Holiday Decor

So Long Spook-Fest

Halloween is officially over, and the rest of the holidays for the season are fast approaching. Today also means the Halloween decorations I want for next year are on sale! Since I finally got back on-line with a camera, you will mostly see photos from my decorations today Also, I am still recovering from my sugar coma. Enjoy (finally!)


Spooky Mantle


My new camera has an ‘auction’ feature that compiles multiple photos into one composition shot. Detail “H” if of my Happy Halloween banner I made in MS Word, and added cut-outs of craft paper.

Skull Votive Holder & Game Books

I got a bunch of the Skulls at Michael’ last year on clearance. Creepy!  With the mantle taking on the spooky, I went with more basic fall decorations in the dinning area.  This will make it quicker, and easier to transition themes before Thanksgiving arrives.


Dining Table

I bought 2 grapevine wreaths, and one small raffia wreath while they were half-price at Hobby Lobby.  I used coupons to buy moss, plastic spiders, feathers and google-eyes to spruce them up.


Front Door Spider Wreath

Mini Mossy Wreath

Watching You Wreath

And finally, our outdoor decorations included my Tombstones, Post Sign and Witch That will definitely need more light for next year…not as spooky

Base Paint with Faux Stone Spray

Adding Details with Craft Paint

R.I.P. Tombstone

E.A. Poe Tombstone


Witch Cut-Out


~Hope everyone had a great Halloween~


Glamour and Ghouls

I must apologize for my lack of postings in the way of my personal projects.  I have been camera-less since a trip in August, and just haven’t managed to remedy the situation yet.  Soooo…you’ll have to do with one last set of inspirational ideas, before I can get back in the saddle with my own photos.  In light of the new Home Goods store that opened last weekend, I thought I would take a look-see at their website, and found a truly awesome photo montage of a Glam Halloween party. Oxy-moron…right? And now I totally want to do this next year, maybe for a ghouls (girls) only cocktail party. Kim of TomKat Studios did a genius job in mixing glitter, creepy, elegant and spooky all in one.

Great colors, and love the idea that the flowers could possibly be old and creepy, but they still sparkle.

I need to learn how to make the tissue poms that I keep seeing everywhere, because they look darling and would be cheap and easy for any holiday decor.

Always fun to play around with creative fonts, and the contrast of calligraphy and block letters is sweet.  Plus, I need to find me some of those ruffle edge cake platters.

I’ll get some of the few photos up, from our carving party, as thankfully my pal Melanie is never without her camera!  Check our her spooky encounters, and awesome photos from a weekend hike.

Sneak Peak of my mantle…


Mantle Preview


Witch of You Can be a Decor Wizard?

When browsing through catalogs, are you often in awe of the creative vignettes that showcase the product so effortlessly?  Do you wish your front entry could be picture perfect, warm and welcoming.  Do you hope that your fireplace mantle be the show stopping masterpiece of your family room? Do you try, in vain, to come up with brilliant and unique ways to display absolutely all your accessories perfectly?

Who is up for a challenge?!

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then let’s kill ’em with kindness.  Find your favorite furniture or accessories catalog (ahem…Pottery Barn for me) and choose a ‘showcase’ picture.  A table scape, a dining room hutch, a master bedroom headboard, what ever floats your boat. Then try to recreate it for a fraction of the price.  Need an example, check out this creepy, cozy set-up:

Pottery Barn Table Top

Let’s get a run down of the cost for this little set-up, shall we? (From left to right)

  • Metal-Clad Pillar Holder (Small) – $39.00
  • PB Pillar Candle (3×6) – $6.00
  • Voluminous Glass Canister (Medium) – $59.00
  • Spiders (Set of 6, Large) – $29.00
  • Spiders (Set of 6, Medium) – $24.00
  • Voluminous Glass Canister (Small) – $54.00
  • Chalkboard Pebbles – $16.00
  • Metal-Clad Pillar Holder (Large) – $79.00
  • PB Pillar Candle (4×8) – $19.00
  • Metal-Clad Pillar Holder (Medium) – $59.00
  • Voluminous Glass Vase (Medium)  – $39.00
  • PB Hand Dipped Tapers – $10.00

And that brings our grand table top total to: $433.00 Can you believe it?  It is really beautiful, and spooky at the same time.  Do you think you could make it for $40…or really challenge yourself and do it for $20?  Send me your before and after pictures and share your inspirations. If you need a kick getting your creative juices flowing, here are some more pics to browse.

Pottery Barn - Counting Crows

Martha Stewart - Glitter Galore Pumpkins

Beware the Creepy Crawlers

The last shot is one the ideas that is inspiring me, and I can’t wait to start! October is really here, so Halloween can officially begin.