Friday, 18 October 2013

A Spooktacular Halloween, On A Budget

Halloween is around the corner and it is my second favorite holiday of the year (behind Christmas of course). I am a big believer that nice things don't need to come with a HUGE budget. All you need is a small budget and a little imagination!

 As a Daycare Provider one might think that we keep it cutesy cutsey around here, this is not true. Although we are definitely not out for guts and gore, we are out to have a little Halloween fun!

Take a look, if you dare! Bwahahahahahahahahaha...cahcah...bluhh...ecchh. Ahem.

I kept the front hall pretty simple and high, away from tiny hands and mouths. Some of these decorations I've collected from the dollar store as well as Michaels Arts & Crafts. A few skulls, black roses and blood dripping candles does the trick in a jiffy.

We give our candy out in a spooky witch hand caldron that is animated and cackles. It is one of the kidlets favorite decorations and needs to be shown to all entering victims...uhum...guests ;)

This year we added a huge fuzzy spider to the mix and my kidlets thought he would look great climbing the banister, I have to agree.

My son requested a graveyard with smoke this year and I think it will be a hit come Halloween. Some of the tombstones came from the dollar store and some came from Walmart.

I made the witches leg from two of those severed legs you can buy at the dollar store and stuffed them in some stripped hose. I purchased some old shoes from Value Village and spray painted them red (they were previously black) and once that dried, I used Elmers Spray Adhesive all over shoes. I sprinkled some red glitter I had also found at the dollar store onto them, and they were ready to go!

Every graveyard needs some bones. All my bones have come from the dollar store over the years.

The front stoop has a light up Skull head which I found at Shoppers a few years ago AFTER Halloween when their post-holiday things go on major clearance sale. He might have been something around $10 down from $40.00. And of course, no stoop is complete without a witches broom and some pumpkins.

My door sign I purchased at Michaels. About a month before holidays, they typically place their holiday decor on sale for 40% off. Watch for it! The decals I found at Lowes of all places, they are part of a large decal set I placed on our garage.

I think the decals are my favorite part and the price was so good I bought another one for next year as well :)

Lastly, we hang a few scary dudes and we were done. This guy was another clearance item after Halloween. It's the best time to buy higher priced items, it's like they're giving them away. I'm pretty sure this one came from Walmart. 

Again, another clearance item, I found this zombie at Loblaws after Halloween, another steal.

And this witch shouldn't have been texting while riding. I found her at Lowes this year full price, but a good price.

Do you go all out for certain holidays? Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween this year and thanks, as always, for stopping by!!

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

House Reveal Part 1: Curb Appeal

Where in Sam Hill have I been? It appears that I dropped off the face of the Earth. I did, in fact, drop right out of blogging land and for no other reason than, I just wasn't feelin' it!

Back in February I had full intentions of returning to regular blogging but I just hit a block. Nothing to say, nothing to write, no pictures to take. I was just stuck!

Over the last year we have built, moved and settled in to our new home and I am in love with this place. For the first time since I was a kid, I can walk out my door and see friendly, familiar faces eager to say 'Hello' and chin wag. This to me is priceless. I grew up in a tiny tiny hamlet, if you will, that only had a corner store and everyone knew everyone, I mean EVERYONE. When I moved to a much bigger city in highschool the familiar-ness seemed to disappear at the waist side. I lived in apartments, houses and condos over the years and that neighbourhood feeling was lost. So when we moved to our new neighbourhood, it was a breath of fresh air, and a chance to get comfortable!

Over the past several months we have become very comfortable and I'm excited to finally find something to blog about and something to share :D Here's to hoping I'm UNstuck!

Last November I shared this post with you of our Toy Organization around here, and I just wanted to reveal a little more of our homestead.

The exterior of our home has been the longest transition since we moved in, and really has just finally finished up a few weeks ago. Our home over the last year has gone from this...

To this!

First we had our sod delivered and our driveway laid and then we got to work on our garden. I used this AMAZING tool called Plan-A-Garden, which is a free online landscaping tool. I chose a house that had a similar shape that I could work with, it wasn't exact at all, but I could envision my home over the one choosen.

This is what the plan looked like from the Plan-A-Garden once I was done:

Once I had the plan, I printed it out and brought it to the garden center. I wrangled some help because I am a "former" black thumb (in training to be something that hints at green;), and we went shopping! The worker at the garden center was extremely helpful and actually took some time to show me what 'medium watering' is (Huh?), as well as helping me pick out proper plants.

Here it is a little closer.

After the garden was complete I just needed a screen door and the front was complete! We purchased a wood door and painted it as well as the hardware which was originally white, had my Dad come help with hanging (aren't Dad's great!) and VOILA, we're done!

Hope you enjoyed a sneak peek at our home. There will be more to come from inside shortly (hopefully with better quality photos). ;)

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