the bewitching home

It's The Bewitching Home blog party hosted by The Witch of Howling Creek! Thank you to Tenae for creating this fun event.
I have always loved stories about witches. Both on books and film. It started with Sabrina and Samantha and later the Owens family and the Halliwell sisters.
One thing that I've never outgrown is my obsession with witches' houses. Or at least the ones portrayed in movies and tv.
Film witches almost always live in Victorians. Samantha from Bewitched might be the one exception. Something about old Victorians lends itself perfectly to that bohemian witchy style.
Even Nicole Kidman's sweet little cottage in the movie Bewitched had a very feminine gypsy boho vibe. I guess the rule is witches like romantic and vampires prefer modern.
I'm really late decorating for Halloween this year. I got super busy with my bloggy stuff and it has been unseasonably warm until this week. Now it finally feels like Fall.
Each year I tell myself I'm going to try a whole new look. Maybe go more minimal and not put out so much stuff. But once I get all my favorite Halloween goodies out I always end up with the same witchy shabby cottage look I love.
I took the shades off my chandelier for the summer then popped them back on for fall. The crows decided they prefer the shades there too.
The skelly bride is a spooky project I did the year before.
The mini tutorial is HERE.
My carnival witch will hang near the front door again like this.
I usually look forward to all the Halloween magazine issues and September and October are the only months when I buy several different ones. I didn't buy one single one this year.
None of them were very exciting. The last Martha Stewart one I got is this one from 2010. This year she just re-issued the same one from 2011 and I wasn't too excited about that one either.
Even my Luna isn't too thrilled with this year's offerings.
At least Martha still has great recipes on her site. Here is one for a Spooky Halloween Spirit.
Ghost in the Graveyard

Serves 1
2 ounces black vodka
2 ounces creme de cacao or coffee-flavored liqueur
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Pinch of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish
In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside. Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream. Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.
How about pairing that with these lovely dark treats.
Or this for something more blood curdling.
Blood Orange Cocktail
1 1/2 cups fresh blood-orange juice (from 7 to 8 blood oranges) chilled
6 tablespoons Solerno or other blood-orange liqueur

Combine blood-orange juice and liqueur in a large pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Pour into test tubes or small glasses.


  I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Thank you for stopping by my bewitching home.
Be sure to visit the rest of the bewitching homes at The Witch of Howling Creek.
To see a larger view of all the pictures click on any image and view in the Blogger image viewer without the text.
Have a bewitchingly spooky and enchanted Halloween.
P.S. Just a reminder that the Spooktacular Auction at Supporting Northwest Indiana Shelters/Rescues is still going on. The final day is October 15. Stop by and help homeless kitties and doggies. My painting Broom Ride is available along with other great fur baby goodies.


Carmen said...

That Blood Orange Cocktail is fantastic!!! :-)

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

Halloween is certainly represented beautifully and creatively at your abode. Love all that you do to make such a festive and delightful eye candy filled Bewitching Home. Thanks, Oma Linda

AlphaBetsy said...

Your decorations are gorgeous!! I love these posts.

Ms Misantropia said...

Oh, look at all those lovely Halloween-things! Thank you for sharing your home with us. I realized while reading your post that I have completely forgotten to decorate for Halloween! I'm gonna go straight home after work and pull out the big box.

Please pop by my party at:

Aisha @The Bewitching Bibliophile said...

Yeah I'm on my way, Im moving in, your house looks amazing!! im jealous. Well here's my link bewitching home blog post Happy halloween

Linda said...

You've captured it all so spookalicious. Everything looks amazing and magically delicious. Great job Anna.

Unknown said...

What a great post! I too am behind on decorating, thinking I'll do it today. Love all your decorations and that blood orange coctail sounds scrumptious!

Wonderful post like always

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh Love all the Adornments you have for Halloween, They are stunning, Im not a drinker but even I thought that the Ghost in the Graveyard sounded mighty fine, Thanks for sharing,Love Hazelx

Pandora said...

Marvelous post~ a true lover of all things halloween !

Liv Rancourt said...

I'm totally going to have to make the blood orange cocktail. And served in test tubes? Too cool!

Anonymous said...

Love those cupcakes!!!! Wonderful post!

Anonymous said...

What lovely decor. We are headed for warm weather again this upcoming week. My bats got hot and fell of the door. Stop by for a visit.

Georgina said...

Anna, I've missed so many of your wonderful post, but I'm really so happy I'm back and am following you again. I so much enjoyed your little tour and the skelly bride.

I love you really get into the season and are having so much fun with this..great example of someone who really has lots of fun in life.

Have a great weekend and again, thank you for your wonderful display of that is Halloween.


Chrislyn said...

Oh, I loved Nicole Kidmans kitchen/patio in the movie. But of course the Owens house is perfection!
I will be trying both of your recipes. Love the idea of serving the cocktail in test tubes!
And your house looks perfectly spooky!


Danni said...

You really have the loveliest things in your home! And I'm with you and Luna on this year's offerings... I was super disappointed by all the magazines.

Celia said...

i have missed all the great fall blog parties this year.....your home looks beautifully witchy my friend! have you watched practical magic yet?? i will have to watch it next week when i have some time alone and can watch it in peace! it is the middle of october and i haven't even decorated yet.....i don't know what's wrong with me this year.

Wendy S. said...

Oh I love all your decorations but I think Luna looks the loveliest! I'll have to make the drinks, they look devilish and Victorian houses are my fave. too...

The Year of the Cats

Anonymous said...

There is something about witches and shabby chic that really do just go together - great post and thanks for participating!

Anonymous said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! This is spectacular, Anna. The ghost in the graveyard drink sounds yummy.
If you don't mind, when you have a chance please stop by the shop to forward me your mailing address. Simply click email under the header. Off to Marfi's to get hers too.
Have a great Sunday.

Laura said...

I love this post! Your decor is spectacular! I thought about scaling mine down, but it just wasn't in the cards! haha!

Anonymous said...

I love your Halloween decor and could spend hours just admiring your treasures. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful images and recipes. I had a wonderful time and I think I already told you this, but I LOVE "Broom Ride"! It is sheer perfection. Happy Bewitching Home sweetie. Mina

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Hauntingly beautiful decorating. I love th skeleton bride and I must try those cocktails.

blessings & bliss

Theresa MacNaughton said...

This was a fun post! I love seeing witchy houses, too. And my fave is definitely the Owens house! :) Thanks for a peek at your decor. You have such great taste!

DREAMER said...

your decor is beautiful....I was also bummed out about this seasons magazines so thank you for giving me an eye candy fix ;)