Monday, September 27, 2010


Even though I've lived in this apartment for a couple of years now, I've never really decorated much for any holiday.  I put up a Christmas tree last year, but that was about it.  I loved both of my roommates that I've had in this apartment, but now that my boyfriend has moved in, it is finally feeling like a home.  That combined with how inspiring and creative you all are, got me all excited to decorate for Halloween.  I'm working on a budget of just over nothing, but I think I've done pretty well for myself.

When you walk into the apartment, the first thing you see is a wall with a window cut in it that separates the kitchen from the dining area.  That is all fine and well but my apartment manager had to cut a hole in said wall a while back to get to the pipes.  When he repainted the wall after he patched it, he didn't use the same color paint as the rest of the wall.  Luckily I had this table from the parents to put in front of the oddly colored patch.   I decided that it would be the perfect staging ground for my festive decor
Please excuse the internet cord.  I have tried a million ways to make it not be there, but its the only option.
This is my Dollar Tree foam pumpkin that I painted white and stamped with "Happy Halloween."  Normally I would hate how smudgy the stamps are, but I think they work.
This is my vase of happy accidents.  Basically there were a project that didn't work out, but then I decided I liked how they looked and made more.  :)
I bought this frame at Target thinking I would use it to make a birthday present for a friend, only to remember once I got it home, that I already made her a birthday present.  I can't decide what I am going to do with it, so for now, I stuck a piece of paper from my Halloween scrapbook pad in it and leaned a paper rosette on it.
My original vision for this project was to put the candle in a big hurricane vase and surround it with candy corn but when I went the Dollar Tree, they didn't have the vase anymore.  I got a clear bowl instead (it was in the wedding section) and put the candle (which I already had) in it with candy corn.  I love it because it is cute and tasty!
  I loved this idea from Lil' Luna's guest post at eighteen25, so I had to try it myself.  I put the rosettes on skewers and then stuck them in a vase filled with rice.  My mom and I found the vase a while back at a second hand store and I love it.
I also copy-catted these pumpkins from Make Mind Lime.  I only used one layer of paper, but I put small battery powered candles from the Dollar Tree in them, so they can glow like real jack-o-lanterns.
My final piece (so far) is another copy-cat from when A Glimpse Inside did a blog sway with Mandy's Yellow Corner.  I only did pumpkins, no apples.  Boyfriend is now under strict instructions to never throw out any empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls.
 Here's a couple more close-ups because I just love it.  I also added a few mini pumpkins from the farmer's market.  Well, homework is calling my name, so I've got to go be a good student, but I hope you enjoyed my Halloween display!

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  1. That tuned out so great! I love the pumpkin out of tp rolls. Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tell All.

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  3. Hi! I decided to come check out your blog and it is so cute!
    I am your newest follower!

    I must say that the smudgie-ness of the stamps on the pumkin is inspired and looks intentional and adorable(in a totally spooky way).

  4. Ooooo I love the rosette vase! Thanks for linking up!

  5. I'm in the same boat, although I've moved at least once EVERY YEAR for the last 14 years and that's why I don't usually get around to decorating! FINALLY we're in the same place for more than one year and what do we do? Remodel! AAAKKK. NEXT year I'll go big (I say that EVERY year!) Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

  6. I love the rosette skewers! AND the wine bottle with the lights in it! I'm your newest follower..found you on Wandering Wednesdays blog hop...hope you check out my blog and would love for you to follow back! Have a great day :)