Halloween Decorating

What a spooky, crazy and fabulous holiday Halloween is. I just finished up the inside of my house and what fun I had. I love doing the mantel change up for every season and of course I always do the niches and buffet table in my dining room. This year I was inspired by Tatortots and Jello and her fabulous kitchen cabinet display. I had to do a little something to mine as well. It’s not quite as amazing as her’s but I do love it!! I already picked up some red and white dishes to do it up again for Christmas.

Here is my decorated cabinet. I picked up the black and white striped/polka dots goodies at where else? HomeGoods. I also bought the adorable scalloped cake plate there. The bowls I already had and the coffee mugs came from Anthropolgie awhile ago. I adore them. Oh, the owls? Target bargain bin and Marshalls. My shopping spots are pretty much consistent if you couldn’t tell 😉

My mantel which I love. Please note the little pumpkin guy and his sparkly sign. I don’t remember where I got him but he’s one of my favorite Halloween decorations ever. The sign came from the gift shop at High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill.

I made this Halloween chalkboard last year. I used an old frame and a friend wrote on it for me. I loved her writing so much that I left it alone from last year. Thankfully she used a chalkboard pen so it lasted. I found the black garland at Michaels, the candleholders hold cute little pumpkins and I made the Trick or Treat bunting with scrapbook paper and stickers.Oh, also I added a Candy Corn candle from Yankee to make the room smell like Halloween.

Then I got a little crafty and painted some pumpkins with chalkboard paint – warning, the paint peels off easy so be gentle. I used some scraps of b&w fabric and a spooky spider place setting. This is the first thing people see when they walk through my front door.

I also got crafty and made this easy and cute rag bunting. I cut a piece of twine that was a little longer then the mirror in my dining room and cut strips of fabric that I had on hand. I think it really adds a pop of color to my giant black mirror. What do you think?

 

Of course behind the dining room table is the buffet table. I found this adorable Boo set at Hallmark. I scooped up the second to the last one and then my friend got the last one the next day. Isn’t it fun? The tiny skeletons in the jar came from the Dollar Store. A whole strand of them was only a $1. I picked up several. I found the shiny pumpkin at Marshalls and the shiny candle holder was on clearance at HomeGoods. I just set a real pumpkin on top.

We also have a Halloween Countdown sign. I picked it up last year at JoAnn’s but I’m pretty sure I saw them again this year. The kids have fun counting down the days.

I already had this wreath up for Fall but I set a little Boo sign inside of it to ‘spook’ it up a bit.

 

I’m linking up to the following awesome bloggers:

Rock n Roll Halloween Wreath

OK — so I am on this tulle wreath kick. First the Autumn one and then I made this one, well the base of it and a friend messaged me and said, “I need a Halloween wreath NOW“. {she was quite bossy so I felt like I had to oblige ;)} I explained what I was creating and she popped over to take a peak. Well I had picked up some accessories and we decided that some creepy skull heads and black roses would give it it just the right added touch. I wrapped it up today and can we say creepy love? It came out so fun and looks very rock n roll to me.

Supplies needed:

  • Wreath form {I used straw} I picked mine up at WalMart but you can also get them at JoAnn or Michaels.
  • Tulle and lots of it. I think I used about 4-5 yards on one wreath? The basic tulle is $1.49-1.99/yard and the fancy glittery stuff can run you $5.99/yard. I only added a bit of that for extra oomph and it saved me some cashola. I shop at JoAnn’s where they always seem to have a coupon. They also have an app for the iPhone that allows you to download the coupons right then and there. They use them right off of your phone. Easy enough, right?
  • Accessories or embellishments {whatever you wanna call them!} I shopped around but really didn’t have luck anywhere besides Michael’s. The skulls and roses come on long stems and run $1.99/each.

Basically it’s an easy, sit in front of the TV kinda craft {the best kind!}. The length of your fabric will depend on your wreath form. Cut lots and lots and lots or strips. Then tie them, twice and continue on. Kinda like Keep Calm and Tie On 😉 Just keep on going. At the very end I give it a little trim by pulling the pieces up straight and trimming. I feel like a stylist during this part. For a minute I feel like I should have gone been a hairdresser. Then I know that is not a great idea and I keep on crafting! There is also excessive amounts of tulle scraps and glitter all over my couch. And me. And the house. It’s OK. Make a mess, have fun and clean up later.

Once you have completed phase one, move on to phase two. Cut down the embellishments just enough so that you can stick them in the straw and kinda play with where you want them. You might have to add some hot glue to make it good and permanent.

Voila — you now have an awesome Rock n Roll Halloween Wreath.

I am linking up to some awesome linky parties this week:

 

DIY Fall Wreath

Yes, I do love wreaths. You probably noticed though uh? I saw a version of this on Etsy using only burlap but it had sold. I knew I could whip up my own version. I used a wreath form that cost $1. Of course when I wanted more, the Dollar Store stopped carrying them. Boo! Anyway, a wreath form plus lots of scraps {fabric and burlap} as well as a couple of cute Fall accessories and voila, a fabulous new wreath that is perfect for the Fall season.

It’s pretty easy, cut lots of strips {size depends on how thick your wreath is}. I typically cut a sample size and then use that as my guide to cut several strips. Then tie them around the wreath, around and around and around. You get the idea. I do a double tie so that it stays tied. This is a great way to use of fabric scraps from previous projects and of course you can do this for any occasion.

I have actually made these from tulle as well and they are fun and super easy. They have become my nighttime project for when I am catching up on shows.

 

 

I’ve linked up to the below linky parties:

Free Halloween Printables

Ah yes — Halloween Printables as found across the web. Click on the picture and it will take you to the original site where you can say thank you and print away 🙂

These chevron printables from Two Twenty One are super fun!

 

I love this version of Keep Calm from Craftily Ever After. Very clever!!

You can also find this Eat, Drink and be Scary at Craftily Ever After.

 

Crafts & Such created an If the Broom Fits and there are several colors to choose from.

I think Subway art is such a fun way to be descriptive about seasons. How about this one over at Eighteen 25?

 Party Box Designs has several free printables for a Halloween Party. I really like this one as it looks sketched.

Another subway art over at It Works For Bobbie.

 

Craft Gossip offers this one.

Daily Deals by Fabulous Crafters – Groopdealz, Very Jane and Pick Your Plum

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love crafty people and I love me some deals! So I wanted to share a couple of my favorite daily deal websites. Basically you subscribe to these and then the daily deals pop up in your inbox. One of my favorite things is that you find awesome things and you can stock up for occasions such as birthdays or holidays. I’ve gotten everything from handmade signs to pillow covers and even jewelry.

Groopdealz – here are just a few of the fun things up for grabs right now for amazing deals.

 

 

 

Pick Your Plum features a daily deal Monday – Friday at 7am. Today’s deal is these tin sign boards.  

 

Very Jane is probably one that I have purchased from the most. They have several deals running daily.

 

 

I love homemade items. I feel like there is so much love behind these items so it makes me feel good to share them with friends and family. Do you have a go to place for gifts? Do tell 😉

Fall Tulle Wreath

I love making wreaths. It’s one of many ways for me to be creative. My favorite wreath as of late is this fluffy beautiful Fall one made of tulle. It took about 7 yards total and I used 4 different colors. Three were matte but then I added in a shiny gold as well. I found the wreath accessories at JoAnn’s. Well, I decided to share this wreath on Facebook and guess what? A friend wanted  it ASAP. So I sold it. Then I went out and bought more materials to make another. Maybe I’ll get to keep this one? 😉

I also made a few other tulle wreaths which I don’t have photos of {I know, my bad}. I made one last year for a craft faire. It was red and white and mimicked a candy cane. I also made one for my son’s ‘girlfriend’ {it’s OK, we are good friends with the parents and they are on board with the whole arranged marriage thing, ha ha}. I went all girly since I don’t get to do that all that often around here. It was full of pinks and purples with a couple of big flowers. It couldn’t have been more girly, seriously. Fluffy tulle plus pinks and purples?

Alright — I’m off to create another wreath now. Have a fabulous day!!

Oh, be sure to head on over to Southern Hospitality Blog. She is having a linky party for outside Fall decor. I didn’t want to be left out so of course I joined 😉

Halloween Giveaway

I have been wanting to do this for some time and I figured, there us no time like the present so here we go — The first ever monthly giveaway at The Local Honey. Now, I love to shop so I am picking up things I love to give to YOU!

Ready.Set.Win!

A few things for Halloween fun.

  • Wilton cookie cutters
  • Black and white polka dot cupcake wrappers – 75 included
  • Wilton Halloween sprinkles
  • Candy Corn tissue 
  • Darling signs {3} – Halloween Fun, Gimme the Creeps and Scaredy Cat
  • Martha Stewart Goodie Bags {8} – various prints
  • Spooky banner

What do you need to do to win?

    • Please follow me on Twitter or Facebook {if you don’t already}. Make sure to leave a comment so I know you are a new follower.
    • Subscribe to my blog.
    • Leave a comment below by finishing this sentence. “My favorite Halloween ever was _______________________.” Be descriptive!!

On September 28th I will choose my favorite comment. I will then contact the winner via email and voila, on October 1st the package will ship to the winner!!

I’m also asking that you pass this giveaway on to friends and family — again via email, Twitter and Facebook. The more I grow — the more I can GIVE!

Thanks to those of you who already follow along. I {heart} you guys!

 

 

My Fall Buffet Table

I know — I shared some of my Fall decor already but I wanted to focus on my buffet table, I also wanted to join a linky party over at The Lettered Cottage for Fall table decorating 😉

I love this table. It is always so much fun to decorate for holidays. This year I added my Target grapevine pumpkins {several years old but I love them!}, my Pick Your Own Pumpkin was a steal at Eddie Bauer home 11 years ago! Crazy how a piece can still be a favorite so many moons later. I also added the fun little pumpkins in a jar. I think they might have come from Michaels? They are also a few years old. I love the table runner. It was a HomeGoods find from last year. I love that it has the fall colors of orange and brown but adds in the pop of blue.  Isn’t blue such a pretty compliment to orange? I think so! I added in a couple of frames and photos of my cute boys. The bronze frame is an oldie but I just scooped up the orange one at Marshalls this year at the bargain price of $7.99. The photos are actually from Apple Hill which to me is Fall. I have a million pics of my kids there from over the years.

Hello Pumpkin! Fun ways to decorate with pumpkins.

I {heart} pumpkins. Orange ones, white ones, green ones, fabric ones, sparkly ones and even painted ones!! I thought I’d share some fun pumpkins with you since October is rapidly approaching. The first official day of Fall is September 22nd Not that I am counting down or anything 😉

I spotted these velvet pumpkins last year at The Antique Gardener in Sutter Creek. They are sold on-line at LoveFeast Table.

Feeling Lovesome used some paint to make her pumpkins stand out. I love the idea of chevron but using chalkboard paint for a pumpkin hadn’t even crossed my mind. I LOVE It!!

The Autocrat used some fun ribbon to add bling to basic orange pumpkins.

Of course I had to do a little search over at Etsy and I found this b&w decoupage pumpkin at Catnip Studio Too.

Brown Eyed Cuties sells vinyl for your pumpkin decorating. Cute sayings like, “boo” await you!!

Happy Thoughts Gifts creates vinyl to customize your pumpkin. What a fun addition to a porch!

 

I love burlap. It is messy to work with but I love the outcome. It feels like a bit of nature and adds texture to the simplest of decor. These burlap pumpkins at D. Reyne on Etsy are FAB!!

I love simple grapevine pumpkins. I have some big ones that I got from Target a few years back. I also found a cute one that looks like this at Target last week. It was a whopping $2.50 in the bargain section.

These swirly glittered Fall pumpkins over at Kevin and Amanda are so fun!!

Country Living added some spooky with a beetle and a web pumpkin complete with a BIG spider.

Front Porch Ideas showcased a metallic painted pumpkin.

I love these polka dot pumpkins at BH&G.

I hope you enjoyed my little “Hello Pumpkin” post!!

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Hello there lovelies 🙂

Hope you are all doing well today. I just had to share a recent “makeover” that occurred in my kitchen. I saw the idea on Pinterest and also in my friend Amy’s kitchen. I love our kitchen cabinets. That are maple with an ivory glaze and we picked them out when we bought the house. We have received many compliments on them but being the quick change artist that I am, I wanted to add something else to them {it has been 8 years since we moved in — a change was due}. So I painted the inside a chocolatey brown. I love how they turned out. My plan it to eventually add glass shelves as I think this will make the brown pop even more plus I just don’t want to paint the shelves. So for now they are left as is.

Before:

During:

After:

There you have it. A little change for well, a little bit of change! I think I paid $8 for the paint.