Fall Plant with Corn Husks

Fall Plant with Corn Husks
Fall Plant with Corn Husks

I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but it’s still in the mid-80’s here in TX.  Today it felt like a nice early summer day before the 100 degree temps hit.  Usually we have a few cool fronts that take into the upper 60’s and by now we are usually staying there, but not this year!  You could wear your swimsuit and carry a beach bag for your Halloween costume this year.

All this warm weather made me want to try my hand at a fall arrangement.  I keep seeing them in blogland and on Pinterest, so I went to Home Depot.  I have a black thumb but I figure maybe it will live until an actual cold snap hits.  Here is what I decided to make and originally used it on our fall deck, but then decided to move it.  Life has been busy and we weren’t spending as much time on the deck during the week, so I wanted to see it more.  (Plus I needed to remember to water it….Black Thumb remember!)  So I placed it at the entrance to our casa.  I love how it turned out and have really enjoyed it.

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I have no idea what these plants are, I just liked them grouped together at Home Depot.  A little thanks goes out the Home Depot Lady for helping me pick a few.  I told you plants are not my thing, but I like these.  Full sun and low watering!  That’s my kind of plants.

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I bought this pot at Home Depot also, but it’s big and would take a lot of potting soil.  So I decided I needed to take up some of the space before adding soil.  First I added cans in the bottom.

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Next I laid some paper on top of the cans.

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Then I filled it with potting soil and arranged the plants.  I live out in the country and we had collected a few corn stalks before they were harvested.  I thought I might need some in my fall decor and it turned out I did.  I stuck in a few of those in the back to add some fall flair.  I’m really enjoying it at our entrance welcoming us home each day.

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Sugar Skull Tablescape

Sugar Skull Tablescape
Sugar Skull Tablescape

Whew, what an exciting weekend we had!  Bracken was upset because OU didn’t pull off a win against Kansas State.  He said OU beat themselves.  Then what the heck happened to my Aggies?  They didn’t even show up in Tuscaloosa.  The main reason we went up to Oklahoma wasn’t football, it was because Bracken got his OU Ring!  I can’t believe he will be graduating from college in a little over a year.  My baby is growing up!  We are so proud of the amazing young man he has become.  God has blessed him abundantly.

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Besides sharing our excitement from the weekend, I wanted to share my final Halloween decor for this year.  It’s a simple tablescape using the sugar skulls I painted from Dollar Tree skulls.

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I glued one school to a candle stick and stuck him under a cloche.  The pumpkins are a few I made last year.  They just seemed to fit in with everything.  The crows and spider web placemats are from Dollar Tree as well.  I love that store and the bargains you can find there!

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These cute little skelly napkins were $1 at Target in their Halloween section.  For glasses I just took some Starbuck  Frappuccino bottles and added 3 strips of washi tape.  The skelly wash tape also came from Target.  It matched perfectly.

This is a fun table to enjoy our family suppers at through the Halloween holiday.  Are you enjoying the start of this 3 month holiday season?

Flea Market Flip October 17th

Flea Market Flip October 17th
Flea Market Flip October 17th

 

It’s Flea Market Flip Friday!  Time to show you what I did with one of the treasures I gathered this last week.  At least this is making me get on things instead of just piling up more stuff around here.  I always have these great ideas, but fail in the execution arena many times.  Let’s get on with what your here for.  What did you pick from last weeks Flea Market Friday finds?   Can you spot the flea market flip?

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It’s a little hard to get a good picture of the fantle because it is right next to the front door.  You get natural light streaming in, but doesn’t brighten up the top shelf as much.

Did you guess the right thing last week?  Yes, I turned the black purse into a vase using some Dollar Tree flowers to get in all the colors of the sugar skulls.  You could also hang this on your door replacing a wreath.

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I shared early with you this week about how I transformed these Dollar Tree skulls and pumpkins.  Here is a close up of each shelf.

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All of these skulls, pumpkin, and RIP tombstone are Dollar Tree finds.  I just embellished them with a little paint.  The “EEK” frames were a deal as well.  You can see where I made them last year here.

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This bottom shelf is a lot of what I had last year.  So go out and hit up your local Dollar Tree and find some crafts you make for the Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas holidays.  Wow!  I can’t believe I’m already tying Christmas.  It will be here before we know it.

Linking Up @ ………

Huckleberry Love        Setting For Four     Etcetorize

Homestories A to Z     Cedar Hill Ranch    Sugar Bee Crafts     

Between Naps On The Porch   The Dedicated House     A Stroll Thru Life      Kathe With An E

The Crafty Blog Stalker  Nap Time Creations   Hun What’s For Dinner   Domestically Speaking

Coastal Charm    Lou Lou Girls   My Pinterventures   Happy House and Home

Not Just A Housewife    VMG206        New Mrs. Adventures      We Call It Junkin

Just A Girl And Her Blog    Made to be a Momma     One Krieger Chick     Dolen Diaries

The Newlywed Pilgrimage  Cherished Bliss     Five Heart Home      Mama Dish

Sowdering About   This Silly Girl’s Life      Two Little Cavaliers    Live Randomly Simple

Designs By Miss Mandee     Somebody’s Dinner   Carissa Miss   Red Crow Green Crow

Ella Claire Inspired      Yellow Bliss Road     City Farmhouse         Clean and Scentsible

The Blissful Bee   The Happy Housie     The Turquoise Home     Place of My Taste

Someday Crafts        Snap Creativity        Ivy and Elephants     Posed Perfection  Oh My Creative

Lamberts Lately     Krafty Cards Etc       Design Dining and Diapers     Love of Family and Home

Jennifer Rizzo     AKA Designs    Craft Dictator     Play Party Pin

The Freshman Cook        Funky Junk Interiors

Whipperberry     The 36th Avenue         DIY Vintage Chic        Bacon Time With The Hungry Hypo

Tatertots and Jello    I Heart Nap Time     Lil Luna        Somewhat Simple       Todays Creative Blog

One More Time Events      Its Overflowing         Life on Lakeshore Drive

Minettes Maze   View From The Fridge   Pink When   Interior Frugalista   My Crafty Spot

Pieced Pastimes    USS Crafty

Dollar Tree Halloween Craft

Dollar Tree Halloween Craft
Dollar Tree Halloween Craft

 

I’m running around like a crazy person today.  I am taking a few minutes to drop in for a quick post today because my schedule is still crammed full.  So not a lot of chit-chat, just straight to the point.   I just want to share with you how you can transform a few Dollar Tree items with a little paint and time.  Come back see how these will be used in my Halloween decor on Friday and Monday.

 

 

Here is what I started with from Dollar Tree.

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Only difference was that my skulls didn’t have the black on them.  They were this gray beige dingy color and I wanted white.  I spray painted the skull white, and painted the pumpkin white with acrylic paint.  Now I had a blank canvas.

Then I just began painting them to resemble the sugar skulls that are popular.  I free handed my painting but you could draw it on lightly with a pencil and then paint your pattern.  The thing about sugar skulls that makes them stand out is that all the colors are outlined in black.  Ummmm, my hand is NOT that steady!  So I used a fine tip sharpie marker to outline and add a little detail.  With a little paint and patience you can have this.  Remember to come back on Friday and next Monday to see how I’m using them in my Halloween decor this year.  (Fantle, Tablescape)

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Holy Cow! I Got A Thing For Cow Hides

Holy Cow! I Got A Thing For Cow Hides
Holy Cow! I Got A Thing For Cow Hides

How are you all doing this Monday morning?  I’m totally dragging today.  Maybe it’s because I burn the candles at both ends.  Maybe it’s because I try to cram too much in my days.  Maybe it’s because I went to work out at 5:30 this morning.  Or maybe it’s just a combination off all these.  I’m thinking a nap will be in my future after work today!

I’m from Texas, live in the country, we have cattle, and I have a thing for cow hides!  If your an animal activist please don’t judge me.  You are perfectly entitled to your belief, and may want to just skip this post.  There is just something about their rustic look and texture.  There are so many types to choose from, and each one is totally unique.  Each one has their own imperfections that make them even more unique.

In our home we have used cow hide in the decor of several of our rooms.  If you follow me on Instagram then your probably already saw our couch.  Today I thought I would share with you 2 of 4 places where we used cow hide in our decor.  Why not all 4 you ask?  Well, because one is our bedroom dresser that has cow hide on it and is in desperate need of some touch up painting.  (It’s on the to-do list!)  The other one is a rug in our living room, but it’s where we have this hodge podge coffee table thing going on right now.  It’s looking a little embarrassing right now, because we can’t figure out what to make.  We think we want a 6ft x 4ft coffee table, but we aren’t 100% sure.  So we haven’t done anything yet.  Why waste the energy building something we aren’t sure we want.

But let me show you the 2 things that I’m smitten with in our home.  First is the couch.  This is one of the Pottery Barn couches I paid $99 for, and then had reupholstered.

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I actually have 2 these large couches that sit opposite of each other.  I added the cowhide trim just on the arms as an accent.  Then we have a cow hide rug in this similar print in between these 2 couches.  (The rug with the hodge podge coffee table set up.)  Here is a close up of the arm of the couch.

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Here’s the second area.  About 5 years ago I wanted to add wing back chairs on the ends of our dining table.  I searched and searched for months.  Finally I found some on Craigslist for $10 each!  Score!  So I drove an hour away to pick them up.  The next week I bought the fabric and had them reupholstered as well.  These now set on the ends of our long dining table.

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I love tiger stipe cattle, so I knew when I needed a cow hide for this project that this is what I wanted.  Then I just picked out the other fabric to go with it.

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These pieces bring me 100% joy in our home.  As you can tell I have a thing for denim, and upholstering pieces in various fabrics.  There is just something fun about matching different fabrics to create the look I want.   One thing that I know about these pieces is that they are just as unique as each cow hide.

 

 

 

Flea Market Friday October 10th

Flea Market Friday October 10th

It’s Friday!  You know that means……Flea Market Friday!  I’m dropping in for a quick post today to show what I picked up this past week.  This is a new Friday series I’ve started so that I will do something with the stuff I pick up at yard sales and flea markets.  Otherwise it sits in storage just waiting for it’s day to be a star.  You can see the first Flea Market Friday and then see what I did on Flea Market Flip Friday.

So here is what I picked up this week.  A few odd items, but they just called out to me.  But most of all I’m excited that I FINALLY found the little toy truck I wanted without having to pay a fortune!  Which item do you think I will decide to do something with?  I’d love to hear your opinion, and then come back next Friday to see what I decided to do.

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Giveaway for All Things Fall Y’all

Giveaway for All Things Fall Y’all

Who wants to win a great cash prize?  I know your all at the edge of your seat, with your hand in the air, yelling me-me-me!  I’m glad your excited because there are 4 CASH PRIZES totaling over $1,000, and one of those could be yours!  There are lots of bloggers that pulled together their resources to bring you this amazing giveaway.  Your probably going to skip right to the bottom and enter the giveaway, but there is more.  Each blogger has provided a link for you check out their fall projects in a Blog Hop.  You will find yummy recipes, fun crafts, and great decor to get you ready for fall.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy “All Things Fall Y’all”!

Make sure you read all the way through the giveaway so you don’t have any problems!

All Things Fall Y'all Blog Hop & Giveaway 4 prizes

THE ALL THINGS FALL Y’ALL BLOG HOP & GIVEAWAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Kenarry: Ideas for the Home | Oh My! Creative | View from the Fridge | One Krieger Chick

 

GRAND PRIZE: $575

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4th PRIZE: $13 – Lucky number 13! Buy yourself a few pumpkin lattes!

 

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Click on the photos to discover wonderful Fall and Halloween crafts and recipes!

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What do you love most about Fall?

 

 

18 Fantastic Feather Projects (Hometalk Curated Board)

18 Fantastic Feather Projects (Hometalk Curated Board)
18 Fantastic Feather Projects (Hometalk Curated Board)

Remember me telling you that lots of fun stuff will be happening this week and next?  First there was the Autumn Tour with six of my Haven friends that was posted on Monday.  I hope you had a chance to check it out, if not click on the link and go see the amazing projects.

The second fun thing is that Hometalk asked me to curate a board full of feather projects.  Yes, I may have jumped up and down, danced a little a jig, and squealed with excitement.  I just started posting on Hometalk and they liked my gold tipped feather wreath enough to ask me to do this!  You know I was all in because I have a severe feather addiction right now.  Give me some feathers and a Thunderbird and I’m as happy as a bear with a honey hive.  So here are the amazing feather projects I found over on Hometalk.

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This awesome graphic that includes my wreath and some of the other projects I picked was done by the Hometalk design team.  Here is a virtual fist pump to them for creating a great graphic.  You can click on the graphic or here and it will take you to the board so you can check them all out.

But let me share a few of them with you so you can start your tour of 18 fantastic feather projects.

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I love this feather arrangement with the gold over at A Stroll Thru Life.  Isn’t the vase that the feathers are in just gorgeous!

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I’ve been in love with these African JuJu Hats for some time over at Songbird Blog.  They just look like big fluffy flowers hanging on the wall.

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And anything made from book pages had me at hello.  Aren’t these from Too Much Time so cute and dainty.

Ok, there are 3 of the awesome 18 feather projects I clipped to my board.  Now that I’ve wetted your whistle, go over to Hometalk and check out the others.  You will feeling as light as a feather with happiness once you see them all.

 

 

Indian Fall Deck

Indian Fall Deck
Indian Fall Deck

Is Fall in the air where you live? Not so much here!  It’s still in the 90’s here in TX so I’ve had a hard time getting into fall mode.  We basically have a hot hot, and not so hot seasons.  That means we have a hot hot summer, and cool winter with a few episodes of ice.

Since it’s still so warm here, we are still using the bbq pit (heck we bbq year around) and hanging around outside in shorts.  So to get in the groove of fall, I decided to glam up our deck with touches of fall.  We sit out here in the evenings enjoying the cooler night and family conversation.  As an added bonus, the cooler temperatures means less bugs flying around.

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Once the kids went back to school, pool time became nonexistent.  Here is how our deck has been hanging out.  Dead plants from the summer, and chairs leaned over to keep the cat hair to a minimum.  He is an outside cat and loves to lounge on the cushions, which leaves tons of cat hair.

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I started adding touches of fall with the gold tipped wreath I made from white feathers.  After I made this wreath it hit me that I wanted to go with a Native American feel.  From that it was dream catchers, god’s eyes, and lots of fall colored yarn.

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Next to the wreath, I hung two limbs loaded down with yarn.  All I did was tie on sections from all the yarn I had picked out.  You can make this as long as you wish.  The most time consuming part was cutting the lengths of yarn.  I ended up ball parking the length (cause I’m impatient) and then just gave it a hair cut at the end to even up the bottom.  We also brought out the chimenea for a little fall warmth.  It’s been in storage, and I totally forgot that the color went perfectly with what I had picked out!

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See these little votive holder in front of our vintage tool box?  I had some smaller stronger feathers I ordered online (found them on Amazon), and just painted the tips like I painted the wreath feathers.  These cute little votive holders will be making their way to our fall table setting indoors.  Plus I’m in love with dream catchers right now.  I have so many dreams floating around in my head that I need something to catch them and keep them for me.  The god’s eyes in the vintage tool box were made by me and throw back youth camp skills.  Thank you Camp Fire Camps for this skill, because all these year later I still remember how to whip one out!

You have seen these daytime pictures, and now I want to show you how we have been enjoying it in the evenings.

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Who doesn’t enjoy sitting outside catching up on your day beside a fire!  The lights and fire just create a relaxing atmosphere don’t you think?

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I’ve been telling you about the Autumn Tour that was happening today.  It’s with 6 of my blogger friends that I met at Haven!  So this is the day you get to click over and get 6 more ideas to bring fall into your home.  Just look at these great project ideas, coming to you from the east coast to the west coast and everything in between.

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All these fantastic ideas will help you get your home all decked out for fall and Halloween!  You have no excuse to put off decorating now.  You just need to click here on each picture (An InLinkz Link-up) and visit each of the projects.   Show them some love and check out their projects.

 

Linking Up @ ……
Huckleberry Love        Setting For Four     Etcetorize

Homestories A to Z     Cedar Hill Ranch    Sugar Bee Crafts     

Between Naps On The Porch   The Dedicated House     A Stroll Thru Life      Kathe With An E

The Crafty Blog Stalker  Nap Time Creations   Hun What’s For Dinner   Domestically Speaking

Coastal Charm    Lou Lou Girls   My Pinterventures   Happy House and Home

Not Just A Housewife    VMG206        New Mrs. Adventures      We Call It Junkin

Just A Girl And Her Blog    Made to be a Momma     One Krieger Chick     Dolen Diaries

The Newlywed Pilgrimage  Cherished Bliss     Five Heart Home      Mama Dish

Sowdering About   This Silly Girl’s Life      Two Little Cavaliers    Live Randomly Simple

Designs By Miss Mandee     Somebody’s Dinner   Carissa Miss    Red Crow Green Crow

Ella Claire Inspired      Yellow Bliss Road     City Farmhouse         Clean and Scentsible

The Blissful Bee   The Happy Housie     The Turquoise Home     Place of My Taste

Someday Crafts        Snap Creativity        Ivy and Elephants     Posed Perfection  Oh My Creative

Lamberts Lately     Krafty Cards Etc       Design Dining and Diapers     Love of Family and Home

Jennifer Rizzo     AKA Designs    Craft Dictator     Play Party Pin

The Freshman Cook        Funky Junk Interiors

Whipperberry     The 36th Avenue         DIY Vintage Chic        Bacon Time With The Hungry Hypo

Tatertots and Jello    I Heart Nap Time     Lil Luna        Somewhat Simple       Todays Creative Blog

One More Time Events      Its Overflowing         Life on Lakeshore Drive

Minettes Maze   View From The Fridge   Pink When   Interior Frugalista   My Crafty Spot

Pieced Pastimes    USS Crafty

Flea Market Flip Friday

Flea Market Flip Friday
Flea Market Flip Friday

My how times flies!  It’s already October (yikes, Christmas is right around the corner), and it’s already been a week since my first flea market post.  Remember last week we started this new series Flea Market Friday.  Well, today is Flea Market Flip Friday where we do something with the treasures we found last week.

First I have to share a few amazing things that are happening in the next few weeks.  I’ll be part of blog tour on October 6th, curating an event from Hometalk next week., and then doing a post for Refunk My Junk on October 15th.

It was a toss up this week to decide what to do, but then something came to me from some events that happened at work over the last few weeks.  I have a coworker/friend who has had a hard time here lately.  She feels like people are out to make her fail at work.  It’s gotten so bad that she feels like she can’t even be herself.  So she has the struggle going on by having to watch everything she does and says.  As I sat there looking at our treasures this week, this is what I decided to do.

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I used the baby spoon to make her a necklace.  I thought it was just so cute and dainty.  Several thought I would use the strainer, and we thought about it until this project spoke to me.    Sometimes you just have to go with what your heart is telling you.  We have done a spoon bracelet, and a spoon necklace before.  However, it was time to one on a lot smaller scale.  G cut the spoon part off and flattened it on his anvil.  Then I stamped it, and colored the letters in with a Sharpie.  You just color over the letters, then wipe it off.  G bent the hook on it, and I added the ball chain.  Check out the two posts above for a more detailed tutorial.  You can get these metal stamps at Harbor Freight, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels.  Then you need is a phrase or word that gives you that “Be You” feeling.

Come back Monday for a little blog hop tour.  You can see all the projects that all these amazing ladies have made to celebrate Autumn.

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Then come back next Friday to see what I pick up this weekend or next week for another flea market flip.  Have a great weekend and hit up a flea market or garage sale.