Thursday, May 31, 2012


Ready for something wild and new to add to your Halloween couture? Well check this out..... Is it a beanie? Is it a wig? The good news is, it’s both! Crazy, huh?

The 100 percent wool knitted wig comes to us from Australia via Etsy (where else?). Created by Grrl and Dog, it’s also known as a “Hallowig,” and comes in several wild shades of weird for just $39. Love it!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


October will be here before we know it, and that means pulling out pumpkins, spider webs, witches brooms and other utterly eerie Halloween decorations, to create a spooky entrance to your home.

Now, whether you're a minimalist.... or prefer a heart-stopping, scary, stop-'em-dead-in-their-tracks entrance up to your house, remember.... you can do it, and the best part, most are inexpensive DIY projects.

But if you're not sure how to go, check out this pretty simple, but chic decorating scheme from Pottery Barn. It's a great look, and not hard to pull of, at all!

Just take all the elements apart....

all kinds of pumpkins, autumn leaves garlands and wreaths, a few candle lanterns and scary crows... and don't forget the ratty curtain in the front door window!

Now, look at the picture and place what you've gathered in a similar pattern. It doesn't have to look exactly like the picture, so don't even try that! You'll only get frustrated if you try to make it perfect. Remember, this is supposed to be fun!

Now stand back and take a look..... you do good work!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Ok's our first lesson of the season! Today we'll be making Pumpkin Luminaries! This is a pretty easy project to get your fangs wet, jumping back into the project pool.

Here's what you'll need:
•Krylon Fusion for Plastic® - Pumpkin (Safety) paint
•Krylon Fusion for Plastic® - Sunbeam (#2330) paint
•Two 2-liter empty plastic soda bottles
•Con-Tact® Paper
•Xacto® knife
•Adhesive remover
•2 candles
•Paper towels
•Rubber Gloves (optional)

Here's what you'll do:
1.Peel label from empty plastic soda bottle. Use adhesive remover and a paper towel to remove any residue.
2.Wash soda bottles thoroughly; let dry completely.
3.Using Xacto knife, carefully cut off top of bottle. Cut a half-circle out of the back, near the bottom; this will make it easier to add the sand and the candle.
4.Draw facial features on contact paper and cut out. Adhere features to the soda bottle, being careful to firmly seal edges with fingernail.
5.Cover work area with newspaper. Spray soda bottles with Krylon Fusion – one with Pumpkin Orange and the other with Sunbeam. Let dry for 3 hours.
6.When completely dry, carefully peel off contact paper features. (Note: Krylon Fusion will be dry to touch after 15 minutes but should be allowed to cure for at least 24 hours before the luminaries are put into service.)
7.Add sand to base for weight and insert candle. Light and enjoy.

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Friday, May 25, 2012


Well, it's officially the weekend....(almost) and that means it's 5:00 somewhere, right???  So why not kick off the cocktail hour with a spookified martini?

Add that special spook-factor to your martinis by garnishing them with pickled onions stuffed with black fish roe (or caviar, for a splurge). Slide a toothpick through the sides of the onions, (two per pick) and place them lengthwise over the edge of a martini glass for a spooky “looking” martini.

For more great ideas, check out The Hip Hostess!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Hello Fellow Halloweenies!

I've arisen from a long slumber at the Manor, and now it's time to get back in the spirit of  macabre preparations, for the most Spooktacular time of the year!

Thank you so much for all the e-mails over the last few many things have been going on that needed my attention (more on that later...) but I assure you that there will be lots of tricks and treats to keep you entertained this blogging season!

So let's break out the potions.... and maybe snack on a few lady fingers to celebrate....we've only got 159 more days until Halloween!