Now that we are empty nesters…I don’t really DO Halloween!
Back in the day….we did the whole 9 yards….spooky and fun!
But I still try to find ways to put touches of the season around the house!

I am especially loving my new owl sitting on the entryway table!

Come along for the tour!

Remember my pillow made by printing on fabric?

Well….here are 2 more examples….
I found these great images of “The Raven” and “The House of Seven Gables” and printed them on lightweight canvas…
When I took the covers off 2 old pillows that I was going to recover….had the happy discovery that the fabric underneath was perfect for the new pillows….so I just hand sewed the printed images on and here they are!

I took some books and covered them with brown wrapping paper and wrote Halloween themed titles on them….perfect literary themed decor!!

They look great with my spell books don’t you think? Check out the tutorial for making a Knock off version of these.
Now for the Mantle:
It started like this….

 Then I found this print in my pile of “got to get around to framing this” pile….and actually did it!

 And there were these really bright cheap looking branches of bittersweet in the fall fake flower box…I dabbed a little brown craft paint on them and added them to the fall leaves in the vase…..They almost look real now!
 So here is the mantle now….it will look nice even after Halloween is over!

The dining room table gets a centerpiece of some old bottles on a goodwill mirror…..

I put the glowing orange salt rock on the table for some spooky lighting effects….

I frame some family photos with Halloween themes and put them all around the house….
here are a couple of my favorites…

 This photo is of my husband’s second grade Halloween party….totally vintage….(Sorry John, I guess that makes you vintage too!)

This photo is from the year we grew Giant Pumpkins and had the most awesome Jack-o-Lanterns….
I have photos of the kids in Halloween costumes….and the memories make me smile!
So I guess the point of this post is that you can have a touch of the season…..without DOING Halloween….and that seems to suit my Sweetwater Style!