Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Come in!

I am ready to greet whomever dares to knock on my door!

This "condemned" sign was courtesy of Brooklyn Limestone. You still have time to get your copy here!

I had a curious visitor wonder what I was doing outside without her!

As darkness fell, the spirits rose! Can you see them?
Looks like they were having a spooktacular time!

Met Monday
Have a fun and safe Halloween!


All Hallow's Eve

Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.- - -William Shakespeare (a quote from "Macbeth")

The origins of Halloween are rooted in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits. Samhain was the Celtic Lord of death and his name literally meant, "summer's end." The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st which marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the cold, dark, winter. They believed that on October 31st, the eve of the Samhain, the dead would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness and damage crops. It was also believed that ghosts, witches, goblins and elves came to harm the people.
To protect themselves from these evil spirits, villagers would go from house to house gathering food offerings and kindling for the Samhain fires.
 The people would extinguish their home hearth fires and would gather together to light large fires on hill tops and make offerings to the gods.
They would dance around these bonfires to keep evil spirits away and the bones of dead animals were tossed into the fire and burnt as an offering and to ward off sickness and bad fortune in the coming new year.

The sacred fires were believed to have the power to scare away evil spirits and the villagers would stay close by the bonfire, often wearing the heads and skins of dead animals to scare the spirits and ensure their own safety. As the bonfire died, it was considered good luck to bring an ember home to relight their hearth fire. These embers were often carried in holders made from turnips or gourds that had faces carved in them to scare any evil spirits that might be lurking on their path home.
On the following day, the ashes from these sacred fires would be spread over the fields to protect next years crops from the evil spirits.
 This is where the "Feast of all Saints" or "All Soul's Day" has its connection to Halloween. For Catholics, it is the day where people come together and pray for the soul's of the dead who were waiting in Purgatory for entrance into Heaven. In Spanish speaking countries it is known as "Dia de los muertos" or Day of the Dead.
The name Halloween comes from "All Hallows Evening." "Hallow" is an old english word for "Holy Person" and All Hallows Day is another phrase for All Saint's Day. It eventually was shortened to "Hallow e'en" and then "Halloween."

Today, many people still celebrate with great bonfire's, dress in costume on Halloween and hand out candy at their door.
NY- Halloween Party on West 69th Street
Now that you know the history of this fun and frightening holiday, go out and enjoy and have a

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Color of October

Coastal Bedroom Decor
Can you guess what it is?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Evolution of a Master Bedroom

In January, I found a great bargain on a Karastan rug from Tuesday Morning. I am usually not one to buy on impulse, but  I grabbed it anyway because 1) I loved it and 2) it was $299 for an 8x10 100% wool rug. I thought I might regret not buying it for that price. I was wanting to use it in my bedroom because I have hardwood floors and I wanted something soft and warm on my feet when I got out of bed in the cold winter mornings.

I also loved the colors in the rug and decided that it could be a jumping off point for the rest of the decor in the room.

As it is, the bedroom isn't bad, but it feels unfinished and I thought the rug would help me make the decisions easier. The paint color is SW Ecru.  It is khaki in bright light but goes green in low light. Doesn't do anything for the headboard or is it the other way around? Whatever, it is on the list to go.

Close up of the headboard fabric. It has a linen like texture and very close to the color of natural linen.

Well, here we are 9 months later and I am still stuck. Partly due to not knowing where to start, (I thought it was with the rug) and decor indecision commitment. Do you have that? Where you think you know what you want but are totally overwhelmed and lack focus? That is what I have. I am sure of it!

 Do you find inspiration or does it find you?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Everything Old is New Again

From casual to dressy, Frye boots were the epitome of mid-1970's style. I received a pair like these my junior year of high school and I wore them with everything.
I paired them with my mid calf navy blue skirt that I passed off as my school uniform, back in 1976. On Friday night's I wore them with black wool gaucho's for a dressy look or a pair of Levi corduroy's for a more casual, going to the movies look. It didn't matter what I wore with them. They went with everything. They were all the rage. They were "in" and everyone had a pair.

I wasn't careful with them as you might expect from any sixteen year old. I wore them in the rain and the snow, only occasionally cleaning them with saddle soap.

They were beat up and worn in and they looked great!

They followed me to college and I continued wearing them with anything and everything. Long Indian skirts, peasant tops, blazers. You name it, they looked great and were as versatile as a good pair of jeans. Just like the advertisement proclaimed, there wasn't anything you couldn't wear them with.

A few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see them make a come back in the department stores and nostalgia grabbed a hold of me and had me yearning for another pair! I wished, as I ran my fingers over the smooth leather,  I had held onto the pair I had loved so much!

Oh, I might have mentioned to my teenage daughters while we were out shopping, how I had a pair when I was their age and how I would love to have another pair. But you know teenagers. They NEVER listen! So why would I ever suspect that my wish would come true? I mean, I did admire one particular pair in their presence...several times, but, it just seemed out of the question and surely they had forgotten.

About a month ago I had a nice birthday dinner with my family complete with birthday cake, flowers and a card. Inside the card I found a gift card from Nordstrom to purchase the boots I had admired!

The Melissa Button Boot in cognac from Frye!

Frye 'Melissa Button' Boot

Hello gorgeous! Needless to say, I made a trip to Nordstrom my priority! I was giddy with excitement as I waited for the sales clerk to bring the familiar box containing my dream boots to me.
The leather and workmanship on these is superb and the fit is just how I remembered. I had read from some reviews to order a half size up because they were hard to get into, but after trying on two different sizes, I decided the best fit was my regular size. They were a tad snug and stiff at first, but after wearing them a little while, they softened right up and were very comfortable. I love the color and the little bit of western style. I wore them non-stop over the weekend with my jeans tucked in and last night to a birthday dinner with a just-above-the-knee length skirt.

Classics never go out of style and Frye surely is a classic. It has been around since 1863 when John Frye opened his first store in Marlboro, Massachusetts. For generations, the Frye family has been crafting new styles and updating machinery to create a better boot. Their mission, "to make the best-looking, hardest-working, longest-lasting shoes and leather goods," hasn't changed in over 150 years.

True to Frye fashion I can wear these with everything, just like I did "back in the day"!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mantel Monday!

Adding just a hint of creepy fun to the mantel!

Joining the fun at:

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