Here’s our favorite detail from our Thanksgiving Table this year! We painted the tiniest pumpkins we could find at the farmer’s market, added our own kraft paper tags et voila! Everyone gets their own baby pumpkin on their plate!
1. Clean pumpkins with a wet paper towel and dry off completely.
2. Paint pumpkins with acrylic paint and let dry completely (We used white pumpkins so we only needed one coat of paint to cover them! You might need two or three coats with an orange pumpkin).
3. Cut kraft paper into tags and hole punch a little hole in the top left corner for the twine.
4. Using the stamps and stamp pad, add names to each tag. Let dry.
5. Thread twine through the hole in the tag and tie around pumpkin stem loosely.
I absolutely love the Sydney Shopper from Fossil in teal (one of my favorite colors!) and collected a few other pieces in the same bright hue for this collection. It’s the perfect vibrant splash for this rainy Monday. Enjoy!
Happy October, everyone! It’s 82 degrees here so we’re not quite feeling the Autumn vibe this week. In addition to icing our PSLs, we’ve done a few other things at the house to make it feel more like Fall!
The first is our fabulous fall wreath! This is an interchangeable felt flower wreath we made last month that is already going to good use with this Fall-inspired color scheme.
The second is this colorful doormat from Target! Our old doormat was on its way out and this guy had the perfect fall palette.
I took the print I made that was hanging in our guest bathroom and changed the colors to match with the season (It used to be a dark blue to match the shower curtain). I just posted it to my Etsy shop if you’d like to add it to your Fall decor as well! It is available in both orange and brown.
Some other touches we included were some white and orange pumpkins to our front porch, along with some red, orange, and yellow mums. We even bought a handful of mini pumpkins for a centerpiece on the kitchen table!
We hope you’re enjoying the season so far and eating lots of pumpkin flavored things. Happy Fall!
Well, it’s not a secret that I am a big fan of the crisp modern feel of white. I’m especially loving the look of bright splashes of white paired with natural elements like woven weathered wood. No matter the occasion, I always like to mix in white pieces to make seasonal colors pop.
Drawing inspiration from our everyday (and a whole lot of catalog flipping), we are bringing back the “Things I Love” section of the blog in style with this “Fall for White” collage. We hope you enjoy it!
Every Fall I find myself looking in stores for the perfect wreath for my front door and every Fall I find myself disappointed that I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for. I usually end up spending money on something seasonal that I’m “eh” about and I secretly envy the people who have beautiful handmade wreaths adorning their equally beautiful doors. It’s usually a question of how much time I really have to spend making the perfect wreath for my door that I love for exactly 2 months. Then, I’ll get tired of it, and probably spend more money buying a storage solution for the garage where it will sit and wait for its inevitable trip to the dump one day when I’m feeling extra feisty and actually have the time and energy to clean out the garage.
I’ve seen some really beautiful yarn-wrapped foam wreaths that I’ve been admiring for some time now and this year decided that I’d give it a try. One weekend I thought I’d be able to complete a yarn-wrapped wreath during the variable time in the afternoon when the kids have their ‘quiet time.’ Ha. Sadly to say, I spent the day feverishly working to try to finish the “wrapping” which proved to be much more time consuming than I had hoped. In all, I’d say it took about 3 hours. About halfway through, I was ready to quit, but it was by sheer determination that I didn’t get the supplies for naught that kept me going. I pushed through among kids wandering around me and intermittent noise/dogs barking/kids yelling. Once I was done, I was really happy with the result but was determined to not have to yarn-wrap a wreath ever again (or at least for a couple of years).
My plan was to adorn the wreath with felt flowers (again something I’ve been admiring on sites like Pinterest and Etsy). I was originally going to hot glue them directly to the yarn-wrapped wreath (which secretly made me cringe inside because I was sure it would ruin the wreath if I ever tried to remove them). Then it hit me! I could reuse the wreath seasonally and swap out the colors, theme, etc. if I could find a way to attach the felt flowers in a way that wouldn’t damage the wreath. This is what I came up with:
Materials: A foam wreath, yarn, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, felt, scissors, and bobby pins.
What to do:
1. Gathering as much patience as you can muster, wrap the foam wreath with yarn. Instead of wielding the entire skein, I unraveled a section of yarn around my hand – wrapping it around about 35 times so I had a little wad of yarn I could easily maneuver through the wreath. When that piece was done, I tied a new piece to it making sure the knot was on the back.
2. Make felt flowers! We cleared out the felt section of Michael’s of every color they had to make sure we were well equipped for every season. Check out the links below for some great tutorials on felt flowers!
1. rolled felt flowers ¦ 2. felt hydrangeas ¦ 3. slanted petal rolled flowers ¦ 4. felt rosettes
3. Cut out a small circle of felt and put a bobby pin in the center of it (for bigger flowers, the length of the bobby pin can also be centered as the ends will be hidden under the petals – for smaller flowers, push the bobby pin all the way onto the circle so that only one end hangs off. This will make it easier to hide just one end under another flower).
4. Put hot glue on the bobby pinned circle and press to the bottom of a flower.
5. Slide the flowers onto the wreath by slipping the bobby pin under a few strands of yarn until it feels secure.
You can hang the wreath using some leftover yarn or a piece of twine like we did!
Enjoy your interchangeable wreath for any season by swapping out colors and mix and matching all of your different felt flowers! With so many great holidays coming up, we will be back soon with new color schemes!
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Last but not least, my very favorite detail from our End of Summer Party!
We loved the Metallic Confetti Tumblers from our Summer party so much that we just had to make some more. Again we went with Martha Stewart’s glass paint collection, but this time we tried the “Frost” paint. It is an awesome product and we’re so happy with how these turned out!
Materials: Glass tumblers, rubbing alcohol, painter’s tape, a foam pouncer, and Martha Stewart Craft’s Translucent Frost Glass Paint (we used Beach Glass!)
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What to do:
1. Using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel or cotton ball, clean the tumblers and let dry.
2. Take the painter’s tape in manageable sections and tape off where you want your paint to go.
3. Use your finger nail or a credit card to press out all air bubbles and seal the tape onto the tumblers.
4. Dip the foam pouncer in the frost paint and begin painting the tumblers using an up and down motion (don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect – a second coat will fix any mistakes!).
5. Let dry two hours before applying a second coat.
6. Let second coat dry overnight and then peel off the painter’s tape!
7. Follow the directions on Martha Stewart’s craft website for how to set the paint (We air cure for 21 days, but you can also oven bake them!).
8. Have a party!
Thank you all so much for your interest in this fun little DIY! Check out the comment section for paint alternatives and extra advice on making the tumblers.
Sadly, this paint has been discontinued, but we found a few colors still for sale on Amazon! HERE and HERE.
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Here are some of the elements we used to create our simple End of Summer Party (you might recognize some of them from this year’s Summer Party!):
Paper Strip Garland
Dip Dyed Frosted Tumblers
Button Napkin Rings
Linen Napkins by Pottery Barn
Placemats from Bed Bath & Beyond
Frames from Pottery Barn
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