This post is coming a little late as it appears Christmas has already begun to sweep through the city! Nonetheless, I wanted to share with you my fall and Halloween decorating projects from the last few weeks.
I am going to keep this post short and sweet and let the pictures do most of the blog work for me. After all, they say a picture is worth 1000 words.
Before I talk decorating, I want to share with you a photo from the shed in my yard. It is an old shack in desperate need of a facelift…or tear down. Our friendly neighbourhood squirrel had been popping in and out of it through a hole at the back, I didn’t think anything of it until I opened the door a few weeks ago. Bam! Acorns everywhere. I mean everywhere – piled as high as my waist. I suppose the little bugger was preparing for winter, I just wish he had picked a different storage unit. I laughed at the fact that he had more of a head start on fall than I did – I wasn’t laughing when I spent almost three hours shoveling out acorns.
I had a bit of an addiction to putting flowers in white pumpkins this year. I discovered one while grocery shopping and thought it would make a great base for a beauitul white and green bouquet of loveliness.
I followed the first arrangement with a similar one for my friend after she expressed much excitment over the one I had made for myself. I was smarter this time though and bought a fake white pumpkin from the craft store. It was a bit more expensive but I saved time not having to clean it out, and she wouldn’t have to watch it rot on her table over time.
My last white pumpkin project was a hostess gift for a dinner party I was attending. Instead of using a large pumpkin, I bought three small white squash and hollowed them out. I used boot shotglasses in each ‘pumpkin’ for water and the result was a simple but classy fall centerpice.
As I watched the flowers in my pumpkin slowly die off another idea came to me, using flowers that were past their living stage (I really dislike the word dead). I had recently purchased dried cotton branches from a local florist which set the perfect base for my idea. I added some dried up flowers from my garden – I really liked the way they looked, even if they weren’t alive anymore. Small eucapytus branches filled the gaps and I used leaves I had cut off as a garnish of sorts on the tray where the arrangement sat.
As for Halloween, I did not do alot of decorating this year, but wanted to at least make my front porch spooky. A couple years ago we made window silhouettes for the porch and front bedroom and they turned out great – I even won a decorating contest through Home Depot. So this year I wanted to go back to the silhouette idea, using a different theme than the previous year. The result involved two of my favourite things – cats and wine. This project only cost me 16 dollars for the black bristleboard paper. From there it was just a matter of drawing the images on the paper and cutting them out. I changed my lightbulbs to orange ones and voila! unique and fun Halloween decorating!
From myself and my ghostly friends thanks for checking in, now let the Christmas chaos begin!