Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Inspired Front Porch

It's true. I'm having a love affair . . . with Autumn.

Here is my front porch Autumn re-vamp.

Haunted Dining Room

I have been obsessed with all things Autumn this year, and the transformation of the decor in our home is showing it. I tore everything out of my formal dining room and made it haunted . . . for Halloween. Our kids are obsessed with the book Monster Stew and anything to do with a gory witch's brew recipe so that was my inspiration for the cabinet items. I found most of the old jars at an antique store, and I found the rest at random stores. I printed free labels from Design, Wash, Rinse, Repeat and antiqued them using Distress Ink ("Vintage Photo"). Then, I used Mod Podge to adhere them onto the jars. I filled the empty jars with various spooky-looking fillers from around the house (i.e., perfume gel dots, dried peppers, dried beans), and I tore labels from jars of actual food found at the dollar store (i.e., artichoke hearts, pickled red peppers, garlic flakes). And . . . Voila! Spooky witch's brew cabinet!

I was inspired by the spooky entry at In the Fun Lane.

Mermaid Under the Sea Party

Come and be a mermaid free
To swim with the creatures of the sea
With Gracie and some of her mermaid girls
And her treasure of seashells, jewels, and pearls.

This party was so fun to plan with Gracie. We made everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, for this party--the mermaid jewelry, the signs, all of the decor, the cake, cookies, treats, the whole sha-bang. It was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it.