Vintage Mirror from GOOD LOOK, Inc. reminiscent of a tombstone.


Call me naive or hopeful, but I really long for the old kind of Halloween that was innocent and fun and full of simple, sweet frolic.  During the holidays, paper crafting was common in the Victorian era.  Taking my cues from them, I used lovely Victorian Halloween clip art that has a wonderful graphic quality and design that endures today, over 100 years later.

For my Halloween mantle, I challenged myself to use paper to make crafts and stay away from store bought, ready-made pieces.  I tend to be more creative when there are greater limitations place on me.  To that end, here are some of the projects from the mantle:

  • Paper lanterns
  • Paper flag banner
  • Accordion pleated Holiday medallions
  • Paper Flags
  • German Glass Glitter Star “scepter”
  • Black & White bean jack-o-lantern face in a vintage vase (vintage vase used previously in this post)
  • Antique pie crust mirror (from GOOD LOOK, Inc.)
  • End of season hydrangeas (with pretty raspberry and green variegated buds)  in a lab beaker
  • Hurricane candle holders with black and white bean stripes, reminiscent of vintage ticking strips topped with vintage french ribbon

I hope that you find something that inspires you!

Until next time,



Halloween Mantle.

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It’s New to Me:


When I discover (or as in this case, was shown the way) a new place to find vintage items, it feels like I have hit the jackpot: ding, ding, ding.  My good friend Vince from Good Look, Inc. pointed me in the direction of and I am IN LOVE!

I won’t go on and on about it….check it out here and see for yourself!

Until Next Time,



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Not Everything is Brilliant

Random Stack of Starfish.

A simple centerpiece.  Not brilliant, but easy.  Sometimes that is all that I have time for.

Not quite ready to pull out the Halloween decorations, however, I am starting to change out my vase fillers which are filled with an abundance of pencil starfish from the summer season.  I kept a few aside and got the idea to use them as a centerpiece for my dining table for the next couple of weeks as we transition into fall.

The dining table, which is now in the window nook has become the best place for me to get comfortable and cozy and do some computer work.  A lovely scented candle, a hurricane globe for some height and German Glass Glitter starfish and easy, peasy…it’s done.

Until next time,




Easy Centerpiece.

Quaint little glass glittered starfish.


Rustic and the Refined.