Monday, September 10, 2012

The Halloween and Fall Kary Shrine

It seemed fitting that since we had our first cool Fall weekend that it was time to build the shrine to honor my friend Kary.  I miss her and think about her all the time.  I have felt so helpless being all the way across the country and being able to do so little.  Anyone who knew Kary knows how much she loved this time of year.  So Kary, this is for you! 

I started out with a blank slate and a few pumpkins.

Then I dug out all of my old Fall decorations.  I haven't had these out in years.

I sorted them all out to see what I had.

I worked in a big mess for 2 days.

My faithful helper kept me company.

It slowly started to come together.

The key to good decorating is layering.  Add a bit and then some more and then a lot.

The lanterns really light the decorations up nicely. I designed these lanterns and it took my iron worker a year to make them.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

I found some cedar spray and spritzed all of the pumpkins and corn to keep the squirrels away.

I was going to wire this all with small twinkle lights but the glow from the lanterns was enough to illuminate the entire area so I passed on that idea.

These are the white pumpkins from Amish country.

I will continue to add to it as I find more pumpkins.

Kary always started decorating early like I do.

Each year we pushed each other to start earlier.

Her loving husband John has already put out all of her Halloween in their home.  He and little Teddy are holding tight to each other.

I finished the wreath early this morning and took this photo just as the sun came up.

I will leave this up until Thanksgiving which was a big holiday for Kary.

I miss you so much my good friend.  I hope this makes you smile.