Monday, October 4, 2010

Slowly adding a bit of Halloween

These past 2 weeks have had me so busy. I still haven't had a chance to get out all my Fall decorations, let alone my Halloween stuff. I have just had so much on my plate. The hubby and I took off this past weekend for an Anniversary trip to Lake George NY, it was wonderful and very romantic, but I came home with a camera filled with a few completed projects and bunch of future posts. I really need to sit down and get a few posts done!
This year for decorations, I decided to do something different with the mantel - a black and white theme. Most of the stuff I am using is from either my backyard (the branches) and the Dollar store, and almost all are have reused from last year or years past.

1st are a few pics of the mantel. 
These pumpkins I picked up from the Dollar Store. Originally they were orange, but (gasp) I wasn't a fan of the color so they got sprayed white.
I used a cheap glossy white spray (Walmart) and then just repainted the stems with a brown paint. Very S
simple. The white ceramic pumpkins are from the Dollar store and I put them in a votive "nest" candle trio from Target (on sale last year at Target). Aren't they cute?
I sprayed a few branches white and put them into silver candle holders and then "hung" the skeletons. They were originally a "bone" color (Dollar Store) and that didn't really work with the whole white and black theme, so they got sprayed too. And then I added a large spider. 
The netting is from the Dollar store as is the spiders. I think it adds a little goth to it all. Now I need your help. What to do with the plain white candles that flank both sides of the mantel? Should I add more spiders? Maybe an "eek" or a "boo" lettering? Maybe wrap ribbon around them holding bones? Any ideas on this would be greatly appreciated!
Here is my spooky Halloween mantel

I just love the ravens sitting on top of the little in the milk bowl. These displays are sitting on my buffet as you walk into the house.
This "boo" was a print out (after a long debate over the font) and the frame is also from the Dollar store. The witches are a favorite of mine that I have used for the past 10 years.
I love the faces on these witches.
That's pretty much all I have up in the house right now that is Halloween - well for now.
I'm sharing this by linking this on: It's so very Cheri, Just something I whipped up Monday, Market yourself  Monday, Craftomanic Monday, Make Monday Marvelous, Making the World Cuter Monday, Make it 4 Monday, Motivate Me Monday, Somewhat Simple Halloween Link PartyShow and Share Day, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Toot your horn Tuesdays, All Thingz Related, Bloggeritaville, Somewhat Simple, Feathered Nest Friday, FrouFrou Decor, Finding FabulousThrifty Decor Chick and Just a Girl


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Really cute~ I love how it turned out! I am doing muted this year on the mantle as well. Funny, I bought those pumpkins at the $ store and painted them white too!!! They were pretty bright orange before! They look great! I think any of your ideas for the candles would be great! :)

Ashley Tremaine said...

Thank you so much for commenting over on my blog!! I LOVE your mantle..the black and white is very chic! Really like the BOO framed, the white pumpkins and the white sticks!! Great job!!

the cape on the corner said...

loving those witches and your black and white theme. i was going for that with my skulls in the dining room. i don't know why my dollar tree didn't have any ceramic pumpkins! said...

Love the dollar store! Looks like you have some great finds. Those witches look vintage...great faces.

What about some webbing, stretched out cotton balls, around the white candles with spiders climbing on it? Just thinking out loud. I'm sure you'll come up with something great :)

Michelle said...

I love the black and white!! It looks sooo great!

- Michelle @ Bunch of Craft

Marie said...

I'm lovin' your b/w halloween decor...very clever! Saying "hi" from a fellow Feathered Nest participant.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love this post- and all that inspiration!! I'm keeping it more muted this year as well, I have a couple little pops of the traditional colors but mostly am loving the neutral Halloween decor. You did a great job on this- thank you for joining feathered Nest Friday! :)