I LOVE Halloween so I tend to get carried away....as you can see by see by the look of my mantle.
I added the moss recently to make it a bit more spooky.
I have quite a collection of gourds with features cut out. I found the lamp last year at a decent price and did not wait for it to go on sale, just grabbed it! Love that it adds height to my mantle. The small owl perched in the wreath is part of a Winnie the Pooh set made by R John Wright. he tempers the spooky with his sweetness. The clock was purchased from QVC. I added the scene inside-a haunted house with full moon and jack o'lantern, all lit by tiny grain of wheat lights. The Trick or Treaters are Wee Forest Folk (which I am crazy for!). I bought the huge owl cutout (under the mantle) on sale several years ago at 90% off! Love to find those great sales!
I am joining
* Layla at The Lettered Cottage for a mantle kinky party!
* Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow us Wednesday
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I got the feather arrangement at Hobby Lobby for 50% off plus another 10% off since there are chips in the base (which I can touch up with paint). Total cost-$12.00
I paid too much for the lighted Japanese lanterns...but the extra twirlie branches I added to the vase were cheap at HL (half price so the total for three was less than five dollars) and add a sinister touch to the arrangement.
I had this old paper cutting (bought on eBay several years ago) and finally had a new matt and frame made at Hobby Lobby. It looks much better now. I was impressed with the job they did with this and the cost was so much lower than my favorite frame shop....sorry Frames Unlimited-but these days we have to save where we can!
Last but not least is Mr. Owl. I found him in Traverse City at a favorite shop (The Red Dresser). He is a one of a kind guy who was a prototype which was not picked for a final project. Lucky me!
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
I hope the pictures show the steps in making the ribbon topiary.
I bought fourteen different ribbons, at half price (1/2 or 5/8" wide). I cut the ribbon in @ 2 3/4" long (@13 pieces of each ribbon).
I used a hot glue gun to glue the ribbon ends together ( @1/2" from the end).
Before pinning each loop of ribbon on the 4" styrofoam ball, I attached a piece of fabric on the spot where the ball would rest on the candle
stick (cut the fabric a bit larger than the size you want and use a table knife to push the edges in the styrofoam).
Separate the ends of each loop to pin the two ends of ribbon on the ball.
This takes time but it turns out adorable!
Email me with any questions (LS1295@aol.com). I hope I explained all the steps!
Good luck-have fun! Lee
I am linking with;
* Jen at http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2011/09/weekend-wrap-up-party-75-pick-your-plum.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FOivM+%28Tatertots+and+Jello%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
* Beth at A2Z http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/2011/09/tutorials-tips-tuesday-link-party-28-2.html
* A Bowl Full of Lemon http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-project-at-time-tuesday-link-party_20.html
*The Project Queen http://projectqueen.org/category/link-parties
* Show and Tell Friday at http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2011/09/show-and-tell-friday_22.html