Decorating with twine

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I love decorating with twine and there are so many ways to do it. You can wrap it around candles, vases, wreaths, books, or picture frames.  I decided to wrap it around a wood paddle I bought from etsy. At first I thought I was going to paint the paddle. But when it arrived I loved the natural wood look.  I decided to wrap some twine around the handle to add texture .

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I mounted it to the wall and I love the way it turned out.

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Do you do anything special with twine?

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Rustic chalkboard for the kitchen

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While browsing in Burlington Coat Factory I found this really cute chalkboard. I know I already had one in my kitchen but I loved the natural wood look and the baskets were an added bonus. It was the last one so I tossed it into my shopping cart with joy.

Then I found this cute little sign below. But I was already over budget (story of my life – who sticks to one anyway?) I decided to snap a quick picture and thought how I could try creating it onto my chalkboard.

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Clearly I was insane to think I could draw the entire picture… Pots, pans and all!

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I love how I can add different things to the baskets when I get bored. The apples added some color and it this isn’t your typical chalkboard you see everywhere.

What does your chalkboard say?

Halloween porch

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I know the Halloween banner is a little to soon being it is still September. But I just could not contain myself. ( Don’t worry I took it down after I took my photos.) I don’t want the neighborhood thinking I’m crazy when there still going to the beach and wearing shorts.

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After I took it down I replaced it with this fall banner I made. It was a DIY on my blog a few weeks ago.

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Im so in love with my Pottery Barn throw pillow. I was excited when I opened my package today… I thought it was just a pillow cover-but it was actually an entire pillow with stuffing. It was made well and I know it will last in the outdoors. I will be adding some crows to the mix sometimes next week. Hopefully I will have at least ONE trick or treater this year. We seriously had NONE last year. I’m hoping my porch will be more inviting to the kiddies this year. They were probably scared of our broken garage door we recently fixed or maybe our rotted windows we had last year. Glad we spruced up the place! Did anyone else have zero kids at there house last year?

 

 

 

Fall touches

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If you follow me already your familiar with the greeting at my front door….

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Across from my door you will find a simple fall tray. I switched out my sea shells for some pine cones- and added a tumble weed thing-a-ma-bob!

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Oh and one more tumble weed landed on my books!

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Head into my dining room and you will see some neutral pumpkin action.  I love the antique salt and pepper shakers from pottery barn.

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And last but not least-my fall chalkboard… Apples anyone???

Come back next week for my outdoor fall tour. Crossing my fingers it’s as good as I picture!

 

 

Pumpkin Topiary DIY

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All you need is three foam pumpkins per topiary- Small, medium,  and large. You will also need faux leaves, baskets, hot glue gun and fall garland of your choice.

First rip of the stems of you medium and large pumpkins. Don’t forget to leave the small pumpkins stem on for the topper.

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Start with your large pumpkin and glue leaves around where the stem was. (make sure they stick out far enough when you layer the pumpkins you will see them.)

Glue your medium pumpkin to your large one. Then repeat the leave topping onto the medium pumpkin.

Then your ready to add the small topper pumpkin.

When you have your topiary built place it inside your basket. I did not have to glue that down because it fit snug.

Last- add your garland to the base. I used garbage ties to hold them together.

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If your basket is not heavy you may want to add some sand to a ziplock back to hold it down.

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These are going to look real pretty on your porch! And when you tell people you made them they will be impressed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White washing a wood serving tray

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I had a black tray in my “junk closet” that I just could not part with. You can pretty much call me a serving tray collector. I decided to make this tray white wash so it would match my home better.

 

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I  used Rustoleum flat white paint and I mixed it with water. When white washing your just mixing your paint with water to create the brush stroke look. I always start with maybe a half cup of water and if I do not get my desired look I add more water until it is the look I’m going for.

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The above photo was my first coat. I went with a total of two coats because I really liked what was happening here! This will dry rather quick because its not layered on thick like most paints. However, if your going to place items in your tray wait 24 hours for the paint to fully dry.

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What a great excuse to eat crumb cake for breakfast. I was simply “making sure the tray held up”…..

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharpie art on black and white pumpkins

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I really wanted to decorate with black and white pumpkins so I shopped around. It turns out the cost of ONE black and white pumpkin with Halloween art could run you about $35.00. You can imagine the cost of a porch full of these beauties. While shopping at Christmas tree shops I discovered these large pumpkins for $11.99 and the small monogrammed one for $5.99.

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Although there is nothing wrong with them, I just wanted them to come in white. I decided to pick up 3 of them and see what I could do. I spray painted them white first.

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I used two coats of spray paint. The picture above is from the first coat. After they dried I filled in where the letters were with a black sharpie. I was happy I did not have to use paint because  that can get tricky! I wish I could put these out already but unfortunately I must wait until October!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to turn an old wood sign into a Halloween decoration.

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Grab a piece of scrap wood or an old sign to use. I used a pottery barn refreshments sign I was no longer using.

Spray paint your sign with white paint. I only did one coat because I wanted the dark wood to show through.

After your sign dries use your stencil and marker to create the words of your choice

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After you remove the stencil fill in any places that need to be touched up.

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Thats all!! I can’t wait to put this sign outside with my black and white pumpkins I made. I will be posting that DIY Next. Stay Tuned!

Fall wreath under $4.00

 

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I love this simple wreath I made for $3.46. The way to make an inexpensive wreath is to shop your clearance or damaged section at your local Christmas Tree Shops or Hobby Lobby. Look for a wreath that can be fixed, or has potential. This wreath had missing sea shells that is why it was marked clearance. I knew I could rip off the two shells left and add whatever I wanted to later. After September, I have a great halloween idea for the wreath!

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I added a chalkboard sign that I already had. I like that you can change the saying to anything you want when you get bored or when the seasons change.

 

Burlap banner DIY

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I can’t believe we are already three days into September. It’s like just yesterday I was eating ice cream cones with sprinkles and now I’m all ” bring on the hot coco and apple cider “. I must admit I love the fall! I can hardly wait to pull out my boots and layer my clothes. Not to mention the green leaves changing to golden brown and the scent of logs burning into the night sky. Ahhhh I can feel it in my bones (even though it was 90 degrees yesterday.)

Now for the burlap decor…. Even that smells good!

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All you need is:

scissors

burlap

twine

black marker

stencil

This was pretty simple to do! I just cut out one triangle then traced the other ones to make sure they were all even.

After I cut out the shapes I traced my letters with black marker over the stencil.

Last I glued the tops of the burlap to the twine with a sticky glue. You can use a glue gun but I went with a rhinestone glue. It was less messy.

There are so many different variations you can do! Here is a list of word ideas for fall/halloween.

Boo

Spooky

Beware

Haunted

Autumn

Give Thanks