Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall and Halloween decorations- 2014

That is a very specific title.  It pretty much insures we will only be talking about 1 thing......the upcoming gubernatorial election.  Just kidding.  Of course we will be taking a fantastic tour of Fall and Halloween trinkets in and around our house.

Our neighborhood is pretty big on outdoor Halloween decorating.  Last year was our first Halloween in this house and we felt very unfestive compared to our neighbors.  We got some lights to hang up and a big plastic jack-o-lantern.  This year we added a big cob web and an equally large spider.

I got the mat for a few dollars after Halloween last year.
Oh, and I forgot, Spencer picked out this little ghost because both of our windsocks broke.  I hate it when things that I purchased more than a decade ago don't last indefinitely.

The tour continues inside.

The inside of the front door.

Living room

Dining room.

It's so lovely with all of the decorations that we've been making an effort to eat dinner in here, because what's the point of having a dining room if it's not used?

I bought the tea tin last year specifically so I could use it for decorating this year.

By the way, have I mentioned that Nick gave us his old wine refrigerator?

Entry way

Hallway closet

Hallway bathroom

I bought both of the soap dispensers from Bath and Body works several years ago.  I was really hoping to get another one for the kitchen this year, but apparently they sold out the fist day they were available.  In early September.

Entry way to the kitchen/family room

Above the kitchen sink

This was my solution to the no soap dispense problem.

I just bought this for $1 at Ace Hardware.  Who knew that Ace even had holiday decorations?

And that is that.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I take pictures of the decorations every year, but I very rarely put stuff up in the same places year to year.  I think it's less boring that way.  I'm already excited to do Thanksgiving decorations, followed by, yipee, Christmas decorations.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brunch and fall craft

Way back at the beginning of the year I signed up to host my ladies group for the month of October.  I didn't really think of a plan for what to do until a few weeks ago.  I decided to keep it simple and just make brunch followed by a fun fall craft.

This is what I settled on doing.
I didn't take pictures of any of the food but I made a delicious spread.  Everything I served was grain free, dairy free, sugar/sweetener free and soy free.  I made scrambled eggs with basil, sweet potatoes sauteed in coconut oil, tomato and avocado slices with homemade olive oil/garlic/basil aioli, fresh fruit, bacon and date sweetened brownies.

I did take a bunch of pictures of our craft.  I found round candle holders at the dollar store, so we used those instead of mason jars.  I think they were even better because they were round, like a pumpkin.

This is mine!

We wanted to take individual pictures with our candle jack-o-lanterns.

Michael and the kids were at a picnic for Spencer's aikido class, so we used the timer on my phone to take a group shot.  Sometimes my phone changes the color of pictures without my permission.  I don't know why and I don't know how to stop it.

This one came out pretty cool though.

We had the idea to take a picture of our globes in the same order that we were standing.
Then somebody asked if I had a solid color background we could use.  And I do have just that.....in the form of a shower curtain!

This is the behind the scenes look.

Maryellen left me a surprise on my phone.
Michael went to a bachelor party for Rick on Saturday night, so the kids and I were alone.  We ended up playing on Spencer's bed for a long time.  They would hide under the covers and then pop up and "scare" me.

We also enjoyed the new jack-o-lantern.

And other candles too.