Rusty, Crusty, Black Things

We got our first essence of Fall this weekend and it's pure heaven...simply glorious! Low 70's and no humidity, windows open, a light blanket at night...woohoo! And I have been madly pulling out the summer flowers. They looked awful. With days and days of relentless 95 temperatures and no rain, my summer gardens took a toll. Even with watering twice a day,  they just dwindled up. My veggies and herbs did poorly this summer not to mention the poor hanging baskets. Somehow I did manage to keep the shade loving impatiens pretty and they will stay for a while but everything else has got to go. 

In with the new...which means burgundy colored mums and pansies, out to the holiday shed to pull out the raggedy ol' scarecrow and a trip to the cow corn field down the lane to pick some corn stalks. Maybe I will make a garland of them to grace the front door. And I will be on the hunt for the elusive white pumpkins too. Fact: Did you know that Thomas Jefferson planted white pumpkins? Just found that out...thought that was pretty cool!  And  Saturday a week, I will be going on a Fall tour of the historical homes around here and one of them is of Martha's Daddy's home, ol' Tommy Jefferson's father-in-law. I will report back here with a writeup and photos but back to Halloween and Fall around here.

What kind of Halloween gal are you? Glitz and glamour, classic witch style with black pointy hats and crows, or are you more on the "dark side". Or maybe you are just the All American vintage style decorator, using tons of fat pumpkins, gourds and flowers. Me....I think I am a little bit of everything. I have a glitzy big black cat that will sit in the foyer along with the elusive white Boo pumpkins, if I can find them. I have a rust colored feather wreath for the front door and I will do a Fall floral arrangement in the vintage white iron flower stand on the front porch along with some ornamental cabbage. BUT I also like a bit of the dark side too.....it's fun! 

Throughout the summer I collected vintage bottles and had a blast turning them into Witches Brew Potion bottles. Using my "very secret method" of rusting them up, they are now rusty and crusty and spooky and full of such moody things as Toad Warts and Ground Bat Wings. They even have old silver tin spoons tied on them because the old witch needs a stirrer for the potions but she is a very sophisticated French witch you see, for the old spoons have fleur-de-lis embossed on them.  OOh la la!  Perfect for a Fall foyer table vignette. Put these witchy bottles on a silver tray mixing the sublime with the ridiculous. And if you are lucky enough to attend a Halloween party, one of these would be the perfect accompaniment to your witch costume. HeHeHeeeeee...... I just got a few of these  old bottles of fun listed on The Vintage Nest website here

Okay...I got the wreath on the front door, now I am off to find a hay bale and buy some candy corn.


NanaDiana said...

Well, those are the cutest darned bottles. Love 'em. Did you do the rusty treatment yourself? Is there a tutorial on that somewhere or is that your own secret? Whatever...they are perfectly ghoulish!

I do quite traditional decorating..lots of pumpkins and Fall colors...cornstalks...leaves...earthy toned items...and I used to do some decorative painting so I stick a few of those old art works out for Fall. It is one of my favorite Seasons...right up there with Christmas!

Thanks for the lovely post- Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

I LOVE your wreath! Simple and perfect. And your bottles are so cute!! I don't decorate for Halloween as much as I do for fall. And I'm really hoping to find white pumpkins this year!


the thrifty ba said...

im STUCK on how to decorate this year. i have way way more than i can ever put out, which is fine since i can change it up every year. but im not sure what i will do.
btw-how did you do those bottles? i need a tute!

Sue McPeak said...

Now I'm in the mood for Fall decorating! Thanks so much for all the ideas and the BOTTLES are very creative. Love them! I'd love to be able to run out to the field for a stalks and hay to decorate with....nice you have them close by. The wreath is inspirational....I'm going right now and changing my summer one. Good to be back to blogland after over a month off. Enjoyed my visit. I'll be back for more of yor special Fall magic....Sue

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Ohhh I know your house looks beautiful! Love your decorating ideas, and the bottles are too tooo.

we don't do Halloween so I decorate for fall harvest...lots of traditional gold, orange, burgundy, purple and shabby white, copper, pinks.

Beach House Living said...

That's the most different fall wreath I've seen yet. It's great where does one get those?

LuLu Kellogg said...

This wreath is gorgeous!


Sue said...

Lynn, I absolutely love your feather wreath!! Is your door protected from the elements? I have no porch so I think if I used feathers, they'd get wrecked. I'm in the midst of decorating and my Halloween stuff is sitting on a table waiting for Oct. I use all types of decor- traditional, scary, fun.... I'm the one who plays eerie music on beggar's nite and dances in the strobe lite... All in good fun, LOL
Off to check your bottles.
hugs, Sue

La said...

I spent the day doing some fall decorating too. I constructed a fall wreath, switched out my summer flowers for fall flowers, and created a fall vignette for my dining room table. I think the cooler weather is inspiring a lot of my blog friends to do the same.

Your door looks beautiful and the bottles are great fun. La

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have missed you SOOOO much, Lynn! Love seeing what you've been up to. That feather hanging on your door is fun, fun, fun!

I am trying to hurriedly blog and ask for prayer for Mr. Magpie. He is having surgery at Mayo at 6:00 AM. I wrote about it on my blog so I won't go into detail here, but I would so appreciate your prayers.

Thanks much!


Sheila :-)

trash talk said...

I'm crazy for the dark side at Halloween and your bottle creations are tres "Marie Laveau"!
Digging that wreath as well. My goodness, I think I may be getting the mood for a little howling myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Not sure what I want to decorate for Halloween. Did buy a black wreath with a skeleton and it has blinking lights. Dont know what else to do.

With no children I never did care for decorating, but lately I have an urge to do so.

I always save my energy for Christmas...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am sooo jealous that you are finally having nice weather, none in sight here. you know I love your bottles ad your wreath is darling. It is so hard to think fall when it is just to darn hot!


Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Hi Lynn! so happy to have found your blog..love it!
As sad as it is to see summer ending...this cool down of the weather is so nice isn't it?
Your bottles are so cool...very witchy and such fun for halloween!!

Jennifer said...

Oh yeah, I hear ya with the urge to start ripping all the flowers out, everything looks so awful. You must be in the northeast. Still, I'll wait a little longer for my phlox and zinnia to go to seed.

I love halloween, but mostly I am just a few pumpkins and maybe a homemade scarecrow kind of girl. I like a more rustic halloween decor, not real crazy about those giant blow up characters you see on peoples lawns now. One thing I have been looking for is some of the old vintage cardboard, tin or plastic window decorations, the cats, pumpkins, witches etc..the ones that were around when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's. It would be fun to find some of those.

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

The bottles were just perfect! Loved 'em!

Our Zinnias are still hanging in there, barely, and I'm making a last ditch effort to dry some. Meant to do that all summer and never got around to.

Margaret Cloud said...

Darn, now I am in the mood to dig into my stuff. I just love your decorated bottles, I like the saying on them. I love decorating for Halloween because you simply can go wild, sky's the limit.Your bottles look old, I use to collect old bottles and things. The wreath on the door is so cool. Have a nice week.

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