October 16, 2009

Five for Friday {October 16, 2009}

...Half a month exactly until All Hallows Eve arrives and with each day that ticks by I feel my excitement mounting. We are short on holidays in this country if you ask me, and even thought Halloween isn’t a stat (much as it should be, what child – let alone your own inner youngster – wouldn’t love having the day off?), it still counts as a holiday in my books, which is all the more reason I jump at the chance to celebrate it. This weekend is for decorating and giving thought to your costume (if you haven’t done so already), for raking massive, mountainous piles of tissue thin leaves – and should you fancy, jumping to them them. Two days to unwind in an easy chair with a good book and the fading, but still lemon curd hued, sunlight caressing your face. A time to mingle activity with serenity, and perhaps for an outing to the nearest pumpkin patch, too...

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{To house all manner of treasures, be they spooky or sweet}

{Glass cloches have been enjoying a moment for the past few years in the areas of home decor and holiday decoration, but the truth is these curvaceous, clear beauties have existed and been put to both practical and decorative use for centuries. If, like myself, you’re a cloche fan, Halloween is a particularly excellent time to place your favourite or most eerie of items under glass. Large glass cloche (also available in medium and small sizes), £19.95 (UK pounds), from Pale and Interesting.}

{To inspire the accessories portion of your wardrobe this season}

{Right around the start of September I spied this delightful, autumn hued vintage fashion shot on the pages of Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife’s blog and instantly found myself enamoured with it. I love how amazingly the accessories this pretty blonde woman clutches look when set against a sleek and simple black sweater, and also that we get to see paisley during the 50s, for it is a pattern that is often associated much more with the following two decades. While fall is still in full swing, I wanted to share this inspiring and understatedly glamorous photo with you all. Image from Tale of a Retro-Modern Housewife.}

{To help ensure you’ve carved out room on your menu for festively shaped desserts}

{There is something undeniably old fashion looking about this beautiful, intricately carved baking pan that makes it lovely enough to display – though I bet it would hard not to keep it in constant use, just look at the immensely cute pumpkin shaped mini loaves/cupcakes/muffins it churns out! Non-stick cast iron aluminum pumpkin baking tray, $32.95 (US) from Crate and Barrel.}

{To shine a light on the beauty of a time-honoured, traditional way to see in the dark}

{There is no denying that in conjunction with my adoration for all manner of vintage related things, I have an intense passion for antiques as well. Fortunately the two are often able to cohabitate and mingle together marvelously, in both the worlds of home decor and fashion. Recently this rather wonderful antique looking silver candle holder with built-in match box, popped up in my online travels and I’ve been smitten with it ever since. As the days draw shorter and chillier, the desire to put candles to good use – especially once the sun has set – is ever-present for me and this candle holder would go a long way towards ensuring a flickering flame of light is never far away. Pewter “Go-To-Bed” candle holder, $29.95 from Victorian Trading Co..}

{To pair with accents of orange on Halloween and then wear, joyfully, any other day of the year you desire}

{A modern day seamstress created the sweeping design of this chicly elegant black dress, which reminded me instantly of something Audrey Hepburn might have worn or of the type of dresses seen in numerous fashion spreads from the mid to late fifties. A deeply timeless piece, this gently fitted, breathable knit frock features a silk screened deep turquoise band around the neckline and a femininely lovely fuller skirt. “Renaissance Dress in Black”, available in sizes XS to XL, $149.00 (US), from etsy seller a Resurrection of Romance.}

My deepest of heartfelt of thanks goes out to everyone who commented on my post this morning about my sister’s birthday. Your fantastically kind wishes mean so very much to us both!

May you all have a sublimely lovely, fun-filled autumn weekend!


  1. What a novel idea for that candle stick! Great find! Have a lovely weekend x

  2. ohhh, I love that candle holder with the built in match box! I love that about vintage items...so unique!

    thank you for dropping by for the blog party :-)

  3. Oh! I've just spent the past few minutes exploring all of your links, they are amazing! Lovely blog post :)

  4. Fabulous pictures ! I love glass cloches. So pretty ! Have a good week-end Jessica !

  5. I love Halloween too! Although the dressing up part is long passed, watching the little ones parade around the neighborhood is adorable. As a child I thought it WAS a holiday....but would love to see it nationalized. :-)

    That candlestick with the built-in matchstick holder is fantastic, not to mention the beautiful accessories photo.

    Always love your blog dear, have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  6. I especially love the muffin tray and that lovely black dress! It is just beautiful.

  7. What a wonderful post! I adore that candle holder- I have never seen anything quite like that before.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  8. Your selection of images are so classy! As you make your rounds to the various party posts, I hope you have a moment to spare to visit mine at www.collagediva.com

  9. Wonderful Friday finds! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  10. I SO want a candle holder with a built in match box. That's just classy.

  11. I never knew you flipped two of those molded baking halves together - very cute!

  12. A candle holder befitting a Queen Witch I declare! Would adore owning one and at least own one or two or even three glass cloches for my sea ornaments,spooky and wild things and whatever I become obsessed with!!!

    Happy Hauntings and a Happy Halloween Too!!!
    A Witch called Annabelle >^..^<

  13. Love that pumpkin pan and the candleholder with the matchbox is so very cute!! Always nice to see what you will have posted
    Have a lovely weekend!!

  14. Oh what a great candlestick holder and muffin pan. Lovely post as usual sweetie.

  15. Hey there. These are great. I hope this finds you doing well. I also hope you've had a great weekend so far. Take care. Have a nice week. Cheers!

  16. Those pumpkin muffin tins just got added to my Christmas wishlist!

    I stopped by from Vanessa's party, peek in at the Treehouse if you can (the portal is still open!)

  17. i really like the glass cloches as home decor...very pretty and great for showing off items!

  18. A pumpkin patch full of heartfelt thanks to each and every one of your for your marvelous comments! I greatly appreciate hearing all of your thoughts and Halloween related memories, and hope that you all had a stellar weekend!

    Tons of hugs & joyful wishes for the coming week!
    ♥ Jessica