Friday, October 5, 2012

Decking the (haunted) halls....

It's that time of year... when witches dust off their brooms...

Of course mine is a cute little vintage one, child sized that is.

The orange of Halloween is kept confined in the kitchen this year... I don't decorate the whole house for Halloween but I do try to add a little something to my dining room.  This year it's all about black (of course), whites and silver.  I've been wanting to get some of these glittery letters at a local store for a long time but couldn't spell a word I wanted... until "boo"!

My mom and I picked this up last year... a wooden cut out of a haunted house.  It's 3 pieces hinged together... not vintage but certainly fits in with all my other vintage items... a black, pressed glass plate, a black glass flower frog, vintage pottery in shades from white to cream...

And the vintage book page banner I made last year is hanging once again.

And I added a little vintage silver in front of a black and glittery frame...

As well as my Pottery Barn "mercury glass" pumpkins... I love these.  I can have them out from September 1 until the day after Thanksgiving!

And since Halloween isn't just about black but orange too...

I sprinkled it all around my kitchen.  I love the pale green and jadeite colors I use in my kitchen.  Who would have ever guessed that this color of green seems to go with everything... from black and orange of Halloween, to the reds of Christmas, to the aquas and silvers of winter and of course the pastels of spring!

My vintage Nesbitt's pop crate is standing up like a little shelf or shadow box this year...

I filled it with tiny treasures like this vintage plastic witch... made to top a cupcake....

And speaking of witches... who couldn't resist these two vintage Gurley candle witches?  I love Gurley candles for all holidays!  I think this goes back to my childhood and my mom's set of Gurley choir boys and girls...

And this cute little vintage witch has a crepe paper skirt and chenille pipe cleaner legs... I think she was perhaps meant to top a cake back in the day...

And did you notice my orange light bulbs?  They're my new acquisition... a complete box of them at an antique store.  And don't miss the vintage paper plate in the background... I got this a number of years ago for just $1!

See what I mean about the orange and black with the green?  I love my jadeite mixed with some orange and black for Halloween... I have two of these black sisal trees...

Complete with black glitter, of course!  You can just perch them in a little pitcher or pot...

And we're back were we started...

But this broom won't be used to sweep away any cobwebs... because this is the one month out of the year that I can ignore them... with the excuse that it's part of the decor!

Looking forward to the weekend, it's going to be another dry and sunny one here in Washington.

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  1. It all looks great . I like to decorate a bit for fall as well on the front porch and inside really brightens up the place ! Have a good day !

  2. Love, love, love your Pottery Barn Mercury Glass . . . in fact, any old and new Mercury Glass. Happy decorating!

  3. Adorable...just the right touches! And I remember those candle too...oops, am I showing my age?! Tell me, did you make the greeting inside the glittery black frame? If you did, can you share the how-to's? Thanks a bunch! -Mary

    1. I didn't make it... it's actually a Martha Stewart item from Michaels... it's just a little velum piece so it would be really easy to make yourself. Find a picture and print directly onto vellum or even trace yourself... hmmm maybe that's a new idea :)


  4. Jadeite does seem to go with a lot, doesn't it?!
    I love the vintage candles. Oh, and mercury glass. I am going to have some one day.

  5. I'm sitting in a hotel room in Ohio and enjoying the heck out of your unusual and perfect vintage decorations. Can't wait to put out all my Halloween things. Hugs, Teresa

  6. Looks beautiful, as always! I know what you mean about the candles. so many memories of mom and grandma!
    thanks so much for the email...just got home, so will be getting back to you soon. So, so helpful!

  7. Such pretty decorations, and love all the vintage goodies! happy fall weekend! xo Heather

  8. Love the decor. I love the little things tucked here and there so you find something you didn't see the next time you walk by. :)

  9. Hello Chris, I was out surfing blog-land looking to see what some of my followers were following, when I came across your charming blog. I love all your vintage decorations and have fond memories of those little character candles. They were very popular when I was a kid, in the mid 50's. I remember one year when my teacher told us all to purchase one in a Christmas theme and bring it to school. We used them as the subject of a snow globe craft. I especially like your vintage book page banner, it is a delightful addition to your Halloween decorating.
    I am your newest follower. I am a retired wife, mother and grandma. I worked as an activity director in an assisted living facility and now that I'm retired I go back and volunteer. I just fell in love with so many of our residents that they became family.
    I would love to invite you over to visit my little Crafty Home Cottage blog. Have a marvelous day, Connie :)


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