spooky halloween wreath

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Today is the first day of October and I've got my Halloween wreath finished and hanging!  I can't promise you won't poke an eye out when you walk up to the door with all the sticks coming out of it, but hey, that just adds to the Halloween spirit, right???

I shared with you guys a round up of my favorite Halloween wreaths earlier this week, and I ended up combining a lot of those into one simple wreath.  Spooky (but not too spooky for the kids), neutral and earthy, and maybe even a little chic with the satin bow.  And I still stuck with my Halloween rule - If you add moss and a crow, you're good to go.  Trust me on this!  

This was easy and fairly cheap to toss together.  Although I didn't put together a full up tutorial, here's what I did:
  • Start with a plain grapevine wreath
  • Wrap some faux leaf garland around the wreath (I found mine at Michaels on sale for like $3).
  • Hot glue twigs from your yard to the wreath.
  • Drape Spanish moss over the twigs and into the crannies of the wreath.
  • Run a strip of ribbon around the top for hanging and add a bow (I used strips of black stain fabric).
  • Slap on a faux crow on for good measure!

I had forgotten what I did to our door last year until I found this photo below.  I didn't have a wreath so I pulled this webbed look together in just a couple of minutes using cheese cloth and a big 'ol fake spider.  Since I know not all of your are wreath people, I thought I'd include it ;)

  For more Halloween ideas be sure to check out last year's decor!  

the best halloween wreaths

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I've been wandering Pinterest trying to come up with ideas for a Halloween wreath.  There are so many good ones!!!  I mostly like my Halloween wreath to be just slightly creepy, but I also found some fun ones for kids, some pretty darn chic wreaths, and ones that can work for fall and Halloween.  The best part is all of them can be DIY'd and most links share tutorials.

Here are my favorites in case you're needing a little inspiration too!

..........  CREEPY  ..........

| Etsy |

..........  CHIC  ..........

| Etsy |

..........  FOR THE KIDS  ..........

| Etsy |

..........  DOUBLE DUTY  ..........

| Terrain |

Which one would you pick???  I really want them all.  I creepy, chic version that won't scare the kids :D  I just picked up some stuff at the craft store yesterday.  Wish me luck!!!

current state of the dining room + a project fail

Thursday, September 24, 2015

With this blog, one of the things I wanted to make sure I did was to share progress pics.  Not just the before and fully styled out afters.  And since I'm being honest, I have never been one to fully style rooms out for photos.  I absolutely love looking at styled photos of interiors, but 1) I suck at it, and 2) I ain't got time for that.

Anywho... back to what I was saying about sharing progress pictures.  I realized yesterday that I haven't shared much of our dining room because it was never "finished".  Well that goes against what I wanted to do here!  Things around here are always never finished.  That's just how it is.  So today I'm showing you guys our dinning room in it's unfinished and unstyled state.

| Sources: table . slipcovered chairs . side chairs (family pieces) . chandelier . DIY pressed botanicals . glass vases (Home Goods) . dough bowl (Round Top) |

Now if I could walk by and only see this shot of the room I would be thrilled.  BAM.  DONE.  We bought a new table last year and then earlier this year purchased the head chairs.  Absolutely love those.  But, it's the other side of this room that feels blah and in need of TLC.  And of course that's what my eye is drawn to whenever I look at it.

Que the falling flat fart noise *pfff*.

This is where the head chairs sit when not in use.  It's pretty boring over there.  The head chairs need some pillows to keep them from fading into the wall.  I should probably get a new mirror, but I'm not planning on it anytime in the future so I just need to hang this one already.  Overall I'm feeling pretty uninspired on what to do with this wall.  I'm waiting for inspiration to hit.  I've been waiting months and nothing has happened.

This photo will show you the full room, which is a booger to photograph.  It's a really dark space despite having three windows.  It's a north facing room.  I had to ramp up the settings on my camera to get anything to show up. 

Now onto my project fail:

I wanted to keep our old dining chairs.  I liked the lines and honestly didn't want to fork over more cash for new chairs.  I had them covered in slipcovers I made back in 2005, but it was time to say goodbye.  You can see the dark stained color in this photo from when we first moved in. 

I ended up putting on a coat of Annie Sloan's Pure White paint and then wiping Minwax's Classic Grey stain over it before sealing with a coat of clear wax.  They sat like this without the cushions on for months.  Then I saw this image.

| via |

Pretty awesome, amiright?!!!  That was what I wanted for the seat cushions.  I immediately ran out, got my fabric, and a boat load of black dye.  I was pumped!!!  And then this is what I got.  Whomp, whomp, whomp, whoooompppp....

Ugh.  At this point I was too frustrated to try again.  And I really hated not having cushions on the chairs.  So I just slapped them on anyways.  I've got to come up with a better option.  But until inspiration strikes, I'm just gonna walk away any try to ignore it.  Kinda like that one side of the dining room.


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