Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

The big day is finally here!! Happy Halloween everyone!

Here I am in my Raggedy Ann costume! It was super easy--I just borrowed an outfit from Lilly. Having time traveling friends is so convenient sometimes!

All I really had left to do was make my wig! It was super easy and fun--I can post a tutorial sometime. Do you want to know how to make yarn wigs? :)

Molly joined me right before I left! After all, trick-or-treating is loads more fun with friends. 

Molly is a princess! She borrowed a dress from Lilly, too. She loves poofy frilly outfits! I think she looks just like a real princess.

We headed out just as the sun began to set. Look how pretty it is! 

Hand in hand, Molly and I started down the road, ready to claim our bounty of sweets.

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up? Did you go trick or treating, or stay at home and hand out candy? Let me know in the comments!
This has been Dani, dabbling in festivities on my favorite day of the year! Over and out!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Carving!

Hey guys! Next weekend is Halloween! I'm so excited. This weekend I thought it was high time I carve a pumpkin of my own. It's important to time the carving of your pumpkin just right--you want to have enough time to enjoy it, but you don't want it to get icky before Halloween night.

First things first, I had to slice off the top. 

This is one of my favorite steps in the carving process. It's exciting to see what the inside of the pumpkin looks like!

After the top is all the way off, I slice off the guts that are attached. I don't want them dangling down into the candle when I put the top back on.

This is also one of my favorite parts! I love sticking my hands into a pumpkin full of guts and seeds. 

I clasped my fingers around a big chunk and tried to wrench it out. Pumpkin guts are so slippery, though, it was hard to get a good grip. 

After some futile attempts with my fingers, I decided to resort to using the big spoon to scoop out the insides.

Finally, every seed and piece of squishy mush was out! And boy, was I glad--after a while, pumpkin makes my hands kind of itchy. I couldn't wait to rinse them off!

I rolled the pumpkin onto its side and prepared to sketch my design. I put the top back on so I could gauge the best place to draw the face.

I uncapped the Sharpie and held the pumpkin steady while I drew my design.

This is how it ended up! I messed up a little on the teeth (I didn't mean to color them in!) but I just made extra-sure to be careful and to cut around them instead of through them.

Carefully, I poked my knife through and began cutting the triangle.

One down, one to go!

Here's my completed pumpkin! I was able to rub off most of the Sharpie I accidentally put on the teeth.

I love to carve pumpkins. I always wish I had more than one! Some years I have, but I always forget how much work it is to do just one. I can't wait for Halloween! I'm a little panicked, though--I still can't decide what I want to be! Right now I'm thinking bag of jelly beans, tiger, or Raggedy Ann. I think I'm leaning towards Raggedy Ann, though! What do you think? Do you have any suggestions? What's your favorite part about Halloween? I'd love to know!
This has been Dani, dabbling in gutting pumpkins. Over and out!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Leaf Jumping!

Well, would ya look at that that!

Fall has really, truly arrived! The leaves are-a-changin, and fast!

So fast, in fact, that we started raking! I decided there was no better way to spend this crisp autumn afternoon than to jump in some leaf piles with friends. Laughing Spirit and her sister Singing Bird were more than willing to oblige! 

All three of us leapt in right away! 

After a few minutes of romping around, Laughing Spirit and I looked around, our gazes slowly meeting. Where was Singing Bird?

Finally, we both looked right in front of us. Sure enough, there were Singing Bird's legs sticking right up out of the leaves! 

In hysterics, Laughing Spirit and I both reached forward and grabbed a leg.

Singing Bird's little head popped up, covered in pine needles and scarlet foliage. 

We played around for a little while longer, but then headed inside when we started to get chilly. Things have really cooled down here! Last night it got down to 24ºF (-4.4ºC)! I'm sad summer is gone, but I'm so excited that fall is here! I love the cool weather, pumpkin spice, and colorful leafage! Stay tuned--next weekend, I'll be carving my pumpkin! 
This has been Dani, dabbling in a pile of leaves. Over and out!

(P.S.--I need help deciding what to be for Halloween!! If you have any suggestions or ideas, please leave a comment below!)
(P.P.S.--I'm on Instagram now! You should totally follow me, dabblingdani, and chances are I'll follow you back, too!)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Apple Picking!

Hey everyone! Last Saturday was beautiful, warm and sunny. A perfect time for apple picking! We went to our favorite orchard, Ricker Hill. 

The first kind we picked were macintoshes. At one point, I decided to climb into one of the trees to reach a really nice looking apple.

I had to make sure I was seated firmly on the branch, and be careful not to slip.

After I had picked some up high, I hopped down and walked around to check out other trees.

Finally I stumbled upon a tree where all the apples were a beautiful red color. I knew I had to pick some of these!

Once I had picked my fill, I wandered off to explore a little. Orchards are some of favorite places. They're so pretty, and they smell so good! 

What a great day to pick apples! We ended up with a little over 30 pounds! We'll probably eat a lot of those by themselves, but the majority will be turned into applesauce so we can freeze it and use it throughout the winter. I also started school on September 7th. I'm in 6th grade at the Midcoast MTTB (that's Maine Time Traveling Base, in case you forgot!), and I'm totally looking forward to this year. I love fall! Have you gone apple picking yet? Do you like fall?
This has been Dani, dabbling in apples. Over and out!

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Hello everyone! I got home from PEI a week ago, and figured it was about time I start unpacking. Unpacking always makes me feel a little sad, because my bags are still full of vacation when I'm already home. This time, though, I remembered some of my goodies from the island were still in my bag, so I guess that made it a little better. I also thought I'd take this opportunity to show you some of the cool new stuff in the room!

We got more bunk beds! And I have a loft  bed now! (Meanwhile, Saturn and Argos are very curious about where my bag has been.)

Saturn takes a good sniff of my hiking boot.

After being on the ground for years, my bed finally has a frame! And the best part is...

I can store stuff underneath it!!

Before I started taking my clothes out of my bag, I took out my souvenirs.

I got a couple of smooth rocks I picked off the beach, and this cool pin for my backpack!

It goes perfectly with my Mt. Washington pin! Maybe someday my whole bag will be covered with pins!

Finally, I got around to pulling out my clothes. My bag was so full, it practically exploded! I always tend to over pack. I wouldn't want to be unprepared!

I pulled out the two sets of drawers from under my bed and started to put my clothes away. 

Unpacking my bag made me wish I was back in PEI, but I suppose it's good to be back home, too.  How soon after a trip do you unpack? Does it make you miss your vacation spot?
This has been Dani, dabbling in the unpacking of bags and the slightest of room tours. Over and out!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Trip to PEI: Day 4

Greetings, internet pals! My last couple hours on Prince Edward Island were full of unique and breathtaking sights.

That morning, I woke up early to watch the sun rise.

The sky began as a peachy orange color, and reflected off of the water and clouds.

As it got brighter, the colors became more intense. 

The clouds were positively spectacular! They had so much texture, and captured the richer tones the sun gave off.

I turned my head all the way back and looked at the vast expanse of sky over the ocean.

As the sun began to poke through the clouds, I raced down to the beach to take a look there before it got too bright. Once the sun has come out a lot, most of the prettiest colors fade.

The sand was cool under my toes, and kind of damp, along with the early morning air. The sun began to peek over the tops of the clouds, and filled the sky with a palette of warmth.

As the sun ascended, I took one last look before heading back up to the tent to have breakfast and pack up all the camping gear before we left. 

After everything was all packed up and we had checked out of the campsite, we decided to do a little last minute sight-seeing. Our first stop:
The Bottle Houses! 

The houses are made entirely out of recycled bottles. Their creator, Edouard T. Arsenault, used over 25,000 glass bottles to construct these buildings.

The entire bottle was used, and the ends stuck out of the walls! 

If you peered through the opening of the bottles on the inside, you could see to the outside. The bottles acted as bricks, all stuck in cement. I thought that was pretty neat.

The gardens there were also gorgeous! 

There were so many different types of flowers, and they all looked so healthy! There were lots of bees there, too. You could hear them buzzing all around the blossoms! There was also a pond with a fountain and goldfish. Everything was so pretty!

Once we were done looking at the bottle houses, it was time to hop back into the car and begin the long journey back home.
I had so much fun on my trip to Prince Edward Island, and I'd love to go back someday. Until then, though, I look forward to my adventures to come! I love blogging, and I am determined to make more time for a post or two every few weeks! What have you been up to this summer? Have you gone on any trips or seen anything cool? I'd love to know!
This has been Dani, dabbling at sunrise and in bottle houses. Over and out!