Even though I am LOVING this extended Summer weather, I decided it was probably time to spruce up my front porch with some Fall decor.
I have simply included photos with a short description of the items I like to use on my porch this time of year.
For the last couple years we have had a monogrammed welcome mat that my mom got us. but it was started to look a little weathered. so we switched it out for this warm welcome mat.
I love my wreath because I use the same one all year round. All I do is change the accessories and flowers on it with each season or holiday.
During the Fall, my front porch comes to life with mums and pumpkins. Those are my must haves.
I added a hanging basket of pansies as well to try and pull it all together.
Nothing fancy this year. Very simple, and I love it.
Happy Fall Y'all!
Erin Barrett is a local artist who is amazingly talented. She has had sales on zulily, hobby lobby, and home goods. Her actual website is fortheloveofletters.com, and her work is so unique. I have been following her shop's Instagram account, and was recently gifted my first piece of hers (below). I have fallen in love with her uplifting artwork, so go check it out!
My husband and I hosted a family get together a few weeks ago, and I wanted to try something different. I always try to test my new recipes / set ups / etc. on family first :)
As usual, I prowled Pinterest to get some ideas flowing. I decided on a 'tapas' theme. Tapas are a wide variety of appetizers and snack-like foods, usually served in Spanish cuisine. I didn't follow the Spanish theme, but I did go with a wide variety of appetizers - some homemade and some store bought (gasp, I know).
I won't post all of the recipes in this post, but I do want to show the setup I went with. I love breaking out all my platters and serving accessories for gatherings like this. When serving several dishes at once, I find it easiest to lay everything out first and then label. This is because I tend to move things around quite a bit before settling on one set up.
I used craft paper on the counter for all of the serving dishes to sit on top of. I LOVE this idea I got from Jessica Stout Design and JLM Moments. I had some leftover craft paper from Christmas gift wrapping, so using it for this was a no brainer. It makes for easy clean up, plus I could have some fun with labeling the foods directly on the craft paper.
Please ignore the fact that I took these poor quality photos after the food had been picked through. I totally spaced taking the photos at the beginning :)
Where space was a tad limited for labeling on the craft paper, I used my mini chalkboard stands. I bought these from Etsy a couple years ago and love them.
Foods served include:
- sundried tomato and grilled chicken flatbread (store bought)
- goat cheese, red onion, and sundried tomato flatbread (store bought)
- breaded shrimp
- mini crab cakes
- asparagus and bacon bites
- feta and onion bites
- chicken pot pie bites
- veggies and dip
- chips and salsa
- pita chips and hummus
- cheese and salami
There you have it, my first tapas party. My favorite thing about tapas is that everyone can try at least one of everything without overeating or feeling too full. Everything went over very well, so I have a feeling we will be doing this theme a lot more in the future!
I am all about any extra motivation I can get. So, I decided to grab a few of my favorites quotes from Pinterest, and make an inspiration page with them. I picked quotes that directly correlate with my goals for 2015 (more on those later).
After creating the page, I cut it out and stuck it to the back of my 2015 planner - that way I will always be able to look at it when I am needing an extra push! Feel free to print it out for yourself too :)
What are some of your favorite ways to stay inspired?
I am obsessed with burlap, even when it comes to my Christmas decor. This Christmas, we will be visiting family out of town, so we didn't want to go all out on the Christmas decorating this year. Putting up the outside lights even got left off the list this year. With traveling for a good amount of December, it just made sense to go lighter on the decorations.
We decorated the main living areas on the first floor, and that's it. I didn't have to buy a single new thing because we could use things we had packed away in our Christmas storage totes.
We used burlap around the Christmas tree last year, and loved it so much, that we decided to reuse it this year. I just love this look, and I think it looks great in our living room. In addition to the burlap, we added white lights and red, gold, and silver Christmas ball ornaments.
We also hung our stockings up in the foyer. there are just 2 of us (3 including, Leo, our pup), but we were gifted additional stockings in past years, so I can't help but hang them all :) (also, for those of you who know me well, the stockings being off center drives me crazy! haha)
Last year, I used some decorative Christmas balls in a glass bowl for a centerpiece. This year, I took those same balls and put them in a large Ball jar (which I had in the cupboard). We thought it was a nice little touch of Christmas to add to the TV stand. I also took some extra burlap and twisted it with silver garland to add a little more Christmas cheer :)
I first bought this wreath (below) a year or so ago - and I LOVE it. The wreath itself is actually just brown twigs, and then each season or holiday I can add flowers or different decor to the wreath - so I can switch them out whenever I want to. This December, I added some holly-look-alike-garland that I found stored away. I just used the stems or pointier parts of the holly to stick it into the wreath. When I get tired of it, I can easily switch it out with something different since it is not permanently attached to the wreath.
Last but not least is the poinsettia. I grew up having a poinsettia or two in my parents' house around the holidays, so I always have to add this in somewhere. I found this cute mini one and thought it would be the perfect addition.
So there you have it - the easiest Christmas decor I think I have ever done. It might not seem like much this year, but we love it!
Anyone else keeping it light on the decorations this year?
What is your must-have Christmas decoration in your home?
Halloween was a last minute decision for us this year. We ended up deciding to go to a great friends' home for their Halloween costume party. Instead of fighting the crowds last minute at the costume stores, we thought of a couples costume that we could throw together with (for the most part) things from our closet... a hunter and a deer!
We had to make a few small purchases to complete to costumes - those items were:
- antlers headband ($9.99 at Michaels)
- toy bow and arrow ($6.49 at Wal-Mart)
- face paint ($4.99 at Michaels)
Everything else were items we already had! I used some construction paper, glue and string to make a bullseye target. And I threw on a plain cream long sleeve shirt, brown leggings, brown riding boots, and my new faux fur vest to complete the look. Josh had a couple camo shirts and hats to choose from for his hunter outfit :)
I received several comments on my deer face paint. Although I did paint my own face, I can't take credit for the idea. I searched for 'deer face paint' online and found a few photos that I tried to copy. I just used bronzer and white and black face paint.. that's it! It ended up being way easier than I originally thought!
The hunter and the deer had a wonderful Halloween with great friends :)
What did you dress up as for Halloween this year?
How much fun is Washi Tape? I came across Washi Tape when I was scoping out ideas on how to organize my Erin Condren Life Planner. Since discovering this lovely crafting tape, I have had a couple of projects in mind, and decided to share one with you today.
What exactly is Washi Tape? Washi Tape is a Japanese masking tape. BUT not just any masking tape, a masking tape that is full of wonderful patterns, colors, designs, and sizes. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from!
For this project I only needed two things:
You are going to love these easy instructions:
Seriously, it is that easy!
I cannot wait to see what else I can create with washi tape. I have a few more projects up my sleeve that I will share after completed!
You know how it is: you have every intention of doing all kinds of crafty holiday decorating for your home or for a party, but after you've run all of your errands, you realize that you've run out of time. This happens to me time and time again. Usually, the holidays (besides Christmas) come and go so quickly without any fun decorations in my house.
Well, I have a new solution! I love free printables for those incidents when you don't have time to formulate and execute a full-on craft endeavor. So, I decided to take the easy way out and create some of my own printables to add to my home for Easter - and I am sharing them with you!
Simply, click on the pdf or jpg file to print the free printable. The pdf will give you a larger version and the jpg will give you a smaller version. Or you can simply right click on the image and choose 'save image as' for a smaller version.
Be sure to check out my free Spring printables HERE!