I love Halloween, but more for the fun of seeing everyone dressed up, for our annual Halloween Hoopla party and for the changing of the season that it brings with it than for any real nostalgic or aesthetic reasons. So while it was fun, I am happy – no giddy really – to be moving on!
This year, I feel a renewed sense of excitement and inspiration about the Holidays. I think it is in large part because there is less pressure on me creatively and time wise this year, than in recent years. Even though I miss having the space with my partner in Crafty Crime- Jeanetta at The Shoppes on Woodlawn, it is nice to not be overwhelmed this year as we kick-off November. To be able to sketch and come up with new ideas, and to know that I will have the time to make some of those little sketches come to life, and that when I do, I will not have to mass produce them in a few short weeks is heavenly. I can simply do as many as I want to do and that will be that.
Even though we are both doing a lot less this year, both Jeanetta and I agreed that we couldn’t give up crafting together at Christmas, so we (as The Parlor Girls,) are going to be selling our crafty wares on at least 1 (maybe a couple of more) occasions in the next 6 weeks at some local holiday shopping events. I even picked up a few papers and other Christmas craft supplies today that I cannot wait to use to make some new banners, advent garlands, wall plaques and other goodies!
I also picked up some pipe cleaners that I need to hand dye, but I don’t want to purchase big boxes of Rit Dye for the small amounts I am doing. Has anyone ever tried dying pipe cleaners the way you dye Easter eggs? With food coloring and vinegar? Thoughts? Ideas?