Harvest Home

I mentioned how Fall is my favourite season, and this year in our new home I wasted absolutely no time getting our seasonal decor out!

Fall Decor

The coffee table has an easy peasy centrepiece on it: a basket filled with various potpourri. A candle Wrapped in birch bark is in the centre surrounded by cinnamon sticks, pinecones, chestnuts, acorns, birch branches, grapevine balls and the ends of ornamental fall grasses.

Coffee table centerpiece

  
Fall printable

Also in the living room we have a antique steamer trunk that we’ve been using as a side table. I put out a framed chalkboard printable that I found on Nest of Posies – which I LOVE! The font she chose is so pretty and it has everything I love most about the Fall season written on it. The trunk also has a few frames on it with various pictures of us, a lantern holding a candle, some Indian corn, and my ceramic pumpkin tea light holder from Bath & BodyWorks (which smells ahhhmazing)!

Fall steamer trunk display

The dining room table has a glass apothecary jar filled with layers of split peas, corn, and navy beans. A candle is in the middle and wrapped around with some twine there’s a lovely autumn leaf tying in the colours from the orangey corn and greenish peas. 🙂

  
  
Our coffee station has also been Fall-ified! A burlap runner covers the top, and cinnamon sticks and brown sugar have been added for lattes and cappuccinos. I also found this printable from the blog, The Diary of Dave’s Wifeto get it ready for the pumpkin spice season!! I just hope to still gather some crab apples from the tree in our backyard and add them in a bushel off to the side of the cabinet/ hutch. Then also attempt to make some crab apple jam 😉 .
Coffee station

Beside the coffee nook I placed a wicker picnic basket and placed a rustic looking pumpkin and a bundle of wheat that I wrapped with twine.

My DIY chalkboard is above that, and I have yet to update that with something more autumnal. And then on the other wall in the dining room, there’s a shelf mounted. I placed some sunflowers in my designated wine bottle “vase” and have some corks under a wine glass, with of course, a candle placed on top of the stem. I hope to find something else little for that shelf – perhaps a cute owl or something!

Dining room shelf

I crafted this wine cork pumpkin the other day that I have yet to post a little tutorial about. It’s such a simple DIY! I hope to share it in a day or so.

So it’s still in the making, but it’s definitely beginning to look more Fall-like in our household! My next little project will be decorating our entrance with some seasonal elements. I currently only have a wreath hanging on our front door, but eager to head over to a local pumpkin patch soon for some pumpkins and mums to adorn our front steps!

*What do you do to decorate for the Fall? I’d love it if you would share your ideas with me!*

 

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DIY Sharpie Mugs

These personalized mugs are a great way to add character to your mug collection. They also make a pretty cute gift!

I’m sure there’s no doubt you’ve seen these DIY Sharpie Mugs floating around Pinterest – and I wanted to try my hand at ’em. I’ve read that a lot of people who have made them with a regular Sharpie notice fading rather quickly. Then I came across a pin that suggested using an oil-based Sharpie marker!!

What I used:

  • Cheap, ceramic mugs (The cheaper the better. I got mine from a local dollar store.)
  • Oil-based Sharpie marker (I purchased mine from Michaels.)
  • 1-2 Q-tips
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A pencil

Instructions:

Ensure the new mugs are fully washed and dried to remove any residue. I used Goo-Gone to get rid of price sticker residue that was left behind on the bottom of mine.

Using a pencil, sketch your design on each mug. I chose two cheesy, beverage – related puns 😀 . I even did a design on the mug handles! It’s definitely not an easy task, drawing on a curved surface. Just wait until it’s time to retrace the sketch with the Sharpie – that’s when those Q-tips and rubbing alcohol come in handy!

Sharpie Mug DIY Design

Once you’re happy with your design, carefully trace over it using the oil-based Sharpie marker. You will likely mess up. About 100 times. More than once. Go easy on yourself – you can do this! 🙂 If you do make a mistake,
take your Q-tip and dip it into the rubbing alcohol and carefully rub off what you don’t want. The marker comes really easy. Just make sure to wash the mug each time you use the rubbing alcohol.

I let my mugs sit for a couple of days before I threw them in the oven to bake the design on them. Preheat your oven at 425* and bake for 35 minutes. I set my mugs on a cookie sheet and had them in the oven as soon as I turned it on. This allows them to heat up with the oven and prevents cracking. Once the 35 minutes is up I turned the heat off and let them stay in the oven to cool down as well. After about an hour or so, I took them out.

DIY Sharpie Mugs

I let them sit for a few hours before (hand!) washing them. And there you have it – your very own DIY Sharpie mugs! A perfect customizable DIY gift!

Personalized Sharpie Mugs

I’ve heard mixed opinions when it comes to washing them – some say they’re ok in the dishwasher, while others say it makes them fade quickly. I personally decided not to take a chance wrecking them, and opted to hand wash only. So far I’ve washed them about 5 times and they still look as good as new, so here’s hoping!

*Let me know if you attempt making these, or if you have before. Do you have any tips to add?*

Free Valentine Chalkboard Printables!

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I LOVE doodling on my chalkboard. I’ll switch it up for holidays, birthdays, parties, and sometimes just because! I also really dig chalkboard printables. I have a few displayed around our home, in frames. It makes for some cute and low-budget décor. And they’re all the rave on Pinterest. Check out some of these chalkboards that other bloggers have created and how they are incorporating them into their home décor:

ChalkboardChalkboard in dining roomYou can have them hanging up on the wall, or framed and on a table top.Chalkboard art

Chalkboard Spring display

Chalkboard springChalkboard valentines inspirationChalkboard Valentine ideaThey’re especially cute when they are on a shelf or mantle 🙂 .

Free You Are My Sunshine Chalkboard Printable from livelaughrowe.comOn a clipboard would work too…

Chalkboard Hot Chocolate MenuOr by a hot chocolate bar – even BETTER! 😀

Soooo in  the spirit of the day of LOVE I made 3 Valentine 8×10 printables for you to print off and enjoy!! They can be found at the bottom of this post.

Valentine Chalkboard Printables

Click >>HERE<< to print your 8×10 chalkboard printables. Happy Valentine’s ❤ day decorating!

Things I’m Loving Thursday: Pallet Art

Happy Thursday, friends! I hope your week is going well.

I have collected 4 skids that are propped up in the snow, leaning against our shed and are just calling my name ;). They’re just begging to be repurposed!!! I had hoped to make a Christmas sign with one of them…So today I am featuring pallet art and my love for it.

Pallets (aka – skids) are SO versatile and making signs, or art, from them is just one of the many ways they can be reused creatively. Here are some of my favourite creations:

Welcome pallet sign You have my whole heart

Family Values

Love

I like the rosette that was added to that one (as the ‘O’).

Welcome pallet sign

"Eat" Sign for Kitchen

I  like how this one is entirely different, using the pallet to create letters.

Scripture on pallet

Pallet art can be so unique! I love the ones that look a bit more distressed and rustic looking. The best part is, a lot of people tend to want to get rid of them, and so you can get them for free. I had 2 of mine delivered right to my home – it was awesome!

I made a family values sign a year or so ago out of a pallet and was pretty pleased with how it turned out…

Family Values pallet art

We heard word from a reliable source that we will likely be finding out where we will be posted tomorrow (you can read the story here). I could always attempt this project:

Home is where the air force sends us

Hope you were inspired! Until next time…

Do you like pallet art? Why not share your designs? I’d love to get more tips and see your work!

DIY – Canvas Wall Art

I was inspired by a fellow Pinterest-er on PB&J Stories to create some art for our home. I often turn to Pinterest for craft and DIY ideas. I LOVED the idea of memorializing something as special and precious as the song lyrics to a wedding song of ours. Before we moved onto this air force base, I had the perfect (bare) wall for hanging this art. It was above our dining room table. Now that our place is smaller, I don’t have the room for hanging these, but I still wanted to show you how I did it!

Decor new house
I chose a song from our wedding ceremony that a friend of mine sang (beautifully, might I add!) during the signing of the register. It has beautiful, and meaningful lyrics, and I really wanted it to encapsulate our marriage. It was the first song we heard when we were legally and officially a couple! “I Will Be Here” by Stephen Curtis Chapman – LOVE IT! ❤ I really do think that this project could be easily adapted for anything though, a song or children’s story, an excerpt from a favourite novel, or even a poem….

I will be here

I was having a difficult time finding canvas squares that were just the right size. They were either too big, too deep, too expensive, etc. One day I happened to be strolling through the dollar store and came across the perfect ones! They were more like a vinyl canvas, and they were already prints of Michelangelo’s “David” (JUST the face 😉 ), but I would be covering  them anyway so it didn’t matter. I merely felt a little silly buying 9 of them…

Michelangelos David

Now, you can always create your own cardstock (in Adobe Illustrator, perhaps?) and then print off your design, however I bought mine from an Etsy seller, “This Humble Home“. I loved the font she had chosen, and it was just easier. My canvas frames are 8×8, and so that was the size of white cardstock I ordered.

I didn’t need to paint the frames at all on the sides, as mine were already a nice, neutral brown (though you may choose to). I then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the squares and carefully placed the printed cardstock on top. Allow to dry. I then covered with 3 coats of Mod Podge, allowing a drying period of at least 20 minutes in between each coat. More coats = more texture. I purchased the “glossy” Mod Podge and foam brushes (for application) at Michaels.

Mod podge foam brushes

Mod podge


Things I Learned When Working With Mod Podge:

1.) You gotta work FAST. It’s sticky, tacky and it makes placement difficult.

2.) Many thin layers as opposed to fewer thicker layers. Spreading it on too thick will result in bubbles.

3.) Bubbles WILL HAPPEN. It doesn’t matter how carefully you work – it’s inevitable. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The perfectionist in me wanted to rip the cardstock off and cry, but I decided to just wait. 95% of bubbles will settle out as it dries (thankfully).


I arranged them all out on the table the next day, and determined the spacing. Then I (Matt ;)) hung them! Overall, I think I am happy with how they turned out.

Lovely Lyrics

 

Make A Wish

We ended up having FANTASTIC weather this Thanksgiving weekend, and on Saturday we went to check out a local craft show. We shopped around, and I instantly fell in love with this beautiful and unique “Wish Necklace Teardrop” from “Dawning – fresh.original.jewelry“. These lovely hand-blown glass teardrop beads are filled with dandelion seeds! (See, unique! What’d I tell ya? 😉 ) It was accented with an antique brass chain and finished with a beautiful brass charm (mine is the feather). It’s kind of vintage and oh, so lovely! I truly think its one of a kind, and I’ve been getting several compliments. The creator/artist is Jamie Dawn from Dawning Jewelry. There are many other designs; necklaces with feathers, and various pendants (feather, key, bird, and more). She also has earrings and rings!

 

Necklaces from Dawning Jewlery

Necklace

 

NecklaceDawning Necklaces