Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween 2011

My Halloween decorations are pretty much finished. They won't be completely finished until the day after Halloween when I take them down because I will continue to add stuff and rearrange if I run across other things that I like.

I'm not decorating my whole house because there's just too much of it. House, that is. I've decided to keep most of my holiday decorations confined to my foyer for a couple of reasons. One is because I just plain can't afford to buy or make enough stuff to decorate the whole house and even if I could there's just too much effort involved in that.

Another reason is because foyers are just stupid rooms. They are a complete waste of space. The house I grew up in had a foyer the size of a bedroom. My mother had a huge display case in there that held all her creepy dolls and there were other knick knacks and dust catchers that no one but the paperboy ever saw because no one used our front door. Waste o' space.  I've decided to make the best of my wasted space by using it as a holiday display area.

Here is what my foyer looks like on a daily basis...right now anyway. That mirror was hanging there when we moved in so I just went with it. Everything else is either thrifted or handmade.

Here are some of decorations I gathered up to use. I bought the little pumpkins at the Dollar Tree and the black roses came from the 99 Cent Only Store. The larger pumpkin on the floor and all the other stuff are things I already had.

As I was looking for things to use I asked my daughter if she could think of anything we had around the house that could be considered creepy or Halloweeny. She said, "Everything you've bought in the last year". I could have been insulted but instead chose to pat myself on the back for subconsciously planning ahead.

Here is the finished-for-now product. It's not nearly as elaborate as some of our past Halloween decorations but we're not having a party and will be lucky if we get even one trick-or-treater so I'm just decorating for me. It makes me happy.

I started out by painting the pumpkins white, which I did while the "Painting the Roses Red" song from Alice in Wonderland was on a continuous loop in my head. I would have preferred to use a creamy white but I just couldn't justify buying it when I had half a gallon of $5.00 Oops Paint that would work fine. It's white but it has a greenish cast to it which I decided I could live with.

These Dollar Tree pumpkins are made from a dense foam that you can carve, which I have no desire to do. They're perfect except for the seam around the middle which I could have sanded off but it wasn't that big of an issue so I just left it.

After the paint dried I went on a scavenger hunt in my art room for doo dads. I found ribbon, beads, corsage pins and tulle.

This little ceramic pumpkin just screams Tim Burton, isn't it fabulous?! I found this at the 99 Cent Only Store and I bought two of them but dropped one while I was painting it. They're ceramic. It shattered. But I kept the funky stem which will show up on something else someday I'm sure.

After it dried I just left it plain and put a cross fridge magnet in front of it. I think it works.

This is a cheesy lighted jack-o-lantern that came from K-Mart according to the faded price sticker on the bottom. I can't remember the last time I was in a K-Mart so I'm pretty sure this guy has been suffocating in my attic for at least 10 years.

I didn't intend to use any jack-o-lanterns this year but there he was and he was free so I figured I could make him work. I removed the light thing, painted him white, then stuffed him with some black satin scrap fabric. He looks kind of funny perched up there on the pedestal all by himself so I need to find some more big pumpkins to keep him company. I need a couple of ravens too but I can't find any for less than $7 and I don't want to pay that much for something that's going to get all narfed up outside.

I used one of Martha Stewart's bat templates to make these out of plain black cardstock. I probably should have taken down that floral garland thing but I have it wrapped around the mirror just exactly the way I want it and I'm afraid if I take it down I'll never be able to get it right again. Am I the only one who does that?

I printed out some labels that I found on the internet and put them on random bottles and jars that I already had. A bottle of wine became Life Renewal Potion and an old baby food jar full of rusty nails became Bed Bug Poison.

I printed the labels from several sites on the internet that offer free Halloween printables. I can't remember exactly where each specific one came from but a couple of good places too look are The Graphics Fairy and Love Manor.


If we do happen to accidentally get a trick-or-treater or two, they will be the lucky recipient of one of these cardstock coffins full of Twizzlers. I still have a few more of these to make but they're very simple thanks to this pattern from Martha Stewart. Again. She does Halloween well, what can I say? It's a Good Thing.

I can't remember if I blogged about this little disaster or not. It's a toilet paper roll covered with hot glue and a tea light on top. It's supposed to look like a creepy drippy Halloween candle. To me it looks like a toilet paper tube covered with hot glue blobs. Maybe I just need to paint some dimension into the glue. Anyway, I'm using it for now until I decide whether to keep it or toss it.

I didn't spend a lot of time on the roses, basically just stuck them in a vase thing. Actually, that vase thing is what our wedding cake topper was sitting on so it's practically vintage too.

The Halloween Book is one of my most favorite things in the world. It was a collaborative book project that Donna Joy put together several years ago. You should visit her blog at World of Joy and follow her on Pinterest too because she's always up on the latest trends in the mixed media art world. And she's funny which makes it easier for me to forgive her for looking just a Barbie doll.

These are just some more random pictures of the table. On the table I put two shelf things that I bought on clearance at Target years ago and never got around to using. After Halloween I will find a good place to hang them so I can get my $4 worth out of each one.

I used some old books to fill up space and a piano roll that I bought at an antique store in Lafayette. There's nothing really creepy about it but it looks old and sort of matched the theme.

Here's the before and after:

I think it'll do.


Honey at 2805 said...

Wow! Do you ever know how to dress up a Dollar Store pumpkin! The little pumpkins that you have treated to black tulle are so cute! I have a sack full of those Dollar store pumpkins waiting to be painted. The bottle labels and the orange-y books really work together to create a great vignette!

Thank you so much to linking to Potpourri Friday. Your participation is appreciated!

Andrea @Oasis Accents said...

I love the black and white scheme you have going on. Very elegant looking!

donna joy said...

Love it! guess it's time for a dollar tree/.99 store run! love the black & white look too.

Anonymous said...

Love what you did with the pumpkins.If you still haven't found your ravens, check your local Dollar Tree. I found a nice selection there yesterday. Look closely! I grabbed mine up so fast, I didn't notice they were posed differently until I got home! Happy Decorating, Tracie

Alison Agnew said...

love your
black and white ensemble
of seasonal creepiness

the pumpkins are perfectly painted
and the old books give just
the right touch of antiquity

and that snarky comment
from your daughter
cracked me up

thanks for joining fridays unfolded!


Unknown said...

Thanks y'all! This is my first "grown up" Halloween and I'm kinda liking it!

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Hey Shannon, Thanks for dropping by & leaving a sweet comment on my blog. I love your Halloween display as well! Especially the "Bed Bug Poison" - cool! And this darling bunny singing, "Oh Mickey, you're so fine" is cracking me up. Great blog!

Warmly, Michelle

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Everything looks great!

Unknown said...

I love black and white. This is fabulous!!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Great decorating for a great price! I really like the drippy glue candle. Looks well through a computer. lol! The pumpkins look very ghostly, love them! Still into Fall. Won't be doing Halloween for another week or so.

Unknown said...

Man! It looks great! can You come over?Thanks for sharing ,JoAnn

Unknown said...

Michelle, that bunny makes me laugh every time I look at it!

Thanks Jenny, Aspiring New Moms, and Jann. I appreciate the encouragement!

JoAnn, I'll be right there. Put on the coffee, I'll bring cake.

Toni said...

I'm SO with you on foyers as wasted space! I've turned mine into a formal lounge (for census takers and such). For now. As soon as I figure out what to do with it permanently, however...

Like your Halloween presentation. Cool!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I just love your touches of spooky! I hope you will add your fun metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

Happy Monday!

Just Jaime said...

Looks great!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your decorating! White pumpkins are my favorite.

Ellen said...

How very clever, I love the new look of the pumpkins you decorated. And how did you know twizzlers were my favorite...I just may need to knock your door. Love the presentation of the twizzlers also.
Happy Fall

Unknown said...

Thank you, ladies!

The Charm of Home said...

It looks fantastic!! I love the toliet paper candle. I thought it was a creepy dripping candle. You did a great job with this very fun!
Thank you for linking it up with Home Sweet Home!

Ruth said...

Your decor is wonderful. I have the same dollar pumpkins. The black and white theme with the old book is just perfect.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your clever Halloween decor!! Sharing this at the party this week~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Maggie Massey said...

Love how your foyer looks! So beautiful...I love the grown-up Halloween look...;) And I would love if you would share your table at my Everything Halloween party starting this Sunday!

Thanks so much!
Have a great Thursday!

Lolly Jane said...

this will be featured at our weekend party starting tomorrow, thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity (: come on by & grab a featured button!

love the pumpkins. xoxo, kelli & kristi

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Such fun Halloween decor! I love how you dressed up the dollar store pumpkins! I have a few of those myself, and am always looking for good ideas on how to transform them.

I'd love for you to come link this up to my Monster Mash Bash link party!

Hope to see you there!