Halloween Decorations

Pumpkins and ghosts. We are gearing up for Halloween in our neighborhood. My beautiful girls have kindly asked me “if I could be a little bit more scary with our Halloween props”. Forget that! I am not into skeletons, grave yards and chopped off fingers. But I did invest in 12 new furry rats and 2 large bats!

The leaves outside our home are turning into rich fall colors. I love fall!

Inside the house I do not decorate that much. But we have had this Halloween tree for years. You may call it tacky, yes, go ahead! – but we love it! It is so festive and fun. All the ornaments are handmade.

Call me lazy, but this is all I musted for this year’s Halloween. (Although I pulled out strings of orange mini lights for the boxwood hedges).

No skeleton here folks. Only feathers.

Here are a few of our new furry friends!

Charlie kept me company while I was battling pumpkins, crows and rats.

Now I am ready for all those hords of trick or treaters!

Next year I might try these brilliant Halloween decorations. (Below).

Ghostly portraits. How fun is that!

Felt bats of different sizes covering the front entrance. Simple but dramatic.

The first image and the 2 last are from Country Living.

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Happy 4th!

To My Blog Friends – enjoy your 4th of July! On the national day here in the US we will celebrate with family & friends equipped with loads of lovely food & drinks and a massive amount of anything red, blue and white! And fireworks of course! Happy, Happy to you all!

Images from Martha Stewart.

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Celebrating Fathers

Father’s Day is coming up in US on June 21st.  Here are a few gift ideas for that special and terrific Dad!

1) A bottle of good handpicked wine. Pick it with thought and meaning. E.g the wine you drank on your first date, the wine from a special area, a wine connected with a special year in your life. Summarize your thoughts in a nice card. (Photo credit: Rombauer Vineyards).

2) It is Summer time. Why not a good outdoor game? A bocce or badminton set brings loads of entertainment in the backyard or at the social picnic. These games and others can be found at Restoration Hardware.

3) A hobby related tool kit. (If he is in to bikes get him a bike tool kit, if he is in to golf give him a golf tool kit etc.).

4) A nice leather dresser valet. A  perfect spot to store all that change, the cell phone and the watch etc. Something he did not even know he needed! If you have time get it monogrammed. This case is from GiftsForProfessionals.com.

5) Organic tomatoes. Give him the whole kit (pots, plants, watering can etc) and let him be in charge of some tasty homegrown heirloom tomatoes. (Pay a visit to your local organic nursery).

6) And for the more seasoned gentleman – this T-shirt from Old Guys Rule Appareal is a fun classic.

7) For relaxing times. How about a hammock! Maybe you can beat him to it! This one from Pottery Barn.

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Little Valentine’s

I am a big fan of the blog Decor8 which I find is so inspiring. Today they posted information about the most adorable Valentine’s project from yet another great blog Inchmark. I’m trying myself – tonight!!

Just cover small match boxes with beautiful paper and decorate to your heart’s content. Pack them with litte candies or stickers – and off to school!  I can see myself decorating boxes for Easter, Halloween, Christmas…. I love the idea that the boxes can be saved and reused. And the matches will come in handy during the next power outage!

Written by Splendid Willow in: DIY,Holidays & Celebrations |

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