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!!


My occasionally, less than successful but always entertaining Evolution into Design, Décor & Style

When I was a child I was always surprised when I would visit the homes of my friend’s. Their houses were always so…interesting! There were colors and pictures hung on walls? Who did that? I grew up gazing at a blank pallet of white.

My mother was many things but creative in regards to making our home warm and welcoming was not one of them. There were no trendy accents, family photos or touches of any color other than …white.   Don’t get me wrong, our hand made school projects or coloring book treasures made it to the door of the fridge. I would marvel at our Art hung with brightly colored magnets shaped like fruit and daydream of what my home would look like, when I was all grown up.

I believe we learn what we want to be and more importantly, what we don’t want to be from our parents and I was hell bent on making my first home something bright and beautiful! No more drab and dreary walls for this girl, no sir!

The day finally arrived and as I unpacked my boxes I realized that I was back to staring at blank white walls and then it hit me! I learned why my mother had been in a “Decorating Paralysis” for so many years! This was stressful and challenging! There were so MANY choices what did I know about decorating? What did I really want to do with my new humble home? What if I messed it up?

The Library, that was where all the answers lied (back then)! For those of you, like me, that are flirting with 50! (GASP) You know where I am coming from…we had no gift of Pinterest or limitless decorating web sites to daydream in. Off I went, in search of Style and the journey to find my individual decorating taste began in earnest.

It started with Rag Dolls, Tea Cups, Toll Painting, Checkered Linen and Cows….oh, so many cows! I had a herd in my kitchen alone! No judging! Remember…..I am flirting with 50, that was very “IN” then.

My friends and guests told me that I had a “Knack” and that was all the fuelIdaho Homestead my fire needed, I was hooked! Over the next 20 years I followed every fad that raised its less than attractive head. Always focusing on what was trending. Now, I didn’t say I was overly fond of most of these styles, they always felt like they belonged to someone else. But, they were “IN” so I pushed on!

Time is a patient and wonderful teacher. As I aged and truly became comfortable in my own skin, my own sense of style was born. Like a full rich rose things began to open and bloom within me. I saw colors and textures differently and realized that the many small things that combined in my life to make me who I am are the things that I wanted around me always. My home became a HUGE hug for my heart and friends and guests told me I had a “Knack”. No longer a cookie cutter version of what was trendy, just what my heart found to be beautiful and it was enough.

I am thrilled to share my passion, humor and decorating disasters with you! If you like Thrift Store hunts, saving old pieces from the landfill and breathing new life into forgotten Treasures then you should find this entertaining! I hope you will join me in my new Journey….Rusty Romance Creations. I am sure we will learn a lot from each other!