It does not surprise me, or probably you if you know me, that Halloween snuck into my weekend in a big way. You all know that I have been busy working on all of my paper mache pumpkins and paper mache fireplace, and this weekend I kicked it up a notch and got the chance to get some painting done.
I got the final black coat of paint on the fireplace and let it sit out in the sun today to dry. I missed the entire Brown’s home opener game, but that’s ok as I heard that they lost in a big way. (does not surprise me at all) We went to Pat Catans craft store this weekend in the hopes of finding a diamond stencil to use on the front & sides of the fireplace, and we had no luck. So instead, I found a Zig Zag stencil that I am going to use to stencil a white zig and a lot of zags across the fireplace. I can’t wait to get started working on the stenciling part, so hold tight for a little bit to see the results!
As for my Jack Skeleton paper mache pumpkin, I had to cutout a slit in the bottom of the pumpkin so I could get the camping light inside. The hole I originally cut was only just big enough to pull out all the stuffing, but not big to insert the camping light, so I had to make a little tweak to getting the light in. I spray painted the first coat of Rustoleum Marigold inside the pumpkin, as I have read that you should use a color that is bright so your light glows brighter. I then lightly spray painted the outside of the pumpkin black so it covers the newspaper well. I will then spray paint the pumpkin orange on top of the black to finish coloring the pumpkin. After these colors dry, I will seal the pumpkin both inside and out with a clear sealant.
Our Jack Skeleton pumpkin almost caught on fire tonight too when I put the camping light inside of it. I turned on the light and walked outside to take a photograph to see how the Marigold color looks and when I came back into the house to set my camera down, I turned around and smoke was coming out of his eyes! I ran to Jack and saw that the camping light was smoking and got my Sweetie to pull the light out. We switched batteries in the camping light from regular AA batteries to a Lithium battery and they must have been too much for the camping light as it got fried. So now we need to head back up to the Dollar Store to purchase another one. Thank God the pumpkin did not catch on fire with all the fresh spray paint on it! When we get a new camping light, we are definitely only going to use regular AA batteries in it this time!
Keeping up with the Halloween weekend, we sold a few of our wood tombstones that we have on eBay. I just finished cutting out and sanding these two and another sale came in for one more. WOW! I guess everyone is thinking of Halloween, and it’s not only just us! (and yes, I know how to use power tools too!)
Our front porch has a little Fall coloring going on too, as our Marigolds are blooming in bright colors and I added our little glass pumpkin to the planter and lit a tealight in it tonight. Right on the step of the porch sits my cement X & O and cement skull to add the perfect touch!
And just when I thought the weekend was over and all the Halloween stuff was done, evening set in and provided yet another remarkable Halloween scene. The sun was setting in beautiful colors that illuminated the black wood bat that proudly is perched on top of our mailbox post. What a great weekend we had full of Halloween! I wonder what next week will hold for us?!