Displays of Fall

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Hello!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

We’ve had another beautiful Fall weekend. Usually by this time, we have had our first snowfall and some chilly days. Our fall this year has been GORGEOUS! No snow and 65- 70 degree days. Loving it!

And, the colors have just been spectacular. Its so tempting to jump right into Christmas preparations after Halloween, and I’ve been doing my share, but I’m trying to get myself to slow down a bit and really still enjoy Fall and our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If we don’t slow down and savor the simplicity of Thanksgiving, I fear that it will just simply be lost in the noise.  And, its way to important for that to happen!

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I found this sweet vintage scarecrow at an antique store a couple months ago.  Its that great plastic from the 60s that I just love. I adhered the scarecrow to an inverted red tart pan, to add stability and increase the height, and sparkled it up!

From a previous shopping trip, I picked up these vintage floral picks that perfectly match the scarecrow.  I dressed these picks up too and attached them to a vintage wooden spool, as a sweet harvest display.

Both the scarecrow display and these harvest picks are now in my Etsy shop!  They will certainly dress up your Fall home. The harvest picks will also look cute at a desk. You can find the Scarecrow HERE. And, the Fall Springs can be found HERE.

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I’ve been snapping a lot of pics this Fall and thought I would share a few with you.

These vintage wax pumpkins are in my mom’s collection. They are so pretty! Just that gorgeous, old wax that’s thoroughly saturated in rich color. I love how she displayed them for her Halloween decorating party.

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This is a snapshot of one of the booths from the French Nest market this year.  The attention to detail in this display is amazing! They even carted in dried leaves, and scattered them all over the green grass!

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My husband’s cousin got married this Fall. They chose to have a beautiful, outdoor wedding at a lovely park in Denver. The aisle facing chairs each had a mason jar bouquet of beautiful, vibrant autumn flowers. It was truly stunning!

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And finally, this is a shot taken on a stroll my daughter and I took in one of the older neighborhoods in our town. I have not altered this photo in any way. The colors were so rich and amazing!

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And the leaves scattered so pretty over the sidewalk!

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Have a wonderful week!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

 

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Halloween Re-cap

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Hello, and Happy Friday!

This week felt a bit “off” with Halloween landing on a Monday this year.  Even with that, our kiddos had a great time and started celebrating last weekend.  We hosted two teen parties – fun time but I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend. 🙂

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Thought I’d share a few pics of what Halloween looked like at our house this year. I do LOVE Halloween!

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The main living areas were more decorative, but when the kids headed down to the basement party room, the decor got a little more sinister. Of course, my version of “sinister” is still pretty G-rated. HA!

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I have to give my hubby credit for the creative BBQ display. He BBQ’d brats and burgers for our son’s party.

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Our daughter had the more creative “Pinteresty” type snacks at her party.  The kids each brought a fun, Halloween type of food to share.

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Of course, you can’t have  a Halloween party without cheesy party games.  Which, even cool 14 year olds still enjoyed playing. 🙂

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I hope you have an enjoyable Halloween as well, and enjoy the Fall weekend!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

 

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Crafty Halloween Costume Awards

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halloween-costume-awardsHappy Halloween!

I hope you had a great weekend! Any Halloween activities?

We hosted a party for our son’s friends on Saturday, which included BBQ’d brats and burgers, old-fashioned games and a creepy movie. And, of course, LOADS of candy. And, tonight, we have our daughter’s friends coming over. Our spooky house has been hoppin’ with teenagers this weekend! Fun times for sure.

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I always enjoy seeing the creative costumes these kids come up with.  As part of the costume contest, I created these awards from an inexpensive bag of skeletons found at the party store. I dressed them up with crepe paper fringe and ribbon bow ties. Love the cheesy grins these skeletons have. 🙂

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The banners are just simply constructed from cardstock. I like the charm of handwriting the category. And a  little pumpkin garland adds a little extra texture. Instead of pinning the awards to the recipients’ costumes, I thought they might work better as a ribbon necklace.

funniest-awardA bit of hot glue and scraps, and voila! Unique costume awards.

I hope you have a festive and safe Halloween!

Michelle

 

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Dennison’s Guide to Craft a Lively Hallowe’en Party

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I’ve been doing a bit of seasonal reading,  and if you love vintage, chances are pretty high that you also might get a little giddy over vintage Dennison and Beistle paper products. 🙂

To market their party paper products for Halloween,  Dennison published Bogie Books – “A Book of Suggestions for Decorating and Entertaining at Hallowe’en, Harvest Time and Thanksgiving.”

This particular issue was printed in 1920, and is FULL of beautiful illustrations, and many ideas and  instructions for hosting events in the Autumn months.

 

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The pages are also filled with how-to’s for crafting with Dennison crepe paper and die cuts.  I love the many jack-o-lanterns framing the doorway!  Simple and festive. As is  the black cat with the tubular body and pipe cleaner legs above – cute packaging for a party favor.

Couldn’t resist trying that idea out with a jack-o-lantern die cut and sparkly black pipe cleaners. With a small black clothes pin attached to the back of the pumpkin, I can clip it to the top of a treat bag. 🙂

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This little booklet is over 30 pages long and is full of ideas, from beginning to end,  that could still be used for Halloween parties today. As this particular booklet was printed in 1920, it is part of the public domain (Yay!)  and a complete copy can be found HERE.

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Happy Reading and Creating!

Michelle

 

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Something’s Witchy Around Here

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Hee, hee, hee, hee – hello!

We’re getting closer to Halloween and the witches are starting to make an appearance around our home.

To display these famous Halloween icons, I created Witch Medallions. These medallions are constructed from an antiqued tin base which I touched up with a bit of gold, glass -glitter sparkle. This will age and tarnish nicely. 🙂

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I added the vintage crepe paper witch to the center of the tin and trimmed the outside of the tin with black crepe fringe. A vintage greeting and orange velvet ribbon finish it off. And the best part? There is a clip attached to the back of the tin base so that this Witch Medallion can be attached to a spooky tree, as pictured here, a garland, or to a wreath.

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If you have a spot for a Witch Medallion in your Halloween decor, I put a couple in the Etsy store. You can find them HERE.

Happy Decorating!
Michelle

 

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