Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!


I can't believe how quickly October buzzed right by!  Now it's Halloween and here in upstate New York the weather is dark and gloomy, the leaves are blustering about on the lawn, and the house is warm and cozy all decked out in festive flare.  I just love it!  Ben wants to steal one of our nieces for trick-or-treating tonight...I think he's getting excited about taking our little one out around the neighborhood when she's old enough.  Of course mommy is getting excited about going through her candy afterward to "make sure it's safe"...hehe.  We don't get any trick-or-treater's here, but one thing is for sure...scary movies and pumpkin carving is on the roster for tonight!  

Ben snapped a whole bunch of photos of our decorations.  I tend to gravitate towards mantels when decorating for the holidays and since I have three of them, there the majority of my decorations live. 

I love old Halloween party hats.  And can you spot Ben's shopping list?  lol

The mantel in the front foyer area is where I really pile it on.  I love the cluttered look...almost like a spooky old antiques shop.  And believe it or not, I didn't use every single blow mold pumpkin I have...

Sophie and the bushel gourd man hang out together on the pew bench.

Some great Halloween repros (love the Bethany Lowe paper mache lanterns).

A little flare on top of the piano.  The tiny baby photo of my dad almost looks like he's wanting to run away from the pumpkin.  lol

 The reading room mantel got a little bit of a Halloween makeover.

 These are probably my favorite pieces from my Halloween collection...a row of vintage crepe paper witch...and one cat.

The gourd men I made years ago.

The guy on the left got dropped a couple of times...but it's the big crack in his face is somewhat appropriate. 

 My crepe tree in the dining room...

 Filled with some vintage and handmade Halloween goodies!

Witches on brooms that I made a few years ago based on vintage ones hang from the chandelier.

What?!  No!  That pumpkin isn't caving in on itself!!  Ok is.  I still have one other one that I can carve tonight and toast the seeds and all of that goodness.  This one will get chucked into the garden tomorrow morning.  :(

Tiny Halloween goodness arranged in Eye Spy style. 

 A pipe cleaner devil made by an artist friend.

 This line of heavy iron black cats is on my mantel all year round, but vintage black and orange festooning behind them adds some seasonal umpf.

I hope you enjoyed my little showing and hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween!!


laurie -magpie ethel said...

I could look at your photos forever...such interesting vintage and created stuff. Total eye candy of a post!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I agree with Laurie. I will definitely visit this post a few more times. You really have so many great treasures. Your mantles are outstanding.

Heather Donohue Crafts said...

So, so wonderful, beautiful, special, strange, and awesome. I would love a book with these photos (for all holidays) to pour over the pics again and again!

Lisa W. said...

It all looks so magical and Sophie looks divine ! I hope that you had a great Halloween !

PattiFromNYC said...

Love your collections and your creations too! Started my own blog today and although I don't know what I'm doing yet I did try to link an image to you because it had the cute gourd guy my boyfriend bought from you at American Made (didn't link!). Hope you'll check my blog and give me some pointers too :) It's