Monday, October 26, 2009

More Halloween Goodness!

This "Chic It Yourself" project comes from a reader and friend. She went all creative on us! Here is her fireplace, she printed these letters off the computer, cut and aged them with a marker and then strung them up with ribbon. To create a "haunted" center piece, she again went to the computer and printed out these images from the internet and framed them.

These candles are chic'd! (what? that's a word) She went to D.I. (a thrift store here in Utah) and found these candles sticks and spray painted them white and black and added contrasting candles to each!

GORGEOUS!! Love the display! The pumpkins in the cake stand, great! Lets not forget the table runner! It's just printed damask paper, brilliant!

OK so I was reminded by a reader that I never posted my old house from last year's Halloween (because the blog didn't exist, K) so here are a few highlights.
Remember when I said I loved pumpkins? Well, I grew them in my front yard so when fall came I would have vines of pumpkins! That's love.

This is a cake I made, not super professional. I got the cat template out of a magazine, it was suppose to be black but by the time I decided to make it I couldn't find black sugar anywhere. But the green worked, you can still find this template, I believe, at Country Living Mag's website.

Ok, so this what I did this year, I'm kind of regretting that I even posted it. But I found these cute wood circles and hung them from a dresser door, The End. Next year, when we're in a house, I promise to have more of a Halloween Extravaganza!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I LOVE Decorating for Halloween

So I should tell you that I'm sad. Sad because Halloween is my favorite holiday to decorate for ( I know,weird) and I currently don't have a house of my own to decorate. SOoo.. why do I love Halloween? Um can you say, Orange, Black and White, and Chartreuse! The best colors ever created! OK, so some of the best colors. I should mention that I only like the "classy" Halloween decor, not the blood and guts! Tacky. I should also mention that....I LOVE Fall! (if I was a computer nerd I would have put "I HEART Fall" with a little heart, but I can't)
You may have already checked out some of the pictures below that were featured on on Sunday, but I had to post a few of them, they're great ideas!

Take small pumpkins and using double-sided tape put ribbons around them and group them in a bowl!
Cut off the stems, add a candle and some glass to create a hurricane lantern! Kind of tricky if you don't already have the glass!

Hallow out the pumpkin and then spray with matte black paint. Then use a spoon to scrape off the paint creating shapes! Stuff with fresh flowers or twigs from your local craft store.

I love the spilling out look of the painted pumpkins. It's so easy to paint pumpkins, my mom had us doing it before we were 10. It's an easier clean up!

White pumpkins are very 'in' right now. You could paint or use vinyl lettering to create this, and spray paint some ivy black for the vines.


So easy, stick some twigs in the top of a pumpkin. I did this last year, I found the easiest way was to drill smaller holes in the pumpkin then work the branches in. You could also just use a crafting pumpkin from a craft store.
Cut some bats out of black or printed paper and hang! Again, white pumpkins, some candles, and a bowl of candy complete the look!

These are great! Create the silloutes by cutting out scary creatures out of paper and mounting them behind a candle (not to close!) or if you can find Halloween ornaments those work best. A bent clothes hanger or even a fondue fork can hold them up, or buy a small picture holder at your local store.

Untraditional! Have a lot of butternut squash you don't know what to do with (besides make soup) turn them into scary Jack-o-lanterns! The elongated face gives a great spooky look!
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I would love to see how you decorate! Send me some pictures if you want! At