Picket Snowman Christmas Countdown

Good morning! It’s almost Thanksgiving!! Can you believe it! Do you start decorating already or do you wait until after Thanksgiving? I have started, mostly because of this blog, but I love it! I especially like the twinkling lights.So festive!

I have a Christmas craft for you today. I should have pictures of the living room and dining room for you next week. There are just a few finishing touches and it’s all ready for the holiday!

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For this project, I started out with a old painted clay pot. I sanded it down a little and then spray painted it white.

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After the paint had dried, I mixed up the Plaster of Paris. The package I had contained 4 lbs. of plaster. I used all of it. Of course, this is because one package drained out the hole in the bottom, even though I tried plugging it. After putting another piece of cardboard in the bottom and letting that plaster dry, I added the rest. I used a couple of disposable containers to mix the plaster in. I poured in the required amount of water, added the plaster and then mixed until  smooth. Then I poured each one into the pot.

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Once the plaster had set for a bit, about 1/2 hour, I put an old picket into the pot. You could use pallet wood or buy a piece from the store too. I then put some scrap pieces of wood around it to keep it upright until it completely hardened, about 24 hours.

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Now comes the fun of decorating my snowman. I found an old pair of socks and used a red one to make the hat. I cut off the toe and then slid it over the top of the picket and tied it with a plaid ribbon. I also found a piece of red fleece to tie as a scarf. I hot glued some buttons for the eyes and the mouth.

picket countdown snowman hat

Steve cut a small triangle for scrap wood to use as the nose. I painted it bright orange and then attached it with hot glue.

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I found these numbers awhile ago at a thrift store with no idea what I was going to use them for. This was a perfect craft for them! You could also use scrapbook numbers or house numbers or even print some off the computer to use.

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I hammered in small nails, below the scarf, that didn’t have much of a head on them, so I could easily slip each number on each day.

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I added a little batting to the pot to look like snow and he is done! He adds a little cuteness to the front porch!

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Maybe I will add some stick arms too! With mittens!

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This is a great way for your kids to count down the days to Christmas and a reminder for you every time you come to the door!! Of course, we don’t get real snow here, so maybe this makes him more likable. 🙂  See you next week with Christmas decor!

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Pumpkin and Magnolia Leaves Tablescape

Good morning! Did you get to enjoy a holiday weekend? I did get to have 3 days off, which was so nice. And, I started my Christmas decorating!! I am starting in my ‘formal’ living room/dining room. Since it is somewhat separate from the other rooms in the house, it’s easiest to start there and then gradually decorate the rest. Plus I wanted to do it a little different than the rest of the house. The ideas are swirling in my head! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. But for now, I have the last fall post for this year. Earlier in the fall, I had used green, white and black, here, and now I recreated it more for Thanksgiving.

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I bought this great big fat pumpkin when I went to the pumpkin patch with my class and it has been waiting to be the star of the table! I love it!

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I was able to cut a few small branches of magnolia leaves from my neighbors tree (shhh) to use on the table too. I added in a few pussy-willow branches and some golden acorns.

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The candlelight glowing on the white hydrangeas and leaves look so pretty.

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Adding in lots of textures gives the table a cozy and homey feel. Rattan place-mats and burlap pumpkins combined with the leaves and flowers add just the right touch.

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I added just a little bit of orange and turquoise too.

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I hope you all get to gather around the table with special people in your lives this Thanksgiving. All the decor and food mean nothing if we can’t share it with the people we love!

I’m so glad you stopped in today. Thank you so much for following along! The next time I am here, it will be with Christmas ideas! I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Halloween With a Few of My Favorite Bloggers!

Good morning! Halloween is only a week away! What!?!? How is that possible? I don’t really decorate for Halloween anymore, now that my girls are older, so I thought I would share some ideas from my favorite bloggers. Just click on the pictures to be taken to each ladies blog.

Of course, my first and most favorite blogger, is Karianne from Thistlewood Farms. She shared some big news this past week. She’s moving! She’s moving back to the home she grew up in. I can’t wait to see what she does with it! Here are Karianne’s Four Ideas for Inexpensive Halloween Door Decorations.

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Lauren over at Bless’er House has a cool idea for marbled vases. Not too scary…just the right touch!

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Kelly, over at My Soulful Home, has this cute mummy candle. Great project for the kids too!

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Here is an idea that’s a little more on the creepy side! But doesn’t this look awesome? Angie, over at Knick of Time, has some great recycling ideas. I’m sure you have some spare bottles around!

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Do you have any extra mason jars around the house? Linda at Mason Jar Craft Loves has loads of ideas for those jars! Just pick your favorite and start painting!

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Well, it’s Halloween, so we need some treats, right? Amy at the Happy Scraps has some cute printables to add to your treats. She has lots of great ideas and I had a hard time just picking one!

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This would be a great way to welcome your trick-or-treaters! The pumpkin even lights up! Laura at The Turquoise Home shares all the directions on her blog.

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How about some free printables to hang on your walls for Halloween? I love how Katrin displays them in a canvas hung backwards. Perfect touch for Halloween! She even gives you the links for the printables.

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Well, I am leaving you with Karianne again! These adorable little felt pumpkins were made by her sister and Karianne gives all the instructions on her blog.

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What do you think? Are you ready to try any of these ideas? I hope it gives you some inspiration! Have a great week!

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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.

fall porch 2017 heirloom pumpkin

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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Pumpkin and Peacock Feathers Fall Tablescape

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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.

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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?

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

Fall Tablescape Candle 2015

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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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