Thanksgiving Decor

I know!  Halloween hasn’t happened yet.  But trust me.  As soon as Halloween is over, everyone is going to be starting to think of Thanksgiving and how to decorate when family comes over.  This a repost from last year but it’s always a good idea to think ahead.  So here are some cute ideas for your Thanksgiving table and enjoy!

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Copper Fall Pumpkin Centerpieces from Up to Date Interiors

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Turkey Tickets from Let’s Get Together

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DIY Leaf Bowl from Crafts Unleashed

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Free Give Thanks Printables from Craftaholics Anonymous

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Pumpkin Centerpiece from Improvements Catalog

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Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin from Yellow Bliss Road

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DIY Wood Slice Owl from House of Hawthornes

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Vintage Thanksgiving Table from Little Vintage Nest

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Halloween Decor

Good morning!  How is everyone doing today?  Is it crazy that Halloween is 6 weeks away?  Does everyone have their costumes ready?  I have an idea of my costume but now I have to pull everything together to make it possible.  I’m crossing my fingers that it all works out.

Speaking of Halloween, I am reposting this from last year.  I might be using some of these to decorate my apartment.  I don’t have much room to decorate, but who knows!  Maybe I’ll come up something to decorate with.  But, there are a couple of printables at the end of the post, so feel free to use them in your Halloween decor!  Enjoy!

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DIY Nevermore Tree from DIY Showoff

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Trash Bag Spiderwebs from How About Orange

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Skeleton Dish from Four Front Doors

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Dollar Store Spooky Village from The 36th Avenue

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Halloween Tablescape from The Pin Junkie

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DIY Bat Cage from Eighteen25

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Halloween Mantle from Craftberry Bush

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Halloween Hand Soaps from Little Bins for Little Hands

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Halloween Hand Treat Bags from Queen Bee Coupons

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Floating Witch Hat Luminaries from Polka Dot Chair

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Fall Wreaths

Hello!  It’s Friday!  And you know what else is coming up?  Fall!  The first day of fall is around the corner and I could not be more ready for the weather to cool down.  Not that it gets super cool here in California until after Halloween, but it’s the thought that counts right?

This week since we are thinking about fall, I want to show off some of the pretty wreaths that I have seen around the internet.  Now, if you want to buy a wreath, they can be pretty expensive.  But a much cheaper option would be to make your own wreath.  So, here are some ideas that will help inspire you to make your own fall wreath.  Enjoy!

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Embroidery Hoop Wreath from The Pickled Rose 

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Fall Wheat Wreath from On Sutton Place

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Thrifted Picture Frame Wreath from Aubree Originals

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5 Minute Easy Wreath from 2 Bees in a Pod

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Indian Corn Wreath from Stone Gable Blog

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DIY Wood Wreath from Lovely Etc.

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Dream Catcher Wreath from DIY Show Off

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Coffee Filter Wreath from Recaptured Charm

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Colorful Pine Cone Wreath from Sarah Hearts

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Fall Burlap Wreath from Small Home Soul

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My Living Room Update

Good morning! Oh my goodness! This summer has been busy! I continued working midway through July, we had Haley’s graduation party, went camping at the beach, held a yard sale, celebrated both girls’ birthdays, and now we are headed to Disneyland! I know I haven’t been here much this summer, but I did want to update you on my living room progress. Just a reminder: we have a Canvas Factory giveaway going on until Wednesday, July 24. Here’s the link.

*This is not a sponsored post. These are just the products I used.*

Here was my Idea Board I posted a couple of months ago. Some things have changed from this plan. I ended up getting to matching Ikea loveseats rather than one loveseat and 2 chairs and I have a temporary coffee table. I haven’t found a floor lamp yet, but I will keep on looking!

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These are the pictures before we moved in. I can’t believe how different it looks! Those vertical blinds were torn down and thrown away before we moved in and the popcorn ceiling was scraped off by my husband. We had it re-textured and also had all the walls painted. You can barely see the half wall in the bottom right corner of the picture on the right. That is gone now too.

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The biggest change we made now was to the floor! We finally put on our laminate wood look floor! I love it! It is just the right look for my room!

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My husband put the coffee table together for me using the posts from the half wall. It’s fine for now, but I am looking for something else. He also made the shutter lantern and the buoys on the table.

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I love how this room turned out! We have a few more things to finish up, such as crown molding at the ceiling and over the window. My seashell mobile adds more coastal feel to the room.

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This area had been a header. My husband cut through the drywall and some of the boards and we made it into a beam. My husband framed it out and I varnished it with MInwax, I would have left it completely open, but we had to mount the barn door on the other side.

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We also added wide baseboards around the room and framed out the door. I painted everything Benjamin Moore Simply White.

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We also added the same flooring in the entryway to tie the two rooms together.

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I set my dining table for a casual summer dinner, being sure to use my California glasses.

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I love when the breeze blows the white sheer curtains! If only I could smell the ocean air too!

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And of course, my helpers are always close by. They love this room too!

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Is your summer crazy too? Or are you able to just sit, relax and enjoy the summer days? I’m glad you took time to stop by today!

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Ikea Ektorp Loveseats

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Home Depot Home Decorators Denali Pine Floor

Benjamin Moore Simply White Paint

 

 

Celebration!! Our Peacock Graduation Party 2015

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great week! We are headed south for Haley’s graduation! Unbelievable!! It seems like we just did this a couple of years ago, but it’s been 4 years since her high school graduation. We won’t be having her graduation party until June, so I thought I would share her peacock party with you again! I love decorating and coming up with ideas for parties! Enjoy!!

The day finally arrived! All the pomp and circumstance! What a crazy week leading up to this day, but I have lots of great memories I am tucking away. My baby graduated! It just seems so crazy that time has passed so quickly!

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I had so much fun decorating for the party! For starters, it was in my favorite colors!

Second, decorating helps to keep me busy and maybe not shed so many tears! Haley picked out the peacock theme and we went with turquoise, lime green, purple and a little black.  We purchased most of the paper goods at Hobby Lobby and the silk flowers came from the 99 Cent Store. I did order some of the peacock feathers and our very kind neighbor gave some others. He owns some peacocks and had been collecting feathers for us for the last 2 months. He also gave us the 2 metal peacocks to use as decorations. We are so thankful to have such great and generous neighbors!

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We started with purple tablecloths and laid a runner of turquoise sparkly mesh down the middle. I also added some graduation scatter on the runner. We created centerpieces with peacock feathers, lime green cattails, and grasses to glass vases. We bought Floral Gel Beads (from the Dollar Tree) and Haley added food coloring until she got the color she wanted. We added these to the bottom of the vases. We kept the table very simple.

We had purchased tissue paper balls and paper fans from Hobby Lobby and hung them above the food table and the main dining area.

The Candy Bar was the real hit! Do you recognize the beverage bar I made a month or so ago? I found the beautiful peacock feather wreath at Michaels several months ago and hung that on the top. Then we added glass containers for the candy. The glass jars came from Target, as did the 2015 dishes. The other clear bowl were from Walmart. Most of the candy was in the turquoise theme, but Haley wanted a couple of her absolute favorites too, Swedish Fish and Peanut Butter M & M’s!

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I also made a bunch of these tassels from tissue paper and hung them in different areas around the space. There were some by the food table, the drink table and the patio.

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We had a table with lots of memorabilia from Haley’s high school years and even younger, but since I didn’t want to plaster her information all over the internet, I will just show you a picture of her medals. She is a discus thrower for her school and is the school record holder! We are all very proud of her!

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You can just see a little corner of the prayer the principal gave for all the seniors. He had verses and then listed each seniors name. It was so moving and made the occasion so much more special.

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We had so much fun planning this whole party! We received many compliments and it was a great way for Haley and I to work together to make the day more special. I am so very proud of my girl and can’t wait to see what the future brings!

 

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