Meet Tango. This bird likes to party, and loves being the center of attention even more!
Last year I wrote a little story about Tango and Twig, but it was posted in two halves. Tango and Twig would be much happier if I posted the whole story in one place, so enjoy this silly little tale about Tango the Archaeopteryx and Twig the Compsognathus.
This month has been a whirlwind!
I got involved planning a Halloween party this year, and when I get into party planning I just can’t help myself- I have to go all out! So most of my month has been filled to the brim with spooky crafts like potion jars, floating candles like the ones in Harry Potter, and chandeliers with fluttering bats. 😀 I’ve been having a blast painting newt eyes, cutting out bats, and designing vintage apothecary labels for all my potion ingredients, but all the diy decorations I’ve been making doesn’t leave much time with prehistoric critters. I did have some fun with Ornitholestes and Macelognathus this month for our Fossil Fridays though, so I’m glad I could squeeze in a little time for them.
I also got everything finished for the book! I have all my files submitted, and I’m just waiting for my personal copy to come in for the final approval. I just got the email today that it was shipped, so I’m super excited to finally be able to hold my book in about a week or two!
With all the DIY projects, party planning, final book preparations, and Fossil Friday, I never got the chance to to make anything pretty for this post or schedule it in advance, but I won’t let next month’s COTM be late! I hope you enjoy a few spooky tidbits I made for the Halloween party. The pictures didn’t really turn out, since most things looked best in the dark, but I have a lot of the vintage labels for you to enjoy. The first set were all the labels I had for the adult potion ingredients. Adults could have a little fun mixing a few drinks, and I had a blast coming up with potion ingredient labels for the various alcohols and juices we could mix. The kids had some “dragon blood” they could safely enjoy. 😀
These next labels were made for display on the mantelpiece over the fireplace. My kids helped me gather all the “ingredients”, and my eldest helped me decorate the jars to make them look the part. Vintage apothecary labels are a lot of fun to look through! Most things I made for the party were from things I already had on hand, like the beads, ribbons, and raffia I used for the jars here. The brown “lids” are just unbleached coffee filters. I made the newt eyes out of simple polymer clay balls, that I then painted and coated in a clear varnish for the shiny wet look. A thick layer of varnish over just the iris and pupil first really gave them a lively sheen. Of course I looked at plenty of photos of newt eyes to make sure they were as close to the real deal as possible! I had 20 balls, but I ran out of steam (and time) at 16 eyes lol. (these are magical newt eyes of course, or else they’d be cloudy dead eyes) The awesome skulls and a few of the jars are things I borrowed from my sister-in-law, and one came to me already dripped with wax.
I have a close up of all the labels for your reading pleasure if you want to know what Unicorn horn dust is used for. Oh, and the fact that no Dryads were harmed when collecting clippings of their mossy hair.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the pictures, even if they aren’t dinosaurs. Keep an eye on the front page for the calendar I’ll be posting by the end of the week!
Coming Dec. 1st…
She’s a bird! She’s a bat! She’s a…ok seriously, what on earth is she?