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Ghoulish Grown Up Beverage Labels

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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Okay, it’s true, I so love autumn, but recently, as in the last few years, I’m loving Halloween too.  Only because in my world, all the kids around me live to dress up in their costumes and I can’t help but get excited along with them.  Costume choice is already the hot topic at school.  "What are you going to be?"  "I’m going to be Bat Girl!"  "I’m going to be Luke Skywalker!"

I’ve never liked the the gory side of Halloween.  I really don’t care for for anything extremely bloody or too disturbing.  Unlike the teenagers, I steer clear of haunted houses.  But I do love the dressing up in costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating side of Halloween.  And I like the playful, whimsical, spooky side filled with spiders, witches, ghosts and goblins.

This year, we’re entertaining friends for a pumpkin carving party, so I thought I’d get a head start.  Martha’s been making beverage labels for a few years now, and when I spied hers in the latest Living Magazine, I was inspired to create some of my own.

Boo!

These beer bottle labels are perfect for the spooky ales we will serve.

cg halloween beer labels   

Here’s a few poisonous potions I concocted for a Halloween vignette.

cg poison bottle labels

 

 

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So It Begins

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This isn’t one of those ‘ooooh pretty pictures’ posts.  Nope.  This is one of those ‘get down and dirty by starting a big DIY project’ post.  It’s been years that I’ve been wanting, no needing, to do this, and the time has finally come.  Over the weekend we said bye bye to the carpet on the stairs in the foyer.  Good riddance, if you ask me. 

As I mentioned in part two of last year’s banister revamp, the carpet was there mostly for the safety of our little tykes, but I’ve never been a fan.  For a long time, I have yearned for the gorgeousness that is a hardwood staircase, especially since it’s the first thing you see when you enter our home.

You’ll recall our staircase came halfway last year with the darkening of the banister:

2009 b and a 

We also painted the oak base white and added a Graham & Brown wallpaper treatment, you can read all about it here

Well, this year, since the kids are finally old enough to get the whole ‘no running down the stairs’ idea, we’re finally adding those wood steps I’ve been dreaming of all this time. 

So long carpet!

ripping out carpet

Yeeeeee haaaaaw.

Underneath is a solid plywood staircase, but we were left with plenty of these to remove . . .

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Brassy to Classy: My Free Chandelier

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I was tra la la-ing my way through my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore a few weeks back, admiring all the great salvage and scheming of ways to put some of it to good use.  I was there because I had spotted a few cool cabinets on Diggers List and wanted to investigate further. 

As I chatted it up with one of the managers, I couldn’t help but notice the sign just behind him.  free brass lighting

Do you love the exclamation point for added emphasis?  Like rejected brass light fixtures are something to get excited about?  Well actually, I kinda do get excited about them.  A lot. 

I actually like antique  brass fixtures, just not these super shiny leftovers from the early 90s.  So with a fixture like this, one that just happens to have a completely fantastic shape, I see no reason why it shouldn’t be spray painted.  White.  Pronto! 

  brass chandy before

 

Hello gorgeous.  Don’t you just fit right in ? 

kitchen chandy after

Aaaaaand, she was free.  Fah-reeee. 

Yep.  Free.

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