Autumn

AUTUMN is a fun time of year to get back into the house after a nice hot summer and start feathering the nest for cooler weather. These project ideas will take you from early fall to winter!

Autumn Centerpiece in a Muted Palette

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So often at this time of the year we see an autumn centerpiece and wreath in “autumn” colors of gold, red and brown.  This combination of colors is beautiful for the season and I’m definitely not knocking it. However, this year I wanted to try something different for my autumn centerpiece. I started with a…

Framed Leaves Decorate for Fall

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Of course we all know that real autumn leaves can be preserved, but if you don’t have the time and are looking for a way to bring the falling leaves inside, you can make your own leaves (in colors and textures that appeal to you and your spaces) in no time at all. Here’s what…

Fall Wreaths with Unique Touches

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It’s pretty tough to come up with great new ideas for fall wreaths every single year.  That’s why being open to the classics is a good idea! However, I’ve snapped some shots of what is new and interesting in fall wreaths as I’ve been out shopping. I’ve seen new ideas in color, shape and content….

Fall Birds are a Natural Home Accent

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Do you remember the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Bird’s”? Well, that’s NOT what I’m talking about here! This season, why not bring fall birds into your décor. I mention this because they are everywhere, in nearly every home décor product, and in so many different species, you can choose your favorite! Owls Owls have been…

Felt Leaves Can Be Sewn into an Autumn Garland

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Felt strikes again in this simple leaf garland for fall.  This is a great project for kids to learn a little about the sewing machine too. Kids will get a kick out of putting together their own leaf garland to use draped over your curtain rods, wrapped around railings or columns, even used at the…

5 Steps to Make an Indian Corn Wreath

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Nothing says fall like indian corn with it’s beautiful texture and warm rich colors, which, by the way, you can make into a lovely seasonal wreath. When the Indian corn arrives, so has fall!  I mean pumpkins show up and you know Halloween is on the way, but Indian corn brings thoughts of the Pilgrims…

Here’s How To Carve Dried Gourds as Decor

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Carving dried gourds is almost a lost tradition with all of the new inflatables, illuminated signs and audible creatures that haunt today’s porches and landscaping. As you stroll through your neighborhood, aren’t you amazed by your neighbor’s Halloween decorations?  Traditional ghosts and goblins have gone hi tech. Simple ghosts suspended from trees?  No way!  Today’s…

You Can Sew These Pillows for Halloween

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Use inexpensive craft felt, buttons and thread to sew some adorable accessory pillows for the Halloween season. Halloween is a great holiday – for children of all ages!  Officially, Halloween is celebrated on October 31, but my Matt and I see no reason why the fun should be limited to a single day. It doesn’t take…

Ideas to Pump Up Your Thanksgiving Decor

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Running out of time for making extravagant holiday decorations?  Well, here are a few ideas to help keep you sane this Thanksgiving while still reaping the compliments you work so hard for! Make it Natural! Indian corn, gourd pumpkins, and squashes can provide a touch of fall to any table.  They can be placed in…

Create a Spooky Bat Costume from Felt

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This easy bat costume could also be used as the caped crusader costume with the addition of a few creative bat decals. My son, Cameron was always interested in my sewing.  Of course so are my cats.  I guess young eyes see the sewing machine as a true marvel.  I guess I still do too!  Well…

Create an Amazing Spaghetti and Meatballs Costume

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This totally unusual spaghetti and meatballs costume is easy to make and it is an outstanding idea for a costume contest.  I honestly don’t remember how we got started with the spaghetti and meatball costume, but we had a ball with it!  No pun intended! Notice that it, like many of the other costumes we have been…

Whip Up a Cartoon-Like Rat Costume

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The most important piece to this costume is the rat hat and the rest can be sweats or a T-shirt and shorts depending on the weather. You dirty rat!  Instead of a sweat suit, although in northern climates, a sweat suit in gray would be perfect for this costume; in Florida we wear shorts and T-shirts! …

Try an Easy Grapes or Blueberries Costume

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You will amaze your friends and Halloween party goers with this easy to create grapes or blueberries costume. The first time I made a costume like this was when my daughter was about four or five.  At that time she had a purple sweat suit that I pinned purple balloons to. I made a leaf…

Become Your Favorite Pet for Halloween

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You can be any favorite pet or even a non pet for Halloween this year as long as you have a great close-up photo of it’s face! My friend Jennifer is a dog lover and she was devastated when she lost her sweet puppy of 13 years.  In honor of her favorite pet, she helped…

Turn Your Child into a Daffodil for Halloween

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This daffodil costume is adorable at Halloween but it can also be used for school plays and just dress up fun. This idea was born out of the blueberries or grapes costume idea because of the use of the sweat suit.  So, if a child were to wear a green sweat suit, couldn’t they be…

Fall Table Setting Ideas That Bring Compliments

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With a little extra effort you can create fall table settings that look like they are on display in a store front window or in a designer showhouse. I think we get extra interested in decorating our homes in the fall because we’ve just finished the summer season where we’ve spent so much time outdoors. …

Try Making These Spooky Felt Halloween Pillows

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Felt Halloween pillows are inexzpensive to make and anyone can cut the shapes out of felt and stitch them together – I mean it! If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times, decorative pillows are easy to make! Especially when they are made for a specific holiday and they won’t really get…

Every Front Door Needs a Halloween Wreath

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This Halloween wreath goes together with four easy pieces, a twig wreath, black leaf garland, candy corn garland and ribbon – it’s a snap! Last year when I was making a wreath for our Halloween party, I ran out of materials and had just enough to create one wreath.  Unfortunately, I have a double front…

Try These Tasty Pumpkin Scones with Raisins

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You can eat pumpkin based foods anytime of the year, but for some reason they taste best in the fall when it’s truly pumpkin season! What could be better at this time of the year than bakery made from pumpkin?  Hey, we even like pumpkin ice cream in our house!  Well, these pumpkin scones are…

How to Make a Thanksgiving Journal of Gratitude

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You’ll be entertained and amazed at what kid’s will write in a Thanksgiving Journal of Gratitude – give it a try and see for yourself! What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving?  For most of us, Thanksgiving is a time for family.   In millions of American homes, Thanksgiving is celebrated in much the…

Waldorf Salad Has All the Fruits of Fall

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Apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts all give this traditional autumn salad it’s flavor and crunch! A waldorf salad is a traditional salad for Thanksgiving.  I’ve never had it for my celebration, but I do know there are a lot of people who do.  Well, all I needed to do was make it once, and now…

This is My Family’s Perfect Thanksgiving

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“Perfect” has different meanings to different people and in some cases perfect takes a lot of work.  I learned from my grandmother that it doesn’t. So often Matt and I get asked this scary question, “How do you create the PERFECT holiday?”  Well, since hosting the annual Thanksgiving meal came to me by default, I’ll…

Kids Will Love This Holiday Turkey Pillow

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Whip this cute turkey pillow up for your own decor, but the kid’s will want it for their own, guaranteed! Have you ever noticed that of all the holidays Thanksgiving is the one most often overlooked in terms of home décor?  The most likely cause of this situation is Thanksgiving’s unfortunate placement on the calendar. …

Easy Recipes for a Simple Thanksgiving Dinner

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Why not make this year’s Thanksgiving dinner a little easier with a simple but tasty meal using simple ingredients that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Turkey leg that is! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that Thanksgiving skipped a generation in our family.  “What does that mean?” I can hear you asking.  Well, my mother’s…

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts

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This recipe is the sweet sister of the baked potato boat! It also adds some great ingredients like cranberries and walnuts to amp up the flavor. Are you looking for something a little different as a side dish for this year’s Thanksgiving celebration?  Or, maybe you’re just getting tired of bland white potatoes?  Well, this…

November Becomes a Thanksgiving Tree

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I went the easy route and chose Thanksgiving as the theme for my November tree, but I just love everything about it from the colors to the bittersweet to the Pilgrims. I’m a little sad thinking that this is my last month in me year long Christmas tree project. It has been a fun year, loaded with special memories…

Easy Instructions for Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

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You haven’t ever roasted pumpkin seeds? Well with these simple instructions there’s no longer any excuses – get busy and get roasting! When it comes time to carve your pumpkin for Halloween don’t deny yourself one of the best taste treats of the season, roasted pumpkin seeds.  After all you are going to be up…

Make Trick or Treat Letter Blocks in the Shop

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These letter blocks for Halloween or any other holiday are a great first project for kids in the shop becuase it takes a little cutting, sanding and painting – all good practice! This is by far my favorite time of year, not only do I love the fall with all the wonderful colors of the leaves…

October’s Tree Had to be About Halloween

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All you need is a witch’s hat as the “star”, to get this Halloween tree off to a great start. Wrap around some spider’s web and bring in a bat or two and you’re well on your way! OK, things are going to start getting really good here as the fall approaches.  I’m not sure if the…

You’ll Love this Unique Wreath of Leaves

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Normally, leaf wreaths have leaves laying on the surface, but these leaves are stacked all the way around a wire wreath – beautiful! I know this one looks like it could be tricky, but as with any magic trick, there is just that, a trick, that makes it very simple.  There are no unusual materials…

Make your own Halloween Tree and Ornaments

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Get the kids involved making ornaments for this fantastic Halloween tree that can go in the entry or be the centerpiece on your dining table. I think I could work on Halloween projects all year long.  I don’t know if it’s the colors that attract me, because I do use both black and orange accents…

Put Holiday Messages in Decorative Frames

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You can easily make welcoming holiday messages to spread around the house and preserve the lettering in attractive frames. Halloween is the perfect time to start your holiday message collection.  Why?  Because Halloween has a lot of letters in it!  I suppose Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas have no shortage, so maybe that’s the reason….Halloween…

Get Busy with Halloween Crafts, Decor and More

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If you are looking for Halloween ideas, you’ve come to the right place.  Here’s are several that will make your Halloween special. Hooray!  It’s that time of the year again and Matt and I are thinking about Halloween!  Here are a couple of friendly scarecrows (hmm, I think that’s an oxymoron but they look friendly…

Fall is the Time to Decorate by Color

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When you select just one of fall’s gorgeous hues to fill your home, you make a bigger statement and at the same time, your seasonal decorating becomes much easier. If there is one season which gets it’s identity from color, it’s autumn.  I could survey dozens of people from anywhere in the country and the…

Classic Caramel Apples with Sweet Add Ons

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Caramel apples are a fall tradition where I come from and they will certainly become a tradition in your family once you try them! The funny thing is neither Matt nor I remember ever making them ourselves.  Now that we’ve both experienced the fun, we’ll never buy caramel apples again!! Ingredients List: 5 apples (Jonathan’s…

September is a Back To School Tree

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A Back To School tree just might get the kids a little bit more excited for the inevitable end of summer event…maybe? There was no question in my mind what to do for September when the time came to change out the tree for all seasons.  One of the most universal events in our world…

Fall Accessorizing Ideas Add Warmth and Color

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Looking for easy ways to make your home look a little bit more like the season? I find that adding colored foliage, soft, rich fabrics and fall motifs around the house really make a difference for me. It gets me in the spirit of the fall season. One of my favorite changes is adding large…

Start Your Fall Decor with a Mailbox Spray

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This easy to make floral mailbox spray is a fall decoration that your entire neighborhood can enjoy! When the seasons change, I find it very easy to make alterations to the inside of my house. I have bins of pillows and throws and boxes of artwork and accessories to exchange and I love every minute…

Make Turkey Gift Bags for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Looking for a creative way to acknowledge friends, neighbors, or teachers for Thanksgiving? Well, here’s a fun project you can do with your kids the weekend before the big day. It’s shaped like a turkey and inside it holds some of the makings for a turkey casserole to use up all that leftover turkey! The…