If you are here from Between Naps on the Porch, welcome. Please scroll down to the table scape in this post. If you aren't here from Between Naps on the Porch, go there and check out some great inspiration. Happy Haunting...
The front porch all decked out. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)
The family room mantel. I love the garland that Candice and I designed a couple of years ago. You might have seen a similar one available as a kit at Target. Candice had it posted on her blog and I think "Making Memories" submitted it to Target for production. (I have very talented daughters.)
We had lots of company today that had fun making a dent in this candy supply. This was the before level.
A close up of all the beaded garlands.
My Jeni Gochner gourds. She is a talented girl that lives in Salt Lake.
My $2 bird house I bought at a garage sale this summer. I scored! The sweet little birds are from Pottery Barn.
This was another project that Candice and I designed together. It was in the Creating Keepsakes magazine two years ago. It is our 13 day count down to Halloween. (The frame was our inspiration purchased from IKEA.)
We used some heirloom pieces. The #1 tag is made from a shoe buckle that belong to my grandmother. The gypsy box we designed around a picture I had of my grandmother. It was a dance recital picture. It makes me smile when I look at it.
I tried to photograph my dining room table. We are having dinner guests this week. (Don't worry, I'll rewash the dishes before they come.) I designed using things I already had around. I just tried to use them in a new creative way.
I used glass vases as pedestals adding orange tinsel and then turning them upside down. Adding different levels creates so much more interest. I used a mixture of candle sticks, silver beaded garlands, orange ornaments. I did buy the orange votive candles. They are the battery operated kind.
I bought these dishes a few months ago from Tai Pan Trading. I love that store. Very inexpensive. I wish I would have bought a few more. I only have 8. I ripped up cheese cloth and that is what you see hanging down from the chandelier. The spiders I purchased from Pottery Barn this year while I was in Texas. They are scattered though out my house.
See that square silver candle stick? I bought a pair of them at a garage sale this summer. I got them for a great price and just left them tarnished for Halloween. (Don't worry, I won't be lighting the real candles. My house would go up in flames with all that cheese cloth hanging down. Besides, the last time I did light that many candles on my table, it got unbelievably warm. Those candles put of a lot of heat! It was very romantic though.)
The party I having has a pirate theme so here is my pirate treasure display. We will have a photo booth, play our own version of curses at dinner, and go on a treasure hunt. Everyone is supposed to bring their own digital camera to document the treasure hunt. It sounds fun doesn't it?
See...sometimes it pays to let your silver tarnish. The polished pieces just didn't look good. I used a table cloth ($5 from a Lake Tahoe garage sale.) Lots of my grandmother's fakey pearls, and things I had around. This kind of decorating is so much more fun than buying a pumpkin and displaying it don't you think? I do. I love to use what I have hanging around to create something new.
The pumpkins and urn are new this year. Remember I showed you the urn in the last post. Candice and I picked this up at Home Goods for a good price. We didn't know how good until we saw one almost identical for sale for over $200. I was going to put black tree branches in it but this was easier. (This is the top of my piano.)
(The clocks are Lake Tahoe garage sale finds too. They have the best garage sales. I think I paid $5 for both of them.)
And then, my girlfriend surprised me with this cute little witchy quilt. (Four witches with their hats intertwined.) She made 8 of these. I'm amazed at how much she is able to accomplish in life. It was an early Christmas present. I feel so blessed. I still have more decorations...I know you are shocked right? I will post more as I finish tweaking them.
I'd love to see your decor...post your link if you have pictures to share.
(Coley...I hope you enjoyed g-ma's decorations. I miss you all!)