Sunday, February 19, 2017

Spooky Hand Print on Bedroom Wall

After writing my previous post about my son's friend seeing ghosts in my kitchen (you can read it Here) I started thinking about some of the other weird spooky incidents that have occurred in our house.  One of the strangest was my daughter finding a white hand print on her bedroom wall right beside her bed.
One morning about a year ago my teenage daughter woke up and starting yelling for me to come up to her bedroom.  She was rather freaked out as she showed me what appeared to be white finger prints on her wall right beside her bed.  She said "ghosts are leaning over me watching me sleep".  It did look like someone supported themselves by putting their fingers on the wall to lean over the bed.  Her first impression was it was a child's print because the the prints were close together.  But to me, because of the height from the floor it looked more like adult prints where someone just rested their fingers not their whole hand on the wall.  We both put our fingers up to the print and size wise it pretty much matched both our hands.

So we both tried to remember or figure out a reason either one of us would have leaned on the wall in that spot with our fingers.  I said maybe when I dust her window sill, which is right next to the prints, I lean my hand on the wall for support without realizing it.  So we both tried pressing our fingers on the wall below the prints to see if it left any impressions--it did not.

Because the prints were white I said well maybe I had lotion on my hands when I cleaned your window sill and that left an impression.  So we tried that--putting lotion on our hand and pressing the wall.  Even with not rubbing the lotion all the way in to our hands it left no marks.  Then we tried face powder.  But to somewhat duplicate the print we had to dip our fingers into face powder not rubbing it in at all before placing our fingers on the wall.  Neither of could imagine a reason we would have dipped out fingers into power and pressed the wall in that spot then not remembering doing it.  It is across the room from her make up table and she uses brushes for her make up anyway (I do not even use powder make up).

We rubbed one of the prints to see if it would come off which it did (why the pinky finger print is missing in the photo above).  So that eliminated the possibly of it being paint.  But we have not painted anything--white or purple--in her room for at least 3 years.

So it remains a mystery how that print got there.  It rattled her so much because of numerous odd things that have happened in her room usually late at night.  Her radio and a music box started to play on their own, she has heard what she thought were footsteps around her bed, and heard what she thought was a little girl laughing.

I told her not to be upset there still may be a logical explanation for it.  My feeling is if it was a spirit most likely it was my mother who died before my daughter was born.  She has had many dreams about my mother even though she never met her.  When my son was little this room was his bedroom.  My mom loved to tip toe in after he was asleep to look at him saying "he looks like such an angel".

So I told her to feel comforted not afraid, maybe her grandmother is watching over her which made my daughter feel much better and she has left the print there on the wall in honor of her grandmother.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Poker Playing Ghosts in My Kitchen

So apparently I have two dead guys smoking cigars and playing poker at my kitchen table.  Over the years we have had "odd" things happen in the house.  Subtle things like unexplained noises, things going missing then turning up in places that had been searched.  I have had people tell me there is a "strange feeling" or they can "sense" things in my house.  No one in my family nor any visitors have ever actually seen anything--until this past December when a friend of my son's stopped by to visit.

It was right after dinner when my son's college friend and her husband stopped by for a short visit.  We were all in my family room which is open to the kitchen.  They were here maybe 20 minutes then my son walked them out.  It was not until the next day that my son told me about what his friend saw.

I personally had only met this friend a few times but very nice and intelligent person.  Apparently she has had the ability to see spirits since she was a child.  She told my son she saw two men sitting at my kitchen table playing poker and smoking cigars and one of them was trying to get her attention.  I can't believe my son didn't ask her any more details--I would have had 100 questions.  But his feeling was as long as he can't see them he did not care!

I may have laughed this off except for the combination of other "odd" factors.  My first thought was what would have been her motivation to make this up?  She has known my son long enough to know not much rattles him (his response to her when told was "okay").  The main factor was when we were all in my family room talking I saw her turn her head quickly towards the kitchen.  She then kept looking back towards the kitchen leaning forward so she could see more directly into the kitchen.  At the time I thought what the heck is she looking at?  I actually was embarrassed  because I had not cleaned the kitchen after dinner and thought she was judging my dirty kitchen!

Another factor is hearing things which happened prior to her visit.   I had been laying on the couch at night after my husband went to bed thinking I heard him come back down and moving around in the kitchen.  This happened on at least two occasions--but when I got up no one was there.  On three occasions at around 4:30 in the morning all of us who were in different locations in the house (husband is up early for work) had heard a loud knocking sound.  Lastly one night when watching TV at about midnight I thought I heard the door to the garage slam closed.  My son hangs out in the basement and I wondered why in the world is he going into the garage?  When I heard it slam for the fourth time I got up and headed into the basement to see why he kept going into the garage.  I got down a few steps and there he was sitting in his chair at the computer.  He said he had not gone into the garage, not heard any slamming, and was actually a little rattled that I was hearing doors slam.

Lastly my thought was so just who are these ghosts in my kitchen?  I have been doing genealogy for many years and know quite a bit about many of my ancestors.  My great grandfather smoked cigars--have a picture of him with one in his hand, plus he was quite the wild one so it is likely he would have been a poker player.  My father in law and his brother played cards on a weekly basis for many years.  Plus another great grandfather owned a tobacco shop and made cigars.  I would love to have my son's friend back to look over pictures to see if she could pick any of the above out.

So my feelings are if they really come to play poker in my kitchen it is okay with me as long as they don't make a disruption and especially if they are my ancestors.  With one exception of hearing banging around in the kitchen when no one was there it has been all quiet since her visit.  Maybe they have moved on.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ghost Bicycles

I try to get out on the trails around my house on by bicycle as much as I can, especially since the weather will be getting cooler.  I always get chills every time I pass one of the "ghost bicycles" that have been placed around the area on different bike routes and trails.

These are usually old discarded bikes that have been painted all white and are permanently set up in a specific location.  Some like the one above located on one of my favorite trails serve as a general reminder to be careful when biking.  As well as a reminder to all who use the trial to follow rules.

Many times they are set up as a memorial to a specific person or to mark the exact location that a bicyclist was killed.  These are the ones that give me chills and I find rather sad.

This tradition has been around for some time and has spread to many different cities as biking has become more popular and more people use their bikes as their form of transportation as well as for recreation.

I think these are great to catch people's attention and raise awareness of bike safety whether you are walking, biking, or driving a car.  Plus it is a nice way to honor those who have been lost.

Friday, September 12, 2014

How To - Bride of Frankenstein Hairdo Using Your Long Hair

Bride of Frankenstein is a classic and favorite Halloween costume. While you can certainly buy one it is much more fun, creative, and less costly to make your own. What about that bizarre hairdo that is the center of attention on this costume, how the heck do I create that you say? Well it is really not too difficult and I will give you step by step instructions to creating this fun hairdo. You will need your own long hair plus some supplies you probably already have laying around the house. Using your own hair will be cheaper and much more fun than buying a wig for your costume. Plus people will be amazed and impressed that the monster mound of hair on your head is really yours when you head out trick or treating or to Halloween parties.

By doing your own hair for this costume you can also add your own creativity and originality. You are not limited to store bought cookie cutter wigs. Want to be a blond Frankenstein Bride with electric blue hair streaks? Go for it, you will be original (and probably the ONLY blond Bride of Frankenstein at the party!). As you can see in the picture my model had some red streaks in her hair which we left to add some originality to the style.

The one supply that you must have is long hair. The length should be at least to your shoulders. Don't worry if you have lots of layers cut into your hair, hairspray will take care those. Color doesn't matter either, you can easily give yourself black and white (or any color you want) hair with temporary spray color.

Here is the list of supplies you will need. I am giving instructions for the classic black with white streaks hair but you can choose any color you want. Most of these supplies are relatively cheap and you probably already have many of them in your home.

1. The Hair on Your Head!
2. Any Water Bottle (Empty so drink the water first!)
3. Aluminum Foil
4. Long Bobby Pins
5. Curling Iron (optional-your choice whether to curl hair)
6. Hairspray
7. Temporary Hair Color Spray
8. Paper Towels
9. Old Towels or Hairstylist Cape (to protect clothing from color spray)
10. Latex Gloves (optional if you don't want spray color on your hands)

Getting Started - Summary of Instructions

Here is the summary of instructions to create this up do for your costume. I will follow with detailed instructions on each step of the process. It is wise to review all the steps before you begin.

Gather all the supplies you will need and have them handy before you start. You don't want to be running around looking for things with half your hair pinned up! Since you will be using hairspray and color spray it is best to use a well ventilated room (open a window or turn on a bathroom fan).

You should start with dry and unwashed hair. No matter what the texture, hair that has not been washed for at least a day will hold a style better than just washed hair.

Protect your clothing from the hairspray and temporary color spray. You can use old towels to wrap around your shoulders or purchase a plastic cape that hairstylists use in salons. If your costume must be pulled over your head to put it on it is best to do so before you do your hair. Just be sure to protect it as mentioned. Here are the steps to creating this Halloween hair.

~ Gather all supplies
~ Protect Clothing
~ Build your base from aluminum foil and the water bottle
~ Attach the foil wrapped bottle to your head
~ Curl (optional) and pin your hair up and around the base
~ Color your creation with temporary hair color spray
~ Create and color the Side Streaks

Step One: Build Your Base by Covering Water Bottle With Foil

The foil wrapped water bottle is the base that will be attached to your head and gives the height required for this hairstyle. Wrapping the bottle in aluminum foil serves two functions. You can control the diameter of the bottle to suit your hair length by adding more or less foil (longer locks=more foil). Most importantly the foil will allow you to securely attached the bottle to your head without slipping.

Start ripping sheets of foil about a foot long from the roll of aluminum foil. Set the water bottle in the center of your first sheet then wrap and tightly scrunch the foil up and around the bottle. Keep adding foil until the bottle is covered, this will take approximately three to four sheets. Finish with two to three sheets that are extended around the bottom of the bottle. You want the bottom sheets to be flattened out so you can mold it to the top of your head and easily secure the bottle with your bobby pins.

Step Two: Attach The Bottle To Your Head With Bobby Pins

With your water bottle base complete you are now ready to attached it to your head. Comb your hair so half is in front of your face. The base should sit on top of your head, slightly back from the crown. Push the foil bottom down so it is molded to the shape of your head.

Start pinning the base securely through your hair INTO the foil (the flattened out bottom foil) with the bobby pins. For the most secure fit shove the bobby pins through the foil. Pin all the way around the base. When you are finished attaching with bobby pins test for any slippage by shaking your head around. If the bottle does not move you are good to go on to the next step.

Step Three: Wrap Hair Up and Around Base

Now you are ready to make your hair stand up on your head (the fun part!) by pinning and wrapping hair by sections up and over the water bottle.

If you have naturally curly hair you most likely do not need to curl with a curling iron. If you have straight locks this is still optional but curling can help give your the wavy, frizzy look of the traditional Bride hairstyle. It is really your choice but you at least want to tease or back comb each section to give your strands some texture and poof. This will make covering the bottle easier.

Start with a section of hair about two to three inches wide closest the the base. Curl if your so choose. Hold the section up and back comb or tease the strands for texture and lift. Take that section and place it up and over the base then secure with bobby pins. Make sure to shove the pins through the foil on the bottle for the tightest hold. Spray the fastened section with hairspray to control flyaway pieces and give it staying power.

Keep going all the way around your head in a circular motion curling, teasing, pinning and spraying. You want to leave about a 2 inch wide section of hair on each side of your head right in front of your ears hanging down. These will be the colored streaks that run up the sides of the hairstyle.

Do not be concerned with hiding all the bobby pins. These will easily be blended in once you spray on the temporary color.

Step Four: Color with Black Temporary Spray

Once you have all your hair (except the side streaks) attached up and around the base your are ready to color. Before you spray with the black temporary color (or whatever color you choose) you want to protect your two sections for the streaks still hanging from the sides of your head. Wrap them in paper towels and fasten with bobby pins.

If the weather is permitting you may want to go outside to use the temporary spray color. If that is not possible try using a larger room like the garage where you are less likely to color your walls as well as your hair. If you must use your bathroom open a window or turn on an exhaust fan. Take care when aiming the nozzle. Every Halloween I end up with splotches of different colors on my bathroom walls!

Have a paper towel handy to help protect your face also. It is helpful if you can get someone's assistance with spraying. Shake your can of spray well then begin spraying your creation in short strokes. Spray about 5-6 times then take a look to see how well it has covered. Keep spraying until all the hair is covered to your liking.

You will want to give it a good 10 minutes or so to dry but you can start creating your side streaks during the drying time.

Step Five: Create the Side Streaks.

Even if you did not wish to curl your hair to cover the base you should curl the streaks to give them the wavy line that the traditional Bride has on her head unless you have natural waves.

Once curled you will spray color the streaks before pinning them to your head. Place a paper towel behind the streak section of hair. Use the white (or your color of choice) to spray both sections. Be sure get spray both the front and back of the streak strands. Let dry completely.

Place the streak sections up each side of your head and fasten with bobby pins as you go creating a wavy pattern.

 There you have it--your own unique Bride of Frankenstein hair.  Add some make up and a white dress and you are ready for Halloween.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Spooky Christmas Tree Ideas

I have always wanted to do a "spooky" theme for my Christmas tree.  But with a hubby who is VERY traditional when it comes to Christmas I never have.  This year we are thinking about a second tree for the living room so I have collected a few ideas for a spooky Gothic tree.

I have always loved the look of a white tree which would be perfect for spooky theme.  I am obsessed with Nightmare Before Christmas so of course I love the tree below.

Here is another white tree and I adore the look of the lights on this one and the bats.

I know my husband would never go for this one but it would be great for a Halloween tree also.  My favorite ornament is the large skeleton.

I love black for a tree just as well as white.  This one would put the hubby over the edge too!  I love the wrapping paper on the presents as well as tombstones under the tree.  It really stands out among all those other "traditional' trees.
Finally how cute to decorate the tree with skeleton and mummy gingerbread men!  I might be able to sneak a few of these on our traditional tree!
Happy Christmas decorating!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

It is October--Yay!  My favorite month.  I have all my Halloween decorations up and am trying not to spend the whole month's budget on new Halloween things!

I love pumpkins but get very frustrated with trying to carve them every year.  Even with stencils I am not good with anything more than basic shapes.  So here are some ideas for your pumpkins this Halloween even if like me you are no good with elaborate carving.

 If you can carve a basic circle there are lots of ideas to dress up your pumpkin.  You can buy carving tools that will punch out basic shapes so you do not have to carve with a knife.  Add your candle or lights and decorate with creatures crawling in and out of your pumpkin.  The above has rats but you could also use spiders, snakes, bats or any other creatures you can usually find at the dollar store.

My favorite easy way to decorate pumpkins are with stencils and paint.  You can combine the two or use each option alone.  The possibilities are endless.  Just Google Halloween Stencils and you will find many sites offer downloads for free.  You can glue then on your pumpkin, cover them with paint to stamp them on the pumpkin, or use trace around the stencil them fill in with paint on the pumpkin.

I love the look of either glitter or metallic paint on pumpkins like the purple ones above or the gold in the previous picture.

You do not need great artistic skills to paint your pumpkins to look like candy corn.  Her are a few more ideas for stencils, paints, and basic carving shapes.  Happy pumpkin decorating!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Outside Halloween Display Inspiration

It is that time of year again, to get out the Halloween decorations!  I absolutely love getting all my Halloween stuff out of the basement and decorating.  All year long I look for inspiration and ideas to add or improve my decorations.  I feel my outside display needs some updating so I have collected some pictures I am using for inspiration this year.  Not sure I will be able to add anything as grand as these pictures but they certainly have given me some ideas to do even if on a smaller scale. 

I love skeletons!  I thought this was fun and original with skeleton "pall bearers" carrying a spooky old casket.  Maybe I can talk my hubby into building a casket prop for me.

Here is another really cool casket prop I will have to show to the hubby.  This would look great propped up against my big tree in my front yard.

This one would require much more work (and money I am sure) but would be an awesome addition to my grave yard which has been looking rather sparse these last few years.

More skeletons!  I have seen this idea, skeletons climbing all over the house, done in many ways.  I have always wanted to do this but I am not real steady on ladders!  I have also seen this idea done with witches.  Maybe I could do a combination of the two on my lower roof.