We don’t have much in the way of seasons here in Arizona – we have hot, and Satan’s butt-hole hot. We do get some fall color, and even snow, at higher elevations (where we live is north of Tucson, and we tend to see snow 5-6 times a year – we also have several Mullberry trees in our yard, that do change to a lovely shade of gold), but it’s just not the same as being surrounded by all the rich, warm fall colors, all the time.
We do take frequent trips up the mountain, to help quench my leaf peeping lust, and if, like us, Autumn’s glorious ambers, crimson and rust shades are often harder to find than a virgin in a vampire movie, there’s always craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, who offer amazingly realistic replicas (however, the more realistic, the more you’ll probably have to shell out for that Autumnal authenticity). Even Dollar Tree and big box stores will no doubt sell some stems or picks, and of course, there’s always the good ol’ internet, where you can even purchase boxes of real, Autumn leaves, to be delivered to your door if you’re nostalgic like I am (I have not personally used any of these ‘big box o’ leaves’ sites, so I can’t vouch for what exactly might be in each box. The one listed is from Brooklyn, I believe, so it could be leaves, could be hot dogs, could be body parts. Just sayin’.)
And, you will probably not be as happy about Fall foliage as this mischievous mutt!
Find the tutorial for that mason jar candle holder, and some other festive fall mason jar ideas here (and I would not use real candles, just to be clear. Safety first, especially if you have kiddos).
More beautiful ways to prepare your home for fall and because not everyone is into spooky and scary for Halloween, here’s some pretty decorating ideas, and more fall leaves in decor. These lace string lights say they’re summer, but I think they could be just as pretty for fall, with the right colors.
Peep the amazing Autumn leaf art by artist Joanna Wirazka (top photo), save special leaves in resin jewelry (bottom, right – for larger leaves, you could make paperweights for creative holiday gifts), or try this technique for rose beads (I would test it with leaves that aren’t special or sentimental, first).
My favorite, are these roses made from fall leaves, whether alone or by the dozen, which would look fantastic in a DIY faux tree bark vase, some of these glittering acorns and maybe a few sunflowers or lotus pods tucked in.
Now, nobody wants to eat fall leaves (well, I’m sure someone, somewhere does, has or would, but why not some of these undoubtedly tastier recipes that celebrate another fabulous gift trees give us – nuts (and some maple recipes thrown in for Craig who is a fan of maple, another sappy offering. See what I did there? I know – I think I’m hilarious)!
Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle
(I know, not a nut or even tree related, but too tasty to exclude!)
And, I think any of these sound even better with some pickled cherries and Bourbon Caramel Sauce , which is why I included them (hey! Cherries come from trees and good bourbon is aged in wooden barrels, so see…as the seasons turn, so do I)!
While we’re at it, check out all our past #FreakyFriday blogs, for more Halloween decoating, makeup and other inspiration! And, don’t forget to follow #GlitterFantasy on ALL our social media, like Twitter, Instagram and especially Facebook , for even more exclusive, daily content.
Spooktacular Halloween Beauty
This will surely have additional parts, as I find more and more spooktacular Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials.
Hair Raising Halloween
All about the day of ‘do.
Watermelon Kegs Are So Last Summer!
Try a pumpkin keg, instead!
In The Spirit
This is our BOOziest Halloween blog! Everything from DIY, black sugar/salt rims, to the verdict on dry ice being safe and even some skeletal stirrers.
Scary Mary, Quite Contrary
My #1 Halloween pet peeve as a cosmetologist and MUA, this is a concern for the health of you and your family.
The #TealPumpkinProject – whether you or a loved one has a food allergy, just hate sugary treats, or if your family is vegetarian or vegan, this is a must know.
All these blogs have additional links, to other Glitter Fantasy posts – for example,
The Great Pumpkin
has a link for tons of pumpkin recipes and
Won’t You Be My BOO?
has some awesome scary stories, in an additional link. Make sure to check them all out, and get your Halloween fix, Glitter Fantasy style!
Images: pinterest, funfamilycrafts, decor4fall, homeworkshop, parentmap, countryliving, facebook, personal, (previously referenced in additional links).