pumpkin patch.

Fall is by far my favorite season, so naturally I can’t wait for it to get here each year so that I can visit pumpkin patches, drink apple cidar slushies, and wear cute boots…all of which I got to do on Saturday. We took a trip to our local orchard for some fall fun. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun getting our pumpkins that we will carve in a couple of weeks. Here are some pictures from the day:

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Of course my husband had to get the biggest pumpkin in the patch...

Of course he had to get the biggest pumpkin in the patch…

 

And we couldn't forget about baby Leachman!

And we couldn’t forget about baby Leachman!

 

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fall fun friday: interchangeable burlap wreath.

Who doesn’t love burlap? And who doesn’t love wreaths? You see them just about everywhere on Pinterest. I, for one, am a huge fan. This is why I decided to make a burlap wreath. Makes sense. It was my first wreath project and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I also made it interchangeable so that each season, I can change out the flowers instead of making a new one every time.

there’s my wonderful bow tying skills again

What you need for this project:

  • 1 wreath form (Walmart for $1.50)
  • 1 yard of neutral colored burlap material (Joann’s for $1.25)
  • 4 various colors of 1/2 yard of burlap (Joann’s for $0.75 each)
  • 1 Button Cover Kit (Walmart for $1.75)
  • Colorful fabric to cover buttons with (Walmart for $0.33) [you don’t need much!]
  • Wreath hook (Walmart for $2)
  • 3 clips (for back of flowers to clip-on) -already had these
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

You read that right homies, this project only cost me a whopping $10 to make. You can’t find a cuter, pre-made wreath for that (well maybe you can, but I’m a little biased)!

I will try to post a tutorial on the wreath later if enough crafters or wanna-be-crafters (such as myself) would like to know more details on how I made this. Honestly, it was pretty simple.

a closer look at the flowers.

I made the buttons using a “cover button kit” you can buy at walmart and bought some fabric that had all three colors in it to cover them. It was really easy and they turned out perfect.

To make the flowers interchangeable, you will need to cut three pieces of the base color burlap and wrap them loosely around the wreath so as to leave room for a clip to be placed on, then hot glue alligator clips (or something similar) to the back of each flower and clip them to the three loose piece of burlap.

Now all you need to do is collect different colors of burlap throughout the year to change them out for each season and/or holiday. You could even do different shapes to change it up. The possibilities are endless, children.

That’s it for my autumn decor. As we say in Kentucky…..happy fall, y’all!

fall fun friday: candle votives.

Today’s fall decoration project is very, very easy and affordable. I will say one thing quickly, when decorating for various seasons or holidays, try using things that you already have and maybe just change it around a bit to fit the particular time of year. It could be changing out ribbon color on something, or different flowers for the appropriate time of year, or just switching out candles of different colors. I do that a lot and it not only saves time, but money as well. And come on, who doesn’t want to save money these days?

So. On to the point of this post…the decoration. Here it is:

All I needed for this project was:

  • 1 bag of dried “navy beans” (left over from last week’s project)
  • 3 glass candle votives ($1 each at Dollar General)
  • 3 small candles of various fall colors (44 cents each at Walmart)
  • Round base (already had)
  • 1 bag of black rocks (already had)

The process of the project is pretty self-explanitory from the pictures, so I won’t give the details on how I made it. I just wanted to share because it was such an easy and cheap project. This decoration can sit just about anywhere in your house. It could be a kitchen table centerpiece or an end table decoration. For us, it’s in the middle of our coffee table in our living room. I like seeing it as soon as I walk in the door.

I’ll go ahead and give you a hint for next week’s project: it hangs on the door. Hmmmmm…

fall fun friday: hurricane jar centerpiece.

Sooner or later, you’ll figure out that my favorite season is FALL…if you haven’t already. I’m the girl who asks in August if it’s ok to put out the fall decorations or light the fall-scented candles. I mean, who can resist the Yankee Candles “Autumn Wreath” or “Apple Cider”? Those are classic smells that I wish I could smell all year-long.

In preparation of the upcoming [best] season [ever], I thought I’d begin a 3-part series called “fall fun friday”. Fall doesn’t officially start until Sept. 22 so that gives me three Fridays to share my three fall projects I’ve completed.

Today is my simple, inexpensive dinner table centerpiece. In our small apartment, it’s one of the first things you see when you walk in and I love it. It contains every fall color and the candle is even “pumpkin spice” scent. Who wouldn’t love it?

that’s as good as my bow tying gets.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 bag dried green split peas ($1.50)
  • 1 bag dried light red kidney beans ($1.20)
  • 1 bag dried navy beans ($1.20)
  • 1 bundle of yellow string ($1)
  • 1 tall and thick orange candle ($3)
  • 1 hurricane jar (FREE – from my awesome mom. Seen them cheap at DG)

Directions:

  • Place the tall orange candle in the middle of the jar
  • Pour the green split peas around the candle to desired height
  • Continue with both the kidney beans and navy beans
  • Tie string around the outside of jar and make into a bow

That’s it. It took me FIVE minutes to make this project and cost practically nothing. I spent a total of $8 and if you can find cheaper beans or already have some, then you’re set!

PS: the two white candles on the sides of the jar are from the table we ate at the night my husband proposed to me. AWWWW. 🙂

isn’t he such a romantic?

Happy fall y’all!