Finally Friday: Pumpkin Enticement

Is anyone else struggling with the temptation to stop at every pumpkin patch they pass on the side of the road? Even the mini displays in Bilo and Publix are catching my eye left and right.

Due to the heat wave that is South Carolina Weather, we have held off on any jack-o-lantern carving so that we don’t have a giant pile of rotting vegetables to deal with. To appease myself, I’ve been researching all sorts of different pumpkin decor. Check out some of these fab options: 

1) Pierced pumpkins: this option gets bonus points for letting me play with power tools. Here are some tutorials from HomeTalk and Instructables

So simple, but impactful


2) Painted Pumpkins: I’ve been a fan of painting pumpkins for a few years now. Usually I buy a few of the mini pumpkins each season and paint a new design. These last for weeks and can stretch well into your Thanksgiving decor. 

This was my own painted pumpkin from a few years ago. Excuse the poor lighting & newspaper backdrop. Pretty sure I took this photo at roughly 2am before the paint was even dry!


Martha Stewart has posted a variety of tutorials and inspirational images for creating a painted pumpkin that suits your style. 

This stained glass inspired pumpkin could be adapted to match any color scheme

Chalk paint came into play to turn these pumpkins into a traditionally styled accent

3) This awesome pumpkin cake : I realize this isn’t made from pumpkins, but it looks like a pumpkin and is awesome. Think of the comments you could get at parties!

Don’t you just want to dig right in?

4) Succulant Planters: If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that I’ve gotten a little plant-happy in the apartment. While this is great for indoor air quality, sometimes you need to jazz up your planters for something more seasonably appropriate. Better Homes and Gardens posted a super easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create these little beauties.

Wouldn’t this be fabulous in the center of your dining room table?

5) Tissue Paper Pumpkins: this idea appealed to me because it would be such a fun craft to do with kids. You can’t go wrong with your designs and you still get your hands a little dirty. Gift of Curiousity posted this cute idea that came up on my Pinterest feed. 

I love the texture!

Friday Five: Craft Edition

To kick off the autumn season, I tried to gather together some craft ideas that I’ve seen recently and can’t wait to try!

1) I love this pumpkin tic tac toe game by Blue I Style. How cute would this be on the coffee table? I love decor that can also double as a way to entertain any little ones.

While this tray is store bought, it would be a simple DIY

Added bonus: think how easy this would be to convert for the holidays! So many possibilities!

2) I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a whole bevy of fall-themed wreaths from A Blissful Nest for you to pick between. One day I will have enough spots in my home for one of each. That’s a normal goal right?

So many pretties!

3) I love sweaters. They are warm and cozy and… really odd to fanticize about when it’s 80 degrees outside. But I do have several old sweaters that I’ve been hanging onto since last winter and I’m glad I did because now I can try my hand at these little gems from Stonegable Blog. Adorable and recycled!

I just want to start cutting up all the sweater we own

Really, you could do this with any type of fabric. Somewhere in the depths of Pinterest I saw a burlap pumpkin version. Your choices are endless. Though don’t go for your husband’s favorite sweater. He gets offended for some reason. Men.

Who can understand them?

4) Many autumn decor inspiration posts feature front porch ideas and I am no different (we’ll ignore my lack of a porch). This idea from At The Picket Fence is eye-catching and would be super simple to put together. Plus, no rotting pumpkin to clean up. Bonus.

Such a cute way to dress up your front door

5) We still have a lot of what we call “flower books” around the house from the wedding decor palooza, so you know I had to include a paper project. This banner idea from Lia Griffith would be fun draped all over the house.

I love the rich jewel tones of this garland, but you could use any style paper and still get gorgeous results.

This is a craft that would make a great family project. You could write messages or things you’re thankful for on the back in preparation for Thanksgiving (and let’s be honest, we could all use a little more gratitude in our lives). It’s the craft that keeps on giving!
I hope y’all feel as ready to grab your glue gun and glitter as I am… get crafting!

Friday Five

Another week has gone by and it just doesn’t seem real that September is halfway over. Is fall here yet? It surely doesn’t feel like it. 

1) I have a public service announcement for y’all. From me to you. When painting, be very, very careful to not mix up your drink with your paint water. Share to save a life. And keep your tongue from turning blue. Labels save lives people. 

2)  This week we actually stayed near 80 degrees for awhile. It was like the briefest glimpse of respite, to be snatched away oh so quickly. I’ve never gotten used to the idea that the leaves can change while you can still roast an egg on the sidewalk. Madness.

3) I spent a lot of time this week planning and plotting for things for Moqqup Studios and I am so excited for what’s coming. However, with that excitement also comes intimidation and maybe some panic. Who says we can do this? What if our plans don’t go through? When I shared my thoughts with my sister, she sent me this and I have to say, one of my favorite reads this year. I love this. I encourage you all to read this post by Bower Power Blog and remember that there is no such thing as a picture perfect life and that yes, dust is a real thing.

4) Speaking of perfect spaces and potential, I am in full house hunting mode. Does Trulia suck anyone else in on a routine basis? Just me? Oops. That’s been my stress relief this week. Comes highly recommended.

5) I have never seen a puppy so devoted to someone as our dog is to my husband. The sun rises and sets on this man to her. He went out to run errands this week and Bella lay by the doorway pretty much the whole time waiting on him to come back to her. It was cute and sad all at one time. 

Do you know how many photos we have of Bella waiting on Chris to come home? Countless. Bless her.

Devotion in its truest form



She brought her blanket to this one.


How can you say ‘no’ to those eyes? I’m honestly not sure how he leaves the house. I’m weak.

Enjoy your weekends, everyone!

Finally Friday: A Week of Realizations

Ever have one of those weeks that feels super long and super short all at one time? The definition of this week in my world. I gotta say though, it’s been a good one! Here are my takeaways from this week:

1)  Last night was the first night I can say I felt the first little tingles of fall coolness. Bliss. I can’t wait until the leaves start changing! And just think: the day is coming where a person can walk outside without sweating in creases they didn’t know they had. What a novel concept!

2) Growing up, I was the child in our family who was most into sports. This may seem laughable to some because I am soooo un-athletic, but let me bring you more amusement: I had NO idea how truly dedicated someone could be to sports. None.

I’m a football widow. Before my wedding, my father joked that this was going to happen because my husband is so very dedicated to sports. I admit I did not take him seriously. I did not realize how many months of the year can involve football. 

I figured Sunday’s, some Monday night football, voila. I could handle that. Boy, was I naive. Preseason. The combine. The draft. Fantasy leagues. Never mind college ball. How do people do this? Every year? Does this not exhaust your nerves? Bless it. I can’t. 
But, let it be said, because I will be disowned, Lets Go Buffalo! Go Tigers! 

Photo Credit: Google Images

Photo Credit: Google Images


2) I think I’m developing an obsession with pancakes. It’s extremely random to talk about, but I want them on a daily basis, if possible. Add chocolate chips to them, you have my heart. And my fork. I am eating them as I type. No regrets.

3) Yesterday was September 1st, and even though it’s been 19 years, my brain still immediately went, “I could be getting on the Hogwarts Express right now.” I’m so thankful for books and stories that take you to a whole other place. I’ve used them to escape since I was a child and truly couldn’t imagine how different my life would be if I hadn’t had this series. Mischief Managed indeed.

I’m still waiting on my Hogwarts letter. Photo credit: harrypotterparaphania.blogspot.com

5) Most of this week was spent working on jewelry things. We were privileged to be able to work with Dana Augustine and create some amazing pieces for our guests. I love the way jewelry (and interior design) is intensely personal for people. 


Some of yesterday’s creations. Both pieces were designed using the stone(s) from existing pieces and were restyled into these gorgeous styles. 

Finally Friday… Kinda. Well it used to be.

This week’s Friday post got such a late start that it’s happening on Saturday! Because that’s how we roll here in the shire. 

1) I’ve been a busy bee in the studio working on some paintings commissioned for a little one’s nursery. Here’s a sneak peak of the series in progress:

Artwork by Mollie Quarles of Moqqup Studios


2) My fabulous husband has been very supportive and understanding recently of my crazy schedule. This week, he surprised me with some fabulous new mixing bowls from Costco. How gorgeous are these?

Now we just have to figure out where to store them…


3) We belatedly celebrated my birthday with my family and I got these beauties. Don’t you just want pet them? I’ve been in the market for a new wallet for quite awhile. 


4) Look at this little nugget. I didn’t get to visit her this week but she makes excellent faces for the camera that I get to enjoy. 

She was asked, “are you ready for bed?” Nope.

Game face on!

Getting her Saturday morning nap in

Ok I’ll stop. For now. Maybe. 

Y’all enjoy your weekend! We’ll be here, splattering paint on our clothes and cooing over baby antics.