Happy Winter Solstice Halloween friends! I can’t believe we’re days away from Christmas and a new year. I hope that you have had a splendid 2018 and that luck and fortune will be with you in 2019! Speaking of luck…did you know, based on Ukrainian and Germanic folklore, a spider ornament on your Christmas tree will bring you good luck? The legend of the Christmas spider is also said to have been the story that inspired the popular decorating trend of draping silvery tinsel on the tree.
There is an ongoing superstition in Europe that spiders bring good luck – and the Christmas spider legend tells of a widowed mother living in poverty with her children. The children find a pine cone and tend to it with hopes that a tree will sprout in time for Christmas (which it did!). Once Christmas came, they could still not afford to decorate the tree. After the children fell asleep on Christmas, a spider is said to have spun a glittering web around the tree so that when the light hit it in the morning it shone and turned the web into gold and silver – quite a sight to behold. The family was overjoyed and also were no longer living in poverty from that point on.
To honor this legend and to help you bring a bit of luck into your new year, I’m going to show you how to make your own spider ornament if you do not have one adorning your tree yet! Keep reading to find out how:
Get ready to deck your halls with something frightful – like this wreath!
The entire time I was working on this easy DIY I could not stop singing “Making Christmas” – the musical number really adds a lot of authenticity to your work!
I broke my Christmas wreath last year accidentally, and I wanted a hint of spookiness to live on in my holiday decor, and Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” marries both spooky and Christmas perfectly.
Read on to find out how to make your own present devouring greenery:
This year’s Monster Mash Bash was a hit and a scary good time was had by all! I appreciated everyone’s compliments towards my creepy castle – some guests assumed it was just to liven up the party but I had to divulge, this creepy castle gets creeped out on Sept. 1 every year. The only way I know to enjoy Halloween decor and hoarding habits is to display it sooner and longer!
Keep reading to see some photos of my guests and their costumes and to get some inspiration for your upcoming or next Halloween shindig.
One of my favorite things about the Halloween season is driving around and seeing everyone’s haunted houses, spooky stoops, and grinning gourds. I decided (despite the unseasonably warm temperature) to haunt the front of my house that last week in September and wanted to share with you how it turned out!
This is my first time sending and receiving Halloween cards from the amazing ghouls in the online Halloween community. I have appreciated all of the kindness and support from everyone AND all of the spooktacular Halloween wishes! There’s nothing like ringing in October than sending off and receiving a bright orange envelopes in the mailbox! I wanted to display my greetings I’ve received – but I wanted to do so the impatient crafter way. This October has been very business with work events and family events already so I wanted to show them off quickly.
Happy October!!! I have always wanted my own cute front porch sign for Halloween! Being the thrifty-queen I am, I could never cave for one in the store when I knew I had the power to create my own one-of-a-kind sign for much less. That is just what I did – and I do believe it came out just spiffy. Check out how I made mine to inspire your own festive front porch masterpiece. Continue reading “DIY Halloween Front Porch Sign”→
My brother is getting hitched on October 6 and my mom and I threw a bridal shower for his bride-to-be and my future sister on Saturday, Sept. 22! Since I volunteered to host it at my house – it was a no brainer that the event would need to be Halloween themed. I already had my decor out, so I embraced the atmosphere and called it a “Love at First Fright” wedding shower.
As we get nearer to October, I begin to contemplate what kind of pumpkin creation I will make. A good jack-o-lantern deserves much thought and precise execution – something that I lack when it comes to pumpkin carving. My husband on the other hand KILLS it at carving up a gourd. I attribute his successful carving and steady hand to the amount of patience he has (I am the most impatient person) along with his creative background (he is musician like myself, and a graphic artist).
This post is a bit of a an homage to all pumpkins past and future! I also hope you will find some inspiration for your jack-o-lantern this year by reading it.
If you get tired of too many orange plastic pumpkin pails in your house or attic – don’t throw them out! Instead, breathe new life into them and make them into a creepy cat (one that is vintage inspired at that!). This idea didn’t just come to me – I actually stumbled on the idea years ago on Pinterest and have been meaning to give it a try myself. I had to buy a pumpkin pail (believe it or not, I did not have an extra one laying around!) to create my cat pail. I snagged one for $1 (which is typically what they cost at the store) at the flea market weeks ago. At one point, I did have lots of pumpkin head pails because I always pot mums in them and set them around the front porch this time of year, however I am a lazy gardener and housekeeper and they got busted and faded by the elements just chilling out in my backyard. I’ve learned my lesson from that – respect your pumpkin pails, and in return they’ll respect you and your creativity.
Keep reading to learn how you can make your Halloween cat pail from a pumpkin:
September truly is Halloween eve for me. I pulled out all of my decor as soon as September 1st rolled around, despite temperatures feeling like anything but fall. It made my heart happy going through all of my Halloween treasures, trinkets, new finds and creations and placing them throughout the house. I always turn on a Halloween flick while I rummage through my boxes and this year I turned on “Monster Squad” (definitely a classic!). I was a bit frustrated by the end of my decorating spree since I was running out of space to put things (I guess I need a larger house just for all of my Halloween loot!) – does anyone else have more decor than they do space? I think it’s only a problem that us Halloween addicts must face. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of how I decorated the house this year!