Well Thanksgiving is truly over. It was tasty and well spent with the family. Todd, Luke and I went to a corn maze on an unbelievably hot summer like Saturday. I wore a tank top! Yesterday we switched gears and pulled out the Halloween decorations. I really need to create some new ones - I believe that just as in fashion and home decor, holiday decorations can become dated and out of style.
|Butterfly Specimen DIY at MarthaStewart.com|
You might not peg me for a Martha loving kind of girl. That's true - most of the time. But on Halloween, I fall for it 100%. The projects, and inspiring photography and set decoration is the best! Just look at these faux butterfly specimens. I have always found these to be strange and a bit creepy, beautiful things petrified and caught behind glass. There's also a scene in the Return of the Living Dead where even the butterfly specimens are "re-animated" (along with much more sinister creatures). This idea is a perfect & unexpected departure from cobwebs and spiders.
|Paper Mice - MarthaStewart.com|
Another favorite which is understated but undeniably effective is the use of silhouette. The best part is all you need is some black paper, and a bit of imagination. I love the paring of these old stair cases with some creepy shadows. The upstairs of homes I am not familiar with (especially when visiting at night) always spooked me out. Take care of your cutouts, and you'll have them for years. I'm making some this year for sure!
|Specimen Jars - MarthaStewart.com|
Another eerie favorite is the use of old time laboratory educational tools and containers. The first year we moved into our house, our neighbor had his porch set up like a mad scientist laboratory. It was complete with glowing green light, smoking dry ice, black lit jars and viles full of shots for the adults to have a 'treat'. Over the past, I've collected some bell jars and beakers - but I'd love to expand my collection to bring out every year. A nice mapped cranium would be just right.
I'm looking forward to this years Halloween. We're gonna have a little party and since I'm not gonna be drinking the vampire wine this year, I plan on being a frighteningly good hostess. ooohhhhh...... now that's scary.