It was an amazing day of shopping at our favorite thrift store! I swear, if there is something I want and I am patient, it will eventually show up at the thrift store…I’ve been wanting one of these Sapiens bookshelves for a couple years now. They retail for $225 (plus $36 shipping) on Amazon. Today at the thrift store there it was, for $12. I was so excited I’m sure they all thought I was nuts 😉 We also scored a lovely hand-made 100% wool rug for the hall, something else we’ve been looking for, $10. In the ladies section I was thrilled to snap up 2 pairs of ‘7 for all Mankind’ jeans, a pair of Rock and Republic jeans (all $6 each), a Haute Hippe $300 silk blouse for $4.99, a pretty pink merino wool sweater from Bloomingdales ($3.99) and a big lovely silk Brooks Brothers scarf for $1.99. Woo hoo! What a great day. Holiday miracle shopping! I am one happy camper.
What fabulous finds have you scored recently? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.
Another fabulous Alley Find…someone threw out this great red Ikea shelf unit just a block from the house, and it works great in the bedroom. The bottom shelf was broken off, but easily repaired with glue. Gotta love free! My neighbors toss out the best stuff 😉
(all the stuff on the shelves we already had. Matchbook art by artist friend Paul Moschell. The black hand is a recent thrift store find for $3. See more of the bedroom projects on the Decorating link.)
Happy Halloween! I am a bit behind so I am combining Halloween Decor posts 3 & 4 into 1 post…Outside and Other Spaces.
This year the Crawling Eye is attacking our front porch again, with a few changes. I added the blow-up eyes I had around the yard last year around the eye like “babies”, added a black backdrop (heavy black plastic sheeting with white string lights poked through to resemble stars), 2 wierdo “planets” (a neighbor’s science project they were throwing out that I sprayed with florescent paint), and a new color-changing water-type light that makes it all oh so spooky at night.
We did the rest of the yard and porch a bit more refined this year…
Inside the house, since we go a bit crazy on the main room and entry we like to keep the living room simple with just a few Halloween touches…
Well, simple until you get to the Dia De Los Muertos altar in the kitchen that is 😉
And the stairwell…
Channeling my inner Morticia at our Halloween Brunch yesterday…
Scroll down the main page to see the entry and main room this year, and…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Welcome to Halloween Decor 2016 Part 2! The Main Room is our party room, the first room in the house through the entry and the one seen through the front window, and so, it is the room that gets the most attention. Ie: all the coolest Halloween stuff. Just about everything is either diy or found at thrift stores and yard sales.
Above is an admittedly crappily pieced-together panorama of the main room. (hey, photoshop isn’t my strong suit) (see the Voodoo entry on the right in Part 1) Here are some details:
Looking into the main room from the entry.
Looking into the main room from the living room.
We found a couple new goodies for this area. The light-up skull and hands is a $5 thrift store find, and we found the clear glass skulls at Ross. The delightful monster art in the red frames is by Travis Louie. Below is our usual vintage collection with a new glittery black skeleton procured at a yard sale for $3.
A couple new thrift store goodies on the table…a “Thing” candle holder and a skull that I painted metallic silver.
To give the bar a spooky glow I elevated the Lucite tray on a book and put a string of red lights underneath. The striped candles are simply white candles with black electrical tape wrapped around them. See more of the Halloween DIYs in the Halloween posts from 2014 & 2015.
Next time, Part 3…
Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday…I’ll be posting all the fun decor in a 4 part series. Today: The Voodoo Altar! It’s in the entry again, just bigger, badder and more!
I love the voodoo altar this year. We added a few more skulls we found during the year, a bat skeleton from Target ($10) as well as a fun plasma light skull from the thrift store (just $5.99!) The altar is simply a folding table with a side table on top, all draped with sheer black fabric with purple lights underneath. (I’ve been reusing the same fabric for years in different places).
The key items for a good voodoo altar are skulls, bones, bottles, candles, beads and feathers. We added a couple creepy old masks my man made years ago and a real voodoo doll found at the thrift store. The voodoo flags are just printed out at home from a google search for voodoo flags.
Mistress Tia, our resident Voodoo Queen, is an old 1980’s mannequin. I painted her face and dressed her in one of my old handmade Halloween costumes (The amazing leather skulls adorning the headdress and belt and handmade and painted from Artsmyths here in Denver http://www.artsmyths.com http://artsmyths.com/http___www.artsmyths.com/Artsmyths.html
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Part 2 will be coming tomorrow…
Yes I know. It’s been months and months since I last posted, and I do humbly apologize. It has been a most eventful year so far and other duties and issues were made a priority, but I hath returned! Let’s catch you up…Broken Bones, Tattoos & Marriage!
Broken Bones. In March, right after my birthday, whilst running up wood stairs in socks, (don’t do that. Just don’t.) I fell and broke my foot. Spiral fracture of the 5th metatarsal. Ouch. As you can imagine this put quite a damper on my Spring activities. Thankfully I am now mostly healed.
Tattoos. I began a new career path in July 2015, to add a new creative skill to my artistic arsenal, tattooing. I was very blessed that the great tattoo artist Dave Allen agreed to take me on as his apprentice, and I officially graduated to full-fledged Tattoo Artist in July of this year. I am now working at Preying Mantis Tattoo in Lakewood, CO. (and now accepting appointments!) Here is a small sample of my wares, see more by clicking the “Tattoos” link at www.vlasicstudio.com
And finally, marriage. In August of this year, my love of 10 years and I tied the knot in a sunset ceremony at Burning Man, deep in the Nevada desert. (and yes, I dyed my dress and put pink lights in it. It was Burning Man after all, no ordinary wedding dress would do 🙂
And now, we are (mostly) recovered from our wedding/honeymoon trip, back to work and gearing up for Fall. I am preparing for a big Halloween decorating post later this week, and there will be more goodies to come later this month. Well those are the highlights of the last year-ish. Thanks for hanging in there. I shall endeavor to post more regularly now that all the big stuff is done.
Just a few quick pics of this year’s Holiday fun! I hope you are having a marvelous Holiday and that your New Year is the best one yet!