Friday, September 27, 2019

Light Strands, Signs, and Panic!

This LED light string from Walmart really impressed me. They look more like carnival lights with the round shape and warm color. The purple strands are harder to find. If you can find them.

Three Walmarts in town all with different inventory. Found these tin signs that are a really good buy at $4.88. Great graphics with a little faux distressing as part of the image.

Alrighty then, on to the panic! October arrives on Tuesday and I am so behind with the decorating. The first problem is we moved. I can't find boxes of the Halloween decor or it was moved to a new box not in my memory files.

The second is my back. The great herniated disc debacle of 2017 has returned. Steroid shots, physical therapy, and swearing are keeping me upright. Hence, the panic!

Feeling the pressure as everyone is expecting great things with the new house. Honestly, we are still living out of boxes in 2 rooms. The down side of selling the old furniture and not finding new pieces yet. We are enjoying the hunt at estate sales. On the plus side, we do have nearly all the Funkins carved. The Halloween Tree went up tonight! Fingers and eyeballs crossed the rest of you are on schedule with Halloween preparations.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The terracotta pumpkins 2019

The new batch at Fred Meyer in Oregon and Washington. Lowe's and Home Depot usually have smaller versions.

Mystical and Celestial Halloween

Fred Meyer has a gorgeous line pf products featuring this cat in the crescent moon.


The light string features the images on the dishes, tray, and pillows. One of the prettier lines out there this year. The constellation pumpkins are similar to the ones at Grand In Road. More photos in the Halloween Album.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ghost in the Mirror

Found via a My Modern Met article. I really like the male ghost in the mirror. The artists etsy site is filed with gorgeous sculptures.

Monday, September 16, 2019

X-Ray String Lights

Halloween Spirit and Halloween City opened up across from each other this year! Halloween City was scrambling to get things out. Found this X-ray lights string for $12.99. It looks better than I expected. Made by Sunstar Industries, Inc.

Only 2 images the skull and hand. Printed on a heavy acetate. You might want to shop around as the prices vary. Found them at OTC.

The images with no lights can be found here. Plan to try the images stacked in a vase or stuck in a window with a light source from behind.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Home Goods Skeleton Dishes

TJMaxx is where I bought a set of these Wicked skull plates. They are perfect for my "Dead and Breakfast" bar.

Home goods has the Royal Stafford skeleton dinner plates. Discovered there are cups and bowls with the same images. All the plates had some flaws in the glaze. Look them over if you plan to buy. They are $5.99 and the Wicked salad plates are $3.99 each.

My Home Goods had just opened last year and the Halloween decor was thin. They made up for it this year with triple the stock and show stoppers like this giant Halloween Nutcracker. I think it was $189.

More Photos from Home Goods will be in the Halloween Album. If you have trouble viewing the images full size on Blogpsot all the Halloween photos are in that album on flickr.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Ace Hardware

Charming little gift area inside an Ace Hardware store. The husband has the hardware store and his wife has the gift shop!

We were on a hunt for screws and a hose sprayer. Much to my surprise there was a rather large display of Halloween in the gift shop.

Very bright LED mason jar lanterns. Normally I want my spooky jars to look dark and crusty. This year I have a few areas in need of safety lighting. Mason jars are now in consideration for a cheap easy way to make lanterns.

Love that little pumpkin head gal peaking out from under the table. We moved to this house in February so I had no idea there was such a big display of Halloween at this store. She has some of the bigger $200 Bethany Lowe figures. Fun to see in person. I will be keeping an eye on clearance sales.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Very heavy resin stack pumpkins.

The store must have been crazy busy over the 3 day weekend. Halloween was all over the store.

Soft goods were big this year. Halloween sheets, throws, pillowcases, blankets, pillows, Kitchen towels, and hand towels. Forgot to get a photo of the Halloween PJ's.

Nothing that really stood out as unique this year. I might have have missed out waiting until September. This store starts putting out Halloween the first week of August. More pics in the 2019 Halloween album.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Swatching Fall Part 2

The line up so far! Base painted in 3 different shades of orange. Started layering in color with yellow and brown today.

This pair reads really well from the street. I think there will be 3 with a little dark shading.

The garlands I bought at Goodwill and 4 spools of plastic burlap type ribbon. $2.99 for the bag. Testing various textures and colors.

The light brown roll might not be long enough so I tried the dark brown. In a pinch it will do. This will add some bulk to the garland. The velvet oak leaves were part of a headdress and I do like that color palette. Indoor stair bannister so I don't have to worry about the weather.

So much to do! Once all the paint is set we start carving.

Halloween on the brain

The little snake bottle is from DeeDee & Shark a very talented artist making spooky, creepy, and truly unique ceramics. Her in person...