Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween is Coming: Things That Go Bump on My Mantle





Halloween is just a few weeks away....

That means 

candy (chocolate)

pumpkins

witches on broomsticks

ghosts and goblins

and black cats and other beasties.






That means it's to time watch those wonderful old horror movies-- you know what I mean-- the ones with Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Elsa Lanchester playing the usual Halloween suspects....Count Dracula, the Werewolf, the Mummy, Frankenstein (and his bride)....







That means it's time to channel my inner kid, get a lot less serious about decorating, and weave some of the fun and whimsy and magic that comes along with October 31 into my house....with just the right amount of scary, creepy (yes, that's you Mr. Spider with your top hat), and macabre. Things that are too disturbing and gruesome need not apply at my home.





A few weeks ago, I threw some pumpkins up on to my fireplace mantle, which I shared in my last post (click here). Since then, I've been adding just the right amount of Halloween to the mantle area and hearth. 

Here's a little bit of the spooky, spirited, and fun woven in with some of my everyday things on our family room fireplace....


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When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween.
-Author unknown







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Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
-Joel Benton










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When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.
-Author unknown

















Witch and ghost make merry 
on this last of dear October's days.
-Author unknown

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Thanks for visiting!

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Linking to the following this week....
Roses of Inspiration Linkup at The Enchanting Rose
Bouquet of Talent at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home



30 comments:

  1. Really love all the unusual elements and crafty little things in here. Very Pretty....Thanks for sharing, Sandi

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  2. Hi Melissa,
    I'm visiting from Share your cup Thursday. Your mantle looks great, I enjoyed looking at all of the fun stuff you gathered together for it.
    Have a great weekend,
    Gina

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    1. Thanks Gina! I'm glad you enjoyed my Halloween mantle!

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  3. awesome! love this look of vintage style pieces and also more cute spooky Halloween items. everything looks great!

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  4. Hi Melissa,

    Visiting you today via Mimi's meme. Your mantel is amazingly styled for Halloween; I especially love your careful arrangement of all your scary characters, and how they mesh so well re: colour, pattern, texture and shape!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Poppy

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  5. Beautifully spooky, Melissa! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

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  6. Melissa, this is the exact same style of Halloween that I love! Whimsical, fun, and vintage looking! Love that pumpkin man riding the crow! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  7. So cool! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Happy Halloween! Lou Lou Girls

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  8. Melissa this is awesome! I love your witch doll! Where did you find her? I want one! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you! I actually made the witch doll; the body is cloth (with wired limbs) and the head is made from a clay that you can 'fire' in your kitchen oven.

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    2. I came back to see where you got that doll. She is fabulous! Thanks for answering!

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  9. Hi Melissa, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you today at SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  10. I love how you pretty decorated your mantel for Halloween!

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  11. Absolutely love how you pulled this all together, Melissa! I'm featuring your mantel at our Best of the Weekend party tomorrow night. Thanks for linking up with us :)

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  12. Hi Melissa :)

    This has to be the cutest Halloween decor I've seen yet. I think it's perfect. That little pig seeming to look up at the witch on his back cracked me up!

    I hope you're not working too hard.

    xo,
    rue

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    1. Thank you Rue! Yes, Mr. Pig has lots of character! Doing my best not to work too hard ;-)

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  13. Melissa, you have a truly elegant way with everything. I love this to bits. It's just a cut above the usual Halloween décor. Sublime. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Will you join me again this week? Mimi xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Mimi! I will definitely be sharing my next post at Five Star Frou-Frou.

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  14. Just delightful! You succeeded in creating a fun and whimsical Halloween mantle vignette, but still managed to keep it classy! Thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

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