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Fall Decor

We did not move into our new home until mid-Novemeber. Instead of unpacking and organizing all the Christmas decor, I started decorating for Christmas as I found decor. I have never decorated for the fall season before so I was starting completely from scratch. Of course I went to Pinterest first to find some inspiration. I have all the blue and white decor so I wanted to see how other people mix fall colors in with their chinoiserie accents. The rugs in the dining room and foyer are colorful but mostly burgundy and navy blue so I wanted to avoid the orange and other typical “fall colors.” I found a couple of fall floral arrangements using mauve, peach, navy blue, and deep red. I skipped the peach but liked the mix of soft pale colors and deep moody blues. I went to Hobby Lobby first. I found white pumpkins, pumpkin picks, greenery picks with tiny pinecones, eucalyptus garland, and navy blue pumpkins. Hobby Lobby’s “fall floral” was limited to typical fall colors as well as …

Making Pillows: Advice For Those Who Don’t Sew Well

I value efficiency and I hate wasting time. Having said that, I have made a few pillows. I am sure you know how to make pillows, so I am not providing a tutorial on how to make a pillow. I am going to tell you what I learned making pillows. LESSON 1: Listen To Your Mother It’s not that I didn’t believe my mother when she said, “If you use the stuffing rather than a pillow insert, it won’t look as good.” It’s just that I didn’t find an insert and I settled for the stuffing. So, look harder for the inserts.  Look online and deal with the sizes they come in. I couldn’t find the lumbar insert in the store but they exist and I could have bought one online. LESSON 2: Practice Cutting And Sewing In A Straight Line Yes, I can’t cut in a straight line. I have good scissors too- it’s not their fault. I sew pretty straight but sometimes I get heavy on the pedal, and my line gets a little …

Succulents

Planting Succulents So let me begin by saying, I have no idea what I am doing. I have wanted to plant real succulents for years but for whatever reason, they really intimidate me. I finally decided I was going to plant at least three this summer so when I visited World Market, I was happy to finally purchase the terrarium I had been eyeing for the last year. Of course I visited Pinterest for information and then went to a couple of home improvement stores to price the different kinds and sizes of succulents. First of all, succulents are expensive. Second, there are a lot of different kinds. I knew I would at least leave with one echeveria (rose-like succulent). I left with four. Third, succulents are delicate so be careful when handling them because chances are you’re going to break off a leaf/stem/bud/petal/piece. Echeveria “Lola,” Echeveria Marzarine/Echeveria Hybrid, Pachyphytum Oviferum (I think it is Pachyphytum Oviferum)   Pachyveria “Little Jewel”   I used glass gems (the kind typically used for fake floral arrangements) because …

Christmas Foyer

The foyer houses a few antique-store-finds and hand-me-downs. I found the old potato basket and wood folding chair at antique stores in North Dakota. The table belonged to my grandmother and my mom bought the rug for me almost ten years ago from Lowe’s, which I think I am eventually going to replace with this cream/dark grey rug. The jute twine Christmas trees came from the bargain section at Target and could easily be made with styrofoam or paper mache cones, a glue gun, and some twine. West Elm Table Runner //  Weathered Seaboard Table Lamps // Glitter Twine Trees On Stands // Faux Leather Ottoman // Ottoman // Red and Cream Framed Floral 5 x 7 Rug // 2″ Burlap Ribbon // 2.5″ Burlap Ribbon Artificial Unlit Christmas Tree // Burlap // Basket // Wood Folding Chair Save

Christmas Projects

My aunt flew me down South for Christmas and while I was visiting with my family, I got to help some folks with a few of their Christmas DIY projects, try some new recipes, and assist in some Christmas decorating. Wreaths It’s not Christmas in the South without a magnolia wreath. I haven’t got to make one of these in a while so I was happy to help my sister-in-law make this big beauty. Credit to my mother for my wreath and bow making skills. My sister-in-law and I made three wreaths total. The one below was a mix of left over boxwood and cypress that I stuck into one of the grapevine wreaths I made with my parents years ago. Now, my aunt made this wreath below. I just made the bow and attached one of her wooden stars. Decorations My aunt’s Christmas theme this year was “vintage.” She used a lot of my grandmother’s decorations like these ornaments. We found a piece of fury fabric and used it to emulate snow for the Christmas village. …