if it ain’t broke … bats on the door decor

I subscribe to the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ club.


I also believe the ‘you can’t build a better mousetrap’ theorem.  Unfortunately, I have personal experience with this one.  And let me tell you, hearing that snap and that squeal is one of the most unpleasant sounds. Ever.  But it works.  Effectively.  Efficiently.  Quickly.


Oh, and I’m a card carrying member of the ‘why reinvent the wheel?’ society.


Now, with all that said …

… please don’t get me wrong.


I don’t eschew progress.  I don’t squash creativity.  I’m a strong proponent of forward thinking ideas …


And while I believe in the tried and true … I truly believe the tried and true can always be improved upon.


Take, for example, that big wedge of Swiss cheese on the mousetrap proposition.  Outside of a Tom & Jerry cartoon, I don’t believe it works all that well.  But peanut butter on the mouse trap?  Yeah, that works …






And take, for example, my fourth ever blog post.  The post where I was inspired by Country Living magazine and Martha Stewart (dot) com to have a bunch of bats fly across my front door.


Last year I used three sizes of bats. Cut out of black poster board and affixed with command poster strips …


Whereas this year I made a slight adjustment.


A small improvement, if you will …




… and only used two sizes of bats.




That’s right folks.  I went all wild and crazy and skipped the largest of the bats …




I know, I know.  I took a big risk on this one …




So, what camp are you in?  Are you a ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ kinda gal — or guy — like me … ?




P.S.  This post was measured against my new “at what price?” standards and it passed “Go” and  collected 200 dollars:


It was free.  Check.

I had already planned to decorate the porch this weekend. Check.

And it improved our home and our life since my daughter has been pleading with me to get our Halloween on already. Check. 


P.P.S.  The link to the marthastewart.com bat template can be found on this post …


P.P.P.S.  Be sure to check out Bonbon Break’s fun, Zombie-inspired Halloween issue …they’ve been kind enough to include me and my mason jar votives  in the fun …


  1. I agree, they totally work for your porch so why change it. Perfectly batty! ;)

  2. Right on. Simple, cheap, and took less time than it would have to come up with something new. And if the kids like it – that is all that matters!!

  3. I just went looking for this post the other day! Love it :)

  4. I love the one before, I love this one even more! A little tweak to something that’s already good is fine with me!
    Have a great week Linda!

  5. I love the DRAMA of those bats! If it ain’t broke…

  6. I love your front porch! It looks great!

  7. szinteriors says:

    Your entry looks great… I might have to borrow the inspiration! What I loved reading was how it passed the at-what-price test. That test is one to take to the bank, Linda! Good for you :-)

  8. I so love your “batty” porch….Never change a “good thing”….

  9. Great porch! I don’t even fix it when it IS broke. I’m just that lazy.

  10. It’s a keeper and I’m with you – why mess with perfection?!

  11. Yep, things you are already doing count. Things that you have to rationalize as “every other blogger is doing it/has it/would do it if they could”. those things are out:)

  12. I need some bats for my belfry.


  13. LOL – your post made me smile, as did the bats (minus the third size!).

  14. Super cool!! I bet the kids love it!

  15. I agree Linda this is super cool! And yes I also agree if it ain’t broken don’t fix it!

  16. Those bats look like they’re in motion! Great job! I definitely believe in “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”….

  17. I love this…your “bats” and you’re right…sometimes it is best just to admit almost perfection and stay the course!! I still RUE that I didn’t get to meet you at the Southern Bloggers Conference.

  18. I keep seeing these on Pinterest and I love them! That is such a cute and clever touch! Definitely getting me some next year!

  19. What a fun Halloween decorating idea–I love the bats! Reminds me of Hitchcock’s The Birds:)

  20. Oh my word! I am IN LOVE with the bats. What an amazing front porch you have!

  21. Okay- not a big bat fan but your’s freak me out!! :)

  22. I just love that look!


  23. Cool, love the bats, have cut out over 60 myself. They really add so much charm, and are so inexpensive. Love your front porch, and you door screen. Is that wood?

  24. Batty over your porch! Happy Halloween!

  25. Wow! What a creepy entrance you have, Halloween bats cut out of felt and a spooky sign are a perfect combination.

  26. Love the bats!!! And the price tag!

  27. What a cute Halloween porch, I love it! Hugs, Penny

  28. Linda, this looks too cute! all batty like ;-) and I like your dark colored porch ceiling.

  29. Love those bats. I have Martha Stewart cling ones from years back but love this for adding more! On that mousetrap comment…and FYI from our experience….chocolate and Solid Gold Lamb and Rice dog food is way better than peanut butter ( speaking from past experience with those buggers)..maybe a little chocolate in the PB? We had mice passing up the good PB for our good chocolate on the kitchen counter after leaving the dog food as a trade. Caught all of the intruders with chocolate after that right away before sealing up the hole they were getting in from.

  30. That is so cute! I love the BOO sign with the wreaths. I have a SHOW-case Craft Showcase going on this weekend if you would like to be a part of! :)


  31. How spooky and awesome!

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