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Halloween and Early Fall Decorating

Hey, there!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Since the days are ticking away to Halloween, I thought I would share some of my simple decorations with you today!  I was so excited when I pulled out my Fall decor last month because I had just enough to sort of ease my way into the season — here in Arizona temperatures don’t really start to drop until right about now.  I’m looking forward to doing some more decorating when my Halloween things come down, but for now, this is what I’ve got!

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Our dining area got a fun splash of Halloween with our Halloween Town up on the top of the bookshelf.  This always sort of acts as our mantle, and I love having it in lieu of a fireplace mantle for now.  I zhushed up some black spooky netting, and my husband and I nestled the Halloween Town on top.  It lights up at night, which is really fun, but is also really difficult to take good pictures of.  ;-)

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This is just an easy little centerpiece I threw together for the top of our dining table.  The bowl is vintage Waterford, and the leaves are just a couple of garlands from the Dollar Store strategically wrapped around a candle from Hob Lob.

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Don’t worry — I never light this particular arrangement.  I don’t think that would be a good idea, lol.

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I bought that pumpkin candle from Target a couple of weeks ago and have already burned through it.  It’s pretty orange mercury glass, and I am probably going to buy another one because I miss it already.  The rope candlesticks are from Anthropologie and usually look really nautical but I think with the orange pumpkin, they add a pretty natural element.  And of course I had to bring out my super-cozy faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware that my mother- and father-in-law bought for us last Christmas.  We love snuggling underneath it — it’s so warm!

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And then there’s my fun DIY mummy wreath hanging on our door.  :-)  Greyson loves Halloween so I really made an effort to decorate for him this year.  This wreath was pretty simple, I just used a tutorial from Bower Power Blog (http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/) and hung it on a Command Hanger, then Velcro’d the arm of the wreath to the door.  The worms are glow-in-the-dark and you can find packs of them at the Dollar Store!

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I had to include these.  How sweet is he?!  :-)  I love my baby.

Have you done any Halloween decorating yet?  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Halloween — it has been so much fun finding projects and recipes to try out.  What would we do without Pinterest?  ;-)

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Vintage Waterford Bowl + Pinecones

Hey there, friends!  Happy December!  Can you believe we are already there?  This season is going by so fast, it’s unreal.  I am attempting to do a lot of decorating and nesting so that I can really enjoy this season.  :-)

I have an easy Christmas decorating idea for you this morning.  I changed out the centerpiece on our coffee table, all with the help of some pinecones and a vintage Waterford crystal bowl that has been passed down to me from my grandmother — the bowl is over one hundred years old!

pinecones in bowl, close
Last week I showed you my centerpiece on my coffee table that consisted of berries and a really beautiful vase that my mother-in-law got me, and that has since been relocated.  I like to keep our coffee table really simple so that it is not distracting to my husband when he watches The Walking Dead, lol.  Because, Heaven forbid!  ;-)  The pinecones came from Target, and they smell like cinnamon — amazing!

pinecones in bowl, very close
I like that there are all sizes — it really made the zhushing process a lot easier!

coffee table and sofa
Now, let me tell you about this bowl.  It’s kind of a funny story.  I was over at my Gramma’s house one day and we were looking through some of her things.  She grabbed this bowl and said, “Do you want this old thing?” and I thought it was beautiful, so I told her that I would.  She told me she was going to go get the box, and when she returned, she had a Waterford box that this piece fit perfectly inside of, and she nonchalantly mentioned that the bowl was “old.”  Upon further research, I realized that it is old — like 100 years old!  

I love having this bowl.  My mom says that she remembers my Gramma putting pretty ornament bulbs in it around Christmastime.  I think I will end up doing that later in the season, but for now, I’m happy with the sweet pinecones.

room further away
I’m looking forward to passing this down to my daughter someday, if we have one.  Or maybe a daughter-in-law?  We’ll see… ;-)

Do you have any surprise family heirlooms that have made it into your home?  What else would you put in this bowl?


*I featured our 2012 Christmas tree last Friday!  If you would like to see more of that, head on over!*

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