Halloween 2018

Happy Halloween!  I love dressing up for Halloween, but it is not Vu’s favorite thing.  However, he does like dressing up as Star Wars characters, so when we do dress up we have obviously done that quite a bit.  As in almost every time.  We sort of do a every other year thing, but we don’t dress up every year so… you know.  And if we don’t plan anything then we have enough regular Star Wars clothing that we end up doing that.  At least he is willing to do a different character or at least a different costume every year.  This year we were Han Solo and Princess Leia, but the Han and Leia from “The Empire Strikes Back” where they are on the snow planet Hoth… it is a bit obscure for non Star Wars fans.  I thought a lot of people wouldn’t know who we were, but as it turns out everyone we know could at least recognize us as Han and Leia, even if they didn’t know which scene specifically it was.

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Witches Girls Night Party

I have been wanting to host a girls night witch party for years, and I finally got around to doing it last Saturday. In my opinion it was the perfect day for it, super rainy and windy and stormy all day! I loved it! I had a lot of plans that I didn’t get around to because for some reason after I got back from Hawaii and finished all the Halloween decorations, I just didn’t feel like doing any party prep. Fortunately though, I was planning on keeping up the Halloween decorations for the party, so there were a lot less party decorations I had planned. It was a really fun night!

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I found these tiny felt witch hats at Hobby Lobby and placed them around the house.

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And I got some orange and black balloons as well.

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The table was what I worked on the most, and I was really happy with the results. I pulled out the white branches and put them in a vase with some mini pumpkins and then had a couple crows and an owl perched in the branches.  Then I added some pumpkins, some black netting, a black lantern and the candelabra and table runner from the October décor.

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12 Month’s of Holiday Décor: October

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The October/Halloween decorations is the one month out of the whole year that I have been looking forward to the most, and I am so excited that it is finally here.

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I have always enjoyed crafting and creating, and all growing up I did small random projects.  However I didn’t really get into it “full time” or to the extent that it is today until the fall of 2009.  I was just made the co-leader for our church activity’s committee and we were in charge of an appreciation dinner for the women in our ward and I was tasked with the responsibility of coming up with centerpieces for 8 or 9 tables.  That was really the catalyst for a chain reaction that made me realize how much I loved decorating.  Even though now I cringe a little bit when I see pictures of those centerpieces, at the time I was really happy with what I came up with and still love a few of those items.  The next year I made my first full on DIY project and it was this orange wreath.  I am pretty sure that when I finished it I sent a picture of it to everyone I knew, I was so proud of myself.  And I still love it so much.

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Then last year when I pulled out the Halloween decorations I realized that I HATED how the whole thing looked together.  It didn’t feel at all cohesive to me, and it didn’t fit in the space we had at all.  So throughout the whole month of October I worked on many projects, and by the end of the month it was at a place that I was ok with (you can see it in this post), but I still had a lot of things I wanted to do that I just didn’t have time to get to.  I didn’t hate it any more, but I still had so much I wanted to add and change.  So even though October was counted as “done” for my monthly goal last year, I still had a ton of things I was working on this year.  And I now love it, and it makes me so happy.  Along with the fact that I can see an orange/red tree from every single window on the main floor.  I love the street we live, we have the best trees all along it.  I mean this time of year, it is seriously the best!

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I wanted a Harry Potter spell book, so I found a black hard cover book at Goodwill, and made 2 potion pages in Illustrator and printed and cut them out on cardstock that matched the color of the pages and glued the edges into the middle of the book.   I used this site for the potion “recipes” and then changed and added things a little bit.

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