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Monday, October 28, 2013

A Smidgen of Halloween

I don’t decorate much for Halloween anymore.  I did when my children were little.  I actually used to go “all out”.  But now, I tend to focus more on Fall time.

I like to find interesting vintage pieces to use when I decide to sprinkle some Halloween fun around the house.


I have a very special “one-of-a-kind” lighted witch that my mother made in the late 1970s.  It has a switch on the back with a nite lite inside that lights up the pumpkin’s face.


Do any of you remember the ceramic “craze” in the 1970s?  A friend of ours had a kiln and we would take ceramic classes and paint lots of decorative items.  We even had a Christmas tree full of hand-painted ceramic ornaments.  My mom and I had so much fun doing this together.  We have since gotten rid of most of these items.  But I’ve always hung on to this witch.  My mom did a wonderful job painting her.


I found this charming little Jack-0-lantern a few years ago at an antique store.  I say charming because he’s not scary at all.


It’s a vintage planter or candy dish from the Haeger Pottery Company.


Isn’t it fun finding neat little holiday items like this?


The older I get I’m less and less excited about holiday items at the big box stores and more interested in simple vintage.  I’ve also found that I tend to throw away and get tired of what I call cheap, junkier type holiday items that I used to get sucked into buying.

I don’t know…maybe I’m an old fogey.






Here’s to good vintage and all the little ghosts and goblins that will be ringing our doorbells this week in search of treats!




Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I don't think you are an old fogey, I agree with you! I did several ceramic things back in the 70's and have given them all to my daughter. However, now that you mention it, I remember a scarecrow that I did that I don't see at her house, will have to ask about that. LOVE the witch your Mom did and also the candy dish.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Wow, your mom really DID do a fabulous job on painting that cute witch!

Hope you have a fun Beggar's Night too!

Hope you c an come by and check out my daughter's pumpkin carving party I posted about today! : - )

Debra@CommonGround said...

oh yes, my mom and I painted so many ceramic goodies, every week we'd go and make something new. But it WAS lot's of fun to spend that time with my family. I love having holiday pieces with sentimental value. Adorable Halloween things!

Sarah said...

Kim, you Halloween pieces are adorable. I'm not into the scary side of Halloween. I only have whimsical pieces, mostly with a folk art and vintage look. I've a few vintage pieces too.
Thanks again for sending me the photos. ~ Sarah

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh yes...the ceramic phase that I went thru in the 80's....I am a old fogey too...love your vintage Halloween!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Super cute vignette Kim! I painted ceramics with my mom probably in the late 70's...I still have a few pieces that we did!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I so remember those plaster/ceramic things. One of my friends actually owned a shop and it was so much fun going in there. I have several pieces that she made-well, did have- I gave most of them to my daughter. Your Mom did a great job on that witch. I remember that form. There was a "haunted house" that matched that witch and my friend had them at her house. I suppose they are all gone now.

I do a bit of Halloween for the grandkids but I do mostly Fall myself. Have a great night- xo Diana

Sooner Laura said...

My Mom & I painted ceramics in the 70s - not a lot but I think we still have them all (mostly her). I went all out with the help of my daughter last year with a movie/theatre halloween theme. But this year I was on my on so I just added a few elements to my fall decor. I call mine a "bit of boo".

Unknown said...

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