at the urban garden gate

I’m not a scary movie kind of gal.  A fact I discovered a very long time ago.  At the Friday the 13th movie.  The original.


I watched that movie through parted fingers.  And I spent the next year checking under my bed before going to sleep.


And then there was Jaws.  That was the summer of no swimming… not even in a swimming pool.  And never, ever at night.


And Aliens?  When that thing burst out of Sigourney Weaver’s belly in the opening sequence?  Yeah, I should’ve run screaming from the theater …


For awhile there I was a scary book kind of gal.  Well, Stephen King scary.  Right up until I read The Shining while traveling on business.  Staying in strange hotel rooms.  Not a good idea.  Needless to say, the shower curtain remained firmly open.  And I slept with the lights on.  It was not a good week …


When it comes to Halloween, I side with my friend Kari in taking more of a neutral approach … versus blood and guts and gore.


Except maybe for the back yard.  By the garden gate …


The plan was to go spooky. But not scary.  Starting with those dryer vent pumpkins I made and spray painted black and white …




… and that were pinned here, among other places.




And now I’m thinking I’m off to a good spooky start …




So I took our old rake …




… a seriously boring and rusty old rake …




… and gave it some Krylon rust protector spray paint in glossy black.


And now I’m thinking I’ve got this whole spooky thing in the bag.


I mean, black and white and gray pumpkins?  And a black garden rake too …


But somewhere along the line, it took a turn for the rustic …




Okay, not country rustic.  But certainly urban rustic.  I’m thinking it might just be the addition of the Indian corn … because I’m smart like that


A coat of black … or white … spray paint could probably take it from urban rustic to urban spooky.




Maybe it’s all for the best.  Maybe spooky would’ve been too scary for me …




… and I just would’ve ended up with a fear of garden gates.




Now that I’m ready for tomorrow’s spray paint link party, are you?



We go live at 6 AM EST … and the party will be raging on through midnight Tuesday, October 16.


And be sure to check out my spray paint party co-hosts: Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Laura from Top This Top That, and Laura from Finding Home


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  1. says

    I LOVE those pumpkins! I am going to make some next fall…and I have been thinking about what to do for winter with dryer vent and spray paint…stay tuned! (I LOVE scary movies, by the way…but they have to be ‘old school.’ Not just gory for the sake of gory.

  2. says

    I think this might be my favorite IASP post yet. Very, very cool. Your photos are wonderful. I’ve tweeted and pinned. Have a good time at the conference. Will you share what you learned when you get back?

  3. says

    You would probably be found crying outside your own gate, mumbling. Although Indian corn isn’t exactly frightening, unless you are lost in a whole corn field of it I suppose.


  4. says

    I am not a fan of scary either. Every year, I feel like I might be able to brave a haunted house. Some years, I even make it into line…only to turn back when it comes time to enter. Your rake is BRILLIANT. I love the Indian corn. You have definitely set a great scene.

  5. says

    This is so cute! I am with you, I like Fall decor, not so much the creepy stuff. I like looking at it, but I am not sure I want it greet me when I come downstairs in the morning. Except for those spiderwebby things. We put those everywhere.

  6. says

    The old rake with the Indian corn is a really cool idea. I’m going to copy it and put it in our garden along the fence. I’ve been thinking of hanging old tools along the fence, but now I’m thinking that seasonal additions on the tools is a great idea. Thanks

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