Halloween 2015 – The Aliens Have Landed

Stevie and I have never been the greatest when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Somehow, they always sort of seem to sneak up on us, and by the time we find a free moment when we could decorate, we think it’s kind of pointless because we’ll only be putting the decorations up just to take them all down again.

It’s a vicious cycle.

But every now and then, I get a hankering to get into the spirit of things and I manage to drag Stevie along for the ride.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I’ve always loved ghosts and monsters and scary movies. As a kid, some of my favorite memories are visiting haunted houses and trick-or-treating with my friends in Bird City (a town so small you could actually trick-or-treat every house in town and manage to eat your way into a full-fledged candy coma before bedtime). Now that I have kids, it’s been fun getting all excited about Halloween again. And now that we moved to a neighborhood where a lot of other folks are decorating and a lot of families go out trick-or-treating, I was feeling the urge to get motivated and do something creative this year.

It took a little convincing to get Stevie on board. He wasn’t getting inspired at all by any of my fun Pinterest finds…that is until I tossed out the idea of creating some sort of UFO crash in our front yard.

I can always count on aliens to get Stevie interested.

So, we planned and plotted and decided to give it a try. We built the UFO out of a garbage can, pvc pipe, wire, and some paper drop cloths that we spray painted silver. It took some trial and error, but I think it turned out pretty well for our first try. We had a half-dead tree in the yard that we were planing to cut down anyway, so Stevie thought it might be cool to make it look like the ship had crashed right through it.

The end result wasn’t perfect, but it gave us some good practice. And yeah, we’re already plotting the scene for next year. I’m pretty sure our neighbors think we’re a little crazy, but hey, when has that ever stopped us.

Stay tuned.

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365 Project – Day 263 – This Old House

Since moving in December, Steven and I have looked at probably a hundred houses, trying to find one that feels like home. So far, we have found two that we love, but one was over our budget and sold almost immediately after being put on the market. The other is still a bit over-priced in a market suddenly overflowing with homes in our price range. We’re doing what we can to save up, but we’re content to bide our time and wait for that perfect house to come along.

In the midst of our house hunting, we’ve seen the good, the bad and the oh so ugly. Maybe it’s my addiction to all the renovation and house hunting shows on HGTV and the DIY Network, but I’m getting to the point where I can look beyond the dated and the ugly and weird and see the underlying potential in the homes. Now, if Steven and I just had the time to actually put some serious sweat equity into some of these houses, we might really be in business. Instead, Steven spends his week working in the office and his weekends catching up on little projects around the house, and  I’ve got writing projects, a busy toddler and a budding photography business taking up my time. But who knows, if the price is right, even one of these outdated fixer-uppers might just be the place we’ll be calling home.

Here are just a few of the gems I saw at the last round of Open Houses I visited…

This built-in oven just might be on the cusp of coming back into style. Inside, it was the cleanest and most well-maintained I'd ever seen. Roasting a Thanksgiving turkey, however, would definitely not be an option.
I can't even begin to imagine the thought process behind this window, leading to the space under the stairs. The plastic mini-blinds were an exceptionally nice touch.
Sure, I've seen plenty of chain locks on front doors, back doors, even garage doors. But the master bedroom? That's a new one.
This listing said there was a 3/4 bath in the basement. I guess the bucket next to the floor drain counts as a shower stall.
It's been so long since I've seen a rotary phone, I would probably end up keeping this on the wall as an art piece.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to the joys of house hunting. Sooner or later, we will find out diamond in the rough. Until then, we’ll just keep looking.

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