The “Tricks and Treats” of Holiday Decorating

I am not going to lie…I am a sun worshiper! I LOVE the summer but the second the days begin to grow shorter I become giddy! The Holidays are right around the corner and to kick off these three months of non-stop festivities is…HALLOWEEN!

I always want something new and fresh each Halloween but the cost of decorating can be truly SCARY!!

You will hear me speak often of my favorite things and one of my TOP 5 has to be Thrift Stores! In my youth I kept my Thrift Store attendance a well-guarded secret! The “Cool Kids” would NEVER admit to getting a great new outfit or a killer Bag at a “Thrift Store”?! So I gave the credit of my great finds to those undeserving overpriced Mall stores. Shame on me!!

Now, I can’t wait to show off my newly discovered Treasures and tell the tales of my victory over marked up Holiday retail pricing.

skeletonThis year I was able to land some seriously SPOOK-TACULAR deals and create fun new displays for my home!

(This was a great group of Mercury Glass that I found in two different stores. The cake Plate $3, Pumpkin $2, Gourd $2, Votive Holders $3, Treat Jar $1, and small plastic pumpkins were $1 for all 3. The skull was $1.50. It didn’t work but after I replaced the button battery I was thrilled to discover that it changes colors, and makes spooky noises! Double BONUS! The Spider web and the candles came from the dollar store. So…for a grand total of $15.50 I have a great table centerpiece and plan to use the mercury glass for a number of different displays! Take that Pottery Barn!)

spider(These super cute long legged Spiders are creepy and sturdy! Made of wrought Iron they were $6 for the pair. The spider web fabric was a solid piece and white. I dyed it by placing it in a pan of boiling water with some black tea bags for an hour. Then I tore holes in it. $1 The tombstone and votives were from the dollar store $2. The jar candle was from Bath and Body Works and after coupon it was $5. Well worth the $5, this candle smells A…MAZING! Total coffee table Décor totaled = $14.)

zombie baby

(Next to a corner chair I had this cute table that needed a little “SPOOKY”. I found this zombie baby for $5, it has a broken arm but that just adds to the charm! The fall flowers were from the clearance section at the grocery store but I wanted them dead or dying…$3. The old picture is actually VERY old! It is printed on tin. I found it in a box of water-damaged items in the garage of an estate sale, explains why it is rusting all over the face. Got it for $1. Total cost $9.)

These are just a few examples of what you can do to switch things up every season without MURDERING your budget! Let your creativity take WING and have a HOWLING good time. Your little GOBBLINS are sure to be THRILLED!

Happy Treasure Hunting and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


Turning Trash into a Treasure……

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is my mantra! I swear I should have this tattooed somewhere on my body. Since I was a child it has been a way of life, my own personal challenge to find things on their last leg and breathe new life into them in my own unique way.

This little table is just an example, one of my latest stories of success. I found this Antique tea table where I find a majority of my treasures, at a Thrift Store.

Wobbly with a questionable lean, its veneered top was cracked and missing pieces. Color-faded wood and many scratches – all the tell-tale signs of a good but hard life lived.

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Typically my style is NOT to spend too much time distressing Antique pieces. I guess I would call myself a purist when it comes to old treasures. If there is a way to save them and bring them back to their original glory that is my mission.

Blog 2 DuringIn the case of this table, it had sadly gone past the point of no return.

The tea top had its original glass. None of the scratches were too deep, it had good bones, and I knew it had a future! A little wood glue removed its lean. Some felt buttons on the bottom of two legs got rid of the wobble. A good, deep but gentle sanding to smooth out the veneer issues took it down to its foundation.

Then, the fun began! I make my own chalk paint and I love it because it is just so darn durable! I chose a lovely cream color and gave the entire table three coats. Once the final coat dried I gently sanded it with a very fine grit sand paper.

I took some time to consider what I wanted to showcase under the glass top and decided to go with a French accent. I hand painted, using a stencil of course, lol, a lovely old French text in a muted beige tone.

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To finish it all off I used a dark liquid wax to antique the table. I love the way the dark tone settled into the beautiful hand carved detailing on this piece.

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What was once forgotten is now ready for many more years of love, appreciation and functionality!