First of all, I have to say that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone up and down the eastern coast of the United States and inland as far as the Great Lakes who have been devastated by this terrible storm. I hope the waters recede, the power is restored, and the cleanup and restoration happens quickly and smoothly for you.
It won't be Halloween here until tomorrow, but tomorrow is WOYWW in Blogland and tomorrow I will show you my costume I'm wearing to work, so today we have the last of my Halloween cards for 2012.
We all have our favorite challenges and you know I have mine and that several of them just happen to be newish challenges. So it became (or did for me) another sort of challenge to make sure I didn't miss a week. Well, baboons and bladders, I did miss a few, but it's fun to be back today with three faves.
First, this week's Dynamic Duos Color Challenge
#26, features "More Mustard" and "So Saffron." (You know it's hard for me not to make a hot dog card every time the mustard color is used in a challenge!)
Third, this is week 44 over at Di's Pixie's Crafty Workshop
and since I used scraps and snipperts and This N. That, I get to play in the playground!
In honor of Halloween, which is not my favorite holiday, I made one last set of cards. I made them because I received the Memory Box spider die (die, spider, die!) as a gift, and I couldn't let the only time of year I would use it pass by without using it. You know?
So here is a circulating Halloween spider card for MM:
And since I hate to waste the negative, here is a card for DD:
Before you get back to making last minute touches on your costume and baking eyeballs for treats, let me introduce you to two new friends! Please welcome Tilly of Tilly's Crafty Corner
and Ginny C, who seems to have a blog profile,
but no blog. Is that right, Ginny? We are happy to have you, either way. My thanks to both of you!!
End of card talk. TFL! Mwah! Stay high and dry.
A Mystery Sol Ved
First of all, this has been the sappiest Fall we have ever experienced in our 36 years on this street. We have a beautiful huge maple tree in the front yard, as do all the houses on this street, which makes for a stunning long view in the colored Fall and in the brilliant greens of Spring. All up and down the street this year, however, the houses, plants, sidewalks and cars (oh, the cars are a wretched mess!) are constantly covered in an ununusally heavy layer of maple sap.
A couple of weeks ago, funny new bugs began to appear all over the front of the house and the door to the garage. Given the sap, Mister and I determined they must be some kind of Sap-Suckers. (We pride ourselves on our incredible ability to come up with unique bug names.)
Here they are on the wall of the garage. There used to be dozens more.
They are tiny, which is good, because they aren't actually very cute bugs. They don't fly, we have no idea how they suddenly just "appeared" overnight, and they move really slowly, if at all. The only notable thing about them is that they are orange and black which happens to be Halloween colors.
So on Sunday, while I was at work, Mister and DS and the twins went on a Guys' Adventure, visiting a train museum, eating lunch at a restaurant that has gross big game animal heads mounted on the walls (from the early 1900s when, unbelievably, such things were all the rage), and taking a train, trolly, and ferry ride!
Henry, Dan, Adam
Are you still with me?
Back to the bugs, when they returned to our house Sunday afternoon, Papa (Mister) stopped to show the twins the bugs on the house/garage door that were feasting on the maple tree sap.
"Aren't they strange?" asked Papa.
Adam shrugged his shoulders and said, matter-of-factly, "They're ladybug larvae."
Okay, yeah, whatever, Adam. Like a 7-year-old is even going to know that or know the word "larvae" for that matter, which the Mister and I figured we heard for the first time maybe in 8th grade.
But curious, Mister decided to look it up and he found this ladybug web site
. Needless to say, we were dazzlepated to find out the little twin was absolutely right!
I took a few more pictures today that actually show the process happening.
Carcusi on the sidewalk.
It's cool, huh? We still don't know why we've never seen this happen before, but it's been a strange weather year everywhere, with resulting new discoveries. Have you noticed oddities around your place? I mean besides your Uncle Jethbert.
One found its way onto the center of my spectacular flowering Camellia.
Enjoy! As always, thank you for stopping by to visit. Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!
Paper: PTI white; unknown black
handmade mulberry paper; SU more
mustard and so saffron
Stamp: SU, unknown set
Ink: PTI true black
Die: Memory Box; Circle and
Scalloped Circle Nesties