My kids are both away at college and sometimes I wonder why I decorate still. I like it, but it is a ton of work. Today as I was out in my driveway a girl in her teens walked by. She asked if I lived in this house. I said that I did. She told me that my window decorations were a huge part of her childhood as she walked by my house all the time. She said she looked forward to each holiday as I changed up the display. That in a nutshell is why I do what I do. She made my day.
So on to Halloween! I switched out a few decorations this year and of course to my collection of things.
My front window and porch this year were skeleton themed. (I can't bear to cut down the dahlias until first frost)
View from the inside. I have two rows of fishing line from one side of the room to the other. The fishing line has been up for years, and is super handy for hanging.
My front porch got the old tattered umbrellas once again. I added orange lights and skeletons.
I usually don't decorate the kitchen, but this year I decided to do Witchville. I like having similar things displayed together.
Lots and lots of witches...in every shape and form.
The vintage plastic witch head candy containers still have that powdery sugary candy inside. The last of my dahlias from my yard decorate my kitchen window sill with some pumpkin friends.
In the family room I have pumpkin land. Tons and tons of pumpkins.
Years ago I found the Halloween Banner at a local estate sale. It was tattered and needed to be pieced back together. The letters were scattered in various boxes. I hunted them all down and put it back together. I absolutely love it.
This crepe paper fellow was a new find for me this year. I went to an estate sale this past year where the person had collected candy containers of all shapes and sizes. These plastic pumpkin men were great to add to my pumpkin collection. My china hutch also holds my collection of trick or treat bags and vintage Halloween candles. I have a love affair with tiny things. These shelves all hold little Halloween tidbits...plastic figures, party favors, noisemakers etc.
Owls. Lots of owls.
I stuck all my blow molds in front of this window. I don't plug them in, but during the day the daylight makes them glow. I did a devil display in my fireplace nook. Last year I had owls here. Every year I hang an old mirror over this desk. It is the perfect backdrop for hanging from. Skeleton land. I found some really old bottles of bug killer this year with fun graphics. I like the sinister look of them.I found a second pair of false teeth the other day at an estate sale. They are perfect with my Halloween stuff. A display of old Halloween make up and disguises. Last but not least, the land of black cats and vintage candy boxes.
Candy boxes found almost entirely at estate sales. Sometimes when I buy an item it is stored in an old candy box...a couple of my best boxes have been purchases like that. Spooky fun around my house. Long post, but no shortage of Halloween here. One week and I will have trick or treaters at my door! I'm ready for that doorbell to ring!
Today I loaded in my booth and got it set up for Junk Bonanza. The show is Friday and Saturday and I could not be more exited. It was a wet load in with a super rainy day. I had to rent a uhaul. I thought I could haul it all in my Subaru, but I evidently was delusional on that idea.
I started my day by locking myself IN my uhaul when I was unloading it. It is easier to do this than you think! Luckily there were lots of people loading and I banged on the back windows until I got the attention of my friend Sue. Thank goodness for the rescue!Enough of that silliness and on to the booth. This was the first time I decided to switch it up and do a HALLOWEEN themed booth. The timing is right and I am hoping there are lots of people that will get excited seeing a booth like this. Here it is. I really, really love how it turned out. I'm just gonna be picture heavy with this post. WARNING LOTS OF PHOTOS...but in a good way :)
I have had it in the back of my head to do a Halloween booth for the past year. I have been collecting with that in mind at estate sales. I love all the garden owls. I was tempted to keep them all and decorate my front porch with them.
The doll parts in the old aquariums...man, I love those.
I think my witch friend approves of this spooky booth.
It is kind of hard to see in this photo, but I added rat decals to my mirrors that I am selling. I have about 4 mirrors and each has a rat or rats coming out of the corners.
I had to add HAUNTED HOUSE to this vintage house for sale sign.
So fun. I can't wait. Show details. October 14 and 15th...Friday and Saturday. Friday 8-5. Early buying from 8-10 (you may have had to already buy tickets...check the website at Junk Bonanza). Regular admission $10 at 10 a.m. Saturday 9-5 $10. Clark County Event Center, Ridgefield, WA. Just a short drive north on I-5...easy...right off the freeway! Hope to see you there!
I have done a gazillion Christmas shows. I love doing them and love everything about crafting for them. I love seeing all my creations displayed in one magical world. This year I decided to mix it up a bit and try a HALLOWEEN themed booth.
The Junk Bonanza show is in one week and my house is full of spooky inventory. I love Halloween and have always wanted to do a Halloween themed booth and this year I am actually doing one. October 14 and 15th, Clark County Event Center (Ridgefield, WA)...only a short drive up over the bridge into WA from Portland.
Kate's room is currently full of boxed up spooky inventory.
I have had the idea to do a Halloween booth ever since I hit the Junk Bonanza show last year locally. (I hit the one in Minnesota a few years ago.. you can read about it here and here). I have been collecting all year for this booth.
I did a bunch of extra crafting this year with my Halloween creations too.
All year I have been picking up these old guard owls for a garden. I ended up with about 5 of them in different styles. I just got this fellow with a rotating head. I really want to keep them all and use them on my front porch. How awesome would it be to have a porch with a bunch of huge owls staring out at you?
So come check out my HALLOWEEN booth. Both vintage Halloween and my Halloween inspired creations. I'm excited to see it all come together in one spooky world. I guarantee you will have never seen another booth quite like it.
We have a stove at the beach house. It is fine, although I planned on replacing it down the road. It is vintage and white and it works.
The other day Tom and I were walking the prom in Seaside (a long sidewalk that runs parallel to the ocean for a mile and a half) and out of the corner of my eye I saw a couple of delivery guys wrestling a stove OUT of a house. I only caught a glimpse of the stove before they disappeared around the back of the house...I saw vintage and turquoise. I had to investigate. I had to sprint down a path through a wooded lot to catch the delivery guys at the rear of the house. This is what I saw when I came around back.
It was gorgeous and looked brand new. I asked the two delivery guys what was going to happen to the stove. They were going to scrap it. Evidently they had removed it from the house as the house was a vacation rental and the stove did not meet code for that. They had no idea if the stove worked or not. Tom came around the back of the house and looked at the stove with me. The guys said I could HAVE it if I wanted. Tom asked if they could deliver it to our beach house (about 6 blocks away). He handed them $20 and they were more than happy to do just that. They put it in our driveway.
We hauled it into our garage and on our next trip to the beach house we brought down a hand truck to haul it in the house and put it into place. We plugged it in AND IT WORKED. All but one burner (which I hope to replace).
When you open the oven it looks like it has never been used.
It does show some wear on the dials, but it is still pretty darn pretty.
The beach house is my happy place. The timing with this stove was meant to be. It is a happy stove in my happy house.
We bought the beach house in May and the past few months have been a whirlwind of projects. Lots of interior work, but also we had a new roof and gutters installed. Our last big project before winter came was to get the exterior painted.
This is the photo of the house a few moments before we got the keys.
I wanted a really fun bright color that when you pulled up to the house it just smiled at you. I got just that. (landscaping is a next year project)
Tom and I spent five days painting. Long days of painting. I had never painted a house before. I don't want to ever paint another one. We rolled and brushed it. We thought about spraying, but it is windy at the coast and the neighboring houses are close. (with a color this bright you KNOW if there is overspray on a neighbor)
The front porch is so welcoming now. The front coral colored door just pops. The color is called Coralina by Benjamin Moore. The house color is called Everest.I got an old plastic seahorse and had Tom drill a hole in the back of it. Perfect door accessory.
These plastic fish are vintage paper plate holders. When I got them they were turquoise and I had them hanging in the same spot. After painting the house almost an identical color to them, I spray painted them yellow so they pop.
I have two concrete lighthouses (one was FREE!) and hope to find one more big one to round out this little scene.
Both the front door and the side door were painted an eggplant color. For the side door I used one of the extra paint sample quart colors we were choosing from for the house color. It is a similar color and I like the contrast...plus I used up some paint. The metal feed trough will have daisies bloom again next spring.
The back of the house.
So fun to have a little patio spot and an outdoor shower. It will be fun to work some more magic in the backyard next year.
Of course I had a couple vintage towel bars in my stash which promptly got hung after the paint dried. Hello outdoor shower. Our garage is covered in weathered shingles...a super popular beach house look. I LOVE, LOVE the shingles and wish that the house had the same. We would have shingled the house, but after the roof and gutters it made money sense to just paint. Next year I may paint the door to the garage the same blue or maybe add some shutters in blue to tie it to the house a bit more. Another project. I found this little shelf for $5. It holds some of my many sand dollars perfectly. Such an improvement with the paint. Paint really is a transforming, magical thing! It is my happy house.