Archives for September 2014

Easy Fall Wreath!

Easy Fall Wreath!

EASY is my motto this year especially with volunteering and being away from the house more…….

EASY is my favorite word!!

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I needed wreaths for my front doors but wanted to keep it simple and EASY!!

 First I made a burlap wreath using a wire frame like this.

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I followed Laura of Top This Top That‘s tutorial on making a burlap wreath. I used four rolls of burlap ribbon per 20″ wire wreath.  Her directions are perfect and it’s so easy to make a perfect wreath!

I knew I wanted to embellish them a little (’cause don’t we all embellish everything?)!!  But remember, EASY is my motto this year!

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I had these two berry/ball wreaths in the closet that I haven’t used for a few years.

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I basically just pushed them inside the wire form and adjusted the burlap.

Now that’s EASY!!!

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Thanks, Laura, for a wonderful tutorial!!! If you don’t know Laura, definitely check out her blog, Top This Top That!  You’ll love her!  I especially love when she chats about her donkey!!

Have a great day and remember, keep life simple……

….and decorating EASY!!

Until next time…….

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Adding Fall Color!

Adding Fall Color!

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After finishing up the Fall touches on the front porch, I decided my urns and “orbs” needed a little something, something….

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Y’all know how I love my Orbs!!!  Last year, they were a different color….

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I decided to change them from black to cream and I have really enjoyed the change but when I set the white pumpkins in the cream orbs, they kinda disappeared.  So, I had to come up with a new idea!

I needed a little color!!!

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I purchased 2 large candle ring wreaths and 4 small candle ring wreaths that were 40% off at Hobby Lobby.

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I cut them in half……

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I simply placed the two halves of the larger wreaths into the orbs

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…..and placed my faux greenery orbs back in!

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I did the same thing with the small halves by placing them in the smaller urns and placing those greenery orbs on top!

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It was just the right amount of color and I love the green and orange together.  I think it’s a great way to transition from summer to fall since our temperatures are still topping 90 degrees!

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Sometimes I tend to over think decorating.  This was so simple and inexpensive.  I spent a total of $20 and I think it created a major impact!

The “Summer to Fall” Porch is just about complete!  Now, if only our temperatures could fall too!

Until next time……….

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Easy Stencil Pillow!!

Easy Stencil Pillow!!

 

 

This is a sponsored post by BluePrint Social, Plaid and FolkArt Stencils and Paints.  Although I was compensated, all opinions are 100% mine.  

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Y’all know how I love to decorate my front porch for the seasons, so when a box of FolkArt Stencils and Paints arrived at my door, I was so excited to create a new look for Fall!!!

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The selection of colors I received are so vibrant and perfect for fall and since you can buy all of them, and more, at Michaels, it’s so easy to create something beautiful yourself!

I decided to create a couple of pillows for my rockers.  I used two muslim pillow covers I already had and began creating!

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First, I applied the FolkArt Stencil Adhesive to the stencil.  I love this adhesive!!!!  It’s so easy and simple to use and cleans up with soap and water!  Just follow the directions on the package and it’s a breeze!  Once I applied it, the stencil was repositionable and I didn’t have apply to any more for the whole pillow!

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Now the fun began!

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Next, I began painting! I decided to use all the colors except blue…..(I’ll save that for another time)!  In addition, I created another color by mixing Engine Red and Fresh Foliage Green to create a brown!

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The paints mix so well and don’t dry too quickly so I had plenty of time to create!!

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So super simple. After painting a different color in each circle, I then easily repositioned my stencil to the next section of my pillow cover and repeated step two.  The quality of the FolkArt Painting Stencil is amazing!  They’re durable laser cut designs that adhere securely with the stencil adhesive and wash up beautifully.

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Wallah!!

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The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.  The paint is not stiff and the pillow still feels soft!

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Since these paints are “multi-surface,” I decided to give another surface a try!

I had some grapevine “mini” balls that I painted to coordinate with the “dots” of the stencil!

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Again, very easy to work with!  The paint just glides on with no dripping or splattering!

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Putting it all together was so much fun!

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The pillows are perfect for the transition from summer to fall!

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After removing the stems from the grapevine orbs, they look great in a glass cylinder vase.

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I even had some paint leftover to stencil a ribbon which I tied around the lamp!

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The porch is ready for fall!!

I would highly recommend trying the FolkArt Multi Surface Paints, Stencils and Adhesive!!

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Until next time……..

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Thrift Shopping!!!

Thrift Shopping!!!

I know I’ve been a little “absent” from the blogging world lately…..

have you noticed?

I HOPE SO!!!!!

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Actually, I miss it terribly and have no plans to fall to the wayside anytime soon but I’ve taken on a new adventure!!!

VOLUNTEERING!!

I’m volunteering at the local military thrift shop and……

I LOVE IT!!!!

The only hard part is finding time to fit it all in……..and not spending too much money!!!

I think I’m their best customer!!!!

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That’s okay…..it’s for a wonderful cause!!!

So, I’m trying to organize my time better and will get my act together soon….

I hope!!!

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Meanwhile…….

I thought I’d show you a few “treasures” I’ve found at the thrift shop.

I picked up this guy for $15!!  He holds our towels when we’re in the hot tub!

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This flower-pot was $10! It’s huge and very heavy!!

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Here is a bamboo bird house.  I added three faux candles with timers.  It’s very pretty at night!!

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This little brass hanger was .50!!

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This is a beautiful ornate candle holder and bird in brass.  I think they set me back $5!!

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I love the detail!!!

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Here is a crystal ashtray but I think I’ll set candy in it!

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Finally, for today, I picked up a couple of lamps!  You can never have too many lamps, I say!!

This one is crystal with a brass bottom.  The sticker on the glass said “Poland”.  I believe I paid $15!

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This cute little telephone lamp is whimsical and fun!

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I honestly don’t know if I can shop regular retail anymore!!!!!  I love a bargain and repurposing things!

How about you?  Do you love thrifting?

I have more treasures to share but that’s for another day!!

Until next time……

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