Thursday, October 22, 2009

HALLOWEEN...finally!

Halloween finally arrived at our house last week. I got a major motivational kick when I discovered this odd plaid fabric while searching for yard sale stuff. Whipped up a quick valance for the kitchen, zigzagged on some vintage velvet ribbon, and hung BOO in my old brass stencils from a torn strip of black fabric. Then I wandered the house picking up a black cat here & there...added some silk fall leaves & a cute white & orange stripey pumpkin...and Voila! The day after my yard sale, I discovered another hour or 2 of energy, and dragged all the pottery pumpkins & other paraphernalia down from the barn. I've had the spider web for like 5 years...$2 from Big Lots, and this year had to make repairs to keep it going for one more year. Added some tree moss and a couple of fat spiders, and the front was done.
Moved onto the porch where I found homes for my assortment of pottery pumpkins. The collection has gotten rather large, but I figure since I don't carve a real one anymore, I can bring home cool ones I see them. I put candles inside of all of them, except for the teeny ones, and sit out on the porch to hand out goodies to the little monsters.
Of course, the porch had to be swept and "dusted" as I went along, so it took a little longer than usual. Was going to put up lights today, but had too many errands, chores and people stopping by to say "hi", so the lights didn't get done. Have to work 10 to 9 tomorrow, so I don't think the lights are gonna happen. Oh well... there' always next year.
Had one accident while bringing stuff down stairs...my old scarecrow leaped out of my arms, and over the railing, and promptly fell apart. I think he had just had it. When I pulled him from his box, I was wondering how many glue sticks it was going to take to put him together this year...after the accident...or was it intentional?.... I decided to retire him for good. So, I think I'm ready enough for Halloween...just need to stock up on candy...candy...candy!! Been clipping coupons for the past couple of weeks...maybe it will only cost an arm for all those goodies this years. Even though my sons are grown, I don't like to disappoint the munchkins in the neighborhood. Had some other things I wanted to blog about, but as usual, I've rambled on & on. I received a neat blog award from Betty @ Blossoms and Lace, and I need to pass it on....maybe Saturday? I'll be back! happy Thursday *elaine*

12 comments:

Betty said...

Love your halloween decor. Great idea on the pottery pumpkins, think I'll start keeping an eye out for them too now.(If I can talk the kiddie into that! LOL). Have a great day!

Marge said...

I think your scarecrow needs a nice little RIP headstone in your yard. You did bury him where he landed, right???

~~Carol~~ said...

Hi Elaine! Your Halloween decor looks great! Funny shot of that poor old scarecrow! I'm still decorating, and I really need to stop, because I hate putting it all away!

Sue said...

Wow, you have certainly outdone yourself!
Looks great!
By the way, I have an award for you too!

svelteSTUFF said...

I'm still awaiting Halloween to set in around here!! Can't let my Favorite Holiday pass by without even a 'nod'!!

Kudzu said...

aww.....too bad your scarecrow decided to end it all. Maybe you could lay him down in a pile(that is..leave him like he is!!lol) and put some crows on him. cool decorations! i still don't have my lights up..i need a burst of energy myself!!
kudzu

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Looking great and the scarecrow may have had a secret mission..LOL..maybe he wants to visit the Wizard of Oz..
I find myself decorating less for the holidays.
Happy weekend.
Deb :)

Carole said...

Fun stuff. I don't have kids, but I love to decorate anyway. And where we live now, we don't get any trick-or-treaters. I miss that, but that's the way it goes.

You had asked how I distorted the image of the American Gothic couple....I played with it in photoshop until I got it the way I liked it.

Lisannerosalie said...

How, AWESOME!!! :))

Sea Witch said...

What fun and I love the pottery pumpkins.

I'm catching up with postings after spending three days in bed with a nasty cold that turned to asthma issues. Just getting back up to my old self and have missed all of my blogging friends. Hope to be caught soon and back to posting on my own blog. Hugs to you. Sea Witch

one gal's trash said...

R.I.P Mr. Scarecrow.

JunkinJane said...

Great decorations!