I love that summer is ending (the longest season, here in the desert) and that cooler weather is going to set in. I love the cute clothes that the cooler weather allows me to wear. I love that holidays go into full swing, one after the other after the other (and still ANOTHER). Seriously, I can't think of anything BAD about the beginnings of Fall, and the amazingness that Halloween brings (I will note that the winters here are amazing, so I don't have to deal with snow or huge storms - if you do, you may feel differently).
I can't get my mind off of decorating for Halloween. If you follow me on Facebook, you'll have already seen me talk about this. It may still seem a little too early, but with all of the decor in the stores... HOW CAN I WAIT?!
Here are some photos of my set-up last year. Keep in mind that this is the first time that I've had the opportunity to ever decorate, so I haven't bought a ton of stuff. Most of what's out there was made by me... with a jig saw.
Here's a coffin that I made...
The graves. Mr. Goats and I couldn't think of anything witty to put on them, so we graved mythical creatures (and a random "Nemo" - per orders of the big kid).
This crate was originally built to be a wall shelf, but I never got around to building a matching one. So I put a lid on it and threw Mr. Bones inside.
The silhouettes were printed off of Martha Stewart's site.
We carved the pumpkins the day before Halloween because it's so hot here, they'd start withering if done sooner.
Now that you can see what I'm going for... let me admit something to you. It was stupid, and I'm not proud of it... but my husband and I burned that fence in our fire pit.
Slap me now.
We had our neighbors over, and we were all plastered and we were out of wood. So my poor picket fence... that I worked SO HARD ON (imagine... it was done by prying pallets apart and I cut the pieces with a JIG SAW)... burned.
Luckily, the crate and coffin remain. And.. I built a cedar raised garden bed that was never put to use... so there's plenty of wood left. And tools that will make my life so much easier. So this year, I won't have any excuse to out-do last years set up..
* Build (ANOTHER) graveyard fence
* Add more lighting
* Fog machine?
* Figure out a way to incorporate the back wall into the scene
* Extend the graveyard by bringing the fence up to the sidewalk (?)
* Build a much larger coffin to go near the walk-way
* Hay bales? I've always liked the look of those!
Are any of you thinking about Halloween? What have you done that's set a good tone in decorating? Do you decorate inside? Have any ideas on how I can handle my yard?