Thrift Store Decor

Remember these from the Pottery Barn catalog? I think they were selling them for $150/set.

(They actually sold out of them at that price, too).

When I was little, my Grandma and Grandpa had a similar set in their 1970's avocado green and maize dining room. This meant there had to be vintage wooden forks and spoons out there somewhere.

Guess what? I found a pair at a thrift store for $1. After a coat of spray paint they now pay homage to my Grandma in our newly re-designed dining room.

Not as substantial as the PB version but I think it works.

More on the dining room project to come.

Dollar Store Decor

This year my Halloween decor has started with the great finds I scored at the Dollar Tree.

Can you believe they have these little versions of "funkins"? They have a great color quality to them. They are carve-able and paint-able! (I sprayed some off-white). I may have bought all they had, sorry.

They remind me of the scary vintage papier-mache pumpkins my Mom had when I was a kid...

I loaded up their little black crows. I like to display them inside with my vintage bird houses. We also perch them over the door on the front porch. The kids get a kick out of it when people stop to figure out if they are real.

They also have great scrap booking supplies. I found some orange striped scrap book paper to use behind the kids' silhouettes. I'm going for a Gothic "Adams Family" theme this year in the family room. (I stole the monogram from the dining room for the season).

Thanks Dollar Tree for getting things started a little early this year. I can't wait to see what you come out with next.

Halloween Decorating with the Kids

This was a really fun project for the kids last year. They like to get in on the Halloween decorating. We used Elmer's glue to stick google eyes of all different sizes to our family photos. It was so much fun we can't wait to do it again this year!

Another easy project we did together involved candy so they loved this one. We searched "vintage Halloween labels" on the Internet and glued them to my jar collection filled with treats to create a Deadly Sweet Shop.

Check out this blog for other Halloween craft ideas.
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