Thursday, October 29, 2009

All Hallow's Eve

In old England cakes were made for the wandering souls, and people went "a' soulin'" for these "soul cakes." Halloween, a time of magic, also became a day of divination, with a host of magical beliefs: for instance, if persons hold a mirror on Halloween and walk backwards down the stairs to the basement, the face that appears in the mirror will be their next lover.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

White Wednesday - White signs

I LOVE old, vintage, peely, chipped, worn, wood signs.
They add such character to a room!
I don't have many myself, so I borrowed these to show you
I have handpainted quite a few signs, on old worn wood to
replicate the old signs
I sold almost all of them, when I had my shop
I have a collection of old wood, just waiting for me to start
painting again!
This is my first time joining in on "Faded Charm"  White Wednesday
Please stop by her blog and say Hi

Happy Wednesday

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Frightful Friday

Halloween is fast approaching, I found some awesome ideas to re-create for your home, or your Halloween party!!

A mini re-creation, use a wooden fence or a metal fence, spanish moss on the bottom, mini hay-bales,
mini pumpkins and gourds, some cornstalks some mini animals, and make the "Happy Halloween" sign using scrapbook letters, most items can be purchasd at a local craft store

Make these for your steps, using 1/4" plywood, paint the wood white, print a font from your computer print out, cut as a stencil, and stencil on the plywood, or if you have stencils on hand, stencil , attach the boards with mini nails or a strong tape

Vintage birdcages, used as a vignEtte, place a feathered crow on top, some branches from outside as a back drop, spanish moss in and around the cages, spider webs and some plastic spiders and you have an instant scene

In the bathroom, buy some plastic fangs place them in a glass near the sink with a toothbrush, they will be wondering who FORGOT THEIR TEETH !!!!

An instant message, using index cards, stencil, hand draw or print from the computer words to
 re-create a message place inside glass cloches, using old prints from the computer or from an old book, place behind the glass cloches

White cotton kitchen towels, using clip-art, you can transfer these onto the towels, iron them on and you have wonderful images for Halloween.  I have some clip-art  at the bottom of this post, that you can right click and save to you computer.  If you need a tutorial on how to do this, let me know and I will post one on my blog

Create an area of your house with cobwebs, these vintage lamps, have been painted black, the material has been removed from the metal, showing a bare boned lamp, nice idea to create ambience

I especially LOVE this!
Notice the skelton, residing on the bed, the chandelier covered in cobwebs and the black crow perching on the bed.  What a great idea

If you don't have a white couch, to get the look, cover your couch in white sheets

Stencil a sign "The Witch's Inn"
you can use an old frame, print this out on your computer, or stencil it

If you can't find a white pumpkin, paint one white, using acrylic paint, or spray paint, hand paint something on it, and place a funky hat on top

Above photos belong to "Better Homes and Gardens"

Feel free to use this clip-art skelton, for your creative ideas.
Save to your compter, and print out

This would be nice printed out on sepia toned paper, and put in an old frame.
You can coffee stain your computer paper first, let it dry, I am impatient so I put the paper in the
microwave to dry, just a few seconds at a time, check the paper, if it isn't dry, do it again for a few seconds more, until it is dry  Make sure your paper is completely dry before putting it into your printer
Put the paper in your printer, and print.

Another clip-art to use, same thing, put in a black frame or use for another project

Save this to you computer, print them, cut them out, and hang them from fishing wire in your windows

This is an umbrella, that has the material re-moved, hung up-side down from the ceiling, add spider webs, mini plastic spiders, and battery operated lanterns. I think this would look especially neat on a front porch

Have fun with these ideas, I know I am going to

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

~Whites that I am loving today~

That time of the week again, to search for all those beautiful white's

Beautiful white rabbit, how sweet is this

Sepia tone of this wonderful scenic photo

Faucet in white

Keeping warm on a cold winter day

Lovely white mirrors

Amazing white chandelier, that was not always white, check out this blog "Life in the Fun Lane"
Holly does some amazing re-finishing of furniture, I adore her blog, she is so inspiring, check her out at

~Happy White Wednesday~

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cloche of many kinds

I heart cloche's
You can do so many neat things with these wonderful glass cloche's
Leave them empty, fill them, play with them. love them, collect them, look
at them, share them, display them, give them a theme, I could go on and on
Some ideas I have found on the internet to share with you, enjoy these pictures

Fill them with fruit of the season

Use in the bathroom, this one is filled with soap and an antique curling iron

Beatuiful green apples in an old tin piece, brings color to the room

Herbs growing in the kitchen

This one is filled with skeltons-green ones, looks like this might be a cake dome - neat idea

And another neat skelton idea for Halloween

Filled with a spool of twine - love it

For that little bit of country a sheep and a little house

Placed on top of a piece of china, old keys and plate numbers

Love the colors, spools of ribbon

For the holidays, filled with satin balls

Find some cloches and start decorating, there is no wrong or right way to do this, just do it, they
look great in any room, even outside
Enjoy the day