November 26, 2013

Fluffing the Nest for Thanksgiving

It's no secret that I love celebrating the special days in life, and Holidays top them all.  While I'm a bit busy preparing for special times with family later this week, I thought I'd share a few images from around the house today.  Hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

November 7, 2013

A Halloween Recap

Well, all of the Halloween decorations are packed away, and the Thanksgiving turkeys are now strutting all over the house.  I love Thanksgiving and all that it embodies and look forward to this special holiday, but I didn't want any more time to pass before sharing a few of our Halloween photos.  

Getting ready for the ghosts and goblins 

One of the tables in the foyer

That Scentsy warmer is my absolute favorite of the entire line.  The core of it is solid white so it coordinates with EVERY room I put it in, and the outer band or "wrap" is interchangeable.  

 After these photos were taken, I changed the outer wrap to a Halloween theme:

And speaking of foyers, just LOOK at my friend Elizabeth's fabulous foyer!  Doesn't it look like a magazine photo?!  Her neighbors bring their children to her foyer each year to take their "official" costume photos, and I can certainly see why!  True story.  :)

Our vintage (industrial) dish rack that I now use as a French Memo Board in the dining room. I enjoy changing it out for each season. In our house at the beach, this hung in our kitchen and I saw it many more times a day.  I may need to find a spot and move it back to the kitchen in this house so that I see it more often.  Hmmm...

The majority of our Trick-or-Treaters this year were teens. I think it's a sign of the age of our neighborhood as all of the kiddos are growing up! These are two of our cutie-pie neighbors.  I'm so glad teens are still allowed to Trick-or-Treat here.  At the beach, there was a strict "12-years-old" cut off which made me very sad.  Well behaved teens need fun and candy too, LOL!

And then there are the tried-and-true, good, old-fashioned plastic Jack-O-Lanterns.  I don't think I'll ever decorate without them, plastic or not.  We have dozens of them and I like to put mums and candles in them, but not both in the same pumpkin, LOL.   

Do you see that white paper taped to our door?  We were "BOOed" by someone!  :)  Another tradition that I enjoy each year...and another thing that we do in this neighborhood that wasn't done at the beach.  Our kiddos love receiving the BOOs, and I love reciprocating to other neighbors.  Whomever BOOed us this year knew that one kiddo was away at college and left candy for our son.  It was a small highlight to his otherwise boring Halloween.  He had been sick all week, so Halloween was pretty much a wash for him this year.  :(  Does your neighborhood BOO?  If not, please consider starting this wonderful little tradition next year.


Wouldn't it be neat to line an ENTIRE STREET with pumpkin luminaries?!?!?!?!  I think I have a new plan for next year!  :)  Anybody know of stores that have them on clearance at the moment?  

October 30, 2013

Halloween Love: Pinterest Style

I browsed Pinterest this morning to find a few inspiring photos, and thought I'd share a few of my favorites.

 Too cute

 Maybe I can dig this one out today and watch it with my sick teenager.  It's ageless, huh?

 This reminds me of one of the Geico commercials.  "Happier than a witch in a broom factory!"  

 I love classic movies, and I bet this one is good.  I'll have to check Amazon for it.  Wish I had seen it sooner this year!

 Speaks for itself!  YUM!

Loved the beauty of this one!

Fun times ahead!  Oh how I LOVE the playfulness of Halloween!

October 29, 2013

Catching A Web for Halloween

Catching a spider's web is a fun activity to do during the week of Halloween.  Our son's 5th grade teacher taught his class how to do this and it has been a big hit.  Here's how:

You'll need:

A nice web that's easy to reach
Card stock or white poster board the size of the web
black spray paint (or any color you wish)
clear spray paint 

If there is a spider currently occupying the web, gently shoo him away with a small stick. No harm should be done to the spider. I still have mixed feelings about this, but they rebuild those webs very quickly! :)

Once the spider is gone, spray the entire web with your colored spray paint. And of course, if the web is attached to a building of structure of any kind, use caution as to not get the spray paint on anything except the web.

Now that the web is painted, hold your card stock or poster board BEHIND the web with one hand, while holding the CLEAR spray paint in the other hand.

Next comes the trickiest part, but it's really not too tricky.  You'll want to slowly and gently pull the paper TOWARDS you while spraying a light coating of the clear paint at the same time.  The movement will "capture" the web onto the paper, and the clear spray will serve as "glue" to keep it there!  :)

Once you've captured your web, it'll need to sit in a flat location for a few minutes to dry.

Once ours were dry, we matted them by using other pieces of colored card stock as shown above.

Hope you're able to enjoy this activity with someone this week.  It's fun for all ages!