Archives for September 2014

Fall Wreaths – Easy Sassy and Cheap!

I had big plans for a geo mesh wreath that went no where fast, so I started thinking on how I could just “fix up” my grapevine wreaths and reuse them. Enter blocks, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, letters and hot glue.    This one is going on the guest house door.

Fall Wreath Chair

Here’s another one…I was in a hurry making these wreaths.   I have company coming and I have not even got groceries or cleaned the house.  I hope she drives slow. Here ya go!    Enter two fake punkins, ribbon, hot glue gun and old wood punkin thing from last year.   Ta da!

Fall Wreath Front Door 2014

Check out the progression of this wreath.  Like me, it has to work to live here. If you are living in a small space, you should consider a grapevine wreath because it is durable and you can change it up for each season. Best of all, you don’t have to store it. It stays on the door.

It was an Independence Day wreath…

Wreath 1

And it was a wreath to welcome a bride staying in the guesthouse…

Wedding Bells Wreath on Pole

She was on the back door bouncing around for a while.  (That drove me crazy.)

Wreath With a B

Part of a trio (middle) for a snowman look I had going on for a while…

Snowman Wreaths

This was a dark day (below) because birds kept flying in her and pooping. They confused her with a tree! I actually had to wash the wreath following this tenure.

Grapevine Wreath

Her Dolly Parton days…

Autumn Wreath

Isn’t it great to reuse and repurpose?

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Fall Around The House

Fall is my favorite time of year. This morning when Mike and I made our trip to the Rally Mart (two eggs over medium, buttered toast), he noted that it was 63 degrees. Nice.

I’ve got a friend coming to stay for a week so I’ve been doing some cleaning and decorating for fall. Last week, I had the mantle looking like this…

Fall 4

But today I went in this direction…which is best?

Fall Mantle 1

I’ve got other fall things going on in this room…yeah yeah yeah…those leaves are fake and I know I’ve whined about how much I hate fake plants. Disclaimer: Except when it’s leaves for fall.

Fall 1

I tried to draw some leaves this morning…not so good.  This is just sad.  They are still there.  Sad, bad, but allowed to stay!

Bad Leaf

Here’s what happens if you fail to pick your summer squash…the squash becomes accessories.   I swapped out the scrapbook paper in this picture frame.  It’s polka dots for this fall!

Fall 2

Has there ever been a more beautiful fall quilt than the Glade Spring Tornado Quilt?

Fall 3

This room is a sweet room.  That couch is my bed most nights.  We have three bedrooms, a sofa bed, and a blow up mattress.  Next door, we have a sofa bed and another bedroom in the guest house.  However, I like to sleep on this couch with my feet propped up on the side.   It also makes making the bed easier.   This drives Mike crazy, but I cannot help it.  If he gets too aggravated, I will wait until he’s asleep and then sneak off to the couch.   I can just wad everything up and throw it in the closet and ta da…my bed is made up!

I love that orange pillow cover.  $3.99 at Hobby Lobby and it’s even cheaper with a 40% coupon.  Just sayin’.

Orange Pillow

I’m working on a few wreaths, too. It is not going well. I used to say I didn’t like those fluffy mesh wreaths…that was until I decided I wanted one. It’s kind of like the fall leaves…I only like them if I want to like them. It’s terrible! However, I was at Ben Franklin’s in Kingsport Tennessee and I saw this autumn plaid geo mesh and I bought a roll to make a wreath. I found that I didn’t have enough, so I drove back to Kingsport and bought a second roll. I have watched numerous You Tube Videos and step-by-step instructions and I can’t make this work and I hate it. It’s going to the trash.  It’s frayed from my handling it so much.

Hideous Geo Mesh Wreath

 

I’ll keep you posted on how my non-geo mesh wreaths are going.  Anything is an improvement over that thing pictured above.

 

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Fall Dishtowel Giveaway

I love fall. While I was at the Family Bakery in Gate City, Virginia LAST YEAR, I saw these fall dishtowels. I bought an extra one thinking I’d give it to someone who reads my blog. I never got around to it.

Here’s the Family Bakery…

Family Bakery

And here’s the dishtowel I purchased…

Faith Family Friends Towel

If you would like for this dishtowel to be mailed to you, please comment on this blog post (not on Facebook but this post), and on Sunday, September 7, I’ll place the names of all who commented in a basket and draw the winner. Completely random. Please don’t be shy! It’s just a dishtowel but wouldn’t it be fun to find it in your mailbox?

Oh…and please share and ask your friends to comment! Pretend it’s something really big! Not just a dishtowel.

I love getting mail.

Good luck!

 

Update on 9/8/2014 – Patsy Carrier won the dishtowel.  This is convenient as I won’t have to pay postage!   I’ll be having another dishtowel give away in just  a few days!   Thank you to everyone who commented.

 

 

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