Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mantle Madness!

Well, I forewarned you. Halloween decorating is. on. It was a chilly, windy, rainy day today (actually it was all those plus sunny, cloudy, and warm--it's Michigan, what do you expect?). Anywho, what better atmosphere than that to start decorating for the day to eat my kids' candy...err...Halloween? Our fireplace is pretty much the focal point of our house, so I always start with that. Here is the before:

And here is the after:
If I had a better camera, this might actually look really cute. I don't, and it doesn't. Until I get a better camera...look at the picture and imagine it looking 10 times better in person! I have been in love with the "boo" above, so I tried my own version of it. Little did I realize that I have nothing to hold the paper in place! It's not quite BHG, but it's close enough.
I already had the sticks idea in mind from Martha (of course), but when I saw Susie do it, I knew I had to join in! Why hello $1.00 crow! You're so spooky!
And of course, we can't forget about witch #2. I've kept her on the mantle, and she has since survived the wrath of Maximus. Don't think she's gone unnoticed though. There are times where I catch him staring at her and drooling at the thought...
Well, my one and only bell jar. I stuck some handpainted (by yours truly) pumpkins in there, but it needs more. This house is what I call a constant work in progress. Remember my dollar store jackpot? Add a little ribbon, use it as a backdrop, and it's good to go!
Little pumpkin man keeps popping up in pictures, but I think he's there to stay (for now!).
On a side note, I went to my one true love today. Of course I'm talking about Hobby Lobby! Duh. I FINALLY found some bell jars! Two to be exact! BUT I found something else that took precedence this time. I'll hopefully show you that tomorrow. Bell jars will just have to wait for now. Hope you enjoyed the "spook show"!
P.S. Can anyone tell me an easy way to do a strike through on my words? I've found the need for it a million times, but I have no idea how to do it! Thanks!

69 comments:

The Berry's Patch said...

Okay, now I'm really sad that I don't have a mantle. Really, you make me want one bad. Yours looks awesome. Just perfect! So, I'm going to whine to my hubby about not having a mantle but having to fork out 700 billion to complete strangers. I could have a fancy mantle and a house to go around it for 700 billion. :-)

Julie said...

your mantle looks great! I love the painted pumpkins I'll have to try that. I got the witches hat sign at the dollar store they were so cute:) Great job on the decorations
julie

Sarah said...

Your mantel looks awesome! We just moved into a new house and I have a mantel for the first time. I did "Fall" decorations and had great fun. Yours are very creative. :)

Marie said...

NO idea how to do the strike through on the words. If you find out, let me know.:o) Your mantel looks great! I love the BOO jars! I saw something similar in the Pottery Barn catalog this week (not Halloween related though) that I want to try. LOVE your little pumpkin man. I covet him. lol Can't wait to see what you are up to courtesy of Hobby Lobby!

PatQ said...

You've did an excellent job decorating. I think I'm going to steal some of your ideas. Good job.

Sandy Toes said...

Oh your boo glass jars are so great! I love the pumpkin girl, too! What a great mantel!
-Sandy toes

AJ said...

Well, of course I love it all. Now, I have wanted to buy that little black cat for TWO years and have talked myself out of it everytime I see it at Meijer or TJ Maxx. THEN, I had that little "pumpkin man" in my cart today but put him back. Hubby wouldn't have been happy-thought about hiding him and claiming he was from last year but didn't think I should start being dishonest over Halloween decorations:( Maybe I won't feel so sorry for myself once I pull out my 501 rubbermaids full of decorations that I already own:) Happy Halloween!!

AJ said...

Here's a way to do strike through:
enter < s > before your word then < / s > after the word. It should look like this:
< s >word< / s >

I've always wanted to do it myself but I never wanted to go through the effort. I guess it's not as bad as I thought it was.

Ok, blogger won't send this so use above code without spaces.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

OH I love the Boo jars!! How cute is that. I like your bell jar as well it is a nice shape. Painting the pumpkins is a great idea. I must do that. I still want to decorate my hutch and my dining room sideboard thingy. You have inspired to go forth. :)

Carrie said...

LOVE the "spooky" mantle!! And the painted pumpkins, you always have the cutest ideas. I hope you don't mind if I steal..I mean borrow (Ok, I just learn how to strike out words thanks to your question and it won't work...UGGHHH!!!)a few!!

Layla said...

I wanna come over and see it!!!
LOVE your Halloween decor!

Layla
the lettered cottage

Deb said...

Love the mantle... super cute. Where did you find the "bloodsucker" artwork. It is super perfect for a Twilight obsessed fan like me.

Beth said...

I love your mantle! I wish mine looked like that! I live in MI too. Fenton MI!
Beth

Barbara said...

What is so wonderful chris is the continuity ofthe spooky black decorations with that adorable orange/black pumpkin witch. Less color set the effect here. A Hollywood set dresser could not have done better. Look out Martha!

Kris said...

What a great spooky mantle! I love it and I am so copying you with the spider webs! When I first saw your letters I thought "What is ECC?" Man, that girl teaches English and she cannot spell!" DUH. I am so jealous you found a crow - I have been to 6 Dollar Stores now with no luck - but could've bought a $30 crow with the gas I've spent!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

You couldn't find any bell jars at Michael's? What a bummer. I wonder if you can buy them online? Try that. Hope you find some...I know they were a pain to find I looked in every store around here...TjMaxx, Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Stores, Target they were no where to be found so I was really lucky to find them at Michaels.

Barbara said...

Forgot to add....It looks really good. One of my favorites!

Mom

sandra/tx said...

I need to learn how to strike through my words. Thanks for asking for the how-to.

Your Halloween decorating looks. So. Good. I don't even have my bones glittered yet. At this rate, I'll end up with skeletal decor for Christmas. *sigh*

Natalie said...

I'm totally loving this. I am also coveting your cat. I had it in hand at both CVS and Micheal's and made myself put it back. I convinced myself they'd go on sale and I'd snatch one up at that point, lol. I am so inspired by this, that I definitely need to do some mantle tweaking asap. And to think I just threw a bunch of branches in the compost pile today. And I've got black spray paint in the garage that could've turned them into something like this. Well, a poor fascimile, but still. Love it...all.

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

I love your mantle decorations, especially the BOO jars! I think I might do "FALL" or "THANKS" or something along that line after Halloween.

I love your blog!!!

Laura said...

Love the mantle - I saw that sign at the Dollar store - much cuter with the ribbon on it!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

You know my favorite thing? The little polka dot pumpkins in the glass jar. So cute!! Everything looks fantastic though...I love the way the mantle turned out!
Carrie

AJ said...

Oh Barbara, we're patiently waiting:)

~ Jamie ~ said...

Hey! The mantle looks GREAT! Love all the little painted pumkins. I totally want to steal the B O O idea. Way cute!

P.S. I love your "hand" painting in the post about your advent calendar, which is WAAYYYY cute by the way.

Me said...

where did you find that neat bloodsuckers pic?!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I was eyeing that bloodsuckers at Tj Maxx this past weekend. I also have that BHG pic ripped out in my inspiration files. I love it...I think they used frogs. ANDDDDDDD theres more..........I have also wanted to know how to strike a word out. I think one of us should do a post on how tos and let everyone post what they know...share the knowledge ya know. Ask and you shall receive. I know now how to enlarge my photos but my stinkin new blog look cuts them offf. argh.. cherry

Tausha said...

I love the polka dot pumpkins! They look so cute with all the diff. colors! I also love the mantle! Want to know my opinion? Sure that you are just dying to know, most are. Anyway-I love the BOO! Cuter than BHand G-Don't you just love it when you are better than than the magazines? Eat that Martha!

Stephanie said...

Perfect - as always. I need to get back to Hobby Lobby I guess...

Michelle said...

I love the way the holidays are coming together at your house...

tidymom said...

I LOVE it!!! - for your jars with the BOO - you could put candycorn in the jars to hold the paper.

For the strike thru (I've done it)
Look when you are typing your post, there is a tab that says "edit html", click that, find the words you want to strike thru and put the < strike> before the word(s) and and < /strike> at the end! (don't put the space though, I couldn't post it with out the space

Shauna said...

So many great ideas - thank you! I love your blog and am so happy I found a new favorite!!!

Shannon said...

I love it all!! Your mantel is awesome! I love that glittery "Boo" on the stand with the witch. So cute!!

Meghan said...

You mantle rocks!!!!!!

Susie Harris said...

That is the cutest mantel ever!!! Love the webs~

Inspired Kara said...

The BOO jars are just PERFECT!

Rosa said...

Looks awesome! It makes me want to decorate and I do really do Halloween! :)

Glitter and Bliss said...

I absolutely love what you did to your mantle. Halloween is such a fun time of year. I love the BOO in the glass jars. I plant to make my own branches/crow display sometime this week. Wish me luck!!

Leslie

Hillcrest Acres said...

Love your decorating for Halloween!!! You've inspired me to get my butt moving and drag out the boxes of decorations.

I love the polka dotted pumpkins. If I find the time, I might just have to try my hand at painting some.

Closet Artist said...

I may just have to hit the local stores for some goodies to decorate my hall table thanks to your inspiration!
Perhaps you could use candy corn in your jars to hold up the letters?

Kimba said...

Your mantle looks great! I love the BOO jars!

And I think your little witchy stick is adorable. Perfect for your daughter. Not that she's a witch or anything.

Rachel said...

Man you make me wish I had a mantle. Can I drool over your's instead? ;) Great job I love the way it turned out!!

Julie said...

Chris thanks for the great comments about my tassel it wasn't hard i think the expense depends on what kind of fringe you buy. theres a great tutorial on tassels at http://betasseled.blogspot.com/ Heather has great ideas wish I had found her before I made mine so much easier go see her. thanks again hope this helps;)
Julie

Our Complete Family said...

Loving your mantle girl! It's out of this world! ~ Les

Sweet Simplicity said...

Very CUTE! I love the BOO letters inside the glass. Great idea!

Nifty Adventures into Denmark said...

Your mantle is stunning both normal and with the wonderful Halloween decor. Makes me wish I had a mantle as well. Can't wait to read about more of your wonderful decor ideas.

michelle @ sweet mady's said...

Fabulous! So glad I found you through My Insanity.

Moi said...

so very very cute! I wish I had a mantle!!! I have a pass thru window..maybe this could be my "mantle" to decorate! I have to get busy!!

Meg and Alex said...

I love the pumpkins, actually everything! Good job, so cute!

Natalie Jane said...

Hun- I'm sorry, but we would be best friends in real life. don't let it get you down. We still have the blogosphere.

Your mantel kicks a**.

Stephanie said...

AMAZING! I love what you did. It's so festive and spooky. Great job!

abeachcottage said...

wow your's looks just like a magazine cover, you should submit it!!

I only wish I had a mantle to decorate

Sarah

Tanya said...

I just love it! That is awesome. You do such a great job!

ROXY said...

I just love the boo in the bell jars!! Your mantle is spot on with the magazine cover!! I agree with abeachcottage, You should send it in!!!

Bella Casa said...

Oooooooooooo, I bought that same sign at The Dollar Tree a few weeks ago, now I feel so in with the in crowd ;)

I LOVE YOUR MANTLE, love the Apo...jars, who can spell that, not me and I am normally a pretty good speller ;)

So sweet! I was not going to do the branches and bird...then I changed my mind..then of course, could not find the bird...dumb bird. lol

Always enjoy my visits to your blog :)

Bella

lipstickandlaundry said...

You did a fantastic job... I just bought two glass jars yesterday and I have one at home, just might have to BOO too... It's looks great!
~Jen

THE Stephanie said...

Oh how I wish was a decorator. Everyone's Fall decor looks so cute, I just don't have the gene...

~Mommy & Me~ said...

I just love all of your decorating! The holiday decorations look great!! I was wondering, wasn't it you that had the decoration that was 3 white pumpkins that spelled out boo on top of 3 tall candle holders? I was trying to find that pic again and couldn't.

~Mommy+Me~ said...

I just love reading your blog, your Halloween/Fall decorations look great! I was wondering, wasn't it you that had the white pumpkins that spelled out Boo on top of 3 tall candle holders? I was trying to find that pic again & I couldnt.

Laurel MacD said...

I have the same metallic boo and the jars - now I know I can put letters in it - perfection. I can't tell you enough how much I adore you.

Stephanie said...

Looks great, Love it ALL! I also have that same black cat! :)

Kelly said...

You made me wish I had a mantle...
We do have a wood stove but it's not the same thing...

Love love love those polka dot pumpkins! I am totally gotta borrow this idea of yours!

BTW, I *coughTAGGEDcough* you..
I know, I know you did one not too long about but please do visit my blog when you get the chance, thanks ever so much. xo

Saucy said...

Darn you! That boo jar idea is too cool! I'm stealing it from you who stole it from BHG but I will give YOU credit, leaving BHG out of the loop!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Where art thou?????? I finally have time here to catch up and there are no new fun posts from ya? How's that for a guilt trip? lol, cherry

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

well...how cool is that? You are too much girl!! So talented. i love it!!

Mrs. Jones said...

Great decorating! I need to get the Halloween junk out and get to work.

~Heather

Carri said...

Your mantle looks awesome I am trying to cinvince my hubby to take away my normal things and just leave our halloween decor up. Maybe one of these days I will win.

Biteofpunkinpie said...

i love the branches w/the crow... scary but not too scary, kwim? so, i went to my local dollar tree to find some cheapo crows so i can make my own. alas, they didn't have any. but they did have little WHITE birds in the christmas decor.... so, we'll see how fake feathers look spray painted black. if it goes horribly wrong it was only a dollar, right?! everything looks great!

J'Ollie Primitives said...

your mantel is BOO-ti-ful!

Julie said...

I am drooling over your Amazing spooky crafts! I am been without my computer for 11 days and today when I fired it up , I went right to your blog and it was like a hit of caffeine! AHHHH! Why aren't you my neighbor???? LOVE everything, especially all the goodies in the jars, so jealous- I am going to HL tomorrow! Thanks for sharing

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...