Sole Halloween Addition

In spite of my best laid plans for Halloween this year, I ended up cancelling my orders from Fun Nest and purchased this one thing for my Halloween collection:

My wooden spider puzzle is from Co/op Manila. The kindest sales clerk assembled it and spray painted it black for me as well.  Not only was it on sale, but I got a discount too because of a little damage on one of the legs – the same awesome sales clerk fixed it for me with Mighty Bond. 

The candle sticks are new, too, from H&M Home, but I plan to use them for other holidays, too, so I can’t say it’s strictly a Halloween addition for this year.

Halloween plans fell through because I got caught up in planning Bo’s baptism, adding to our Montessori materials at home, and purging the house.  Plus, we rented these awesome costumes for the 2 older boys.  Funny, last year, Halloween was the holiday I was obsessed with preparing for.  This year, I seem to have caught the Christmas decor fever.  Stay tuned! 


Plans for Halloween 2017

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I see people online who have started decorating for Christmas – in Manila, the Christmas season can start as early as September – but 2017 will still be about Halloween for me. I started last year, and I shared (here and here) how I intend to invest in our Halloween decor bit by bit every year.

It’s ironic really, because I love Christmas and have always found Halloween to be such a Western tradition (no Halloween roots in our culture at all!), but I have little boys who just adore Halloween and all its attendant commercial activities. So, I’ve learned to embrace it in my own little (and pared down) way.

That being said, last year I really had my heart set on the wooden spider puzzle they were selling in Co/op, but I felt I had already spent too much in Pottery Barn and La Pomme already. So imagine my joy when I called Co/op the other day and discovered they were still selling those spiders! And! They were marked down – less than half of what they were selling it for last year!

I had my spider reserved, and we’ll be picking it up this weekend. I plan to use it as a centerpiece for our dining table.

I also ordered this felt Jack O’ Lantern toy and a vampire bin from Fun Nest. Plus Diko and I got those generic buckets from National Bookstore. This means even if I see those lovely zombie books, anatomy and monster prints and skulls they were selling in Co/op last year, I will no longer have the budget to get them! I shall behave. Hopefully, they’ll still be around next year!

My terra cotta pots, skull planter from Hey Kessy, and all the other stuff I still like in Quirks (like this monster print and zombie book ends) – and all the other new things I like in Quirks (like this crime scene tape, witch spoon rest, Murder at the Fancy Ball board game, Vladimir bottle opener, and book of masks) will also have to wait until next Halloween too (and possibly the one after that).

We are actually decorating this weekend, but I’ll share that in a post once I get my Fun Nest orders!


A Dash of Christmas

I didn’t get around to decorating for Christmas.  I had more enthusiasm for Halloween – shucks!  Laz asked me about decorating but I admit I just don’t have the heart for it this year.  I pointed out to Laz that we won’t be spending Christmas at home anyway – I promise to make up for it next year.  For now though, this is all I could muster for this season – Christmas on our couch.

Halloween Ideas

Since I gave birth quite unexpectedly (a whole month early!), I didn’t get to finish some of the Halloween projects I had lined up – and didn’t even get to figure out how or where to hang some of the decors I already have.  I guess I’m a convert – from a self-proclaimed Halloween “hater”, I am now enthusiastically planning our Halloween decorations – for next year! Hahaha!  Here are some of my favorite DIY project pegs:


(Sources after the break!)

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HALLOWEEN 2016: Minimalist Halloween Decor


Plain black and black cats pillows from H&M Home; orange bat-print pillow, a gift from my Ate Irene

My Halloween “journey” started with pillow cases.  When I moved into this house and was brainstorming about seasonal decorations, I promised myself I’d limit it to changing up my throw pillows and photos/prints, with a very restrained number of table top decors lying around.  I spotted the black cats pillow cover at H&M Home, and used that as the starting point for the rest of our Halloween decorations this year.  It took me forever to find an orange pillow cover – thank goodness my Ate Irene saw my post in IG and promptly sent over this awesome ORANGE cover with bats and a bunch of other Halloween stuff her kids have outgrown.  (THANK YOU!)


LaPomme plush pumpkin; H&M Home wooden platter; Dekko coffee table

I wanted to stick with minimalism as much as possible this year, sure, but I also wanted some handmade and DIY elements.  The LaPomme pumpkins I got are all handmade – I thought I’d be able to fit all 3 plush pumpkins on my coffee table but each pumpkin was almost as big as a basketball.  Love them to bits though (my LaPomme store review here).


Our green witch is made of out yarn and a paper plate – Laz made it when he was in kindergarten; I just backed it on kartolina and put it in a frame.  The rustic brooms are handmade too – I bought them at a roadside stall when we took the back routes across Rizal to get to Laguna.  (I just wrapped the ends with black washi tape because the rubber was marking my wall, and I added a strip of  various orange washi for each broom too).


DIY “EEK” sign.  I used kartolina for the letters.  Since I couldn’t find stencils, I traced cardboard letters I bought from Tie Me Up Buttercup (I got the entire alphabet) – I think they sell them to make into buntings.  The H made the spider out of black felt paper and googly eyes I got in National Book Store.  The frame is from NBS too.


DIY “TRICK OR TREAT” print using black felt paper and foam letters, again from NBS.  The spider is from Ate Irene.  I prefer using felt paper because it’s matte, and a little less shiny behind the glass.

And I’ve shared the stuff I got from Pottery Barn Kids (I didn’t use all of them though):


Our spider chair covers (eeek, need 1 more of these for Bo for next year – I got the last 2 in stock in PB Kids Estancia!)

The priorities this year were pillow cases and Halloween-themed dinnerware for the kiddos.  Next year, I’m going to focus on buying prints and a centerpiece for the dining table.  (I also have a lovely little owl print from Common Room that I didn’t get to display this year).   Didn’t get around to buying those terra cotta pumpkin pots from the plant store along White Plains Avenue either!  It’d be nice to have a Halloween crafting project every year with the kids too (Laz helped with our DIY prints this year).

And as for costumes?  Laz didn’t want to go trick-or-treating for the longest time – but changed his mind last minute, ack!   The Lulipops got costumes for him (Grim Reaper) and Alo (Race Car Driver), thank goodness for grannies.