Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let's talk Pumpkins

Hi there! Many of you will be pulling out your fall pumpkins (if you haven't already) in the next few weeks.  The anticipation of fall, cooler weather, and cozy homes are driving many of us to start early. I am one of them! ;)
Today, I'm going to share a few ideas on how to "jazz up" how your pumpkins are displayed.  
Place a few pumpkins and gourds on a pedestal and add some fall leaves and berries. Simple. Festive. Pretty.
Here I have mixed one pumpkin in amongst my fall owls and leaves display.
Add your everyday greenery in with your pumpkin display, it tends to soften the look.
Add pumpkins in with greenery, artichokes, corn, berries, and a sunflower, or two!
If you have a dining room that doesn't get used often, why not decorate the table for fall. Place a charger down, put a plate on top of the charger, and add a pumpkin for a cute fall table display.
Instead of placing candles on your candle holders, place pumpkins on top.
 When decorating your hutches, or shelves, add greenery and fall plates.
If you have baskets or decorative boxes, add some greenery and set pumpkins down on it.
If you have a cloche, add glittery faux pumpkins, it adds a beautiful pop of color in any room.
Take your big glass candle holders and drop in a bag of pumpkin potpourri and add a festive fall candle.
Add pumpkins around your candles.
Fill a basket with some moss and set pumpkins on top.
Use pumpkins next to your table centerpiece.
Scatter pumpkins along any shelf using different sizes and styles.
Real pumpkins are best, so add them to your tabletops, so festive! Thanks for visiting! 
~Liz

Monday, September 1, 2014

Want to know why I haven't shared the front of our house?

Ok, I'm here to dish the DIRT, literally! So, the reason I haven't shared the front of our house and yard is because the builder sodded only a portion of our yard, the rest of it was basically farm grass and weeds. We can mow it and it looks nice, but the farm grass grows out of control and we were tired of trying to maintain it.
So what did we do? We scrapped the farm grass and weeds with the tractor. This is how it looked in the spring. We had to remove the rock french drain, and then the whole section of farm grass and weeds.
We are in a VERY rocky terrain, so once we scrapped the ground there were rocks EVERYWHERE, especially under the grass. I now cringe when I hear anyone mention the word rock, as this was such a problematic situation trying to hand pick all the rocks, not fun!
We decided to rent a machine called the.....
R O C K    H O U N D
 The Rock Hound sweeps up the rocks and puts them in a bucket and then you dump them. You can see after using it, it leaves the ground soft and smooth, free of rocks and debris, what a difference!  We also used a Rock Rake attachment on the tractor, a life-saver! 
 After preparing the ground and soil, we were ready to seed for grass. Afterwards, we put down hay so the seeds can germinate. Now it's up to the sun and sprinklers to grow a pretty lawn.  In two weeks, we should see a HUGE difference.
We also mounded up a landscape bed around our two fruit trees.
We waited all summer for the fruit to grow, now we have more fruit than we know what to do with!
We also have an Italian Pear Tree. 
It's amazing how much works goes into landscaping a big yard, but we are having a blast doing it ourselves.
Soon, the front porch will be decked for Fall and then Christmas....
I can't wait to show you the yard when it's pretty like a golf course, at least....that is my dream, ha! We will see....
Thanks for visiting! xoxo ~Liz

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Broomstick

Hi there! Yesterday, while at the grocery store, I spotted a Fall Broomstick in the floral section of Safeway. I thought it was a cute idea for fall. So, I gathered my supplies and headed home to make one.
If you have a Safeway close by, you can pick up several different styles of leaves and dried ones, too! This is what I picked up!
 I got two different colors of ribbon, I love the silk ribbon, burlap would be another great idea, too!
 There are different aromatic broomsticks to choose from, I got the Pumpkin Cinnamon, it smells soooooo good!
You can use a hot glue gun, but I decided to use some garden wire instead, easy!
 Just tie your bundle of leaves together using the garden wire and finish off the look by tying your silk ribbon over the garden wire to conceal it. 
I double tied my bows.
 Isn't it a cute idea for Fall? Thank you Safeway! ;)  Of course, if you do not have a Safeway in your area, you can find these items at any craft store.
 I love the pop of color against the dark broomstick.
I may make another broomstick and hang two on my double French doors.
Well, I hope you like this idea, the creativity is endless.  If you make one, I would love to see it!
Thanks for visiting! xo, Liz

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dollar Tree Fall Candles

Hi there, I'm back with another quick Dollar Tree idea! I purchased three glass candle holders, 1 bag of faux fall leaves, three small candles, and some rope. Total cost $8.00. CHEAP!
I had a bag of faux pumpkins that I purchased from Target last year, and I dropped a thin layer of pumpkins into each glass holder and placed a candle in each one.
 I then tied two leaves onto each glass candle holder using rope.
I placed the candles into a tuscan style tray and then added corn and a few wooden acorns.
 I just love all the fall colors together.
Whala, wall "fall" vignette, complete! 
I like the fall candles up next to the Roo pictures.
This is how it looks without the candles lit.
Now look how pretty they look WHEN lit!
 I just love the glow of Autumn.
Simple. Inexpensive. Festive.
If you decide to make a few of your own, enjoy the beautiful glow, I sure am! :)
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo, Liz
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Putting My Passion To Work

Fall is my all time favorite time of year. The cool crisp air, the changing of the leaves, spiced pumpkin candles, amber colored sunsets, fall boots and sweaters....be still my heart!  When August rolls around, I can't hold back any longer, it's time to decorate for FALL.
My true passion is decorating for Fall and Christmas. I really put my heart and soul into it. I do decorate early to enjoy it for as long as I can. :) Are any of you the same way?
Last week, I worked hard and pulled out all my fall goodies.  
 I purchased this Autumn arrangement from Hobby Lobby years ago and look forward to bringing it out each year.
 See these pumpkins? I purchased these from the Dollar Tree last year and placed them in a basket. Simple, but cute!
I love my Roo's, so all I did here was add some fall leaves to my greenery and a sunflower, whala...Fall!
I think it's great if you can add to existing arrangements, or greenery, so all I did here was place some fall corn on top of my arrangement.
In the photo above, I sat a small pumpkin on top of a small floral arrangement, adding that simple fall touch.
In the photo above and below, I got creative. I used two tuscan canisters, except, I tipped them upside down so I could use them as pedestals to showcase my pumpkins.  I liked the decorative base on them and wanted it to be visible. Why not, right? The tops are hidden, so no one would ever know. :)
I love the yellow Rooster against the orange in my wreath, the colors just POP!
I like to layer my greenery to add texture.
I added some fall corn to a basket and sat it on some faux Rosemary. 
I have two lanterns hanging on either side on my hutch. So, I took two ordinary candles and jazzed them up a bit. I took two fall leaves and tied them around the candle with rope and tied a pumpkin embellishment to it!
Cute and simple.
Here is the hutch decked for Fall.
Add to your existing decor by simply adding fall leaves. I got this fall bushel from the Dollar Tree, $1.00....pick up several and place the leaves next to your everyday decor for that simple Autumn touch.
Or, place a pumpkin here and there.
Leaves can make a big impact without breaking the bank. Simple and pretty!
In this photo, I added some fall berry garlands to my topiary trees. The berry garlands add a great pop of fall color right where you need it.
Add to your existing faux ferns. I placed pumpkin sticks (which can be purchased from Safeway) right smack in the middle of the arrangement, and a few fall floral picks, easy peasy!
If you go to Michael's, or any craft store they usually sell fall "fillers" to be placed in bowls, candle sconces, jars, etc.... I picked up a box and filled my candle scones with these fall colored Styrofoam balls.  See the pumpkin I set on top? Well, it's actually a salt and pepper shaker, LOL! Whose going to know, right? 
I love the pop of color when I enter the Dining Room.
 You could place a small candle in amongst the Styrofoam balls, too!
Hutches are always fun to decorate through the seasons.
Our Fall Dining Room, comfortable, cozy, and casual! 
Love the Autumn glow to the room.
I hope you enjoyed some of my fall ideas. I can't wait to see everyone's fall decorating, I just love this time of year! Thanks for stopping by! XOXO, ~Liz
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