Tuesday, September 20, 2011

$5 Monogram Wreath

This year I am so determined to take small steps towards decorating.  Even though we move almost annually, I still feel bummed that I have never really nested.  The budget is tiiiight and It's been hard to justify any extra spending of home fluff.  I'm trying to portray to the Hubbs that decorating is part of my natural domestication process.  It's important to me -dang it! This happens to be a touchy subject for me.

I talked about starting with decorating my front porch in this post , and now I'm working on a few different ways to strectch a buck or five.  I've been looking for a way to use these leaves I picked up at the Dollar Tree:


Monogram Wreath
A piece of cardboard big enough to cut your letter of choice (I had a cardboard box on hand) = FREE
Hot glue gun (already have) = FREE
5 packs of leaves from Dollar Tree (10 count per pack) = $5.00

Trace your letter onto cardboard and cut out

Get an idea of how you want to glue your leaves on and start gluing

.....and done.

When I showed it to Hubbs he giggled a little,  
I said "what", 
he said "it's a BIG D",
me: "Yes, our last name begins with a D, see it's customized",
He giggled, again, maybe not so much giggled as scoffed perhaps

So for some reason I let what he says get to me and my pretty little wreath lost it's home on the front porch and is now hanging on the back. But when walking up to it -it is so beautiful!  Even Mr. D is now loving the contrast.  Too late Mr. D. I already spent $15 bucks on the new wreath I'm making for the front porch.  Ha!  that'll teach you to giggle/scoff at my domestication process......

I linked this post up to these parties:

Tip Junkie handmade projectsFeatured On The  Crafty NestMaking Monday Marvelous Linky Party

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Front Door Before

Here is my front Door -blah, although the potential it has for fall dress up is great!
Please ignore the weeds, my imaginary gardener didn't show up this week. again.

I think decorating around your front door is the cheapest and easiest way to keep you inspired to tackle the rest of your home.  I'll have to be careful though, if I make it too pretty people will expect me to know what I'm doing inside the home.  I'm totally rocking the sheets-as-my-custom-drapery thing right now. I'm sooo Bohemian.  Good thing I don't have any judge-y friends. 

 My inspirations:

Thrifty Decor Chick
Thrify Decor Chick Made this wreath herself from Dollar Store leaves, and craft foam.  That's my girl! 

Party Wishes
I can't stand how much I love the yellow, red, orange and black combo here.  I think the Halloween bunting out of Burlap is so sweet.

 This image out of BH&G has been plastered all over the internet this season! 
The earthy and approachable tones are just heavenly.
Take Heart
These handmade yarn wreaths are adorable!  Which would you pick?  I want all three together.

Craftaholics Anonymous
Wrap a craft ring with burlap?  Burlap comes in colors? Shut Up!

Tune in later for the reveal of my fall inspired front porch.
I guess I better go get started.....

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Recipes

Now that I'm getting the hang of cooking 30 meals ahead (using Once A Month Mom), the family is pretty well covered for meals.  I can now make some carb-packed things on the side that I want.  Bad words like 'quiche' and 'croissant' may be popping up in my kitchen.  The Hubbs thinks he doesn't like the taste of French sounding food.  The toddler is on the cheese and noodle train, so he could care less about any new cooking endeavors. 
Here are some fall recipes I've been daydreaming about, be sure to click under the pics to get the recipes:

Oven Baked Cinnamon Apple Doughnuts
via Chocolate Shavings
 Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Breakfast Rolls
via Picky Palate
 Starbuck's Caramel Apple Spice
via A Law Student's Journey
Fall Leaves using pie crust cutters like these at Williams and Sonoma
via The Story of Kat
Fall Colored Cookies for the kiddies
via Country Living
Pumpkin Tiramisu
via Mrs Goldilocks
Apple Cider Caramels
via Blondie's Cakes and Things
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, graham cracker crust and all
via Une Duex Senses

Acorn Dough Nuts, I'd love to bring these to the next playgroup
via Family Fun
If I were fancy and had fancy parties I'd make Poached Pear Crumbles

via Sips and Spoonfuls

Don't these look amazing?  What are your go-to recipes when the air gets crisp?

I'd dove to hear about them,


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