Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Spooky Soiree

One of the most fun things to me, is planning to host to a party. It's creative and forces you to be resourceful on a budget...kind of like a budding art director. You get to plan the decor and create themed menus to almost every occasion.
During the month of October, it's not uncommon to attend a halloween party. I was thinking about having one next year and i was inspired by some of these cheap and nifty ideas. I'm particularly impressed on how good the black construction paper window "curtains" look. Love, love love the apothecary jars with "eye of newt" and "sloth nails" embalmed on the sides. Oh, and you can't forget the deep purple and brown floral arrangements that just scream fall.

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Because not everyone's home decor matches with bright orange.

I thought i might share some of my favorite pumpkin finds this halloween. I found these photos on an assortment of home decor blogs and can't wait to try them next October. I especially like the differentiating levels of the pumpkins on the last photo due to some of them being on cake stands. I really like the thought of white pumpkins with stenciling done on them. They just look really chic and elegant.

On the subject of pumpkins, ours are still going strong with no sign of decay anywhere.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Painted Pumpkins

If you really want to get into the Fall spirit, might I suggest taking a weekend trip up to the Central Coast and indulging in hay mazes, tractor rides, farmers markets, barnyard animals, and a working pumpkin patch. All this and more is what Morgan and I had the pleasure of taking part in last weekend at the Avila Barn.
Armed with my chilled apple cider and pumpkin scone, I tried to find the saddest pumpkin in the bunch to carve, somehow imagining that I was helping it live up to it's potential. Instead, Morgan and i decided to do something different this year. We bought white pumpkins and painted them.

The perks: Have you ever carved a pumpkin a week into October just to find that you're on your way to Trader Joes to pick up another one because yours rot in two days? The halloween spirit is all month, not just a couple days. Your carved smiles won't turn into frowns because of the mold. And, to the non pumpkin carving master, a paintbrush is more manageable than a knife .

1: We took wet paper towels and cleaned the surface of our pumpkins
2: painted a think layer of white acrylic paint over the off-white pumpkin and wait a couple minutes to dry.
3: Proceed painting whatever your mind can create. (we used a set of acrylic paints from Joanne's Fabrics that cost a mere 3 bucks)
4: Optional: Just for looks, we went over our designs with a black sharpie, which works really well.

et voila!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Corner of 395 and 299

That someone happened to be someone I would have easily cast in a horror movie to play a front desk clerk. He was in his mid thirties, glasses, sort of nervous and he had said he had only been in Alturas for a year. In my horror-movie-Rolex-of-a-mind, I'm thinking he just hitchhiked here after murdering someone in a previous town and wanted to escape to another small town where no one would know him. He was extremely nice though, which only made things that much more off to me. This would usually be the point in the horror movie where the heroes have a choice of either getting the FUCK out of there or be dumb and continue down the rabbit hole. In our case, we could have stayed at the Super 8 down the street, but we allowed the front desk guy to grab our lone bag and lead us up the velvet red staircase to the second floor, slowly turning on the lights as we proceeded upstairs.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Avila Barn

A little fact... one of my favorite places to frequent on the weekends is the Central Coast. Before my boyfriend, i had no clue what lay between LA and San Francisco. Morgan took me to theAvila Barn a little over a year ago and i have fallen in love with the place. It's a farmers market, bakery, petting zoo, ice creamery, orchard, and kitchen decor/supply store all wrapped in one. These photos were taken a while back, but every time i go, i have to buy at least one thing.

And don't forget...Right now they have tractor rides that take you into a pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins off the vine for October. i die.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

wet your palette.

Do you ever have a dozens of unused color swatches laying around after painting a room? A fun and easy way to recycle these cute little pieces of card stock are to use them as table settings. As seen below, i used them to set a colorful table by using them as resting homes for my silverware and cups.

Below are several other cool ways that you can re-use these paint swatches.The first photo is from Craft Evolution. The second design is from writer/filmaker Scott Prendergast. The bookmarks are from How About Orange and the pocket pads are from WhiMSy love.

Monday, August 10, 2009

If I...

A cool little video from Tim Brown. Enjoy

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kitchen Therapy

My roommate and I decided to make something of our dinning room wall this past sunday.  We already had items to put up but we didn't know exactly how to arrange them. We went to ikea and bought a couple white shelves and voila. The owl, flower and apple hangings are all crocheted fabric and the white chalice on the left is filled with a succulent that i had planted. We are still planning to paint the frames black which i think will give it a more pulled together look.