EZ PZ Fall Decor for Whatever … Wednesday #3

EZ PZ décor projects this Wednesday. You can accomplish these with everyday items and just 15 minutes of your time – or less!

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Autumn is the theme today, as we decorate a grapevine wreath.
But colors and pieces can easily be changed up closer to Halloween,
for all you tricksters out there. This is a Make-Do project for me.

Last spring a friend gave me two grapevine wreaths from a yard sale.
One was huge, the other smaller but a bit misshapen.
You know how I love things that are a little imperfect,
“whonky” if you will, so I’m using the small wreath today.

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Last week I cut hips (orange berries) from my fading rose bushes, and I also found some cute mini gourds at a garage sale … 25 cents each or 5 for a dollar. My ribbon stock is slim on Fall colors, but I thought this bright metallic gold would work.

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And finally, two sheets of fun patterned paper from my stash.

Which way is up? Now I had to decide how to hang the wreath. A more horizontal position worked better because of its’ “Whonky-ness”

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Next the ribbon was secured, winding it through some of the branches,
with the end tab on the back side.

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Then, it was easy, wrapping the ribbon around the wreath,

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and gluing the two end tabs together, again on the back of the wreath. ARTZZLE.com ARTZZLE.com

Now I played with the berries and gourds,
deciding where I wanted to place them on the wreath.
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Continuing, I pierced each gourd with the wooden skewers;

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one for the smaller pieces, and two skewers for the larger, heavier piece.

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After those were attached, I simply wove in stems of the rose hip berries
wherever they seemed pleasing.

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You don’t have to be a florist or packaging genius to make a decent bow.

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Here I chose this approach, because I didn’t have a lot of ribbon left to use.  If you want a different look, just google BOW MAKING INSTRUCTIONS for oodles of other ideas.

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Just follow the pictures. I used twist ties to tighten the ends.
These never hold on garbage bags but they work great for things like this!

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Once secured, just play with the ribbon to fluff up the bow.
This is wired ribbon, but the process will work with most other types as well.

After attaching the bow, I wanted to add a bit more color and interest.

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Shapes and little flowers in Fall colors, were cut from the paper
and attached with a dab of glue.

Voila, the finished project, hanging on the front door.  The photo isn’t true to the paper cutouts colors.  They’re more orange and greens.  They look dark pink and tans here.

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NOW REMEMBER … this is a HOW-TO post and I’m making do with what I have already at home.  You may not care for these colors or materials but now you have the process down, and you’ll be using what you have available, making it personal to your style.

At the gourd garage sale, I also found tons of other fun. Like this metallic gold star. I am crazy about star shapes, and not just at Christmas. Just adding it with these glass pieces on my piano, turned out lovely, especially in the morning sunshine!

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You may remember the wreath I made last Fall..

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Below is the 2014 version.  ARTZZLE.com

You can get complete instructions here.

A couple very easy projects here, and the rag wreath for those long, cool evenings that will soon be here!

So don’t stress about it, round up your stuff and start one!
And ya know how I love hearing from you so leave a comment.
Be sure to check “follow this post” so you can receive and see my reply.

Later – Cheryl

Whatever … Wednesday #2

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Source: United Notions

Yay! Whatever Wednesday #2
I really am trying …
to making it an ongoing thing!

Still without a camera, I’m online, a lot.
I’ve been studying Pinterest, rearranging boards and adding new ones.
You know me, always changing and rearranging.
Readers, regular or new, please note.
Artzzle’s pinning button doesn’t function right yet,
but I’m working on it!

Do you ever google something and then browse through all its’ images? Today I wanted to look at pin clipart. Not like in Pinterest, but literal pins; straight, safety, “T” and beaded pins. Those kinds of pins. In my search I found these … on this fun site.   I found what I wanted for clip art, but if you love to sew, you’ll find lots more ideas there.

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Moda Fabrics/United Notions

Also been busy around the house.  Remember this project featured here?
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Hubs and I have decided to replace it. Though a fun project, the large size and several parts of this piece can “busy up” wall space. We’re currently working for a cleaner look in our spaces, so will experiment.

It’s almost Thursday, so I’ll close for this time.  Remember not to stress too much about it, just go ahead and start that project. It’ll work out, or if not, at least you’ll learn something!

Later – Cheryl

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Fun Fall & Halloween Ideas

Dang! The camera is still acting whonky!
What a shame too, because Autumn’s beauty is busting out everywhere.
My mailbox today is full of emails that say people are sharing many of
my Hometalk and former Artzzle posts about Fall and Halloween.

One of the favorites (mine too) seems to be my WREATH FOR ALL SEASONS. EZ  PZ  Wreath for All Seasons
Though time consuming, this project is so easy to make.
At present, I’m working on a “tree” version in this process,
that I’ll share closer to Christmas.

Hometalk traffic has been good as well,
on my FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTOUTS from last year …
that can be used many ways, like THIS and THESE.

You all know that I love paper & gift projects but my talents don’t include food prep …
i.e. cooking or baking.  Imagine my excitement when I recently discovered THIS BLOG.
Barb Schram not only has pretty paper ideas … but look how easy her cookies are to make! And YES, I signed up to follow … so check it out!
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You know my favorite decor projects are when I can use (or reuse) things I already have.
You’ll see a little of that HERE

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Enough fun for today … here at least.
I’m going to close and head over to Barb’s blog to see what I can find there!

Hey, DON’T FORGET … I love reading your comments, so feel free to leave a reply :D

Meanwhile, try not to stress over it, just start that project.

Later – Cheryl

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Mixin’ & Matchin’

A little Friday Night Fun on Polyvore.

In both fashion and decor,
black and white with a bright accent color,
provides wonderful versatility
and virtually unending combinations for design.

Mixin' & Matchin'

Wishes to all for a great weekend.

Later – Cheryl

Whatever … Wednesday

Did your mom ever tell you
“When you do something, do it well.”?
Well, mine did, and I usually try my best.
Problem is, sometimes even when I screw up …
I do that well too, very well … like last weekend.

A new post was due and a good topic was developing too,
but then … oops (better make that a big OOPS) … no more story.

Hey now, don’t be quick to judge. I was working hard.
Hubs and I were doing some exterior maintenance.
He was staining the new porch
and I was re-staining the work shed.

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And of course, pictures were needed,
so I could show you progress on the projects.
I got some good shots, then went back to painting.

All’s good, right? Well it was,
until the next morning, when I remembered.
I remembered … I left the camera outside.
Overnight, all alone, out in the cold.
Well it wasn’t exactly cold, but you get the idea.

Whew! Upon rescue, a few successful shots.
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Then, little lines of light crept across the screen.
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And more lines, and more until it wouldn’t focus at all.

Crap! Do I need a new camera … yes.
Do I have $$ for a new camera … no.
Can I do a blog without a camera?
Well, I’ll just have to, won’t I?
For a while anyway!

Today, I’m starting my camera-less era with something new.

Dear readers, say hello to …
WHATEVER WEDNESDAYS

This feature will allow me to explore random ideas with you,
and also share all kinds of cool, crazy online stuff I’ve found and enjoyed.

I did get some nice photos before the camera was abandoned.

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As an adult, I’ve tried to be realistic with my children. Some of my advice to them has been that in every bad situation, if we learn from it, at least we’ve gotten something positive out of it.

I also know how easily life can overwhelm us, and seem as though there is no solution or help left. I’ve tried to encourage my kids with my belief that you have to keep going. If you feel like you’re out of options, you have to create more options. Every battle can’t be conquered, but you have to keep trying. Persevering itself, is winning.

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What better way to say goodnight than with a lovely moon.
And hey, it’s still Wednesday as I push the publish button. Yay.

Remember, try not to stress, just start something.

Later – Cheryl

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Last Look at Summer

September is here
With Autumn so near
I wanted a
Last Look at Summer

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 Very trendy this year … Orange and Pink

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Coleus are pretty too, don’t you think?

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 Is it red or orange … who can be sure

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 This lily is striking … in no way demure!

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 So much texture and interest in thistles like this

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But a simple petunia’s beauty is hard to miss

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 Though a common flower, geraniums have such power

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 Obedient Plant … elegant simplicity

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 Attractive, plump seedum blooms

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 Are special favorites of the bee

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 Even a weed among blooms seems just right

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 Don’t know what, but it just looked fun

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 A final shot of a prairie plant … and I’m on the run.

If you enjoyed this post, sign up and stay,
to see what else is on the way.

Meantime, remember … Don’t stress about it, just start that project.

Later – Cheryl

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A MUST for Every Bedroom

You may not have something that I consider an essential . . .
a MUST for every bedroom.
In the master, a child’s space or especially in a guest room,
it is an item you should seriously consider.

Any bedroom is a special retreat. . .
a little get-away right within your home.

Furnishings include a bed . . .
of course and hopefully . . . it’s extremely comfortable :)

A storage piece of some sort . . .  
is needed to hold all your stuff or your guests’ things.

All my bedrooms include one other necessity. . . 
another required piece . . .

A Comfortable Chair.
And most of you know that
one of my FEW but VERY IMPORTANT RULES is
anywhere you have a chair, you also must provide a surface and good lighting.

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You remember my newest addition in our master bedroom, FEATURED HERE. I enjoy it so much that I wanted to post an article on why I feel this is an essential piece for any/all bedrooms. I used one of my many HOUZZ BOARDS to help me demonstrate.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW.  THEN  CLICK THE BOX FARTHEST RIGHT of the two little boxes in the upper right corner, for the easier to view, article version of that board..

Hope it’s fun and informative.  And until next time remember . . .

Don’t stress about that project, just get it started!

Later – Cheryl

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Tropical Vacation

Tropical Vacation
I’m having fun at Polyvore tonight.
Thanks so much to everyone
for your support and comforting comments last week
after the loss of our beloved pet, Fozzy
Later – Cheryl

Fabulous Fozzy Has Left The Room

        

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Goodbye, My Love

Yesterday began quite gray
Later the clouds had gone away
But my smile has gone too
And won’t return soon . . . because,
Our “Fabulous FOZZY” has Left The Room

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When Fozzy left any room . . . you always felt a void

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Because as you can see . . . he was a Very Big Boy.

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But lately he was easily tired,

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losing much of his pep and fire.

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Little Sister Gracie didn’t care.

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She snuggled and went with him everywhere.

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Most days he would wake me with a big paw thud on my head

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As if to say “Wake up and make the bed!”

Now that our fuzzy black knight is gone,
Gracie is with us to carry on.

So goodbye my love
our wonderful boy.

Thank you for filling our lives
with such joy.

I’ll miss you always . . . Love, Mom

Our gratitude and appreciation go to the
Princeton Veterinary clinic, Princeton, Minnesota
and all the wonderful. caring people there.
Thank you so very much.

Guilt Ridden

Craigslist had a beautiful chair yesterday, just posted and also just what I wanted for my bedroom reading corner.  AND, it was very close to home . . .

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So, I went, I saw, I conquered!  (Well, I went, saw and melted!)

It’s beautiful, it rocks, it glides, it twirls.  Made by Flexsteel and for once it was true . . . when the ad said “nearly new”!

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It even “sort of” had two nice sized toss pillows in the deal, the huge arm covers.

Backing each one with a coordinate, they are a nice tie-in on my bed.

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Sitting in my room last evening . . . relaxing and reading, I was so content, smug even. Very happy.

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But then . . .

today, this HOUZZ article arrived in my email..

Suddenly I was a bit uncomfortable.  This very stylish (but entire) home in only 140 sq. ft. of space, made me feel very selfish having a 12 X 12, 144 sq. ft. master bedroom.

I was totally guilt ridden . . . for a longgggggggggggg  while.

But after an  entire . . .  40 seconds, I recovered, read the piece and knew,

I just had to share it with you!

 

For all my HOUZZ fun, you can follow me there . . . just click the button to the right on my home page!

I treasure all my finds.  This one has made my bedroom complete!  Love it.

Happy bargain hunting to you!

Later – Cheryl

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