No Time or $$ Wasted in Fall

October 11th and Fall is rising!  Even with two holidays in this season, decorating doesn’t take much time to be terrific, or at least it doesn’t have to.  Are you wondering what else can be done besides the old black & orange for Halloween?  Keep in mind that all of the autumn colors can carry your decor through to Thanksgiving.

Colors in the orange and brown ranges are some of my favorites, meaning I have plenty of accent pieces for displays right now.  True, you won’t have the identical items I’ve used, but as I always say “Use what you have”.

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A simple group above.

  1.  Small bowl and two bright plates
  2.  Cream and Sugar set
  3.  A stem of artificial florals

Everyone has plates and bowls, and if you don’t have a C & S set, try two mugs, or a mug and a pretty glass.  No glitzy fake flower stems . . . SO WHAT.  Find some pine cones, funky branches or pretty leaves.  Those are FREE, and no storage worries either, just throw em’ away when you’re done!

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This little group holds display tips for you, so don’t worry about not having everything in it.

  1.  Using an odd number of items in your display, is a helpful rule of thumb, but that isn’t to say it’s always a requirement.  Try starting with just three pieces and depending on your items and space, work from there.
  2.  Use varied heights and textures.  Here I have a lot of glass, so I chose different colors, textures and shapes to avoid a “ho hum” effect.
  3.  Try for one piece that will tie things together.  I placed a fun resin figurine ($1.00) in this little group.  It’s seasonal, cute and helps unite my colors.  I also like to have most pieces touching, in a display.  You’re not sending them to their separate corners … you want them to play together.

 

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Give yourself a break, and make things easy.

  1. Use pictures and artwork that represent the season’s colors.
  2. Cozy, textural throws and colorful toss pillows are easy additions.
  3. Plants give life to an area in any season (brighten them with a pretty bow).  Finally, a few favorite treasures on your side table and boom . . . you’re done.

Autumn is so easy to decorate for.  A quick walk on a bright and brisk day, can provide countless natural add-ins.  Small, affordable plants and bouquets are available in stores everywhere.  Bring em’ home and throw it in a vase, a bowl … heck a big tin can (but cover the can in a pretty wrapping paper 😀 )

Thrift stores have endless amounts of wonderful decor items (and collectibles that you can treasure and use again and again)!  Take an afternoon or a hour after work and have a blast, discovering oodles of treasures!

YES, it’s repeating myself, but I can’t stress enough . . . USE WHAT YOU HAVE!  Shop your home … shop your Mom’s home, or Aunt Lil’s.  They’ll let you borrow and probably give things to you for your place 🙂 !  Memory pieces are the most meaningful decorations you’ll have.

Plants, plates, mugs; scarves, throw rugs, mittens, fabric, dish towels; books – Books – and MORE BOOKS.

  1. Use what you have or have access to
  2. Buy what you love AND can afford at the moment
  3.  Don’t stress out, just DO something, and have fun

You’re always welcome to stop over at my facebook page and see what’s happening there.  Lots of crafty creations going on right now.

Later – Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick, EZ Summer Color

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“Avid gardeners” describes three special ladies in my life. Every summer as I was growing up, so were the gardens of my Mom and Aunt Lil. When we kids were all little, the patches included as many vegetables as flowers. Sitting on the porch “helping” clean snap peas, we probably ate as many as were put into the basket! And many a fresh tomato was snatched off the vine and eaten like an apple, for a summer afternoon treat!

Over time, as the seats at the dinner table emptied, the gardens transitioned to nearly all flowers with just an occasional tomato plant or two. Though “in-laws”, my mom and aunt were as close as real sisters. Each year they would have this “unspoken” friendly competition over who had the best garden that summer. I remember gladiolas taller than my mother, and fat, bright faced zinnias in Aunt Lil’s credenza vase.

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Cards for Mother’s Day

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Sunday is Mother’s Day. As a floral designer, I know it is a big, busy day for that industry and reason for card companies to celebrate! As a Mother and Grandmother, I love the anticipated arrival of either cards, flowers, or better yet both! What fun.

A card is always appreciated, but is even more special with a personal touch. I enjoy making and sending hand-crafted greeting cards, and am sharing these latest projects with you. This is a Make-Do project for me; no need for outside shopping or spending because over time, I’ve amassed an abundant supply of papers, scrap, notions and envelopes.

Cards can be as basic as paper and envelope, with simple decoration and a hand-written message (and a little help from parents for pre-schoolers!). A standard size and weight piece of paper folded in half then in half again, gives you the typical card form and…

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Getting That Holiday Mood

Some pretties to see and easy projects to do. Find the links to help you through!

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Has the Holiday Mood struck you yet?

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Around here, that spirit isn’t appearing as early as usual.

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Still in disbelief how Thanksgiving sneaked up us like that!Artzzle.com

And NOW, it’s barely two weeks until Christmas.

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 [ “How To” BOOK COVERS PROJECT here ]

Hubs is officially retired now … this is his first full week of “no work”.

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He immediately began taking retirement very literally.
He’s spending lots of time on …
morning coffee, afternoon naps, evening news – with wine …
and hours in his workshop (sitting) in his comfy chair out there …
watching old movies … over and over and … well, you get the idea.

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Anyhoo.  We’ve just about decided (mainly Ihave) that …
the big ol’ fake tree is staying out in the garage rafters this year.

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Not a great tree booster any year, Hubs much prefers
a few nice Pointsettia plants.

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For 2014, I’m also…

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There’s A Worm At The Bottom Of The Garden

Beautiful floral shots from a beautiful (and hard working) gal over in Scotland. Even on break, she’s diligent about her musical career BUT glad to see she takes a little time off too 😀

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Ahead of some exciting projects that I have coming up over the next couple of months I took the opportunity this week to visit my teacher, Judith Howarth, for an energising lesson to help me in my preparations.

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We worked on a variety of music, which I will be excited to tell you all about very soon. Whilst I was there we chatted about different operatic roles and it was lovely of her to show me some of the pictures that she has in her home from her fabulous career; so many different roles that she has performed from all around the World. Her mum created photo albums with pictures and newspaper clippings displaying her musical journey, It was so inspiring, so I thought I would take a picture of the two of us and start creating a post degree scrapbook for myself with my Mum…

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From Gloomy to Good

For a host of reasons, I’m always glad to see
the third month of the year disappear.
Though someone in my life seems to be
on a mission to start a new tradition
to brighten my March with cheer.

It began last year with this little lovely.

And late afternoon today … another knock at my door … brought this beauty.

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Though March will be my least favorite month … forever,
my daughter Bri is determined to make it better.

Thanks, Breezer. Luv Ya lots! … Love, Ma

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Later, Readers.

 

The Right Time to Think about Gardens

It’s Super Bowl Sunday … end of 2nd half … my team’s leading (Go BRONCOS) … and we’re in the midst of a nasty snow storm.

Hey, I think it’s the perfect time to be thinking about gardens.  Don’t you?

Hubs is way ahead of us, having already built seven above-ground planters for our backyard.  Four are designed to work together, and three will be positioned individually. Sorry, no pictures of these tonight, though.  It’s cold and too dark in the garage.

Instead, I’m sharing some gardening pretties … in particular SMALL SPACE gardens. Tonight, my muse is Benjamin Vogt, a favorite HOUZZ contributor that I follow; owner of a prairie garden design firm a.k.a. Monarch Glen.

So much to see, savor and learn here.

COMING SOON . . . pictures of the Hubs Projects.  Meantime . . .

It’s.Back.To.The.SUPER BOWL !!

 

 

Friday Favorites #80

YES . . . I know it’s only WEDNESDAY, but found this fun site today.  You’ll enjoy Kim over at Living Vintage Co.  She’s sharing a variety of visions here 🙂

How ’bout a Christmas-themed Friday Favorites for the month of December?

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