Easy DIY Fall Wreath

I wanted a new fall wreath as mine has gotten a bit faded, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on it. I found some cute ones I really liked, but they were $70 or more. I just couldn’t see spending so much for a wreath I would only use for a year or two.

Did you know you can make a pretty but simple wreath all on your own ?

All you will need are these things: everything here cost me about $20.

I started by removing the tags from the flowers and arranging them on the wreath as I wanted. I then glued them down and secured the ends with floral wire.

I then added a cute little bow to my wreath.

My wreath was cute but it needed something more. I added this B that I already had.

Have you DIY’d any fall wreaths this year? I’d love to see them!

2021 Fall Home Tour

I have meant to post this for a few weeks now, but I never could seem to find the time. We have actually taken a step back and done a more minimal home tour this year- less fuss and more simplified. It’s an approach I really like and will likely continue. We actually aren’t finished with the outside of the house.

When you walk in our door, we have this little entry table. The entry table has a cute little basket vignette.
I’m absolutely loving our fire place this year! Michael and I built this from an antique mantle a few years ago and I love it. It’s one of my favorite things we ever built together. Aside from the kids, of course.
Firestarter pine cones on the hearth? Don’t mind if we do.
Fall tray on our living room table. Lots of faux pumpkins this year.
Fall pillows are everywhere! Here are two of them we have in our living room.
And also in our family room.
Some fall goodness in our kitchen. That cinnamon candle from Arhaus smells divine.
My dining room decked out for fall.
Our bathroom shelves.
The hall bath shelves

That’s a wrap for the inside of the house. I hope you enjoy our scaled down fall home tour.

Free Printable Friday: Happy October!

Good morning and Happy October! The month I most associate with fall, bonfires, and changing leaves is upon us!

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As a result, I will be offering you a free fall printable today! One of my absolute favorite books growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I absolutely love this quote for that reason- and also because I agree with Anne Shirley. October is beautiful, wonderful, and worth looking forward to each year.

To download this printable, right click and save it to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 8×10. I like to use a print shop such as Staples Copy and Print and have them print on cardstock. Please also remember the printable is for personal use only. If you share this printable, please tag me. Thank you!

Have a w wonderful October first 🙂

Make a faux pumpkin look more realistic

Make a faux pumpkin look more realistic

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I found these really cute pumpkins at Walmart this week. They’ve got a neat shape to them, but they don’t really look real. In fact, they don’t look real at all. They’ve got this weird pale yellow color that just looks….strange.

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So, I picked up two of them. They are available in many sizes, but I chose two medium sized ones. I had a neat idea in mind for them and as cheap as they are, I really couldn’t pass them up.

I dragged out my chalk paint stash and immediately slathered a coat of white chalk paint on them.

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If you’re new to chalk paint, you’ll need to know that everything you paint has an ugly stage. And that ugly stage is usually solved by adding a second coat.  I was pretty pleased with the pumpkin after the second coat.

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I think adding the white paint to the pumpkin makes it much more real-looking, don’t you?

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I cannot wait to show you all what I decided to do with them… in fact, if you visit the blog on Wednesday, I’ll show you.

Have a wonderful week!

Favorite Fall Fun Activities that Dont Cost You a Dime

Fall is my favorite season. It’s not only a beautiful time of year with the changing leaves, but there are so many fun things you can do. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you today. The best thing about all of these is that they don’t cost you a dime.

1. Enjoy a spectacular fall sunset

Do you have a porch with an amazing view? Do you have an amazing view? Then go outside, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or an iced tea, and enjoy the beautiful sunset. North Carolina truly has some amazing sunsets- I try to pause and enjoy it every so often.

2. Make a fire and roast some marshmallows

Your fire pit doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a ring of rocks will do. My kids love to make s’mores and they look forward to this every year.

3. Go hiking or trail running

My favorite running buddy and I love to hit a trail when the weather cools off. Even if you aren’t a runner, you still may enjoy taking a brisk walk on a trail. Either way, a trail walk or run doesn’t cost a thing!!

4. Check out the pretty fall foliage

The leaves burst into some beautiful colors this time of year. Take a walk or take a drive and enjoy the beauty.

5. Visit a pumpkin patch

This one may or may not cost money. If you know someone who has a pumpkin farm, you may get to choose your pumpkin for free, but local farms and pumpkin patches will likely charge admission. The good news is farms that charge admission often offer other activities, such as hayrides, corn mazes, or foods.

I hope you enjoy this edition of Five Friday Favorites!! Have a wonderful weekend.