Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Up To Bat

Here's another super simple Halloween fun you can all join in with: adding a few cut-out bats to the inside of a lampshade for a little spooky surprise.

When the light is off our dining room chandelier subtly hides the fact that there are a few creepy bats hidden inside.

Then when the light is on voila!

The perfect way to top off my Halloween tablesetting!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Tablesetting

Although we don't ever have a Halloween sit-down dinner I still wanted to have some fun and set up a little creepy table setting to set the mood.

This black and red vintage tin I had in my collection helped to set the color scheme:

A few pumpkin weeds collected on one of our trips to the farm were free and help add interest with their naturally unique shape.

X marks the spot.

For a more casual feel, I scaled back the runner and the place settings and will keep things this way until Halloween:

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's The {Second} Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Hey there and Happy Monday. Let's just be honest: I hit a lull. Every day I would come home from work and the daylight was already diminishing made taking any nighttime photos nearly impossible and took a toll on my creativity as well. I was just not feeling any sort of project so I took a little time off. I'm allowed, no? But now I'm back and ready to share with you a few things I've been up to. Fall is truly my most favorite season and it is just such a wonderful time of the year so I'm kind of sad that I didn't get to share the past couple weeks with you guys. A little new-blog-browsing and my butt got kicked right into gear. I mean Christmas is gonna be here before we know it right, so before I start whipping out the lights and the reindeer I need to show you my pumpkins!

A couple weekends ago I went apple picking with some of the fam and at the farm was a great assortment of pumpkins in such cool, odd shapes and colors. Since it was still early I didn't want to go crazy buying pumpkins that may or may not have lasted until the 31st so I took it easy and bought just one beautifully classic orange guy.

He fit right in with my other two faux white pumpkins.

Then, as nature would have it, a few squirrels made it their personal mission to absolutely destroy my beautiful plump pumpkin by scratching a tiny hole, making it a little bigger every day, and then finally breaking through until I came home to this one day after work:

Such a sad day. But I am glad I didn't buy more at the farm that would have ultimately suffered the same fate.
 Now I just need to replace him before Halloween with a true Jack-o-lantern or two.

In other pumpkin news, a few little white gourds have found happy homes around the house like on our stack of black books in the entry:

...and chilling on our window sill in the kitchen.

Ahh Fall :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spooky Sideboard

It's October 2nd which means I am officially allowed to decorate for Halloween with reckless abandon! Although truthfully these things have been out for over a week but who's counting... The best part about this whole set-up? It cost me almost nothing thanks to shopping our house and buying things throughout the year instead of all at once.

The most expensive purchase was this $6 cloche I found on clearance and used to "trap" my Dollar Store rat. The base I already owned and I was thrilled when I came home and realized it fit so perfectly! Although the cloche is kinda covered in  French-y script and swirls, as well as the word Friendship across the back, I decided to just make it work after my attempts at scratching with some Goof Off and then a razor proved futile. 

The pumpkins I bought in a bag of six for four bucks, making them about 65¢ each. I used two here and the rest found homes elsewhere.

Another print from the same set as the one in our hallway.
The suit cracks us up but the black cat is just too perfect.

The birch bark candles fit right in as does my thrift store ghost picked up sometime in the Spring.
Here's to planning ahead!

A Dollar Store crow from last year perches ominously on my soda crate and overlooks the whole scene.

Luckily I already had the candlesticks, frames, books, and votives so this little scene came in at only $7.30-- nothing scary about that! 
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