DIY: Pottery Barn Noel sign (and some yarn wrapped trees)

Linking this post up to the Inspire Me Please link party over at House of Rose.  For those of you stopping by, I will have a new post coming out about how I made this sign very soon, so please stay tuned!!

Ahhhh- my favorite decorating time of the year is here!!  I typically don’t do a lot of seasonal decor, except for Christmas (and a little bit for fall).  Christmas I go all out- we have 4 giant Rubbermaid tubs devoted to Christmas decor.  This year we’ve been a little behind on the decorating because I was out of town and then sick.  But this past weekend I got a good start!  And I’m linking up a couple of crafts to Kim’s Dare to DIY party as well as Centsational Girl’s craft party- unfortunately these decorations were done last year, not this year.  But I haven’t blogged about them before, so that counts, right?

We haven’t put up our tree yet, but here’s our mantle:

yarn wrapped trees

I start with a simple lighted garland and then add a ton of other stuff- in the garland are Christmas ornaments, pine cones and decorated floral picks. The 4 stuffed creatures above each stocking (the stockings are mine, my husband’s, one for the dogs and one for the cats) were made by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law- they are (from left to right) a santa holding a snowman, a skiing snowman, a large snowman holding a “Merry Christmas” wreath and a penguin holding an “I love snow days” sign.  Everything else was made by me.  Let’s take a closer look:


These trees were pretty simple- I bought styrofoam cones at Hobby Lobby** and then wrapped them with twine and yarn (hot gluing the ends down as I went).  The white yarn at the top has sequins in it, which kind of makes it look like snow- right?  Then I got cardboard stars and painted them with gold craft paint, hot glued a straight pin to the back and stuck them into the styrofoam.  Easy!  A secret- the trees are sitting on soup cans which makes them appear to be floating above the garland- there wasn’t enough room on the mantle otherwise!

This wreath was another easy craft- I just wrapped a styrofoam wreath form with some red ribbon I already had on hand, hot glued some ornaments on and hung it with another ribbon from the mirror.

pottery barn inspired

Finally, the Pottery Barn inspired Noel sign.  I saw this on Frugal with a Flourish’s blog last year (see link here) and had to re-create it.  It’s cost at Pottery Barn? $149!  My cost? Right around $20.  I bought press-board letters at Hobby Lobby and stapled/hot glued them together (seriously, the back is a hot mess- you don’t want to see it).  Then I painted them with a combination of gold, burgundy and brown craft paint.  It’s propped up on a piece of wood so that it doesn’t disappear behind the garland- garland is great, it hides everything!!

There you have it- my Christmas decor so far.  What do you think?  Stay tuned for a peak at our outside decor!!

**Disclosure:  I was not paid or compensated in any way by this company for this post.

A pumpkin hat

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Are you all looking forward to Thanksgiving?  I am!!  We’re going the non-traditional route this year food wise, since we actually already celebrated one Thanksgiving with my parents (with a turkey).  My husband is smoking ribs in his new Weber barbecue that he got as an early Christmas present.  He did a test run over the weekend on some hamburgers and they were AH-mazing.  I’ll let you know how the ribs turn out- and maybe post the recipe?  Any interest?

Anyway- a good friend of mine had a baby a few months ago (she’s the first of my close friends to have a baby) and recently she mentioned she was taking him to Washington to visit family (they live in Florida).  It’s a lot chillier up there this time of year, and she also happened to send me a link to an etsy store with some adorable baby hats.  This seemed like a subtle hint that he needed a hat.  Being a knitter, I couldn’t bring myself to buy something I knew I could make (plus I love knitting for other people- just ask her- she asked me to knit him socks when she found out she was expecting, and I knit her a blanket, teddy bear, sleep sack and 2 pairs of socks- ha!  baby stuff is so fun to knit- plus it’s small so it goes quickly).  I thought it’d be fun to knit a fall-themed hat, and I stumbled upon this pattern which seemed easily adaptable:  Berry baby hat

While we were visiting family in Bellingham, WA, I grabbed some pumpkin orange yarn at the local yarn shop to knit up a pumpkin version of the above hat.  I was in a little bit of a hurry because my friend was leaving on her trip in a couple of weeks and my parents were in town- luckily the hat knit up fairly quickly- and I neglected to take any decent pictures of it before I shoved it lovingly packed it in a box and mailed it off.  Lucky me- she sent me a picture of him in it the day she got it!

I think he likes it!!  I made it a bit roomy so it’ll fit him all winter long as his head grows.  Hopefully it’s keeping him warm and cozy this Thanksgiving!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone- hopefully you’re enjoying some time with loved ones!

Dare to DIY: My thanksgiving table

Happy Monday everyone!!  Today I’m participating in Kim at Newlywoodwards Dare to DIY party- this week it’s showing off your holiday table.

Ok, big confession.  We don’t eat at the table, except if we have guests.  I’m hoping this tradition will change once we have kids, but for now it’s just easier and more comfortable to eat in our living room.  This doesn’t mean we plop down in front of the TV- we usually sit and chat about our days, do dishes and THEN plop down in front of the TV- true story!

Anyway- because we don’t usually eat at the table, I like to decorate it.  Which means there’s not a lot of room for plates!  So I didn’t set it for these pictures- but I’m showing it off anyway.  Here’s what our table will look like for Thanksgiving this year (sorry y’all- I refuse to put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving- I will do another post showing off my Christmas table though)

Not terribly exciting, I know.  But it puts me in the fall mood!  My mother in-law made the small orange pumpkin runner.  The green runner came from my friend’s wedding a few years ago (and you’ll see it make it’s reappearance at Christmas!)  Then I put down a leaf plate, some silk leaves and mini gourds.  The vase in the center used to have acorns inside it as well- we have 5 million acorns in our yard, so I thought they’d be a great vase filler.  I washed and dried them- and they molded.  Gross.  So I tossed them.  The mini gourds don’t need acorns in there anyway, right??   The candlesticks are a thrift store find- they’re a really pretty milky green with swirls of clear green in them- you can kind of see that detail in the picture below.

And that’s my fall table- ta da!  I hope you like it- and if you have a tablescape to share, link it up to Kim’s link party!!

Happy first day of fall!

And happy Friday everyone!

I have to say, I’m excited about the change in season.  Not that it’s going to be much different here in Georgia- instead of super hot with a giant side of humidity it’s just going to be hot with a tiny bit of humidity, probably for at least another month.  But- it’s fun to see fall stuff popping up on Pinterest and to know that soon the leaves are going to be changing colors.  And sometimes the weather gives us a break so I can wear some jeans every once in awhile!!

Fall in Moscow, ID- I took this photo while visiting my sister who was going to college there. 

 I’ve decided I really enjoy seasonal changes and the anticipation of the change- looking forward to cooler, crisp days and falling leaves in fall, cold frosty mornings (yes, we get those here) in winter, things getting green and warming up in spring and even the long, hot summer days. 

What’s your favorite thing about fall?  Do you have a favorite season?

Have a great weekend everyone!!