October 25, 2014

Inspiring Halloween Posts To Check Out

I don't know about you, but Halloween sort of snuck up on me this year. One day I was lighting off 4th of July firecrackers in the backyard. The next, it's the end of October and the goblins are getting ready to knock on my door for their Snickers Fun Size candy bars.

So since I haven't done much around the house here, I thought I'd show you some Halloween posts I found on the internet. You know, from people that have their Jack O'Lanterns in a row.

Jamie at Anderson And Grant made this very cool vintage looking Jack O'Lantern. And get this. She made it from one of those bright orange cheapo plastic buckets that are a staple at the thrift stores this time of year.

Image via Anderson And Grant

Craftaholics Anonymous has a Free Vintage Halloween Banner Printable for you to download and print out. Did I mention it's free?

Image via Craftaholics Anonymous

Kristen at Ella Claire has some Free Black And White Halloween Printables too. Printables are great for last minute Halloween decorations. Now if I can remember to run to Walmart for an ink cartridge for the printer, I'll be all set!

Image via Ella Claire

Jamie at So Much Better With Age made a scary/cute Spider Pillow. Eeek! Can you believe this started off as a dress!

Image via So Much Better With Age

The people at Brooklyn Limestone have outdone themselves in decorating their house for Halloween AGAIN this year with their Ghost Busters themed house. Man, these people know how to celebrate this holiday!

Image via Brooklyn Limestone

And Leo and Jane from Cottage At the Crossroads made a fun Topsy Turvy Jack O-Lantern. Again, made from those cheapo Halloween buckets.

Image via Cottage At The Crossroads

I really need to up my Halloween game next year!

You can check out other fall posts on my Halloween and Fall Pinterest boards.

In other news, I went to a barn sale yesterday and I may have bought another Thermos!!! This could be becoming an addiction!


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October 22, 2014

Painted Mason Jar Halloween Craft

Need a quick and easy craft to get you in the mood?

In the mood for Halloween that is. I can't help you with your other "mood" issues, but I hear they make little pills for that.

Well, I think I've finally perfected the art of covering a glass jar with paint!!!

Halloween Painted Mason Jar Craft - a fun five minute craft for fall.  via houseofhawthornes.com


I know, I know. It doesn't seem like it would be awe inspiring and that hard to do, but I can't tell you how many jars I've painted and they've come out mediocre at best.

My tip of the day? Use a mason jar.

The spaghetti jars and pickle jars just don't have enough ridges and bumps on them to give the jar some interest.

Remember the jar I painted in the spring? Didn't use a mason jar. Should have.

I made this one for Halloween.

Halloween Painted Mason Jar Craft - a fun five minute craft for fall.  via houseofhawthornes.com

Supplies Needed:

  • Mason jar
  • Orange paint and foam paint brush
  • Bakers twine
  • Cheap plastic spider rings

Sorry, no blow-by-blow photos, since I forgot to take photos as I went this is pretty easy and self-explanatory .

Step 1 - Paint the outside of a mason jar with craft paint. I used Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Satin paint in the color Mace (#32057). Better known as pumpkin orange for the rest of us.

Step 2 - After coating it twice and allowing it to dry, take a sanding sponge and knock off some of the paint over the letters and raised areas of the jar to give it a rustic look.

Step 3 - Wrap some festive bakers twine around the top. The craft stores have all sorts of fun colors of this bakers twine nowadays.

Step 4 - Snip off the ring part of the plastic spider rings and glue the remaining spiders to the ends of the twine. I found my spider rings at Dollar Tree smack dab in the middle of a bag of spider webs.

Step 4.5 - Stand back and admire your insanely easy Halloween craft.

Halloween Painted Mason Jar Craft - a fun five minute craft for fall.  via houseofhawthornes.com

There you have it.

Quick. Easy. Halloween mood inducing. My job here is done.

What have you been making for Halloween?

Are you more of a spooky and scary Halloween person? Or more of a cute and cuddly Halloween person?


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October 18, 2014

A Hotel For Chickens

I've been thinking of opening a hotel. A hotel for chickens.

Because for some reason, the neighborhood chickens find my house to be quite egg-ceptional. Hardy har har.

Do you remember a few months ago when I talked about a chicken that kept coming around our house?

He was a rooster and eventually went back home to where he lived. But only after he drove me nuts for a few days with all his cock-a-doodle-dooing.

Well, we have another visitor now.

I think this one's a girl. She just seems more dainty and lady like.


Plus she doesn't crow in the morning if that means anything.

I think I'll call her Shell-y. That is, until she checks out of the Hawthorne Inn and goes back home to roost.

Any chicken sighting in your neck of the woods?


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October 14, 2014

No Fuss, No Muss Fall Table Decor

This fall I am all about the quick and easy . . . no fuss, no muss . . . Mama don't have time for anything complicated . . . kind of decorating.

But, I still want it to look good.

Quick and easy fall table decor.  Just add a few key fall elements like acorns, pumpkins or Indian corn to the table and you've got an instant fall look.  via houseofhawthornes.com

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