Monday, October 14, 2013

October Decor

It's raining...pouring even. So, what's a girl to do?

 Well, bake and decorate of course! It's a good time for Pumpkin Bread so I mixed up a batch and popped it in the oven. I have an hour before it comes out. Yum, yum. This is one of the best recipes I've ever made. A sweet friend shared it with me many years ago. She's moved since then but I remember her each time I make it. You can find the recipe here.

I also decorated with my Halloween stuff. I always have fun decorating for Halloween. I don't do scary...just fun and maybe a little creepy. lol.

First of all, I decorated at the city home:


I used my Party Lite candle holders on the entry table. I also have a framed subway art (you can see the edge of it on the right), a couple of scarecrows, leaf garland, and eyeball plate.

Close up of eyeball plate. I got a .99 cent plate from GoodWill and drew the eyeball and veins on with colored Sharpie pens. Fast and easy!


The mantle I decorated with my owls, glass pumpkins and a BOO banner made from book pages I copied, added letters to, and then printed out. The white plate has "Who's There?" written on it with a Vis-a-Vis pen.

Close up of one of the owls. Isn't he cute?
Fun and cute and not too spooky. :o)

Then at the farmhouse, I changed up the old window on the entry table and added some spookier elements:


Spider web, midnight hour clock, Boo chalk message plate, raven on window, pumpkins, creepy cloth (I found it at Wal-Mart last year)

In Noir style:

Some close ups:




Holey pumpkin with mice...eek!


 GW pumpkin covered in book pages and antiqued.

The mantle also got an update, again with GW finds - plates were 3/$2.99 -   candle sticks - which got a fresh coat of paint- and pumpkins that came from the dollar section at Target:


Lastly, I put out this fellow:

 I got him many years ago when Bruce and I first got married. Back when ceramics were popular you could find all sorts of things to paint. I had them pour this for me and picked him up still damp so I could cut the eyes, nose and mouth and a hole for the cord to go thru. After he got fired, I glazed him inside and out, fired him again. I then added a flickering lightbulb to the inside. I can't believe he's survived all these years. He still makes me smile:


So I'm all ready for the Spook-tacular holiday. Come November, it will all get changed to Thanksgiving decor. :o)

Hmm, the pumpkin bread is done and calling my name...



Linking with these great parties:
The Dedicated House. Make-it-pretty-monday-week-71
French Country Cottage Feathered-nest-friday_17

11 comments:

  1. For some reason my comment didn't go through. Anyway, I love it all-but he rats in the pumpkin kind of creep me out! lol Your mantels are wonderful-xo Diana

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    1. Oh Diana! The mice are tiny...I couldn't do the big rubber rats - they are creepy. Glad you like the rest. :)

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  2. I had to laugh at Diana's comment Cecilia! I was thinking the same thing! I'm up at the cabin. Just got here today and I decided to do a little cleaning and organizing and started with the pantry. Well, guess what was on one of the shelves? A dead mouse! Ewwwwwww!!

    I bet that ceramic pumpkin brings back memories every time you look at it. I remember those!

    I can't say I decorate for Halloween, so I will live vicariously thru you :)

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    1. Well, Doreen, a dead mouse would be gross! But better than alive!
      Yes, the ceramic pumpkin does...31 years of memories. I didn't do much decorating once the kids got older but then I decided "why not?"

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    2. I want to add - it gives me a reason to dust! Lol

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  3. I haven't decorated for Halloween in years - but wow is this fun!!!
    I LOVE that newspaper antiqued pumpkin Cecilia - tutorial please?
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks Suzan. The pumpkin is super easy. I will post a tutorial soon! Promise!
      :)
      Cecilia

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  4. Love love love it all! I like how the black & white picture turned out. And eyeball plate is so great!

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    1. Aw thanks Susan. It's fun to play with my editing software...
      The eye ball plate was so much fun to make too!

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  5. I don't do a lot of Halloween decorating...just general Fall decor...but love a great Halloween vignette...you have done so many of them that are bootiful!!!...sorry had to say that!!!...and love that creepy rat pumpkin!

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    1. Haha, Shirley! You are too funny! I did the rat pumpkin as a joke for my son (he's 26). He actually gave me a "cool" remark. Lol.

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