Glamorous Goblins and Autumn Charm

...vintage style.

Ethereal and glamorous goblins adorned with vintage millinery, rhinestones, and glittery crowns have floated into my home this month...

...landed in the midst of willowy branches in crystal vases, and joined the Mr. and Mrs. of sugar skulls who are standing guard in this haunted house.

Inspired by some similar and more minimalistic goblins I recently saw at a Vintage Marketplace, I made these sweet spooks by first sewing some linen pieces together in free form ghost-like shapes and filling each with downy soft fiber fill. 

I drew their puzzled, happy, and frightened expressions freehand using black ink.  But they could not hang around here without any costumes, so I dressed these naked goblins so they would be ready for their big night of the year.

I draped layers of cheesecloth over each form to create their transparent, phantom-esque appearance, and secured the filmy fabric with some sparkly pins.

Using my stash of vintage rhinestone jewelry and creamy white millinery, and a little handiwork, I dressed them up.  This little guy above has a crown which I made using champagne cork wires, while his Momma {who you saw earlier} has a crown I made using lace and silvery glitter.

With sashes of ribbons, adornments of white sparkle, and bouquets of ancient flowers, 

these glamorous goblins were finally ready to celebrate and have a ghoulish time!

Now on another not-so-scary note, I have a bit of gratitude to express to my friend Sonia Crouse.

I am so pleased to have my autumn styling and photography featured in the September 2014 edition of this beautiful journal, Creating Vintage Charm - Inspiration for Creative and Pretty Living.

It is full of interior design inspiration, photography, includes a handcrafted marketplace featuring the editor's favorites, tutorials for projects featured that you can re-create, and so much more.

Thank you Sonia {Editor-in-Chief} for the opportunity to be one of your contributors in this issue.

To get your own print or digital copy of Creating Vintage Charm, click

Have any of you created your own vintage charm for autumn or Halloween this month?

Ciao amici,

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Joining some of these spooks this week.

Country Fair ~ A Nostalgic Nod

Americana and southern traditions run deep here in the South every autumn.  This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Georgia National Fair, so we honored that milestone and joined the thousands of others from all over the state who did the same.  

It was a spectacular summer day in the fall...90 degrees - blue sky, sunshine, and vanilla cream cotton candy clouds.

This "picture perfect" day gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment with an idea I have had for quite a while...

...since the last time we were at the fair about three or four years ago {which is as often as I need this type of intense indulgence of everything}.

So, in between riding on some really scary rides that I was persuaded to try {just this one time} and prayed would not collapse while we were on them, I made some photographs.

While I was in the midst of posting these current photographs, I found some from one of our previous visits to the fair and played around with them as I did these new images.

A little cross process, tweaking fill light and saturation, and adding a "1960's" filter gave these photos just the look I was hoping for - a nostalgic nod to an ever present bygone era.

Vibrant colour, sparkly prizes, carnival lights, ornate details,

...and my little guy on the carousel when he was just four years old.

The details on some of the amusements are exquisitely crafted, even though ghoulish at times with their carved facial expressions popping out here and there, surprising us around each and every corner of the carnival.

Sensory overload in every way.

Even these yellow duckies had to put their shades on and chill out in the cool pool.

And after dizzying day of decadence in every way, so did we.

I hope you enjoyed my view of the Georgia National Fair.  Would love to hear your comments about this new collection of photographs.  

I will be offering some of these images in my Etsy Boutique, Zazzle Gallery, Society6, and My Front Porch - each available in different formats in each store.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

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Joining a few of these friends on the Ferris Wheel this week.

Pink Inspiration ~ Every Day of the Year

Sharing a little pink inspiration with you this week.  Enjoy.

 Passionate Pink Peonies

Fresh Vintage Pink Laundry

Petite Pink Lilies

PINK, a 2015 Calendar so you may enjoy pink every day of the year...
{available in my Zazzle shop}

 January - April

 May - August

September - December
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And if you need more pink inspiration, you can take a peek at my Pink & White Pinterest board and my Etsy boutique.

As always, I appreciate your visit, especially your comments.  Thank you.

Ciao amici,

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Sharing my inspiration with some of these friends this week.