Decorating Your Fall Porch with Containers

Happy Friday! I hope your week was fabulous! Time for another Must Have Tip post to round out our fall posts for this month. We are going to bring in your weekend with some great ideas on ways to decorate for fall using different types of containers in your porch decor. 
 There are so many options you could use as containers, baskets, crates, wagons, urns, pumpkins, and of course pots, just to name a few, along with adding in flowers, pumpkins, leaves, and other fall items that the possibilities on creating a beautiful fall porch.
I love the mix of baskets and urns that Karianne from Thistlewood Farms used on her porch. Plus, I love the dried hydrangea blooms and the use of the wood pumpkins instead of real ones to add texture. 
Use a large urn to place leaves and stacked pumpkins in like Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors did on her porch. Love the small basket with flowers and bowl with apples on the chair as well. Be sure to check her post out. Her entire porch is full of great containers filled with different unique items.
 Do you have a little red wagon that your kids don’t use much anymore? Fill it up with pumpkins, gourds and flowers like Tammy from Rock River Stitches and you have a simple beautiful display.
Here’s another fun take on the little red wagon from Newly Woodwards in which she placed different items into the wagon for a beautiful vignette. 
Fill glass lanterns with pumpkins and foliage and even an old bag like Craftberry Bush to add a little farmhouse appeal to your porch. Love the neutral color palette as well.
Instead of using a wagon, how about using a wheelbarrow? I LOVE this vintage wood one that Better Homes and Gardens shared but if you don’t have one of these like me, though I may be on the hunt for one now ;), a regular wheelbarrow will do the job just as well. Fill with pumpkins, flowers, foliage, berries and you are good to go! 
Keep things symmetrical with matching urns and pots on your porch flanking your door like Worthing Court. Love the contrast of the gray concrete pots with bright yellow flowers against the black and orange urns. Add the cage on top with candles and you have a beautiful yet simple porch. 
 Create a statement piece by placing an urn on a pedestal and creating a gorgeous floral arrangement like Serendipity Refined
If you wanted to keep it a little more simple, place mums in old apple baskets with pumpkins and it would still be just as beautiful! 
If you have a few benches or places to sit on your porch like Ella Claire does, why not fill a basket or two up with some cozy blankets and pillows to enjoy on a chilly night outside. You can even use the blankets to layer under some pumpkins or foliage for added texture and pattern.
And if you don’t have or can’t find exactly what you want container wise, why not make your own using crates?! Courtney and Brent from Gray House Studio took new crates and stained them to create this little vignette for their porch.
I love this look from Mustard Seed Interiors! Chicken coop boxes stacked on a large potting bench with pots, watering cans, pumpkins, and I would definitely add some flowers, makes the decorating possibilities of this endless! Perfect farmhouse look if that is what you love! 
There you have it! Which container if your favorite? Do you use any containers in your fall porch decor?
Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic! 

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Fall Leaf Monogram {dollar store craft}

Hi there friends!
Did you all have a good weekend? Ours was somewhat relaxing compared to most, which was nice. I had some time to do a little bit of crafting and I’m excited to share them with you this week.
Today I am sharing a fall craft that will cost you less than $3 to make and about 15-20 minutes of your time. 
I just love the way my fall leaf monogram turned out!
Here’s what you need to make your own…
-razor blade or serrated knife 
-2 packages of faux leaves (dollar store!)
-scrap piece of yarn, twine, or ribbon
-hot glue gun and glue sticks
{How To}
Draw (or trace) the first letter or your last name on a piece of cardboard.
Cut out (very carefully) the letter using your razor blade or serrated knife.
Using your hot glue gun, randomly glue leaves all over your cardboard letter. Be sure to layer them and overlap the leaves so that all of the cardboard is covered.
Hot glue a piece of yarn, twine, or ribbon to the back so that you can hang the monogram. 
Easy as that!
A cute piece of fall decor that doesn’t break your bank or take up too much time to make.
Thanks for stopping by today! 
Stop by again tomorrow…I can’t wait to share a fall fashion project with you!

Pumpkin Kids’ Craft (and Fall Fun List)

Hi there!
Today I am sharing a fun fall craft to do with the kiddos! My daughter loves to craft along side her momma, so I knew she would love this. 
orange, black & brown paint
paint brushes
half of an apple
construction paper
Paint the flat surface of the half apple with orange paint.
Press the apple onto the construction paper and carefully lift.
Repeat until you have as many “pumpkins” as you’d like.
Using the brown paint, add a stem to your pumpkins.
Using the black paint, add faces to your pumpkins.
Allow dry time and display. 
So fun, right?
My daughter and I also made our Fall Fun 2012 List since we finished up our Summer Bucket List. We are so excited for fall and all the fun this season has to offer. We will be taking FULL advantage.
Now go get your fall craft of with your kiddos!

Feminine Fall Fashion Flair {guest post}

Happy Monday, friends! 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today we have a special guest sharing some fall fashion tips with us…
Just when you feel that you are getting the hang of the summer styles, it’s time for fall. Fall fashions are coming in with a vengeance, and if you want to get a jump on the most exciting red carpet looks, now’s the time to get started! Frankly, I am looking forward to this fall.  The easy-breezy look of the summer can still translate itself into the colder weather too.

Keep an Eye on Your Assets

Whereas the maxi dress and the maxi skirt are universally flattering, the length of the midi skirt is essential to accentuate your features. Consider your height carefully when choosing a midi. If you are shorter in stature, choose a midi skirt that ends at or just above the knee to give your legs length. Ideally, the hemline should hit mid-shin on someone of average height, drawing attention to the point where your leg begins to thin. Although length is the key for this look, don’t give up on the perfect midi if it is too long! A quick and inexpensive trip to a local tailor can make this piece the newest star in your closet!

The Midi Offers Possibilities

Midi skirts are a blank canvas for bold color and prints. The combined effect of the modest length and a soft, feminine slit in the front encourages some playfulness with color, texture, and patterns. Pair a midi skirt in a daring pattern of deep blues and purples with a neutral top, strappy heels, and some chunky jewelry for a dinner out. Make a lasting impression at a job interview with a muted autumnal brown midi topped with a shirt and blazer and finished with tasteful pearls or a simple vintage necklace. Choose a fuller or pleated midi teamed with a simple silk blouse or a fitted cardigan set and a pair of pumps for a powerful look for the office. Take a sleek black midi out for the evening by dressing it up: monochromatic black top with simple silver hoops and pops of crimson on the lips, on a tiny clutch, and on a pair of stiletto heels.

By working from the ground up with your wardrobe you are going to look your best this fall. Figure out what pair of
shoesyou would like to wear, then let the rest flow from there!

With a critical eye to length and a flair for color and detail, the midi skirt is a pragmatic and versatile element for your fall wardrobe.

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the goto fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.

Pumpkin Argyle Wreath {tutorial}

Hey friends!

It’s about time we get some fall crafts up on the blog, don’t ya think? I have an easy and inexpensive fall wreath to share with you today…and I just LOVE the way it turned out.

Do you remember back in February when I made the Heart Argyle Wreath for Valentine’s Day?

I actually planned to make this wreath way back then when I made the heart version. Do you love the way it turned out? Here is how you can make your own!

1. Gather your supplies: wreath form (Walmart for under $2.50), yarn , felt, scissors, hot glue gun & glue sticks, pumpkin stencil,

and a marker.

2. Wrap your wreath form in yarn. You can tie or hot glue to ends to secure the yarn. I left the plastic on my wreath form to make it easier to wrap with the yarn.

3. Trace 12-15 pumpkins on your orange felt and carefully cut them out.

4. Lay your pumpkins on the wreath to figure out where you want them exactly. Secure with a dab of hot glue.

5. Hot glue the end of a new piece of yarn to the back of the wreath and wrap around the wreath, crossing over each of the felt pumpkins on the diagonal. When you get all the way around your wreath, cut the yarn and glue the end to the back of your wreath with hot glue.

6. Repeat step 5, but cross of the felt pumpkins along the other diagonal, forming a “X” over each pumpkin. (You can manipulate the yarn “X’s” just by slightly moving the pieces of yarn once the wrapping/gluing is complete.)

7. Hang on your new fall wreath on your door and admire.


Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

Stop by next week for more fall inspired projects and posts.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Food-a-licious Friday {48} Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Let me just tell you how EASY this recipe is… 
Like 2 ingredients easy.
This is a Pinterest inspired recipe and you can find the recipe here
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Not only was this the easiest recipe EVER, these cupcakes were so moist and the pumpkin flavor wasn’t too overpowering.
The cute fall platter was on clearance at Target last year for $2.00 and the Halloween cupcake liners were 50% off  at Hobby Lobby last year. I found fall sprinkles in Target’s dollar spot and my 3 year old had a ball decorating them. Not to mention that this recipe is SO easy that she helped me with every step! 
Don’t be afraid to get your kidlets in the kitchen! It may be messier, but they will LOVE helping you, learning, and spending time with you. Not to mention, my daughter always eats better when she’s apart of the process. Granted, these were cupcakes so either way I’m sure she would have gobbled it down.
Happy Friday! 
I love this time of year for so many reasons but one of the main reasons is the FOOD! 
Make sure you come by for our pumpkin inspired Food-a-licious Friday next week! If you have any pumpkin recipes, email me a link so that I can spotlight YOU next week : )
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Fall Decorating 2011

Thought I would share our fall decor this year with a couple of pictures before I take it all down to decorate for Halloween…..SO excited about that.
Happy Fall, ya’ll! 
This is the entry way table. Ignore the undone baseboards. 
Complete with the mini fall wreath, fall blocks, Autumn wooden sign (vinyl from Groop Dealz), doily banner, dollar store apothecary, and garage sale/thrifted fall items.
I ♥ this clock that in my entry way. A small cluster of wicker pumpkins below.
This restored garage sale shelf is above the TV in our living room. Notice the fabric pumpkins and doily banner. The leaf lantern was in the dollar spot at Target.
Here’s the piano in our dining room decorated for fall complete with pumpkins and gourds from Hobby Lobby (50% off last year), leaves tied with twine around the candles and sprinkled on the piano, and the fall burlap banner.
So there you have it! Fall in our neck of the woods… err….desert. 
You can see last year’s fall decor here if you are nosey like me. 
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Handmade Toddler Fall Skirts

I made my mini a few skirts for fall using fabric I’ve had in my stash or left over from other projects. 
I had all of the supplies on hand, so I consider this project free.
I didn’t take the time to write up a tutorial, but you can find good ones here, here, here, or here. They are cute and simple skirts.
Owl Skirt

What a ham!
I also made her felt owl clip {tutorial here}.
And the necklace is part of my new fall jewelry that will be in the MFTM shop soon.

Paisley Skirt

I also made her scrap fabric headband {tutorial here}.

Pumpkin Skirt

My little pumpkin ♥
The orange flower headband and necklace are also apart of the new fall inspired accessories that will be in the shop soon.

Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you have a great week!
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Burlap Pennant Banner for Fall {tutorial}

This year I decided to get out all of my fall decorations before buying or making anything new. I wanted to see what I had and what I was going to use this year. Most of my fall decorations I made or thrifted…I don’t tend to spend a whole lot of money on decorating. It’s just not in the budget for a new SAHM that is starting up a family business.
After I decorated, I noticed a HUGE blank space above our piano. 
Enter in: Burlap Pennant Banner for Fall

{not all supplies pictured}

-twine (length depends on where you will hang it)
-4 burlap triangles
-craft paint (I used black)
-foam brush
-hot glue & gun
-freezer paper
-blow dryer
-Fall stencil or a craft cutter (I used my Silhouette) 
1. Design your stencil by hand or using your craft cutter.

2. Using your freezer paper, cut out the word “Fall” and iron onto the burlap (shiny side down). It sticks like magic!

3. Using your foam brush, paint your letters.
4. Blow dry the paint for fast dry time.
5. Peal off the freezer paper stencil…ooooo and aaaahhhh over how crisp the lines are on your letters.

6. Hot glue the triangles to your twine and add any embellishments you want (I tied fall ribbon in between each triangle).
7. Hang up your new fall banner and admire.

The great thing about this banner is that you can make it say anything you want and you can make it for any occasion/holiday! More than likely I will make one for Halloween as well. 
I had everything I needed to make this banner, so I didn’t spend any money to add a new fall decoration to my collection. Another free project? Wow…I am on a roll and no complaints from the hard-working hubby : )
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a great weekend! 
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Fabric Pumpkins

I am loving my new fabric pumpkins…

I had all of the supplies needed to make them, so I consider this another FREE project.
You need different sizes of rectangles in different fall-ish fabrics, pillow fluff, brown felt, needle & thread, hot glue & gun, green pipe cleaners, and a sewing machine (although I think you could do this project without one).

I used this tutorial from Happy Together (found via Pinterest) and just added the curly, green pipe cleaners.

Such cute fall DIY decor.

{My two favorite girls are in the frames…my daughter and my sister ♥}

You can put them anywhere!

Have you made any of your fall decor? Leave a link in the comments so I can check out your projects!
This week I am sharing *Fall Decor, Crafts, & Printables* links on the MFTM Facebook page. “Like” our page and get some fun, new ideas for fall 2011!

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