Authentic or Faux — My Forsythia Struts Its Stuff

Igot so excited when I rounded the house this weekend to find my forsythia bush blooming! I immediately cut several stems to take the place of the faux flowers I wrote about only days before on my post “Five Tips for Displaying Faux Flowers.”

This cheery card is a perfect way to brighten someone's day. . . complete with a little shaker surprise!

Country Cuteness from Mom’s Garage

I took an old canning jar, a partial can of off-white spray paint, twine and twigs and quickly whipped up a cute little country-style home decor.

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

-Margaret Atwood


  • Inside & Out

    Fall Home Tour at The Quarter-Acre Wood

    So I know the fall decorating season will be drawing to a close with the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving holiday, but I wanted to share my little touches of autumn with you as a “better late than never” thought in mind. I tried to keep things very simple this year, because I went all out for my son’s fifth birthday pirate party in October and Christmas will be upon us at warp speed. So here are a few touches around the house that hopefully let guests know that I didn’t completely ignore my favorite time of year. I love to change out my house number pots for the season, and these beautiful mums…

  • Craftiness

    Talking Turkey with Crafty Coffee Filters

    My son and I had a great time making these cute little coffee filter turkeys (or in his case, cyclops turkey monster) last year right before the holidays, so I wanted to share this quick, colorful and child-friendly craft with all of you this year. I hope you and your little one(s) have fun too! Materials: Non-permanent magic markers coffee filter scissors glue google eyes brown and yellow construction paper downloaded turkey body pattern spray bottle with water iron (optional) small magnet circle or strip (optional) How to make it: Flatten a coffee filter, then fold it in half four times so that you end up with a wedge. Using scissors, cut a curve at…

  • Saturday Sparks

    Saturday Sparks — Thanksgiving Place Cards

    While it’s unlikely that your family members need help finding a place to sit at the Thanksgiving table, place cards can be a fun way of mixing up the usual conversation and perking up the day. You can put nosey Aunt Effie next to really reserved Rhonda or put severely sulking teenage Sam next to always chipper Uncle Chuck, and when everyone is seated just watch the fun unfold (names have been changed to protect the innocent). Place cards are also a great way to dress up the Thanksgiving table and give each guest a small keepsake of the day. Here are a few festive ideas I gathered, but hopefully they will…

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