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on: October 31, 2018 10:50:34 AM 
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This is an American Greetings card that I modified and gave to my Mother on her 69th birthday (the 27th). I made little hand-drawn charms of the dog, Jethro, and the cat, Princess Butter Crumb, to hang from the clothesline that runs between the two sides of the card. [Done in ink, graphite pencil, colored pencil and permanent marker, on white paper, glued to cardstock, and then hung from the line with red embroidery floss.] The clothesline should be taunt when you fully open up the card, not drooping like pictured, but, there was no good way for me to shoot a photo of that without somepony holding the card open for me, and Rainbow Dash refused to help, since there weren't any horses on the card, which was a travesty beyond description in her violet eyes. She has standards.



Here's a closer look at Jethro (Chiweenie, a Chihuahua and Dachsund mix) and Princess Butter Crumb (Pureblooded She-Devil). Her Highness does not approve of having to share the interior of the card with a mangy mutt. She simply doesn't understand how anyone could ruin an awesome feline-themed gift with a stupid dog. Inter-species relations in our house need some work.





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Since, it's Halloween, I'll also share this.  I wasn't doing any crafting myself, but I was facilitating children doing so.  The head librarian needed an adult volunteer to supervise and help the younger tykes with the pumpkin carving/painting portion of Monday night's annual Halloween party at the local library, and, since I'm an arts & crafts kind of guy, and I had nothing better to do, I said I'd do it.

Here I am staring at a box of acrylic paint, like it has the secret of life printed on it, shortly before the guests started to arrive. The hair on the top of my head is getting even thinner than I thought . . .



And here are things in full swing.  A woman's head is partially blocking the view of me, but I was probably scooping pumpkin guts/seeds into a plastic bag.



Across from me, some tween/teen girls had a facepainting station.  You haven't lived until you've seen Princess Elsa with a skull face!





And next to that was a wand-making station.  They had a Harry Potter party earlier in the year, so, I'm guessing that the librarian just wanted to use up the leftover materials from that.



Since I had to keep an eye on the knives with small kids around, I didn't get to personally see any of the activities in other parts of the building, but here are photos of some of those:

Haunted "house" tour through the book stacks with spiderwebs and "bloody" footprints:



Pin-the-smile-on-the-pumpkin:



Crafting station:



Costume contest.  The boy in the taco costume won second place, but, I don't know who got first.  I liked the girl in the voodoo doll outfit the best (the librarian's photos aren't the best quality, but trust me when I say her makeup was pretty disturbing--the two boys dressed up as Darth Vader and the Emperor were both terrified of her and wouldn't enter the room I was in whenever she was in there!)









The event was pretty well attended and the kids all seemed to have fun, so, I'd say it was a success.  A few kids got paint on themselves at my pumpkin station, but, nobody got cut or hurt (some of the younger kids vigorously sawing away with those serrated pumpkin carving kit knives made me pretty nervous, but, nothing bad happened).

 
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on: November 05, 2018 01:02:03 PM 
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Thank you, everyone!

 
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