Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Mantle Decor

This is how our mantle is decorated for
Halloween this year.

Making its debut to blogland is our
 perfect little black wooden plant stand.

It is the best thing for showcasing a carved pumpkin!

This pumpkin lights up electrically from an outlet
 hidden on the top part of the mantle.

There is no way I could safely have a real one burning 
with curious Romeo Kitty Cat
 around to rub against it and maybe it falls.

Remember my telling you recently (here)
 about my tea sister-friend Karen
 whom was one of many
I recently visited out of town for my birthday?

Well this cute little hidden burlap birdie
was my birthday present from her.

It is quite happily situated at Finch Rest - I just love it!

Those tea sisters really give the greatest & most thoughtful presents!

And what All Hallow's Eve is complete
 without a raven, a jack O' Lantern, black cat
 and a black metal lantern with a pumpkin?

This is what is one the front of that cute book
the birdhouse is sitting on above.

It's a little cardboard book box!

(I did a little happy dance when I found it at GW!)

This old PB lantern is a timeless classic staple
all year long for us around here.

Filled with candles, pumpkins, pine cones, nests,
 eggs, ornaments.......
it always works for every season!

I was tickled to pieces when I brought up my Halloween box
because I forgot I found this
 wood and wire painted pumpkin garland
 after autumn season on sale. 

So today it's making it's blogland debut!

If you missed my post yesterday about nifty recycled favor cups
 for our carving party guests
be sure to pop in and check them out! 
I love how they turned out and how inexpensive 
they were to make!

As always, thank you for your visit!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Party Favors/ Tutorial

I wanted to share the party favors 
I made for our annual 
Pumpkin/Jack O'Lantern Carving Party
 we had this weekend.

And boy, oh boy! Did I ever have fun playing with Pic Monkey!

Seriously, if you haven't tried it you are soooo missing
some super-de-duper FUN photo editing!

I especially like it for Halloween!

Start with eating lots & lots of yummy yogurt.
This is by far my most favorite....Chobani Greek.

After you finish your delicious snack, stop yourself
from taking it to the trash.....



Repeat.  < just kidding, that's just shampoo, right?

Now just spray paint those clean cups you saved!

(Or get handsome husband to do it for you.)
Thanks, honey. You know I hate those fumes.

He is a GREAT spray painter,
but sunny-day-pics-with-shadows,
well this beggar isn't complainin' just esplainin'.

: - p

Buy some grape-vine cloth covered wire
 at your favorite hobby store.

You will need wire cutters, an ice pick gizmo
 and some needle-nose pliers.

Yes, for those attention-detailed readers,
 the needle nosed pliers are missing from this picture,
fact is one of the other spiders brought it a little later
 after we were nearly done.

And yes, my tools are old and rusty and secondhand and fine. Just fine.

Cut 10 inch wire strips and make handles.
 Mine are 9 inches and were a tad too short.

Use your needle nosed pliers
 to kinda crimp the edges at the ends of the handles kind of into itself
(so the sweet little hands going for snacks don't get scraped.)

Of course the very BEST part...........

Buy all kinds of little snack sized candy
 and fill those little cups to the brim with goodies!

I suggest getting kinds you loathe so you don't 
scarf it all up when you are filling your favor cups!

No Resee's Cups were harmed
 during the making
of this craft.

It's really fun to create new uses with trash!

I shall be sharing our carving party later this week.
So stay tuned!  




Friday, October 17, 2014

Still Life

Sometimes the most simple things, up really close,
 look really nifty.

Thought I'd share some of them
I've found in my pics arsenal
that just make my eyes happy.

I'm in a funny random kind of mood today.

Maybe because it is my baby girl's birthday and
now she is older than I am. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

This is basically wordless, too, kinda.

 I know, impossible difficult to believe
 coming from ME, huh?

Some have an autumn theme. 

Some variations you may have seen before.

And some are brand new even to me.

Sometimes what catches the eye
 has no rhyme or reason.......no theme.....

Sometimes it's even stinkin' adorable barnyard friends....

Oink. Cluck. Moo.


Any way one looks at things -
 sometimes a good close look can prove to be entertaining.

Have a great weekend, friends.

As always, thank you for your visit!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pink Tea / Red Velvet B-day Cupcake

Took about a millisecond for tea time today
because that's all the time I had for it.

Nice thing was I took it outdoors -
 because it was perfectly warm.

It was very cloudy and extremely breezy, but warm!

And I pinched off one last little fading blossom
 from a pink Knock-Out Rose bush nearby.

Always so sad to see the bloom season end.
This blossom looks pathetic, but matches nicely.

By the way we've had such weird weather
 one of my yellow Iris bloomed the other day!
 I didn't get a pic of it fast enough
 because it's not there anymore.

 Rain? Deer? Aliens? 
Where'd it go?!??

I use Paula Deen's famous recipe for both 
 my Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting!

It's not sad I made my own birthday cupcakes, trust  me.

Remember I spent my real day birthday with friends in Indy -
(and my birthday cake was heavenly - thanks, Marina!)

This one was an intimate  dual birthday dinner
 with gifts and dessert afterwards on Sunday
 with just our daughters and their fellas.

My day is 4th and my youngest daughter's is the 17th.

So we picked the Sunday between both our b-day weekends
 to celebrate them together.

I used one of my all-time favorite Austrian vintage china sets for it.

I have had these for years.
 I have 4 cups, 4 saucers and 4 dessert plates....
But no creamer or sugar or teapot,
 I use my plain white with gilding when I use these.

I don't get these out too often
 because I normally host my teas for six, not four.

I should look for more to complete this set!

Or sell these. 

That's what I SHOULD do.
 But it's difficult letting true favorites go.

I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage blog
 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Seeing as my older sister dealt with it this year
it is strongly on my mind today!

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases
 is that there are physicians for the body
 and physicians for the soul,
 although the two cannot be separated.

Thanks, Sandi - gave me a good reason to enjoy 
a prettier moment with a pink tea time today...

Sending up prayers for a CURE!

As always, thank you for your visit!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Warm Autumn Tablescape

As much as I ADORE white baby boo pumpkins
 and neutrals for autumn..... 
my favorite fall tablescapes are always
 rich and warm and luscious.

Gold, rust, orange, cranberry, brown, ivory and green
all come together in a wonderful mesh of warmth.

It just says "get cosy, and please stay awhile" to me!

Wood, twigs, ceramic, glass, metal, raffia, cotton
all intermingle to add interest and texture.

Thanksgiving and Christmas
 are two of the best holiday times
to set out our shiny gold flatware.

No meal is complete around here
without a teapot set close by.

The saucers are under the teapot
 and the matching creamer and sugar
 is waiting for teatime on the table.


Over to the left is the paper machet pumpkin my youngest made
And inside it is the paper flowers and below it is the doily
my eldest made. All three are treasured past birthday gifts.

(BTW the tea sisters slumber party weekend was GREAT!)
More on that soon, I promise.

The doily underneath the teaset was a recent gift
from my Karen, a tea society sister.

Karen also gave me this awesome metal birdie box.
I was given the best gifts, and will eventually work
them all in posts, just not all this time.

Little hints of harvest are a subtle nod
to this wonderful season!

This metal Saint Emilion metal canister
 means a lot to me because my father and I
toured that historic French winery in the mid 90s.

My cousin gave my father this silver overlay decanter
and my father gave it to me at the end of his days;
he knew how much I adored it.

It always comes out for Autumn - the colours are perfect.

Oh my goodness, Karen also gave me that Ruby Pear.

I guess this post needs to be dedicated to her!

To know why she gave me/us a ruby pear
check out this post. 

As always, thank you for your visit!