Happy Halloween, Ya’ll!

I can’t speak for you and where you are, but here in Tennessee, Autumn is doing it’s perfect Fall-time *thing!*  The air is crisp but not cold until after dark (yet), warm rosy tones are creeping into the tips of our leaves, and pumpkins are popping up on porches left and right.  I.  Love.  It.

In the spirit of things, I’ve decorated our house for the holiday a bit….

Our Downstairs Mantel

Our Downstairs Mantel

My Curio

My Curio

Some of you may look at this and say, “A LITTLE bit?!”  Well, yes, for me, this is kinda a moderate amount.  I generally try and decorate for the holiday in all of the more public rooms of the house, and in this home that would be the foyer, living room, den, kitchen, dining room,  hallway, and maybe some of the baths and playroom.  And greenhouse.  And I can’t forget the ever-important front porch/ yard!  But, considering that a good half of the rooms I just listed aren’t really comfortable to hang out in, they don’t count yet.

The Shelf Over the Couch

The Shelf Over the Couch

I’ve only really “worked on” the bedrooms and baths of this house so far.  Yes, the den is comfy, we need a place to hang out, and the kitchen completely functions as it should, but neither of those rooms are fulfilled visions, even slightly.  The foyer would be done if we had a rug for the landing (I haven’t found anything *right* yet!), and if several of those tall walls were painted.  I can’t do them, as I don’t have safe equipment for reaching points so high over the stairwell….  so that’s *uptothepoint* of done, but still isn’t.  Anyway, I’m rambling, point is, this isn’t me going all-out on the holiday dec, really.  But I kinda did what I felt I could do, and I’m loving the return to my usual thing of going overboard for each event… ’cause I really do love that.

Art Wall In the Foyer

Art Wall In the Foyer

I like Halloween, I always have, but more because I associate it with Fall, costumes, candy and carving pumpkins.  I don’t like being scared, and I hate violence and gore, so the ‘haunted houses’ and slasher flicks of the season are pretty much lost on me….  You’ll note that the creepiest things in my decor are animalia– owls, bats, spiders, and black cats, none of which give us horrifying nightmares.  Nay, most of my holiday decor centers around the jovial jack-o-lantern, I likes the goofy gourds!

The pumpkins are another of those things that I didn’t really realize I was collecting until I had amassed a large few of them.  One of my secrets to being able to go overboard on these holidays is that I pick up the bulk of my nicer and vintage pieces off-season.  Which means I’m not against buying a 70’s trick-or-treat pumpkin at an estate sale in February…  but what can happen, and in this case, DID happen, is that after having a fairly weak stash of Halloween decor, I started picking up bits here and there, and by the time I got back around to Halloween and amassed it all, I realized– “WOW!  I must really gravitate to jack-o-lanterns!”  And after I recognized it, it was *ON,* where I began to intentionally look them over whenever I’d see them in the thrifty mix.  The collecting became intentional.

Candy Ready!

Candy Ready!

Now I realize that I likely chose the jacks because we like decorating with orange; because they’re smiley (the bulk of mine are); and they are a completely ‘sweet’ part of the holiday– no scares here.  AND– I think this is a good tip– I’ve since discovered that a lot of my jacks are ‘blank’ on the back, which means that when it becomes November, I can simply turn them around and re-work my display a little.  I *do* have an unmoveable mirror that I’ve never had to deal with before, but I’m still thinking that if Fox and I go collect some nice colorful leaves, we should be able to disguise the smileys even from the reflection and change the look of the while arrangement.

**As for my sewing project, stress of this week has caused me to ‘bump’ it until next week– please forgive me!**

Happy Halloween ya’ll, go out and get some goodies, and BE SAFE!

(Sorry that the images in this post are all kinda crappy– Light was dwindling and I needed to get at lease SOME before it’s all taken down tomorrow!)


 


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