I know I’ve still been a bit spotty in my web-world appearances. I have been sure to keep my creative juices flowing and recently entered a contest on Olioboard. I would LOVE it if you would vote for my holiday mood board!
As I am sure you have already noticed, I’ve decided I need to take a step back from my blog and re-examine some things. In the meantime, I had been trying to get this post on another decorating site as a guest blogger but it fell through so here it is for your reading pleasure…
Fall is in full swing and this is by-far my favorite season! My only fall decorating tradition is for Halloween and I definitely look forward to it each year!
Here is just a peak at my decorating for last year’s Halloween party:
I really love getting ready for my annual Halloween party and I’m debating whether or not to add to my decorating this year.
My favorite source for Halloween decorations is Oriental Trading Company. I have found that they have amazing prices and a huge selection. Unfortunately, it looks like OTC has a much smaller selection this year. No worries, I have some other great sources. I think that the most bang for your buck is to purchase some sort of wall covering. I have used a wall covering that looks like peeling plaster. Using a wall covering really helps to set the mood and/or theme of the party.
Another low-cost item that I recommend is a bag of spider webs. You can use these everywhere! I like to put them on the table around serving dishes or the punch bowl. For some extra fright you could add some plastic spiders.
In looking for inspiration for my Halloween decorating this year, I ran across some great ideas:
As for me, I think I’ve decided on some extra Halloween decorations this year. I can’t wait to show everyone my final decorated apartment!
I have already started on some of my decorations. Using the great coffee filter flowers I showed you earlier this month. I decided to take the same idea and make more gothic looking flowers. Here’s what I ended up with:
To help get you in the Halloween spirit, here are some more pictures of last year’s haunted hotel Halloween decorations.
Yesterday was Day 7 of Apartment Therapy’s 20/20 Home Cure. For Day 7, Maxwell revisits our assignment from Day 2 – Buy Flowers. While I absolutely love flowers and have a minor obsession with sunflowers in particular, I don’t typically use them in my home. My number one reason would be my Lola’s (my cat) attraction to water. Anything with water in it is intriguing to her and on her mission to get to it she usually knocks over the container and makes a huge mess. Since cleaning up messes frequently will take away from the joy of having fresh flowers, I have chosen to forgo this pleasure until I find a solution to my cat problem.
Keeping with the topic of flowers…don’t forget to enter to win a free arrangement, of your choosing, of coffee filter flowers. I’ve recently made a bouquet for a coworker as a thank you and she loved it. Here is another bouquet I have been working on.
This giveaway has up to three chances to win, so be sure to check it out.
The deadline for both giveaways is Friday, October 29th.
By the way – this is my 99th POST!
As I’ve mentioned before, I am going through quite a transition in my life. Between my career changes and deciding where to go with my decorating passion I have certainly worked hard to stay positive.
I saw this quote yesterday and thought it was perfect for what is going on in my life right now.
A diamond is a piece of coal that stuck to the job.
I have been struggling, since Friday, with the management of my apartment building. While I was enjoying my week off last week, I also began to have some upper respiratory issues. I eventually figured out that I only had problems when the HVAC (air conditioning) unit was turned on. After mentioning my concerns about potential mold to management on Friday (9/17/2010) and being brushed-off, my boyfriend and I were able to open the unit partially to find this:
While I’m not a scientist or an expert, this looked a lot like mold to me. Long-story made short, I have not been sleeping my in apartment since Thursday night. I’ve been in a bit of a battle with my building’s management to get them to resolve this issue.
I’m a fan of quotes, and came across this one in my blog-reading and researching today
From success to failure is one step; from failure to success is a long road.
– Yiddish Proverb
Happy Tuesday everyone, and don’t forget to let me know what topics you would like to discuss.
It has been a beautiful week in D.C.!
Today’s post will be a bit short, as I’m going shopping for suits and whatnot for the new job. I thought I would share with you my craft project for the week. It’s a recipe book. I compiled all of the cookie recipes my mom has always made for Christmas.
Do you want one of these with your own recipes but don’t have time to make one? Fill out the contact form and let me know what you are looking for.
Have a great weekend!