Tuesday, October 09, 2007



Three black cats, three black cats,
In black hats, in black hats,
They all jumped into the Halloween brew,
They teased the ghosts and the goblins too.
Did you ever hear such a hullabaloo
On Halloween?



Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said,
"Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said,
"But we don't care."
The third one said,
"I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said,
"Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said,
"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!


In Australia, Halloween is not as popular a tradition as elsewhere in the World.
Growing up in the 50's, 60's, I never encountered anyone "trick or treating" or getting dressed
up in scary costumes for Halloween. We did have Guy Fawkes night for a while
but that seems to have vanished into the past. (Unless someone out there knows
otherwise.) It wasn't until my own children were at school in the 80's, 90's that
there was any dressing in costumes at school and supervised "trick or treating" in the evening.
Now they are grown-up and, at least where I live, there is no celebration.
The only mention of Halloween now that I
can see is from the US in movies, and craft magazines.
......And now through the "power of blogging", I have met a great lot of fellow US
bloggers and read their blogs with great interest about their Halloween traditions, crafts,
decorating, etc.
Well, all this has lead me to ..... the following picture!
This is my first attempt at anything Halloweenish craft-wise! (Not counting making
costumes for my two sons many years ago).
What has this to do with collecting? .....it is a pincushion!
I must say that the painting part turned out better than the actual
pincushion. It is based on something I saw on the internet.
I am not making them for sale but this one is actually destined for the
US. I hope that it lives up to the rest of the fantastic works
of art by the very talented US crafters. I will be making another
for myself. What do you think?

BackA Jolly Hallowe'en

The time has come for the Witches' dance,
and the creatures from far and near
will gather and make merry for Halloween night is here!

**********Halloween - October 31st

Don't forget to enter your vote in the sewing item
collecting poll!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh my goodness!! That is just sooooo cute! Would you mind if I shared the picture of the pincushion on my blog? If it is okay, email me..my email is on my profile.

I had no idea that Australians did not celebrate Halloween. It is not one of my favorite celebrations. I prefer Christmas and Easter. Talk to you later, Becky xo

Cathy said...

I love the little halloween verses and cards--too cute and the pincushion is of course too adorable and would fit right in over here. I'd say you have halloween down pretty good.
I voted in your sewing poll--how fun! Of course I voted for collection all things sewie--boy am I glad that was a choice otherwise it would have been too hard to choose!

Cathy :)

Heidi said...

Oh this is just soooooo cute!!! I love it! If this is destined for the US, can I move there quickly and be the destination??? LOL!

The vintage postcards are great. I have some I won on eBay. I also used the adorable children's verse last year on my blog. I had never heard it before but some teachers told me afterwards that they use the rhyme at school. I am really getting into Halloween more this year than before. Do you look at my home and garden blog? I explained how it was my sister's favorite holiday and it brings me closer to her.

Halloween is not celebrated here in Holland either but they love to take American things as their own. I used to have to hunt for pumpkins and now they are everywhere. Funny how things do change.

~~ Heidi ~~

Nancy said...


I found your blog via Becky's, and it is just wonderful! I love your black cat pin cushion. He has such a smile! Also, the idea of filling a glass candlestick as a pin cushion base is such a clever idea. I'll be coming back to visit.


jane said...

Five little pumpkins....ah, the memories... my son learned that in first grade [with motions] and I loved it then and had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the memories!