Take, for example, the House Gargoyle positioned at the front door. Originally one of two purchased a few October's past, he has since become a permanent feature and is decked out in a manner befitting whatever holiday is currently being celebrated. In December, it would not be unusual to find him sporting a tinsel garland with cedar boughs tucked between his paws and holding a sign wishing guests a Festive Yuletide Season. His companion, who used to overlook the pond, barely made it through the first winter before falling to pieces.
|The House Gargoyle, with some of this year's|
abundant pumpkin harvest ...
The current Hallowe'en Wreath has been in use for roughly four years, starting out as a simple grapevine wreath sprayed a metallic gunmetal colour. The black ostrich feather and shredded lace were an added bonus included in an eBay purchase of vintage mourning trimmings - too tattered to do much else with, but perfect for the wreath. Fake Crow was in dire need of repair this year, as he had started moulting his onyx glitter and his ruby rhinestone eye was drooping a bit and needed re-glueing.
The black roses and leaves are covered with lots of Martha Stewart garnet glitter, which unfailingly makes a little glitter trail on the carpet during its yearly trip from the basement to the front door. The spray glue used for the glitter has started to turn a mouldy greenish colour in spots which, although completely unplanned, is quite delightful.
|The Definitely Hallowe'en, Occasionally Christmas & |
Sometimes Valentine's Day Wreath
The Hallowe'en Wreath is hung the 1st of October and remains on the screen door until eventually replaced with the Christmas Wreath - generally not until December 23rd, because this one is much preferable to that one. It has even been known to stay up right through to Valentine's Day, requiring only the removal of the glittered Beware sign and the addition of glittered red hearts to make it more seasonally appropriate.
Although the insomniac prides herself on her ability to tolerate a considerable amount of dust, there comes a point when even she looks at the accumulation in the Gothic Mansion and shudders. Accordingly, the fake black ivy purchased for exterior Hallowe'en use quite some time ago, but which eventually ended up inside draped around Mucha's A Winter's Tale, was disentangled from the frame and brought outside for this year's arrangement in the bird bath. Before being returned to its now permanent spot around the picture (which looks terribly bare without it), it will be given a vigorous washing. It should accumulate a nice coating of dust by this time next year.
|Dusty leaves in the exterior|
Pumpkin/Rowan Berry display.
The large black owl purchased six weeks ago has finally (much to the long-suffering spouse's relief) been removed from the Dining Room Table. One had originally thought he'd make a splendid replacement for the disintegrated gargoyle by the pond but, as the spouse pointed out, having a large black predatory bird sitting in the middle of the yard is likely to frighten all the other birds away. He will, however, become another “forever” resident on the veranda once Hallowe'en is over, because the spouse has already indicated he will NOT be coming back inside to sit on the Dining Room Table again. The insomniac somewhat grudgingly admits he has a point - the Festive Yuletide Season is just around the corner, and the family will need somewhere to eat Christmas Dinner.
The miniature pumpkins were painted with Graphite chalk paint - hopefully, they'll last until December so they can be turned into a Christmas presentation, simply by adding a touch of greenery. The black Funkin with dripping red chalk paint didn't turn out quite as impressive as imagined and will not become part of any permanent display, but will instead be washed off for reuse next year. Should have stuck with the original plan of a stenciled red damask pattern instead of dripping blood ...
|A favourite cobweb tablecloth ...|
One also regretted deviating from the original plan of draping shredded black dyed cheesecloth across the front staircase, choosing to go instead with the imitation black spiderweb from the Dollar Store - because it seemed like less work. At the time. One had sort of forgotten how annoying that stuff is to work with, especially with chapped hands. Had you been walking past while the insomniac was attempting to stretch it thin enough so it looked like real web and not just clumps of black fluff, you might have seen her flicking her hands somewhat frantically and muttering, “Get off! Get OFF!!”
The following day, the dye pot was hauled up from the basement and the shredded black dyed cheesecloth hung over-top the web. One fully expects that with the blustery weather forecast for the next week, every shred of spiderweb will be blown away. Should you be walking past when the long-suffering spouse is preparing the garden for planting next spring, it seems very likely you'll see him standing there, somewhat frantically flicking his hands and muttering, “Get off! Get OFF!!”
|Fully expecting the paper lanterns to blow away|
before Hallowe'en Night, too ...
During some of her rather lengthy computer sessions, the insomniac has stumbled across a number of people who also enjoy shopping for seasonal Hallowe'en items with the intent to incorporate them into their everyday decor. And as she happened to read on an ankle she saw somewhere or other just recently, the following quote which sums it up quite nicely: Every Day is Hallowe'en. Which, in the insomniac's case, sort of flows into Christmas. And then Valentine's.
This week's Giveaway is a slightly more grown-up version of a Hallowe'en treat bag. So even if you've decided not to attire yourself in some terribly ingenious costume and go out Trick or Treating this year, you can still enjoy tea and goodies on Hallowe'en Night in the comfort of your own haunt.
|Hallowe'en Treats Giveaway|
Bela Lugosi Porcelain Mug, Lindt Chocolate Pumpkins
Gourmet Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn, Hot Cinnamon Sunset Tea
Hallowe'en Edition of Kit Kat and Coffin Crisp Chocolate Bars
Real Crow not included - another item in the Everyday Collection.
Congratulations to Kathy F., the winner of last week's Giveaway! And remember Kathy, if you happen to forget to put away the Raven Candelabra until December, with just a touch of greenery he'll make a very festive Christmas presentation. Then in January, you might want to consider adding some glittery red hearts and leaving him out until Valentine's Day. By that time, he might as well remain on permanent display so you'll be that much farther ahead next Hallowe'en. A little decorating tip from the insomniac ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties ... and Good Luck in this week's Giveaway!
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