Friday, October 21, 2011


Monday, October 31st began as an ordinary day.
Zoe, Phoebe, Yvette Marie and Emily were getting rather tired of studying Geography.
In fact, Zoe had laid out her Halloween buttons on the bed and was quietly playing with them, when suddenly...

...everyone heard such a strange sound from the room above.
There was no one up there, yet they were sure the sewing machine was running. Thump...thump...thump...

Yvette Marie raced up the stairs to the sewing room, with the others following close behind. They crowded around the sewing machine, which indeed was thumping up and down, up and down.

Zoe bravely stepped up to the machine, ignoring the buttons scattered everywhere.
Phoebe sat down to examine the Halloween fabric piled on the floor. The other girls couldn't believe their eyes or ears.

The sewing machine abruptly came to a halt.
Yvette Marie took an embroidered felt pumpkin from underneath the needle. There was an embroidered message on the back:
"Please visit the pumpkin patch this afternoon for a clue in a witches hat."

Yvette Marie was very puzzled.
She turned to the others and announced that they would be visiting the pumpkin patch right after lunch. Everyone cheered!

Zoe had noticed the buttons by this time, and began gathering them into the container.

It was a warm day for October, and the girls hurried straight to the pumpkin patch once lunch was finished. The pumpkins were marvelous, all shapes and sizes.

They looked about for a witches hat and Phoebe spotted it first, laying behind a tree.

"Oh!" she said, "there it is! What should we do with it?"
Emily thought maybe Phoebe should try putting it on, to see what would happen next. So she did. She felt a very strange sensation.
"It's talking to me!" she exclaimed.

Phoebe quickly pulled the witches hat off her head.
"What did it say?" the others shouted.
"It's very odd. It said to gather up the pumpkins, and take them home, and make pumpkin pie to share with the less fortunate people in our neighbourhood."
Phoebe looked puzzled.
"But I don't know how to make pumpkin pie!"

"I do!" said Yvette Marie. "It's lots of fun. I'll show you how! And we can carve Jack O Lanterns with the shells."
Emily, Yvette Marie and Zoe helped load the pumpkins into the witches hat. It held all the pumpkins they could carry.

The ordinary school day had turned out very exciting and filled with unusual events. Who would have thought that a haunted sewing machine had been in their house all this time?

The sisters and cousins agreed that making pumpkin pies and sharing them, and carving Jack O Lanterns, was a different way to spend Halloween night. The sewing machine was very quiet, but the girls decided to keep it busy that week by sewing the Halloween fabric and making new dresses for themselves.

PS: The above dolls are reproduction Bleuettes and Jumeaus, made by various artists in the USA. I collect dolls, as most of you know, and enjoy setting them up in scenes and creating stories. My friend, Sara Jean, made the dresses the Bleuettes are wearing. The Jumeau dolls, Phoebe and Emily are from her. Bleuettes are fun to sew for, and are always wanting new clothes! I hope you enjoyed my Halloween story, and thanks for dropping by!
Please visit Vanessa's Blog for many other Halloween parties!
You will especially enjoy Vanessa's photos; she creates amazing scenes!
Some of my favourite parties so far:
This one is my special favourite so far:

I don't like anything pagan, so when I come across a site with paganism in it, I scuttle out as fast as my fingers can fly!
I enjoy the cute aspects of Halloween, not the frightful ones.
It will take me a while to visit everyone's party, so I'll enjoy myself this week.
By Loretta Houben


Jorgelina said...

Great story.
Happy halloween party.
I love Halloween is so magical.

Linda said...

I had so much fun at your party. All of the other guests were so nice and they even showed me around. Thank you for sharing your beautiful dolls. Please visit me:

Linda said...

I love the story, Loretta, the girls are so cute, love the dresses Sarah Jean made also. I see you have the same blog back ground as me except you got yours to lay better than mine, i can't get the columns to lay right...sigh...Happy Halloween!

Maggie said...

That adventure was much more amazing than studying Geography!

Elle said...

you are amazingly creative! i did so enjoy my time here!

have a blessed day!

bertie said...

I would take that little story over geography anyday! What an enchanting post and your dolls are absolutely lovely! I really appreciate your imaginative style and loved all the details of their little world. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comment! Brightest Blessings, bertie

Alisa Noble said...

Aww, what a heart warming Halloween story!

Happy Halloween said...

OH!! Those girls are beyond adorable!

I love that they are sewing dresses and baking pies and carving pumpkins. Sublime vignettes and exeptional photos!! Thank you ever so much for inviting us into your charming charming world!!

♥ Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

Peach said...

What a wonderful, creative and unique story and what beautiful dolls you have!! You did an amazing job setting this up and all the scenes!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take care and Happy Halloween!!!

Sarah said...

I loved your party-a haunted sewing machine is actually quite a scary thought! Though at least it had good intentions. You have created an amazing world with your dolls.
Thanks for adding me to your favourite party list! I am going to visit the others in your list before continuing round the partiers!

Donna Patrice said...

I loved your story - so sweet!

rachelsmith133 said...

What a great story and such lovely photos to go with it.

I love your dolls. :-)

Mad Madam Mel said...

cute dolls :)
why not hop over for a spooky tale at my place :
the more the merrier :)

Shelley said...

Fun and so entertaining...thanks for sharing...Happy Halloween and many blessings

Laume said...
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Laume said...

Your dolls were very wise to stick to gether and to make pumpkin pie for everyone. Kindness is always a great idea!
Sorry about the deleted comment, I accidentally left the wrong link. I think you'll like my post about a Harvest Tea Party for wee faeries, not a spooky bit in it.

Artfully Musing said...

How clever to use the dolls to tell a story. And I'm like you I like the cute fun side of Halloween. Have a Happy Halloween

LYNDY WARD said...

Enchanting Tale & Dolly PICs.
Please fly by my party when you can...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy >^..^<

Princess Diana's Wedding Ring Giveaway & Halloween Party:

Anonymous said...

I very much enjoyed your party though I must say I was a little bit dismayed at you saying you do not like anything pagan. Could you imagine if someone said they don't like anything Christian? It is a religion, not a spookfest. Anywho, Happy Samhain to you!

Lisa said...

this was a great, festive party!!
adorable dolls!
thanks for having me
Happy Halloween

Jo said...

Adorable!!! Sincerest apologies for my delay in thanking you kindly for dropping by my Halloween Party post and for your kind words! The skeletons have had dreadful tummy aches & that darn broom flew off on its own again :o)

Halloween Folk Art by Melissa Valeriote said...

So creative. And your dollies are just as cute as can be.

Happy Halloween : )

MARLOU B. said...

Cute party with nice photos and dolls!!!

Happy Halloween!!