So, the jars are filled, labeled and in place on the piano. I have to admit, I was not terrible happy with the results until I added the label with red ribbon. A little color was needed to make the whole thing pop.
The labels are made with chipboard labels I found on sale in the scrap booking section of my local superstore. I dry brushed them with a mix of acrylic paint (raw sienna) and pearlescent medium. Then I added copy paper that I had tea stained to look like parchment to the back. I used a black pen to write with. I wanted a "mad scientist" look. I was sorely tempted to do labels like these, but I really wanted this to look like a personal stash of supplies.
So here are the much agonized over fillings, many of them came from my gardening leftovers:
Monster eggs - large pearl tapioca, a few drops of green food coloring and cooking oil.
Graveyard dirt - peat moss
Zombie dust - vermiculite
Straw from the tail of a witch's broom - hay
fairy skulls - skull vase filler from Target
Eyeballs, assorted colours and sizes - chocolate eyeballs
Feathers from an Angel's wing - feathers I picked up at a local theatrical supply house.
Giant's blood - test tubes filled with corn syrup colored with 5 drops red, one drop green food coloring
Vampire Fangs - Sculpey fangs
Pixie skulls - plastic skulls from the dollar store (9 for a dollar!)
Ashes from the Library of Alexandria - a bunch of my son's spelling word practice that I burned in a mixing bowl on the front porch
Werewolf fur - hair from a puppy dog ( the dog got a good brushing and we got a prop. Back off PETA.)
In the rest of the house...
Facing the piano is our mad scientist's desk.
The mantle is full of finds.
The bell jars, the frame hanging above the mantle, the brass candle holders and the cool candle all came from the thrift stores.
I love this little candle. I paid all of $.05 for it!
I have been stashing creepy cloth for a couple of years. I love the way it looks over the bookshelves.
In the hallway, I have a collection of things I have picked up along the way, as well as a branch with prints of vintage Halloween postcards hanging on it.
In my boy's room there is a Halloween tree with some ornaments that the kiddos and I made hanging on it.
The tree is black with little orange lights on it and a skull base. How cute is this?
Here is my husband's first paper mache pumpkin. A liitle scary, yet cute at the same time.
I think that about wrap up all of the exciting things going on inside the house. I am getting my silhouettes out from last year and draping the dining room chandelier in cheese cloth (if I get around to it), but all the new stuff is here! I am pretty happy all around. This is probably the closest I will ever get to living in Halloweentown, so I better make the most of it.