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Have you ever made plans only to have them totally fall apart?
I’m not talking everyday plans like what to have for dinner, or which pair of jeans you will wear with the supremely swanky new sweater you just bought in order to achieve maximum skinniness.
No, I’m talking big plans! Grandiose even! The kind of plans you go to bed dreaming about. The kind of plans that you just know are going to turn out so incredibly awesome that people will talk about the outcome for years to come.
That’s the kind of plans I had for my Halloween decorating this year! Amazingly awesome, grandiosely spectacular plans!
But then life happened. The kind of “life” things that keep you completely off balance and valiantly fighting to keep all of the balls in the air. The kind that leaves you emotionally spent and feeling like the wrung out dish rag hanging over the edge of the kitchen sink.
And suddenly, those wonderfully awesome, amazing plans find their way to the bottom of your list of priorities. A position that pretty much seals their fate and relegates them to the “maybe next year” file.
That’s what happened to my sure to be amazingly glorious Halloween decorating plans this year. I woke up one day and realized that it was the third week in October and I hadn’t even bought a single pumpkin! The DIY projects were undone and my favorite Halloween pieces were still tucked away in their tubs in the basement. With the demands on my time not showing any signs letting up, all of my Halloween decorating dreams and schemes would have to march themselves right over to the “maybe next year” file.
This left me feeling left out and a little blue. I was a wallflower at the party. The parade was passing me by. I had to do SOMETHING! After all, Halloween and I are buddies! I LOVE decorating for Halloween!
So, I did what any self-respecting, Halloween loving, curly headed girl would do to correct this calamity. I went to Target!
While ostensibly on a toilet paper and banana run, I cruised my cart over to the Dollar Spot where I scored a package of glittery paper bats for $3. Then I headed home and pulled out just 3 items from my Halloween tubs. A skeleton, a Halloween print on aged parchment, and some little white faux pumpkins adorned with black glittered stripes and polka dots.
I then chose the three areas in our main living space that we pass by most often to deck out in Halloween finery. It took me three days to steal enough time to finish. It’s amazing how small efforts can make a big impact! I was back in the game! The life of the party, grand marshall of the parade! My Halloween loving heart was happy once again!
Day 1–Batty Halloween Entry
Early fall decor was already in place, so a simple switch out a couple of objects for the black and white glittered pumpkins produced the appropriately more whimsical mood.
The glittered $3 bats from Target got scattered on either side of the old church window frame mirror. Folding out their wings gives the illusion of movement as if they were just disturbed from their rest!
The overall effect–a little Halloween punch of fun with the black glitter on the bats and pumpkins tieing it all together!
Day 2–The Pumpkin Princess
I found this print for $5 at a vintage sale a couple of months ago. When I first saw her I knew she needed to be displayed imperfectly framed in the manner of old patriarchal portraits to enhance her charm. I dug out this old frame from my prop room and, after attaching the print to cardboard with small tacks, positioned it loosely in the frame. Imperfection was the goal. A little ripple here, a little gap there.
The aged finish of the frame along with it’s less than perfect joints play off of the staining on the parchment. For the finishing touch–a hand-lettered banner to proclaim her identity. Princess Polly Pumpkinhead gets a prime spot to watch all of the Halloween frivolity hanging from the antique garden gate in the dining room.
Day 3–The Skeleton King
Instead of trying to put together a Halloween centerpiece this year, it was the dining room buffet that got a dramatic nod to the holiday. It came in the form of the Skeleton King. I try to keep anything too scary toned down a bit for the sake of my young niece and nephew who visit often, so he is perched on a pumpkin throne nestled in a faux wreath. His crown is made from metal banding that I got from Etsy to have on hand for projects. Find it here.
It would appear that I accomplished my “not too scary” goal! At least Samm doesn’t seem to be bothered by our new guest! 😊
There you have it! A much pared down version of the original Halloween dreams in my head.
The moral of the story? We can all have a little holiday fun even when we don’t have a lot of time on our hands. All totaled these three areas took less than an hour to put together. Most of that time was spent on hand lettering the nameplate for the Pumpkin Princess. (I am a little out of practice. ☺)
Because I chose three spaces with high visibility and used sizeable elements, the result is maximum Halloween impact with just a few items and very little time!
Wishing you a festively spooky Halloween, my friends!!!
Hugs ’til next time!
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