Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Welcome To Sleepy Hollow's Autumn Gathering Celebration!

Thank You to Kari a.k.a. Artsy Mama for hosting this AMAZING Autumn Gathering!

Go over to her blog and see the grand list of all the BEAUTIFUL blogs that are participating today!!!

Now on with our "Autumn Gathering" here at Sleepy Hollow Craft Company...

as many of you have read here, I am a HUGE Halloween collector(really, it's a sickness, I see orange and black ANYTHING and I have to consider buying it LOL) and FALL is by far my favorite time of year!!

I love decorating the house for Halloween..and we, I am not ashamed to say-(because I read so many Blogs that reveal many of you feel the same way about Halloween)- we get REALLY into it around here :)

I spend a day or two putting everything out and then I tweak it about everyday :)

But, just like many of you, I LOVE decorating...especially seasonal decorating!

The ritual of unwrapping tissue paper bundles to see what treasure lies within...

and then finding the perfect spot to display a treasure...it's all so FUN!!!

So...sit back with your make-believe mug of Hot mulled Apple Cider~ and let us see what Autumn has brought this year to my home...

I just love this vignette~ it has brought me many smiles this year!

The crow tree was a "borrowed" idea that I saw in a booth at the CL Fair this year.

For the life of me I can't remember the name of the store that was using it in their display, but I thought it was just too-neat!

I wanted to do a theme this year for my Halloween decorations~ usually I just go with what I love~ anything vintage or vintage-inspired~ and always CRAFTY.

But after reading about the Sweet and Sinister movement(can I call it that?) I fell in love with the romance of the black and cream...the doll heads and crows..apothecary jars full of pretty yet scary tidbits...

ooo...I just love that.

Well, I am starting out small with this theme~ and this was my BIG attempt, so no wonder I have shown this picture a bunch because I just love it.

I can't wait to Flea Market and garage sale all year long to pick up more sweet and sinister pieces so next year I can spread this "look" around a bit more...

Oh, Oh, Oh this next pic is of one of my FAVORITE Autumn surprises of ALL TIME! By one of my favorite Blogger/artists..Jenny Heid of Everyday is a Holiday!!!

I was so fortunate to have Jenny as a partner in HopHopJingleBoo's Halloween Black Cat and Pumpkin Swap a few years ago and this was one of my swap surprises that I received, I just adore it!!!

Isn't it just too FABULOUS???

And so now I want to show you my freshly painted "green" cupboard :)

Well, It's not so green anymore..I painted it a favorite Martha Stewart shade-buttermilk biscuit. And then I glue-painted old sheet music and book pages in the back~ looks pretty neat if I do say so myself.

I leave this guy full of Halloween collectibles all year round. I just can't bring myself to put these sweeties away.

Some close-ups of the little treasures I keep inside...

I have a REAL love affair going on with Nicol Sayre's All Hallow's Eve Line...this "kitty ride" is one of my Favorite pieces.

This little scarecrow is a Bethany Lowe I picked up at a gift shoppe before

I even knew who Bethany Lowe was...I cherish him. He reminds me of me and my husbands' 1st Halloween together...

I also LOVE Autumn because this is the season of my Wedding Anniversary too!

We both LOVE Autumn so much~ it was the perfect time of year to get married.

Our Anniversary is October 26th~ this Sunday :)

I love it because we trade Halloween cards and Halloween-inspired gifts in celebration of our Anniversary...these little black cat and pumpkin cars were a gift last year!!!

More Nicol...her witches make me swoon...

I also collect the Spooky Town village by Lemax (I get my pieces at Michaels craft stores). It is so magical! I really can't wait to put it out every year...and I usually just take this one down right before we put up the Christmas tree...and I make way for my Christmas village...

Village collections~another sickness LOL

And Before I leave you to join other Autumn Gatherings...one more piece from

Jenny of Everyday is a Holiday...Autumn Fabulousness!!!!

I hoped that you enjoyed my Autumn Gathering tour...

Celebrate this beautiful time of year!!!!

My Favorite things about Autumn...

the colors of changing leaves

crisp cold apples from the orchard

the smell of burning leaves

celebrating our Wedding Anniversary

having to zip up my hooded sweatshirt

decorating - goes without say :)

Apple Cider

Carving Jack-o-lanterns

Remembering Halloweens from my childhood

watching OLD scary movies

Charlie Brown's The Great Pumpkin

Candy Corn and those little candy Pumpkins

And it's the Unofficial Beginning of the Holiday Season...

Thanks again Kari for hosting this FUN party!!!!



Dianne said...

Totally spooktacular! You sure have lots of whimiscal and unique Halloween things. Thanks for sharing.
Come over and see me too!

Patricia said...

Oh, all your decorations are beautiful. I have enjoyed viewing your Autumn Gathering. Thanks for having me.

Cecilia said...

What great collage and Halloween displays. Thank you for the view!

Kris said...

Love your Halloween decorations! Thanks for sharing, Happy Autumn!

Elizabeth said...

It's a Halloween dreamland...I enjoyed my tour!

Chris Worthy said...

How beautiful!

Sam I Am said...

what great halloween decorations you have!!!! :)

ArtsyMama said...

I LOVE this post. It put a huge smile on my face. Your autumn home is absolutely delightful. What wonderful swap goodies you have recieved. Love all your decor, what attention to detail. Thanks so much for the fun visit.
Happy Autumn!!!!

jenjen said...

I love all of your spooky Halloween decorations! You have some really cool things. Thanks for sharing!

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

You have some lovely pieces-bought and obtained through swaps. I agree, if you love it, leave it out all year.

HopHopJingleBoo said...

love the cabinet full of fun and your swap picture from Jenny!

inge said...

wow, what a lot of stuff you gathered ! I guess it took you some years...

I really like the vignette you got from your swappartner : the little squares are little pearls and putting them together gives a great effect. A good idea to remember !


cindy said...

You have such a wonderful collection of awesome halloween goodies! Loved seeing it all.


Sandy Michelle said...

You have the best Halloween decor girl! Thanks for sharing them with us and Happy anniversary!!!!

Sandy xox

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

The cabinet turned out great...love that color! I love those collectibles inside even more, they are luscious!

jen@ Rosey Little Things said...

YOUR decorations are great! IO love the items from holiday jenny! I love the black crows, I need to get some, haven't seen any???

jenny holiday said...

Ohhhhhh I could seeeeriously hang out at your house allll day!!! Man it would rule if you lived next door!!! You are totally a girl after my own heart!!

I LOVE your displays!! your home is fabbb!!!

Reeeeally LOVE all of your vignettes!!!!!!!

Happy Fall!!!

Luv ya!!
xoxo Jenny