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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cinderella’s Enchanting Pumpkin

Welcome to the first part of the 2016 Decor To Adore Halloween Tablescape theme:

Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsisters Soirée”.

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When planning this years theme I pondered stories that included pumpkins. Cinderella of course was my first thought. But she didn’t exactly scream “HALLOWEEN!”.

That is until I envisioned her in black and white.

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So how did I create this?

I have long been a fan of artist EK Duncan who pens the blog “My Fanciful Muse”.

Ms. Duncan designs virtual scenes using images of antique children’s toy theaters. You can go to my Pinterest page Scrapbook and Paper Crafts to find direct links to all of her images that I used for this project.

Note: I printed all of the images out in black and white.

Digitally altered version of a vintage paper theater curtain from the 1924 Danish Publication: Familie Journal - see the post at  See curtain in other color choices at

Step 1. Find a foam pumpkin to alter by cutting a hole into it and spray painting it white.

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Step 2. Cut a small hole in the back of the pumpkin if you wish to have a light source.

NOTE: Because the interior is made of paper you will never want to leave the lit pumpkin unattended as a precaution against it catching fire.

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Step 3. Use a small dish or saucer to cut a thin cardboard round. This will become the base for your “dance floor”.  I am not listing specific sizes as each pumpkin is a different size and you will need to individually fit it.

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Step 4. Cut a piece of decorative paper for the dance floor. I choose a traditional black and white check. Glue it on to the thin cardboard. (I used a glue stick made for scrapbooking.) Place the circles under a stack of books to dry.

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Step 5. Once your floor is dry cut a piece of decorative paper to wrap around the dance floor. I used a hot glue gun.

Note: You can absolutely use white craft glue for all of pieces it will just require a longer drying time.

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Step 6. Print out your background and side panels. Fold the edges on both sides of the background and one side of each panel then join together with glue.

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Step 7. Print out a curtain panel and cut out the white center.

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Step 8. Print and cut out a circular decorative image for the ceiling.

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Step 9. Print and cut out a pair of columns and a detailed cornice.

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Step 10. Print and cut out various figures. Then apply touches of glitter here and there to all of your paper elements. This will aid in creating the “sparkle factor” of the pumpkin. I used this glitter glue.

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Step 11. Glue the ceiling medallion to your pumpkin. I used a hot glue gun.

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Step 12. Add in your background and side panels.

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Step 13. Add in your cornice. I attached it with hot glue via folded ends.

Note: I added a clock face to the center of the piece. Cinderella better get ready to run, it’s almost midnight.

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Step 14. Glue down your dance floor and add in the columns on either side.

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Step 15. Next add in some dance figures. I selected two ugly stepsisters being escorted off of the floor due to their unruly behavior.

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Step 16. The Fairy Godmother (See her wand?) is placed front and center of the previous figures.

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Step 17: Add in your curtains and then Cinderella.

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Step 18. Add in Prince Charming. Then glitter the edge of your pumpkin entrance.

Note: You can absolutely glitter the pumpkin edge prior to adding the inserts. I personally did not want to continually scrape my arm while positioning and gluing down all of the various elements. 

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Step 19. I also added glitter to the pumpkin itself for extra sparkle.

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Step 20. Glitter the stem, let dry. To create the curling vines I took wired pearls and wrapped them around a pencil. Glue on the vines and add a few sparkly leaves to cover the vine stem.

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Reality check: This pumpkin took about 4 hours to create with drying time.

Please send me an image if you are crazy enough to make one. (smile)

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Tomorrow I will be sharing the entire “Cinderella and the Ugly Stepsisters Soirée” tablescape.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Becoming Laura~ The 2016 Costume Challenge Reveal

Welcome to the 2016 Decor to Adore Costume Challenge Reveal~ Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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We are a pair of prairie homesteaders on our way to a dance.

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My dress took 10 yards of fabric and 12 hours to create but I dare say my mister is mighty appreciative of my appearance.

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When wearing several layers of full skirts it is truly a wonderful thing to be offered a token of chivalry.

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We like our log cabin home very much.

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I believe we’ll have to walk to the dance. It appears we have been the victims of horse thieves.

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It’s such a shame as the wagon was just freshly painted.

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A sweet stroll thru the big woods.

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We’ve arrived for a “Dance at Grandpa’s”.

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So the square dance begins.

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Swing your partner.

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Do Si Do.

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It was such a sweet evening that I do believe he deserves a kiss.

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The inspiration and story behind this dress can be found HERE.

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A post on hats, bonnets and headdresses can be seen HERE.

Gentleman’s attire can be viewed HERE.

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For detailed information on the petticoat go HERE.

Shoes, stocking and gloves were covered HERE.

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“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Come back on Halloween for images in sepia tone.

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I hope you have enjoyed this year’s challenge, here are links to previous challenges:

Becoming Jane Austen

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18th Century Attire

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Special thanks to Andover Fabrics and their line of Little House on the Prairie fabric for making the 2016 Costume Challenge possible.

Dress~ $10.00, Petticoat~ $9.85, Bonnet/headdress~ $7.00, Button boots~ $30.00, Gentleman’s vest and cravat~$2.00

Happy costume creating on a budget,

Laura Ingalls Gunn

Friday, October 21, 2016

This Years Favorite Halloween Food and Drink Ideas

It is still quite warm in my neck of the woods so I can’t wait to try this recipe for Apple Cider Floats.

Tangerine pumpkins are quick, delicious, healthy and cute. What’s not to love?

Sick of so much sugar at Halloween? These healthy Halloween snack ideas are fun for kids. Make easy tangerine pumpkins with your kids this fall or try one of the other healthy Halloween treats.

Graveyard Taco Dip is a fun snack or even dinner.


The Halloween Pumpkin Punch gets an A + for presentation.

Halloween Pumpkin Punch // HonestlyYUM

A sweet treat is Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail.

Healthy Halloween Snack Candy Corn Fruit Cocktail - Family Fresh Meals

I’ll be making these Shredded Chicken & Rice Stuffed Peppers on Halloween night.

Stuffed peppers with shredded chicken, black beans and Mexican rice. Great for a Halloween dinner. Recipe at

This Black Widow Cocktail looks delicious!

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Take a bite out of this Skeleton Crudité.

Halve, slice, or spiralize your veggies to create munchable bones and body parts.

Basic ham and cheese is elevated in Pumpkin Patch Bites.

Who knew a loaf of bread could be such a creepy and cute Casket with Cheese Skeleton?

A cute collection of candies and beverages can be found on this Halloween Bar Cart.


So who’s hungry?