Pumpkins On the Front Porch

Good morning! Another week has begun! Are you having fall weather yet! We actually are! We don’t usually cool off until Halloween, so we are definitely blessed this year.  It actually makes decorating for fall enjoyable!

I was able to get a few things out on my front porch for the fall. A few pumpkins, my chalkboard dressed up for fall and some new pillow covers helped to get it ready.

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I love changing out my chalkboard for each season. I use chalk markers to give it such vibrant color. The FALL banner was a free printable I found over at The Cottage Market.

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fall porch 2017 welcome chalkboard

I ordered a couple of new pillow covers from Amazon. I listed the links at the bottom of the page. I love the blue color on the pumpkins!

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Of course, I have to have pumpkins! I have mostly orange, but I did manage find a beautiful blue/green heirloom pumpkin.

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A cozy blanket keeps me warm on chilly mornings.

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Our trees aren’t changing color just yet, so I threw in some faux leaves too.

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I hope you have a great week!

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Here are some links to similar items at Amazon. I get a little percentage back on whatever is purchased so, Thank You!

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Pumpkin and Peacock Feathers Fall Tablescape

Fall Tablescape Cover Photo

Hello! I thought I would share a tablescape post from a couple years ago. Enjoy!

Even though I won’t be hosting any family dinners for the holiday, my table is set and ready to go! I just like having a pretty table to look at. Most of the time it has lots of other things on it like mail, magazines and books, but I did manage to clear it off to get some pictures to share with you!

I started out with my white tablecloth. I use this one for almost every season! It makes a great base to build on. Next I layered a scalloped chalkboard runner over the middle. I love this runner! You can write messages right on it! This would be great for your Thanksgiving dinner and everyone could write what they are thankful for. I looked up the website and I noticed they didn’t have any chalk cloth right now, but here is the link in case they get more in and you are interested:  http://modernjune.com/collections/chalk-cloth-2.

Fall Tablescape 2015

I placed an orange tea towel I picked up from Target a few years ago, in the middle of the runner. Next came the teal napkins which I used as placemats.

Fall Tablescape Table 2015

Now came the fun part, for me anyways! I layered my white plates with smaller turquoise salad plates, then added a peacock napkin and a small pumpkin to each place setting. The silverware is my everyday, BH&G silverware. I placed a glass and a mug by each setting.

Fall Tablescape Placesetting 2015

Fall Tablescape Placesetting Pumpkin 2015

The centerpiece of the table is the large woven pumpkin. I had been admiring these for quite a while and then happened to find one at a thrift store. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Fall Tablescape Top View 2015

I also added a candle on pedestal, an owl and a lumpy white pumpkin.

Fall Tablescape Candle 2015

Fall Tablescape Centerpiece 2015

On the other side of the large pumpkin I placed this wonderful glass and wood holder, also found at a thrift store with the Target tag still on it. I placed a glittery pumpkin and a few leaves inside.

Fall Tablescape Pumpkin 2015

Once all the decorations were placed, I wound some leaves around it all and then added the peacock feathers. Sure glad Haley wanted a peacock theme for her graduation party!

Fall Tablescape Peacock Feather 2015

I almost forgot to show you this cute little ruler pumpkin! I found a bundle of rulers and varnished them with different shades. I cut a piece of wood in the shape of a pumpkin and then glued the rulers to the top. Once the glue was dry, I cut out around the pumpkin shape again to trim the edges of the ruler. I also made a larger one that is on my front porch.

Fall Tablescape Ruler Pumpkin 2015

Are you getting ready for the holidays? Will you be spending time with family and friends, maybe hosting dinner at your house? I’d love to hear how you spend your holidays too!

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Helping a Cause

Hello everyone!  Did everyone have a good weekend?

This week I want to talk about an awesome cause that my whole family takes a part in and cares deeply about.  It is an organization that we have helped to build from the ground up, which makes it even more meaningful to us.  This would be the nonprofit animal shelter Valley Animal Haven.

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We have known the owner since for about 12 years, so when she told us that she was starting her own animal shelter, we were completely on board to help.  We helped with fundraisers to raise money for supplies, we volunteer countless hours, and help with different adoption events.

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In other words, we are there a lot.

We were there on the day that we opened the doors at the first official shelter location.  My whole family became board members to help out even more.  My sister did a 4-H fundraiser to help get another kennel for the dogs.  My dad has built all of our indoor cat areas by hand.  My family has rescued multiple dogs to take to the shelter and have adopted 3 (Rozy, Munchy, and Maggie), from the shelter.

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And the shelter continues to grow.

The shelter was started in 2014 and had barely any adoptions.  And so far this year, we have almost hit 600 adoptions!  This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs.  Honestly, we don’t really know how we acquired and adopted out the rabbits, turtles, and guinea pigs, but we will take it!

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We have also had many fundraisers that have helped out the shelter with some finances.  There have been garage sales, dog washes, costume contests, dog walks, and many more.  Any little bit helps them out.

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But the most important thing is if you want to help out.  You can donate money or supplies to the shelter, but we are always looking for volunteers.  Every little thing helps.  Even if you can only come for an hour and help feed the puppies, we will take the help.  And there are so many dogs and cats that are looking for homes.  If you want to check out Valley Animal Haven’s website, you can look at it by clicking on the picture below.

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But you don’t have to just help at animal shelters!  There are plenty of local nonprofit organizations in your area that are looking for help.  Nonprofits require a lot more work than you expect, so any help that they can get would be greatly appreciated.  You can look in your local newspaper or use the handy dandy Google to see what is in your area.  There may be something in your area that you absolutely care about that you can help with! Give them a call and find out how your can help!

Thank you so much for checking out Valley Animal Haven and this blog post!  We helped with fundraisers to raise money for supplies, we volunteer countless hours, and help with different adoption events. There are many tools out there to help plan different nonprofit fundraising events. So if you have a cause you like to support check out how you can create your own nonprofit fundraiser.  Have a wonderful week!

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Fall Decor Tips in the Family Room

Good morning! It’s October! Can you believe it? We have been having some beautiful weather this past week. I’ve been able to have the windows open and feel the breeze come through the house. It’s wonderful! My school visits the pumpkin patch this week and I hope to be able to pick up a few nice colored pumpkins while I am there.

I’ve continued my fall decorating through the house. You can see the the dining room here and the living room here. As you can see I changed from my green, black and white color scheme. I went a little more traditional in here. This room is separated from the living room, so I can change it up a little bit. I still used a lot of neutrals, but I added little touches of orange too. I have a few tips or ideas that I use when decorating for fall.

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  1. My first tip: Use what you have! Many of the pieces you already own can be used in your fall decor. Lanterns, baskets, burlap, cozy blankets. These items all add great texture and coziness to your rooms.

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2. Texture: I mentioned this above. Woven baskets are a great way to add texture and to store some other fall decor in. Baskets can be found everywhere from Craft and Art stores, to Walmart, to thrift stores. Baskets can be painted or left natural to fit your decor. There are woven ones or metal ones and many others in between. Burlap and nubby blankets also add texture.

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3. Natural Accents: Remember those baskets? Use them to store pinecones, pumpkins, acorns, ect. Fall is the perfect time to find things outdoors to use indoors. Even a tall basket full of sticks would be perfect. Of course, fall colored leaves add just the right touch to any room.

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4. Pumpkins, of course! Pumpkins in all different sizes, colors, fabrics and materials. I have pumpkins made of fabric, styrofoam and rulers, and of course, real ones too. I found these little burlap ones at the Dollar Tree.  Real ones come in all sorts of colors now too. Pick from orange, white, blues and greens.

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5.  I didn’t use any in my family room but free printables are a great way to add small touches of fall to any room. Many bloggers offer some great designs. They can be placed in frames or on clipboards and changed out for the seasons or just your mood!fall family room lantern with acornsfall family room pumpkins with lights

6. Lights and candles: extra lamps add soft lighting, especially with the days getting shorter. I placed a lighted fall leaf garland in the wire basket on the hearth with some burlap and pumpkins. Scented candles are wonderful and really add to the fall mood.

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What else do you add to your rooms? I’m sure I missed some things. Let me know what you do for the fall season! I hope you all have a great week!

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How to make your own Envelopes

It’s Friday! Friday!  Gotta get down on Friday!  Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend!  Weekend! (Bonus points if you sang the unfortunate tune of Rebecca Black’s song)

How was everyone’s week?  Anything out of the ordinary happen that you want to talk about?

This week I had a day off and was working on my stuff for Premier Designs.  If you didn’t know, I do sell the jewelry and love doing it!  But, something that happened recently was they got rid of the hostess envelopes.  NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I immediately knew I had to do something when I went to give a new hostess her information and some of the info didn’t make it to her.  I had put it all in the catalog that I gave her, but business cards fell out and it just didn’t feel right to just hand over the catalog without a proper envelope.

So I sat down to try and discover how to make my own envelope out of old catalog pages.  You can do this with catalogs or magazines or even large book pages.  Here are the supplies you will need.

Supplies

Supplies

2 pages.  They need to be the full pages, not just one side.  So you will need to take the staples out of the catalog to get the full page.

A Ruler

Pencil

Glue stick

Scissors

Step 1.  Decide which sides you want to use for your front and back.  You are going to have 4 sides to choose from, so choose wisely!

Step 2.  Fold the top of the short side of the page you decided would be the back.  I measured it to be 1 1/2 inches.  It needs to be folded to the inside, so I found it easier to mark the side you want on the outside and follow that line to fold.  Glue it down.

Step 3. Fold the bottom of the short side of the page you decided would be the back.  I measured it to be 3/4 of an inch.  This needs to be folded on the outside and glued down.  I then glued the other page to the fold and folded it again.  Now the two pages are attached.

Bottom Fold

Step 4.  Fold the long sides to seal the envelope.  I measured it to be 3/4 of an inch.  They get folded to the back side of the envelope.  I also folded the bottom corner in a small triangle to make the corner more even.

Step 5. Cut the fold on the top.  If you don’t cut this, you won’t be able to fold the top properly to seal the envelope.

Small Cut

Step 6.  Fold the corners on the top flap so they are even with the first fold you made.  This will help make the top flap easier to fold over.

Folded Top Corner

And Taadaa!  You are complete!  Though it may seem a little confusing, I promise that it will turn into a fun, cute envelope!

If you have any questions on how to put the envelope together, please feel free to ask.  I hope that you can use this information to make your own cute envelopes!  Let me know if you make any cute envelopes!

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