Saturday, October 29, 2016

Al Fresco Dining




Welcome to another glorious week of Fall!  

Before we start scrolling, let me say, 
I'm on Instagram!
Some day soon I'll have that detail on a sidebar.


Do you love all things Italian as much as I do?
Al fresco dining 
seats you on the edge of a green,
over looking the 
blue water of
 my favorite, 
Portofino.

Classic continental style
with 
understated elegance
in the
informal ease of nature.



































  Grab your passports.
Arrivederci!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tower of Terror's Black Boa Dinner Party

Welcome!
In honor of one of the (coolest) rides closing at Disneyland,
let's travel back in time and take a seat in the Tower's hotel dining room.

Have you ever been trapped at the top of this ride?
I have.
It just stopped.
Yep, at the very top.
We had to walk...all the way down.
It was fantastic!

Now,
let's sit back
and
enjoy this spooky ride...


My love for a silver paint brush
has me in splendid overdrive for this event.
If you can't find decor in the color you want,
my answer is a bottle of paint!



 
Two charges are placed 
with spider confetti
sprinkled on top.




Boas and rats add an elegant but spooky element,
while the rats are dressed in silver for the special occasion.





A framed paper napkin whispers a message
in front of a trio of painted candlestick holders.








Pumpkins and candles are placed atop each boa;
the pumpkins are brushed in a layer of black and silver,
with a final wash in watery gold.




A black ribbon ties each napkin
with a painted skeleton hand
tucked inside.




Goblets are adorned with a vintage family initial.





Finally,
 the painted trees stand as place card holders
with questions each guest has an opportunity to answer.
It's a delightful tradition, bringing laughter, discussion and appreciation to the table.

Thanks for joining the party...now go visit Tower of Terror one last time.

Halloween Home Tour

Welcome!
It's such a colorful (creepy) time of year with the cool air and changing leaves,
just add a few Halloween accents
 and bring the (spooky) season inside to enjoy.



                                                         
A black ruffled wreath sets the (macabre) holiday tone at the (creaky) front door.
Coffee filters are painted black and secured to a frame with a bow,
 as spiders creep along the ribbon.



The Headless Horseman marks his (frightful) path.




Always plan on a few (uptown) rats. 
Boas are wrapped around a small wooden wreath
and
hung with a black ribbon.



The larger pumpkins and (charming) rats are brushed in silver
while the skulls are painted in black.




The once white skeleton hour glass 
receives an (ominous) silver wash
and 
black highlights.






The (relentless) Headless Horseman rides again.
Painted brooms are nestled near a frame
and
tiny orange pumpkins become black with silver stems,
atop votive candle holders...also painted black.




Halloween cloth is cut (slashed), cut and cut, 
while the pumpkin and (irresistible) rats
are brushed with the last drop of paint.






Thanks for visiting and Happy Halloween!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

And So It Begins!

Join me in a visual celebration...
with all the details of a second look.



Here's a preview of my upcoming posts:

A Burst of Blue and Gold


Outside The Pumpkin Color Box



Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.



The Best Kind of Hyperbole...
on my walls.



Christmas in Glorious Tartan


Check back next week for my 
Halloween Home Tour 
and 
don't forget your black boa for the dinner party!
Until next time.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Headless Horseman's Invitation



"...for once you cross the bridge, 
my friends, 
the ghost is through, 
his power ends." 
Happy Halloween, Mr. Irving!







Quote by Don Raye & Gene de Paul in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

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