Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Teacher Gift...

I always like to give a little something to my son's teacher, and Halloween is no exception!
A treat seems appropriate, here's what I did...
Here's how...

I found these cute chinese food boxes for.25 at Pat Catan's. I gathered some tissue paper, ribbon, gift tag, paper spider and of course...


I think most teacher's appreciate a little something from their students. Being a teachers is one of the most over worked and under paid professions. Do something SWEET for a teacher today!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

BOO picture...

I just had to try this idea I saw at . I always have too many extra frames and scrapbook paper so it didn't cost really anything. First, I found an old frame and some paper with a background design on it. Cut the paper to fit the frame.
I used a stamp to add some corner detail and I found a" BOO " glitter chipboard at JoAnn Fabric's.
Stamp the corners and use the ink pad to distress the edges.
Don't forget to clean your stamp!
I glued the "BOO" down with double stick tape and added ribbon to the outside, once I framed the picture.
This picture can go anywhere, but I think I have the perfect place...

Thanks for the idea Thrifty Decor Chick!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Jar...

I'm so excited! I found a beautiful jar to fill at different seasons.I love the way it turned out!
I set out an old checkered shirt ( any pretty fabric will do). I found this one at the thrift store for a buck. I love the checks and it's perfect for fall. Fold it over and crunch it up so you don't know it's a shirt.

Get yourself a pretty jar. I found this one at TJ Max.
It was a great bargain.I set it on top of the shirt.

Get some fall goodies.
 I used a bag of plastic gourds from Marks and some small pumpkins.
Fill the jar about half way and place some outside the jar around the base.

Add a pretty ribbon. I tied mine to the top of the jar.

Step back and enjoy...

I think it turned out great! What do you think?

I can't wait to change it around for the different seasons.
I think I'll fill it with ornaments for Christmas.

Now, I just hope my boys don't knock it down!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cleveland Metroparks ....

Well this is exactly why I love fall! Wait till you see. If you don't live in an area where the trees change colors you probably don't get to see this kind of awesome beauty. I live near the Cleveland Metroparks and at this time of year you have to take a ride through and stop at the Gorge, in the Bedford Reservation. Many people have their wedding pictures taken here because it's so beautiful. I hope you'll enjoy these pictures...
Wasn't that beautiful! I hope you enjoyed it. I'm so glad God didn't give us a black and white world to live in. What a wonderful display of beauty. Thank you Lord!
(Please ignore the date on the pictures I didn't set it)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Skeleton craft...

My 8 year old son came home the other day from school with his adorable art picture. He had seen his brothers do this in the past and he was just waiting his turn. Mr. Wilson (art Teacher) is so... very creative. Any of you moms out there with little children will enjoy doing this with them.
It's hard to tell by my photo but the skeleton "bones" are made out of Q-tips! Cut the skull and pelvis out of white paper and glue to black paper. The "bones" of the feet and hands are broke in half and the ribs are just bent. The ghosts and moon are added with chalk.
This is the first "Halloween" decoration up in my house. I don't usually put the Halloween stuff up until a week before. I'll share all of that with you later.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Hutch....

I have a few hutches in my home that I love to display and decorate. I usually have to box up seasonal items so I have room to switch things out. It's always good to go through things, dust and rearrange. Here are two hutches I added some fall to...
This is a hutch in my entryway. Just about all the summer decor got packed up. I have way too much fall stuff, but I love the change of seasons and the warm cozy feeling fall brings.
This hutch is in my dining room. About half of it gets packed away. I love the sunflowers and pumpkins. Almost everything I find is from yard sales and thrift stores. There is still more to see. Check back tomorrow.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall fireplace...

I'm changing my home decor around for fall. Here is my faux fireplace in the dining room. Complete with real wood logs and a screen, it's hard to tell it's not the real thing.
A bunch of fall leaves, sunflowers and a bow adorn the mantle. While a scarecrow, pumpkin, indian corn and a rooster wait below for the cozy fire.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I always wanted a scarecrow in my yard but didn't want to buy one.
 So we made our own.
Stuffed some material and painted on a face.
Glued on raffia for hair and added a hat.I bought an old
flannel shirt and jeans for the clothes. Glued on some patches, silk leaves and sunflowers. Stuffed the shirt with plastic grocery bags and just tied on the jeans( I like the skinny leg look). Hung it all on some wooden stakes nailed into a cross shape.
Glued on a foam black crow and he's all done!
What do you think?
I set him in the corner of our yard along side a bamboo wagon ( garbage find ) filled with mums. The pumpkin on the left is actually half of a styrofoam pumpkin  that had a face carved out the other side. It was broken so I just fixed up the back and added a stem and some leaves and sunflowers. I still have to get some real pumpkins to add around. I always buy the mums that aren't opened yet so they last longer.

This is a little clay crow I just love. Isn't it darling? It only stands about 2 inches.

A fall pillow with Mr. and Mrs. Crow.
Some of my fall decor on my entry bench.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall decor - outside

Fall is officially here !
 I hope you enjoy some of my outdoor fall decor.
A side door should always be welcoming...

If you can't find a flag you like, try painting your own...

This wooden scarecrow was easy to paint...

My summer bunnies have been replaced with
fall flowers, pumpkins and a squirrel...

More to come

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fall has arrived!

I've been away for a while. It was hard to get back into the school and work routine. And summer was just hanging on. But not anymore... Fall is here!
I've crawled up into the attic and brought down all my fall decorations.
 I have about as much fall stuff as I do Christmas... way too much!
It may take a while to put out, but it's worth the effort.
I'll be sharing all my decor with you. I hope you enjoy it.
In my opinion, fall colors go in any room.
It's such a short time of year, you have to enjoy it while you can.

I always shop after the season to get the best deals.
And don't forget the yard sales and flea markets.
A few sunflowers here and there add just the right touch.


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