Monday, October 31, 2011
There is something about October and Halloween time that really strikes my fancy. Is it the crisp leaves, drying and falling? No, they make my nose itch! Maybe it is the crisp air with sunshine, if we're lucky. No, it reminds me of winter not far behind!
It has to be the color or maybe it's the apples! Fall colors are not ones that I do well, so I really do appreciate being surrounded by them in nature. It is a gradual process as the chlorophyll is spent
and the array of oranges, rusts and browns phase in and jolt the senses against the perfectly clear blue sky? Why is it that some burning bushes turn bright red much sooner than others?
Try looking at the big picture: a line of colorful trees in a park, blasts of color along the highway.
Apples are so fine just by themselves but amazing when they become a part of the myriad of recipes that I just have to make this time of year: apple pie, apple crunch, fresh apple cake with cream cheese icing, carmel apples, baked apples, sauteed apples, apple sauce and cinnamon apples! Then there are pumpkins and that gorgeous orange color again. Pumpkins are just as useful when it comes to recipes as apples. Afterall, the same spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, are often used. Pumpkin soup is a delight for the sense and I will have to search for an apple soup recipe!
Not only does nature decorate our scenery, but many neighbors get into it as well, some more tasteful than others.
Little kids get so excited about dressing up, candy and going out after dusk. The many shapes and colors of fallen leaves excites me or maybe it is the memory of pressing them between two sheets of waxed paper to preserve in a special book forever.
Did you every rake a pile of leaves and then make a leaf fort or just jump right into the pile?
Having lived in Mexico for two years, we grew to appreciate their comparable holiday: Did del Los Muertos. I combine the two in my decorating.
The Mexicans really do it better than we do. The don't get so gruesome and mccabe. They dedicate the first two days in November to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed on, to remember with joy, their lives and their favorite foods. Here in Chicago, with our large Mexican population, there is even a cemetary that stays open past midnight to let them enter and have "picnic" of favorite foods by the grave of their dearly departed!
Halloween is a time for kids and "kids at heart." There are also so many adorable crochet items to be made for the little ones or for decoration around the house.
I had added a new video to my channel on YouTube. It is a tutorial(in 2 parts)on doing the unique technique of Flatwork Bead-Crochet which is used in the pumpkin brooch: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE1MGsgVdZA Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/crochetkween?feature=mhsn#p/a/u/1/uP1wLltYE7U