is plenty there to freak you out.

Me? I just think it’s cool! I had no idea there was a website that would identify the weird bugs I see. Next time, I’m taking out my camera when I see an unidentifiable insect.

Via: Twitter / Meri: Just emailed some of my SA …: Thanks, Meri, for turning me on to What’s That Bug?


Knit a Tiny Ghost

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Knit a Bitty Boo

Whether they are for decorating your bottle tops or lollipops, these cute little Halloween ghosts are adorable.

They are knitted out of wool and then “felted” which is a watery matting of the wool that shrinks the ghost, so your original knitted work will be substantially larger than the finished product.

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Bitty Boo


Graves & Cemeteries Pool on Flickr

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Skull and cross bones from Flickr

Halloween and cemeteries seem to go hand in hand. Here is a slideshow of the Graves and Cemeteries Pool on Flickr.

All Hallow’s Eve used to be a celebration of our ancestors gone by. A strangely Pagan holiday, the witches, vampires and wolves have replaced the ghosts. This month, don’t forget to think of your loved ones who have passed. They are watching you and are urging you to dress up and fun while you still can.

Bleu Arts: The Leia Wig, Fleece Edition

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Princess Leia Fleece WigThis particular Princess Leia wig is made out of fleece and was for sale a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t stop you from making your own.

Since I’ve cut my hair, I miss how many things I could do with it. I had enough hair to sport the Princess Leia do without the help of artificial hair (fleece or otherwise). Now, my hair is barely able to fit in a ponytail. This is the ONLY time of the year that I miss it.

Via: Craftzine.com blog: The Leia Wig, Fleece Edition


The Haunted History of Halloween

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Here is another video talking about the history of Halloween once again from The History Channel:

I love the retro video that they use. I miss those old costumes where you just have a mask and a piece of vinyl to go over your normal clothes. And don’t miss the interview with the modern Pagans performing a Samhain ritual.

This video is part one. The other parts are available after the break: (Continue Reading…)

Favorite Costumes From the Make and Craft Crew

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

H. R. PuffNStuffThe crafters and makers at Make and Craft magazine talk about their favorite Halloween costumes.

I love Brian Jepsen’s trip down memory lane:

As a kid, I was drawn to vivid psychedelic imagery (hey, who wasn’t?). The trippier, the better. I was sucked right into HR Pufnstuf as well as Lidsville, my two favorite kids shows. I was thrilled to be able to dress up as HR Pufnstuf one halloween, and this photo remains one of my favorite pictures in my family’s pile of slides.

I have dressed up more for Halloween than most people do in a lifetime. It seems like I’m continually trying to make up for those years as a child when I couldn’t celebrate. I have ended up turning Halloween into some sort of yearly event that I think about all year long. I don’t have any photos from childhood of me dressed up in a one-dimensional costume, but maybe if I did, I wouldn’t like Halloween as much as I do today.


Pumpkin Picture Holder

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Pumpkin Picture HoldersWhen I first saw these pumpkin picture holders, I thought they were using real pumpkins. Instead, they are using pumpkins crafted out of fimo clay and give full instructions on how to create them. It’s easier than you might think.

I think this might be a fun thing to do with a real pumpkin, however. If you have had Halloween parties in the past, you can put photos of costumes from the previous year. You could also use them to give directions (i.e. This way to the bathroom). I really like this craft project!

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Pumpkin Wire Picture Holder

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