Are you headed to a Hallowe'en party this weekend? Or hosting one? Some really great holiday books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner.
First up was Ray Villafane's Pumpkins. These were truly amazing!
From the publisher Gibbs Smith:
"If Ray Villafane’s pumpkins look familiar, you may have seen them on the Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge, CBS News, or the Martha Stewart Show. Acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as the Picasso of pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane’s Pumpkins celebrates some of his most “ghoulish” creations. From carving for the president at the White House to Bermuda’s Sousa’s Gardens, the exposure of Ray’s style, talent and creativity has amassed an all-new appreciation for pumping “carving.” As you admire the pumpkins within these pages, you’ll be inspired to pick up your own tools and follow Ray’s advice and tips on creating a one-of-a-kind
Halloween accoutrements. Ray Villafane is most well known for being a world famous “Pumpkin Artist.” He is the two-time champion of Food Network’s Challenge Show, “Outrageous Pumpkins,” as well as a contestant on season one of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars."
Or you could get some ideas from Artful Halloween by Susan Wasinger.
From the publisher Lark Crafts:
"These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just
beautiful--they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a
“blood”-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles,
a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween
projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come
the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my
interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them
and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has
them on their shelves!)