It's time to start decorating my cottage for the scariest time of the year.
Actually, I don't think of Halloween as scary but as magical.
Maybe black magical whereas Christmas is white magical.
Anyway...I have big plans for my decor.
But then I had big plans for my potting bench and that never happened.
But in my defense I decided it could wait till next winter to be painted so that
it's ready for next spring. It was so hot here and I was done with planting for the year.
But I am going to stage it for fall as is.
So these are all really cool Halloween ideas gathered and saved into my
That idea above involves old photos with led lights for eyes.
You can buy the led lights already wired up on Ebay.
This one is simple black poster board with vintage graphics printed on paper and
taped inside the black frames. Then put a candle inside.
I think I'd do led candles. Just to be safe.
This idea comes from the Curious Sofa. I adore this and every year I try to think of a way
to incorporate this into my decor. Alas, I don't have a good place to hang these.
If I had a giant tree in the front yard...I'd totally do these and hang them in the tree.
By the way...my Maple tree died in my front yard.
I'm looking at it as a blessing in disguise because I was worried that I should not have planted
it. Since maples seek out water and it was planted right in line with my water line.
Yes, I think it was good that it died even though I really loved it.
It grew like crazy for five years and then stopped and got sick last year.
This year it died. I'm pretty sure it was caused by root girdling.
That's when the roots grow around and around in a circle till they choke the tree.
I did not pull the roots apart when I planted and I possibly planted it in too small of a hole.
Apparently maples are prone to it.
So....it died at the early part of summer. But....it is still in my yard much to the concern of
my friend and neighbor Petra.
Every time she sees it she asks when I am going to do something about it.
I keep saying that one of these days my Mom is going to bring up the chainsaw and cut it down.
But my Mom had foot surgery and it has not been of the utmost importance to her.
So last time Petra asked and this was like the fifth time.
I said that I'd decided it should stay through Halloween because it is the perfect Halloween tree and
that I might paint it orange.
She then said the neighbors would be very upset about that.
And she thought it very inconsiderate of me.
I don't think she got it that I was joking.
I truly meant for it to be gone by now.
And yet it is still there.
So back to good Halloween ideas.
Isn't this a clever idea? Just photo copy old buildings or print them from your computer.
Cut then out around the roof line and tape around a glass cylinder.
You can find cheap glass cylinders at Michael's.
I can imagine a whole mantel of these or a buffet filled with them.
We sold Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall and dining room stuff like crazy yesterday at Pier 1.
Everyone is gearing up for the upcoming Holidays.
Our first Christmas shipment comes in tomorrow.
So last night when I got home... I clicked on one of my favorite blogs (really, truly) and found out
I'd won Debra's giveaway of a Goose Creek Candle!
Oh...boy I was thrilled.
I can't wait to get it and burn it.
Oh...and Debra has some great Fall and Halloween decorating too on her blog.
Today, my mission is to drag out the big bins of Halloween stuff in my garage and
start transforming my cottage.