Halloween 2011

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The Seasonal Home is decked out in it’s Halloween best and this year, it’s a little S-P-O-O-K-Y!

In my previous post, I showed you an inexpensive fireplace idea.  I was inspired by the Crow (on the mantel), so I spread a few more around the room, beginning with my french doors.    I found a generous package of 15 die-cut paper Crows at The Dollar Tree and with a little double-sided tape, I used them to create the old design trick of bringing the outside in.    

This would also be a fun idea to use in front door sidelights or window.

And below, in The Seasonal Home’s built-in cabinet, I purchased a few Dollar Tree crows and dressed them up, for Halloween, in little witches hats…

 

If this look is too plain for you, consider what I tried next… also from the Dollar Tree!    Inspired by this idea (I found on the net), I decided to add a background to THE SEASONAL HOME’s built-in cabinet.  Using newspaper to create a pattern , I drew a tree and used it as a pattern to create a spooky tree on 2 pieces of black poster board.

Here’s how this look turned out –

The foyer in THE SEASONAL HOME has been transformed into a Magic Potion and Spell conjuring laboratory….  

And in the Living Room… some Fall and just a bit ‘o spooky –

THE SEASONAL HOME’s kitchen is ready for guests….

and the best part is…. I created a CANDY BAR this year!  I thought this would be a fun treat for the adult guests, I’m entertaining this season, to once again enjoy a little (retro) Trick or Treating fun.  I looked for the most inexpensive candies I could find (avoid a lot of chocolate to stay on budget) and used every jar I could find in my house and anyone elses (lol).  I purchased one (1) package of “blank” Halloween labels at Michaels Craft Store for under $4 (with coupon), and using my computer – typed my label wording in a spooky font, lined things up and ran a test print.  When I held the label up behind the piece of printer paper, I saw that my estimated font size was good & lined up perfectly, so I taped the label to the corner of my paper (using double-sided tape) and ran them through the printer,  one at a time.  Once I finished printing them all, I grabbed some twine from the garage, punched 2 holes in the top of each label, fed the twine through and knotted one end.  Next, I pulled it tight around the neck of each jar, fed it through the 2nd hole, knotted it, cut off any excess and in no time, my jars were labeled for very little cost. Check out the finished product and help yourself! 🙂

Enjoy the Creativity!

Eileen

Grab a goodie bag to fill!

Who’s that standing in line for his share of the candy? Eeek!!!

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FALL YARD turns…. SPOOOOKY!

Fall is the time of year I look forward to.  The air’s a little drier and cooler and yes, even in Florida, we celebrate the change of seasons.  I especially love decorating my yard for Fall and this is one of my best ideas because it pulls double duty on the decorating front by taking me into Halloween, in a snap!

First, I place my faux (fake) pumpkins throughout my garden bed, along with these adorable scarecrows. [HELPFUL HINT: If purchasing these fake pumpkins is too costly for you this year, be sure to put them on your shopping list when they are marked down, post-Halloween… that’s how my collection grew!] Of course, you can leave the pumpkins plain, or you can also use them to express a greeting, like “HAPPY FALL”.   Just paint or carve the message across the pumpkins (1 letter on each).

Closer to Halloween, it’s time to sPoOk It uP!  Simply change out your scarecrows for ghosts (or any other large, Halloween characters of your choosing) and your Fall garden becomes an instant Haunted Haven.  Don’t forget to add lighting to illuminate your ghosts at night (not too bright, to maintain the right affect) and create a new, spooky decor!

And consider carving  your address into one of your faux pumpkins, as I did, for a little bit of personalized fun.  HAPPY FALL YA’LL!

P.S.  I found the ghosts at Big Lots last year (and they have them again this season) for only $7.00 each… WOW… what a bargain!

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