October Coffee Table Styling & Printable

Styling a small area like a coffee table for October or Halloween can be both fun & affordable. It’s amazing how such a small styled area can bring a special mood to the whole room. I like that I didn’t spend much time or money on my October decorating yet it feels complete. BTW, I’m talking affordable decoration! I purchased plastic (hand) bones for a couple of dollars (Walmart), and made a graphic of Edgar Allen Poe’s spooky Halloween verse, The Raven, with a raven in the moonlight graphic from freeclipartnow.com

I’m sharing so you can print one for your own spooky vignette – Download: Freebie Printable, The Raven.

For Fall color, I added a couple of flannel & suede pumpkins from a previous DIY Post . That’s it, an October coffee table styling that’s not too creepy and is easy on the budget. I could say, It only cost a Hand, not an Arm & Leg, but I won’t.

As I was pulling the pumpkins from “the closet,” I came across a shopping bag FULL of Halloween goodies I had purchased last year from Target‘s seasonal bargain bin, sooo I decorated more areas using two $3. items from that “forgotten” bag…

A Raven picture for the living room fireplace mantel

Each season I put new decorations in my giant cloche, like HERE.

October 31 burlap sign, Target, perfect size for my Halloween cloche display.

First taste of pumpkin pie <I :>)

When the kids were young we really decked-out the lake cottage with spider webs, bats, and other not-too-ghoulish decorations, but sadly, I don’t decorate much for Halloween anymore. Nowadays I barely get out the witch cauldron that holds trick-or-treat candy, before the first little ones knock on the door. And definitely no spider webs! Don’t you hate taking that stuff down? BUT, this year, on Halloween, I turn 65 (that’s scary) so I purchased ONE bag of spider webs to put up and Just Sayin’…then got a little cray with using the other stuff from the Bag. You may want to grab your broom and Meet Me Lakeside in the coming weeks, because a lot is brewin’ at the lake cottage…I found a place for ALL that Target stuff.

Do YOU decorate for Halloween?


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Fall Freebie Printable

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Nursery Decor Dictionary Art Printable

This week I went dumpster diving to retrieve an old dictionary that was earlier tossed-out while de-cluttering closets. Yep, the dictionary was already at the bottom of the garbage bin, cover with other trash, when I remembered seeing dictionary artwork sold at a flea market, using a dictionary page with a graphic in the foreground. That old dictionary suddenly had Value, enough to take the plunge. I made several different pieces of framed art using the dictionary pages.

Here’s HOW…

First, I made a list of words (Boy, Girl, Brave, Love, Nest) that could be illustrated with art, then I scanned those word-pages from my old dictionary (I cut the pages out of the book to get a flat scan.) I wanted both of the two words that run across the top of the dictionary page to reflect the artwork, so I often had to reconstructed the dictionary page to position the chosen first & last word & definitions. That, cut & paste, can be done on the computer or by hand.

For today’s Be Brave Freebie Printable, I purchased a bundle of gorgeous watercolor art, Boho Bundle II, by artist, PEACE ART at my favorite online digital graphics site CreativeMarket.com.  I love the whole Boho-vibe for children’s bedroom decor using arrows, teepee, and feathers, and how moms now have embraced that look for gender-neutral decor. I borrowed the saying, Be Brave, little one, for my printable…doesn’t “Be Brave” seem like a strange thing to say to a child? LOL. It does to me, I guess the Brave fits in with the arrows, oh well it’s only room decoration.

Download: MML: Be Brave Freebie Printable

The printable is for personal use only, not for resale. Tip: To allow the watercolor art to pop, use the brightest white paper available in a little heavier weight paper. If printed on letter size stock, it fits nicely into an 8″ x 10″ frame or 8″ x 10″ matte opening for a 12″ x 14″ or 12″ x 13″ frame.


Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!