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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope that you all have a fun and safe one. Since it is Halloween, I thought I better share the rest of my Halloween decor for this year.

My most favorite thing in the whole world right now is this fabulous spider web leaded glass window my hubby made for me this week.

Isn't it fabulous?

I'm so lucky that I am married to someone who knows how to make beautiful windows.

It's hard to see the frame in most of the photos because of the light from the window. Here is a close up of part of the frame. It is black & gold. I found it a few years back at the thrift store for $5.00. It was the perfect frame for this window.

Love the Prism center piece.

He used 3 different types of glass for this window. I think he said he used antique glass, water glass and glue chip. Hubby said he spent about $40.00 to make this window.

After I posted about our trip to the Winchester Mystery House, I remembered the spider web windows I saw there. That was the inspiration for my window. I like my window better than the ones at the Winchester Mystery House.

I just placed the framed window on the window sill in my family room.

Here is how I decorated this side of the family room.

The "Witch is in" sign came from Tai Pan Trading last year. The raven & tree prints were free printables found on the web. The Raven came from Blooming Homestead. The tree, from V and Co.

This ghost figurine was a new purchase this year from Tai Pan Trading. I wrapped some of the orange tickets I had around the bottom.

BOO blocks I picked up on clearance last year from TJ Maxx.

I am not satisfied with this shelf vignette. As you can see, I didn't even take down the twine and mini clothes pins. But I just ran out of time. So this is how it will stay.

The hanging ghost "Happy Halloween" sign came from Dollar Tree. I made the framed "Happy Halloween" last year. I attached a couple of the black glittered ravens I made last year to the branches (one of the birds lost a leg in the process).

The urn was a thrift store purchase & was originally gold. I spray painted it, added the Spanish moss and added the Dollar Tree raven.

This is the sofa table behind my sofa. Imagine that?

My mini graveyard was made from tombstones and gargoyles found at Dollar Tree. Even the glittered trees, the black creepy cloth and the Spanish moss came from Dollar Tree.

I love gargoyles.

I was so lazy this year that I didn't put any spooky labels on my vintage bottles. I did manage to add some Spanish moss and a Dollar Tree skeleton.

I changed out the photos in this frame to vintage Halloween costumes. The photo on the right is actually me and my two brothers and one of my sisters (my youngest sister hadn't been born yet). I'm the Greek goddess.

The left photo is also my family. I'm the bride. My brothers kids got a kick out of seeing their dad dressed up for Halloween at such a young age (He is the one on the right).

Under this cloche I have my silver baby cup collection. I added some moss and another Dollar Tree raven. You can tell, I love Dollar Tree.

Here is how the entire wall looks. I added some Dollar Tree silhouettes, a spider web I made and some Graphics Fairy images that I spookified. Hanging from the lamp is a glittered skeleton (from Dollar Tree) and a new Halloween hat I got from Grandin Road on clearance for $10.00. And a "Spooky" garland I made last year.

On my coffee table trunk I added a lace runner I found on Amazon. I spray painted some thrift store candlesticks and some hobnail votive holders. The spider web votive holders I made last year. The white candles are actually "dripping blood" candles I found at Party City. I was all excited for them to drip blood, but the blood is more pink than red. I was highly disappointed in them.

And finally here is the one wall in my kitchen that I get to decorate. I added Halloween candy and cupcake wrappers to my apothecary jars. Taped Halloween paper plates on top of my white plates. And added "BOO" letters to 3 of my plates. Fast, easy & cheap. My kind of decorating.

The paper plates came from Target last year. The "EEK" banner was used from letters I found on the Internet. Since taking this photo, I did add some of my orange tickets in between each letter. But I was too lazy to take a new photo.

And now you have seen all the Halloween decorating that I did in my family room/kitchen. I already showed you my spooky mantel, my trick or treat hutch and my small cabinet in my kitchen.

We did have a Halloween party on Saturday night that was quite fun. I might post about it tomorrow and tonight is trick or treating time, so I will have to post my photos from that as well. So stay tuned. You still have one more day of Halloween from me. And then we can move on to Thanksgiving. YUM!

Happy Halloween!

Linking to:

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween is almost here

Halloween is almost here! I'm kind of sad though. As much as I love my holidays, I love the build up to the holiday even more.

I love all the getting ready for a holiday, the shopping, the decorating and especially the eating. But when the holiday actually gets here, I find it a let down. As I know all the fun that lead up to that holiday is over for another 365 days. Or until the next holiday rolls around.

I've been behind in my Halloween decorating this year. It's probably as I have spent too much time "pinning" great ideas, which has left me little time to execute or knock off all the great ideas I've found online.

But I did manage to get my family room all decorated. Which is good since we are having our first ever Halloween party on Saturday.

I've shown you my Spooky Mantel and my Trick or Treat Hutch. Today I will show you one of my Halloween vignettes. And I can't seem to think up a name for this one.

I found this cute Mercury glass owl at Marshall's last month. It reminds me of the white owl that flies over our house every once in awhile, that scares the bejeezers out of me when it flies by.

I really didn't do much to "Halloween" the top of this cabinet. I added a "BOO" sign I picked up from Tai Pan Trading last year.

And a Dollar Tree skeleton sits on top of the door knob.

I added a large toe tag to the apothecary jar. I guess I did put one Pinterest Pin to good use. I found this free printable at Make Your Own Invitations.

I placed my favorite wreath on the chicken wire frame. I made this wreath last year using book pages from a Thesaurus I picked up at Dollar Tree. I used my scallop circle punch, inked the edges using Distress Ink and glued, glued, glued to a thrift store grape vine wreath. Cost me a $1.50 to make.

The skull face on the black ribbon came on something I purchased for Halloween last year. My mind isn't working today, so I can't remember what it was. I think it was black creepy cloth from Tai Pan Trading. The ribbon was wrapped around it with the skull attached. Makes the perfect accessory for making my wreath "Spooky".

It didn't take much to "Spookify" my cabinet. I still have a couple of more vignettes to share with you. But I didn't get photos taken last weekend when the lighting was good. Now I'll have to take the photos in the morning or the evening when there is basically no light.

Plus hubby is working on a special project for me that I can hardly wait for it to be done. Here is a little sneak peek.

I wanted one of these in the worst way after I finally posted about our trip last year to the Winchester Mystery house in San Jose, CA.

I'm hoping it's done in time for our Halloween party on Saturday night. But hubby just called and said he wasn't feeling good. So it might not get done in time.

And speaking of my party, I still have a bazillion things to do to get ready. But the procrastinator in me keeps putting it off. I guess I still have tonight, tomorrow night and most of the day Saturday. Knowing me, it will all get done on Saturday. Or not. At least my family room is all decorated.

Linking to:

SNS @ Funky Junk

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Trick or Treat Halloween Hutch

For the past two years I have been having a thing for black and white Halloween. I still sort of do this year too.

But you know how we are with decorating trends, something we think we can't live without today, is old news tomorrow.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm missing some color. And what color would that be? Why orange of course.

Normally I despise the color orange, but for Halloween, I can put my distaste of it away for a few weeks. In fact, I'm kind of liking the color orange in my Halloween hutch this year. But I would never admit that to anyone but you. And you aren't going to tell anyone. Are you?

Picked up this old lantern at an antique store down in Temecula at the beginning of Summer. It was 1/2 off. So less than $20 bucks. (The most expensive item I purchased for this years Halloween decor.) And the owner of this particular booth at the antique store was the son of one of the prior owners of Knotts Berry Farm. This lantern kind of reminds me of Knotts Berry Farm. Which by the way, becomes Knotts Scary Farm this time of year. I've never been when it's Knotts Scary Farm and now I am too old to really enjoy being scared. I might just pee my pants. And that isn't any fun.

What really sold me on this lantern is how rusty it is. I just love rusty stuff. I added this glitter jingle bell spider. I picked up a package of the spiders at TJ Maxx a month or two back.

I added a glittered spider web that I made last year to plate on the wall. The clock is hubby's. It was his mom's clock, so it is quite sentimental to him. The only problem I have with the clock is that if you move it ever so slightly it stops working and starts making a buzzing sound. Hubby them comes all unglued that it will burn up the motor. And don't I know how old that thing is? Yes, hunny, you remind me every time I move the clock and it starts buzzing.

I really love this clock, but I don't let hubby know. I just wish it chimed. Then it would remind me of my Grandmother's clock. But then again, chiming clocks can be a pain in the you know what.

I won this one hour broom parking sign from someones blog last Halloween. Sorry that I can't remember from whom it was. I never did post about my win. Should have, then I could go back and find out from whenst (spelling?) it came.

I love this little print. I just printed it off the Internet in black & white. I added the mini broom. In case I need to make a quick getaway. But then, my butt would be too big for this tiny broom. I really should go on a diet. NOT! No, I should, I just won't. You see, DIET is a four letter word to me. Really, it is.

Anyhoo, all this talk of food if making me hungry. And I need to distract myself from food, so I better get back to talking about my hutch.

The pumpkin plates are just paper plates I picked up from Target last year. I just taped them to my white ironstone plates. I found the pumpkin pails at Target as well, in their Dollar Spot. The skeletons and the black silhouette cut outs on the plates on the top row came from Dollar Tree this year.

The ceramic pumpkins came from Target last year. They had them again this year as well.

I have found a lot of my cloches from the thrift store. All of my ironstone has come from thrift stores as well. The orange spiders and Spanish moss are from Dollar Tree.

Another Target pumpkin. I love the vintage look of these pumpkins.

This white pumpkin started out looking mighty ugly. I really should have taken a "before" pic. But I get so excited to paint, that I usually forget. It was orange and green to start with. I found it at the thrift store for a buck. I still need to antique it, but I got so excited to see if it would fit under this cloche (it did). I then added this Dollar Tree skeleton and a TJ Maxx jingle bell spider (you can't really see it in this photo).

Since I am a known tweaker, I will probably mess with this one a little more before Halloween. Depends how lazy I decide to be between now and then.

The "Trick or Treat" garland/banner was a freebie from the Internet at MyGrafico Digital Arts and Crafts store.

They have a whole slew of party printables that match this garland.

I did shrink it down some in order to make it fit my hutch.

I wish I had the patience to learn how to create my own.

Until that time, I will just have to beg, borrow & steal all of the great ones out there in blogland for the taking.

Arrr!!! I feel like such a pirate. But since I only print out "free" ones. I'm not stealing, I'm doing it with the owners blessing. And I am forever grateful that there are creative people out there that can make me look like I am as well.

Sounds like a win/win situation to me.

This bottom corner of my hutch doesn't get a lot of light, so my photos rarely turn out. But under the cheese dome is a bunch of old metal wheels we found at the thrift store. Everything in this photo (except for the Target ceramic pumpkin and the reproduction skeleton keys in the glass jar), came from a thrift store.

I love the witches hat on this pumpkin. And the smile on her face (aren't witches female?).

My skull salt & pepper shakers are new this year. I found them at Tai Pan Trading in Rancho Cucamonga last month.

I have two cheese dome cloches on my hutch. They are sort of a pain to decorate as they aren't very tall, and the glass usually distorts the view to what is under the glass.

I was trying to think of something different to put under this one when "low and behold", the heavens parted and these orange tickets came floating down as manna from the sky.

I actually found them out in the garage. Hubby said he picked them up from a thrift store awhile back. Obviously my hubby is cheating on me. How dare he go to a thrift store without me.

But I'm glad he did. As these are perfect for this cloche. And the bonus is they are ORANGE! Plus we are having our first ever Halloween party and they will be perfect for handing out to everyone for party games.

This trick or treat sign was another Tai Pan Trading purchase, but from last year.

And finally we have my three apothecary jars. I really should have filled them with treats. But for some reason we have ghosts at our house, who love treats. Everytime I fill a jar with treats, it mysteriously disappears. And all the men in my household swear it wasn't them. So it must be ghosts.

I did print out a toe tag I found from Make Your Own Invitations. I did shrink it down to make a tag since these are actually suppose to be party invitations.

And that is this years Halloween china hutch.

In case you missed last years version. Here it is again.

My black & white version from 2010.

My more colorful version for 2011.

Which one do you like best?

Linking to:

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots and Jello