Now that it's the beginning of December, Christmas decorating will be in high gear for most of you. Here is a simple and pretty pillow that you can make for yourself, or it would make a wonderful gift as well. It is styled after a Pottery Barn pillow that is no longer available, but you can make your own!
The Snickers and other chocolate bars are ready for the big night, and the crows are still in a party mood and ready as well. I remember one year trying to chose some kind of healthier snack for trick or treat, and the kids look at me like I was from another planet. Probably boxed raisins or something like that. Not what the little monsters wanted on Halloween that was for sure. Of course I have really fond memories of the candy we used to haul home when we were kids. I seldom had candy at home during the rest of the year, so it was tough not to be selfish and hide your own stash from other siblings. Today, maybe one little snickers, and that will take care of it for me. But I can't keep them in the house or one might not settle the craving.
I use this nice size urn all year long. For now it supports 3 pumpkins in a topiary style. Since I have so little color in any of the decorations, I chose to use a more traditional color pumpkin for the center. The table will remain much the same for the rest of Fall except for the obvious Halloween decor. I wanted a little touch of traditional fall color and the pumpkin does that very well, and will be perfect for a Fall looking arrangement.
Those silly crows certainly enjoy a Halloween gathering. Give them a few minutes to roam freely and they are all dressed up with hats and collars, too. I think they are imitating the art of my little witch Izabella decked out in snazzy black hat! For the entry table this year, I made a tall pumpkin topiary with white pumpkins and a more traditional orange one in the center. This way I can have some Fall color by leaving it as is when Halloween is done.
On the mantel is another (faux - foam) pumpkin painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Why? I just like the way the paint looks, it covers over orange very well, and I already had it on hand. Another crow with her party hat a few spiders, and a mercury glass gourd makes a fun arrangement.
A sister crow sits on top of a small rattan chest along with a beautiful antique vellum book and a sweet little plush velvet pumpkin with a paper clay stem.
DIY Ideas in the post for you to try:
1. Painted foam pumpkins. Any good paint will work. You might have to use one with a primer in it to cover up the really strong orange ones. But if you have some ASCP, it works very well.
2. Make some little hats and collars for your crows. Really simple to do, the hats are just a cone and a circle of black construction paper. Cut a hole in the center of the circle and attach to the cone.
For a quick collar, you can use a cupcake paper liner or weave a wire through some vintage (or new) lace and make a circle out of it. Or you can use wired ribbon, cut off one side, and pull the wire on the other side to gather it into a circle to put around the neck.
Even those who love mostly soft and neutral decorating, sometimes crave a bit of contrast or a splash of color. Especially this time of year. You can add a touch of elegance to your Halloween decor by simply playing with the time tested combination of black and white. Add some warm tones of gold and the sparkle of silver and you have a more grown up version of Halloween decorating..
The mantel this year is dressed in black and white again. Whatever your own favorite colors, you can certainly decorate even for Fall and Halloween with the the colors you love. Even if that happens to be without the strong orange or red of the season. You might enjoy the stunning display of the turning of the leaves outside but still like a more neutral look inside. Give it some contrast like black and white, or keep it monochromatic. It can still be very festive and fun!
I'm fortunate to have a few pretty black and white artworks to display this time of year. On the mantel this time is a print of my own art, The Wizard. It was done many years ago, and although I consider it to be simply fantasy art, it makes a great addition for Halloween when everyone thinks of magic.
The MacKenzie-Childs star ornament is nice for Halloween, even though I
usually bring it out for Christmas and New Year's decorating. It adds
another element of black and
white and silver, and repeats the the harlequin design as well.
The crows are merry and in a party mood with little witchy hats and
decorative collars. This one is sitting on top of a faux (foam) pumpkin painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint. The mercury glass pumpkin and gourd sparkle and
reflect light, with one perched atop a cute harlequin patterned urn. A few spiders complete the whimsical feeling. They are only invited inside this time of year, and only if they aren't real!
Yes, the days are cooler almost everywhere here in the states, even way, way down south. We even saw the high 60's in the morning. Which means time for pumpkins and a quick ride on your favorite broom, right? Soup is cooking, boxes of decorations are in need of being purged and put away. This is my favorite kind of decorating ... nothing new! Oh, I did drag that branch in from outside, but that was free. Hope you enjoy a quick peek of a little Halloween fun.
The Wizard Art Print (8 x 10 inches) is back in the shop.
It's October! A month that seems very special to a lot of people just because it means Fall is here for sure. The temperatures for us are actually going to be only in the 80's. Big Chill! I don't get in a big hurry for the really cold days, but the crisp Fall nights are a treat.
So speaking of treats, it will soon be the big Trick or Treat day. You know how I love decorating for Halloween. It's time to find out what the crows and ravens did with their hats and collars, round up all the pumpkins and see which of the little witches and bunny goblins art prints will be a part of decorating this year. I think all the Halloween Art Prints are in the shop now.
The velvet pumpkins are such a pretty addition to your Fall and Halloween décor. You can certainly have them out from September through Thanksgiving. One of the nicest ways to finish them is by adding a real pumpkin stem which adds a touch of realism and rustic charm. You can save them from your own pumpkins each year, or use ones you found at the market maybe. It is so interesting to see how many different shapes the stems take on while growing.
Sometimes you might need a certain size or a more whimsical look than you might have saved. I had one pumpkin stem that was my favorite, but it was too large for
this little velvet pumpkin. So I used the real stem as inspiration for making one the right size.. This one is
made of an air dry clay. It will say "air dry" on the package. Sometimes it might be paper clay, but there are other kinds as well. The one shown here is a paper clay type. It is very easy to use, and you can keep it from drying
out by when you store it for longer periods of time by keeping a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with it.