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!

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:

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.