Happy Halloween

Today is Halloween!! One of my favorite days of the year! I LOVE dressing up and planning the perfect costume! Since today is such an awesome day I thought I would share Mike and I’s costumes since we have been together! This is in fact our 5th Halloween together, however I had just moved here in 2010 so we were lame and did not dress up. Anyway, here are our costumes from four of the last five years including this year where we actually dressed up in September for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort!

2009: Sherlock Holmes and an Aviator
 2011: Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley
2012: Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler with Pumpkin as a raptor
2013: Waldo and Tinkerbell

We always have a fabulous time dressing up for Halloween parties but we always come down to the wire when it comes to choosing and getting together the items for our costumes! I need to be proactive for next year…any suggestions?

Stay southern,

2013 Pumpkin Decorating

With tomorrow being Halloween, I wanted to share with you the Arnold family pumpkins this year! I moved to Mississippi in October 2010 and one of the first things Mike and I did was carve a pumpkin(well he did more of the carving), so we have made it a point to try to do this every year! This year however, I wanted to try something a little different. I had been seeing painted pumpkins all over Pinterest and other blogs so I was thinking why not give something new a try this year! We purchased these pumpkins on our little outing last week that I wrote about here. I decided that I wanted to utilize my Silhouette Cameo that my MIL gifted me after the wedding! We wanted to each have a pumpkin for our favorite team and then one that was more unifying to the two of us. I was bad about taking pics as we went along so I will explain it in easy steps:
  1. Before you begin, cover your surface with newspaper or some kind of barrier between your table/floor/ground. We painted at the kitchen table so we covered it with newspaper. We used acrylic craft paint sold at any store that has a hobby section. 
  2. Paint each pumpkin with a base coat. Choose a color that you want your shape to be once you peel off your stencil(The MsState Pumpkin was pre-painted white). It may take several coats especially if you’re using a light color. Let dry one our between coats. Dry completely overnight
  3. Cut out stencil using vinyl and stick to pumpkin. Being careful and mindful of the paint
  4. Paint over the stencil and the entire pumpkin covering the entire under coat of paint(may take more than one coat) and let dry overnight.
  5. Peel away vinyl and reveal under color! At this point you can decide if you would like to add some dimension to your design(like above with the SC pumpkin, I traced around the edge with black to make it pop more). Finally, admire your beautiful pumpkin!

I will say that we did not paint The Arnold’s pumpkin. That is in fact just a vinyl sticker I cut and then adhered to the pumpkin. I love the simplicity and ease of that one!

We had a lot of fun decorating the pumpkins this year! Our dog, named Pumpkin, even got in on the action…
This is about 30 tries into it ha!
She’s a Ham!!
Pumpkin doing her Meerkat impression for a treat!
And you may ask how we got Pumpkin to pose and there is a good explanation for that it requires tons of patience and lots of treats! Look below I caught her as mid trick(roll over) to get said treats, the entire time I just wanted her to sit still. 
Pumpkin got her name for my love of fall and I wanted a constant reminder of my favorite time of year!

Halloween Window Display

Last weekend I mentioned we went to Columbus, Mississippi to have dinner after visiting the pumpkin patch. We parked right in front of The Bride and Groom bridal shop and they had one of the coolest window displays I have seen in a while. I think this display is so very creative of showcasing their product and is whimsical for passersby to enjoy as they take a stroll down 5th Street.

They used a classic American movie as a reference, The Wizard of Oz. The window display featured all of your favorite characters Dorothy(with Toto, of course), Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Glenda the Good Witch and even had the Wicked Witch of the West!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And sorry for the poor pics, I could not combat the glare from the glass.

Stay southern,

Halloween Decor

With Halloween being just next week I thought I would share some cool decor items I found to add to your home this year. There are quite a bit of fun ones out there right now(and on sale since it’s so close to the holiday)! I am not really a fan of the scary side of Halloween as you should be able to tell from what I have shown below. If you do like the frightening side there are a ton of options to adorn your home right now! Have fun decorating!
Stay southern,