Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Stockings Are Hung By the Chimney With Care...


On a recent stop at JoAnn's, I saw these striped Halloween knee socks. I brought them home not quite sure how I was going to use them...

But in some dark corner of my imagination, I must have been thinking of something like this.


And then I remembered that years ago I had bought a pair of these...vintage wire stocking stretchers. I had to use this photo from Etsy because, in a moment of decorating bliss, I forgot to take a before picture (don't you hate when that happens?).


The striped stockings looked so cute on the wire frames that, of course, I had to run back to JoAnn's for another pair. Knowing what I'm like when an idea is percolating, DH just rolled his eyes, went back to the Patriots game,  and pretended that he didn't know what I was up to.


And then...stuff, stuff, stuff...and in a slightly schizophrenic combination of holidays, up on the fireplace they went.

and I loved them!


Since I seemed to have something of  a "Wicked" theme going on, I continued it on the mantle...

Adding one of my favorite photos of my sister, Nancy...

Who loved the Wizard of Oz...

And was always happy to play the witch at my daughter's October birthday parties.

Now that I've got the Halloween stockings hung by the chimney with care...

I wonder what kinds of surprises I might find in them on Halloween morning...maybe spiders? Or eye of newt?  Decorating done, I guess all I have left to do now is wait and see what Santa the Great Pumpkin brings!



This bewitching post is linked to:
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Under 100. Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence
Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Vintage Thingy Thursday at The Coloradolady
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Wickedly Creative Halloween Party at Itsy Bitsy Paper
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Addicts (not so) Anonymous Link Party at Addicted 2 Decorating
Frog Blog Love Party at Kissed By A Frog
It's Fall Y'all Link Party at The Lettered Cottage

20 comments:

Jane said...

I love your bewitching mantel! The stockings are so cute and how lucky to have the wire frames. I love the picture of Nancy as a witch...she looks like she was quite the character!
Jane

Barb and Dell said...

Love the stocking hung by the chimney. What a clever idea!
Barb

Dixie said...

What a cute idea! I love your creativity!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Hello, Cheryl!!

I LOVE these sweet stockings and i love how you hung them!! Very witchy if i must say so!!
I just posted my Fall Living Room and next week I will be showing by Halloween Dining Room....

Hus,
Debbie

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I just had those same socks in my hand at Joann's! I may just have to go back and buy a pair. If only I could find those witch shoes.

What fun birthday parties your daughter had!

Anonymous said...

I love seeing photos of Nancy. I worked with her for years and she filled the days full of sunshine and laughter. This photo is exactly the Nancy I knew, not a witch, but a lady who loved to have fun!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Love it! I'd love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party!
http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/09/wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas-linky.html

Grammy Goodwill said...

What a cute idea!!! I love your stockings. I also love how you were able to incorporate your sister into your holiday decorations.

Pamela Gordon said...

You are so funny! And ingenious! Your mantle and the stockings look great and add a bit of whimsy to the season. I love the photo of Nancy. She must have been fun to be around too. Blessings, Pamela

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so cute! I love the stockings and yes very Wizard of Oz/Wicked! Nice to have that picture of Nancy up there also! hugs, Linda

Toni said...

Very fun post. Love your stockings. I had to laugh when you said your hubby just tried to ignore what was going on - mine does that all the time.

LV said...

Nothing wrong with starting a new trend. Hanging Halloween stockings like at Christmas.

Shirley said...

these stockings are so wild..I love them..and I would fill them with all sort of Halloween things from spiders to candy corn! Awesome idea...move over Santa...

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Cheryl, thank you so much for the sweet comments you left on my blog! I truly appreciate it! As for the wall grouping behind the table, I had it all on a wall in the home office. But, I thought it would look so much better against the red walls in the kitchen. All of those items came from Hobby Lobby. I love your blog, as well. Such a lovely tribute to your sister! I am now your newest follower. Thanks for following me; and God bless you!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

They are really cute...never seen anything like it...now, if it were me, I would find a witches hat to sit on the mantle...and I would ask for chocolate rather than spiders..but that is just me!!!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Oh those stockings are wicked cute! What a fun set up!
We love the Wizard of Oz too :) thanks for stopping by FFL !
Lina
Fancy Frugal Life

Cheryl said...

You guys always have the best ideas. I'm going to take advantage of the suggestions Shirley and Ceekay made and fill the stockings - or at least the top of each one - with a few creepy Halloween items (maybe a spider or two? Do they sell eye of newt at Michael's?)...and some Halloween chocolates for Ceekay!

Connie said...

Hi Cheryl - I saw you title and thought you were in a hurry for Christmas ! Darling socks and your decoration is super. Is that a picture of your home in the middle ?
You did a great job, my friend.

Hop over and see my new banner that I did for my blog.....

cJoy said...

Cute idea. Happy October!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Cheryl, These stockings are adorable and I love them hung on the fireplace. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party and I hope to see you again this week.
Hugs,
Sherry