Parrots, swords and skulls–oh my!

That’s right, it’s getting close to Halloween and creepy characters start to rear their *not-so-pretty* heads. It’s also the month of my little pal Brennan’s birthday, he turned 4 last week. He has a very vivid imagination, and is currently obsessed with all things Pirate. His party is this coming Saturday, and it is, of course, a pirate themed party. He has had a collection of gold and silver coins, or treasure, for quite some time. They get buried and dug up from the sandbox several times each month. I played “pirate ship” with him early in the summer and we had to carry our treasure in a Glad-ware container. Not very pirate-y. So, I thought, he needed a treasure chest. I bought this unfinished one at Michael’s and I got to work:
The sketches on it are mine, it was pretty much a blank slate. Here is the finished product I gifted to him last night, along with a pirate hat, flannel eye patch, some new pirate coins, a few tattoos, and a 3×5 pirate flag that my sweetie found at Menard’s, that Brennan’s parents will be proudly flying this weekend!Near the clasp is his initials with a skull and crossbones insignia. On one end is his very own pirate, and on the other, silver and gold crossed swords. Yes, I free-handed the drawings/paintings on it, that B.F.A. degree comes in handy once in a while! It’s lined with pirate flag fabric, applied with Mod Podge.
His reaction was worth all the effort, time and expense (although, that was quite minimal). He had to find a special place to “hide” (store) his “very special treasure chest”, his words, :-> !! The “real” pirate flag was a huge hit, too! It’s easy to impress someone who is four, no matter how worldly and brilliant he is!

A touch of autumn from my window sill:
Mum’s I trimmed to bring inside for some color…don’t you just love the reflections from those glass jars?
and from my brother-in-law’s garden:
Oh, and one more lovely Autumn sight:That’s right, folks, gas dipped below $3.00/gallon on Sunday. Oh happy day! Another reason for you to come here, for this….!

Happy Autumn…Happy October….and Happy Halloween!!!!!


6 thoughts on “Parrots, swords and skulls–oh my!

  1. Yay for lower gas prices! We are still at 3.53 darn it. That photo of the sunflower is stunning! and the mums look soo pretty – one of my favorites. Enjoy that quilt show!

  2. Love the pirate “loot”….well done….I am paying about $US3.88 for petrol….if my calculations are correct (and math is not my forte so they may well be incorrect! petrol is around $A1.50 per litre and I think..that there are about 4 litres to a gallon…and the conversion rate for the dollar is about $A1 buys $US.65 (roundabout!!)

  3. Hi!Thanks for entering my purse giveaway. Only a couple more days and the winner will be announced!I came across another fantastic give away on a blog this morning with 2 amazing prizes! The way it works is you leave a comment on their blog saying that you heard about the contest on my blog. Then if your name is drawn you with a big prize and I win a big prize! Lots of fun. I posted the details on my blog this morning: hope you will enter. Good luck!Cindy

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