Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My newest witch chapeau, black velvet.  The jowls
were  the brilliant idea of my make-up artist. 
Unfortunately.
once applied, they can never bee removed. What a
price we pay to be in the games!
Another Halloween a decade or more ago, another favorite chapeau. Didn't Maleficent look magnificent?
Before hats became a passion. Before we learned the flash can destroy a photograph. This Linda was in her twenties; a crazy mom who loved Halloween.
Maleficent and family and a Wannabe in a skeleton suit

HAPPY HALLOWEEN YOU ALL!  DON'T FORGET THE

KIDS IN THE CHILDRENS' HOSPITAL.

18 comments:

  1. Scared the living daylights out of me. Like the audition shots for Harry Potter - pity Maggie Smith got the part.

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  2. These photos are THE GREATEST!!! You make one helluva Maleficent and a fabulous witch [jowls or no]! Thank you, Linda, theses really are wonderful. ;)

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    1. Heckling, cackling and a love of hats are my specialties.

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  3. Oh this was just priceless. Happy Halloween to you too!

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    1. Would you believe the photo of my youngest version was a Polaroid? That camera is a relic too.

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  4. Happy Halloween....a very fun post---! Thanks for sharing the current and yesteryear shenanigans

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    1. Yesterday's photos were iPad. The oldest was taken with a Polaroid. How far we have come! But the best was with my Fuji 35mm flash attachment excluded. Back then who would be so daring to chance not using a flash?

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  5. Waaaaaaaaaah! Happy Halloween you all over there!

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    1. Thanks Judy. Do you do Halloween? It's the one holiday I wish I had little ones around so I could sew their idea of scary. Fun times those were.

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  6. You look great in both decades! The first two pictures look like a painting! What special effects did you use with the camera of photoshop? I hope you had a good time last night!

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    1. Thanks Katherine. You know, you'd think a witch wouldn't age. (I really do suck at spells).
      --Or maybe an old hag is just the way of a witch's life?
      I photoshopped nothing. Out of exhaustion from all that cackling and whizzing around on my broom, I took the photos with my iPad. They are grainy. I just wasn't up to setting up the tripod and doing a time release shot with the 35mm. You'd think my goblin would have helped, but he was too busy stuffing his face with candy corns. You can't get good goblin help these days. :-)

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  7. Halloween is growing here in Sweden as an event, but you seem to have a blast.

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    1. If you love children, it is a blast. Devils night, the night before the big event, is for carving pumpkins. Halloween is chili, corn bread, tossed salade night, to be eaten when ever one felt the need. The children never felt the need to eat before; they were too excited.

      The whole week or two before I was busy designing and sewing costumes that would fit over the children's parkas, for inevitably Halloween marks the beginning of nasty cold, damp weather. God forbid they would have to wear a coat over this witch's fabulous creations.

      The little monsters started begging around six 'o clock. This witch stayed home to ward off their nasty tricks with Milky Ways and Reeses Peanut butter cups. Goblin dad chaperoned our three beggers who each had a pumpkin head from the K Mart pumpkin patch to hold their loot.

      When they returned, they ate fast and then dumped their candy on the floor to sort out their favorite seven, Mommy's favorite five(Double Bubble Gum),Dad's favorite 1 Twix Bar and the rest was to take to school the next day for the kids in the hospital. Then hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows and off to bed.

      In the years when the real crazies came out and started putting pins the candy they passed out, we moved to Halloween parties at our house. That when art came into play with cob webs, dead guys on the dining room table, And a huge open jawed, pressed board monster with stairs for a tongue that lead down to the cellar where dinner and games took place. Every light bulb in the house was blue or green--nobody looked healthy. One little guy started to howl Mommy don't leave me, so mommy didn't. The kids had a good time while parents in various get ups drank wine. I hated the cranks that put a damper on the traditional at first, but parties turned out to be warmer and friendlier than traipsing around dark, dank streets.

      These were very fun times. I felt sorry for kids that didn't get to participate due to religious beliefs that the holiday celebrated evil--all Hallows Night is the Night of the devil--or were too ill to participate. We could cheer up the ill, but the others were too into devilish thoughts for real. Ironic.

      Fact: one medium sized Halloween pumpkin makes 32 pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving--and the school holiday bake sale. I was curious one year.

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  8. Oh Linda I love this!! And I kinda like what flash did to "old" photos... old photos are so great, always.

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    1. Not always. Not the Polaroids. I must have been in my late twenties when that was taken, say forty five years ago, and the picture has faded a lot. I've kept them in albums which have helped, but the photos in albums where they were pasted in stood up better than the ones in the albums with sticky pages and plastic flap sheet. If you frame a Polaroid and keep it out for display, it would be nearly gone by now; my grandmother is fading fast. So actually, it is a very good thing to spend some time transferring family photos to CDs. Even though they are not hands-on hard copies.

      Oddly enough the photographs I have that were taken by my parents with their Brownie camera are still in good condition in both kinds of albums. That Brownie was really something.

      The nice part of having the actual photograph, is the look of it. In it's original form, it takes you back to the time it was taken. When my parents died, I started a greater family tradition. When everybody was coming to the house, I had all of their albums out on the coffee table. People loved looking through them. If they had been involved, they told their stories. It was a wonderful few days of mourning remembering and celebrating the highlights of the deceased's life.

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  9. Dear Linda, I imagined something from your words the day before Halloween...then I found the pictures of your thoughts!
    How Sorceress, you have an irresistible charm!
    Every shot tells a lovely story.
    But in the new post, I see now,already you are thinking Art!

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