There are only a few cloches on display this fall season. My favorite is the large one that is on the round table in the great room. It’s filled with an old microscope that I found in my friend Jean’s booth up in Tipp City. She always has so many fun finds. She is working on creating her own blog and hopes to have it up and running soon. I’ll keep you apprised.
You can’t just stick a microscope in a cloche and expect it to stand on its own, so I started thinking….. You use it to see things up close, so why not view vintage pictures under the magnifiers?
I found some great old photographs in an envelope while at a sale during the summer. There were tons of them inside and they were only $5! Although the collection consisted mostly of children’s photos, there were some pictures of adults, as well. One of them is a dated photo of a Union soldier during the Civil War!
Just look at those somber faces…. I don’t think photographers ever wanted their clients to smile in those days.
The metal and wire cloche is extremely simply- one tall candle fits perfectly inside. And to bring in a bit of the Halloween holiday, I hung a glittered silhouette of a black cat on the knob. The two demi-johns were finds at the Rural Society Antique Show a couple of weeks ago.
These miniature cloches are on display on the baker’s rack. Look at how teeny tiny they are! I originally bought them to use in my fairy garden but thought they’d be perfect to show off a buckeye nut and a small putka pod.
The buckeye is inside the cloche on the left. Some of you may recall that the buckeye is the official nut for the state of Ohio. They’re inedible but the candy buckeyes certainly are delicious. Have you ever had any of those? I think our local candy maker, Esther Price Candies, makes the best commercial ones. Must be the delicious chocolate they’re known for that makes them so tasty…. The smaller cloche encloses what many of you would call a mini pumpkin. It is, however, a putka pod, but it really DOES look like a little pumpkin, doesn’t it?
This bell jar distorts everything that I put underneath it. I recently found this old Slinky toy at a barn sale and thought it might make a good snake, perfect for the Halloween theme. A little lame, perhaps, but it’s cool all the same! Do you remember Slinky? As a kid, I used to love the way it traveled down the stairs.
I couldn’t close before letting you see who came to visit me for Halloween. It’s yukky Mr. Rat trying to steal a piece of cheese from my trap!
This scary fellow came to me earlier in the season from a vintage sale at the home of a friend in St. Paris, Ohio. I would certainly hate to have the real kind anywhere NEAR my house!
I’m sitting here waiting for Beggar’s Night to come to a close. I’ve had so few Trick or Treaters tonight- every year the number dwindles even further. But I continue to buy at least 10 large bags of candy, just in case I’m hit with an onslaught of kids. In the past, the junior high kids came out in droves. But this year I think I’ve only had four kids from that age group. Even the little kids aren’t coming out! I love to play my frightful Halloween CD out in the garden, turn on the flashing strobe light, and hand out candy. But what’s the fun if the neighborhood kids don’t come out anymore? Last year I said that I wasn’t going to do it anymore, but I gave it one more chance. With only five more minutes of “official” trick or treating time, I’ve handed out candy to a whopping 30 kids! I have way too many bags of goodies left and guess who will get into them over the course of the next few weeks? It doesn’t do any good to freeze it, I can eat frozen candy without any reservation at all…. Hope you had a Happy Halloween!