DIY Fall Leaf Placecards

I know it is only the 4th, but that means that we only have 20 more days to prep for Thanksgiving! I’ve said it before this year and I’m going to say it again – time is flying!! If your family is anything like mine, everyone shows up to Thanksgiving in their sweats and comfy clothes because we all just hang out and lounge around eating all day. Its glorious!!

I have been to a few “formal” thanksgivings and those are really fun too! I love seeing all the beautiful table-scapes, decorations and place settings. If this sounds more like your family, I have a really cool idea to share with you!

Fall Leaf Place Holders

I love that these are just printable place cards and if you have a Silhouette or Cricut machine, they are extra easy to make! Just print them out, cut them out and decorate them however you want! I really like how Julie from EAB Designs made the edges of the leaves look a little burned and aged. There are so many options with these cute place holders. Click here for the full tutorial!


Hardware Store Decor

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are not too tired from any Black Friday madness that you decided to endure. You are much more brave than I am!
My goal for this holiday season is to get my home a little more organized and less cluttered looking. I will be posting about this in the month of January since I’m hoping to be done with all of my organizing by January 1st! For now, I’m looking for ideas on how to organize beautifully and I came across some pretty neat stuff that I just had to share!
I love it when people use ordinary items to create beautiful things. Country Living has a great collection of beautiful things that you can make just from the hardware store! Awesome right?
This beautiful necklace is just made from blind cords, boat snaps, a gold chain, some tape and couplings!
These curtain tie backs are pretty and simple and they add some elegance to your curtains! They are just made from a brass snap, a ring, and a cord!
You will never guess what they used to decorate this mirror! Vinyl mailbox numbers! Genius right?
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Autumn Table Setting and Lanterns

Have you ever been to one of those houses for the Holidays and it seems like everything is perfect beyond perfect? The house looks clean, smells like pie, it’s decorated beautifully, and to top it all off, when you sit down for dinner, the table is decorated with beautiful handmade decor.
Sometimes I get insecure when I go to homes like this because, I gotta tell ya, that’s nothing like my house! For this reason, I rarely do any entertaining. Only for special occasions 🙂 I actually like to be the one being entertained haha!
Once I start a family though, I’m going to have to learn to get better at entertaining. I think one of the things that will make a huge impact with minimal effort is making these beautiful table settings and lanterns from Craft and Creativity!
I love the leaves hanging from the chandelier. It is such a natural feel for autumn. And I like the chandelier itself too! I may have to go on the hunt for one like that 🙂
This table setting is also really natural and fairly easy to create! I love the wine bottle that is wrapped in leaves. It really dresses up the bottle!
Thanks to Helena from Craft & Creativity for sharing this great decor!

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Made By Me Monday # 12: Kitchen/Dining Room Chair Redo! {GIVEAWAY!}

Wow it has been a crazy week! The hubs and I are starting a new workout plan tomorrow and I’ve been up all night prepping so if you have questions about the tutorial (which I sort of expect) feel free to ask!
For this project, you will need:
4 chairs (I got mine at Value Village Yay!!)
White Spray Primer (I used Krylon)
White Spray Paint (Again…Krylon)
Foam for chair pads (measure your chair before you buy these!
Fabric for your charis (I used an outdoor fabric because it is sturdy and fairly easy to clean)
Step 1: Sand your chairs
I first tried to use a chemical stripper…not a good idea! I had to wait for the goop to dry and then sand it off anyways so I might as well have just sanded… Oh! Say hello to my partner in crafting – Murphy! He was a little distracted because Eric was walking over…silly pup!
Step 2: Spray the primer onto chairs
Use your White Spray Primer to spray your chairs. You don’t need to spray the seat because you are just going to cover it. I used one can of primer per chair.
Step 3: Spray the paint onto chairs
Use the White Spray Paint to finish your chairs. Again, you don’t need to spray the seat because you are going to cover it and I also used one can of paint per chair.
Step 4: Cut the foam to fit the seat
Cut your foam chair pads to fit the shape of your seat. I left a little bit of overhang because it just makes the edge of the seat more comfortable.
Step 5: Cut the fabric
Cut your fabric to leave a good overhang on either side. Make sure to account for a 1/4 inch seam.

Step 6: Sew the fabric (optional)
I used my sewing machine to finish the edges of my fabric. This is not necessary…it would still look awesome if you didn’t do this.
Step 7: Staple fabric onto chair
I used a staple gun for this step…and my husband haha! Pull the fabric tight across the foam pad that is sitting on the seat of the chair. Staple each side into place with minimal space between the staples. You want it to be secure so use as many staples as you need.
Done! Now you have the most beautiful chairs around! Can you tell that I love mine? haha
As for the giveaway, You can enter below! There is also a link to the winning project (flower art) below so you can look at what the prize will look like:
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Made By Me Mondays #8! Burlap Place-mats!

So last Monday, I showed you how to make this awesome Burlap Table Runner and today, I’m going to show you how to make the place-mats go along with them!
Here is the Table Runner:
So the tutorial for the table runner was a little bit extensive but the place mats are so ridiculously easy that they almost don’t even need a tutorial which is awesome! I don’t even have any pictures… I know thats bad but that just how easy it is! ** I’m going to add pictures after I get home today 🙂 **
Supplies needed for this project:
  1. Burlap (I got mine here and I got it in the color “sage”)
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing Machine (optional)
Step 1:
cut your burlap into 14″ x 20″ sections. Try to get the cuts as straight as possible so that the fringe will be even when you pull out the strings.
Step 2:
After you have cut out 6 place-mats, pull out the side fringe so that you have about an inch of fringe all the way around your place-mat.
Step 3 (optional):
Use your sewing machine to sew around the edges and “seal” off the fringe so that it doesn’t fray anymore  and your done!
Easy as that 🙂 Thanks for stoppin’ by!
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Made by Me Monday #7! Burlap Table Runner

What a week!! My hubby is now 28 and no longer feeling under the weather! Yay! Now we can {hopefully} get back to the normal schedule!! 🙂
This week was really exciting and fun because I got a lot of time to play with my new sewing machine!! As you know from the last installment of Made by Me Mondays, I have been working on my dining room! Last time, I showed you how to make these awesome centerpieces, and today, I’m going to show you how to make my table runner!!
I was so inspired by this post by Marcy from AntiqueChase that I just had to make my own! Her’s is a no-sew tutorial {you can apply this method to my table cloth as well since they are very similar}.
Here we go!
Please click “read more” for the tutorial and for more pictures of the finished product!

Materials needed for this project:
  1. Preferred color of burlap fabric – I used THIS fabric in “Oyster” (Measure the length of your table! Add 16″ on to your measurement for each side of the fabric (32″ total). This is for the overhang! Also, my table runner is 17″ wide)
  2. Sewing machine and thread
  3. Beads for the embellishment of the tassels
  4. Scissors
  5. Measuring tape
Step 1:
You want your table runner to be double layered. Sort of like 2-ply toilet paper…I know this is a weird analogy but it’s almost midnight as I’m writing this and I can’t think of a better example! 🙂 So fold our burlap over and it it to be 17 inches wide and whatever length is good for your table.
Step 2:
Use your sewing machine to sew down the open side of your runner.
Step 3:
Sew again down the closed side of your runner leaving about a 1/2″ to 3/4″ seam allowance for the fringe.

Step 4:
Measure 12″ up from the ends of your runner and sew it across the 17″ to sort of close off the ends (this is how long your fringe on the ends will be) Do this on both sides.
Step 5:
Pull out all the fibers that run width wise across the fabric from the bottom of the ends up to the point that you sewed in step 4.

Step 6:
You should be left with the fringe hanging down and now its time to tie the knots in the fringe. Section off the fringe so that you have lots of little sections that you can tie off.

Step 7:
If you want to add the beads, take two fibers from the middle of your mini sections and cris-cross them through the bead. Push the bead to the top of the fringe.

Step 8:
Tie off that mini section with a simple knot. Repeat this for all the fringe and you are done with the fringe!
Step 9:
On the side of your runner that was the “closed” side in step 3, cut that so its no longer closed and make it into fringe by pulling out the fibers that run length wise.
You are done!! Yay!!
I am writing this late at night so if something doesn’t make sense {Which is a strong possibility}, feel free to email me!
Next week I’m going to show you how to make the place mats to go along with this so be sure to come back!
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Made By Me Monday #6: Dining Table Centerpieces

This week I have crossed a small something off my to do list for the dining room! I was so inspired by this post by this post by Kacey at Stay-At-Home Artist that I had to do some crafting of my own! Take a look at what I came up with:
I’m so excited to share this tutorial but of course, I was *way* too into my crafting and it did not occur to me to take any pictures of anything except the final product so I will do my best to explain the steps.
Please click “read more” for the tutorial and for more pictures of the finished product!

For this project you will need:
  • 2 small jars from the dollar store with a fairly skinny neck but that bow out like the top of the white middle jar.
  • 1 bigger jar from the dollar store with the same shape.
  • 2 4 inch Styrofoam balls
  • 1 5 inch Styrofoam ball
  • Fake flowers of your choice (I needed 4 bundles and I barely had enough to make it look full so you might need 5 bundles)
  • White paint of your choice
  • Tacky Glue
Step 1:
     Wash all the vases that you get from the dollar store
Step 2:
     Clip all the flowers off of there stems but leave about 1.5 inches attached to the flower so you can poke it into the Styrofoam ball.
Step 3:
      Pre-poke the holes into the Styrofoam ball before you put each flower in. Once you have pre-poked the hole for one flower, put a little bit of tacky glue in there. Then insert the flower into the hole. This will help to hold the flower in place long term.
Step 4:
     Keep inserting the flowers into the Styrofoam ball but make sure to leave an empty space on the bottom of the ball so you can glue it to the glass vase.
Step 5:
     Once you have covered all the space except for the little bit on the bottom, you can glue it to the glass vase with the tacky glue and your done with the flowery vases!
Step 6:
     For the white vase, just put a GIANT glob of white paint into the bottom of the vase and swirl it around until the whole inside of the vase is covered. Put the extra white paint back into the paint bottle and let it dry!
I know I didn’t have any pictures of the process so if any step is unclear or you have questions, please send me an email!
Here are some more pictures of the finished project:
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Rolled Paper Fowers

I am dying to have a bouquet of flowers that sits on my table but never wilts. I also want something thats a little unique. These beautiful Rolled Paper Flowers from Jones Design Company are exactly what I was looking for!
I love that they are bright, beautful, and they dont wilt! 🙂 Thats my kind of flower!
I also *LOVE* the look of the sheet music! Its so romantic and the color scheme is perfect! I made a little rosette last night out of some red paper and a green leaf. I will have to post a picture of it when I get home tonight!
Thanks to Emily for sharing this wonderful tutorial! Click here to get started on your new bouquet!
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Burlap Table Runner

As most of you may know, my husband and I (like many people) are constantly doing projects around the house. We just got a new dining room table and its looking a little bare. I have been looking and looking for a nice table runner that will match the natural feel of our home, but I’ve had such a hard time finding the perfect one.
The curtains in my home are right next to the dining room and the ones in the back are white and the front ones are light tan color. I came across this photo of a beautiful burlap table runner:
This is just the look I was hoping to find and Marcy from Antique Chase made this look SO easy to achieve!
With a quick, simple, no sew tutorial, Marcy has made this project do-able for all of us! (which is awesome because I have zero sewing skills!!)
With some coupons for JoAnn fabrics (or your local fabric store) this project can even be pretty inexpensive!
Thanks to Marcy for a beautiful and easy project and for making my home a little more comfortable!
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