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If Lucas Were A Scarecrow…

This is the scarecrow he would be.

And I’m not kidding. He told me.

We rearranged his homegrown pumpkin display this afternoon,
and the end result was every scarecrow’s dream.

I also enhanced my “skull on a platter” centerpiece with a webbed tablecloth and some more candle accents.

Completed our mantel decor…


(I bought the candelabra at Moonbeams last year. It’s one of my favorites)

hung up my new dishtowel I scored on etsy for $6,

Found a spot for the raven my mom just got for me,

As well as a home for an extra-large spider I bought years ago

…and gave him a web.

Just in time for my favorite holiday. Happy Halloween! 



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Skull on a Platter

Today I decided to try out something different for my Halloween centerpiece.
I found the result to be rather skull-ful.

I used a cakestand I received as a wedding gift, a skull I found on clearance at Target last year, a few rubber mice and a fanciful doilie to give it that final touch.

Plus some weathered candlesticks for some spooky ambiance.

I. Love. October.

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Pumpkining Paradigms

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is among the most dedicated of pumpkin growers on this side of 270. And to prove my point, I thought I’d share the sights I came home to this evening.

Exhibit A:
A pancake pumpkin sprouting….baby pancake pumpkins.

Yep, this little guy was sitting on my kitchen counter, chopped in threes, displaying the rather impressive skill of seed germination within oneself (I totally made that up, I have no idea if that’s really how you biologically would explain that).

Okay, this may be  a normal occurrence to advanced pumpkin growers, but in my mind, this was nothing short of very, very cool.

The other wonderful discovery of the night…

Exhibit B:
T
he drastic range of colors among our homegrown miniature pumpkins:

Yep, I sat down to watch The Office, and realized I literally had a squash rainbow sitting right in front of me.

From the soft white…

To the yellowed tint…

To the Happiest Halloween of Orange:

At our house it’s like a new fall surprise every time you turn around. ;)

 Happy First Day of Fall!

Stay tuned for more pictures from the pumpkin patch…

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Could Target Become 2nd Best?

Tonight, I had a revelation.

I love Target. I always have. I always will.

I take pride in being one of those girls who goes in for toothpaste, and comes out with $250 worth of new-found treasures I never knew I couldn’t live without.

But tonight…that unyielding swipe of my credit card went to someone else:

And it wasn’t the first time.

It was a simple “return” trip. The kind that I would  frequently take to Target. I was bringing back an RL tablerunner I found over the weekend, which upon putting on my table, realized was about 24 inches too short.

So, on my way to the grocery store, I decided to stop by TJ’s and simply return the runner for the $12.99 I had paid. (okay, and maybe to check out a pair of boots that had caught my eye over the weekend, too. But that was it. Really. It was.)

And then I strolled. And saw some soap…

$4.99 for something that looks way cooler than some the brand-name stuff I’d find at Target? I mean, it’s “harvest bliss,” so I had to have it…

And an owl ($4.99).

And a green colander ($9.99).

And an absolutely necessary ceramic sugar holder ($6.99).

For a grand total of $26.96 +tax, I had found myself a pretty nice little combination of new home decor. Happy me. :)

Woah. Wait a second..did I? Yes, I did. I went to TJ Maxx for a return, and left spending twice as much as I was going to get back. Oops. I had just pulled a Target….

And then that scary idea came to my mind:
Could Target Become MY SECOND Best?”
The answer? If for no other reason than I kinda get sick to my stomach just typing those words, I’m gonna say…not so much. Whew. Much better. But, each store does have its own reason for being (as in, being a large chunk of my credit card bill each month).

So, let’s take a look:

Target: So, if I rewind back to this weekend, the whole reason I went to TJ Maxx was to buy a new outdoor tablecloth for our patio furniture. Did I ever find that tablecloth? No. Because when you go to TJ Maxx, you never know what you’ll find. At Target, you know. You also know that you’re guaranteed to find things that are stylish and in-season. Not always the case with TJM. And, had I needed a tablecloth and some mascara, Target would have been my choice from the start. (if I did find a tube of mascara at TJM, I can’t say I would feel comfortable purchasing it…their beauty products tend to give me an old, thrift-store-esque vibe. ya know?)

TJ Maxx: The ultimate treasure hunt. Now, I may not wish to buy beauty products from there…but jeans – H*LL yes! At Target, you might find a fashion designer’s dumbed-down version of clothing, but at TJM, you get the real thing, at a great price! (my favorite pair of Joe’s is from there, actually). And that goes for everything, from Frye boots, to Peugot watches, to Calphalon cookware. Plus, while both stores offer a huge variety, at TJM, you can kind of think that what you’re finding is one-of-a-kind (or at least a whole lot closer).

In short, I couldn’t live without either one. They both have their purpose, and both have a huge presence in my home. And, frankly, that’s the way I like it. :)

So, for now…the rankings shall remain:
Target, #1
TJ Maxx, #2

Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?
Is there something even better out there??

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Oh, What The Neighbors Will Say…

You know those people? The ones whose front porch displays the spirit of Christmas year-round? It begins innocently enough in the month of December. They pick a frigid Saturday afternoon, lean that 14-ft ladder against their roof, and then adorn their home with glowing lights that will soon spread holiday cheer throughout the neighborhood.

Then January rolls around.

Then February.

Then July.

Before you know it, it’s November and they’re the ones getting credit for being “the first in the neighborhood to ring in the holidays.”
And the cycle begins all over again.

Well, that’s kind of what it’s like at our house right now. Only for us, it’s not a string of lights – it’s a pumpkin patch.

Case in point, last week I sat down to watch TV… and had to look twice upon finding a new display on our mantle.

 (no need to check your calendar — it’s still August)

You see, one of the most remarkable things about my husband is his passion for mastering his next new hobby. When he gets his mind on something, you better believe he’s going to study, learn and practice that craft until reaching ungodly perfection. And this year, the hobby is growing pumpkins.

Let me rephrase that.

This year the hobby is growing the BIGGEST pumpkin he could create within the cozy, suburban corner of our Midwestern backyard.

He spends hours during the day researching the methods, then hours in the evening putting his research to work.

Many a neighbor has strolled by, politely inquiring about the greenery poking through our fence. “So, I noticed there’s something in your yard.” or “Now, ahh, what exactly is that you’re growing?”

And, with pride oozing from his grin, Lucas shows off the harvested goods.

With the hot St. Louis summer, some of the pumpkins have already been picked. So the festive yard has slowly made its way into our home.

(if you noticed in my previous post, the “after” shot was a little cropped…had I shown the whole room, this is what you would have found).

The pumpkin on top weighs nearly 100 lbs. That would be the Atlantic Giant (pretty impressive considering the seeds were bought at Lowes and our summer has been awfully hot).

The others were a mix of  Jack-o-Lanterns, pancake pumpkins, white pumpkins (which turned out to be orange with traces of green), gourds and miniature pumpkins.

And even the dogs are enjoying the summer crop.

I definitely see our pumpkin patch as a tradition in the making. And Lucas already has plans on how he’s going to triple the size of that giant for next year.

So watch out Charlie Brown (and the whole neighborhood), the Great Pumpkin is here to stay.

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