art · DIY · Home Decor

My Halloween Living Room Reveal, Part 1

Doesn’t it seem like Halloween, Thanks Giving and then Christmas decorating is too much to do in too small of a window? Or is it just me being lazy? This year, I’m putting out most of my fall and Halloween decorations at the same time regardless of style. That’s right, I’m being crazy and mixing primitive with rustic, with 50s kitsch with modern…well, you get the picture. I am also combining fall with Halloween so that as soon as Halloween is over, I can clear it out and replace just a few things like the runner on the coffee table with a Thanks Giving runner.

You may ask your self, “Why is she doing this if she just wants to be lazy?” The answer is that I still love seeing my little seasonal accessories at least once a year. Unwrapping and playing with the toys is just fun for me. You should see me with the 50’s Christmas music and the peppermint- hot chocolate come time for the Christmas decor. Oh wait! I think that you will. hahaha…I’ll get Les to take a pic this year.

Anyway, on to the before and after pics.

Here is what the living room looked like before all of my Halloween decorating. Our living room is small but so I rearranged the furniture and decorated the whole room. This is the view from the entry. Behind the sofa, you can see two of the doll houses that I’ve been working on. I have nowhere else to put them so they will stay right where they are for this season.
This is the “after” picture. First, I changed out the pillows (of course). The wall behind the sofa has become a Halloween and Fall art gallery. I put links to some of the pics that were free printables in previous posts. The chairs that are now across from the sofa are the two entryway chairs melded together with a folded quilt.
If you are looking for free printable art for your seasonal decor, I’ve put a lot of links in these three posts. They include some of my own paintings that you can print out if you like. https://sandramccall.com/2019/10/17/more-awesome-free-printables-for-your-fall-decor/ and https://sandramccall.com/2019/10/13/where-to-find-the-best-free-halloween-printables/ and https://sandramccall.com/2019/09/10/free-printable-halloween-art/.
You can see Ali patiently waiting for me to leave the room so that she can test drive the coffee table arrangement. Actually, I had a three tiered stand that she promptly knocked over, so I backed it down to two tiers. I’m happy to say that she is now leaving it alone. As soon as Halloween is over, I will replace the skull table runner with a Thanksgiving version.
Two chairs that used to be on the entry wall are now “melded” with a folded quilt and a colorful pillow. Note the cute skull table runner on the coffee table. That will be changed out to a Thanks Giving runner as soon as Halloween is over.
Halloween wall with free printables and other Halloween art
Gallery wall. The skulls that you see just above the black shelf were done by Les. His stuff is so cool.
Halloween prims
I try to wait until the end of season to buy but I could not resist the resin figures from Michael’s and this cute felt garland from World Market this year.
Halloween collectables
My little Witchy lady is a favorite and stays out all year, usually in my art studio
entryway wall
Entryway before Halloween decor. The black console table will e moved over to the concrete wall that you will see in the reveal- part two. The two chairs will be moved directly across from the sofa.
entryway ideas for Halloween decor
And after. The dollhouse shell that you see was on the dining table. I had to move it in preparation for our feasts to come, so it goes here for now. What to do with an elephant in the room? Decorate it!
Fall decor ideas
To make the entry wall look more cozy for fall and winter, I hung a rustic looking coat rack and stuck a woolen scarf on it. A couple of throws tucked into the crate under the little white table adds to the fall effect I think.
Halloween decorations and collectables
The I’m a sucker for cats so this little guy in the yellow clown costume is another favorite collectable
Halloween cats from World Market
Happy Halloween!
art · DIY · Free Printables

More Awesome Free Printables For Your Fall Decor

I WAS going to put links for the free printables that I used in my Fall/Halloween decor this year, but then the post became too long, soooo…. Here are some links that I used this year. Check out my other post on free Halloween printables too. There are some really cool and generous sites out there!

Halloween prints
Pictures waiting to see if they make the cut on the Halloween gallery wall.

Another primitive painting from me to you. Just click on the picture for a download. It is in 8 x 10 at 300 dpi, so that you can enlarge if you have a bigger printer.

Halloween primitive painting by Sandra McCall
Skull sculpture by Les Gains
Les’s little resin skull head sculpture with one of the watercolor Halloween printables.

Just click on the pictures below for the free printables/downloads.

Fall Printable 5
vintage Halloween post card
35 Best Halloween Wallpaper Ideas (27)
35 Best Halloween Wallpaper Ideas (19)
art · DIY · Free Printables

Where to Find the Best free Halloween Printables

Looking for ages through Google just to find a free Halloween printable that suits your taste? Well, let me tell you, I just found out that the best and biggest selection of printables in one place are to be found on the sites that have free downloadable wallpapers for your phone or computer.

Coolest Vintage Halloween Wallpapers R53   2016wallpaperhd.site
Really cool vintage type art on this site. https://www.desktopbackground.org/wallpaper/coolest-vintage-halloween-wallpapers-r53-2016wallpaperhd-site-867282

The wallpaper images for the computer are set as landscape. They are great because you can crop to the size that you want your picture to be. Square? No problem. Oval? No problem. Plus, the art is done in a complete range of styles. Cute to spooky. Cartoony to realistic. Vintage? Yes!

Neato Coolville HALLOWEEN WALLPAPER UP THE HILL TRICK OR TREAT 1600x900
https://wallpapersafari.com/w/nL1GUc

Another plus is that the images are in HD and they are generally large files so you could even take a flash drive to an Office supply store and have pictures printed larger than you own printer’s capabilities.

https://wallpaperaccess.com/full/86465.jpg
image from https://wallpaperaccess.com/halloween
https://wallpaperaccess.com/full/86473.jpg
image from https://wallpaperaccess.com/halloween
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image from https://wallpaperaccess.com/halloween

One caution- the sites say that the files are downloadable for free, but I’m pretty sure that it means for your personal use, so do keep that in mind. The art to be found is so awesome that I cannot imagine that the artists would be happy if we made posters and started selling them. Oooops! But, do check the links in this post if you are looking for Halloween art. You won’t be disappointed.

Food · Recipes

Homemade Sugar Free Fruit Sauce Sweetened with Monk Fruit

I LOVE Greek yogurt with a little homemade berry sauce, nuts and pumpkin seeds. I also like it with mixed fresh berries. But I do NOT like the store bought fruity versions of yogurt that are supposed to be sooo healthy. You know, the kind with fruit sauce in it and lots of sugar. If it’s fat-free, then it’s sugar-high. If it’s sugar-free, then it usually has an awful chemical-artificial sweetener in it. Plus the fruit often looks like some kind of pureed something. I don’t know what, but it’s not pretty fruit anyway.

How to make no-sugar mixed berry sauce with Monk Fruit sweetener
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DIY · Home Decor

Fall Decor 2019 part 1- Plus an Easy Project Idea

This year’s holiday decor will start off as a mix of Halloween and fall. It seems to me that the months are speeding by way too fast to be able to fully decorate for Halloween, Thanks Giving and then Christmas right on the heels of everything else.

Here’s the deal. I’m figuring that if I can combine holidays from the get-go, then I will just have to modify a little as each one arrives.

The tall cabinets get a touch of fall too.
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Food · Recipes

Spiced Chocolate Latte Cheesecake Mousse – sugar free and low carb

Nothing speaks “Fall!” to me like cooling temperatures, cozy sweaters and throws, color changing foliage, the smell of crackling fire places and hot drinks with PUMPKIN spice. Most often (I would say daily actually) pumpkin spice or just plain old cinnamon, chocolate and caramel or maple extract will be found in my giant mug of hot coffee. Oh! And, of course, heavy cream.

Pumpkin spiced Keto chocolate latte mousse
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DIY · Home Decor · tutorials

An Easy Way to Age Wood and Fabric

Doll efore aged transformation
Ms Pumpkin in her original condition and before her Age-It Easy application. Notice that the muslin looks too pale and new. Also note her lack of flowers and her plain hat. We’ll just SEE about THAT! 😃

When I bought Ms Pumpkin at an art booth, I thought that the style and shape was perfect for my primitive/rustic Halloween decor. I knew that she looked too new and that I wanted to tea stain her to look a little more primmy, if you know what I mean.

Once again, my mother of invention was laziness. Since I really did not want to take the time to get a good tea stain, I wondered if this aging liquid would work on fabric as well as wood.

Age-It Easy weathering treatment for wood
I love this stuff for aging my raw wood minis, but I also love it for an easy way to age cotton fabric. https://www.micromark.com/Age-it-Easy-Brown

Age-It Easy truly does make it easy to age wood. I ordered this product online at Micro-Mark. The only thing that I have thought to use it on, before this, was wooden miniatures.

Prim doll for Halloween
Notice the addition of Ms Pumpkin’s flowers and her hat enhancement too.

The process is simple. This aging liquid comes ready to apply in any way that you like. I used a paint brush. It seeped into the fabric fast. I did not have to use much of the liquid at all. Part of the reason that I did not want to make a watered down acrylic or ink wash was that I was afraid that it would come out too dark or streak beyond my control on the muslin.

Easy way to age a rustic cloth doll
A gracefully aged lady.

You can see by the results that it works great. It is not as mottled as a good tea stain or even real aging would be. However, for a quick and easy aging process, I think that it turned out to be perfect. I will admit that if Ms Pumpkin was for anything other than a once a year use, then yes, I would give her a proper tea bath.

If you already own this for wood crafts, maybe you will want to think about using it to age fabric as well.

Food · Recipes

Low Carb Shrimp Salad with Avocado

In spite of the promise of fall temperatures, we are still getting hit with a few days of heat. This is one of my favorite meals for those too-hot-to-cook times of the year.

Shrimp and avocado salad- perfect for a nutritional high fat, low carb meal.
This easy, low carb salad should become a staple in your recipe box since it is packed with nutritional value PLUS it’s pretty enough to serve to guests.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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    INGREDIENTS
    about a cup of cold, cooked shrimp cut into little pieces
    2 avocados, sliced or chopped
    2 or 3 leaves of leafy green lettuce per serving (optional)
    1/4 cup Avocado Mayonnaise
    a couple squirts of Dijon mustard
    1/4 tsp lemon juice
    1/4 cup finely sliced spring onion
    1/2 tbs dried parsley
    1/2 tbs smoked paprika
    salt and pepper to taste

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Combine all ingredients except avocado and lettuce into a medium sized bowl. Stir together.
    2. Arrange lettuce, topped with a bit of avocado and then a scoop of the shrimp mixture onto plate. Serve cold with a couple slices of lemon if you like.