Salem in October

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This time last year we were up to our ears in Halloween party preparations and while we get super excited about our yearly party, the time and energy we put into it also makes us feel super tired.  At that time we made a decision that this year we would take off from throwing a big party and instead we would do something else fun and different that we don’t usually have time for in October.  One thing that Colleen and I have always wanted to do ever since falling in love with Hocus Pocus and witch stories in general was go to Salem in October.  It is definitely a bucket list item for both of us and so we decided to jump on the opportunity.  If you can believe it, we actually had to make reservations close to a year ago and when we booked it, they were almost sold out of rooms at our hotel which is one of the only ones in Salem.  We opted not to go right at Halloween but a few weekends earlier so we could enjoy giving out candy at our own houses.   And so this weekend, we are flying up and spending a lovely October weekend in Salem and we are pretty much beside ourselves with excitement.  Could there be a better place to be to celebrate Halloween than Salem? We are hoping not.   If any of you have been and have any recommendations, please let us know.  Apart from one tour and eating delicious food and drinking apple cider, we have no set plans for the weekend and instead plan to go where our feet take us.  We will be back next week and I am sure I will have plenty of pictures of the festivities to share.

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Wall of Mirrors

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So I’m finally taking the professional engineering exam next week, which I’ve spent probably close to 100 hours in the past several months studying for.  I would be nervous if I wasn’t so sick of studying.  I’m kind of at that point where I’m just ready to get the thing over with.  I’m also ready to jump back into fun projects.  You would all be so very disappointed in my lack of halloween decorations this year.  It is a travesty.

One project I have been pondering is creating a wall of mirrors somewhere in our bedroom because we have tons of wall space and no art.  This would really only be feasible if I were able to find a bunch of really cheap mirrors at Goodwill and Restore.  Here are some of the cheapest mirrors I could find (while still being attractive), and even these options would be too expensive since I would need so many of them.  What are our thoughts on a wall of mirrors?  Would it be fantastic or would so many mirrors in one place make me feel like I was seeing ghosts?  It’s a tough call.


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Bewitched Tablescape

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have always liked the idea of having an intimate Halloween dinner for friends.  Since my October weekends got absurdly busy and it doesn’t look like I am going to have the opportunity to do it this year, I thought it would be fun to throw together a little tablescape with some ideas for what I might do if I did have the chance.  This way I can share it with y’all too.  I threw the lit broomstick that I DIYed last year in the middle of the table, along with my new skull decanter and some pretty fall leaves that I cut off of a tree.   Some striped burlap ribbon helped spruce up a simple setting with a white pumpkin placecard that I calligraphed.  A couple other touches including the spider web tablecloth that I got for our party last year finished things off for a pretty quick and easy little tablescape that I didn’t have to buy anything to create.  Since it was just a mockup, I did not include silverware and only put ribbon at one setting.  You guys get the idea though.

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