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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Michael and I decided to forego the holiday shopping traffic during the weekend and hit up Michaels yesterday in search of supplies to finish decorating. One of the things we needed was fake snow, preferably the loose stuff. They sold out over the weekend and were not expecting any more for the season, so we used our coupons for what we could find and went down the road to A.C. Moore. Sure enough, they too were sold out. Heavens forbid, we thought, the Charleston area may be experiencing a snow shortage! We found the last bag of Buffalo Snow and put it in our basket. It wasn’t what we originally wanted but decided to adapt to our very limited options. We picked up a few more things that we couldn’t find at Michaels and headed to the check-out.

While we were in line Michael decided to run next door to the dollar store and try his luck. He returned in about 30 seconds. We asked our cashier if she knew possibly where to find some. She said she thought everywhere she could think of was sold out. Then she asked, “Would you like to know how to make it?”. Yes, please! She told us she had tried to demonstrate the process to another customer just minutes before but he said it was ‘too much effort’. We put our things down on the counter and headed back to the floral department where she grabbed two blocks of white styrofoam and starting rubbing them together. And right in front of our eyes it started snowing! We grabbed two blocks of styrofoam and headed back to finish our purchase.

This is the result we got from our efforts. Behind the cut are a few more photos.


We used a bin top to collect the falling particles.

Flurries!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Finished! We thought it would look nice to have some fine powder and even some chunks in the mix. Notice the blocks have been rubbed down to almost nothing.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

I can’t believe we didn’t get her name, but thanks super awesome A.C. Moore employee! I’ll post photos of the project we made this for when it’s finished.

I KNOW YOU WANT TO SEE THE MORE SNOW IN ACTION! >>

Bon Weekend

It’s beginning to feel like the holidays around here! We finished taking down the Thanksgiving decorations earlier this week, and sadly, I didn’t get any decent photos of the beautiful job my mother did. It became incredibly busy and I didn’t have time to set up the tripod and what I did snap wasn’t so good. Anyways, we unpacked all of the ornaments yesterday and got a good start on the rest of the inside of the house. I can’t wait to see how everything develops over the next several days.

The chandelier is far from ready, but I’m happy with the direction. So far.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Bon Weekend – Samhain preparations.

{ Thank you Sarah Rae! }

I’m posting this a little early as Michael and I will be out of town this weekend and it’s not very easy posting via my phone. Today’s post is focusing on our Samhain interior decorations. The main area we focused on was the dining room|foyer. Goodness, I find myself more excited than usual about the upcoming sabbat. We didn’t decorate or really take part in any festivities surrounding the sabbat last year as my fathers illness was progressing and we were still in the ‘trying to diagnose’ phase. He was hospitalized for the final time just after.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term Samhain and how I sometimes interchange it with Hallwe’en, I asked Michael to write some of the history|origins of the sabbat, and how it is celebrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if more things find their way into this setting!

On October 31 we celebrate the Celtic feast of Samhain. Samhain, is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” and is the most important of the ancient Celtic feasts. During this time we honor the opposing balance of intertwining forces of existence: darkness and light, night and day, cold and heat, death and life. Our year is divided into two seasons: the light and the dark, celebrating the light at Beltane on May 1st and the dark at Samhain on October 31st. Therefore, the Feast of Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of our year. We believe that Samhain is the most important festival, since it marks the beginning of a new dark-light cycle. We observe this time as proceeding from darkness to light because we understand that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Whereas Beltane was welcomed in the summer light with joyous celebrations at dawn, the most magically potent time of Samhain is at night. The Eve of Samhain, is the most important part of our celebration. We will gather our best autumn harvest for a feast. We will put out food and drink fthat was special to those who have passed on with great ceremony, and we will leave windows, doors, and gates unlocked to give our ancestors free passage into our homes. We will offer personal prayers in the form of objects symbolizing our wishes or notes stating ailments to be healed will be cast into a fire. We will offer up many gifts in thanksgiving for the harvest. We carve “jack o’lanterns” and keep them at our doors to keep out unwelcome visitors from the Otherworld. We also dress in costumes in the tradition of our ancestors symbolizing the spirits of departed family returning home for the festival. For us this is a great time of contimplation as we come to recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.

I generally love to decorate for the seasons|sabbats|holidays using family heirlooms, but it always feels more appropriate during this particular time of year.

Samhain tablescape
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Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

The tablecloth is basic gauze and the netting we picked up at the dollar store. I’m hoping that the gauze develops picks and runs as time progresses. I want it to feel tattered. That’s my mothers wedding china, silver and crystal, and we also acquired those 1960s wheat glasses several months ago. The black place mats can be seen in greater detail here. The black box in the center held my grandfathers important papers at the house and the birds were painted by my grandmother.

The very lovely tankard – or beer stein as my mother calls it 😉 – has been in my mother’s family for multiple generations and came from England. The branches were collected in the woods behind the house and we spray painted them black. The brass candleholders were part of a cache we scored from the thrift store recently. We painted some them black but keep these untouched, as they have a lovely patina on them.

Photos of our deceased family members have been placed on the hunt board as well as a dish, bowl, and glass.

Samhain

garlandBefore

Bat garland information can be found in this post.

Chandelier

Vintage glasses

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

The hexagonal terrarium in the front was purchased last fall at the same thrift store that we’ve found so many wonderful treasures. The tri-candle holder was purchased a while back on Etsy. The Staffordshire dog is another one of our ‘old’ things.

The dish that holds the eyeballs can be seen in more detail at http://thehappyheathen.com/?p=269.

Raven

Raven

The tree in the foreground came from the DC area, I believe. My mother bought it in ’73 and I need to look on the plaque for the artist’s name. I’ve always loved this tree.

And of course some of my great loves, our Carew Rice tumblers.

Foyer scene

Bats

The black candleholder is actually brass and came from the same the thrift store we love so much, for about a dollar. We spray painted it matted black. The bowl the skull is sitting in is a Goodwill score from last week for $3.50. The black and gold tin tray has been with us for a very long time!

I downloaded the image of the bats from The Graphics Fairy and printed it. The frame came from the thrift store and the ribbon is was used to hang the photos on our memorial tree at our wedding: www.flickr.com/photos/38016153@N03/3637770059/in/set-7215

Goodness, I hope I haven’t left anything out! Happy ready and bon weekend.

Fraidy cat ‘lace’ placemats.

We’re working on putting the final touches on our dining room Samhain decorations and I wanted to share the placemats we’ll use. I made these last night using some of the leftover black poster board, the MS cat punch we bought several years ago, and a regular hole punch. The last time I used the punch was while I was restoring my shoes for the wedding. This was a fairly fast, easy and fun project to do!

Fraidy cat placemats
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Thrifty Decorations

We’re trying to maintain our mantra of reuse from previous years of decorating for the Sabbats. Our glitter skulls will make an appearance for the 4th year in a row, and others will be making return appearances. We’re adding a few new items to our cache with this lovely glass candy dish. We picked it up for a quarter while thrifting some items for Saturday night. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to use this inspiration from SMP. We had a couple cans of matte black spray paint in our supplies and this is the outcome:

Candy Dish
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We also scored several lovely brass candleholders at the same store, and we’re painting those as well. I’ll post photos of our new tablescape soon!

Bon Weekend

We’re starting to think about Halloween decorating ideas for a guest blog post. This vintage three legged/triple candleholder we bought on Etsy arrived today. I found it while doing research among Etsy sellers for said post. It was a fantastic deal, but I’ve learned that eBay and thrift stores are still the best value for old candleholders. I stopped by the dollar store and picked up some ‘creepy cloth’ and taper candles, all for about $3.25. The miniature pumpkin was a dollar and the moss was free.

Samhain ideas
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Bon weekend!

Thriving

Remember our living centerpieces?

I was delighted to hear from our dear friend Beth on our anniversary, telling us that the centerpiece she took home with her is thriving and he hoped our marriage is as well. I love our friends.

Salt’n’Pepa

My mother gets a lot of catalogs. A lot. I would say that we like 90%, so that’s not too bad. She’s ordered some stuff from Monticello in the past.

I was flipping through her latest edition when I found this to stir my acorn love…


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Then I found these cuties that I want to share…

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Ho-Ho the Mistletoe!

We haven’t gotten much done in terms of holiday decorating this year. I posted our Yule photos from last year, and today, I’d like to share our very fun Rudolph inspired table from 2 years ago. I originally wanted to go with a meadow scene. I needed something to use as a reference for measure when we looked for some deer. Enter my vinyl Yukon Cornelius toy and you could see the light bulb go off in our heads. We needed the whole set and he was part of the collectors series. We knew getting the entire collection would be fairly expensive but started looking on eBay. To our delight, we found an entire set of miniature figurines that turned out to work better than we planned for the larger models. We purchased the trees at Lowe’s and the taffeta was in my scrap bin. The ice blocks are leftover plexiglass pieces from one of Michael’s Tesla Coils. We set up the table as scenes from the movie.

Hope you enjoy!

What’s the matter? Haven’t you ever seen a talking snowman before?

If I live to be 100, I’ll never forget that big snow storm a couple of years ago. The weather closed in and, well you might not believe it, but the world almost missed Christmas.

Of course the main citizens up here are Santa and the Missus. That’s their home over there. First castle on the left. As a matter of fact, it’s the only castle on the left.

Now don’t any of you worry your heads about Santa, Mrs. Claus will have him plenty fattened up before Christmas eve. It’s always the same story.

Could it be that some of you are not acquainted with the story of Rudolph? Well pull up an ice block and lend an ear.

Meanwhile, the elves are bustling with activity. Christmas is over, but they still keep busy with lessons in elf improvement.

How can I eat? That silly elf song is driving me crazy.

His beak blinks like a blinking beacon.

From now on, gang, we won’t let Rudolph join in any reindeer games.

We’ll have to outwit the fiend with our superior intelligence.

Old Donner felt pretty bad about the way he had treated Rudolph, and he decided the only thing to do was to go out and look for his little buck.

And no sooner did the man of the house leave when Mrs. Donner and Clarice decided to set out on their own. Now they were really taking their chances.

My name is all wrong. No child wants to play with a Charlie-In-The-Box so I had to come here.

“Where’s here?” asked Hermey. The Island of Misfit Toys!

A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.


Didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles bounce.

Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

It would be an honor sir.

Winter Wheat Decor

So much wheat, so much love. I almost cannot contain myself!

A Scandinavian-style wreath of boxwood and dried wheat.
A garland of pine and wheat drapes across the banister, just above a 200-year-old dowry chest from Lapland.
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