Hey it’s Friday!! Whoohooo! Ready to get your Fall on this weekend?? Here is a fun Saturday project…that will have your mantle ready…and last all the way through to Thanksgiving. Enjoy! My mantle was already looking pretty “fall like”….but of course I had to fuss with it a bit after I thought of these fun little mini luminaries. I am not much on decorating for Halloween so these are mainly “fall inspired”…and I can use them year after year (if I am sure to pack them up nicely:) They took about 20 minutes to make and really there are so many ways you could use them….on a plate for a table scape…bunch them together and hang them from a ceiling light…place them down your hallway of some fishing line. They were really inexpensive to make too….so you could make a bunch more! Don’t they look so cute all lined up on some twine…. ohhhhh ahhhhhh all lit up! (best pic I could get while being super lazy without a tripod;) I ended up getting my “candles” on amazon.com (Here is the link…fyi it is an affiliate link..all that means is if you purchase from that link I get like 2 pennies…) I thought that 12 for $8 was a great deal…plus they already had batteries. Package says the batteries last for 120 hours. Once I had my candles I was ready to make the mini luminaries. Martha Stewart crafts has sent me a few products to play with…I used the paper punch for the top of the luminary. I have never used this crafting tool before…very very cool how it works. Lots of fun “punch plates” to interchange… Here is what you will need:
- 3 sheets of 12 by 12 vellum paper (mine had little dots)
- Martha Stewart gold leaf stickers
- twine to string the luminaries
- battery candle lights
- hole punch
- Martha Stewart circle edge punch starter kit
- scotch tape
Steps: 1. Cut the vellum paper into 5.5” by 6” pieces. 2. At the center, top of the paper, punch your design. 3. Wrap the paper tightly around the candle and tape…allowing your tape to cover a little part of the bottom so that your candle will not fall out when you hang it up. 4. Tape the top of the luminary. 5. Punch two holes opposite each other on the top so that you can run your twine through. 6. Place your gold leaf stickers. 7. Cut twine to fit your mantle (or wherever you are hanging it). 8. Thread your twine through the holes in the luminary. 9. Hang up and enjoy all fall! Go make some this weekend:) Where I share ideas: BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendid, ByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ, InspireMePlease, 30Days
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I got an email from a reader…she is hosting her first Thanksgiving….she was asking me any “tricks” to staying calm in the kitchen. And so this post was born…. First off, I love cooking. It is a hobby for me…so I don’t find it stressful on a normal day. Second, it takes a few years of hosting…to feel really comfortable…so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. And third…and most importantly…remember and keep saying this in your head if you feel yourself getting flustered…”It’s just food.”
It’s just food.
Take note to stop and appreciate the moment.
Let your daughter stir the gravy.
People will not remember if you happen to serve over cooked rolls, mushy potatoes or dry turkey (ok, they might remember dry turkey…but that’s the exception).
Family will remember the laughing, joking around and the good time.
So don’t fret.
Show your son how to butter a turkey. His future wife with thank you.
Lean back…take it step by step…and enjoy yourself.
It’s just food.
And everyone will eat again tomorrow.
Stop and enjoy the laughing. Even if it happens to be because your brothers are poking fun at you.
You will miss that when you grow old….more than the turkey.
Bourbon helps too ;)
Happy Thanksgiving friends…
I sure am thankful for all of you ;)
My hard drive is busted. Yes….busted as in not fixable…as in I have been computer-less for 2 days. Funny how lost I feel without it….a bit un-nerved actually. Luckily I didn’t lose any data or pictures….and all that good stuff thanks to my Carbonite. Best $60 we ever spent. I should have my computer back tomorrow and it will be good as new….but until then I am using my peanuts.
I wanted to share with you a couple of easy, inexpensive, small ideas to make a big statement for fall. You could make this arrangement work in any entry way table…mantle….bookshelf….whatever you have. I chose to dress up the Dining room a bit. I shopped around in the house first…then found a few new things to add in….here is what I came up with….
I started with a large piece of deep orange micro-fiber fabric (JoAnn’s) No need to sew….just place it on the table…I left the edges raw….yes…I am crazy like that. What can I say…my friends like me for me….not for my polished seams on my tablecloth;)
I found this rustic basket at Homegoods and some lovely filler….I added in some of my own pinecones to fill er up…..
I added in 7 white candles from the dollar store….love that I don’t have to worry about them dripping all over everything….Just snug them in there….
I had these super tall cylinder vases (but you can always find some at Homegoods for a steal) They look perfect with just a few large bunches of wheat grass…
I love how simple it is….and natural….and fresh.
If you want some other fall table inspiration….go see Layla and Kevin ….lots of fabulous ideas linking up over there!
Here is a couple of other ideas for fall….from the past
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It is my very favorite season…as yall know….I have changed out a few things on the mantle to celebrate fall!!
I really wanted to use things that I found around the house…or outside…so I went searching. I clipped some branches off a tree and spray painted them with a light coat of bronze and orange paint…just so they had a bit more depth to them. (my garage floor is pretty, am I right?? Tarp…schmarp…)
My idea was to just have these branches in a tall vase and maybe a few pumpkins….a simple fall mantle that would have been lovely I am sure…but I wasn’t quite thrilled with the look. So…I looked through some of my own photos of “fall landscapes” ….the idea was to blow one up real big and frame it. I couldn’t find any that had the colors I wanted. So…I went online to Costco’s photo website and picked one of their prints. For $8 I got this fabulous fall scene printed on a 20 by 30 sheet. The frame and matte came from Michaels.
All the other things on the mantle I had on hand…the garland, candles, pumpkins and pinecones were all in my “fall” decorating bin. I have used these pumpkins every years…(See these past mantle post) The garland is actually 2 separate 6 foot garlands….neither would go the length of the mantle….so they meet in the middle to look like one big garland. I have 4 cup hooks hidden under the mantle….that is what holds up the garland.
The cedar rounds of wood I had on hand from Springtime…(see that post here) I love the natural red and orange colors…
I think the idea when decorating the mantle for another season is to start with one element you love…for me it was the branches and the picture…then start to fill in that gaps with similar colored items that will unify the whole look. All the colors I used…compliment the picture. The frame being offset of center lends an interest and weight to the branches on the opposite side.
What do you like to change out for the new season??
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I know…I know…Labor Day hasn’t even past us yet….but on blogland Fall is starting to bloom. I wanted to give you some ideas for Fall decorating that I have shared in the past. I am excited to show you some things I have been working on for this Fall…it is my favorite season. The smells, the jeans, the firepits….the leaves changing. I love it all.
Modern Pumpkin Art
Creepy Painted Fruit
Quick Halloween Frame
Front Porch Decorating
Simple Apple Crepes
Last years fall mantle
Italian Wedding Soup
(some of these post are from a long time ago…..sorry for the baby small pictures ;)
What are you most looking forward to??