Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

pumpkin, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

I hope you all have a spooky Halloween with lots of treats and no tricks. Last week Kate and I spent the day collecting pumpkins for Halloween and painting some of them the colors of the beach....shades of blue. I had seen a tutorial on Alisa Burke's blog and wanted to give it a try. Blue is a favorite color of mine and so I went with sky and ocean blue. The used some puffy fabric paint, including glow in the dark to decorate . I used inspiration from nature: leaves and the pattern of a sea urchin and sand dollar for my design. Kate and Ella painted along with me. It was a fun project. Try it next year! Next week: pumpkin pie!

Pumpkins and gourds

pumpkins on the buffet, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

painting the pumpkins white

painting the pumpkins white, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

Kate is working hard on her white paint

then a coat of blue

IMG_1168, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

painted pumpkins

painted pumpkins, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

One blue painted and two natural color with paint.

pumpkins on the mantle

pumpkins on the mantle, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

and they make their way to the mantle

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Halloween is such a fun time for decorating with spooky stuff. I decided to make spider T-shirts for my girls. I found some black shirts and then dug through my stash of felt and fabric for gray pieces that would make a good spider. Green felt eyes were perfect and then I found some old crystal raised buttons for the eyeballs. A touch of glam for my scary girls. The baby size shirt for Gabriela is embroidered spider webs with green beaded spiders in each web. If these adorable little scary girls trick or treat at your door, please don't be afraid; and give them a treat.
Happy Halloween!

Sisters and spiders

Reina and Gabriela pose for a requested photo shoot!

Gabriela, Boo!

Gabriela, spider shirt, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

Nine months old and wearing black!

Halloween shirts

Halloween shirts, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

Big girl spider shirt with gray felt spider and green felt eyes. Vintage buttons for the glam!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Elm tree on Elm Street

October on Elm Street, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

This is the view from my front porch and living room. All these colors on one tree!. The sky is clear and blue....should be 76deg today. I will continue to plant peonies, tulips and hyacinths in hopes of spring blooms. Don't need to go to New England for fall colors just come to Elm Street, Denver

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In search of yellow leaves

yellow leaves, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

Today I was a leaf peeper! I went out southwest of Denver in search of yellow leaves.....that would be of the Aspen trees. This is my first opportunity to see them turn from their spring green to yellow. In my 20s and 30s I used to ski in the Rocky Mountains and would see these trees naked for winter standing only in their upright birch colored white bark with black and gray marks down the trunk. In the spring the gentle breezes will catch the leaves and make a lovely flapping sound. I found a really nice grove on an off highway road, parked the car, got out my chair and started to sketch. It was a great day to leaf peep!

Yellow leaves!

aspen trees, October, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

The leaves are a gorgeous yellow color


aspen trees, October, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

I love the trunk pattern and color even more

log fence and yellow aspen trees

aspen trees, October, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.

leaves turning against a blue sky

aspen trees, CO, originally uploaded by cabanagirl.