Favorite Wilde Quotes

~I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.~

~Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.~

~I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know
anything about.~

~Oscar Wilde



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Halloween Pumpkins, Stairs and Mice

Our stairs are all dressed up and ready for October!


Here is my stand-in "Before" -sort of! These are actually our steps to the downstairs -same number of stairs, same style. Sorry! (I really do not know what happened to my before picture!)

I picked up some orange craft pumpkins from Michaels, and gave them about 2 or 3 coats of Creamy Ivory, and painted the stems black. I used pencil to draw the letters on and "painted" them with a standard "fine" point permanent black Sharpie marker. Holding the marker on it's side allowed for the best flow of ink. The pencil was so forgiving -any mistakes, and they erased right off of the paint! Lucky me, I think it took me about 5 trys before I got my "O's" how I wanted them. Because I was marking over paint, I did manage to wear out my older marker. I found that the new marker seemed to be going that way too, so I just gave it a few good swipes over a paper towel, and it came back.

Since our risers are also wood, I starched some muslin fabric on to create more of a contrast. After the Fall, I will be starching on a new fabric! (Sorry, no pictures of this step, "somehow" I missed it. ) You can just peel the fabric right off and throw it in the wash when you need a change! I discovered this idea at Sew Can Do.

The mice silhouettes are a Martha Stewart product that I found at Toys-R-Us. Each package includes 12 pieces. The mice are made from a thick cardstock and are adheared with double sided sticky dots, which came in the package. I am sure you can easily make your own too. Aren't they cute?

If I were more ambitious, I could also paint the back of my pumpkins to spell out "E-e-k-!" Then we could change them around depending on our mood! And just where did this great idea come from? Kellie, at This Blessed Nest. She has a more detailed tutorial, and a lovely loooooooong staircase where she spells out H-a-l-l-o-w-e-e-n, alternately with T-h-a-n-k-s-g-i-v-i-n-g -so creative! Thanks, Kellie!

And of course my trustee supervisor, Staxie, was helping me all the way~

Check out these links, there is so much to discover~

I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch_Metamorphosis Monday
Cottage Instincts-Make It 4 Monday
C.R.A.F.T-Making Monday Marvelous
Sew Can Do
All Thingz Related
Thrifty Decor Chick


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  1. This is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial on how to do the punkins. :) I need to check out the link you gave about the starched muslin.

    Glad you could Mi4M!

  2. Thanks for the shout out. I LOVE how cute this looks - such a creative ideas!!

  3. Oh how I love when cute and creepy get together! Great ideas

  4. I love the mice. They're brilliant! That's a great transformation.


  5. that looks great, sooo festive, i LOVE it! and those photos up top, of the tea party. too flippin' cute!

    thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for your comment on my halloween decorations. i've never decorated with skulls before, but this year i thought they'd go great in my dining room. your 13 year old would approve, and i'm sure those mice on the stairs get that approval, for sure!

  6. That is such a festive way to decorate your stairs! It makes me wish we didn't live in a ranch. I'll have to find a way to add some festive flair like you did.

  7. Great idea - I think I will try it.

  8. So cute! I remember Kellie's from last year and just loved the little mice and white pumpkins! Yours looks equally adorable.

  9. I love how it all turned out! Thanks for stopping by and linking to Anything Related!

  10. Oh my your Staxie dog is way cute. I have a black pug Lucy! Love your mice:) I want to keep mine up all year round.

  11. This is so cute I'm including it in this week's Craftastic Monday Features. Stop by & grab a featured button:)

  12. Oh I simply love your take on this!!! Very Creative! I'm so excited to be your newest follower and I would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to add your fun finds at my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
    Hugs and all the best,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

  13. We featured this today as one of our favorite {FRIGHTENING FRIDAY} Halloween ideas!


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