Bringing Fall to the Back Porch

Good morning! I know I have been away for a bit and I am trying to get back in the swing of teaching and blogging. So far, teaching is winning out! 🙂 I have all sorts of projects spinning round in my head, but by the time I am done teaching, I don’t have much energy left. Thanks for sticking with me though. I will be trying to get a few more projects out to you all!

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I was looking back through my posts from last year and saw this one. I liked this one so much, I thought I would share it with you again.

A few weeks ago, I bought a variety of pumpkins, both small and big. I had to buy them at the supermarket, since our pumpkin patches weren’t open yet. Lol.

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I used them on my back patio. I actually see my back patio more than the front, and I wanted to be able to enjoy the fall decor all season.

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I used little white pumpkins along with faux leaves and acorns in a glass container.

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I added a couple more pumpkins to my potting bench too. I made my acorn garland a few years ago, using the acorns from the oak tree in our old backyard.

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There are so many ways to decorate with pumpkins all over the house or outside. I like setting one on top of a terracotta pot for the different textures.

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I hung up this old window from the edge of the patio. I love the chippiness and the charm it brings to my outdoor space.

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A big orange striped pillow, a soft throw, and a few pumpkins make this a cozy place to hang out.

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Aren’t these mugs adorable?! I found these at #HomeGoods. They had dogs on them, so I had to get them!

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The dogs enjoy being out here too!

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I kept things really simple. Just adding small touches here and there.

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Tucking a small pumpkin into your potted plants is a great place to add fall to your decor too.

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It’s so nice to look out the window and see touches of fall. Thank you again for stopping by!

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Non-Carved Pumpkin Round Up

Hello!  How has everyone’s week been?  I took a day trip up to Yosemite with a friend of mine which was super nice and fun. We had a wonderful time up in the mountains away from the heat so it was relaxing.

This week we are showing off some really cool pumpkins that don’t require any carving.  These are the kind of pumpkins I like because I absolutely despise carving.  I cannot stand gutting a pumpkin so I much prefer decorating them.  So here are some cute ideas if you are like me and can’t stand carving.  Enjoy!

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Crayon Drip Pumpkin from The Swell Designer

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Confetti Pumpkin from Cloudy Day Gray

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White Pumpkin with Flowers from Finding Zest

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Candy Corn Pumpkin from Craft Project Ideas

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Frankenstein Pumpkin from Plaid Online

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Painted Pumpkins from Think Make Share Blog

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Striped Pumpkins from Makely Home

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Thumbprint Pumpkin DIY from Handmade Charlotte

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Glow in the Dark Pumpkins from I Love to Create

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Fox and Owl Pumpkins from Home on the Corner

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Thrift Store Pumpkin Makeover

Good morning! Now that’s it’s officially fall, are you experiencing fall weather? This week we have a few cool days, a couple hot ones, and then it cools down for the weekend. I do love the cool nights and being able to cuddle under the blankets!

I found this paper mache’ pumpkin at a thrift store this past week. I liked the size, but didn’t like the shiny finish on it.

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I took the stem off and then used some of the chalk paint I had on hand. I used what I thought was a cream colored chalk paint, but it was actually wax. I thought I would try it and it ended up working out.

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I used a couple of coats of the wax and I like the chalk look much better.

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I used Waverly ‘Mineral’ and Americana Decor ‘Heirloom’ and used a small paintbrush to brush small strokes of paint all over the pumpkin. I made sure to add some in the recesses, to give some shadow.

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I also painted the stem with the ‘Mineral’ and ‘Heirloom’ paint and then glued it back on the top of the pumpkin.

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I added the pumpkin to my mantel along with a couple of lanterns and a large pumpkin canvas I painted last year.

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Just a few touches bring fall into the room!

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I also bought a new candle from Bath and Body Works, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Mmmm! It smells so good!

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I love when I can take a thrift store item and remake it to be usable again! I also love when I don’t have to spend a lot of money to bring something ‘new’ to my home. What items have you made over? I would love to hear about it!

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It’s Fall! 10 Reasons To Like This Season

Good morning! Well it’s fall on the blog whether you are ready or not! I have never been a huge fan of fall, but I think it’s because I know winter follows. I don’t like the cold at all. But this year I decided to find things I like about fall and not worry about what comes after. So here is my list:

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  1. Pumpkins-I love all the different colors pumpkins come in now, especially the pastels! I love all the different shapes too. They are so fun to decorate with.

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2. Cooler weather-not too cold. Around here, it’s usually still warm during the day and then cooler at night which is really nice.

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3. Snuggling under blankets-Along with the cooler nights, comes snuggling with blankets and pups and not getting hot.

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4. Cute jackets and pretty scarves- I like having some new things to wear other than tank tops and shorts, but not having to wear lots of layers just to stay warm. I am excited to pull out some of those jackets and other cooler weather items put away from last year.

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5. Lighting candles- Fall scents are my favorite! Summer just seems too hot to light candles, so it’s nice to have a few lit around the house again, especially because they smell so good.

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6. Crunching leaves- I love to see the leaves falling and hearing them crunching under my feet when I go for walks.

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7. Holidays- I am looking forward to the upcoming holidays and the time spent with family and friends. We make new memories and remember times spent together in the past.

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8. Sausage and corn chowder- Mmmm! Just typing it makes me hungry! This is so delicious and easy. It is the most requested recipe in my house.

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9. Having a fire and roasting marshmallows-We have a fire pit, so it’s nice to gather around it and roast some marshmallows and make s’mores.

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10. Festivals- There are several different festivals and activities held around here that signal fall. Apple Festival, Calico Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, county fairs, and the list goes on.

Whew! I found ten things! That should carry me through. I am determined to just enjoy the season I am in. How about you? Do you love fall?

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Fall Tablescapes

Hello!  How did everyone’s week go?  I am glad that it is finally time for the weekend and I am ready for a day to relax.  Does anyone have any awesome plans for the weekend?

This week I am feature 10 fall tablescapes that I am FALLING in love with.  Get it?  Falling in love?  Okay…anyway.  These are not all the traditional fall colors but they are all super cute!  Enjoy!

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Pumpkin and Gingham Tablescape from Frazzled Joy

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Pink Pumpkin Tablescape from Randi Garrett Design

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Farmgirl Flower Fall Tablescape from The Turquoise Home

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Fresh Lavender Tablescape from Taryn Whiteaker

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Black and Brass Tablescape from My Creative Happy

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Orange and Navy Fall Tablescape from Noting Grace

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Purple and Orange Fall Tablescape from With Love From Kat

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Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape from Maison de Pax

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Brown and Green Tablescape from Home with Holliday

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Pink Blush Fall Tablescape from Kara’s Party Ideas

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