Welcome Dine with the Spirits…

The early 20th century was really the golden age for Halloween . The  Halloween  balls and galas would start off the winter season, and thus became what we know today as our  Halloween party’s and  celebration. So many people ask me why I love Halloween. Well, my mom’s birthday is Oct 30th and every year when I was young, my mom would make a grand celebration on Halloween, complete with a beautiful decorated table and extravagant foods and deserts. My mom is a wonderful cook. I still to this day call her to ask her for  some of her wonderful recipes.  I think maybe that’s why I became a kitchen designer.   I only wish I had half her talent. I love my dinning room, I painted the walls a rich Merlot,  it is a separate room so this is where I  love to have chic dinners, or set up  buffets.   I like to use a long white table-cloth to add some drama. I have a very ordinary chandelier so I took the shades off and added some white sheer ribbons and some spider webs . If you look close you can see tiny bats sleeping in the webs.

 

Here I will set up wines, wine glasses trim in silver, the ice bucket,  blood orange  punch,  fruits,  cheeses, crackers, and meatballs in my antique silver tray. 

  

 

 

I use a jewelry mirror tray I found at a thrift store, and added some candles,  jars with creepy ball globe lids, and a big spider globe.

 

 

I am going to put green and black olives in the jars. 

 

 

I love to serve blood-red pomegranate and pears with crackers and cheese.

 

 

and candles , candles , candles, everywhere, that’s what creates a creepy chic event, why should the kids have all the fun.

 And Happy Birthday Mom !

Next post the party… join us Oct 31th at dusk ….   

Creepy Chic Halloween

Creepy Chic  Halloween week…I love the old world 18th century Halloween decorating style, and I start my festivities with black and white,  the theme I am using  for my  masquerade ball. Here are some of  my simple white dishes with  some  simple touches that  I have create for my Creepy Chic event.

I have added black napkins, some black  spiders , cream pumpkins,my glass desert plates, and  a black crow.

I bought these black and white clues cards at Micheals.  I used my old cologne bottle and added some stickers for my poison bottle. And I am using my crystal antique  napkin rings for some sparkle.

I decided to use my mask as a center piece, but I still need to pick up some white roses .

Darrill and I have been fighting over the three crows I bought at Target, he wanted my crows for his gravestones ! Target  had some great Creepy Chic napkins, plates and table cloths this Halloween season.

I am using my french press for coffee and I am making Mexican hot chocolate and pumpkin chocolate candy, the recipes on a later post. This would be the bistro ( kitchen ). Next post the Dinning room.

I hope everyone has a creepy fun week

Shopping today…

Yes, I’ve hoped in my convertible with my hat  (but my hood leak today because of  the rain ) and went shopping at Mora’s Antiques in Old Town Lake Elsinore .

 

 

I was inspired by this collage by  http://weddingnouveau.com/  I know this is for a wedding, but I think this look would be perfect for a Vintage  Black and White Masquerade Ball.

 

(Photos from Weddings Nouveau)

   My inspiration board at  the Paper Mystique..thepapermystique.wordpress.com.     

  Hope everyone has an inspirational week !!

Dark October Oceanside Beach

 

                               

 

 I ran away to the beach,  where the silence echos you’re no longer with me… through the darkness I will walk  the dark sea…I seek and do  not intend to find a calmer ocean, or a sun that will  never’s raise.

 

 

  

  

Even though I may be alone…. it’s okay….dark October ocean gives me peace.

 

 

 

  

Waves sweep me away in quiet desperation, wondering when we will meet again.

 

 

 

Only one beautiful black bird and me… do you believe in dreams…

 

 

 

as I look out into  the dark blue seas ,  I still see a small light …

 

Just listening to songs on my playlist and postings pics of Oceanside Beach where  I  went alone , while Darrills away on a long trip to Canada…

be safe dear !

 

October Vintage Vogue Cover

 I love the month of October , the eighth month of the old Roman calendar,which is sacred to the myth goddess Astraea . The myth of the loss of the Golden Age is appropriate for that time of year when the chills of autumn tells us that the golden days of summer has past and winter is drawing near. The autumn leaves turn to gold and fall during this month, echoing Astraea’s departure from earth.  It’s the month of the  masks, witches, poisons,  old black crows and our annual Halloween mystery dinner. This year we will have a  black and white masquerade ball in the grand style of the 1940’s.  You can view the entire event on my new blog” The Paper Mystique, www.thepapermystique.wordpress.com. Here you will fine all my custom stationary and events. 

 

 

 

Vogue 1913

Hope everyone has a simply enchanting month.

The North shore

 

 I wake to the  sound of waves crushing upon the white sandy beach, as I look out from my balcony I remember…. ahhh I’m still here in the Islands. The restless sea calls to me….come swim and dive deep into my  beautiful teal waters. How can I resist ?  Day three and another simply beautiful morning in Hawaii.

 

 

 

Today was the day we were to drive to the north shores. A drive I heard was breath-taking. 

 

 

 

 

We stopped at this little quaint place on  the side of the road ,North Shores surf shop. And we rented some snorkel equipment. 

 

 

 

 ahhhh the north shores…..yes it was breath-taking….

My anticipation of these beautiful waters got the best of me, I couldn’t wait any longer, I ran to the beach and dived in not realizing the rocks were sharp as knives. She’s beautiful and dangerous , ofcourse it’s  the North shore seas…. where the waves come crashing down upon the rocks of  sharks cove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope everyone has a ravenous week !