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Sunday, October 10, 2010

This Is Halloween . . . A Seasonal Re-Run

(Originally posted 10/27/09)

 On this day of 10/10/10 --
This is Halloween, this is Halloween. . . .

Ever since meeting our daughter Anne for lunch on Saturday, and having her tell us that, while sewing costumes for a production of The Crucible, she kept quietly singing that song from The Nightmare Before Christmas  . . . the tune has been running through my head.  Over and over.

I am hoping to exorcise it by passing it on to all of you.
Click on the YouTube video at the end of the post, if you dare!   Boo!


What is it about Dollar Tree?  I lose all perspective in there.  A few days ago, I zoomed my cart around the store and grabbed some $1 items to use in Halloween and Autumn decorating and tablescaping.

I found this star-shaped glass piece at Dollar Tree, and had to do something with it.

It's heavy, lovely glass!  Go get one, or six.  They will be wonderful at Christmas.

These candle holders, below, look so much like bar glasses, like double old-fashioneds.
They would look wonderful on the buffet table at a cocktail hour.
They are heavy glass, stable, and I am looking forward to scattering them on a Fall table, using some plates I got the same day.

Ah, a fishbowl.
These can be found at Michaels and similar stores, but they are only a buck at DT!

I'm thinking that at Thanksgiving, cranberries or nuts
may take the place of the sand or candy corn in some of these candles.

Each candle or grouping is shown with Fall napkins I sewed (technically, serged) years ago when my girls were small.  They loved having crazy napkins at dinner, and I enjoyed making them.

Not fine linen, not vintage (well, almost, I guess -- my girls are in their 20s!), but great fun.

The decorative sand is also at DT.  I broke my own rule of
"nothing edible from Dollar Tree," and bought the candy corn there.
But I'm not eating it.  :-)

Do you know they sell pregnancy tests at Dollar Tree?
Can you imagine that conversation?  "Honey, are you sure?"


I don't only shop at Dollar Tree.  Sometimes I go to Goodwill.

On my last trip there, I found this vase:

It's a creamy white, in excellent condition except for a tiny crack on one side.
I am not sure if it is a manufacturing flaw.  You really don't notice it unless you look for it.

Anyone familiar with this maker?

Now here's what I did with it.

Yesterday I used floral bushes bought at Dollar Tree.  I am not always so cheap.
For this vase, I bought two floral bushes at A.C. Moore.  Half price.  Four bucks each.
Last of the big-time spenders, that's me.

Now, even I -- the world's biggest Dollar Tree fan -- have to admit that these flowers are nicer.
And if I'd spent more, they'd be nicer still.  Some faux -- the hand made, silk ones -- are stunning.

How did I make this arrangement?
Well . . . I took the bushes out of the bag, and jammed them both in the vase.

Yeah.  My moment of truth.  I didn't even take off the price tags!

Well, now this is interesting.  While I was waiting for my pics to upload, I checked out Haeger Potteries.
They've been in business for 134 years in Illinois, and still do a big business
supplying vases to florists, in addition to retail products.

So, I wonder who took home roses to his sweetie in this vase?
Hope the vase didn't leak from the crack.

Thanks to Chari of Happy To Design for once again hosting Sunday Favorites.

And to The Tablescaper, thanks for hosting Seasonal Sundays.
Hope she doesn't mind my repeat!  Click here to visit.

Here it is . . . the video of This Is Halloween.
Beware; the tune may get stuck in your brain.  And then it may EAT IT.    -- Cass


  1. Love the look of the votive's in sand/candy corn! Cute cute cute! Of course that Haegar vase is awesome!!

  2. Thanks anyway, Cass, but I'll pass on the video. Once I get a song worm in my head I'm DONE for the day. Thanks for the warning though!

  3. Cass,

    The white Haegar vase was some find! I'm always glad when someone finds these items that knows they are special as is.

    I LOVE the wallpaper you picked out and will be watching your progress.

    Congrats on the birth of Calvin and Luke! I didn't even know you were pregnant, let alone twins! (Gotcha!) Your sister's grandsons are beautiful. God bless his latest miracles.

    Your Friend,

  4. I have been trying to stay out of DT lately, cause I just know I will buy something I don't have room for later. :)
    Really like the candles in the candy corn.
    Have a great week.

  5. I have seen the star dishes in Dollar Tree but of course I was stumped as to how to use them creatively. Now I will go back and they will be gone!


  6. I have been working on completely thrifty Fall and halloween decor this year. Using what I hav around the house. And then picking up a few fun things from th DT.
    I am so glad to see I am not the ony one who "occasionally" forgets to take off flower tags!

  7. Hi Cass...

    Ohhhh can't make me!!! I am NOT going to listen to that song and have it run through MY head all day! Hehe!

    Girlfriend, I just love all of your halloween pretties...and I love Dollar Tree as well! They really do have some really nice things at times...and who can beat the price? I have seen those pretty star dishes or candleholders there...sure wished that I would have stocked up on you did! They look awesome with the candy corn and candles!!! Love how you did the pretty colored sand and candles in the other holders as well! Sooo many halloween pretties! I have never heard of that manufacturer either...thanks for the heads up! The white vase really is lovely and it showcases those autumn florals beautifully!

    Great post to revisit, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  8. How cute! I may be MIA for a bit- surgery is Tuesday. Have a great week
    xoxo Pattie

  9. Say it once, say it twice take a chance and roll the dice.....This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Everybody scream....Oh sorry were you trying to forget this song? My bad.

  10. Oh my, just reading the words already has the song going through my head. I absolutely love all the songs in that movie.

    Thank you for the affordable ideas. Love it and know I'm going to try it out. I also love your crazy napkin tradition.

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  11. Hi Cass! I don't know where to start! You found so many lovelies at the DT!! Love the votives, the star bowls, the fauxs and your beautiful vase from GW!! You're just amazing with your floral arranging! :) I love it. Hug little Dion for Chloe Dawn and me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. Great DT finds! Maybe I'll have to head over there now....
    The white vase is wonderful, and I think I have the same 'talent' for flower arrangement as you...or at least the same technique.

  13. The little star vases with cany corn are darling. We ARE eating candy corn right now I am afraid. hugs♥olive

  14. They are called Dollar Stores here in Canada and I use them all the time. You can get some neat things there. Your treasures look great, you are ready for Halloween.

  15. Nice song but i know what you mean!can stay i your brain for long!!!I also went shopping for fall decorations this morning and will try to make a fall tablescape!you did cheap and good finds as usual! Catherine

  16. Love the vase. So many bloggers are taking similar items and spray painting them. Guess that would still show the crack though... I do the same with bouquets. I don't happen to be good at arranging flowers. I just cram them in the receptacle!

  17. DT is a vortex, and will suck you in, if you aren't Extremely cautious. I know for a fact some unwary shoppers have walked through those doors, and Never resurfaced!

    I love your votives--very festive, and cheap is GOOD. At first glance, I thought the sand was raw sugar, so the whole thing would be edible, but, hmmm, you wouldn't want to do that after melting wax over it, would you, lol?

  18. Cass, I don't REMEMBER this post - - - not sure HOW I could have missed it.

    I thought the sand was cornmeal, and I thought - - - what a COOL fall idea, using CORNMEAL in the candles!

    Oh well - - - I still think it WOULD have been a good fall idea!

  19. Wonderfully economic AND creative!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Sorry I'm so late getting around to everyone, but it was a VERY busy weekend.

    - The Tablescaper


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