Halloween snuck up on me this year, and gosh, it's today, isn't it? So, as promised, here's a quick look at my decorations, which will probably be up until the day before Christmas.
I love Halloween but I don't have a ton of vintage stuff for two reasons: 1. It's pretty hard to find, and 2. I'm too cheap to pay a lot for it. So what I have is a mix of vintage and reproductions that look vintage. OK, here's the 50 cent tour, starting in my kitchen.
On top of an old Hoosier cabinet, I have a bunch of plastic candy buckets that I found at garage sales and rummage sales. Many are from five-and-dimes and have the original price stickers on the bottom. The little lanterns in the front are repros from Dept. 56. The metal horns are also reproductions.
This wooden wreath is one of my more successful attempts at painting. It hangs above my kitchen sink; the tissue paper garland is from D. Blumchen.
In the entry, there's a large Beistle skeleton hanging on the back of the front door. I found him (or is a her?) at an estate sale where my car almost got stuck in the mud. It was only $1 and there were a bunch of other old holiday decorations that I didn't buy and of course now wish that I had. That's more of the tissue garland and a vintage-style lantern from Blumchen.
To the mirror that hangs in the entry I added a trio of pumpkins from this sale and some cobwebby cheesecloth. The Happy Halloween banner is from Target, purchased a few years ago. The ceramic pumpkin I found two summers ago at a garage sale. I think it was 50 cents. The Halloween tree is something I've had for a while. It started out as a green Christmas tree and I painted it black. The "ornaments" are actually bells that I found at a craft store. Someday, when I have gobs of time on my hands, I hope to make the crepe paper pinwheels that Sarah did and turn them into ornaments to hang on the tree.
Finally, here's the mantel. I had found one of these scalloped plastic floral vases at a rummage sale a few years ago and thought the shape was interesting. The more I looked at it, the more it looked like a spider's web or a bat's wing, so I painted it black. Then, a few weeks ago, at the Holy Crap! Sale, I found another vase to match. Nestled in the curly willow branches are some orange and black spiders and the skeleton invitation that was featured in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. I printed it from her Web site and had to search all over to find it. Luckily, it's on the home page now.
So, that's it. Time to run to the store and buy Halloween candy. See, I really am last-minute, aren't I?