Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Blissful Burlap Bunting for Fall

Ahh, burlap! There's no other fabric quite like it. Yes, it's scratchy. And sometimes stinky. And yes, it can make a mess when you cut it. Yet, we still love it. Especially for fall. And it's the perfect choice for a super-easy fall bunting. Everybody & their sister has one in blog land & I've been feeling a little left out because I didn't have one yet, so I gathered up all the inspiration I've come across recently & came up with my own little version. And if you want to make one for yourself, here's how I did it:

For my version, I cut my little pennants out of burlap measuring about 5" across the top & 7 " down to the point. Then, I printed out my "fall" letters & used my freezer paper stencil method to paint them onto the burlap. (Click here for those instructions).

Then I just glued on some ribbon & the pennants were done!

To hang them, I clipped each pennant onto a long piece of twine with these mini clothespins I found in the office supply section at Wal-Mart. (They're so cute!)

And that was it! Super easy. Even for those of you who think you're not crafty. And the little clips can be used again & again for different seasonal buntings as well.

I love it! Everyone needs one! So, I'm sharing with some of these crafters. Check them out!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another World...

Sorry I've been out of touch for the past several days. I've actually been in another world. We took a little family vacation to one of our favorite places & had a seriously magical time.

We literally did not open the laptop the entire trip & just left our normal life behind for a few days & had some great quality time together.

Rode a few rides...

Saw a few characters...

Suffered a little humorous humiliation...

Ate some great food...

Got a little crazy...

And loved every minute of it.

I even got a few more doors to add to my Wall of Doors (Ok, not really, but I thought I'd share a few for those of you who like my others):

One day maybe I'll give my shpeel about how much I love Disney & why I think every family needs to go at least once. But not today. I'm tired & not quite back in touch with reality yet. And I've got a mountain of laundry the size of Everest. Very soon I'll catch up on some of your questions & emails & get back in the groove. See ya real soon!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Little Bit More Fall Decor...

I told you I was busy this week putting out the fall decor & when I started on my kitchen shelf I got so busy, I forgot to take a picture of the "before" summer version. Not that you're all dying to see that, but I kinda wanted to remember it for myself in case I run out of ideas & need to use that one again next year. I did find this pic of the kitchen, so if you look closely into the background you'll see the "before". Remember the topiaries?

And, don't hate me, but here's one of the things I love about that range hood: Now you see them...

Now you don't! No one will ever know I have trees hiding in there. Except you & me, of course.

I'll just interject here that if you are building or remodeling, DO NOT waste good storage space. Think it thru & use every possible nook & cranny. You never know when you may want to hide away some trees.

And here's my little fall display. I show you this to point out a couple of things.

First, don't be afraid to dress up your cabinets with a wreath now & then. And because I get a lot of questions about how I hang my different wreaths, I'll show you this little tip:

I've been using these Command hooks for years on my cabinets to hang wreaths. Especially at Christmastime. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the package & adhere the hook upside down on the inside of the cabinet. Then, loop a ribbon thru your wreath, knot the ends of the ribbon, take it over the top of the cabinet, then catch the ribbon on your hook inside the door. Here's a picture. Sorry it's not completely focused. I was on tip toes on a bar stool, trying to take a picture without killing myself. But that's the way I hang my wreaths, and so far I've lived to tell about it!

The second thing I wanted to point out is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on seasonal decor to give your home the feeling of fall. I literally spent a dollar on this shelf display, & just used things I already had for the rest.

Here's where I spent the big buck:

This was a Dollar Store sea gull that I painted with black craft paint. It took all of 5 minutes.

The wreath is one I've had for years & used to hang on my front door at my old house. And I LOVE a chalkboard as a great way to change up the decor for all kinds of occasions.

The white stoneware is part of my collection from all around the house.

My Mamaw (a.k.a. my southern grandmother) gave me the turkey platter a couple of years ago, and the blue one is one I had in the cabinets. And I've used those pine cones for years.

I hope this inspires you to shop your house before you shop the stores. You may find everything you need without spending anything!

Sharing these ideas with a few of these parties!

Friday, September 17, 2010

What Not to Wear

I've been spending a lot of time sifting through last year's clothes lately, trying to sort out what's going to consignment, what's going to Goodwill, & what just needs to be trashed, which reminded me that I haven't watched "What Not to Wear" in a while. Thank you, TLC, for giving us Stacy & Clinton to provide quality entertainment & helpful information on what we should & should not wear. I mean, who doesn't love watching a poor unsuspecting soul who has no idea that they look absolutely terrible become transformed into a well-dressed, respectable member of society? People are wearing ridiculous things, but with a little common sense (& Stacy & Clinton), we don't have to be those people. All we have to do is learn to choose the right pieces & we'll look great. Or at least we can try.

Well, I recently realized that there are some guidelines to follow for our "spiritual wardrobe" as well. I was in a ladies' meeting this week where my mom was the speaker. She spoke about things we wear as Christian women. But she wasn't talking about clothes, but rather our attitude & our demeanor. Our model is that ever-stylish Proverbs 31 woman. What's she wearing this fall? The same thing she wears every season, because it never goes out of style. "Strength and honor are her clothing...", says Proverbs 31:25. She checks her reflection against the person of Christ. She's the picture of a classy, refined woman who knows what looks best on her and is never seen wearing anything less.

But, as my mom mentioned, so many of us, rather than choosing to wear that Strength & Honor, put on our "cheap trinkets" of Anger, Fear, Insecurity, Pride, Greed, Jealousy, and all those other ones you & I both have in our closets. We walk out of the house looking ridiculous because we put on the wrong thing without stopping to check if it was really what we should be wearing.

And today when I was driving down the road & kids were whining & someone cut me off & the frustration started escalating, I caught a glimpse of myself in the rear view mirror & thought, "Oh, great. I left the house wearing my cheap trinkets again." I don't want to be caught doing that. I wouldn't wear tacky clothes so why do I wear tacky traits?

I love clothes & accessories. {Those of you who've toured my closet are shouting "amen!"} But, this season (and from now on) I'm praying I can get rid of all my cheap trinkets & just wear the things that look best on me. And I want my kids to learn this as well because they've got cheap trinkets, too. Unfortunately they come in all sizes.

So, what will you be wearing this fall?

tuesdays unwrapped at cats

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Silver Moon {Table} & Paper Dreams...

Way back in the dusty corners of my mind where I store a few of the things I learned in my business & finance courses in college, I can still hear that little personal finance principle that says you should never buy things you don't need, even if they're a great deal. But, I have to say I don't think that rule applies to $2 tables.

That's why when I saw this, I didn't blink, I just bought it & brought it home. I even offered to let my best friend have it, but it was a little smaller than what she was looking for, so I made it over myself. And besides, I knew I could find a place for it somewhere.

Overall, the condition was pretty good, but the bottom shelf had a little water damage, so I just peeled off the damaged veneer & sanded it down.

I've been seeing some great metallic furniture around blogland, & this little table seemed like the perfect candidate for that. So, I gave it a few coats of Krylon Satin Nickel, then went over it with a little glaze, just like I did on this project.

After that, I just added a little glass knob for interest & that was it! And since I hardly let the paint dry on anything before I start using it, it was in its place outside the master bath in about an hour.

It's perfect for holding a few little Parisian treasures.

My mom found this little vintage print of Notre Dame for me in an antique shop...

And these are a few vintage Paris postcards that I googled & printed ...

And our initials- made from wooden letters & scrapbook paper...

And now, ever since I finished it, I've been singing "Fly Me Away" by Annie Little in my head. I've never dedicated a song to a table before, but this one just goes with my table. I added this little clip for those of you who've never heard it. Just humor me.

Sharing this little project with a few of these crafty blogs & Primitive & Proper!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quatrefoil Mirror

I got a new mirror, y'all.

I found this great mirror in one of my favorite thrift stores a couple of weeks ago and it immediately reminded me of the some of the ones I love from Ballard Designs. It was a great size and shape and I loved the quatrefoil design as well.

So, I brought it home and gave it a couple coats of the same Sherwin Williams' black enamel that I used for this and this. But I wanted to give the edges a little more definition, so I distressed it all around with a little sandpaper. The problem was, I got a little crazy with the sandpaper in a few spots and it dulled the paint in some places. So I used this stuff... (Find a great deal on it here!)

And it's now on my list of some of my favorite furniture finishing products. It's great! And so easy to use. (Those of you who do a lot of furniture are probably thinking "Where has she been?") But, this was the first time I've tried it, and if you're with me and never used it, all you have to do is take a clean cloth and wipe it on, then wait 10 or 15 minutes until it's dry, then buff it off. And I'll warn you, you won't be able to use this stuff without thinking of the Karate Kid movie. In my mind I just kept hearing "Wax on, wax off."

But it's great. It hardens the finish of whatever you use it on and gives it a nice sheen as well. Don't tell my son or he'll try to use it on his hair.

Now my mirror's hanging at the end of my front hall and I think I'm gonna like it there.

Just between us, I found out after we hung it that it's warped just a little in the middle and has a kinda "fun house" effect. See how the doorway looks warped in the picture?

But, the good part about this is that if you stand just right, it makes you look a little thinner. I may just start using this one all the time. Now, go visit these link parties I'm joining up with while I go get some ice cream...