Halloween Trickery

My husband made the mistake of leaving me home alone last weekend while he went to Kansas City with his buddies.  I didn't want to go with him or anything.  Believe me, I was happy for the no cooking, do what I want, snore-free nights his little trip awarded : )  His mistake was not being around to save the surroundings to which he has become accustomed.

It's Halloween and a girl just has to have a little fun, right?

The first thing I did was pull this $3 portrait I got at Dollar General from the closet.

I was attracted to it because in a maybe-it's-an-ancestor sort of way, this guy kinda looks like Glen.

I also went to Wal-Mart and spent a whopping $79 on a Brother sewing machine and made a couple of stockings to hang on the mantle.  It took me longer to figure out how to thread the dang thing than it did to make the stockings - and I even read the directions!

I have to confess my reason for making these Hallowing stockings.  For the first time in 34 years, I do not have any little kids to take trick-or-treating Halloween night and I want candy!  I figured maybe the Great Pumpkin would visit us Halloween Eve.  (I'll let you know how that turns out)

While I had the burlap out, I made a couple little pumpkins.

Then I got brave.  

I took down the $300 dog picture Glen purchased at an auction and put up what I thought looked much better hanging above the mantle : )

Let me tell you, the chain from one of my outdoor hanging plants worked GREAT for a broom holder!  A couple of old wood sewing thread spools Gorilla glued to a little pine crate serve very well for a place to hang the stockings.

While I was at it, I carelessly wrapped my $1 Dollar General feather boa around an old grapevine wreath that was headed for the trash can.  I needed a place to hang the beauty, so I swiped the master's fireplace tool stand and exclaimed, "this is good!"

I was also able to finish my second set of Halloween blocks (can you believe my mom HAD to have the first ones!?  Who can say no to Mom??) - see tutorial how to make them here.

But before I knew it, and before I was done with my Halloween display (it still isn't done) Glen came home and as you can about imagine....

He was a bit shocked to discover that I know how to sew : )

Have a great rest of the week!


  1. I'm glad you had fun while he was away. I used an inexpensive Brother sewing machine for years, in fact it's my backup machine for the times my Elna is out of commission. I love that broom over the fireplace. The crooked handle is perfect. I knew that the first person to see your set of blocks would want them. They're unique and can be arranged in so many different ways. Great job.

  2. Love the picture of "Glen", ( you are right, it does kind of look like him! lol)

  3. Too Cute Coleen... you always crack me up! What a face on that guy! Love your post! Did you make the broom, too? It all looks good... glad you had a fun "me time"!

  4. lol, I say a little shock now and then is good for a relationship! It looks creepy cute! I bought some burlap today...Lezlee

  5. You knew that picture would crack us all up. I'm glad you had fun. Using the spools for stocking hangers was a wonderful idea. You already know I <3 your blocks.

  6. Hilarious! I love it! Serves Glen he won't go on a Nascar trip again if it means his pictures lose their place over the mantle :) I so wish we lived closer and you could teach me how to do all this wonderful crafty stuff you do. I haven't put out a single Halloween decoration...*sigh* Thanks for featuring a link to my blog too! How do I do that for yours???


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