September 29, 2013

Welcome back the orange and black!

As promised, the sunroom tree is decorated for Halloween and ready to be shared with my blogging friends.
Handmade ornaments mixed with honeycomb pumpkins, lots of vintage Halloween picks and special treasures fill the tree.
For those of you who have followed me for awhile know that our family {loves} Halloween! 
NOT the icky, scary, gross-kind of Halloween, but the fun, vintage, Orange and Black Halloween! 

This year, we will celebrate our 22nd annual Halloween party on 10/25.  Mark your calendars coworkers, family and friends!  
My Halloween tree looks very full this year.
I love it so!!

Happy "almost" October!

Happy Homecoming Weekend!

What a weekend it’s been starting with the homecoming football game Friday night.  We couldn't have asked for better weather.
 Although our team lost, the marching band looked and sounded amazing! Yes. I'm a bit biased. 
Emma's homecoming dance was Saturday night.  This picture was taken before Emma's hair was styled by our college niece.
Doesn't she look beautiful?
The girls went in a very large group where they were meeting up with other groups of students.  I'm all about group dating at this point.  
We took them downtown for a photo shoot outside one of my favorite antique malls.
Later this afternoon, I'll be digging out the Halloween crates which officially commences with the Halloween tree in our sunroom. 

I'll be showing if off on Monday.  Are you READY for all things Halloween!?  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

September 26, 2013

Melted plastic popcorn and other vintage treasures...

Raise your hand if you remember these popcorn plastic decorations from the late 60s/70s?
Of course, I had to scoop them up as soon as I saw them at a recent estate sale.
I also brought home a few more cardboard cutouts and a few vintage Christmas pieces. 
 The anagrams, Christmas Santa mugs and bead trims will be used for crafting projects.
My husband surprised me this week with a handful of holiday treasures from a different estate sale.  I love the size of this bottle brush tree.  It's HUGE! 

He's gotten good at tracking down sales on his way home from school.

Lastly, I have to share my Halloween costume makeover. A month ago, I found this homemade Halloween costume for .50 cents and fell in love with the orange and black colors.
I added homemade yarn pom poms to the buttons and sewed black ruffles to the collar.  I also made a badge from scrapbooking paper and ribbon.   The little girl wooden hanger was painted by my mother in the 70s when my grandparents still owned a woman/children's clothing store.  Isn't she sweet?
Although the costume is too small for Josie, she gladly modeled it.
We're both sending you all a few Halloween hugs!

PS.  It's homecoming weekend at Emma's high school.  Marching band, Varsity football, and a homecoming dance will keep our schedules full.  My camera will be busy capturing it all.  

September 24, 2013

Halloween crafting ...more plastic wine glass cloche ideas!

Back in December, I posted about my obsession of using Dollar $1 Store plastic wine glasses to make miniature cloches.
When I visited Michael's over the weekend, I noticed in their Christmas crafting supplies that they had teeny tiny mini houses for $1.49 and thought why not turn them into mini haunted houses!?!
Just in case you are wondering how small they really are, one house fits perfectly inside a plastic wine glass. 
I started by removing the silver ribbon on the roof and then painting the houses black.  They were then embellished with a bit of ribbon, glitter and whatever else I had on my craft room counter.
The house is sitting on top of metallic grass (currently available at Hobby Lobby).
I also glittered some tiny bottle brush trees (also available at Michaels) with white glue and orange glitter.  Excuse the crazy glare. 

The whole thing is then glued on top of Halloween scrapbooking paper and the top of the wine glass is decorated with a vintage cupcake pick and decorative yarn.
With a Christmas hook or string, they could also be used as an ornament.
I made an extra one to share in an upcoming Kim K. Halloween give away.  Be sure to check back.  Halloween hugs!

September 22, 2013

Tiny tweaks...haunted dollhouse BIG reveal!

Back in May I purchased this pale blue dollhouse from the Allegan Antique market.
 Since August, I've been giving it at Halloween makeover.
 It's finally done and I'm pleased to show it off.
As you can see, I've had all kinds of fun decorating the exterior.
The window boxes are still one of my favorite additions to the exterior.
I've been sharing all kinds of interior pictures starting with the living room back in August.  
The kitchen is still one of my favorite rooms with all the special candy treats on the table.
And the special hutch filled with jars of potions.

Miss red-haired witch is busy cooking up spells and desserts for her Halloween party guests.
The last two rooms to receive makeovers include the bathroom and bedroom.
Doesn't everyone have a few mice and a casket in their bathroom? 
Miss dark haired witch is busy making the bed.
A fireplace keeps the bedroom nice and toasty. 

This is a complete view of the whole interior.

This has been one of my absolute favorite Halloween projects EVER.

The dollhouse is now on top of my china hutch up high away from little fingers and a busy kitten who likes to steal small objects.

Halloween hugs!