I have always been fascinated with the folk belief in witches. Magical, powerful women (or men) who could bless or curse you on a whim. The fact that our ancestors, not so many generations ago, let fear and their lack of scientific knowledge, lead to outrageous accusations and even death is incredibly thought-provoking. I've always wondered what I would have done had I been in that sort of environment and had those beliefs.
My interest in that old folk belief was heightened once I discovered that I had a direct ancestor who was arrested for witchcraft and imprisoned in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Apparently, it runs in my veins. But witches, especially the stereotypical witch, have always captived me. And I believe that the Halloween witch with the pointy hat and green face and warty nose actually pokes more fun at the people who believed such nonsense rather than at the unfortunate, accused witches themselves, and I love it. I even have a purple and black pointy witch hat that sits at the top of my closet because that is what I want to be every Halloween.
Me in my witch hat last year.
There's also nothing I love decorating with more at Halloween than with witches. I'm always drawn to them, and I must thank my talented, artistic friend Heather (who once painted me a beautiful portrait of my accused witch ancestor, by the way) for introducing me to Nicol Sayre's Halloween folk art figures. I picked up a couple of witchy ladies to adorn my living room this year.
My living room coffee table and mantle. It's hard to see in this shot, but a crow sits atop one of the pumpkins.
I love this batty witch folk art doll! She is just beautiful. I also picked up these lovely pumpkins made of black and white toile fabric and real pumpkin stems from etsy.
That little furball on top of my couch, is our dog Ollie.
Before I go on, I must say that I am in love with my exposed beam ceiling! Those massive beams were hand-planed and put in place probably over 200 years ago and they fascinate me. Anyway, on my mantle I strung tissue paper bats and glass pumpkin lights around the fireplace. My metal crow, which I purchased in Salem, MA, is always on my mantle, but looks especially fitting at this time of year. My batgirl/witch that says "enchanting" on her base, sits amongst my BOO sign.
In the opening between the living room and kitchen I hung cheesecloth, which I cut into strips and mangled up, to give a haunted look to the area. I also added little, black spiders.
Sometimes these dangling spiders actually scare me and I have to remind myself that I placed them there myself and they are not real!
A shot of my eat-in kitchen area with a burlap "happy halloween" sign I purchased at Pottery Barn. For some reason, my kitchen looks a lot brigther yellow than it actually is in this photo.
Of course I have decorated more than just this area for Halloween. I especially like how my library turned out, but I will save those pictures for another time.
I am so happy to finally be in my favorite month of the year. Happy October, everyone! Hope you all have a witchy good time this month.