Our House Decorated For Halloween

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20151007_191844-1 20151007_191921-1I always enjoy this time of year – in close succession I can decorate for Halloween then Thanksgiving and right on to Christmas and then even a short time to Easter. I grew up with a Mom who left no corner of the home not touched by whatever holiday was coming up. I want to pass this down to my Daughter Aurora – I want her to have these wonderful memories of the holidays surrounded with fantastical creatures from ghosts, Santa to pilgrims, turkeys and the Easter Bunny along with everything in between.I didn’t get it all put up this year (only two thirds) as having an eighteen month puts challenges up for decorating since she always wants to touch and pull.

I really enjoy the aspect of blow ups and have them now for almost any holiday. I get ones that are mainly upright and around four feet so they can sit on top of the entertainment unit or other service with little interruption to things in our everyday use. Up his year I have my very first blow up Mr. Frankenstein. I also started out with the eight foot stacked skull and a pumpkin with ghosts pouring out – but my little one got scarred of it and we had to get something she could relate to more so Hello Kitty vampire is in its place.

The tree is new (well not really new as I have had it for about a year and haven’t used it since I got it on after holiday sales). This is an all wrought iron design about eight foot tall. It makes for an interesting tree and now that I have had it up I want the white version of it for Easter or other holiday. Ornaments range from wooden coffins that open, skulls, bats, spiders, crows, pumpkins, skeletons, gravestones. Most of these I had acquired over the years – old light strings with the push on figures were converted to ornaments. Skeleton garlands were cut down (bought at dollar store) and made into ornaments, clip on crows are light activated and other odds and ends. Then we put on Halloween garlands and added a strobe light to the bottom shining up which gives awesome designs on our two floor high ceiling.

Now I am a big collector of animated figures and have several hundred when adding them from different holidays. All of what you see on the shelves (which I made to accommodate them) are push button or lever controlled animated figures. I have ones that go back over a decade. Some have not made it that well over the years but I glue or screw em back together the best I can.

Behind the tree I have Halloween nutcrackers (Mickey, Minnie, Day of the Dead bride and groom, Frankenstein, witch,skeleton and vampire). These are hard to come by so I grab them early when I see them. Some can be found at Michael’s but I have also located unique ones at CVS so you never know where you might find them. My suggestion for any holiday collectible you want is to go early and buy it when you see it since these items are time sensitive and usually once they are gone they are just gone.

What do you do for Halloween in your home? What holiday collectibles do you collect? Have any budget friendly diy projects for holiday decorating? Send the ideas and/or photos in – I may just make a post to show your information off with accredited information and a link if you like.

Halloween Ghost-Of-A-Pillow

Materials:

  • Pencil
  • Felt
  • DMC® Needle
  • Floss
  • Poly-fil® Polyester Fiberfill
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Celebrate It™ Tulle
  • Big Bag Buttons
  • Sewing Basket 100 Color Ball Pins
  • Quilting Basket Chalk Marking Pencils
  • Sewing Machine (Adult Use Only)

Instructions:

  1. Lay the white felt flat on your work surface and fold in half.
  2. Draw and cut out ghost pattern. Pin the pattern to both layers of the felt and cut around the edges. Remove pins and discard the pattern.
  3. Place the top piece of felt in front of you and put the back aside.
  4. Gather the buttons needed for the face and place beside you. Thread 6 strands of floss onto a needle and knot one end. For each eye, you can sew the 2 buttons on at the same time as shown.
  5. Sew the middle button of the mouth on first and build out from there.
  6. Use a chalk pencil to draw the hair swirl before backstitching.
  7. Cut the patches from neon lime and lavender felt sheets. Make them as big or little as you want. Pin them onto the ghost front where desired. You may choose to overlap them as in the photo. Straight stitch the patches into place. Sew buttons on if you wish.
  8. When you are done embellishing the ghost, flip the front over and place on top of the back piece. Be sure to align edges and pin them together. Note: The ghost should be pinned together inside-out.
  9. Have an adult sew the ghost together using the sewing machine, being sure to leave at least a 4-inch wide opening for stuffing.
  10. Turn the ghost right-side-out and fill with Poly-Fil®. Stitch closed with floss or thread.