Monday, October 25, 2010

I Understand the Concept...

...that less is more, but I can't yet embrace it, especially at Halloween. I did okay on the mantle ~ just a few dried gourds, a leaf garland and a wonderful pumpkin picture from Karen at My Colonial Home. The large witch was a gift from BFF Belinda.
The coffee table is also pretty simple ~ an old carrier filled with mini pumpkins, gourds and some rag balls.
That is where simple ends. I HAVE to display the pumpkin painted by my older son when he was 8 years old and in Cub Scouts. The little pumpkin mat was a gift from a friend.
This wreath was made by my younger son when he was in Cub Scouts. These are things I treasure!
My mother did beautiful ceramics. These are a few of the things she painted. This played music (the Death March) and the eyes in the trunk lit up, but the battery died long ago. I really need to replace it.
This was one of my Mom's favorite pieces that she painted.
The witch and pumpkin were also from her hands and I made the ghost decades ago from paper towels and glue, if I remember correctly.
And yet more of Mom's creations.
Vintage tin noisemakers and paper mache pumpkins.
The next two pictures are gifts from BFF Wink.

Clay creations from eBay.
Some of my black cats.
In the kitchen ~ my witch nutcracker.
Another eBay purchase.
More stuff :) The witch on the pumpkin is vintage.
The ceramic pumpkin I got as a child ~ MANY, MANY years ago.
Like I said, I am just not yet ready for less is more. Oh, and I forgot to take a picture of my tacky, plastic, light up pumpkin guy. (If some of this looks familiar, you have a very good memory. I posted lots of this last year.)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)


Kim said...

Fun, fun, fun!!!

weaverpat said...

Lauren, with your wonderful collection, more IS good!
What a great bunch of spooky stuff!!!

Kathy (woolfind) said...

Very nice collections! Loved looking at it all. I put out some things, but never even went out for a pumpkin or mum this year. Never did that before, but it's ok. there's always next year!

Joanne said...

More is awesome - Love your collection! I am a sucker for a black halloween cat - How special you have all those items your Mom painted!

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

I'm loving your vintage paper mache and noisemakers ~ I have a few ~ you have more!! More is good!

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Less is boring!! LOL! I try the less, it's hard for me to do that. Love all your treasures and the ones your family made are priceless!!

Doris said...

Great collection. I agree, in this case more is much better. I love all of the things your mom made - you are so lucky. Have a happy spooky halloween!

acorn hollow said...

Your decorations are wonderful. The best part is that most pieces hold special memories. Do you get many trick or treaters? Sadly we don't.
Happy Halloween

Orange Sink said...

My favorites are the black cats! Wow! What a collection! Now I can't wait to see what you have for Christmas!
Have a spooky Halloween!
Cathy G

Janene said...

I have that problem too...of uncluttered just doesn't happen for me.
Yours are wonderful and whimsical...I love them.
Have a wonderful week!

RNNJ said...

I think your collection is marvelous and pieces from your Mom and sons are THE BEST. My sons groan when I put out their handmades; but if I forget, they'll ask me if I still have them.
You continue to make my lunchbreaks enjoyable.

Jacqueline said...

thanks for sharing..

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

When you have kids, it is important to decorate with their things. It makes them realize how important they are to you. It makes you smile more. Love the black cats! very cool......

ohiofarmgirl said...

Very cute decorations. I wish I was happy with "less is more." But...we... I like more! lol Dianntha

designer rugs said...

Awesome decorations! I really like this collection, I am inspired by these captures and would like to decorate my home at upcoming Halloween.

Bobbie said...

Lauren..I love your decorations! But what I really love is all the beautiful samplers behind your ebay clay creations...did you stitch all of those? They are just gorgeous....I am hoping you will show more of your samplers in the future...great inspiration and eye candy!

woolwoman said...

OHHHH - wonderful stuff !!!!!!! I love seeing all your stuff - even peeks of the sampler wall. Your memorabilia from your mom is so special - lots of darling things - I loved seeing your displays and the puggies from the last post are so darling. Mel