Monday, October 5, 2009

hello october!

october really snuck up on me. fall is in full force here in north carolina. which i am excited about because i LOVE fall. it is by far my favorite season. perhaps this stems from growing up in the west where there was no such thing as "fall"? anyway, this season is usually highly anticipated for me but this year i have been dreading it. why? my baby turns one later this month. i am SO sad. i want him to stay my little baby forever but he is persistently growing each day! what's a mom to do? distraction! my distraction of choice is currently decorating for halloween. sadly, it didn't take long. all the decorations were things i made last year with the exception of the TRICK or TREAT pennant and the halloween cat pillow.

(please ignore the tarp covering who-knows-what out on the patio.
it's raining and i am too lazy to go out and move it!

all the orange accessories (pillows, votive, candlesticks) are always in this room it's just a bonus that they can double as halloween decor.

halloween cat pillow. made with canvas left over from another project, black fabric paint and freezer paper stencils. since i already had the supplies total cost was $0

spooky tree. a dead branch from the backyard spray painted black. the pot was also painted black and filled with rice to hold the branch.

the ghosts, pumpkins and bats were hand drawn and cut out. i used a little spray glitter on each side. in person the glitter is really subtle. then i strung them onto the tree with invisible plastic thread so they appear to be floating.

this little guy (what is he? a ghost maybe?) i picked up on super clearance at hobby lobby. he is kind of like a bobble head, if you touch him his body bounces around. spray painted black candlesticks and black taper candles lend a spooky touch.

on the shelf we have a dried gourd painted as a wacky jack o' lantern, orange candlesticks and a witch silhouette. the little bat hanging from the ceiling was made by Sutton. it is a toilet paper roll painted black with cardstock wings and googly eyes. it slowly rotates and moves around all day long.

after the last freezer paper project i wasn't sure i wanted to ever see the stuff again but i
am so happy with how this pennant bunting turned out it has restored my faith in how
fun freezer paper can be!

this was made with the same canvas as the pillow so again, no cost!

a very happy october to you!!

taking part in DIY Day.


Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner said...

I love it when stuff doesn't cost anything to make because we already had the stuff for it! Nicely done!

Mama Thompson said...

I LOVE the branch...guess it is time to go scout the yard and try one of it!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love the cat pillow right next to your ruffle pillow, but I'm a sucker for pillows!

Unknown said...

I love your decor. Good job. It is hard when the babies grow so fast! I have two decorations up as I pack away. Our Halloween banner I made last year and the advent calender wall hanging that counts down to Halloween.
oh and congrats on 130 followers! wow wow wow. I can't wait to see more fun inspiring projects. You go girl.

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Petit Elefant said...

I want to come sit in your living room for a spell, just sit and inhale the creativity.

merathon said...

am i the only one who had never heard of freezer paper before your blog? i still don't know what it is, but at least i've now heard of it!

Nicole said...

Great stuff!

Free Art Printables said...

Ca-ute cat pillow!

mommynoodles said...

I'm so loving the tree branches this year! I'm getting ready to make one myself!Cute decorations!

Maggi said...

Fall is my favorite season! I love your subtly cute decor! That tree is too fun!

KellyH said...

I love your trick or treat pennant!! Looks so great. Also the tree branches are awesome. I did something like that too this week but I like the black (left mine natural).... maybe I should spray mine.

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

All of your Halloween is so fun, fresh, and stylish! What a super look.

Jenn Bennett said...

Love everything, especially the great cat pillow!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Everything is perfectly spooky and cute!

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

I just love your post. I love handmade Halloween decor and yours turned out so great. I went shopping today for freezer paper and couldn't find it....frustrating. I love your banner and your pillow with the cat! You did such an awesome job!

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