Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Party 2011

 Friday night we had our annual Halloween party.  This year I kept it simply.  We had a sit down dinner of walking tacos and some yummy desserts and then had our hat judging.  Brenna and Eli wore "Viking" helmets.  They look cute in anything.
Our crazy group. 

Halloween 2011 Mantel

 I thought you might like to see some Halloween pictures.  (The first picture Candice took.  She is so good.) Better late than never right?  Here is my mantel this year in all it's glory.

 It's kind of a bird theme this year with small black birds, crows, a black owl, bird house, and black feather boa.
 Love those 3 M hooks.  I can do all kinds of decorating without adding any holes/damage to my walls.
 I love this garland that Candice and I made together one year.  It was picked up by Making Memories and Target.  Candice posted about my mantel this year.  I'm sure her pictures are better. 

We were infested by a few rats this year too courtesy of the Dollar store.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The last of the Halloween Decore 2011

 A few pictures of my Jeni Gochner gourds displayed this year.

 I love this big one that actually lights up.

I guess you can tell that I love Halloween.  I love decorating for Christmas too.

Halloween Decor 2011

 I've scared myself more than once walking by this doorway in the dark.  I keep thinking this mask is a person.
 I serve food off this table.
 These branches are decorated with Halloween ornaments
 Brenna gave me this cute little guy this year.  He's in the middle of my table.

 My new antique cabinet.  I just love it.  It is missing some bigger Halloween witch and pumpkin man.  Brenna and Eli borrowed them for last nights party.
 A few of my friends and I got together to make our own Halloween garland together.  We spent two nights designing all these things to hang on Baker's twine.  It was very fun.
 The left side of the cabinet full of Lori Mitchell figurines.  I had them among a bedding of candy corn.
 Right side of cabinet.
 Lori Mitchell figures close up.  This shelf has a bed of Halloween tinsel.
 Lots of Halloween candy.
 A Halloween crow.
 Dining room table.
 I added Bethany Lowe vintage reproduction paper medallions this year.  My kids also got them in their Halloween packages.
 A view toward the kitchen.
 A view from the kitchen to the family room.
 My French doors also boasted decor.
 Even the picture frames get changed out with vintage cards and other things.
 I found this owl in Canada while visiting Marissa.  He flew home in my carry on bag.
 Even the couch gets decorated.
 I still love my old primitive witch doll.  It was a pattern sample I made years ago when I had my own store.
Happy Halloween Everyone.

Eli and Brenna

 Eli and Brenna just before heading off to their Halloween party.  I think they host some great ones.  This year they had it at Brenna's mom's house.  This picture was taken in front of our mantel.
The Stringham's had awesome Harry Potter costumes this year.  I hope Candice posts pictures on her blog.  Happy Halloween everyone.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Elsie Eva Garner

 Here is our latest arrival.  Elsie Eva Garner was born October 5 at 7:18 am.  She weighed 10 pd. 7 ounces and was 23 inches long.  Our first grand daughter after 7 grandsons.  Born in Saskatoon, Canada.

 No newborn diapers for Elsie.  Here she is being weighed in.
 She came so quickly that we didn't even have time to put Marissa in a hospital gown.

 Marissa's Dr. who arrived as the intern was delivering little Elsie.
 Campbell and Logan were so excited to visit the hospital and hold their new little sister.
 Even Elsie gave a little smile when Campbell held her.
 Here is the happy family on Elsie's first day.

Little Elsie takes after her father and grandfather while the boys look more like their mother, especially Campbell.  Strange how these things work.  We are so grateful she arrived safely.