Sunday, October 31, 2010

My {HAUNTED} House

Happy Halloween Everyone! Holy moly, this has been a whirlwind of a month and because of it my blog has been so very neglected!  Between a week in Newport Beach with the fam, an amazing, wonderful trip down the east coast with Mr. Husband and then two Halloween parties this week, October has flown by!  Since I haven’t been blogging about all the Halloween projects I wanted to, today I will give you a quick tour of my Haunted house. ;)
I don’t know if you saw the sign in the BH&G’s Halloween mag, but here is my very humble version.  I really loved but I am A. not a master woodworker, nor B. an artist.  For my little sign I used wood that my uncle gave us for  our fire pit and simple nailed the pieces together…no cutting.  I then tried to copy the pattern, but I couldn’t get it to transfer on the wood so I had to somewhat free hand it…considering all that I think it turned out pretty cute.
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Our spooky entrance to greet our ghoulish guests.  I hung my hauntingly cheap   $ store wreath on the front door and my girls strung spider webs around.
Inside we have a few more fun fall/Halloween displays.  Had I been around more this month I would have done more, but these few touches helped set the tone.
My spooky Halloween mantel is compiled completely from the dollar store and thrift store creations.  Also here is my little thrift store Halloween chandy that I got for $5 and spray painted.  I de-electrified it and hung it from a string.  It would be fun with candles but I didn’t have any electric ones and the fire hazard thing always concerns me with real candles and small children. Safety first.
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And probably my favorite part….
My Witch’s Potion Station! 
I have seen these before, but I totally was inspired by Polish the Stars potion jars.  Check out hers and she also tells where to get the amazing labels.  I got most the labels from Love Manor, some I made myself.  I found random bottles from the thrift store, food items and here and there. 
I was dressed as a witch and I had so much fun putting this together!  Mr. Husband thinks a little too much fun… bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha ;)
I made my spell books by just making my spells, printing them out on sticker paper and putting them in a thrift store book.  Same with the outer cover.
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I know my kids and I had fun with this, and I hope my guests did as well.
A few more details….
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I also had a fun food and treats and gifts and games.  Since I have been such a bad blogger this month, I didn’t get pictures of the actual festivities, nor details of how I did it… but I hope you get the general idea and it gets you in the mood for some Halloween fun today!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

BOO! Platter for a Buck

This is super easy…
You’ve probably seen a variation of this before.  I bought a plastic patter for a dollar.  Next I typed out the word boo and then hit the mirror image button on my program.  Printed it out on a full page sticker and then stuck in on the bottom of my platter so on the top it said boo correctly.
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I then spray painted the bottom of the platter black and let it dry.  My initial intent was to remove the letters so it was clear, which looks good too, but for now left the white stickers on.  I might try remove the stickers and stick some scrapbook paper in the back so it shows through the clear words…lots of fun options with a project like this.  Nothing too ingenious or spectacular, but I do enjoy the end result.
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Haha.. After I finished this  little project I ran around my house hiding behind corners and jumping out in front of my kids and Mr. Husband and holding up the platter and screaming BOO!yes I am weird.

Spooky Halloween Wreath Bling


I added some Halloween flair to my yard trimmings wreath and it instantly took on a festive feel.  All I did was randomly stick my $ store skeleton garland in it, almost as if the little guys crawled right up there by themselves…oooh creepy! I just scared myself! ;)


~I’ll tell ya about my BOO! platter soon. :)~


But check out the giant spider that has nested in my kitchen wreath!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fall Trimmings~FREE Home Decor

Around this time of year most of us do a fall cleanup in our yards, right?  Maybe?  Even if you don’t the plants start to change and usually die or fall off anywhere, so why not embrace their beauty in every stage?  So beyond twigs and leaves, look at the other foliage and see how it dries out.

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These are my pretty bushes.  If this was a gardening blog I might be able to tell you the type, but it’s not, and I can’t. ;)  I have quite a few around my yard and it the summer they have a pretty little purple flower on them, but I even love how they are drying out,  so I snipped a few off and brought them indoors for a  beautiful accent.

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I also made this


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And let’s not forget these


So we have all ‘shopped’ our homes,

                                                    but when is the last time you‘shopped’ your Yard?

Bring it in for some free & fabulous home accents.

Monday, October 4, 2010

{$3} Haunting Halloween Wreath

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I’ve been slowly getting ready for my little Halloween Party and I’ve been trying to keep the costs down, so the dollar store has been my friend. I made this wreath for $3 with stuff I had and 3 dollar store items.
I made a loose wreath base with grapevine from my Grandpa’s garden wanting it to look more aged and  rustic.  Next I spray painted old ferns and berries and stuck them in with some Spanish moss I had on hand. 
The creepy tombstone and the skull garland are form the dollar store.  I glazed them a little to darken the white.  Nested on the Spanish moss is a little $ store crow and my Haunted Wreath was complete.
  I wanted this wreath to look old and unintentional, like it had been abandoned and transformed throughout the years.  I may add in some spiders, but for now…
I think it will do the trick to set the tone for my Ghoulish Guests.

SYS Thurs