11.01.2009

sinister soiree 2009

"once upon a midnight dreary, while i pondered, weak and weary..."

mr poe's poetry seemed so apropos as i sat here, waiting for my photos to upload. and the most fitting line of all? one little word: "nevermore"!!!!!!!!!

i must confess that i worked myself into a real state this year. it may have had something to do with the fact that "mr vintage patina" chose party day as the perfect opportunity to install a new dishwasher, despite my dire warnings of ill will. maybe it was because as of 40 minutes before our guests arrived, we had no water supply to the kitchen (refer to original project description). but i don't think it had much to do with the fact that every single cleaning agent stored under the kitchen sink was literally under my feet as i tried to prepare the food. or the fact that he left twice for previously scheduled, but never previously mentioned, appointments - while water and tools and mysterious substances oozed across the floor. all in all, upon due reflection - i think it was me who overreacted.

not so much!

i hope you enjoy these photos...it's a self guided tour this time...i'm off to see my shrink...





























further introspection leads me to believe this vignette was a cry for help...


or...at the very least, a grim self portrait














**disclaimer** it is entirely possible that i may return with further insightful edits, comments, and overall cheerful recollections of this most merry halloween; i hope yours was happy!

22 comments:

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Great, great vignettes! Fabulous!

KarenSue said...

I have learned not to react. That's what he wants.
Love your vignettes! It helps me with my stuff. I'm now looking for an old doll head.
Happy November!

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

oh wow!! i LOVE your style! you've got some great pieces! thanks for sharing! p.s. i would have acted the same way with that dishwasher situation! ;-)

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

Everything looks fantastic! Love everything especially that giant owl.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I think my favorite was the big owl under the table. Everything was perfect for a Halloween party!
xoxo
Donna

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh la la this is the BEST Halloween display I've seen!!! Love all of the vintage touches mixed in with your clocks etc.....
Happy November!!
BOO!

Get Your Martha On said...

Lovely vignettes! I love the huge owl on the floor. He definitely looks like a relic from another era made "cool" again!

As for the dishwasher thing ... I would've freaked out. Totally. Without a doubt. :)

Lynn said...

I would have completely lost it! But I'm glad you made it through - all of your pictures are gorgeous!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

It looked bootiful, sorry I couldn't resist. Hope you had a great Halloween, T

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Life is never without it's challenges, that's for sure. My daughter reminded me that last year we had to throw out the expensive organic turkey she had purchased for our feast because my new refridgerator died and I we didn't notice it wasn't getting cold until it was too late. I don't even remember what we ate for Thanksgiving last year, that's probably a good thing. Sometimes it comes in handy to have a terrible memory! From your photos one would never know what sinister things were happening in the kitchen!

Cassie said...

Wonderful Halloween decor....LOVE the white hand with "afraid" flashcard! Drooling over your clock collection too!

Christine Edwards said...

Mary, your decor looks fantastic. I love the sweet vignettes with just a hint of macabre. I can only imagine you were beside yourself over the whole dishwasher fiasco. I'm sure everything turned out great. Hope you had a Happy Halloween.

Jessica said...

Great pictures! I was giggling at your self-portrait.
PS. Don't husbands have the best timing? :D

trash talk said...

Girl, that doll head is creepy with a capital K! I bet you had a great time putting together all these wonderful 'scapes. I know I did looking at them!
Debbie

Karen Valentine said...

What fabulous vignettes! I love the wire cloche and you had me rolling with your comment about the doll! BTW... why do all men do goofy stuff like that? They think it's perfectly normal to tear something up on a day we're having guests! (Mine has done it too) Anyway, I'm sure everyone was blown away by your perfect party!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

I love, love, love your modern take on haloween. I love black and white. Thank you for letting me visit.


come visit me any time
cindy@stitches

bikim said...

Gorgeous! love the black flowers!
Take care,
Rosa

decorator to the stars said...

GREAT BLOG, STOP BY & SAY HI :) GIO

Lemondrop Marie said...

How fabulous! I love owls, these are too cute to be missed. Lovely all around!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Very creative vignettes ... love how you used different items, i.e. ouji board ... why are men the way they are? I Know, nobody knows! ... hope your party was a success and you are having a nice recovery ; )

xo
Jill

vintagelaundress said...

Marvelous vignettes! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog - thanks for following, too. I'm so happy to have found your blog and I look forward to future visits.

Emily, et. al. said...

Wicked good!! Love your blog.

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