Sooo I am a big dork, but at least I'm not afraid to admit it!  This Sunday will mark my first ever craft show.  As most of you know, the All Things Handmade and Vintage Show is only 5 days away.  I have been a nervous wreck, but in a good way.  I decided to do a trial in my mom and dad's living room. LOL!!!  I measured it out 10x7 and staged away.  I had to do it there or my kiddos would have destroyed everything in my own home!!  Anyways, here is a sneak peek of what will be in my booth!

PuPuPuPulease come to the show?????

Love ya. Mean it!!!

Can you believe Halloween is just 3 days away?!?!  Where has October gone?  Before we know it Thanksgiving and then Christmas!  Who am I kidding... Christmas is already here.  I can not get over how fast the decorations come out in stores.  One holiday at a time, please....

Anyways, I wanted to share with you the Schoenle front porch as well as a few of my close friends' and even a relative.  

We try to keep our house pretty simple.  We mainly stage our house with natural things:  pumpkins, gourds, hay stacks, and corn stalks... I like to add something new/different every year, though!

"Velcome" to our home!  Muhahahah!!!

Bought the pot you see there along with his brother last year.  They were blue but I sprayed them to match our house better.  I love my $2 plant stand find.  Adding height makes your eyes wander.  I filled an old vase with some corn and pumpkins, too.

There is my scary Cobra.  He wears this shirt every single day along with his shark socks.  We were obviously doing sidewalk chalk this day lol.  The ghost is our "new" piece this year.  It cost me about $6: tomato cage (Menard's), white lights (Hobby Lobby), white sheet (WalMart), Styrofoam ball (Michael's), and felt (had it)... that's it!  I bought everything on sale.  :)

This was my new piece last year.  I love love love my vintage Halloween wreath.  My friend, Katie, made this for me last year.  It is definitely my bling outside.

What do you think????

Ok, speaking of my friend, Katie... she sent me some pics to show off her front porch.  She even sent me a little background to go with it.  :)

1.) I always say we would be fine never decorating our yard. The eight trillion tons of leaves Mama Nature dumps on it do just fine :)

2.) Set up this simple display on a rusted out old fishing cage. The old crock was .50 at a yard sale and the wood pumpkin $3 at an antique shop. The rusted out watering can was $1 at a yard sale. :) The cat door sign in the back is solid wood with  glowing marble eyes. $2 at a thrift store. It still had the $15 Target price tag on it when I bought it :)

3.) My yellow chair is a new fave this year. $2 at a yard sale and I slapped on some yellow paint. I literally slapped it on in about 10 minutes and just left it. I knew weather would naturally wear it so I didn't want it to be perfect. 

4.) I love love this vintage moulded plastic ghost. It is 1960's, super adorable. This stuff was made to last, and it has. I put it outside and have just plugged it in and let it go. It still works, and works well. $4 at a thrift store.

Add in $12 worth of mums and this year's yard was put together for about $20. I love that. Our house is a relaxed and no fuss cottage style so we just like to keep it easy and natural. Oh, and fun. :) Because of the insane amount of squirrels we can't put pumpkins out til the few days before Halloween, but that is ok. Everything else does the job!





Isn't she so creative??  Her inexpensive finds make me jealous.   If anybody can do it on a tight budget; Katie can.  She just recently redid her Master Bedroom for under 100 bucks including bedding!!!  


Moving on... my parents' neighbors have the best, most spooky, yet creative and fun house I have ever seen.  Janice, is the leader of the pack.  Let me tell you, this house is an eye-popper.  Sit back and prepare to be amazed.


Mummy Central...

Don't worry... I got 'em.  This is hilarious.  It makes me think of Janice's son.  I had him in third grade last year and it was an absolute riot.  That kid could make anyone laugh!!

How you doin'???

A+ baby... If their neighborhood had a contest, they would for sure win the blue ribbon!

EEK!!  Enter if you dare!

I hate clowns, but I love this guy!


One more house to go... this is actually my husband's Aunt and Uncle's house in Fort Wayne.  His Aunt Nancy is an interior decorator, too.  I would love to spend a day with her!!  Aunt Nancy is obsessed with flamingos for every season.  It's freaking adorable.

Look at those birds?  Painted flamingos as skeletons?!?!  You've seen it all here... on Copycat-Design!!

I wish you all a spook-tacular Halloween.

Mallory :)

I decided to try something different with this small side table.  The "chippy look" seems to be very popular these days so I thought, "What the hell... let's do it!"  

Three words my friends... EASY AS PIE!  

Here are the steps I used:

STEP 1:  Sand- I decided to sand a little, simply because of the wear and tear.  I wanted to have a smooth surface on the entire piece.

STEP 2:  Paint- I painted three coats of a basic Behr white color mixed with Websters powder. ( I had to do so many coats because the wood was so dark underneath.)  I recently went to Home Depot and they had 6 Behr samples for 6 bucks!!  Someone's "oops" was my "YEAH!"

STEP 3:  Sand- When my painting was complete I took out my bad a$$ electric sander and went to work.  The best part???????  If you sand too much, just repaint!  You really can not mess up a "chippy" piece.  

STEP 4: Seal- I sealed with my clear Fiddes Wax.  I just love the smooth finish of the wax on top.

Here's the BIG REVEAL!!!!

As you can see I even painted the handles white.  The dark stuck out like a soar thumb.  I just adore this.

You might not have been able to tell, but I added some blue stripes to the top for just a hint of color.  I had to wait 2 days for the white paint to dry in order to put the Frog Tape on (you have to be patient or the tape won't stick).  I simply taped it off, painted, waited 10 minutes, and then removed the tape.  I did all my sanding when the entire piece was painted and dried.  I love the white and blue/turquoise.  A pop of yellow on top would be just the perfect accent.

Here it is one more time.  This piece amongst others will be at THE SHOW!!  Hope to see you there.  The count down has begun and believe it or not my car is officially in the garage.  WOOOOHOOO!!!!

The most adorable young lady asked for a bedside table and the most adorable young lady got one!  

Please meet a fellow student of mine, Miss Kassady C.

Kassady (kass-u-dee) n. - blonde-haired beauty with bright blue eyes, radiant smile, heart of gold, stellar student, go-getter, guitar player and lover of sports (especially softball and volleyball)

Kassady just recently went from a cutesy childish room to the refined style of a genteel young woman.  I knew I had the perfect table for her with just the right amount of bling.  Uncle Larry had given me a piece a while back that was so unique and elegant.  Here she is... I adore the frame of this piece.  The real treasure, though, is the inside of the drawers (keep scrolling).   :)

Side table BEFORE

This table was in pretty good shape, but because of the veneer finish I did have to sand it down pretty well.  If you don't sand down veneer the spray paint and/or paint will just sit on top and not actually soak it up.  You will know because it will come off on your hands.

I used Rust-oleum Metallic Silver.  

I used the WHOLE can.  Because I used short side to side strokes... I probably sprayed this about 8 times.  

Side table sprayed

Side table inside before

It looks great just sprayed in the metallic, but Kass wanted something more.

She had sent me this picture of her curtains.  

She loved the birds on them so we decided to add a final touch to the piece.  
What do you think?

I used some black acrylic paint (89 cents) right on top of the spray paint.  When it was completed, I gave it a coat of polyurethane wherever I painted with acrylic to really seal it.  The rest I sealed with spray poly.

Simple and elegant!!  Kassady is really into her initial right now, too.  So we added a "K" on top for some fun ownership.

Top of table/inside of drawer - love the distressed look on the top!

Look at the inside now... With a little Modge Podge and black and white paper these table drawers went from drab to fab.  It's a surprise every time you open them.  Wouldn't you love a small shelf inside your drawers for loose jewelry, pens and pencils, or maybe a midnight snack?!? I know I would.

One more view from Kass's room.  All she needs is a new lamp and her bedroom is complete.  Her bedspread and headboard are just lovely!  

All in all this was a pretty easy transformation.  Obviously the painting took some time, but the smile on Kassady's face when she came to pick up her table was all worth it.  
Love you, Kass!

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  I don't know what it is... the season, the colors, the creative costumes, the candy... I don't know, but I love it all!  When decorating my house for any holiday I try very hard to use the three c's: colorful, creative, and cheap!

Therefore, I thought I would share with you a few tips and tricks I have up my sleeve. Mwahahahahahah!!

A few weeks ago I posted my Snack Center.  This is one of the main walls in my kitchen.  The frames you see... are frames I already had.  For the first one, I used a Halloween Printable found on Pinterest.  The other one... I made!!

I bought the peacock feathers at Hobby Lobby (40%), the candy corn was from the end of last year (50 cents maybe), BEWARE sign (Target dollar bin), and the witches (hand-me-down from my Mom)!

It was super easy.  I already had the purple 3-D paper.  I just used the matt that was already in the frame for a stencil and then cut it out.  I used some plain old white paper and the spiders are from an old fake cob web.  I smushed them in the frame and that was it!!

Close-up!  Too easy...

Alright, so this is above the eat-in bench in our kitchen.  I love my antique, black-painted shelf.  Because it is in the kitchen, I try to use "kitcheny" things to decorate... hence the mugs, candy, etc.  Most everything you see in the pic came from TJ Maxx.  The bats are from the Martha Stewart Line at Hobby Lobby (40%).  Aren't they just batty??  I made the eyeball frame, too!

It's a little blurry, sorry.  This was a mommy-and-me project.  I used an old black frame and had Charlie stick on some eyeballs.  I bought them at Michael's in a bag of like 50 in all different sizes.  They were already sticky, too!!  We did this last year and it has held up just fine.  Spooktacular, right?  Man, I am on a roll! LOL!!

Use what you have, people!  This is on my kitchen table.  Place mat (TJ Maxx), Pick Your Poison sign (Target Dollar bin), cheese ball platter (already had it), and eyeballs (Dollar Store).

Don't worry; it's fake!  I already had this antique scale.  Add a pumpkin and a scary spider (we already have these guys lying around the house) and I'm set.  Charlie helped me polka-dot the pumpkins.  I put the white pumpkins in a Pyrex, clear bowl with some black beans.

More black beans, clear dish, and skeleton heads (Dollar Store).  These are in my bathroom.

Let's play I-Spy here.  I spy rats and lots of them.  Again, use what you have!  Charlie is obsessed with these squishy things.  Halloween is the best time to use those creepy-crawly things for decorations.  Below is a close-up of my new friends.


The next pics are going to be dark.  I tried my best, but we have no overhead lighting in our house.  You should have seen me trying to take these pics with the camera holding a lamp in my other hand for my light - it did not help much.  SORRY!!

Ok we have 12 large shelves in our TV room and they are so hard to fill and decorate.  I switch things around about a million times until I have them how I want them.  Here are just a couple of my Haunted Shelves.

 Skeleton heads and crows are all from the Dollar Store.  I have more bats throughout the shelves as well.  That's another cheese ball plate, too.  Below is a close up.

Horrible pic, sorry!!

 The black urn below was a flower pot I never used so I sprayed it black.  When all else fails... go to Goodwill and find a ton of things to spray black or white.  Can't go wrong there... won't hurt the bank either!  The orange and black balls are probably the most expensive things on my shelves.  I bought these years ago and love them.

The Witch sign was from Target (Dollar section).

 Pumpkin lights for one dollar at a garage sale!!  I hung these on my dining room hutch!

This is our entry way.  The ghost is from TJ Maxx.  The rest I had.  I took an old cauldron and filled it with pumpkins, added an extra lamp (tilted the shade), added a small sign, and then a cob web.


Isn't this the truth?  Well, happy hunting for your Halloween decor from my monsters and me!!


Please feel free to share your Halloween decor.  :)
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