This time of year I usually get lots of visitors to my Christmas Window Boxes post from four years ago, so I decided to create an updated version full of new inspiration just in time for this holiday season. Never mind that I still haven’t decorated my own boxes this year, but my son and I did take a walk in the woods this morning to collect evergreen branches so it shouldn’t be long now. If you’re still looking for a fun, elegant, natural or whimsical look for your windows, I think these creative ideas will be a good place to start.
Making s’mores in the backyard is one of our favorite family activities each fall, because there’s just something about a bonfire and melted marshmallows that makes autumn feel all official. We finally picked a new campfire spot out on our three acres, not too far from the house but not to close either. I wanted it to be somewhat secluded but still convenient for hauling out all the fixin’s. I also have this very healthy respect for fire (thanks to Smokey the Bear), and I need to make sure (my husband makes sure) every ember is doused before I can… Continue reading »
So our Christmas cards arrived today. . . or so I think. I had them delivered to my husband’s work and he texted me mid-morning saying they had arrived, but when I asked how they looked this is the photo I received. For all I know whatever’s in that envelope could belong to someone else, I might have misspelled our last name or I could have a boogie in my nose I didn’t notice before ordering. The suspense is killing me!! But at least I “think” my holiday greetings have been printed and that’s a big check off my list…. Continue reading »
What a crazy fall it has been! Hmm, that sounds familiar, because I believe I echo that same sentiment every year about this time. We ramp up around here in October for our son’s birthday and then barrel on through Halloween and into Thanksgiving before decking the halls for Christmas. If we add the end of daylight savings into the mix with all the seriously gray days here in the Midwest, it makes a mama feel like she is wading through really thick mud! Thankfully we woke up to the glorious, long absent sun shining on us today, which helps… Continue reading »
The November 1st Scrap Our Stash Challenge centers around fall, and since I was whipping up a “Not So Spooky” Halloween spread I decided to add a couple of burlap tabs to grab a Tic Tac Toe right across the middle with a 3 Word Title, a Fall Theme and Burlap. I created this spread using the Night and Fall collection from Recollections and embellished it with a few do-dads, fussy cut clouds and Halloween-themed characters. I think I used a total of eight different papers from the stack to add lots of interest and texture. I also found a good use… Continue reading »
Did you happen to notice all that fun Halloween candy that filled my festive buckets in yesterday’s post? Well guess what? All that yummy stuff arrived courtesy of Oriental Trading and there is plenty more where that came from. Oriental Trading has some of the cutest and most affordable Halloween treats you can find and much of it is actually on sale right now. So today I thought I would show you just a few of my favorite treats available online. This green sour apple-flavored saltwater taffy is delicious! So good in fact, that I was afraid my stash… Continue reading »
I hope everyone is in the Halloween “spirit” these days, but if you need a little extra inspiration these holidays buckets might just do the trick. I received a set of six medium galvanized pots from Oriental Trading and transformed them into black and orange Halloween buckets with a bit of spray paint, sticky vinyl, chalkboard coating and washi tape. The first set of buckets was simple to make using candy corn as my inspiration. I simply spray painted one white, one orange and one yellow and plopped them down in a row. The hardest thing about this project was getting… Continue reading »
Although today’s cloudy skies looks nothing like the day I took these photos of my autumn mailbox, I decided to share them in hopes of bringing a bit of sunshine and inspiration into your day. Since all the flowers around my mailbox have finished blooming, I’m left with a bunch of dead heads and green leaves, so I wanted to bring some color to the curbside. I will soon clip the dead flower tops once the yellow finches have polished off all the seeds before winter. This little box top arrangement was super easy to create with just a few necessities…. Continue reading »