ghosts in the trees
Seth made a pathway for our trick-or-treaters
front yard...or grave yard?
Ruby in her bat cape, making friends with Michael Myers
I'm off to watch Halloween. Normally I don't watch scary movies because they give me nightmares, but since Michael Myers is in our front yard and it IS Halloween, I'm making an exception. I already made Seth promise to take Ruby out when its dark for the next week because I know I'll be too scared :)
Seth and I (aka. Michael Myers and Twiggy) at Todd and Xembra's awesome Halloween party last weekend
So, I moved onto plan C - make a chalkboard myself! This turned out to be the best plan because I could make the chalkboard the exact size I wanted, plus it only cost me $16.
Here's the step-by-step:
- Cut leftover board from metal art mounting project to size (I used a utility knife and sanded down the rough edges).
- Prime, 2 coats
- Paint with chalkboard paint ($12), 2 coats
- Drill a hole in each corner
- Mount to wall using mirror rosettes ($4)
Sorry Rube...you can't trick us anymore! :)
And here's the new couch!!
The couch was my Grandma Grace's couch, and its about 50 years old. I wasn't sure how the print was going to go in our living room (my parents had it recovered when I was a kid), but it ended up working really well I think.
It really brightens up the room! Plus its quite a bit bigger than the couch we had, so its more proportionate to the size of the room. Thanks Mom & Dad!
Another addition to the house is in the kitchen. I've been trying to figure out what to put over the stove since we moved in, and nothing seemed right. I didn't want to just stick something up there for the sake of filling the space. I wanted it to be functional in some way...ideally as something to hold recipes while I cook. At one point I'd thought about covering a mini clipboard with fabric or paper and hanging that up there, but I'm glad I didn't do that because I like this so much better:
Its a vintage metal tray that I got on Ebay, and its magnetic so I can use it to post recipes! I wish I could take credit for this great idea, but I can't - I saw it in blogger Rachel Denbow's kitchen on this post by sfgirlbybay. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was just what I needed above the stove. It adds some color and fills the space but its also totally practical.
I just love decorating with things that not only look good, but are also functional or have sentimental value (or both!). I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying the beautiful October weather!
Do you see the 2 monkeys in that tree? According to Seth (he read all the informational plaques at each exhibit and reported to my mom and I), if humans arms were proportionately as long as these monkeys' arms, they would be to the ground. I just love this shot of them up in the air...you should have seen how fast they climbed up that tree. This next one is the best (click on it to see it bigger):
That's all for right now. I've got a couple house projects in the works, plus a new-to-us piece of furniture in the living room that makes a world of difference. I'll write about that stuff soon...maybe tomorrow! Here's one more animal before I sign off:
She looks about how I feel right now. I'm off to crash on the couch. Later!