Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Neat Halloween Fabric

Sam and I picked up some cool 
Halloween fabric at the Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  
We're hoping to turn it into fun Halloween pillows.
 
This wonderful black and orange graphic
 will look ghoulishly good with...
black ball trim
and
 this next subtle Halloween fabric...
kinda reminds me a little
of a creepy Scooby-Doo show scene.
The goofy buzzard and owl make me laugh!
 
Just imagine it with a black fuzzy trim




and a pumpkin button
right in the middle.
It should also look defrightfully fun.
 
The only problem is,
 the fuzzy trim is out of stock!
I guess we'll have to wait till
next Halloween
to get these pillows sewn up.

At least we have the fabric.

Thanks for popping by,
and Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Front Yard at Halloween

The front of my little "Taco Bell" house
 
 
 
 
 
Then after dark....
 
 
These are little flicker flame bulbs.
 
My scary little tree. 
 
 
Without a flash.
 
 
Without a flash.
See how the little pumpkins project on the wall?
When the wind blows it looks like they're laughing!
 
Thanks for popping by!
Happy Haunting!
 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gearing up for Halloween

This weekend marks the start of my Halloween decorating,
unfortunately, because of the new floors
going in HERE and my wife wanting to paint the walls,
we have everything topsy turvy.
Things I usually set or hang decorations on are
still out in the garage or covered with tools
and painting supplies.
 
But I did manage to get the hutch buffet started.
 
 
I start with Eden's Halloween table runner
that she made for us last year!
Followed by a new purchase that
I just received in the mail...
 
A Dept 56  Crows on Corn candy dish.
I found it online at Ghoul Gallery, I was lucky,
I bought the last one!
It compliments my crow candle holders
that I purchased last year.
also from Ghoul Gallery.
It's the only place I've ever seen them,
and they were "retired" in 2005.
 
 The candy dish has a cute little
smiling pumpkin inside.
which leads me to believe there's more to this set.
Here's a dept 56 tea light holder that I saw online
that looks just like that pumpkin.
And these mugs...
see the same pumpkin there,
along with all these other charcacters?
 
image form ebay
And here's that same cat from the mug...
I feel this was an extensive unnamed line that
Dept 56 released just before they
stopped production of Halloween collectibles.
Here's more of the collection I was able to find
pictures of....
 
But I digress, Let us get back to my decorating.
Next I put up the fall wreath
and placed the Kron TV Lamp Owl on his perch...
CREEPY, huh?
 
Then, I carefully unpacked all the collectibles,
 
 and arranged them
along the buffet and on the hutch.

There's the crow next to the dish.
 
 Here's my Anna Lee candy corn elf
next to my
"Frankenstein Stein" mug
 
Designed by the talented people at
One Hundred 80 Degrees.
 
He sets across from my
Dept 56 google eye Bride of Frankenstein Bowl From
the "Frankenstein's Laboratory" line.
 
AAAAHHHHHH!
She is screaming at
 the Pottery Barn mice this year.
With my Halloween hutch/buffet almost done,
  I move on to the dry goods pantry,

I am a big fan of the
Fitz and Floyd "Halloween Harvest" line
 
The Halloween Harvest Haunted House
Cookie Jar is the biggest jar I own.
I received the matching cat and pumpkin
salt and pepper shakers
free with the purchase of the
cookie jar from FitzandFloyd.com many years ago.
 
The matching Halloween Harvest lidded box witch
I purchased a little later.

 I was fortunate to catch the
Halloween Harvest Dracula at a half off
sale on FitzandFloyd.com.  They are always
offering great sales.  He would have been way
too expensive otherwise.

I am also the proud owner this year of the
Glitterville stacking Halloween cake plates. 
 I just love the bright colors, and the little silhouettes
match the little silhouettes on the buffet table runner.
Sam won a little money at the slots this summer and
said I could get whatever I wanted, since I
had my eye on this for many years,
I figured, well now's my chance.
 
Now I just need to learn to make cupcakes.
 
I'm still decorating...I'll post more later.
 
Thanks for popping by!
Today I'm joining
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
and
 
Happy Haunting!
 
 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Getting a New Floor....Part 3

 
Day Three
If you've missed part one and two,
check them out HERE and HERE.
Mark and James arrive early
Monday morning to keep laying the
Faux wood porcelain 
Bedrosians Barrique Aspen Gray "gris" tile.
Mark puts tile against the kitchen
and family room wall,

and into the pantry.

They then move all the
furniture in the living room
onto the dry side of the room
and lay more faux wood
gray tile in there.
When he can no longer reach
across the wet area,
he tackles the coat closet
by the front door.
Mark says it was a difficult area because
he had no way to rest the palm of his hand
while he leaned in...a real back breaker.
 From there,
 he moves to finish up the hallway.
 
Then moves furniture in
the family room to the dry side, 
and lays more faux wood tile in there.
With that he completes day three.

Do you see the dust on the table on the right?
I'm finding that all over the house!!!
Scaping dust is on everything.
 

Tuesday
Day Four,
Mark finishes up the front room
and attacks the kitchen,
 under the dishwasher...
and under the fridge and oven.
 
He then does half the guest bathroom.
 
Mark starts grouting the master bath.
remember we chose
Spectralock #78 sterling silver grout
Spectralock is a fast drying product
so he works very quickly.
Gray grout for gray tile...
a pretty good match.
Bathroom done, BAM!
James has to wet the area with a sponge
so the grout drys evenly
and wipes up any residue.

 On to the hallway, BAM!

 Not long till the front room...
is mostly done,
BAM!
 Into the kitchen and
 family room. BAM!
 
On Wednesday, Day Five
 
Mark is back to finish up
and the carpet installers arrive this morning
for the bedroom carpet, and
whole house baseboards. 
Carpet went in fast...
(We went for a tight Berber weave
gray with flakes of beige and blue.)

followed by the baseboards.
Sam was out back painting them
as the installers were measuring, cutting,
and installing them.
 
master bath
I must say, they did a wonderful job.
 
master bedroom closet 
Unfortunately they were going so fast they
didn't take into account the closet doors needed
to close.
 
By the end of day five Mark was done,
tile was installed, carpet was in,
and
the baseboard install needed one more half day.
 
Day Six
The guys arrived early and worked through midday
 
Closet will now close but Sam and I will need to
touch up the area.
Those corner pieces cost money and
we didn't order enough
to go on the inside of the closets
so the installers pulled them out
to use in other areas. 
 
Kitchen looks good with the
gray grout and faux wood porcelain 
gray tile and new baseboards.
Hallway looks divine.
Sam even painted the walls a tan-ish gray
to compliment the floors.

A far cry from just a week ago, don't you think?
 
We still have a lot of cleanup to do.
You wouldn't believe the amount of dust
the scraping of the floors created.
 
Plus
Sam is still busy painting the living room
so I haven't quite moved
the furniture back into place yet.
I'll show more in another post.
 
Hope you all are having a Great October!
Ours certainly got better!
 
 Thanks for stopping by!
 
 
 
 
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