Sunday, October 20, 2013

Some Bewitching Trouble! Halloween Table

Witchee Poo got herself into a little bit of a spot here on my Halloween Tablescape!
or should I say she got herself into a bit of a Pot!
She had been trying to stir up some trouble around here for Halloween.
 We knew we where in trouble when she took off her hat.
 I don't want to take a guess as to how she may have ended up in her cauldron -but I think my dog may have had something to do with it!
 She does not really like creepy crawly things and all of these spiders may have proved a bit too much for her.  
So my wonderful watch dog just took care of that mean old nasty witch!  And gave her a more than a taste of her own medicine.
There will be lots of treats for you Brandy!  You saved us from that nasty Witch!
I hope there are a lot of Tricks and Treats for you this Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tablecloth, napkins and Candelabras - Home Goods
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery
Black Flatware and the two dinner plates, swirled and checked - Marshalls- all last year
Orange Plate - Fiesta Ware Outlet
Bat and Spider dessert plates - Elderbeerman
Black Goblets - Kmart - last year
Mercury Glass Potion Bottles and Cauldron - Marshalls - couple years ago
Witches Legs and Hat - Hobby Lobby
Spell Books - just spray painted some old books 

I will be linking up at the following parties:
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
Inspire Me Tuesday @A Stroll Thu Life
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday, October 13, 2013

White and Gold Fall Tablescape

I have to admit, I am not a fancy person!  So when I decided to try a fancy fall table for Kathleen Cuisine's White Fall Challenge - it really was a Challenge.  So here is my attempt at being fancy!
Kathleen's Challenge was to do a fall table using white dishes. 

Was it cheating when I covered up most of the white dessert plates with pumpkins and leaves?
I hope not- I was kind of thinking it was more of a creative move!
How else was I going to scream out fall to you!
With pumpkins
and more pumpkins!
Most of what you see here, I already had in my stash!
When I found this table cloth - it just seemed like everything just came together.
The napkins and the candlesticks are new.
Oh - the mini pumpkin stack and the gourds are new- because those are real!
Now, please excuse me while I go change my cloths and put on some makeup!
I feel like I have to get fancied up to sit at my fancy table!

Tablecloth- T J Maxx
Gold Chargers, Gold Faux Pumpkins & White Urns - Micheals- all over the years
White Chargers - Old Time Pottery - last year
White Plates and Napkin Rings - Pier One- last year but still available 
Amber Stemware - World Market - last year
Gold Flatware - Value City - years ago when they still existed!
Candlesticks- Marshalls
Napkins - Bed Bath and Beyond
Leaf Vine - one of shops in Ohio's Amish Country-sorry can't remember which one!
I am also not sure where I got the big faux leaves!

I will be linking up to:
Wow Us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Halloween Graveyard Mantel - St. BoneAdventure Cemetery

It's that creepy time of year again!  When all the spooky, scary things you can imagine come out of hiding to do their best to give us a fright!
This year I decided to turn my mantel into a Graveyard.

 Welcome to St. BoneAdventure Cemetery!
  Watch out for buzzards, bats and rats!
The name of my cemetery was inspired by a recent trip to Savannah GA where the Bonaventure Cemetery resides, not to be confused with St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY.
And definitely not to be confused with the St. Bone Adventure Cemetery that lurks in my mind and now on my Mantel!
Of course I get these ideas and then find out why I haven't seen too many people do this, transform their mantel into a cemetery - right?! I would have thought that I was not the only one wanting to do this- but there must not be that much call for it - because I had a really hard time finding things at the right scale for this project.  I ended up making many of the pieces myself.  
The gate pillars are styrofoam, along with two of my grave stones.  If you have ever worked with cutting styrofoam - you will know - it is not real easy to get fine details and it makes a mess.  So I stuck with kind of simple shapes.  Then I sprayed them with Krylon Make It Stone spray paint.  I used a Sharpie Marker to add the bricks, names and details, then spayed them again with just a very light spray of black just to add some shading.

 I cut the Cemetery arched sign out of a thin foam core poster board I had left over from another project. I found a large oval tray to trace around the side to find my shape and then free handed the lettering in and used an Xacto knife to cut away the parts between the letters.  This took me a while -the cutting actually took me the whole Ohio State vs Northwestern game. It truly got a little scary during that game when Ohio State wasn't doing very well and I had an sharp instrument in my hand!  But both the game and the sign turned out as I had hoped!  Yeah!
I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Many here at the St. BoneAdventure Cemetery have so much fun that they have decided to stay for a while!
As kids, our neighborhood went all out for Halloween - so I have always had fond memories of spooky fun.  I hope I didn't creep you out too much!  

A special Thanks to all three of my kids who encourage me to keep going!
Thanks Allie, Shawn, and T.R.! and my Son-in-Law, Casey too!

Click on link to revisit Last Year's Halloween Fun:
2012 Halloween Mantel
2012 Halloween Tablescape

I am linked up to the following parties:
The Sunday Showcase @by Stephanie Lynn- Under the Table and Dreaming
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop @Confessions of A Plate Addict
Thursdays are Your Days @52 Mantels
Tablescape Thursday@Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays@The Tablescaper