Pumpkin City: Early for Halloween

Pumpkin city

I especially like this idea. I could make a row of them like a candlelit village. I’d rather have these than a scary jack-o-lantern face.

Pumpkin City

A passel of pumpkins provides the backdrop for a quaint village scene.

Step 1: Carve a hole in the bottom of each pumpkin, scoop out the pulp, and return the cut pieces.

Step 2: Print out these house templates. Resize on a copier, scaling the images to fit your pumpkins.

Step 3: Cut out stencils as directed on the templates and affix to pumpkins with masking tape. Trace on the designs with a felt-tip pen.

Step 4: Remove stencils, then carefully carve along the drawn lines of the houses’ windows with an X-Acto knife. Fill in the designs using a fine-tip brush and black flat acrylic paint; let dry. Affix a battery-operated votive candle in the base of each pumpkin with adhesive putty.

Read more: Country Living

Floaty Pen with a Naked Man

You may have noticed a floaty pen once or more. They are sold as promotional items for events, stores, tourist attractions, etc.

There are floaty pens with women, nude once you tilt the pen and their skirt or dress floats up and away. A floaty pen with a nude man is more interesting to me. Not because I especially want to see a naked man. (This is the Internet – I can easily view naked men). It’s interesting because sex novelty items were far more likely to show women undressed or scantily clad than men.

floaty penFound on eBay.

Read more about floaty pens.

See more floaty pens on Flickr.

The Mad Hatter’s Pin

I got looking at fancy tea sets for whatever reason then ended up finding this pen/ pendant for the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame.  I love the design, right down to the tea bag. It comes from a shopping site but is made by Kirks Folly. When I went to find it at Kirks Folly I did not find exactly this same pin. There was a lot to look at there and many nice jewelery pieces that I could add. But, I’m sticking to just the one for now.

Thursday Thirteen #26: Doodling Essentials

Thursday Thirteen: 13 things I have used for blog doodles:

A pink breast cancer floaty pen (it has a great fine point).

A pack of pencil crayons.

A pack of felt tipped markers.

A Lotus pen I found in a backpack I bought at the thrift store.

My HP Photo Scanner, my treat to myself after getting divorced.

Microsoft Image Composer (It came with FrontPage).

Plain, blank, unlined white paper bought at Zellers.

Napkins from the coffee shops and fast food places around Ontario.

My Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 digital camera.

A black fine tip marker which I bought at Walmart, it ended up leaking all over me each time I used it so it was soon retired.

A set of colourful gel pens which are a bit too much on the light side to be used often.

An official doodle pad with coloured paper which is fun to draw on but scans on the dark and dreary side.

Post It note pads, yellow and blue.

Zack is here, just after I posted my list. He says he should be on my list cause he gives me ideas.

Thursday Thirteen #18 : Book Cooties and Mysterious Stains

Thursday Thirteen: Mysterious Stained Books.

I got this idea from reading Mimzie’s Musings, the post “The Public Library Gave me Ebola”. Here are thirteen things that could be staining, polluting and possibly infecting the pages of a borrowed or second hand book. Not meant to discourage anyone from getting library books or shopping at the thrift and second hand stores. I shop second hand myself. Cooties or not, it’s the best way to find older books from writers you like.

1. Ketchup. If you make real ketchup it is not that bright red like a clown nose. I can see someone munching away while reading and having a french fry try to escape into the book.

2. Hair colour. Mine was hair colour. I took a photo of it cause Mimzie has photos of her infected books in her blog post.

3. Lipstick. Not sure I’d like a book quite enough to kiss it but you never know.

4. Insects. They know they are going to outlast us and now they want to make sure they can read too.

5. Blood. Most likely from a paper cut. You know, when good books attack.

6. Blood. Nosebleed. Reading too fast.

7. The remains of a really good latte or some other coffee type of drink. I’ve had it happen. You just put your cup down in the wrong spot and suddenly there’s a dash of the good stuff spilled or dribbled out over the side of your cup and onto something else.

8. Spaghetti sauce flicks. You know what it’s like when you start sucking up those long noodles. Just like tiny alien spaceships setting out to explore the world. They seem to get all over the place.

9. Glue. Someone was working on a cut and paste or other kind of art project and used the book to weigh something down. Left a smudge of glue squished out and onto the book itself.

10. Paint. Just a trick to fool people into thinking the book is diseased.

11. Strands of hair. Its’ not just in your soup any more.

12. Dust, it’s everywhere else did you really think your book could escape? They can’t even run very fast.

13. Ink. Plenty of times I have seen pen ink accidentally or purposely written in a book. Not just those Canadians writing notes about desperately trying to get away from the snow either.

Face Your Pockets

Face Your Pockets
Contents: Tim Hortons coffee card, HBC Rewards card, house keys on a kilt pin, coins and Toronto subway tokens and one Barrie bus transfer. A floaty pen for breast cancer. Half a pack of citrus Halls. My Chinese fortune. The ribbon from my card key to get into work. A pair of scissors. My hair and my lips, blurred.

Pen and Not So Much Ink

From Chatelaine magazine:

“A recent study involving brain scans found that women get the same gratification from giving to a good cause as we get from eating chocolate or even a night of sex.”

I can see that. I do like giving something to someone when I know it was a good choice and will be used well. That’s another good thing about Christmas. No wonder it’s such a great holiday, all that chocolate and giving gifts too.

I’m using a new pen tonight. It looks really pretty and sparkly on the outside but the ink inside isn’t much use. It kept skipping so I had to retrace my letters and lines. Annoying but true.

The snow is really piled up outside but it was sunny for awhile today and a bit of it melted. Looks like there might even be an end to the car craziness in sight.

Flickr Has Groups for People Who Draw

I thought it was just a photo site.

Drawn Together


Show and Tell Sketches




Napkin Drawings

Colored Pencil Drawings

Pen and Ink Drawings

Ink Drawings

Line Drawings

Drawing Diary

Other groups…

Wonderful Art in MS Paint

Light Drawing

Not Cool Unadmired Prints

Drawing with a Found Line

Found Drawings

Journals and Letters

Found Type


Doll Design


Cottage Industry Revolution

Haberdashery Notions

Stash Sunday

DIY Clothes

T-Shirt Surgery

Vintage Hobby Books

Inspiring Craft Books

Vintage Patterns

Vintage Housewares

International PEN

International PEN

Worldwide association of writers. Exists to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, to fight for freedom of expression and represent the conscience of world literature.

The funny thing about freedom is, to give freedom to one person you usually have to take it away from another.

There is also PEN Canada. Of course I had to look for the Canadian version.