10-29 Ephemera

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200 Years of Frankenstein and counting

It’s almost Halloween, a holiday I love but in reality rarely execute well. Case in point – my Halloween mantle dream.  I could have made my idea work if only I hadn’t traveled every weekend in October.  Instead of my vision what is actually on my mantle is a color-changing lantern which an unknown neighbor gave us as part of a ‘You’ve Been Boo’d’ surprise.  Still, even if I don’t decorate I always give out full-size candy bars to trick-or-treaters who ring the doorbell.  Here are a few full-size treats from around the web for you to enjoy too…

…Hope you get to pull a prank or two on Mischief Night followed by a frightfully fun Halloween!

If its trick or treat…

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Old school mantle

I love the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day, especially when it comes to decorating around the house.  Unfortunately, with a ‘normal’ size home and a family full of artists there isn’t a lot of room left for decorations, which are primarily relegated to our front door and living room mantle.

This year I am going for old school look.  The plan is to buy the vases, paper mache’ and real pumpkins,  and make the lighted tree branches and felt ‘Halloween Candy Bag’ banner.  With any luck, I can get my mantle tricked out by next weekend – which really will be a treat!

*Trick our Treat – Otis Redding

10-28 Ephemera

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Trick or Treat…smell my feet (image from The Sum of All Crafts)

It finally feels like fall and not a moment too soon, since Halloween is almost here.  I never did get the chance to work on my 2017 Halloween mantle design so I am making do with a shiny door wreath and full-size candy bars and calling it a day.  It feels like I lost the month of October while helping my mom recover from her surgery, and thought you’d like to check out some of the things which kept me spellbound during her convalescence …

Hope you have a frightening good weekend…

*Donald Duck – Trick or Treat

 

Must be the season of the witch…

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Green and grey and black (aka: Halloween Mantle 2017)

The only time I feel inspired to decorate my home is between summer’s end and Christmas. Now that it is ‘officially’ fall I am planning my Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas mantle looks (see my 2016 looks here and here).

This Halloween I am feeling inspired by the way black, silver, grey, dirty white and olive green look together.  I will reuse my ‘Boo’ sign, buy a few led candles, ravens and assorted lanterns, and make the black feather wreath, branch bunches, and lace-covered, velvet, and glittered pumpkins.  Check back over the next few weeks as I post a few easy-to-follow ‘ tutorials and to compare how closely the eventual reality matches my vision.

*Season of the Witch – Donovan

It’s creepy and it’s spooky…

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The reality

I did it!  A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to decorate my mantle by Halloween and I actually finished the project with one day to spare!

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The inspiration

Read on to see how I went from inspiration to reality… Continue reading “It’s creepy and it’s spooky…”