Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all the blessings in our life and especially thankful for all of our readers who have shared in our blogging journey.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Simple Fall Banner and Thanksgiving Mantel

Last year, we made these really cute Leaf Angels and I never got around to sharing them on the blog.  We turned them in to magnets last year, but this year I thought they would make a cute banner for our Thanksgiving Mantel. They are so easy to make with silk leaves, faux acorns from Hobby Lobby and a twine bow.

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 The leaves and angel are hot glued on to twine and that's it! 
Super easy and looks so pretty against the white mantel.

We found the white owl vase at Michael's on clearance for $3.00 !! With the addition of some wire photo holders and vintage Thanksgiving postcards, it is the perfect addition to this year's mantel.  

Look at Ty's adorable snow owl that he made at Sunday School.  It looks so cute next to the plate from last year.

We are wishing for some fall weather to go along with our Fall Mantel out here in Crosby.  Is it cold where you are? Send some our way, will ya!


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Easy Upcycled Dollar Tree Pumpkins

So I finally started taking down the Halloween decorations, ok, well, we got the plastic storage tubs out of the closet and down stairs. That's a start - right? And during the process I found some Dollar Tree pumpkins that I hadn't done anything with.  The next thing you know, I was in the craft room, crafting away! Besides, who wouldn't choose crafting over putting away and cleaning up? Duh!

Everyone has seen those super ugly orange pumpkins at Dollar Tree and most all of us have upcycled them for Halloween - see some of ours HERE.

I decided to make them look a little more elegant with a shabby chic flair!

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They were so easy and most of us probably have a few laying around the house that could use a make-over.

Here's what you need - 

1.  Cut the stem off the pumpkin with a craft knife. 

The pumpkin got photo bombed by our kitty Jasmine!

2.  Tear 3 strips of fabric - each 3" to 4" wide

3. Gather the fabric and secure with a straight pin to the top.

3. Continue winding the fabric around the pumpkin twisting if necessary and securing with pins.

Until you end up with all 3 strips pinned to the pumpkin and it looks like this - 

4.  Form a cone with the burlap ribbon like so - and cut as shown.

5. Open up the cone and reform with the finished edge on the outside and glue the edge down with hot glue.

6. Trim the edges as needed and tuck into the cone.

7. Cut 2 - 5-6" pieces of the wire edge off the ribbon.

7.  Twirl to make the curly vines.

8.  Hot glue the stem and vines to the top of the pumpkin and add leaves as desired.

And you will end up with these beautiful fall pumpkins!

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I made one out of a lightweight beige sheet weight material and the other out of nubby muslin.  They are both such beautiful additions to our fall decor.

Happy Fall Y'all !!!


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