Just kidding. I went to work today so there was none of the above, but I am pretty proud of my American Horror Story: Coven getup.
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Like most couples in their mid-twenties, Michael and I spent our Saturday night wandering around Old World Wisconsin. Oh wait – no one else does that? For shame because Old World Wisconsin’s Halloween Legends and Lore was awesome.
For you Wisconsin kids that didn’t end up there on a field trip as a child, let me give you the gist: it’s a giant outdoor museum with dozens of historic buildings you can check out with reenactors to show you the ropes. But let me tell you, their Halloween event is crazy cool – at least to history nerds like me.
Now let me geek out at you for a few paragraphs. Michael and I got there and we jumped right into the action, visiting each building where there’d be actors telling a story, playing a game or acting out a spooky tale. We started out learning about the legend of the Ban Sidhe (or banshee) and that woman could scream. She was so cool and I totally regret not taking a photo with her and her spot-on costume. On the plus side, I did get to hang out with this vampire. Terrifying.
Things got spooky when the sun went down. We checked out this haunted house. Ooooh spooky bride! It was totally my favorite vignette of the evening. Michael and I walked in, and we were greeted by a woman in mourning and she proceeded to tell us how her son-in-law just passed away and that Michael reminded her of him “only much less attractive,” and I had a good little giggle. And of course there was a good corpse bride scare.
We ended our evening with the tale of Baba Yaga and Vasalisa. The only thing I remembered of the folk tale was that Baba Yaga rides on a mortar and pestle, and if that’s not enough to send you into a Wikipedia wormhole, then you have higher standards than I do (but still check it out).
This is probably on the more obscure end of Halloween activities, but it was totally my favorite yet. If you’re intrigued, check it out! You’re last chance is October 31!
Every year my
boyfriend fiancé Michael and I make a list of all the fun things we want to do in fall. This year we’ve got a Spoon show crossed off, watching American Horror Story in the works, and of course a few fall standards like apple picking and pumpkin carving. This year, like last year and the year before (I like my traditions), we went picking at Nieman Orchards in Cedarburg.
Like every year, we had a great time running around the orchard snapping pictures and picking all sorts of apples. I climbed a particularly gnarly tree too thinking it would make for fun pictures, but I got stuck like a cat. Let’s pretend that didn’t happen and you can just look at this rustic old barn instead. Oooh!
After getting stuck, losing a lens cap, and lugging two bags of apple out of the orchard, we snagged a gallon of fresh-pressed apple cider and picked a few pumpkins to make it an exceptionally seasonal outing. And before we left, I convinced Michael to do my favorite thing: pose with Garfield. Success!
Hope your weekend was as fun (and Garfield-filled)!
Scary story for all of you: I spent half of October with zero fall decorations. OK, that’s not so scary, but the best season of the year deserves more than the everyday.
That’s why I decided that it was high time I whip up something for Halloween. And not just anything – a cat something, a sparkly cat something. That’s when I got the idea for this purrfect (sorry) wreath. Let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Styrofoam wreath – this one is 12″
- Halloween garland – I found mine at Target
- Foam-core board
- Black paint
- Black glitter
- Orange cardstock
- Modge Podge
- X-acto knife
- Craft glue
- Fishing line or very thin wire
To start, trace your wreath onto the foam-core board. You’ll use this as the template to draw your cat face. When you draw the face, try to keep it – with the exception of the ears – within this circle.
When you’re satisfied with the proportions of this kitty’s features, you’ll begin cutting out the nose, eyes and all the rest out of your cardstock.
I’m not a very good biker. I’m also not a very prepared blogger. Saturday I woke up early to bike to my local farmers market knowing perfectly well that the parkway was gorgeous this time of year, but I neglected to bring my camera. So humor me and my iPhone snaps.
For me, there’s no beating the Menomonee River Parkway for a lazy Saturday bike ride: it takes me exactly where I want to go and it looks great doing it. You’ve got almost five miles of pristine bike paths, the beautiful scenery of Hart Park, and the river weaving through the whole thing. And to make it better, you’ve got awesome architectural details like this drawbridge (not an actual drawbridge) that lead to the Hoyt Park beer garden.
And for good measure, here’s one of my trusty Townie bike. I’ve never been big into biking (or any exercise for that matter), but this baby makes taking a ride oh so easy, meaning: it’s beautiful and, most importantly, it’s comfortable. Let me tell you that totally sold me.
It’s Milwaukee Film Festival season, you guys and gals! That’s right – the best two weeks of the year are upon us.
This is my fourth year I’ve attended, and it seriously keeps getting better and better. Last year I hit up a record (for me) three films in a day, and I thought I had the peak with Band of Sisters – a documentary about American nuns working for change and social justice – and Signpainters.
But this year, oh this year, I found a new favorite. A favorite for all time I’m sure: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. This documentary about the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s was stellar. Beyond stellar. This film was packed with incredible photography and film footage from the era accompanied by interviews with a handful of important activists. Their stories and their opinions on feminism brought me to tears.
What was even more incredible was that after the film, the director and two of the activists featured, Fran Beal and Mary Jean Collins, answered a few questions after the screening, and they were amazing! They were such a strong reminder that everyday people can have a huge impact on society – granted Beal and Collins said that no victory is permanent, which is why it’s imperative that women continue to fight for equal pay, access to birth control, the right to choose, and more.
I can’t do these women’s stories justice, which is why I recommend you watch the trailer here. And keep a lookout! She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry will be hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles in December and hopefully more theaters nationwide after that.
Did anyone else have a chance to check the festival out? What were your favorites?