October 30, 2014

Fall Urban Exploring

In the summer, the abandoned places are covered with foliage.  In the winter, these places are more visible because the leaves are gone and they are covered with empty branches.  It doesn't matter to me, I like urban exploring around Arizona more in the fall and winter for obvious reasons, the weather is so nice.

October 27, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

Around the state in the fall, all colors are displayed in various forms.  The color orange is very prevalent in the many pumpkin patches found everywhere.  Pumpkins are purchased at these places and used for decorations and carved to become jack-o-lanterns.  For me, a pumpkin patch is a work of art and needs to be photographed.

October 24, 2014

Antique Car Shows

Another thing we see more of in the fall are the antique car shows.  My husband restored his 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco and has been putting her in car shows.  All he has left to do on her is a paint job and fix the bumper.  His friend sponsors a car show along with others in the parking lot of a market.  We get to look at the cool antique cars, while enjoying a BBQ meal and wonderful live music.  It is a fun time had by all.

October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Rookies

Sharon Day and I were armed with her Ray Villafane's pumpkin carving master tool set and an innocent pumpkin to be carved.  Sharon just bought the kit and this was its maiden voyage.  She set the table up with two pumpkins and decided to wait to carve the second one.  We both did the typical pumpkin faces, but we were rookies on carving a face.

She wanted the face to be a zombie so she found the perfect zombie model online.  After that, we cut the top off for a candle to be placed inside later.  I got the wonderful job of removing the guts, which I oddly enjoyed.  We decided to save the seeds and bake them later to be consumed.

Next, Sharon started scraping the top layer of the pumpkin in the area she wanted the face to be added.  She started carving the deep areas first and then shaped the nose, eyes and mouth.  After the basic carving was done, she took the small tools to define the details.  When she finally finished, we added a baby doll's head for effect.  We were proud of our first attempt at making a pumpkin.  I should say, her first attempt.  I took the guts out, and snapped all the pictures.

For more information on Ray Villafane's art, check out Sharon's post:

October 18, 2014

The Colors of Fall

In most states, the changing of the leaves is prevalent everywhere you drive.  Here in Phoenix, we have to drive to different locations for find the multi-colored and vibrant colors of the fall leaves.  We may not have lots of leaf changes, but the desert is very colorful in the fall.

Flagstaff right at the beginning of the leaves changing.

Multi-colored sunflowers at Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek

Gorgeous white leaves in Globe.

Yellow flowers on cacti, Besh-Ba-Gowah in Globe.

Looks like a big cotton bush on South Mountain.

Beautiful orange leaves in Miami.

Striking red leaves in Miami.

Lavender flowers at sunset, Chandler.

Colorful fall colors on a tree in a Superior cemetery.

October 15, 2014

Places That Will Scare You...

...around Arizona for this 2014 Halloween season.  Here are some:

Fear Farm
Phoenix's largest Halloween event!
5 terrifying haunted houses and the largest scary corn maze!

13th Floor Haunted House
This place focuses on your darkest nightmares and brings them to life!

Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare
I seen it and you can read all about it on my Above the Norm post:


Chambers of Fear Haunted House
Monsters, creatures and all other horrifying things are waiting in these haunted chambers!

Nightfall at Old Tucson
The entire town is haunted with creepy characters and monsters.  There is no escape!

Check out Bisbee and their weekly ghost hunts!

October 12, 2014

Fall Arizona Events

Many of the farms around town are having the annual fall events.  Here are some:
1.  Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party - http://www.schnepffarms.com/
2.  Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze - http://www.tolmachoff-farms.com/
3.  Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival - http://www.vertucciofarms.com/

The Arizona State Fair is a huge annual fall event.  You have many choices of fried and other foods; an array of fun rides and games; large buildings with displays from many artists; and concerts from some of your favorite artists.  This is truly an all day event for you and your family.  For all your fair information, check their website:  https://azstatefair.com/

Oktoberfest - there are many celebrations all over Arizona for this fun event.  Click the link to find one near you:  Oktoberfest 2014

Since the weather is getting nice and much cooler in the fall, you will find art walks and festivals all over the state.  Here are some:
Tempe Festival of the Artshttp://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com/
Scottsdale fashion week and art walkhttp://www.experiencescottsdale.com/event/scottsdales-artwalk/
Gilbert Art Walkhttp://www.gilbertartwalk.com/
Artlink Phoenixhttp://artlinkphoenix.com/
Chandler Art Walkhttp://chandlerartwalk.com/
Jerome Art Walkhttp://www.jeromeartwalk.com/
Prescott's 4th Friday Art Walkhttp://www.artthe4th.com/

Phoenix Zombie Walkhttp://www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie

For a more in depth list of Arizona events, check out this link:

October 9, 2014

Fall Decorating

You don't have to spend lots of money to decorate your house for the fall.  I like to do crafts, so looking for decorations at craft and hobby stores is where you will find me.  You can also find interesting all decorations at thrift stores.  Maybe someone got tired of their old decorations and now they find new life at your house.  Around here, I have my favorites:

1.  Michaels
2.  Hobby Lobby
3.  Ross
4.  TJ Maxx
5.  Goodwill
6.  The 99 cent stores
7.  Target
8.  Walmart

These are only a few places I have found great fall decorating ideas.  I also like to go to antique stores and flea markets for that one-of-a-kind or unusual item that will make my decorating complete.  If you have any great ideas for fall decorating, I would love to hear about them.