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Halloween Tablescape by Bonehead Bob and Me!

On Halloween the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you And if something scares you and you want to run Just let on like it's Halloween fun. ~Author Unknown~ Dinner will be served in the dining room this evening by my friend, Bonehead Bob.  Come on in, pull up a chair and dig right in...if you dare.

On tonights menu we'll be having Cranial Crunch, Bob's specialty stew he simmers for two weeks in a Cauldron given to him by his Grandmother back in 1644. 






Bonehead Bob helped me set the table.  We began with these black Heritage Lace placemats from Priscillas Lace and Linens. We layered them over white dinner napkins, placed at an angle, so the scene on the placemats would really show up.
As Bob has carefully planned our evening, he has opted for non traditional flatware at each setting.   He says skewers will be needed for the eyeball roast over an open fire, and miniature pitch forks for each guest to catch a rat, snake or any vermin they desire.  He'll b…

Why I Like Halloween

Like most people, I love seeing the transition of colors as leaves turn and begin to fall from the trees.  I love the sound of the wind, the crispness in the air, putting on the first sweater of the season and the cool days and nights that Autumn brings...but it's much more than the reprieve of Summer why I've  loved the month of October and Halloween.


I am an October baby.  My sister, Lauri, is also an October baby and often, as children, we celebrated our birthdays together.  Sometimes they were Halloween themed parties.  Lauri and I are the only girls in the family, with six older brothers and have always had a special bond and been very close to one another.  
We grew up in a neighborhood that seemed to be the trick or treating capital of the universe.   I remember one woman who dressed as a witch and sat out in the cul-de-sac in front of her home with a huge cauldron of punch over dry ice so it appeared that she was brewing up some poisonous stew of sorts.  Another house …

Shawn would have trashed this too!

Do you remember the dining table I fashioned from a bird cage my husband had trashed?  Read/View that post HERE.  Well...if you do remember that table, then you may remember me telling you how Shawn will throw anything out with the most minute of flaws or simply because he hasn't a use for it and I, lacking any pride, admitted that I've dumpster dove in my own trash. 
A few months ago we got a container of furniture in which included a large secretary desk.  Behind the doors there should have been an insert with divided spaces and drawers for letters, stationary, etc.  It was not included.  Fortunately we sold the desk for what we'd expected to get out of it had it come with the insert.  The following month another container arrived from the same place and the insert was put on this container.  I could tell Shawn was going to take it right out the back door and toss it in the dumpster but I sweet talked him out of it.  For all of you amazing DIYer's in blogland and bey…