DIY Eerie, Elegant Black Pumpkin Decor

DIY Eerie, Elegant Black Pumpkin Decor

For this month’s Craft Hop, I’m sharing easy-to-make black pumpkin decor, for an eerie but elegant Halloween look. See both black widow and masquerade stylings.

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To those coming over from Liberty’s and her Crocheted Scarf Patterns, welcome! Check out the links to all sixteen fall and Halloween theme craft projects at the end of this post.

Last year, I made Easy Fall Sweater Pumpkins and a Festive Fall Grapevine Wreath— appropriate to decorate a home from September through Thanksgiving.

I didn’t make any new Halloween-specific decorations, but did acquire some accents on post holiday clearance. For this season, I repurposed a few Halloween embellishments from old decorations into new black pumpkin decor. You could say I breathed new life into them lol!

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Celebrating Patriots on Independence Day

Celebrating Patriots on Independence Day

This will be a very quiet and low-key Fourth of July at the Buzz house — for obvious reasons. It’s caused me to reflect on the first Independence Day. And, to honor the memory of our family’s Patriot ancestors.

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Originally, I had hoped our sons would come home for a couple of weeks at the start of the holiday. We’d planned to setup offices in each of their old bedrooms. Instead, I’m crossing fingers and toes they’ll be able to come home later this summer.

So, we invited my brother-in-law and his wife to come up from Virginia. But, with the dramatic increase in cases, we’ve pushed the visit back. After all, it’s not like there will be fireworks, an outdoor concert, or any community festivities. Sistah B and her family are also postpoing a trip to see friends. So, we’ll reassess in a couple of weeks. Life on pause.

That’s when I starting thinking about how hard and frightening life was during the Revolutionary War.  And, I’m remembering the sacrifices made for the freedoms we all enjoy today. Even if it’s  muted and isolated, I’m still celebrating Independence Day.

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Peter Rabbit & Friends Beatrix Potter Figurine Collection

Peter Rabbit & Friends Beatrix Potter Figurine Collection

With Easter fast approaching, I’m showcasing my Beatrix Potter figurine collection of Peter Rabbit and friends.

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There were three main producers of figurines; BeswickRoyal Albert, and Border Fine Arts. My collection of 18 porcelain figures were all made by Beswick.

In 1948, Beswick produced the original group of ten figurines from the author’s beloved series of children’s book. They proved quite popular, and by 1977 there were characters from all of Beatrix Potter’s tales.

Over 75 different porcelain figurines created in all. Each is based on Beatrix Potter’s classic, watercolor illustrations.

Today’s post is part of the Easter’s on Its Way blog hop hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home. Twenty-five in all! If you’ve come from my friend Rita’s uplifting Hope Springs Eternal post at Panoply, welcome!

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Sweet Rustic Rabbit Easter Table

Sweet Rustic Rabbit Easter Table

Even though we won’t be able to celebrate in church or with guests, I’m going ahead and setting an Easter table anyway. What I’ll actually serve for brunch and dinner is still to be determined.

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Who could have ever imagined a spring and Easter like this? But, under the circumstances, I think it’s important to celebrate the holiday as best we can. To cherish memories of Easters past, while being prayerful and hopeful that better days lay ahead.

With that in mind, I kept my Easter table simple; using things I had at hand. Since Pittsburgh has been under a mandatory stay at home order for quite awhile, I shopped my own home for seasonal tableware, linens, and decor.

Inspiration for the table theme comes from the rustic rabbit sculpture that anchors the centerpiece. And, I’ve used a sweet bunny napkin fold to add some whimsy to the pale yellow and pink Easter table.

Once again, I’m delighted to participate in the annual Easter Tablescape Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. I appreciate you hopping on over for a visit!

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In the Pink Valentines Day Table

In the Pink Valentines Day Table

It’s time for the first tablescape hop of 2020, and I’ve set a pink Valentines Day table and island bar in the open kitchen.

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I’ve also incorporated a few sweet Scottie dog accents. They elicit many happy memories of Fibber McGee, My Fuzzy Funny Valentine.

Our hostess, Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, has changed the scheduling for tablescape hops. Previously, the weeklong format ran Monday through Friday, with four to five new tables each day. Starting with this Valentines Day Tablescape Hop, all stylists publish their posts on the same day.

I like the change and hope you will too? No longer will it be necessary to check back throughout the week. Instead, you can hop to your heart’s content via links at the bottom.

If you’re new to Debbee’s Buzz, or coming from Liz’s Be Mine Table, a warm welcome! Hope you find a sweet idea or two for your own Valentines Day table.

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Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

It’s ski season for the Buzz family! And, in honor of the family-loved activity, I’ve set a winter table in our lodge-theme gameroom.

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A belated, but very happy New Year to you all! This is my first post of 2020. After the sudden and heartbreaking loss of my Sweet Scottie Dog (shared in DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls), I needed to take a break from blogging.

But, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things; taking part in Amber’s Cozy Winter Home Tours. There’s so much to see and bee inspired by when you get this group of talented stylists together! If you’ve come by from Lora’s Simple Winter Mantel Decor Ideas, welcome! All twenty-four links are included at the end of the post.

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to make merry with family and friends. Besides, spring is a long way off here in Pittsburgh! During the month of January, I transition Christmas decor and tableware to enjoy for the rest of the winter season.

So, let’s hit the slopes — I promise it’s a no-fall zone!

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