Halloween: Ugly

I am usually a fan of sweet and nice Halloween decorations. My kids on the other hand, have outgrown the "sweet" Halloween - they want zombies and skeletons and scary things around the house. Halloween is in three days and they have been asking me do spooky and ugly this year! Well my friends, what can I say - "yes", ugly is the theme of my post today! So, here is what I came up with - it is ugly, don't you think? Well, it's as ugly as I could get! I think that if a witch were to put an arrangement together, this is what she'd come up with!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Note: the witch was given to me a long time ago by some dear friends, isn't she cute?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I used some left over autumn berries, chrysanthemums, and these interesting agapanthus pods (I definitely don't think they are ugly, but perhaps would be much better used in a different arrangement). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Don't be afraid to go for a spindly, haphazard arrangement - the uglier the better. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Unique Vessels: Roses in Pumpkins

Autumn is pumpkin season and in my opinion, pumpkins of any size, shape, or color are lovely. I happened to have these wonderful garden roses and I wondered how they would look if I stuck them inside of these mini pumpkins, and so I gave it a try! I must admit, I love how they turned out. I know it is a rather unconventional use of garden roses and pumpkins for the season, but as long as they are both available, why not? Note: These would make an amazing harvest, Halloween, or Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Give it a try!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

All you need are garden roses (mostly opened), pumpkins, and something for making a hole in the pumpkin (I used wooden skewers) Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Use the skewers (or other tool) to make a hole inside the pumpkins, and then place the rose stem into the hole. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The beauty of this (aside from the roses and pumpkin combination) is that the roses last a relatively long time as they use the juice of the pumpkins as their source for moisture! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Halloween Craft: Starry Night

This is a guest post by the lovely and talented Keely Mann. Keely is crafty, Keely can decorate, Keely used to have an amazing blog. Then, she got lazy. :) Sometimes I am able to convince her to do a post for me. It's October. And October means...2 things. Pumpkins and Halloween. It also means candy, but this isn't about candy.

Anyway...pumpkins - beautiful, orange pumpkins. Did you know that beautiful orange pumpkins also make beautiful black pumpkins?! They do. Promise.

Today I'm gonna show you how to turn an orange pumpkin into a beautiful black pumpkin - with some sass. I saw this in HGTV Magazine and just knew I had to do it.

This is the easiest craft ever.

I call it Starry Night.

Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

You'll need:

  • a pumpkin
  • black spray paint
  • silver craft paint
  • gold star stickers

Start by spray painting your pumpkin black Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Paint on a crescent moon. (I actually had my husband do this part, cause quite frankly, he's just better than me.) Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Have a cute helper start sticking on some stars...if you don't have a cute helper, your cute self will just have to do. Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

And, that's it! So easy! Now you have a beautiful black starry pumpkin with some sass! Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Craft: Starry Night  / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling, design, and photography by Keely and Edyn Mann