Friday, November 14, 2014

Decorating With Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanks to Sherry at No Minimalist Here blog, I am happy to be
part of her Thanksgiving Vignette blog hop.

 Please check out the links to all the other participants in
 the blog hop at the end of the post.  

The Pilgrims hosted the first Thanksgiving in 1621 in
order to have a special time of giving thanks to God for
His provision for them.  As we carry on that tradition,
I wanted some Thanksgiving Thoughts to be up in my
home to remind me to also give thanks. 

Most of my thoughts that have special meaning to me are
Bible verses but you could decorate with thankful quotes
or sayings that have meaning to you.  

For this vignette, I wanted the thankful thoughts to have a look
that they might have come over on the boats with the Pilgrims.

After composing the thoughts in fancy fonts on my computer,
I ran them through the printer one at a time on the aged paper.
Then cut them out to be a smaller size than the full sheet of 
paper they were printed on.  

A couple of years ago I made the chicken wire frames to hold
Christmas cards but I have left them up ever since and 
decorated them for different seasons.  The thoughts are 
attached to the chicken wire with tiny wooden clothespins.

In keeping with the lighter tones in this vignette, I wanted to 
try making some plaster leaves that I had seen Jane at
Cottage At The Crossroads blog make a couple of years ago. 

The plaster leaves give another Fall element to the printed out
sayings/verses on the chicken wire display. 

The candlesticks that are holding the pretty green pumpkins
were purchased from the clearance shelves and Hobby 
Lobby.  The middle of the candlesticks were a glassy pink.
They got a neutral color distressed and crackled paint job. 

The Thanksgiving Thoughts can be used in different places
around your home.  If you print them on card stock, they 
have enough stiffness to lean up against an object.

Or you can place them within other vignettes or even on 
your Thanksgiving dinner table. 

The other blogs in the Thanksgiving Vignette Blog Hop
today with me are

Other blogs in the hop that have shared their vignettes are

They are all wonderful don't want to miss them!

Thanks for coming by to see my Thanksgiving Thoughts!

I'm sharing this post also at these blog parties:
A Stroll Thru Life's Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Golden Touch Thanksgiving Table

Are you having lots of company for Thanksgiving dinner?
Last year our whole family traveled from around the country
to spend Thanksgiving in El Paso, Texas, with my son, his
wife Caroline, and their daughter, Lilly. Caroline did a great
job of setting a beautiful, long table for everyone to sit
together to eat.  Here are some ideas that she used to have
coordinated look for the table(s) used in seating a crowd.

Even though there were actually two different tables used
for Thanksgiving dinner, Caroline purchased matching
tablecloths to use to give the effect that it was one long table.

Most of the items on the table had at least touch of gold.
That tied all the elements of the table together.

She cleverly spray painted pumpkins left over from 
Halloween in a couple of different shades of gold.
To add even more sparkle to the pumpkins, they even
 got a quick spritz of spray glitter too.  

The ceramic turkeys on either side of the above-pictured
large pumpkin came from the store with 
a touch of gold already on them...perfect. 

The faux leaves came ready to go also from a craft store
with a slight metallic sheen to them.  The leaves continued 
down the length of the table(s) to visually tie them together. 
A long runner would give the same effect.

The small votive holders were golden and amber colors.
Even the mercury glass candle holders had a gold tone
near their base below the silver color higher up.

Gold chargers held Caroline's grandmother's dinner plates
which had gold in the design.  Our beverage glasses had
a golden rim. The napkins' pattern had a blend of orange
and gold colors. 

For place cards, Caroline and Lilly made paper turkeys 
website.  A good idea they incorporated was to use a 
paper that had an autumn design on both sides so that
the person sitting on the other side of the table also sees a
pattern and not a white backside of a turkey place card.

Not only did Caroline set a beautiful table, all of the food
she prepared was just divine!!!

A beautiful golden glow to the dining room was provided by
 God with the spectacular sunset out the dining room windows.
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good."
Psalm 136:1

Using only a couple of colors (Caroline used gold and orange)
and repeating elements on a long table will give it a
elegant and coordinated look for Thanksgiving or any holiday. 

For more Thanksgiving decorating ideas come visit the
Thanksgiving Vignette blog hop November 12, 13, 14.

I am sharing this post over at
Dwellings' Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps On The Porch's Metamorphosis Monday
Boogieboard Cottage's Masterpiece Monday

Thanksgiving Vignettes Blog Hop This Week

Mark you calendar, write a note and stick it on your computer,
do whatever it takes to remember to come visit the blog hop
of Thanksgiving Vignettes hosted by Sherry of the
No Minimalist Here blog.  The blog hop will run three days,
November 12, 13 and 14. Each day four different blogs will
post a vignette they have created especially for the blog hop.

Wednesday, November 12

Thursday, November 13

Friday, November 14

The blog hop would be a great way to get ideas for 
YOUR Thanksgiving decorating (or just see some 
wonderful eye candy). Come and join us!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Easy Quick Cheap Halloween Decor

Even if you have not put up any Halloween decor and are now wishing that you had, there is still time!
  Here are some very easy, quick and inexpensive ideas that
 you can get done before the trick-or-treaters come to your door.

My favorite Halloween decorating trick is to get a bag of the
synthetic spider webbing and some plastic spiders.

 When the artificial webbing comes out of the bag, it looks like pillow stuffing.

 The webbing goes such a long way if you take time to
 pull it thin (which, in my opinion) is how it looks best anyway.
Pull it even much thinner than this.

All you have to do is to pull it around things that you already
have in place either at your front door or even inside your house.

The plants in the urns by the front door at my house got spun
with spider webs and then the spiders even got busy 
extending their webs to the front porch lights.

It took about an hour's worth of time and $4 worth of webbing
and spiders (on sale) to give the front porch a spooky feel. 

It's hard to see the spider webs in this picture but when you are
up close to the porch in person it is a big difference. 
Have you ever walked into a spider web in the woods that
you couldn't see? Wow! I can do a week's worth of cardio
in that awful moment. 

The spiders also got inside my house too.  They wrapped
a pumpkin vignette with their webs.

Actually, I ran out of plastic spiders on the front porch.
To avoid another trip to the store and to save money, I made
some more out of black pipe cleaners that I had on hand to 
use on the inside spider webs.

Here's how I those "good-enough-if-you-don't-look-close" spiders:

The pipe cleaners I had were 12" long.
  I cut each one into four pieces which is 3" pieces.

1. Cross two pieces of cut pipe cleaner
2. Twist the two pieces together in the middle
3. Add another piece by also twisting it in the middle
4. Add the final piece by twisting

Sometimes the "legs" do not end up the same length due 
to the twisting.  Snip the ends of the legs off with scissors
so they will all be approximately the same length.

Separate the legs so that there are four legs on each side.
Bend the legs so they will look more spider-like.

The pipe cleaner spiders take about 2 minutes each to make 
and only cost about 1 cent apiece.

They also got into the foyer chandelier.

Another black Halloween symbol that is easy to decorate 
with are black birds which are only $1 at Dollar Tree (duh). 

You can just add them to your regular house decor to give 
a subtle and fun nod to Halloween.  Just take the cardboard 
off of their feet and use the wires (or not) coming out of
the bottoms of their feet to attach them to shelves or items. 

Here's how they look with the Fall decor that I already had up:
Living Room

Kitchen Table

This next project is practically free if you already have some 
empty bottles, jars, food coloring and a printer....faux 
hocus pocus apothecary containers. 

Soak then scrape the labels off of the bottles and/or jars. 

Paint the tops of the containers to make them look older.

There are lots of sites that offer free printable Halloween labels.
I liked these from Itsy Bitsy Fun because they are not gory.

You can print them directly off of the site without downloading.
See that blue bar at the bottom of the computer screen?
The symbol at the end of the bar is to print directly off of
the screen.  If you have a color printer, you can print the labels
with a sepia background. I printed mine on a black and white
laser printer to save and not use my color cartridges.

You can buy labels similar to these in most craft stores.
If you are printing out like me, you will need to cut them out.

I glued the labels onto the bottles and jars and then added
the water....I wasn't sure if the labels would need to lie flat
to dry.  I think it might have been better to add the water 
and then glue the labels so I wouldn't have to worry about
getting the labels wet while adding the water. 

After adding water to the bottles and jars add some food 
coloring.  Any kind seems to work fine to color the water. 

The coloring looks eerie as it drifts down into the bottles.

I added the bottles to a table display I had made a couple
of weeks ago Gourds In Glass.  The flowers in that centerpiece
had died so I replace them with the apothecary bottles.  These
apothecary bottles and jars would look very Halloween-ish
grouped together all by themselves even. 

The original centerpiece also had flowers in the vases at the 
ends of the display.  To replace those, I added dead cone flowers
in one vase and plastic greenery in the other one. 
Dead leaves were removed before adding to the vase. 

The water for the vases was also colored and apothecary tops
were placed on the vases.  If you just wanted to submerge real
 or fake flowers/greenery in regular vases with food-colored
 water, that would look good too. 

The vase that was on the middle pumpkin in the original
 display was was replaced with another pumpkin
  and a black owl from Michael's.
she looks like she only had one eye but really she has two...all the more Halloween-ish

bottles that are already a color don't have to have food coloring added...only water

At dusk I added some small candles to the display (and swapped
the end vases to even out the high/low items).

The main things I wanted to share was the spider webbing
 the black birds and the faux apothecary bottles and
jars for easy and quick Halloween decorating.

 Another fairly inexpensive item this year that was kind
of a recycle was the front door wreath.  

I know not everybody has a smashed deco mesh wreath, a large
fake skeleton and plastic critters just sitting in the carport but
I did.  I made the wreath last year for a friend in black and
gold but her husband put something heavy on it and it squished.
I made her a new one and she gave me the old one back. 

I had given away my Halloween wreath from last year so I 
needed something for this year.  The skeleton is from Walgreens...
he was $10 which is a pretty good price (I think) for a 3' skeleton.
I bought him not knowing what I was going to do with him but 
when I tried him on the smashed wreath, he fit fairly well.

The gold deco mesh was pulled off of the wreath form...

...and new orange deco mesh (left over from Easter decorations)
was secured on top of the flat deco mesh still on the wreath. 

The plastic orange spider and green snake from a neighborhood
yard sale were painted black to (hopefully) show up better.
The skeleton was tied onto the refurbished wreath with fishing line
(I like it because it is almost invisible) and the critters were
tied on to the skelton. 

Another mostly odds and ends wreath for the back door was
made from a grape vine wreath, left over spider webbing and
newly purchased "scary spiders" for $3 from Walgreen's.

Literally, only five minutes to put together and hang...
Spiders tied on to wreath with fishing line

Do you have any wreath elements lying around that you could
put together for a fun Halloween wreath? 

Have fun with these easy Halloween decorating ideas (if not 
this year, pin them to use next Halloween!)

I'm sharing this post over at 
French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday
Craftberry Bush's The Inspiration Gallery
Shine Your Light's The Best of the Nest
Artsy Fartsy Mama's Artsy Fartsy Link Party
The Dedicated House's Anything Blue Friday


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