The Holiday Season always brings out the Martha Stewart in me. Even though I don’t actually participate in most Halloween activities – except eating candy…of course! – I still love to pull out the plastic tubs of decorations and create Halloween Magic around the house.
When we were first married last year, I think Captain America was a bit hesitant about the idea of having his new wife move into the house and almost immediately decorate it for a holiday – he wouldn’t admit it of course, but still. This year, however, I get the feeling he might admit (though a bit begrudgingly) that he kind of maybe actually likes it. I mean really, no one can deny a little bit of cheer – especially once the chill of Fall really starts to set in. And ESPECIALLY, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest.
So on October 1st, I dutifully set about lugging the boxes that were light enough for me to carry out of the garage and into the house. Usually I can’t help but make a trip (or two) to my favorite craft store Michael’s for some fun new items to add to the stash, but this year our budget was a little tight, so I decided to see if I couldn’t spruce up a few of the older pieces that are starting to show their age a bit.
Like this wreath:
I’ve had it for a few years now – as you can see. The photo on the left is one I shared with you on my Facebook page back in 2012. This year, it’s been newly reincarnated into the new version on the right, which I am much happier with. (Although both photos kinda suck because of bad lighting that couldn’t be helped).
I also found some random odds and ends that were left over from previous projects and had never been used. So I got out my paints and got to work!
The picture on the left is last year’s newly-made burlap wreath. When I pulled it out of the box last week though, I felt it was looking a little bare, so the picture on the right is this year’s updated version – complete with hand-painted sugar skull!
In addition to the sugar skull, I painted a few little ghosts and goblins (below) to go with my Halloween Houses (that I unfortunately don’t have pictures of because they’re not up yet…).
In the end I spent all day at the coffee table marathoning the 2nd-to-last season of Weeds* while Captain America played The Sims 4*, crafting to my little heart’s content – and it turns out I had way more fun than I would have if I had decided to go on a shopping spree for new things at the craft store!
Check out a few of the other vignettes that I’ve set up around the house:
I’m super pleased with how everything turned out. And although I probably won’t have enough self-control to stay away from the craft store for two years in a row, I HAVE decided that I really only need one or two more pieces (to extend the decorations onto the upstairs landing for a more cohesive look throughout the house), and then I think in the years after that, I’ll just sit back and enjoy the memories each one brings me as I pull them out of the box and fix them up a bit to place them on the mantle.
My husband did mention to me that he wants the decorations in the front yard to be “bigger” next year…and even volunteered to help make it happen…
I mean, that’s permission and a partner in crime, right?
Uh-oh…Watch out Halloween 2015! Here we come!
Be sure to stay tuned for next week’s HALLOWEEN ROUND-UP POST, featuring my favorite easy DIY Halloween creations, and some fun free printables!
And for even more decorating ideas for your home this October – including free printables and step-by-step how-to’s – be sure to follow my Halloween-themed Pinterest board!
Do you decorate for the holidays? Which is your favorite? Or do you enjoy crafting for them all equally? Which level of the holiday spirit do you aim for – do you like to make your house mildly spooky for Halloween, or down-right frightening??
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