Date: 8 October 2013. Tricks and Treats.
As the seasons progress we are coming into my favorite time
of the year: autumn. At night the cool breezes make sleeping nice
although I confess to loving my warm bunk courtesy of a fabulous
12-volt electric blanket.
It's an indulgence, and one I'm happy to have discovered. Plus this
particular brand draws just 35 watts versus most that use 7 amps (70
watts!) -- I want to be warm but also need to have a battery in the
morning, you know? Still, it's the decorating that makes me smile and
believe me, Seaweed has her Tricks and Treats....
Just last week my new
Comfy Cruise 12V Blanket
arrived at General Delivery. This time I'd chosen plaid though three years
ago I'd opted for navy blue. Unfortunately Skipper's fur is white and the
solid navy was liberally decorated by my four pound Deck Swabbie. How a
dog that small can leave so much fur everywhere is beyond me. As a solution and
to make washing easier I decided to make a duvet cover from a queen size
sheet I'd chosen because of it's softness at a local thrift store. [Paying
retail for sheets gets you stiff awful ones (at least in my price range)
yet used stores often have lovely sheets that are soft, high thread count
-- and inexpensive. That meets all my budgetary requirements.]
Basically I cut off a 2' wide strip the entire length and
then rolled the torn edge stitching it closed. The top and bottom are just
basted but good enough for the purpose which is to cover the blanket. To
launder all I have to do is remove the blanket and toss the sheet in the
washing machine. At anchor far from "civilization" I'll be washing by hand
so having items that dry quickly is critical.
But decorating is what I love to do, and making Seaweed
look pretty is important to me for my happiness quotient to remain on
In the top of my Christmas box I have tucked away a few
items for Halloween.
And what's fun is semi-hiding the goodies. I enjoy watching
folks as they discover the decorations I've placed in spots that catch the
eye without being too overwhelming. In a boat the size of Seaweed I have
to be careful I don't cross the line into "too much" -- it's hard to
describe but I'm sure you've seen it and would recognize same just as well
as I could.
|Boo Ghost has a
spot next to my stove.
He was a lamp finial in a previous life.
Boo Troll makes me laugh every time. He is
atop my bookcase, hanging out with a penguin.
Another thing I do for each holiday, season or event is buy
a dish towel. Sure, a dollar dish towel may not seem extravagant yet it
adds a festive touch to my small home and allows me to enjoy (really!)
drying the dishes or wiping up a counter. It's little things, inexpensive
ones, that for me make each season something to be anticipated. And the
old towels become work rags -- I don't keep stuff unless it's special or I
Yet my most favorite holiday decoration is Spooky. She's
tucked up high next to my
and is almost hidden, unless you look for her. I found the wooden blank at
a Hobby Lobby, stained her with
Minwax Red Oak
and, well, I like Spooky. She makes me smile.
The valance rod is a 36" oak dowel, held up by two cup
I carved out a notch where the brass hooks support the dowel rod.
Happy Halloween from Seaweed to you.
Do you decorate for Halloween?
What's your favorite candy?
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