A fun Halloween tablescape is just what I wanted in the breakfast area.

Here is what I pulled together.This orange and black square scarf on the table is a thrift store find from last week.  Next, I took four old plastic chargers and spray painted them with black chalkboard paint.

Four small luncheon plates top the chargers with an orange bowl holding a small white pumpkin. Then I added some silverware, napkins, and embellished milk bottles with Halloween straws to the mix.

The place cards are card stock pumpkins I found at Target.  They were ready for adornment.

Now for a candy centerpiece.  Using my rusty crusty canning jar rack I added seven jars of colorful Halloween candy.The chandelier got a little Halloween makeover.  I replaced the regular light bulbs with vintage-inspired light bulbs and added a small jack-o-lantern candle holder to each arm of the chandelier.


  • Orange and Black Square table topper (scarf) – Thrift Store
  • Chargers painted with black chalkboard paint – My stash
  • Johnson Brothers Vintage White Regency Luncheon Plates – Collected over time
  • Orange bowls – Dollar Tree
  • Anchor Hocking Milk Bottles – Wal-Mart
  • White Pumpkins – Kroger
  • Orange Gourds – Wal-Mart
  • Canning Rack – Vintage Fascination No. 100
  • Mason Jars – My stash and Thrift Store
  • Silverware – On hand
  • Black Napkins – On hand
  • Jack-o-lanterns on Chandelier – Dollar Tree
  • Vintage Inspired Light Bulbs for Chandelier – Wal-Mart
  • Straws, Embellishments, Banner and Place Card Supplies – Target.always,

Don’t forget that the Vintage Charm party opens at 8:00am EST Thursday, October 20th, we would love to see you there.


  1. mary says:

    It’s so wonderful! Like the chandelier with the glass jack o lanterns & all the black & orange! thanks

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you Mary, it was fun to put together.

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Sharon, it’s all so darned adorable and Halloweenie. Am loving your table runner/scarf, how perfect was that. Getting such a kick out of your incredible table scape but have to tell you glass pumpkins on chandelier is the best decoration of them all. Bet you had so much fun laying all your goodies out, dolling up your dining area.
    Makes me wish we had dining table/room. Miss having dining table/area, this is when I really miss our KY house. Used to have so much fun fixing our house up for holidays and just cause. Too bad couldn’t pack it up to to bring here.

    Enjoy rest of week

    • Sharon says:

      My grandkids like it especially the candy jars.

  3. Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction says:

    Cute, cute, cute! Love the mini lanterns on the chandy and the festive touches you added to the milk bottles 😉

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you Cecilia. Funny thing is I didn’t buy the mini lanterns to put them on the chandy. I bought five of them thinking of putting them along the mantel but I had a light bulb moment when I was changing out the light bulbs.

  4. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    Spooky fun! I love the pumpkin candleholders hanging from the chandelier!

    • Sharon says:

      It was a spur of the moment idea.

  5. loveyoumoredesigns says:

    Too cute, Sharon! Love the baby boos and the chalkboard touches. That scarf was a great find, I would have picked it up, too:) xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

    • Sharon says:

      I love baby boos too but didn’t find them very reasonably priced this year.

  6. Valerie Roberts says:

    You have done a truly happy and fun Halloween tablescape. Love your dishes, centerpiece, and the hanging pumpkins.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much Valerie. Grands love it.

  7. Jann Olson says:

    Fun table Sharon. Love the canning bottles for the centerpiece! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Florence says:

    So much fun stuff to look at! Love the little lanterns hanging from the chandy! Love your orange & black scarf you just found, which perfectly ties all the elements together! It is a fun tablescape!

  9. Beverly says:

    Sharon, your Halloween tablescape is great. It’s definitely fun! I love the lanterns. Pinning.

vintage fascination no. 103

The weeks just seem to pass faster and faster with the Holidays looming.

I did get out for some thrifting one day last week so I have a few things to show you.


You know how I love cookie cutters, but I’ve tried not to buy them unless there is something unusual about them. I decided that a set of six bugs qualified as unusual.

This set of six cookie cutters is Wilton’s Bug Buddies includes a butterfly, bee, dragonfly, spider, ladybug, and a caterpillar. My grandson wants to use them to make some bug cookies but I’m not so sure.

When I saw this wooden coat hanger at the thrift store I just couldn’t resist it.  The writing on it is German.  The translation I found on Google: 1 hr Spezialgeschäft für Bekleidung translates to one hour special business for clothing.  The other printing on the other side of the hanger is Dortmund  & Hagen i.W  and they are cities in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.  It also has Fischer Hettlage Lampe printed on the side with the cities.   The only note I can find is a Fedora for sale on Ebay with a label for Fischer Hettlage Lampe so perhaps it is a men’s store.


Another sled was not what I needed but this one is so rusty and crusty it could not be left at the store.  It is a child’s size sled with a red arrow.   There was a label on the yoke but it is too faded to read.

I am going to use it for Christmas decor probably with a wreath attached.


I found not one but two bird cages.  First, a small arched white bird cage caught my eye then I saw a small black bird cage.  What luck.  Both were quite reasonable so they both came home with me.  The white bird cage has an aqua green plastic bottom and a handle on top for hanging.


The black cage has a black plastic bottom, metal sides and a little door with a heart that slides up and down.  There is a handle on top to hang the cage.  Both of these cages are from the 70’s and make charming display pieces.

how to make more spooky ghostly fun

how to make more spooky ghostly fun

My contractor took down the ceiling fan in my sunroom and put it in the construction dumpster before I could remove the four little glass light shades.  So into the dumpster I went to rescue them.

Here is how I turned those four ceiling fan-light shades into more spooky ghostly fun for my grandkids.

Here is where these little ghosts started.  Supply list:  light shades, man’s handkerchief, styrofoam balls, black tag, hole punch, scissors, rubber bands, battery operated tea light, and glue gun.

First, the little ghosts need a head.  A Styrofoam ball fits just fine but needs a cover. Cut a man’s handkerchief into four squares to cover the Styrofoam balls to create the ghost heads.  Then use a rubber band to gather the cloth covering the ghost head.

Using a hole punch cut eyes from black tags (or paper) then cut ovals with scissors for the mouth.  Glue the eyes and mouth on the ghost heads.

Then place the heads on the glass shades to complete the ghosts.

There you have it, quick and easy.I decided to place a host at each plate in my Halloween Tablescape using the ghosts as place card holders. There you have it, quick and easy.Don’t forget that the Vintage Charm party opens at 8:00am EST Thursday, October 27th, we would love to see you there!


  1. Anne’s Attic – design says:

    Hi Sharon, you are to clever! Love, the ghosts.
    xx Jo

  2. Cecilia says:

    Those are cute! Not so spooky but fun indeed!

  3. loveyoumoredesigns says:

    I absolutely LOVE these, Sharon! How clever (and cute)! I’m sure the grands will love them, too:) xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  4. paperworx4seniors2 says:

    What lucky grandkids having such an inventive Grama as you, creating Halloween for them. What a great idea. Did you have to crawl into dumpster to get shades? These are so cute, makes me wish again had young grandkids still. Our youngest grand is 16, all she thinks about is school and boys. Enjoy those grands all you can.

    Have wonderful rest of week

  5. Jann Olson says:

    H, ha! These made me smile!

  6. Beverly Roderick says:

    Sharon, these are awesome! What a great repurposing project for Halloween! Thanks for sharing them at the Happy Halloween Blog Party! Pinning.

  7. Jann Olson says:

    Sometimes we just gotta dive! lol! Such a fun project. I’m sure your grands love them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

vintage fascination no. 102

Welcome to the 102nd edition of Vintage Fascination.

The weather is a bit cooler here hopefully to stay.  I’m so ready for fall to begin.

This set of matching mid-century crown cufflinks and tie tack are by Swank. They are still in the faux brown alligator presentation box. Dark red enamel and gold tone metal with an inlaid rhinestone make these cuff links and tie tack extraordinary. Here is what I found out about Swank in researching this set. Swank founded as the Baer & Wilde Company in 1897 has been making jewelry since the early 1900’s but, the name Swank was not used until the late 1920’s. Most jewelry you find these days that is clearly marked as Swank will be from the 50’s or 60’s. Most Swank jewelry is goldtone metal, and not of precious metals, but the quality in design and build is well-known. Swank still operates today selling men’s jewelry, belts, and personal leather accessories distributed under license for names like Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, and Guess.

I love aprons they remind me of my Mother and Grandmother. They both wore aprons at holiday meals but I don’t have a single one of theirs. So when I saw this vintage Christmas half apron with a pocket I just had to take it home It has a border of large peppermint sticks tied with a green ribbon with smaller top and bottom borders of holly. The body of the apron ha a pattern of single peppermint sticks tied in green ribbons. It has a patch pocket on the right side.  It’s a keeper.

This isn’t my vintage find but my daughter’s. She came home with this late Friday afternoon and asked me if it was old. I told her that it was and I would like to share it on my weekly vintage post and she agreed. It is a beautiful and elegant square vintage glass vanity box. It has clear beveled glass lid and sides with a mirrored bottom. Surrounded by a delicate brass frame the beveled glass vanity box is quite lovely. It makes a gorgeous display for a special piece of jewelry.

I haven’t found a vintage rolling pin at the thrift store in a while so I snapped this one up as quickly as could be.  It looks like it has rolled out many a pie crust.  This one is joining  my collection

I’ve never seen a tray exactly like this one and I could see lots of possibilities for it.  To top it off it was half-price day at the thrift store so it was quite a bargain too.


the southern special #31

Since we partied last week I wrapped up my 31 Day Series for the Nester’s October Writing Challenge.  There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it.

PB Inspired Spoon Shadow Box

Just before I posted the wrap up Beckie Farrant from Knock Off Décor let me know that she was featuring my Pottery Barn Inspired Spoon Shadow Box on Monday.   See Beckie’s post from yesterday here.

Can you believe we only have eight Tuesdays until Christmas?  Of course let’s not forget Thanksgiving.  Boy, I’ve got to get busy.  Just remember The Southern Special is a great source of inspiration.  Speaking of inspiration I  created a Pinterest board for my featured posts each week.  I would love for you to follow along.

Here is what caught my eye last week.

IMG_20141027_173344What’s Cooking in the Burbs

Bridget from What’s Cooking in the Burbs shared this scrumptious looking Chipolte Lime Steak Burrito Bowl.

Meatloaf and Melodrama

Meatloaf and Melodrama’s DIY rustic wood box centerpiece is gorgeous.

WIP-9-1Feeding Big

Cynthia from Feeding Big shared these beautiful acorn tea napkins that she was inspired to create by a vintage napkin that she found at a garage sale.

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  1. Lou Lou Girls says:

    Hello sweet lady! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party. I love stopping by. I hope you get a chance to swing by our party. We would really appreciate it! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Tuesday! Lou Lou Girls

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks and I will definitely stop by!


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pb inspired jingle bell napkin rings

When I saw the Jingle Bell napkin rings in the Pottery Barn catalogue I knew they would be charming with my Spode Christmas Tree China.Of course making the napkin rings is only part of the story.

Pottery Barn

Here are the original Pottery Barn Jingle Bell Napkin Rings.The supplies you need to make the napkin rings are a narrow black belt, silver bells, measuring tape, scissors, and glue.  Fortunately, I found a brand new black leather belt at the thrift store with the tags still attached.Measure and cut a six inch piece of the black belt.  Carefully glue the two ends cut piece of the belt together and place clamps over the seam.Once the glue sets you have a nice little leather napkin ring, now you can add the bell.  I used my hot glue gun to attach the bell.The place setting is for a casual family dinner of soup or stew made in the crock pot while your family is out Christmas shopping.  Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a nice hot bowl of soup or stew after a long day of shopping?I used a reproduction green mason jar to create a relaxed atmosphere for a casual family dinner.For this place setting I used a Spode Christmas Tree platter as a charger and topped it with a pasta bowl then instead of a place mat I used a wooden tray.

The flatware is also Spode Christmas Tree.  Yeah, I am a little obsessed.

simple Scrabble place card holder becomes special by adding a miniature bottle brush tree.

Speaking of bottle brush trees I fell in love with these three decorated ones at Hobby Lobby and at 50% off I couldn’t resist.

These Pottery Barn Inspired Jingle Bell napkin rings are quick and easy to make and just couldn’t be cuter.

Please be sure to come back tomorrow when I am sharing Thursday Thrifty Treasure Week 13.  If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail on the right, so you will never miss a post.  Thank you for visiting.filed under: 31 days of quick easy holiday decor and morechristmashack


  1. Beverly Roderick says:

    The napkin rings are adorable! What a great knock off look. Your place settings are lovely.

  2. Diana Petrillo says:

    Love them Sharon! I’ve pinned this in hopes I can squeeze in time to make them sometime soon :)

  3. Kathleen says:

    I got an email today announcing PB had them back on stock. Who would pay that much for that napkin ring? Yours look great and I love your setting too!
    Love the flatware too?

  4. Winnie says:

    They look so beautiful and quite elegant
    Great job!

  5. Katherines Corner says:

    I love these , you jingle bell rocked them (wink) thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks. They were so easy to make.

  6. Laura Irion // Avery Street Design says:

    Too cute!!! There are three little certain someones in my house who would LOVE this. Thanks so much for linking up with Found & Foraged! Hope to see you back on Saturday. :)

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks! Be sure to share your post at The Southern Special on Tuesday going live at 7:00am.

  7. kylad2013 says:

    I love, love, love this project! I always need a DIY that is doable for anyone and THIS is it! And it looks great! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at http://houseofhipsters.com


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happy halloween and a wrap-up

Happy Halloween!

Mantel half

I just returned from trick or treating with my grandson.  We went to church for trunk and treat and then went to a few neighbor houses.  He got more candy than should be legal for an eight year old to possess.

The 31 day writing challenge is over and I can’t say I’m sorry.  I had to think long and hard about participating this year.  In retrospect I think there was too much other stuff going on in my life and I wasn’t able to give anything my full attention.   I didn’t share near as many projects as planned but I have supplies to keep me busy for a while.

If you followed along through the whole 31 day challenge, I truly do appreciate it.

PB Inspired Spoon Shadow Box

Right before I sat down to write this post I opened an email from Beckie Farrant.  She is featuring my Pottery Barn Inspired Spoon Shadow Box  Monday, November 3rd on Knock Off Décor.  So be sure to check it out and send Beckie some love.




  1. Great wrap up, Sharon. I’m sure it’s a relief to not be tied to the pen. so to speak. Loved the vintage Christmas you snagged, btw. Those Santa mugs sure are cute, esp. when massed.

I love to hear what you think.

ttt week 13 vintage christmas goodies

Starting today I’m shorting my post title to TTT rather than Thursday Thrifty Treasure.  My post titles are just getting a bit too long.

Christmas shopping for my booth is fun and frustrating at the same time.  I’ve really been looking for some vintage Shiny Brite ornaments but just can’t lay my hands on any.

Here’s some of what I’ve found so far.

Brite Star Tinsel

I’m ashamed to say what I paid for the Brite Star icicles.  I did a happy dance when I saw it and danced even more when a 29 cent sticker attached.  Is 29 cents too much?  Unfortunately, the elf is a new model from Hobby Lobby.

Art Deco Green Candle Holders

It is going to be hard to part with these art deco candle holders.  I’ve looked on eBay and Etsy and can’t find any like them so I can’t decide on a price for the pair.  Any suggestions?

Coca Cola Playing Cards

These Coca Cola playing cards in a tin are about 20 years old and they are still in their original cardboard sleeve.  I have a similar set from about the same time period.

Noel Elf

I love decorations that spell out Christmas sentiments so I couldn’t pass up these NOEL letters.  Scrabble letter sets of seasonal sentiments keep selling out in my booth.

Gold Open Scroll Ornaments

These gold open scroll ornaments came in a set of 8.  Several still had a tag dated 1998.  Is 16 years old considered vintage?

Angel & Dove Christmas Ornaments

I loved these decoupage angel and dove ornaments.  Oh so Shabby!

House ornament with doors

I’m not sure I can part with this ornament.

The windows slide open to show a fireplace, Christmas tree, and presents and on the bottom “On earth peace, good will toward men”.

These four Christmas mugs each with Santa in a different pose are from “The Cellar” at Macy’s and dated 1994.

This set is in perfect condition which is amazing for mugs sold in 1994

I saw an adorable Santa mug at Goodwill and when I picked it up to see the price on the bottom I saw “To Kathy from Allen and John, Christmas 1954″.  Ok, no way was I leaving it behind.

Collection of Santa Mugs

So another BWH collection was born.  I’ve collected seven Santa mugs to date and no these will not be going to the booth.  Can you tell which one is from “Allen and John”?  (It’s the one on the far right that shows red paint inside the top of the cup.)

The three small ones are my favorites.

Most of their red paint has chipped off but I love their expressions.

I can see now this elf is going to get into some trouble!

Please be sure to come back tomorrow when I am wrapping up my 31 Days of Quick and Easy Holiday Décor and More.  Whew!!!  If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail on the right, so you will never miss a post.  Thank you for visiting.


  1. Diana Petrillo says:

    Hi Sharon–great Christmas goods–I never realized that the Santa mugs had different expressions! I never looked at them that closely, I guess. It’s hard to help price being from different areas and selling in different venues, but in the Albany area, those candle sticks would probably go for about $25-35 for the pair. I’d call them green depression glass with 22K gold trim.
    Hope that helps,

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks Diana. I think I’m going to price them around $25. It’s ok if they don’t sell because I really like them and would happily keep them.

  2. Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction says:

    Oh I love your Vintage Christmas finds! Fun! Blessings, Cecilia

  3. Melissa’s Antiques says:

    Love the santa mugs. I pick them up all year whenever I see them! The kneehugger is adorable! Thanks for sharing @ TTF!

  4. Dawn says:

    Nice! I love the little house ornament.

  5. Joann @ Woman in Real Life says:

    Let’s please just say that 1998 is NOT vintage. Just for my own sanity. ;) Love the gold ornaments though. You got lots of amazing Christmas stuff. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

  6. AnnMarie says:

    Love your Santa mugs! I am so crazy for anything vintage Christmas! I wish 1998 were vintage but my son is 16 and so it is hard for me to make the connection!! On Etsy, it has to be 20 years old to be considered vintage….

  7. laura70inak says:

    Oh My Goodness! I lOVE SANTA MUGS and I have about 10 of them probably more, very hard for me NOT to buy them!! Great post I love Christmas thrifts the BEST!


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