So I stopped cursing the Mayflower moving company on Saturday night when I finally found my Halloween decorations amongst our yet unpacked boxes in the basement. For the most part our moving packers were awesome, but there were a few horribly packed boxes that I know my own children could have done a better job with. Of course it was the last, unmarked, horrendously packed box that I looked through that just happened to contain my Halloween decor. I guess some people don't take Halloween decorations as seriously as I do.
By the time I found the decorations it was Saturday night, so while Travis was at Priesthood session the kids and I hurried up and put out the decorations to surprise him. Then when he got home we headed to Village Inn for pie, where everyone and their brother was still dressed in a white shirt and tie from the Priesthood Session of Conference, only in Utah, gotta love it. During our pie conversation Travis told me the story of how he was letting Hallie comb his hair during conference earlier in the day to keep her occupied, and she turned to him and said, "Dad, you're almost handsome." We had a good laugh at that, and that is kind of how I feel about my Halloween decor, it's almost handsome, and almost finished, but I thought I'd show you where I'm at today.
Can you spot the difference between these two pictures? After I had everything put up I decided to have some fun with ribbon, and I glue gunned it on the pumpkins and vases, I think it was a small detail that made a big impact, I'm quite loving the results.
The kids got in on the action with these ornaments they colored, and put on our topiaries. I think they turned out cute. After they put them up I went back and rearranged them a little, mostly for spacial purposes, and of course Hallie noticed this morning and wanted to know who had messed up her decorating. I guess I can't get much past them.
I really wanted a Halloween "tree" this year, so instead of paying $60 for the cute one at Tai Pan I decided to make my own. I got this big branch from my in-law's property. My Father-In-Law says it's an Almond Tree branch. I think they thought it was odd that I was so intent on getting just the right branch, but I had a vision. I was originally going to spray paint it black, but decided I liked the organic quality of this in its natural state. I wasn't sure how to make it stand up like a tree, so I found an old vase, covered it in cheap fabric ($1.50/yard at Wal-Mart) and filled it with rocks and rice. Believe me if it ever gets knocked over there will be a huge, tasty mess to clean up. But for now it seems fairly sturdy. I got these cute ornaments at Tai-Pan and used them along with some ribbon from Hobby Lobby for decoration.
So to get us all into the Halloween spirit I thought I'd host a giveaway. A few weekends ago my Mom, My sister Angela and I went to a local gem show. I picked up these cute pumpkin lampwork beads there, and had the lovely Angela (she's amazing in the jewelry making department) put them together for me in a matching necklace and set of earrings. And now I want to give them to you! So here's the rules for the giveaway:
Please leave a comment in the comment section answering this question: What is your favorite Halloween candy of all time?
- Only one comment per person
- I will choose one winner (random.org) on Thursday evening (October 8), at which time the winner should contact me with their address at this email address: email@example.com
- Tell your friends!