Hooray for October! For autumn leaves and sweater weather and apples and pumpkins and firepits. For Halloween and thrills and chills and my youngest daughter's birthday. Of course, today we are under a very spring-like tornado watch(!!!), but the decidedly greenish sky is definitely spooky!
We kicked off the month with a trip to the annual Kansas Barn Sale, in Hesston. What started as a much smaller venture has turned into a gigantic endeavor and I'm so impressed with how smoothly it seems to run now. The girls and I always have a lovely time, even when our budget is tiny. This year, we came away with 10 mini pumpkins, a set of three decorative wire pumpkins, a bar of soap, a cute homemade fox pillow, and snacks.
As soon as we were settled at home, the girls started painting their pumpkins. I'm rather in love with Vanessa's painted pumpkins at A Fanciful Twist. Our paint wasn't as nice - heck, it was leftover from a few Doodle Crate projects, actually - but the pumpkins are cute. Little Sis's BFF spent the night, and painted a few, too.
Our branch tree has finally been redecorated! It's been in fairy mode since our Easter stuff came down. Mr. B promised me we wouldn't use the fireplace until after Halloween, so I was free to go a little crazy.
I got the cat and owl heads at a craft store last year. The doll head is one of Little Sis's "babies." Jack Skellington came from Walgreen's, and he will stay out through Christmas. I made the bottles last year. The troll and gnome were randomly chosen from my collection.
And of course, every year we string our reproduction Beistle die-cuts and vintage dime store masks across the cornice in the family room.
Out on the front porch, more Beistle hangs in the window, and our table is full of fun things, such as the wire pumpkins from the Barn Sale, and the cute Mason jar mummy lanterns we made last year.
I found the light-up house at my grandma's last year. It was my sister's and mine, growing up. The haunted house was a little $3 craft from Target.
This guy used to hang on a tree, but he's starting to fall apart. I moved him to the porch this year.
Look what I found in the backyard yesterday! Fall is here, fall is here!
I have a giant sack of fun checked out from the library this month. I will have a new Pediophobia post this year, and lots of books and activities share. Even a birthday party: Little Sis will celebrate with a party two days before her birthday, on Halloween Eve!
Welcome to October on Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes!