Friday, November 21, 2014

Pumpkin Topiary Decor

DIY Pumpkin Topiary Signs

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I have a bit of a pumpkin obsession, I admit it.

They're just so charming.

I love the plumpness of them, the uniqueness and the variety of colors (especially the heirloom ones).

This fall, pumpkin topiaries were the newest thing. And what's better than a pumpkin topiary?

Watching women put one together!

I spent an afternoon at the Nashville Flea Market with Mr DIY and we marveled at the pumpkins available. They had pumpkin topiaries set up, but encouraged you to build your own. Women were rushing around, trying out their different pumpkin choices to see if they would fit and cocking their heads to check out the placement, discarding one pumpkin in favor of another. In fact, at one point I picked up a lone pumpkin from the ground and was told, 'that's mine,' by someone standing nearby.

Um, I didn't see your name on it?!

(She later discarded it in favor of a 'better' one, so I grabbed it and paid for it before she could change her mind again.)

So this idea was in my mind when I was creating signs for a recent craft show, and I decided to paint pumpkin topiaries onto wood.

There are no process pictures today.. just pretty, finished signs.
I sharpened the image of this one below so you can see the texture, both of the wood and the pumpkins.

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I used acrylic paints and blended different colors to make my pumpkins look realistic.

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Once the paint dried I waxed them for durability.

I love them on the mantle.

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(For any local peeps who are interested, these signs are available for sale. Email me if you want one)

Do you love DIY pumpkin projects? Here are a few more to inspire you, all from DIY beautify:

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(clockwise from top left)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Tree

Thanksgiving tree

Today I want to share such a simple idea with you.

It's a different take on a Thanksgiving tree.

You might remember the Thankful Tree I shared last year at this time.

Themed trees are very popular, so why not a Thanksgiving Tree?

The benefit is that it will stay out through the holidays, I'll just have to change the decorations.

Table top tree for Thanksgiving

The garland was so easy to make, I almost hesitate showing you.

It's a couple packages of felt leaves from Dollar Tree hot glued to a length of jute.

make a simple leaf garland

It's loosely wrapped around the tree.

Then I added a few pumpkins...real mini pumpkins and fake ones (my smaller DIY sweater pumpkins)...and some chalkboard tags.

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So simple.

But a great reminder that we have So much to be Thankful for! And sometimes, don't we need to be reminded of that?

I'm thinking of putting out mini clothespins and paper leaves and having everyone write down what they're thankful for this year and then adding them to the tree.

I hope you're having a blessed week as you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Honeycomb Pattern Table Makeover

A table makeover times two!

Table makeover with honeycomb pattern

Not every project goes according to plan.

Even talented DIYers have a few flops and fails under their belts.

It's just part of life.

This project was supposed to be so simple!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Unique Gifts for the Holidays

Holiday Shopping

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And Owl Through The House ornament
Yikes...Christmas is creeping ever closer. Are you ready?

I'm not. Not even a little bit.

I'll tell you a little secret...

Although I love to shop, shopping for the holidays is very stressful! Fighting huge crowds and difficulty finding just what you want adds to the stress...not to mention trying to please picky family members! It takes the fun right out of it!

But shopping online? Now that's fun!

No worries about getting all dressed up, driving to the mall, and spending hours on my feet. Nope. More like sipping hot coffee or cider and surfing at my  my pajamas!

Maybe nibbling on some homemade sugar cookies!

How about an online store that offers something for everyone, unique and quirky gifts, free shipping (over $50 order), easy returns  or exchanges, lots of sale items and free printable gift tags?!

The store I'm talking about is ModCloth. They've just put out their 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

Take a look:

'Tis the season for gifting! And ModCloth wants to help you find the perfect presents for everyone on your list with their 2014 Holiday Gift Gift. Shop using their handy categories, or check out presents inspired by trendsetting bloggers, including A Beautiful Mess, Oh Joy!, Girl with Curves. Utterly unique and endlessly fab.

There is always something fun on sale!

Whether you're looking for fun jewelry, cute footwear, gorgeous dresses, crazy t-shirts, humorous books, even items for the home, dorm room and'll find it at ModCloth.
lace pants

I'll be doing most of my shopping online this year so I can spend more time doing what I love - decorating, crafting and baking!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Wreath

Upcycling a Wreath for Fall

Sometimes you get lucky. 

You're cruising the aisles of Goodwill and you find a wreath. It's big, cheap and you know that with a little tweaking it can be fabulous.

So you spend the $4.99 on the wreath and you bring it home.

You take off the swarms of silk butterflies (saving them because you never know when you might need to do something with swarms of butterflies!)

You tie on some pine cones that you scavenged in the mountains of North Carolina last Thanksgiving.

And lastly, you tuck in some drying leaves that you picked up in your yard that morning, using a little hot glue so they'll stay put.

Then you hang it on your front door...

Fall Wreath with natural elements at

And smile...

Simple fall wreath at

Because with just a tiny bit of effort, you took something rather ordinary...

And made it into a statement piece!

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Yup, sometimes it seems as though the stars are aligned and things go exactly right with very little effort, like this wreath!

Other times...not so much.

C'mon back on Friday and find out what project had me weeping (lol..almost!)

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Tips and Ideas for Using Wood Slices

DIY Wood Slice Ideas

Creating wood slice decor

Have you been noticing all the wood slices appearing around blogland and Pinterest lately?

I love them because they add texture and a natural element in decor.

I have some ideas to share today

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Tray from a Cupboard Door

how to make a tray from a cupboard door

My Thanksgiving decor consists mainly of pumpkins, candles and leaves! So when I knew I needed to come up with a turkey-themed tutorial for this month's #Makeit Challenge, I decided to make something that would be functional as well as cute - a turkey bread/cheese tray!