Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Telltale Signs

I am joining Sharon at Fiberdoodles and Susan at Between Naps on the Porch today. You can click on Susan’s button on my sidebar or join Sharon here. Thank you ladies for allowing me to share my Halloween “metamorphosis” and holiday decorations! Please come on in! button2

My family knows that should they lose their calendars or suffer amnesia, there are always places in my house that will immediately clue them into to the season or next approaching holiday. The first is the front door.CIMG0477I just added this friendly ghost to our fall wreath to make it Halloween ready—no ghouls or monsters here, just smiling faces ready for trick or treaters! The next place to look for holiday clues is in my kitchen.

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I always try to have a fun centerpiece on the breakfast room table with holiday placemats for everyday meals. I caught this visiting granddog in the act of a nap this afternoon.CIMG0463

I may have to have a chat with his mother about where Cooper takes his naps at home—he’s an only child :) My small kitchen chest that I use as a sideboard is usually decorated according to the season also.CIMG0467I made this “Nevermore” arrangement with inspiration from The DIY Showoff with an urn I already owned, Dollar Tree crows, and spray painted Spanish moss. For many years all children who come into my house know that I always have a cookie jar with some kind of treat. This pumpkin is my Halloween cookie jar. CIMG0469

I have a couple of other fall/Halloween decorations that I have collected. This pumpkin plate on the stand is here for October and and November.

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I also love teapots and found this one this year. The plate is Arthur Court.

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And probably one of my favorite ways to decorate for the holidays is in the bathroom. I love guest towels and tea towels. I try not to put out anything too fussy if they are used (but I also provide an alternative :)

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Hope you enjoyed the tour! Be sure to visit Susan and Sharon for lots of other participants!

41 comments:

  1. Susan,
    This post turned out fantastic! I saw black crows similar to yours for $16.00 a piece, and considered buying them for ½ a second. Tomorrow you can be sure I will be heading to the dollar store. I love your front door wreath, really cute.
    Cathy

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  2. Susan, your house looks adorable! I can't get over your wreath... so much cute detail! And those candy corn pieces in the glass candle holders are so cute! You are decked for the season. Come to Florida and do mine next, okay???

    Happy Met Monday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  3. Oh Susan !
    Your decore is to adore ! The sleeping pooch on the table is tooooo funny ! Thanks for sharing and a laugh !
    Kammy
    p.s. I love that wreath a whole bunch !

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  4. Your decorations are just gorgeous. I love how you have it spread all over the house. Just great. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Susan, that ghost on the wreath is so cute and festive. What a great job you did of creating the nevermore tree! Your granddog is so cute (but you could have at least tied a fall ribbon around his neck if you were going to use him for a centerpiece!). Your tea pot is gorgeous. laurie

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  6. Your door decoration is fantastic but the teapot really stole my heart!!
    Looks like a good place to take a nap...

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  7. I love adorable Halloween decorating and your's is it!! So cute

    blessings
    mary

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  8. Everything looks great! I agree with Laurie - tie something around his neck if he is going to decorate the table ! :) Yep - The kiddos that come around here know that there is usually a treat in a jar or in the pantry.
    Have a great week.

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  9. I really love everything here Susan but I especially love the cookie jar and towels. Wish I could come trick or treating at your place! Best wishes, NM.

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  10. Laurie, the decorations look very welcoming, I love the cookie jar, it is so cute...

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  11. Love your Arthur Court tray! Your wreath is gorgeous and that ghost is too cute! Love how you did that Halloween tree.

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  12. Cute Halloween morph. Maybe the dog could be dressed as a pumpkin and he'd fit right in - hehe. I love dogs. Thanks for sharing all your cute decorations.

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  13. Love the candles with the candy corn. Very nice. The dog on the table, another story! He looks very comfortable!

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  14. How adorable! I love it all but that little twig tree is my favorite! Wait...actually the pup on the table is the BEST!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  15. So cute! Everything looks so festive! How funny - pup's nap location. lol

    Thanks for the shout out. Your nevermore tree looks awesome! :)
    I featured it in today's Fall Festival!
    Have a great week!
    Roeshel

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  16. Oh, you had so many good ideas here!! Thanks so much for sharing these ideas because they do inspire us!! I think the little ghost on the wreath is adorable--I like the happier holoween things. I also like the blackbirds--I haven't been able to find any...I am going to check one more place possibly today, but I think they have been sold out. I also love your idea about the pumpkin dish stand and the handtowels and holiday placemats---all nice ideas.

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  17. I love those birds! That looks so nice.

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  18. Susan, Love all the great ideas, but I must tell you that the kitchen chest and the beautiful paintings above it really caught my eye. Lovely! Linda

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  19. I love your wreath..really pretty. I am in the process of doing one and I am so flustered..not a crafting bone in this ole body!!:(
    xo bj

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  20. Everything is just beautiful. I especially love your wreath ♥ Happy Halloween!

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  21. What fun! You did a great job making it look festive! I really love the candy corns around the candles. :)

    Happy Met Monday!
    http://www.mooreminutes.com/2009/10/walls-wrapped-in-charm.html

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  22. I love your linens ~ the placemats and towels are a nice touch to the decor! Your pumpkin teapot is just gorgeous.

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  23. All of it is super cute! I do love your 'sideboard'. What a great piece. The Nevermore tree is the greatest! :)

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  24. I love your halloween tree and candycorn centerpieces. They look great. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What great decor! And what a sweet puppy!!

    I have a linky party and a plea for help at my place, care to stop by:http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-bedroom-conundrum.html

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  26. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I'm glad I followed you from Susan's Blog Party. My fave decoration of all was the dog on the table! Oh wait...that's a REAL dog. I am NOT letting my dog see this and get any bright ideas! What a fun, festive post with lots of great pics! Enjoyed it very much!

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  27. Your halloween decor is soooo cute. LOVE the teapot, pumkin plate, and the pewter plate. The puppy on the table was a smile for sure...our fat orange cat constantly lays on the breakfast nook table...tried everything to make him stop...finally, I keep a towel up there for him to lay on!

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  28. Oops! LOVE the ghost wreath too! I also mispelled pumpkin in the above comment! ;0)

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  29. I love your blog. The wreath is adorable and the doggy on the table is so sweet! I collect teapots too and change them out with the seasons.
    Thanks for sharing. I have been so inspired by other blogs that I recently began my own blog.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Hi Susan,

    It must be so much fun going to visit you.
    From arriving at the front door, I love the friendly ghost to being able to take a treat out of the pumpkin cookie jar.

    Have a great week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  31. Love you Halloween decor. I see some candy corn in candle holders. I have that going on on my dining room table as well. Love your idea of just adding a little touch of Halloween to your fall wreaths. I'll have to try that.

    BTW, thanks for you comment on my post. You have inspired me to edit it to include "Bless her heart" somewhere. That's priceless and perfect.

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  32. Loved the tour! Everything looks perfectly Fall at your house....afraid I'm "still getting there".

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  33. Love the wreath on your door! So very welcoming.

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  34. Hi Susan, Love it all but your wreath is beautiful... and I do love the table center( off to the side )piece That is just to cute.. is there a cat in his house...?
    xoxo
    Julie

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  35. Thanks for your sweet visit today -- I always enjoy hearing from you!

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  36. Oh Marty, how did I miss this? Such beautiful fall and Halloween things... I am IN LOVE with tha pumpkin teapot, and that pumpkin plate -- it takes my breath away!

    I had to laugh at the doggy napping on the table; our Dion's Grandma used to get up on the breeder's kitchen table to nap on the folded NYTimes, or sit and watch the passing people parade. She was the only dog allowed such a privilege, a grande dame indeed.

    I LOVED your tour! Thanks!
    Cass

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  37. Great table ... I thought Cooper was just a part of the tablescape. He matched perfectly! Thanks for stopping by to visit with me. .. love your silver bullet post, too. Didn't we all shoot up a prayer for that little boy ... and seems like we need to keep praying for that family.

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  38. I love the teapot and plate, your decor is wonderful

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  39. Hi Susan, I collect tea pots so of course I LOVED your gorgeous fall inspired one. I also loved your Nevermore arrangement until I saw your Jessie on the table!

    Have a great week, Bonnie

    PS - I love Summer Rain by Johnny Rivers

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  40. Great fall decor.

    You made me laugh when you said "grand dog". I thought my mom invented that. She calls my little pug her grand dog.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, if you hadn't, I might not have found you.

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