Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Livestock feeders prefer vitamin-rich yellow kernels, Southerners like white kernels, and Native Americans favor blue. Years of deliberate selection, careful pollination, and storing of seeds produced these single-color corn ears.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Halloween scents are now available at the Soap Box Company.
Darkling Soap (Limited Edition): Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death. --John Keats Violets, soft incense, red grapes to stain a purple mouth, white hawthorn, and unseen lily of the valley. Made with Fair Trade shea butter, organic cream, peace silk, avocado oil, and black clay.
Ruby Crow Soap (Limited Edition): Sharp intelligence, psychic powers, and the very essence of death itself. A folkloric mash of red raspberry, steam-distilled lime, organic cream, local raw honey, ground chamomile flowers, Oregon beeswax, a pinch of lemon, garnet-colored clay, and locally-brewed American red ale.
Skeleton Key Soap (Limited Edition): A tangle of brassy harvest spices and bleached bone white notes. Cassia cinnamon, creamy toffee, pale almond, ivory sugar, Mexican vanilla, coconut, cinnamon leaf, and red nutmeg. Made with Fair Trade shea butter, golden cocoa butter, and organic coconut milk.
Sleepy Hollow Soap (Limited Edition): The headless horseman bathes tonight! An atmospheric ode to romantically spooky Autumn evenings, with organic pumpkin, spiced apple brew, bonfire smoke and sweet almond oil. Perfect for the telling of deliciously scary tales.
Straitjacket Soap (Limited Edition): Trust us, it's for your own good. A warm, controlled hug of rich Tahitian vanilla, pumpkin flesh, ginger custard, breadfruit, and hints of tonka bean, mango, and cinnamon. Made with organic pumpkin, Fair Trade shea butter, sweet almond oil, & coconut milk.
The Soap Box Company.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Day off to shop for Halloween stuff and work on props.
Picked up some cool things at Target.
Bought this simply because it was a glass pumpkin bottle, and the ghouly martini sounded fun.
Cheap string of pumpkin lights.
And Bean put this guy on the stove.
Going to go build some props. : )
Thursday, September 24, 2009
These are a neat idea:
Pumpkin Teeth are long white plastic teeth that you can embed into your pumpkin (or gourd, melon, whatever you want!) They come in 3 sizes and can be re-used, making every Halloween just a little bit spookier! Decorating your pumpkin has never been so creepy!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Susy Smith in Confessions of a Psychic (1971) claims that using a Ouija board caused her to become mentally disturbed. In Thirty Years Among the Dead (1924), American psychiatrist Dr. Carl Wickland claims that using the Ouija board "resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated."
We owned a Ouija board back when I was in grade school. And I discovered today my family has been mispronouncing the word for decades as WEEE JEEE (supposed to be 'wE-ja'). Though my family is notorious for butchering the obvious.
My sister was usually present at these sessions, so I never fully trusted the board's answers to our spirit-world questions. But watching the planchette float around under our fingers was fun - the tiny needle (a gold nail) answering yes and no questions, and even spelling out names of ghosts in the room.
Us: "Are there any ghosts in the room with us now?"
Milton Bradley Board Game: ".....yes"
Us: "Are you a good ghost or a bad ghost?"
Milton Bradley Board Game: ".....yes"
Us: "IT'S THE DEVIL!"
Enter Satan. So somewhere around 8th grade, my brother and I and a good friend decided to test the evil rumors we always heard about the Ouija board. We had the board and our friend had a camera and a 100 year old bible from his great grandmother. Logic suggested that the two MUST be brought together and photographed, so the photos could be analyzed later (back in the day you had to take your rolls of film to a fotomat and WAIT a week to have them developed).
Our friend kneeled in front of the board and slowly lowered the bible onto the planchette. I snapped wildly capturing every second of the event. And nothing happened - but that's what the spent roll of film was for! And off it went.
Flipping through the envelope of photographs a couple of weeks later was a bust. Nothing. Just our friend lowering an old bible onto a stupid board game. No strange glares or blurs or shadows. Nothing.