The Mercury glass pumpkins and gourds are a really wonderful addition to Fall and Halloween since they add a touch of elegance and reflective light. And if you have come by in years past, you know those little silver crowns get used as often as possible when a little bit of silver is sure to add a sparkle.
The foyer table is black marble and has a simple burlap runner on the top for texture and feeling of Fall. To complement the other black elements, there is a tall black urn holding one of the painted
white pumpkins. The pumpkins were painted a couple of years ago with ASCP and
simple white paint as well. The pumpkin on the antique books and the one on the
vintage silver piece are both velvet pumpkins which are newly made this
year. I showed how I made mine HERE. The small black pumpkin is a faux
pumpkin that was painted a few years ago with spray paint. Look for the
kind that will work on plastic, like Fusion and Universal. Both will
give you nice coverage. Of course if you have some black ASCP it will
Ravens wear collars, and the spiders wear glitter.
Antique books and a garden urn with a Mercury glass gourd on top,
with a Mercury glass pumpkin sitting on a black and white pinwheel made of wired ribbon.
A little silver crown and antique skeleton keys round out the display.
The other raven wears a fun harlequin collar.
The vintage mirror is lightly wrapped with white web while glittered spiders climb to the top.
And Velvet Pumpkins add another little touch of elegance and texture.
Black and White Paper Butterflies and Spiders, too.
These Velvet Pumpkins have real (dried) pumpkins stems.
Adding a few vintage elements always seems to bring that special feeling of age and beauty to Fall and Halloween Decorating. The entry table is dressed in a little bit more black this year and Emily Grace is wearing her special hat for the occasion as she awaits the big day with her black kitty and rave, along with her favorite jack o' lantern. (The Little Victorian Witch Art Print, Emily Grace, is available HERE.)
The pretty velvet pumpkins that I made this year for Fall and Halloween add a lovely soft texture to complement the sparkle of the Mercury glass pumpkins and gourds. Its a wonderful combination. The velvet pumpkins have a very subtle texture and soft coloring that makes them feel a bit vintage, even if you know they are new.
While unpacking the seasonal goods, I found some black and gold frames which were waiting to be painted in lighter color. For Halloween they are perfect the way they are. I might have to keep a couple the way they are and pack them away with the Halloween things.
The stack of books starts with an antique Italian vellum book from the 1600's which I use all year around. The vintage book stack is topped with a white garden urn holding a mercury glass gourd. Sitting on the edge of the books is a paper and velum butterfly.
The ravens got a little dressed up this year as well. One wears a handmade lace color, while the one in the top photo chose a black and white harlequin collar. That one was made from a wired ribbon. Cut off one side making it the width you need, and pull the wire in your cut piece to make the ruffled collar.
Rounding out the display for the entry table is a tall black urn that was also tucked away and mostly forgotten. Now it is the perfect place to have another white pumpkin. This one is a ceramic one painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Old White and Pure White) but a foam pumpkin would work was well.
Come back soon to see more Halloween Decorating for 2013.
What a funny and strange sounding combination. Pumpkins with spiders and butterflies, and a crown or two of course. This weekend seems like the perfect time to get out all the Halloween goodies and get decorating. Each year I wish I had started sooner so I could enjoy it all for a few weeks before Halloween. This year I'm actually going to do it.
The monogram pumpkin is still one of my favorite things. So simple to add a design of some kind after you paint one of the faux pumpkins white. Each year I get questions about it, but it really is simple. This is a design that I created using a vintage letter, then it was printed out on my inkjet, cut out closely to the image, and glued on the pumpkin. For this I used Golden's Gel Medium, but you could use Modpodge as well.
In this little area the pumpkins are the large white painted pumpkin with a sculpted stem from paper clay, a small black painted pumpkin with a faux stem, and a cream colored velvet pumpkin with a real pumpkin stem. Add some glittered spider and velum paper butterflies and it's a fun start to the entry table this year.
You can click HERE to see last year's entry table. It was just what I wanted so it was a little hard changing it up this year. But once I brought out that large urn you can almost see in the background, everything began to take shape. Kind of the same, and a bit different. Come back soon to see more clips of Halloween decorating, and then a post of all the elements of the whole holiday decor.
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It is the joyful month of October! One of the fun things I've seen around Blogland in the last few years is the different inventive kinds of a count down "clock" for kids to count the days until Halloween. I wish someone had thought of that when I was young. It would have made this fun Holiday last longer. Even if there is no count down clock around here we are still on Halloween watch anyway. And the fun is just about to begin. With just one little project at a time.
For the last few years there has been a pumpkin topiary somewhere in the decor. I like the combination of the black and white with a little soft pumpkin color too. The light streaming in through the window bounces playfully around the silver pieces and actually makes the matte black pumpkin a bit shinier looking in the photo. This year I made the topiary in a Mercury glass goblet. The Mercury pumpkins are a delightful addition again this year. The fun reflective sparkle certainly brightens the mood Fall, and adding more Mercury glass pieces just adds to the reflective light.
You can make a topiary of your own out of faux pumpkins that you can keep and rearrange year after year. The bottom white pumpkin and the top peachy gourd are both ceramic, but you can easily use foam ones instead. It best to use a foam one for the middle, and maybe the top as well, because you might need to poke a hole in the bottom if the pumpkin below it has a stem that you want to hide. I used some sticky putty to keep the top one in place since I could not poke a hole in the ceramic gourd.
The pumpkins started out that ugly orange color that most inexpensive faux pumpkins are born with. For the white pumpkin and soft pumpkin colored gourd I started out with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. The white one was then dry brushed with some Pure White. The gourd was painted with Old White mixed with red and yellow to get the soft pumpkin color, then dry brushed with Old White. The black pumpkin was spray painted with either Fusion or Universal black paint. Both spray paints are very good for painting the foam. Of course you can also use a liquid latex although you may have to touch them up over the years if you don't use a primer.
Come back soon to see more clips of Halloween decorating, and then a post of all the elements of the whole holiday decor.
You can hear it all throughout Blogland right now, almost everyone loves this time of year. As I've said before, I am no exception. For me it is another reason to be joyful and celebrate everyday. And to at last cool down a little bit and open the windows. And ..... to decorate the mantel for Halloween!
This I totally love doing. It's a chance to embrace magic and whimsy and just remember the fun of being a kid this time of year.