Good Witches That Go Splat!
My dear readers, I have a confession to make…as I have said before, My broken foot has sidelined me for a while and even though my front entry sports two all white pumpkin stacks perched on urns…that is about all that is out there at this time.
So, I went back into my archives and found this post of our entry.
It shows the decorating for that year, which will give you an idea of what I usually like to do for that part of our home.
If you have not seen this particular post, I hope you enjoy the story of my grandmother and her frugal ways and our front entry…. as I decorated it with two good feet. LOL
I don’t like scary.
If you follow me, you know this about me.
I know that at this time of year it is all about ghosts and and goblins and things that go creak in the night.
I get it.
I like smiling pumpkins…and corn stalks with Indian corn.
I can appreciate the black cat with the humped back looking spooky along with the black raven or bat.
Because I like happy….my Halloween decor is more funny than scary.
My dear readers….I have yet another confession to make.
I have spoken about my Mother
…..and both my grandmothers extensively and I am sure I mentioned how
cheap frugal my grandmother on my Father’s side was.
Yep, she never ever threw anything away!
I mean, she kept everything even though she really didn’t have enough storage, somehow she managed to find a drawer to stuff aluminum foil that she had used to cover a casserole…completely washed and dried and put away until the next use.
When she hand washed her dishes, she put plastic bags and aluminum pie plates and plastic utensils right along with her glass dishes and stainless flatware.
I could almost say that she and all those of her generation invented recycling long before the environmentalists brought along their blue plastic recycling tubs that now sit neatly along side our streets on Recycling/trash day.
I don’t wash aluminum foil and I am the first to toss something that has become worn, BUT I do save lots and lots of “stuff” which is stored in plastic tubs in my garage attic.
The things I save are many,… such as my size 4-6 clothes, because one never knows when one will fit into them again.
Yes, I am aware that it has been at least 10 years since I had on those size 6 jeans….but I want to be ready when I wake up one morning to a svelte body which I am almost sure will happen overnight.
I also save Holiday decor. Yes, I am one of those who keeps that strand of white lights with three bulbs out because one day I might need it….OR one day I may have a whole afternoon to kill and won’t mind sitting with a light tester and the string of tangled bulbs watching re-runs of Murder She Wrote!
Which leads me to my Splat Witch.
I know many of the employees of TWA will remember my Splat Witch. I bought her about 20 years ago and positioned her on the Boeing Office Door.
I know they will remember because they have commented on my current witch’s legs….a part of my Front entry decor which imply that a witch has taken a nose dive in my large planter that sits by my front door.
Well, my dear friends and readers….I just happen to have the splat witch from years of yore…. and even tho she is a bit tattered and taped together…I brought her out of storage and displayed her on my lanai.
Her plastic cape is a bit wrinkled…but I am sure a bit more flying and the wrinkles would have ironed themselves out….and her broom is not quite as long as it used to be, which is probably why she went splat against the lanai wall.
OR maybe she saw the colorful frog and was thinking of making up a potion of eye of newt and frogs legs and could not judge her distance.
I also decided to make a pumpkin topiary by placing three of my old pumpkins on one of my urns. I was only going to do one because one of my urns had issues.
Below is a pic of the pumpkins after removing the stems.
Very simple to do…just take three pumpkins of various sizes, either real or faux…remove the stems on two and position them together with florist wire or you can use hot glue. I have seen them in stores for over $150.00 each…I made mine from my tub of stored pumpkins and urns. I slapped a bit of paint on to give a distinction of color and there you have it.
To see how to paint faux pumpkins, check out this post A Blue Pumpkin Patch
I ended up doing both urns. One of the urns needed to be sort of patched…I just couldn’t toss it out, so I bought some plaster of paris and “mended” it.
You can’t see the patch job as it faces the house but it works.
I then added some fall leaves around the bottom of the largest pumpkin and now I have two topiary pumpkins for my front entry.
My grandmother would be proud.
Have a great and blessed day!
Everyday Living says
I commented and it vanished in thin air! I enjoyed this post so much, fun and creative. I missed it the first time around! Happy weekend and take care of the foot!
I am glad to see that happens with others too…I always call it my personal operator error!
Rita C. says
Those witches always make me smile!
Me too Rita. And we all need to smile more don’t we? Thanks for stopping by.
Everyday Living says
Kari, what a cute and fun porch. I must have missed this post before. I love reading about your grandmother. Both of mine were very frugal and the times demanded it for their generation. Have a wonderful Friday and rest your foot!
Thanks Pam…I always smile at my Grandmother and her ways….I miss her so much. She left to be with the Lord way too soon. You are right…times have changed and we live in a throw away world. 🙁
Catherine Curry says
Kari, I love your witch and all of the decor! I have the same habit of keeping all of my decor too. I love to recycle it in to something new. How did you repair your urn? I have a broken one that holds a metal topiary that I would love to repair. This Florida wind really wrecks the pots and urns over here by the water. Happy Halloween!
thanks Catherine….I had a chunk out of the side of my urn up near the top…I used plaster of Paris mixed with water and then spray painted the urn. So far it is working. You are right about the Florida weather and the tole it takes. LOL Thanks for stopping by.
Chloe Crabtree says
Oh Kari, I love your story about your frugal grandmother. I see some people talking about washing out their plastic bags and how best to dry them and I have to…just move on. We all have our own ways of doing things! I don’t mind a little spooky or creepy, but I am not into bloody hands and such myself. I am busy hanging plastic spiders from the top of my fire box to look like my fireplace has been invaded by creepy bugs! Let that witch keep on flying a few more years! Perhaps she will one day fly “right”! I do have one question…how do you keep the stuff in your attic in good shape in the horrible heat down here? I have been afraid to put stuff up in the attic thinking it will melt together, but I sure need to find more space…or more than likely just start getting rid of some stuff!
I have to admit that I have moved most of the items from the attic and onto sturdy shelves that my husband built in our garage. We have an air conditioner vent in the garage as well as 3 ceiling fans. I do have too much stuff but I love playing with dishes and tablescapes and I have eliminated some things….definitely not as much as I should have.
Only daughter says
As always so creative, looks so beautiful 😘😍❤️
Thanks sweetie…you need to send me pics of your decor as you have some great creative ideas too. The acorn doesn’t fall too far from the tree! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by.