Sunday, October 12, 2008

Witch Family Portrait

Witch & Famous!!!
This fantastic "Family Portrait" was commissioned by one of my best customers, Cathy.
When she told me she was going to to it, I thought it was a great idea, but after seeing the picture, I am absolutely blown away!
The picture was shot by Craig Furze - you can contact him thru his website
OK - Cath... I soooo have to do something like this with my witchy girlfriends. I just can't stop looking at it - LOVE IT!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

White Witch Nancy!

Is she just the best? Nancy put this elegant and extravagant costume together using our "White Witch" Hat by Dept 56 (See our current hat collection at
coordinating white gloves, trimmed in lace and spiders (also by D56, but no longer available - sorry!) and and ostrich boa. The sparkle-knit shawl and pearl trimmed broom are just plain strokes of spooky chic genius!
When she's not wearing them, the hat, gloves and boa hang on her coat rack in her front entry way as if the "Witch" set them there when she got home!
What's the thought process behind this wonderful witch's wardrobe? "Halloween has always been a big holiday at my house, but in the last few years, since the boys have moved on in different directions, we haven't done as much in the way of celebrating and constructing terror trails in the back yard. So with my new witches outfit, I feel like I'm back into it a bit, but with more sophistication."

Nancy - I gotta hand it to you - this one will be tough to top. LOVE IT!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Halloween Mantle decorated with Krinkles Witch Figurine

Isn't she fantastic? This Krinkles harlequin coat-ed witch was the inspiration for my entire dining room this 2010 season! As usual, I sprinkle my collection of Halloween birthday and other Halloween cards through this little mantle vignette... The picture below is more recent - as you can see my PB collection has grown.

Creating a Spooky Chic Halloween Candelier

I love to "do up" my chandeliers for every holiday, but since we're talking Halloween and "spoooky chic" here are a few shots of my kitchen and dining room chandeliers taken over the years. 
In this first shot everything coordinates with the harlequin pattern of the Patience Brewster Witch on the mantle in the blog above. Click on the picture to enlarge it so you see all the little black and white balls and spiders
There are also black bats hanging by fish wire and ethereal butterflies in orange, black and gold.
Chandeliers - whether they're as fancy as this bronze and glass piece, or not are a fabulous opportunity to set the holiday decor mood for a room. You can dangle all kinds of "do-dads" from your chandeliers... ornaments, fairies, kitchen witches, elves, bats, words... just have fun!

In the second shot (from 2010) I'm using a Katherine's collection Spider Queen perched at the top to set the theme.

Take a look at this year's KC Halloween Collection - 

Take a look at our Halloween Holiday decor - 

All Witches Eve by Dept 56 Table Setting

OK - how fun is this? The plates, coffee cups, Luna and Terra Wich figures, wine bag and little pumpkin on stump salt & pepper set are all by Dept 56. These pieces go way beyond just a halloween celebration... as the story goes..."Hidden deep in a long forgotten woods lays a mystical grove of sacred oaks where an ancient sisterhood of enlightened and powerful witches gather..."

The four sisters - Terra, Luna, Willow and Eve are each depicted as large figurines... and I mean with impeccable detail. There is also a mug and a plate depicting each sister - oh and just for fun - wine bags! They're not too-too pricey. Each figurine is $98, the plates are $80 for the set of 4, the mugs are $55 for set of 4. For more info or to purchase go to our web site

Also FYI - Plates are also made with a built-in hanger so you can display them on the wall year-round!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Spooky-chic Mantle

Classic "Spooky-Chic" in my opinion - from the black feather boa drapped over the top of the mirror to the fluffy purple spiders. I used the same black and gold vase that I filled with gerber daisies in the summer and filled it with indian corn stalks and branches of faux autumn leaves.
The mantle is covered with a menagerie of little witch figurines I've collected over the years, and my favorite Halloween cards - most of them sent to me by my sister over the past 20 years.
That collection of cards is one of my favorite things about Halloween. I just loved re-reading them each year.
If you need glamorous little witch figurines check my store page -


Well, you know it when you see it. Spooky Chic is goulish, but glamorous... Spooky Chic Halloween decor includes lots of sparkle and glitter -- and a good measure of humor!

Most often we look to deep hues of purple, orange and limey green to create a spooky chic scene, but you don't need to limit yourself. The picture at left shows a witchy Halloween vingnette we created on a credenza in my dining room. The elements are rather simple... OK the hat's not that simple - the hat is FANTASTIC! However, it's displayed quite simply on a tall lamp stand with the shade removed. (NOTE - DO NOT turn on the light - if I showed you the back of this hat right now you'd see a burn hole.) Next I added framed pictures of Halloweens past and posed an elegant Kathrine's Collection Baba Yaga Witch doll to complete the scene. You can find some of these gorgeous hats at my witch hat page Have fun!