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Monday, October 7, 2013


Come into my parlor, and let me tell your fortune.  I’m Matilda, and I apologize for the ghost who floated into the side of my face when Laurie took this picture.  Such a distraction from my beauty!  I just can’t seem to get rid of those pesky ghosts. 

Spooky Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Would you like to have a tarot card reading?  I can’t find my tarot cards.  I suspect one of those ghosts has stolen them.

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This set of tarot cards belonged to Laurie’s grandmother.  They were apparently made for learning how to read fortunes, because there are fortunes written on the cards, as well as a picture of the corresponding playing card.  I wouldn’t need any of that silly stuff if I had my own cards.  I’ll get that ghost!  I can see right through them.

Halloween Decor-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

When Laurie was a child, she found these cards in the attic.  She asked her mother how to play this game, and her mother grabbed the cards and told her that it was a bad game.  The cards were not seen again, until Laurie cleaned out her mother’s house and discovered them in the bottom of a drawer. 

Halloween Tarot Cards-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I’ve explained to Laurie that her mother was wrong.  This is no game!  This is life and death!

If you don’t like the fortune told by the cards, I can look into my crystal ball.

crystal ball H'ween Decor-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Oh My!  That fortune isn’t looking too good either.  What?  You question my expertise!

Halloween Decor-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I graduated third in my class at Warlock University!  I’m the first one on the left in this picture.  I’ve gained a little weight since 1910, but who hasn’t?

My butler, Boris, is offering you a little refreshment.  Yes, he’s a short little man.  That’s what happens to somebody when they don’t do what I say!  I was being nice that day.  He could have wound up being a toad or a rat for my stew!  But I did come close with that face I gave him!

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

What’s that?  You say you aren’t hungry?  Boris can pour you a drink if you’re thirsty.  Yes, those are small cups, but I assure you, you don’t want a large drink from any of my bottles.

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Go ahead.  Pick your poison!

Halloween Bar-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

While you are here, I’ll just give you a little tour of the street where I live.  Yes, I do know how to drive a stick.  Hop on!

Halloween Decor-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

(Laurie got that stick idea from another blog, which has the cutest printable.  I took away some of Laurie’s memory, so she wouldn’t remember how to get back home.  I didn’t want her to find me entertaining guests in her house.  She can’t remember the blog, but if her memory returns, she’ll come back and post it here.)  Are you ready for take off?

HALLOWEEN-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Yes, some of our houses look a little menacing.

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

We do have a couple of street lights, but for some reason, they never work.

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Look!  The trick-or-treaters have climbed into the tree and are afraid to come down!

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Oh, that makes me cackle!  Isn’t Halloween night fun?

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Ah ha!  I’ve discovered the problem. The neighborhood pets are putting out the street lights!

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The name of our street is “Spooky”.  We are so proud of our new street sign. 

Halloween-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I hope you’ll be back to visit my parlor again soon.  Next time, please  bring your appetite with you.  I wouldn’t want to have to make you end up looking like Boris!

Halloween Witch-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Laurie appreciates you coming by to visit.  She is sharing my parlor at the following parties:  Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch (because her game table certainly didn’t look like this last week), Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Homework Wednesday at Worthing CourtOpen House Thursday at No Minimalist Here, and Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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Mary Ann said...

Wonderful decorations, and love the rat in the hurricane!

Tardevil said...

You have the best decorations, Laurie! That witch almost looks like she could play a piano or an organ. I don't know how you do all that you do & work. You are amazing!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laurie, you always have the most fabulous vignettes. I love everything. How you dream this up amazes me. Hugs, Marty

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I love the fortune telling witch, she is a hoot and I love the butler, leave it up to you to make him into something you can cards are so awesome, I just think the whole scene is over the top perfect, her shoes, where did you find those beauties...I love the village too..This is the funnest post this season,,,congrates ...Phyllis

Helen said...

Absolutely delightful post, Ms. Laurie! (I didn't ignore your LinkedIn request, this old gal is SO out of the workplace .. networking is no longer applicable) BOO!!

Salmagundi said...

Always so clever, you are!! Love Matilda's shoes. Sally

Laura S Reading said...

MAtilda, love to see you. You have done wonders wih Laurie's home.
Please do bring her memory back soon so she can come back. I am sure she won't mind you and your friends visiting. Maybe you should not make yourself totally at home.
No- I meant that in the nicest Way!

My fortune is looking bleak, isn't it.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Always enjoy seeing how you decorate for the holidays!!
I finally pulled out a few things for Fall deco. Just call me slow moving. :D

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Laurie - you really did a bang up job on this post. I love it!!!!!
You are so creative - Boris is terrific and the fortune telling witch - is great.
Love everything.

lynne said...

those are great!! you are so creative!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
What a fun post filled with all your amazing and talented creativity. Love each and every detail of your d├ęcor to go with your story.
Love the witch right down to her shoes.
Gorgeous Spooky street too.
Have a wonderful Autumn day.

Thank you also for your congrats on my Waverly win. I am still amazed and was happy just to be in the finals so this is a surprise.


Debbie said...

It's official. You are the queen of really cool stuff that no one else has. I don't know WHERE you get it all and HOW you come up with it all. I just shake my head... pitiful me with a few pumpkins and mums. LOL

PS: What it you who used to do something with withes that went from blog to blog or someone else? I can't remember. I used to love that, and it sounds so very "Laurie."

Lulu said...

Ah, what an absolutely bewitching post!

Candy S said...

Hi Laurie, I am loving your Halloween display. The rat looking over the tarot cards speaks volumes to me. How cute. You are so very talented! But where on earth do you store it all? And where on earth do you find it all? My head is spinning trying to imagine how much time and effort you put into this marvelous and creative display.

Gloria Richards said...

Fantastic is all I can say!!!!
Had to pin this so others could share in the haunting ways as well. :)

Carol said...

Your parlor is spooky, cute & fun! I love it all! The ghost was the perfect touch!


xinex said...

Oh how cute, Laurie, but very spooky. This is really very entertains, I enjoyed it very much...Christine

Atta Girl Amy said...

Matilda, what do you see in my future?

And I think we are kindred spirits. We have a similar decorating style. You have such fabulous taste, you little witch.

If you're ever in my neck of the woods, I do hope you'll stop in for a visit.

We can ride our broomsticks together and channel spirits with the Ouija.

The Tablescaper said...

This is nothing short of spectacular!

- The Tablescaper

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! Just wanted to let you know that your fabulous vignette is featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop! Hugs...Debbie

PS...About the magazine...not a peep from them! ???

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laurie, Your decorations are amazing. I bet it's a lot of fun around your house at Halloween. Check out this weeks Open House Party for your feature.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, Laurie! Your Haloween decor is just fabulous! I love how you styled each vignette to perfection. My favorite is the fortune teller. Great job!

Palomasea said...

You are such a wonderful storyteller, dear Laurie! You always make me laugh, and your decor is always AMAZING! I want to party at your place! ;))
Bravo to you...
And thank you so much for coming by to see my post... :)
Love and hugs,
- Irina