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Spy Garden in St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine!

And what...

And what…

Do we have here?

Do we have here?

The November/December issue of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine...

The November/December issue of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine…

featuring,..

Baby?!

Baby?!

A SIX PAGE SPREAD!!!

A SIX PAGE SPREAD!!!

Enjoying the article from...

Enjoying the article from…

the garden living room.

the garden living room.

And the garden corner office.

And the garden corner office.

Ka CHOW!

Ka CHOW!

Sneak Peak!

Sneak Peak!

I got twenty hard copies to send to my nearest and dearest will also share the link to the digital version of the article when it becomes available on November first! The article is so well written and does a wonderful job of capturing the Spy Garden spirit. The magazine will be available locally (at Dierbergs, Schnucks, etc.) in a couple of weeks! In the meantime, please enjoy the usual Spy Garden happenings…

Upper Ground Sweet Potato

Upper Ground Sweet Potato

Sunflower

Sunflower

Very vibrant for fall!

Very vibrant for fall!

Pineapple Sage

Pineapple Sage

Humble (but fragrant!) lemon balm in the foregrouns and a thousand colors of fall in the background!

Humble (but fragrant!) lemon balm in the foreground and a thousand colors of fall in the background!

White mums

White mums

Nasturtiums nearly buried in leaves

Nasturtiums nearly buried in leaves

No frost yet and the yellow strawberries are producing overtime!

No frost yet and the yellow strawberries are producing overtime!

Picking strawberries

Picking strawberries

Baby, a skilled strawberry picker!

Baby, a skilled strawberry picker!

Handful of berries...

Handful of berries…

Mmmmm!

Mmmmm!

And more shots of strawberry picking,..

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Spy Garden 10.28.14

Spy Garden 10.28.14

Baby also enjoying peppers!

Baby also enjoying the peppers!

A very picturesque Dex (ie;)

A very picturesque Dex (ie;)

Baby with Leaves

Baby with Leaves

Baby with Swing

Baby with Swing

Kick off your shoes!

Kick off your shoes!

Weeeeeeee!

Weeeeeeee!

Baby...

Baby…

swinging!

swinging!

Tree Climb

Oak Tree with Ropes

Oak Tree with Ropes

Baby noticing some pretty striped acorns.

Baby noticing some pretty striped acorns.

Ropes

Ropes

Getting Ready

Getting Ready

Baby while getting hooked up, "Do you like my manicure?" BAhahaha

Baby while getting hooked up, “Do you like my manicure?” BAhahaha

Baby and the Spy ready to climb

Baby and the Spy ready to climb

Going up...

Going up…

Weeee!

Weeee!

The Spy learning the ropes (you know I had to say that)

The Spy learning the ropes (you know I had to say that)

Figuring it out

Figuring it out

This is high enough!

This is high enough!

Heights are the Spy's kyrptonite. He stopped at about 20'

Heights are the Spy’s kyrptonite. He stopped at about 20′

Baby didn't seem to mind!

Baby didn’t seem to mind!

Kids (and adults) in the tree

Kids (and adults) in the tree

Baby...

Baby…

being lowered...

being lowered…

...down!

…down!

Other kids in the tree

Other kids in the tree

Brought to Baby's Forest School by Adventure Tree

Brought to Baby’s Forest School by Adventure Tree

Halloween Inspiration

October is my favorite month of the year. I just love the brisk cool of fall, how the shadows get deeper and the sunlight and the leaves turn gold. The spooky sound of a blustery breeze blowing through corn stalks thrills me. I love October so much that I’ve become excessively poetic; in only three sentences.

Lion's Tail (also known as Wild Dagga) grown in Spy Garden in 2012; a perfect plant for October!

Lion’s Tail (also known as Wild Dagga) grown in Spy Garden in 2012; a perfect plant for October!

October in Missouri is chock-full of possibilities for fall fun…Pickle some yard-long beans to look like spooky, pickled snakes (or worms)? Or hunt for paw paws and then see what they taste like (I’ve heard a cross between a banana and a mango)? Baby’s school served homemade paw-paw ice cream last week (I missed out on a taste)! I found a paw-paw tree near Wildhorse Creek but haven’t gotten the chance to actually harvest any; maybe next year?! We could prepare something with the pounds (and pounds!) of persimmons falling from trees in our yard? Hunt for edible mushrooms? Visit Owls and Orchids at the Butterfly House or Spirits in the Garden Friday nights at the Missouri Botanical Garden? Apple picking at Eckerts? Celebrate the 100th year of Rombach’s Farm? Cheering on the Cards in the playoffs (WOOooo!!!) is a no-brainer!….How about visit to Hermann’s Oktoberfest? A haunted tour of Lemp Mansion? A walk down zombie road? Or how about…

Get some xrays?

Get some xrays?

Personalized...

Personalized…

Decor!

Decor!

The xrays weren’t exactly in the name of October fun; Spy Sister got in a car wreck a few weeks ago and broke her nose! OWWWww!! Not to worry, she is fine.

See? Here's Spy Sister taking selfies in the ER. HAhhHAHahhaha

See? Here’s Spy Sister taking selfies in the ER. HAhhHAHahhaha

You might think that I like Halloween so much, surely the kids would need new costumes every year? Not so! I love the tradition of using our homemade Halloween costumes more than once. How many uses can we get out of the pumpkin?

A little Spy

A little Spy

The pumpkin is just some orange fabric circles with an old towel sewed in between the layers (toastier and sturdier!) and then black fabric sewed on for the face.

Baby wearing the pumpkin costume (with modifications of eyelashes and bow!) and hand-sewn leaf-barettes

Baby wearing the pumpkin costume (with modifications of eyelashes and bow!) and hand-sewn leaf-barettes

Baby will likely wear this pumpkin one last time this year. And maybe next year she will fit in to…

This anatomically correct skeleton costume!

This anatomically correct skeleton costume!

The skeleton? When it is too small to be worn, I think I will hang it up and use it as decoration! I painted it on a pair of black sweats; using acrylic paint and outlining each bone with white puffy paint. The back is also painted. I used illustrations from an anatomy and physiology textbook as a guide.

For the Spy this year (and the past several years), he opts for my husband’s old Marine Corps gear…

The Spy's go-to costume

The Spy’s go-to costume

I am a big fan of…

Skulls for decor.

Skulls for decor.

Apparently so was Cezanne (source of image)...

Apparently so was Cezanne (source of image)

And Picasso! (source of image)

And Picasso! (source of image)

As an art history major (in 2005) I actually wrote a 30, yes THIRTY, page paper on the Picasso painting above. I don’t recall a single point I made in the paper but apparently the still life has been engraved in my mind, as I always recreate a version of it in my Halloween decor! So just remember, you need a skull in case you need to jazz up your still life!

Skull Decor

Skull Decor

I also love making eyeballs out of radishes and green olives…

Comme...

Comme…

ca!

ca!

Eyeballtini

Eyeballtini

These radish eyes are also great to add to veggie trays!

We have almost always followed the rule of; thou shalt only wear homemade Halloween costumes.

Except this one year when the Spy was the swamp-thing

Except this one year when the Spy was the swamp-thing

But two-month old Baby made up for it with this hand-sewn cupcake costume by www.crissypenuel.com

But two-month old Baby made up for it with this hand-sewn cupcake costume by http://www.crissypenuel.com

It's also fun to just have random costume dress-up things hanging around in October

It’s also fun to just have random costume dress-up things hanging around in October

Hope you are inspired to share some of your favorite October/Halloween tricks and treats!

Hope you are inspired to share some of your favorite October/Halloween tricks and treats!