Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Pink Fix

Oh I do love Halloween (as you can tell from all my posting, right?), but I am in need of a pink fix! After some Pinterest perusal (Hello, my name is Dawn and I am a Pinterest addict - yessss) I came up with a few pink hits to tide me over until the Great Pumpkin comes to visit on Monday night.









I feel better already. Happy Thursday, friends!
Dawn

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: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/decoupaged-pumpkins.html

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 - http://www.theautocrathaley.blogspot.com/ . 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!

Dawn

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Inspiration: Indoor Halloween Decor

I've been working diligently on some hand-crafted Halloween decorations all day long! I think I'm just about finished and then I can finally start decorating the house. I don't think I've ever been this late putting decorations out, but I have been busy, busy, busy...heck, my little shop isn't decorated either (shame on me!). I thought I would share some of the inspiration I have found on Pinterest this season.

This awesome candy corn garland is made from beadboard scraps. From http://www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com/

My sweet sister-in-law Mel found a vintage inpsired cat very similar to this one for me @ Homegoods. Pic via Pinterest

I love the traditional black and orange with the added white. Pinterest via http://www.craftychickscuppacoffee.com/

I hot-glued ribbon on a pumpkin today...it is sooo super cute! From Pinterest via http://www.theautocrathaley.blogspot.com/

Vintage inspired decorations - West Elm

from pinterest via http://www.johnnyinadress.com/
  
Awesomely wicked vintage Halloween decor from Bethany Lowe Designs - I love ALL of her holiday decor!

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Well, guess I am going to get busy putting out all my s-p-o-o-o-o-k-y stuff!!! I will share pics with you when I am done. My pink-lovin' friends needn't feel left out...all of the decorations for the shop are pink and white! Yes, I have a pink Halloween, too!!

Hope you have a spook-tacular weekend!
Dawn

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall in Full Swing

Last Friday morning I headed out to meet two very lovely and talented ladies, my sister-in-law, Mel, and my niece, Brooke, for a day of shopping, snacking, and did I say snacking (yessss!!!) at the annual fall arts and crafts festival at Homestead Hollow in Springville, Alabama.






The location is idyllic - green pasture land with several creeks and streams at the foot of beautiful Pine Mountain (my home!). The property is scattered with many buildings that are historic replicas from the pioneer days. Demonstrations of pioneer living such as quilting, smokehouse cooking, smithing, and soap making are ongoing throughout the festival. There is even a whiskey-making still onsite (pioneers gotta have their hooch...for medicinal purposes, of course).



They have some livestock in the barns and coops as well. This cute little guy kept following me around his pen...of course I was talking to him and telling him what a pretty duck he was...


He also probably wanted to escape from his crazy and crabby coop-mate, Mr. Goose, who was trying to eat me alive through the chicken wire.  Crappy pics I know, but the duck was so cute and the goose was so funny I had to include them :)


And there were arts and craft vendors from all over the southeast. There were homemade soaps and bath salts; jewelry; leather belts and wallets; handmade Alabama and Auburn items (can't escape that in this state); Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas wooden yard signs; hand-knitted scarves and hats; ironwork crafts; and so much more!








Everything was amazing, but this vendor really caught my eye. Her artwork is so original and "funky junky". Talk about a creative way to reduce, reuse and recycle! Her business cards are even made out of old cardboard boxes. I love it!

Artist Alisha Case. Find her online at http://www.artbythecase.com/





How clever, right? I really should've gone back and bought the frying basket turned turtle flower pot (I intended to go back, but I had already spent all my alloted funds - drats!!!). He is so darned cute! You can't tell in the pictures, but his "legs" are fashioned out of old forks with the tines flattened out for the feet. His head is actually a ladle. Love him!

Now, I would be remiss if I failed to fill you in on the best thing about Homestead Hollow...the FOOD! Oh my Lawd yes the food! Beans, greens, fried pies, caramel and candy apples, fresh kettle corn, fudge, roasted cashews, peanuts and pecans, BBQ, homemade fries, kabobs, funnel cakes and more!!!



Pintos and cornbread and a large sweet, iced tea - yes please! I also came home with a bag of kettle corn (they pop it in a huge, cast iron kettle and it smells soooo good!), a half pound of peanut butter fudge and a sleeve of cinnamon roasted cashews and pecans...all for the hubby of course :)


Fall is definately in full swing around here. After Homestead Hollow my hubby and I attended the fall festival for my nephew's elementary school. Joshua (my nephew) sang with the fourth grade choir at the festival's opening ceremony. They did such a great job! And my vintage window chalkboard and wreath were bid on in the silent auction - YAY!


 
I hope you are enjoying this fall season and relishing all the things that it brings!

Dawn