Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Decorating Around the House

Hello friends. I have been very busy lately getting ready for our Halloween party on Saturday. I've been planting mums and pansies in the yard, crafting Halloween decorations and spookifying the house. Our party will be out in the barn, but people will still be in and out of the house so I wanted it to look festive. My hubby has been working hard to get the barn ready for this weekend. Until now it has been like a giant storage shed for us since we have no livestock (dogs don't count I'm told). I still haven't figured out what I am going to be for Halloween...I'm torn between dressing up as a witch, a ghost or a crazy cat lady. I'm sure I am going to be running around all day and all night so I need my costume to be something simple. My sister and Joshie are coming on Friday to help decorate the barn, family from Atlanta will be here on Friday afternoon and my bestie and beautiful Goddaughter will be here from Nashville on Saturday morning. It is going to be a weekend full of family, friends, fun and chaos and I can't wait!!!

Here are a few pictures I snapped around the house this afternoon.

I forgot I had the black glittered haunted house. I found it on clearance last year at Garden Ridge for 4.99! Isn't it cute? The bats are foam cut-outs I found at Michael's this year 3.00 for 30.

I found the ceramic skulls at Michael's this year, too. They were on sale for 1.49 each. I put one of the skulls on a skewer and stuck it in a plant from my kitchen. I put the other skull on top of a large finial and made an elizabethan collar for him out of scrapbook paper and some feather trim from my craft stash. The "31" on the planter are self adhesive numbers I had left over from another project.

Don't you love the lantern? It was my first Ikea purchase. Only 14.99 and it is huge and heavy. Still proud of myself for that find. The glass cloche is a recent TJ Maxx purchase. I paid 9.99 for it. Shhhwing! I do love a bargain!

The pumpkins are from The Dollar Tree. They were a quite unnatural shade of day-glo orange, but I bought them anyway knowing I could find something to do with them. Then lo and behold I found the cutest book page decoupage idea by Courtney at A Diamond in the Stuff. This was my first attempt at decoupaging anything, but I think the pumpkins turned out pretty cute. I used some pages that were falling out of an old James Herriot book that was given to me by someone very special (which in turn makes these pumpkins very special - a keepsake even). I added some twine and used a stick from the yard for the stem.  Here is the link to the tutorial for the decoupaged pumpkins:

I am so bad at decorating the fireplace mantel. I have more trouble with it than with anything else. Maybe it needs a fall leaf garland to fill in the empty spaces. I do love the Halloween kitty. It was a gift from my awesome sister-in-law Melanie <3

This pic and the next two are close-ups of the garland I made this year. I printed out vintage postcard images and Mod Podged them onto scrapbook paper and then onto cardboard for added durability. Then I coated them in Mod Podge for a more finished look, added some ribbon and glitter embelishments and then strung them on long strand of twine. I love the look of glitter, but boy do I make a huge mess when I craft with it!

Oh I love my spider pumpkin! I found the wrought iron spider stand at this year's Homestead Hollow craft festival. I wish I could remember the vendor's name, but it has escaped me. I used a black feather boa from The Dollar Tree to give the spider a little bit of "fur".  I was inspired by a picture on Pinterest to add ribbon to the pumpkin. I just got out my hot glue gun and went to town with the ribbon (I just found a link to the tutorial for the ribbon pumpkins at The Autocrat - . Fellow blogger, Haley, has some AWESOME craft ideas!) . The mums are from Williams Orchard in Argo, Alabama. They always have the best deals (4.99 for a 10" yellow mum thank you very much!!!) and the healthiest looking plants (and fried pies and the most fabulous chocolate covered coconut Almond Joy thingys....sigh).

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I will share more after the party. I have lots of decorating ideas for the barn. Off to bed now. Sweet dreams to you all!



  1. Oh I adore your card garland!!! I am a Modge Podge addict!!! I have to do something like this for Christmas:*~:*~:*~

  2. Thank you Wendy! I just discovered Modge Podge this year and I love it! I am now addicted to paper crafts, too. I wish there were more hours in a day. Never seems like there is enought time to do everything I want to do!