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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    Grateful Gatherings In The Kitchen

    Grateful Gatherings Simple Thanksgiving Decor

    Hello and welcome to the Grateful Gatherings blog hop! I am truly grateful for the opportunity to host this hop and to be inspired by 13 other talented bloggers who will be sharing their late fall and Thanksgiving decor over the next three days! If you are coming over from A Delightsome Life and Common Ground, welcome! If you missed Kathy and Debra’s amazing decor, simply follow the links at the end of this post. You will be glad you did!

    Thanksgiving Blog Hop

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! Of course I am Christmas crazy too, but I think Thanksgiving is just so beautiful! It encompasses the last of Autumn’s splendor and the excitement of the holidays ahead, which makes it perfect in my opinion! Today I will be sharing some “Grateful Gatherings” of late fall and Thanksgiving decor in the kitchen, the heart of the home!

    *I have added some affiliate links throughout the post and at the bottom of this page for your convenience in case you see something that interests you!

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    Junkin' Finds

    Fantastic Fall Find: Vintage Chalkware Native American Statue

    Stunning Vintage Native American Indian Chalkware Statue Vintage

    Happy November…my favorite month! Today I am sharing one of my fantastic fall finds—a vintage Native American Indian chalkware statue!  I will also be sharing a few other Native American items I use in my Thanksgiving decor and my sentiments on including references to Native Americans in Thanksgiving celebrations.

    Vintage Native American Chalkware Statue Thanksgiving Decor

    I was out junkin’ early last November and I spotted “the hunter” crouching down in the corner of a local thrift store. For a fleeting moment I thought he was sort of cool, but maybe a bit too kitschy…so I just kept on looking around and then went on to the next thrift shop. Well, you know how it goes with us vintage junkers! I got home and started thinking about how awesome the statute would be as a Thanksgiving decoration, and I just could not wait to go back the next morning to buy it! I am so glad I did. Now I think he is just amazing!

    Vintage Chalkware Indian

    Last Thanksgiving I styled him beside the staircase on the floor next to my Thanksgiving tree to create a vignette of a daily hunt in the forest. I also put him on the banister for some pictures.

    Thanksgiving home tour 2016

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    Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Linky Party

    Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party 2017 Top 3 Most Viewed Posts!

    Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party

    Happy November everyone! Last night we wrapped up the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party 2017 and a spooktacular time was had by all!

    Hauntingly Beautiful Decor 2017

    Here are the top three most viewed posts of the party!

    three graphicAnn at Corner of Plaid and Paisley was Mixing Up Some Halloween Fun and everyone just loved her designs!

    Halloween Tabllescape and Mante;

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    Kristin at White Arrows Home decorated her cozy log cabin with lots of family oriented Halloween decor which I am sure her family loved just as much as all of you did too!

    Log Cabin Halloween Decor

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    With as busy as we all are these days, everyone loves ideas on how to simplify! Sheila at My Kentucky Living shared her simple Halloween kitchen decor and her post was the top viewed of the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Link party this year!

    Simple Halloween Kitchen ideas

    Congratulations to these wonderful bloggers and to all of you who were featured this month! In case you missed the other party features you can find them here:

    10/27 Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Featured Posts

    10/19 Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Featured Posts

    10/13 Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Featured Posts

    10/17 Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Featured Posts

     

    Thank you to everyone who shared for this fabulous party! Your hosts have all just finished up the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Blog Hop and now we are busy packing away our Halloween decor and getting our homes ready for the upcoming holidays. If you missed our Halloween blog hop posts you can find them below along with 3 other talented bloggers who joined us!

    Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Blog Hope

    Friday October, 27th
    Saturday October, 28th

    See you next year at the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party!

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    Fabulous Fall Decorating

    Hauntingly Beautiful Vignettes: Halloween Decorating Ideas Using Vintage Treasures

    Hello everyone! Are you enjoying the Hauntingly Beautiful Blog Hop so far?  I am certainly loving all the different ways my talented friends have incorporated magical Halloween decor in their homes. When you are finished reading this post you can treat yourself to even more Halloween eye candy by visiting all the other blogs on the hop too. They are all truly inspiring!

    In September I shared a full home tour for early fall and I am working on a late fall home tour for November, so instead of sharing my whole home today I am going to be highlighting some of the ways I use vintage treasures to create hauntingly beautiful vignettes. I woke up early this morning eager to start taking photos, but right away I noticed something very, very strange…

    Spooky and Elegant Halloween Decor

    The sun was shining! After a week of dreary gray skies, it was quite a paranormal day! I snapped a picture of the anomaly of sunshine streaming down the stairs. The effect was perfect for a Halloween post, wouldn’t you agree?

    Shabby Chic Dresser decorated for Halloween

    A few weeks ago we started working on our bedroom makeover and since we are going with a more traditional and masculine theme, I decided to move my shabby antique dresser down to the living room by the staircase. It was the perfect piece for a hard to decorate spot that I really hadn’t been satisfied with since we moved in three years ago. I have styled the top with old clocks, vintage frames, brass candlesticks and a few other little trinkets for my every day decor, so it was really easy to create a hauntingly beautiful vignette by simply adding a few Halloween-y touches.

     

     

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    Christian Living

    Halloween: Celebrate Or Participate?

    In my latest post I discussed how I create “A Merry Halloween.”  I shared some of my funny and festive Halloween decor and collectibles, and some ways that  I continue to participate in Halloween activities without incorporating the darker aspects of the holiday.

     

    For some believers (followers of Jesus Christ who truly desire to walk in His light and follow His example by faith,  living a life as outlined by scripture to the best of our abilities through the enabling of the Holy Spirit) this subject can perhaps be a little confusing.

    Should we as Christians participate in Halloween activities at all? Do we have to avoid the holiday altogether? What does scripture say?

    Scripture clearly states that we absolutely are not to have fellowship with darkness of any kind… or even speak of it!

    Hmm. What does that suggest about Halloween which glorifies all that is spooky and fearful?

    Ephesians 5:11-13

    And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

    2 Timothy 1:7

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind.

    Yikes! God clearly does not want us to have a spirit of fear, create a spirit of fear, indulge a spirit of fear or invite a spirit of fear! “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” is referenced 365 times in the Bible! Enough for a daily reminder! Coincidence? Of course not!

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    A Merry Halloween: Porch Decor And More!

    Merry Halloween! That salutation sounds a little strange to us in modern times, but it was often used in Hallowe’en days of old. Antique postcards and vintage Halloween ephemera depict the sweetest and merry Halloween characters. Today I will be showing you how I keep my Halloween decor light and merry too!

    Vintage Halloween Postcard

    What constitutes a “Happy Halloween” or “Merry Halloween?” For some, Halloween is a time to embrace evil, dark, and sinister things. A few folks pull serious pranks and use the day as an excuse for mayhem instead of merriment. Others embrace even darker things which should not even be discussed  (Ephesians 5:11-13) For more on this subject see my post Halloween: Celebrate or Participate?

    For most people however, it’s all about the candy, fun costumes, and nostalgia! We vintage decorators have lots of fun with Halloween. I love how my friend Debra at Common Ground blog explained in a recent post that most of us don’t “celebrate” Halloween, but we do enjoy remembering fun traditions and collecting nostalgic treasures associated with happy memories.

    Who recalls these fun vintage cupcake and cake toppers? They are back from the days when no one was allergic to gluten, dairy or peanuts! Homeroom moms could surprise the class with cupcakes topped with little black cats and funny happy Jack-0-Lantern men without fear of lawsuits! Those were the days! I scored a bag of these little treasures for a quarter at a yard sale a few years back and I just love them. I can still taste the gluten and dairy butter cream frosting now!

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    Historic 120-Year-Old Welch House Halloween Tour

    The Welch House 1900 Halloween Home Tour

    Welcome to the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Blog Hop! I am happy to be hosting this hop and to share some fun Halloween decorating ideas with my talented friends and readers. Today I have the very special honor of having my dear friend Larissa Jenkins as a special blog guest to kick off the hop (see full hop schedule at the end of this post). She will be introducing you to her beautiful historic home, the “Welch House.” Larissa has been the co-host of the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link party here on my blog and also the hashtag party on Instagram. She has amazing vintage style and loves to hunt for beautiful thrifted treasures for her dreamy abode. Her home is just perfect for Halloween! Get ready for some really beautiful Halloween decorating inspiration! Enjoy!

    Halloween Blog Hop

    Hello and welcome to my home! I am so very excited and honored to be  introducing the “Welch House” and sharing my Halloween Home Tour here today on Amber’s amazing blog! Thank you so much Amber for this opportunity! Let’s get started!

    I’ve always had a fondness for Halloween, but I must say it has definitely grown since my  Husband and I purchased our 120 year old home, The “Welch House” almost four years ago. Our home was built in 1900 and is very popular in our small town. The locals refer to it as the “Welch House” named after the prominent family that built the home. My husband and I are the third family to own the home. I have been asked many times by locals if there is a ballroom on the third floor. Many of them remember stories being told of dances taking place in our third floor during the First World War era. I do not know if that is true or not, but our attic is very large and could accommodate many people. I have also been told that long ago our home was featured in a book, which I am trying to track down. Many years ago Welch House was named one of the “Most Stately” Homes in our town and was given a plaque to commemorate this achievement. Sadly, while the other nominated homes still have their plaques displayed proudly in their foyers, ours was missing when we purchased the home. I hope to find it someday!

    Welch House is truly my dream home, and my greatest wish is to make her beautiful again!  The home creates a beautiful backdrop for holiday decor…especially Halloween decor. With its creaky floors, the beveled glass windows, and even the chandeliers, it all adds to an elegant but spooky atmosphere. I Love French and European decor so I try to incorporate those aspects into my Halloween decor as well.

    Halloween Foyer Decorating Ideas French Country antique furniture

    Historic Halloween Tour Creepy Butler

    When you first enter our home our butler, “Fred”, will be there to greet you. He is a favorite when guests visit.

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