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28 October 2007
  Hallowe'en House
I didn't used to be much of a Hallowe'en decorator. Didn't do anything at the apartment, minimal at the old house until I bought the jack o'lantern and the little ghost and scarecrow cheap at Big Lots.

Not much compared to some people's lights, or scarefests, or the guy on Mount Paran Road with a front yard full of inflatables.

The first two pics were taken today, after I finished the theme by buying the "Boo!" flag. Can you tell the house faces west? :-)

Front porch, Halloween style

A closer shot of the flag:

the Halloween flag

Here's the left side of the porch. Check at right: you can see Willow peering through the window watching me.

Closeup of porch 1 and Willow

Around the front door; don't you love the witch? We got it at A.C. Moore.

Front door and surrounds

Here is the foyer. The little skeletons and the spider hanging from the mirror are made from jingle bells. They seem to be the "in" decorating thing this year, used in Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, and Christmas ornaments.

The Halloween foyer

I found this tree at Michaels. I love the two little 1930s-type figures of the clown and of the cat in front.

Closeup of Halloween tree

The table takes on a minor Hallowe'en air...

tabletop does the whatnot. I bought the plaque today from "Love Street," the little shop near downtown Smyrna; the lovely autumn motif caught my eye immediately.

Potions and the new plaque

I paired the goofy ghosts from Goodwill (how alliterative!) with the cow.

the cow and the goofy ghosts

The last picture has nothing to do with Hallowe'en. Last weekend in Ellijay I fell in love with this cute little lamb, but she was decorated for spring. She wore a gauzy spring green scarf and had a little daisy stem on her back. Didn't exactly match the house theme. So today I bought a fall-motif plaid ribbon and also used a fall leaf where the daisy had been. Voilá—autumn sheep instead of spring lamb.

LizzieLamb in autumn garb

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10 October 2007
  Fall Greetings!
We are dressed for autumn! Come up the steps and inside!

Autumn front porch

A colorful garland, a sign of "HOME" above, a wreath and shared initials, greet you.

Autumn upper foyer

Snug in a corner is my mom's tier table. The horse lamp on it sat in our front window for 54 years. Mom and dad's photos are just next to the red gesturing angel. I like to have the floor vase look as if someone gathered branches outside to fill it.

Autumn lower foyer

The two ceramic houses at either end of the mantel are part of Lemax's harvest village collection. The clock in the center is one I bought for my mom; my godmother had one like it and Mom always loved it. James found the framed print above the mantel online. I love the bouquet of cattails and one of my favorite flowers, Chinese lanterns.

Autumn fireplace area

This is a view of the dining room from the kitchen archway. We have a faux Tiffany light fixture that we are planning to replace the current fixture with.

Autumn dining room

The next photo is a closer view of the china cabinet (another find from Ikea). The blue glasses on the bottom shelf and the matching pitcher on top were part of Mom's wedding gifts, and the vaguely autumn-colored china in the center shelf is part of Mom's wedding china. It sat up in our attic for 54 years; our house was so small she had nowhere to display it. I love the little sheep in front of the door; he came from a small gift shop in Helen, GA. The cows and apples are part of the kitchen/dining theme.

Autumn china cabinet

The microwave cart on the right holds Mom's vintage mixing machine; yes, it still works! The little blocks between the sparrows and the clock are little autumn-themed puzzles from a vendor at the Yellow Daisy Festival. On the left, our Publix Pilgrim figures—from one of the most amusing commercials ever–share space with a pumpkin and Hallmark turkey salt-and-pepper shakers with a vintage tin in the rear.

Autumn shelves

This is the hall leading to the two small bedrooms. Guess which one is my craft room. LOL. The Lady and the Tramp plaque is from the first of two cross-country trips I took with my parents back in the 1970s.

Hall leading to bedrooms

I don't think I ever posted photos of the finished library.

From the doorway looking left. The door to the very left of the shelf with the Spitfire print over it is the door to James' hobby room. The books in front are my paperbacks and all James' paperbacks are behind, with aviation, rocketry, military history, etc. against the back wall.

Library looking left

From doorway looking right: one snuggly papasan chair to relax in. The books against the back wall are my St. Nicholas collection and my Christmas books; facing them are my children's book collection. The center bay holds novels and science fiction on one side, humor on the other. The bay nearest the door has history, linguistics, biography, poetry, animals, the space program, trivia, inspirational, and miscellaneous.

Library looking right

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