Our Halloween Decor

Hey there!  Get ready for picture overload because I am sharing our Halloween decor today…finally!  This post has been in the works for a while — the first batch of photos I took I wasn’t happy with, and then I moved some things around and zhushed some things anyway, so I’m glad I waited to share.  🙂

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Welcome!  🙂

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

So, I really like how this vignette ended up turning out, but it took some time.  That web was more difficult to get “right” than I thought it would be!  It was tricky, but I think I learned some things for next time.  🙂  The spider is from Target, and I ended up gluing a small hair clip to the back of him so that I could clip him to the mirror and make it look like he was scurrying down.  I used E6000 — hot glue did not work, just FYI.  Much like my DIY Creepy Crawly Wreath.  The printable can be found here and I always like using a fun one in this frame.

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

This cloche is from Target, as well as the small skulls and the skeleton hand.  I added a bunch of moss and you should have seen me trying to get these skulls under here…  It was ridiculous, lol.

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

I hot glued the spider (also from Target) onto the candle votive.  I thought I could sacrifice one in my collection in the name of permanent Halloween decor.  😉

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Of course I had to decorate our trays on our coffee table that are a constant staple.  I was just thinking the other day that I may be ready to do something a little bit different here.  Maybe after Christmas…  I do love it, but kind of craving something fresh.

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

This skull is from the Target Dollar Spot… I think it was $3?  It’s one of those easy little DIY paint projects, but I knew I wanted to keep it white.  I put black sand in the bottom so that it kind of looked like dirt, then layered the moss and placed the skull.  The spider is just an added creepy bonus.  😉

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Cocktail napkins from HomeGoods, of course.  They have the best.

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Fun skull candles from HomeGoods, too.  I added a little bit of moss for extra spookiness.

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

The orange-y pillows felt like Fall to me.  The fabric is soft and cozy, too — they are great napping pillows!

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

My hubby’s pipe station got a little bit decked out for the holiday, too.  He was happy about that — can’t forget him!

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

This is just a little display in our kitchen.  It takes up valuable counter space, but it’s cute!

Our Halloween Decor {Details Blog}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great rest of your week.

Halloween Floral Table Setting

Happy Friday!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  It’s been a super busy one for me and I am looking forward to the weekend.  I bet you are, too.  🙂

Halloween Floral Table Setting {Details Blog}

So let’s talk about this table setting…  The ceramic pumpkin has been sitting in the middle of our kitchen table, on top of that tray, with moss and creepy crawlies for the better part of two months.  Inside there is more moss, and three flameless candles that are really cool — they work off of a remote and you can change the color about twelve different ways.  A HomeGoods score, of course.

Halloween Floral Table Setting {Details Blog}

But this table really came together all because of some sad, dying flowers.  Yep.  I purchased some blooms from Sprouts during a grocery shopping trip a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend they were looking mighty d.e.a.d.  But I was actually super excited about their crispiness because I knew they would be the perfect addition to a table setting!  See the way my brain works?

Halloween Floral Table Setting {Details Blog}

So I totally celebrated their death and they were repurposed.  I used my vintage striped blue linens because I do think they look just as good during Fall as they do during Summer with seashells.  They’re transitional napkins…  Fancy.

Halloween Floral Table Setting {Details Blog}

The sunflower just got tucked in between the two plates.  I really like that everything on the table looks pretty dried out… it adds to the spookiness.  🙂

Halloween Floral Table Setting {Details Blog}

This was my Sunday puttering last weekend.  I love shopping my house for things — apparently even dead flowers, lol!  This little space is still making me happy.

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Cozying Up For Fall…With Tea

Hey friends, happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend.

Cozying Up For Fall...With Tea {Details Blog}

I’m in Fall nesting mode completely now — always kind of puttering around the house and adding things here, taking away things there, etc.  It’s my favorite thing.  🙂  I had some different types of tea that were in baggies and I thought I would “make pretty.”

Cozying Up For Fall...With Tea {Details Blog}

I love to get my teas from local places.  One of these is from the Queen Creek Olive Mill and a couple of the others are from my visits to Highland Yard Vintage.  There is an awesome couple who creates their own brews and sells them at the market and they are so so good.  I wish I could remember their name… I will get it for next time.

Cozying Up For Fall...With Tea {Details Blog}

This is just a scrolly mirror that I use for decor around the house.  I used mason jars for the tea and snipped the ‘to, from’ off of some gift tags to label and tape to the jar lids.  In the center I have my handy tea bag squeezer to strain the bags and looseleaf tea bags that I found at Sprouts.

Cozying Up For Fall...With Tea {Details Blog}

You’ve seen my espresso pod holder, which is really a ‘small bites’ caddy from Pottery Barn, and my li’l Duralex cups that I use for my espresso are underneath — still within easy reach.  But I’m trying to drink less coffee!  (I say that as I am on my third cup…)  But really.  Trying is the operative word here.  So I thought a pretty tea station would do the trick.  😉  I’ll keep you posted!

Have a great day, friends!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath

As soon as Target put out the Halloween things in the Dollar Spot, I was all over it.  I found a nice size unpainted wooden bat, and the idea for this wreath was dreamed up almost entirely in one thirty minute Target trip.

I need to post this disclaimer, though — For this wreath, initially I used hot glue.  It is important to let everything on the wreath settle overnight before hanging it — I didn’t the first time, and things fell of of it.  And another disclaimer — I hot glued the spiders to the wreath and because they are pretty smooth on the back, a lot of them fell off.  You’ll want to use E6000 for all gluing — especially if you live in a hot climate.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

So guys…this is what we are making.  Put your crafting hat on!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Supplies Needed:

-Grapevine wreath (I used a 24″)

-Wooden bat (Target Dollar Spot)

-Paint sponge brushes

-Picture hooks

-Floral wire

-Black craft paint

-Black glitter paint

-1-2 bags of creepy crawlies (Target Halloween section)

-Hot glue gun and glue sticks (for moss only)

-Not pictured: E6000 — don’t use hot glue like I did for anything but the moss!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Glue your picture hooks to the corners of the bat.  You will need 2.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Turn the bat over and paint the edges of the bat with the black craft paint.  His face was the most difficult part — I didn’t have smaller brushes so I smudged on a bunch of paint with my finger.  I also smushed the brush into the crevices and just tried to coat him.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Then paint the front of the bat.  I did two coats.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Once the bat dries, brush over the top with black glitter craft paint.  This will give him a nice shimmer.  🙂  He’s a fancy bat!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Next you’re going to wire Mr. Bat into the wreath using the picture hooks.  Cut off about 5 inches of floral wire, then loop it through the hook and wrap around some of the twigs in the wreath.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Start adding your spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies.  I didn’t bother gluing the wormy-type creatures.  Those I just tucked underneath twigs in order to make it look like they were crawling through.  Glue the spiders, though.  Put a spider on each side where the floral wire is to conceal.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Next, add moss in clumps.  You are fine to use a hot glue gun for this part — I haven’t had any moss fall off of my wreath.  Add some spiders on top of the moss.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Let me know if you end up making this, too!  🙂  I would love to see.  This took me about 3-4 hours, just FYI.  It can be done in an afternoon.

The Beginnings of Fall Nesting

Good morning to you!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was pretty low-key, which was much-needed.

I am itching for Fall… this is not a secret.  This past weekend I spent some time at Target and HomeGoods and found some fun things.  I took down Summer on Sunday and put away the Fall decor that I purchased into my Fall bin, and then began deep cleaning the house.  My goal is to have the house deep-cleaned in a few weeks after spending a few weekends doing the work, and then I will feel good about putting up Halloween/Fall/Christmas.  You know how it feels when your house just gets dirty.  I’m really good about keeping up with general tidiness but I feel like a couple times a year it feels really nice to go deeper than that.  I don’t really have time for much more than that!

At HomeGoods I found some cute velvet pumpkins for a really great price ($9.99!) and some fresh pillows for the season, which I’ll show you below.  At Target I bought a few styrofoam pumpkins that don’t feel super cheap from the Dollar Spot and I was also really excited because a bunch of their glass hurricanes were on sale for under $10!  So I bought two of those in different sizes and although I’m not certain how I will use them now, things like that are indispensable and really great for seasonal decor.

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Does anyone know what this plant is?  I bought it at Sprouts and forgot to look at the tag!  Also that little taper candle holder was a gift from my in-laws from their recent trip to Boston.  Isn’t it unique?  Of course I love the black and white.  😉

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This is always a favorite spot for me to photograph.  🙂  I took out all of the seashells and am left with this simple little vignette.

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It feels good to have it cleaned up!

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The giant ceramic seashell that was holding our remotes got packed away and our silver bowl returned.  And the Summer napkins are packed, too — these blue and white ones are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

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See that cute little pouf back there?  He’s like a little furry monster.  I have been waiting for this one to go on sale at Target for quite some time and just the other day we stopped there and the price had dropped below $25.  I love the warmth and texture that he adds to our space.  And yes, the pouf is a he.  What should we name him?  😉

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Those bird pillows are the new ones… They spoke Fall to me without being too theme-y.  And this time of year when I nest it’s usually when I layer and layer… So I put our furry blanket from Restoration Hardware underneath the striped Ikea throw.  The brown color of the furry blanket brings out the pretty taupes and browns in the bird pillows, and there’s some gray in there, too!

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These are some pretty flowers on our kitchen table right now.  My momma brought them over to me on Friday evening and I am loving watching them open up.  🙂

How do you nest for Fall?

Weekend Puttering

This past weekend I decided to take care of disposing of and replacing my dead plants around the house.  😉  I love the way that fresh flowers and plants make a space feel.  They’re good for the air, they’re good for your soul, and they’re good when you’re feeling like you are in a rut or just wanting your space freshened up.

I love buying orchids and flowers from Trader Joe’s.  They have the best prices and their blooms last a long time.  For succulents, I’m all about Home Depot.  I’ve had good luck keeping ones from there alive for a good long while and they are incredibly inexpensive.

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I usually have an orchid on this table but I switched this pot and my orchid and I love the change.  That’s what puttering dreams are made of.  😉

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The hydrangeas look so beautiful and lush in this blue and white planter, and they speak Summer to me every time I look at them.  Soaking up the last weeks of Summer before I can officially call it the beginning of Fall — September!

Coffee Table Vignette

I got this super healthy new succulent and potted it in my vintage silver in place of the grape-looking plant I had in it before.  It’s a fun change.

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Remember, this tray is a simple DIY project!

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One of my favorite views.  🙂

Orchid Vignette

This is the spot where my orchid lives now — it adds the perfect height and drama.  It’s such a beautiful plant and I had to move around all the orchids at TJ’s to get to this one, but you do what you gotta do.  😉

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