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Happy Monday – Oh deer!

I’ve been on the hunt for this style of vintage brass deer for some time now. Over the weekend, we dropped by an estate sale and saw these two and haggled our way down to something more affordable for us. These stand 13″ and 16″, respectively, and I think they’ll look lovely on the mantle this year. Michael cleaned the doe when we got home I love it!

I’m kind of wanting to go directly past Thanksgiving and get started on decorating for Yule, now!

Bon weekend – until we meet again next year.

It’s been very busy around the house leading up to Halloween. Last night’s high voltage show mesmerized many children and quite a few adults. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to get any photos as I was on candy duty. Now it’s time to drain, soak, wash and pack away our seasonal goods until next fall, and put our beloved treasures back into their places throughout the house. Once again, the use of a glue stick and a light soaking, and the labels slid right off the glass.

I think the bubble gum eyes deteriorated beautifully.

As sad as I am to see everything come down I believe this may have been our funnest strike yet.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

Crystal Ball DIY via Flamingo Toes Tutorial

This delightful DIY project from Flamingo Toes was making rounds on Pinterest while I was working on our Brooklyn Limestone feature. I didn’t have time to try it while immersed on getting everything ready, so I tried it this weekend and I’m pleased with the results!

I’m thinking one of the few benefits to having Christmas decorations out before Halloween is that I could find glass ornaments at Jo-Ann’s. Armed with my 40% off coupon, a trip to the thrift store for brass candleholders and a stop for flat black paint, I was set to start the project.

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Bat Garland Back in the Shop!

Adjustable Bat Garlands are back on the Etsy shop. I can also do custom orders for whatever length desired!

Dinner with the Mad Scientist ll and Brooklyn Limestone Feature

Hello Brooklyn Limestone readers, and those still hanging around these parts! I’ve been a reader for several years and Stefanie’s decorations|party ideas knock my socks off, and I look forward to her Halloween posts with great anticipation! When she contacted me about a feature after I left a recent comment on the blog, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.

We’re continuing the Dinner with the Mad Scientist theme from two years ago. Most of the usual suspects have returned and we’ve collected a few new pieces since. The previous post has information on many of the details we repurposed this year. I have also updated the Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY post.

Smaller images can be clicked to view larger versions.

Michael came up with the idea to add some Sharpie solution to the dark green I was using for the large specimen jars and the effect is delightfully eerie. We also played with a black light behind the jars while taking a few of the photos. (more…)

Peppermint Placemats

These are a quick, inexpensive and festive way to dress up a holiday table. I used foam sheets that I picked up from Michaels a couple years ago for a costume project. They’re an almost perfect size for a placemat, and I’m thinking other materials such as poster board, cardboard, or foam board would make a nice wrapping base if they’re handy.

Remove the tag and staples, and wrap away! The ‘wrapping’ job on the back doesn’t have to be perfect, btw!

After setting the table it is time to eat, drink and be merry.

Bon Appétit!

Hark! Is this a post?

I’m not very fond of over sharing, but there are some current issues that are taking priority over projects and posting, and I will go in a bit more depth in upcoming posts. But it’s the holidays and we’re making merry and decking the halls. I’m happy to say this year is about a 95% recycled holiday season.

I’ll start with the last bits and go forward. After I finished the holiday decorating, I had some extra snow in the bag. I pulled a few ornaments from the tree and mantel (those will be fairly obvious), and made a little ornament vignette to save as inspiration for next year.


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Love your mother

My next to last Inman Park Festival vendor shout out goes to Drea Firewalker (sadly, no website) and her garden art. We bought this bird feeder for mom and it is now about a foot and a half from the millstone pond. I snapped an update shot of it the week before last:

This eCard from Tyler made my day yesterday.

I love that boy.

Speaking of ‘Love Your Mother‘, we were treated with several rain showers throughout the day yesterday. That’s the ultimate mother loving!


{ Bumper sticker image credit: Peace Resource Project. }

I hope it was a safe and fabulous weekend for all!

Leather

As I mentioned yesterday, our third anniversary was on the 1st. We don’t normally subscribe to the ‘anniversary gift giving guide‘, but if we did I’m sure we could have said that we’d purposely given each other this beautiful Nepenthes Miranda because of it’s leathery pitchers. Nah, it was the perfect gift for us.

I think the humidity levels right now are just right. I am having to use that mantra as we’re beginning to swelter!

Inman Park goodies

The Inman Park Festival was absolutely amazing as always! We had a pretty sweet spot and wonderful vendor neighbors. I had some really great response to the pieces I brought, which was a serious creative boost. I also took the opportunity to spend most of the earnings with fellow festival vendors. I’ll have to wait to post some (to share the vendor love) after they’ve been given to their new owners. First up is something I bought for Michael, a jellyfish cast in glass by The Amazing Jellyfish. They had a variety of colors and sizes and I selected the blue because it will most likely live in the guest room. An added bonus with these is that they glow in the dark. Michael is going to build a light stand for them and I’ll post images when he’s finished. We’re also going to do another black light exposure like our vaseline bowl. The other was purchased from a vintage/antiques dealer that sadly doesn’t have a website. I was originally attracted to the booth to ask about an antique perfume bottle and ended up walking away with the paperweight. I think they’ll be perfect together!

Yesterday also marked mine and Michael’s third anniversary! More on that in a few…

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