Posts Tagged With: Fall

Burlap and Popcorn

Well, it’s Wednesday and as promised last week, I’m back with a holiday decor project that I promise will set you back less than $10…and some of it you probably already have in your house. You might be able to guess that this project utilizes burlap and popcorn among a few other things. Here’s the rundown on supplies you’ll need

  • Cylinder vase – $1 from Dollar Tree (leftover from this project)
  • 3 colors of burlap (widest one being four inches) – $1 for all three colors from Hancock Fabrics
  • Tea light candle – $1 for 12 at Dollar Tree (last time I was there they had the electronic ones too)
  • Jute twine – $1 from Target
  • Popcorn – $2 at Target
  • Scissors – $1 at Dollar Tree
  •     Total – $7

I cut the white burlap three inches wide and just long enough to wrap all the way around the vase. To cut the other two colors I put the white on top of the green and cut it the same length as the white and just a little bit wider. Then I repeated the process with the brown

With all three pieces of burlap cut, I rolled it around the vase

I tied it onto the vase with the jute twine but I needed something to fill the vase. We always have popcorn on hand so I grabbed that and filled it pretty full. I wanted the flame from the candle to be seen easily, so I filled the vase almost to the top of the burlap.

I didn’t want to be able to see the candle above the burlap. BTW, that candle is actually hot chocolate from Bath and Body Works. Awwwwesome!

It’s so cute and fall-ish and I literally had all of this stuff at home! I love it when that happens. Some of it was for a completely different thing which you’ll see soon enough, but it has to do with my post about this year’s Christmas color choosing. Oooo, the suspense continues.

Next week I’ll be showing you a few projects that I’m doing for my niece Reygan for her birthday. I can’t wait to show you them. Here’s a sneak peek

So if you have a little girl that you need to spoil, you’ll want to be on the lookout for the ruffles and glitter and feathers. It’s going to be fun!

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Scary S’mores

I know, I know, another s’more post. But this one is a little bit different…promise. As soon as I saw a s’more idea for trick-or-treaters on Pinterest (here) I knew that our neighborhood kids would be getting them! I also thought it was the perfect way for us to make sure that it would be peanut free and I could add a tag that let people know that too. I wanted to share this with you today just in case you wanted a weekend project.

It was easy to find printed bags, but how would people see the cute little ghost in there with that? The Peeps and Hershey bars I got at Target and I got some treat bags at Hobby Lobby.

I took one graham cracker and broke it in half and put it in the bag.Then I put the Peep in and then the Hershey bar. I know that might seem like it’s pretty basic, but the order of Peep then chocolate will save you some headaches. I was putting the Hershey bar in first then the Peep and when you tear apart the Peeps it leaves a little bit of sticky marshmallowy goodness that is very attracted to Hershey bar wrappers. When I put the Peep in first then the chocolate my ghosts started looking less like blobby melted snowmen.

How to seal them? The original post had ribbon and I bought some black ribbon after a series of texts with my friend Kristen aka the North Carolina version of me…or I’m the Iowa version of her, depending on which one of us you knew first. She had the cutest idea of adding googly eyes to the ribbon to make them look like bats. Awesome right? I ran out of ribbon but did have some black tulle laying around, so some of these will be batty and some just have black tulle and some will have batty ribbons

Then there was the tag. I haven’t settled on what it’s going to look like yet, but I’m thinking it will be something like this

How cute are my babies in their Halloween costumes? Can you tell that Bella is a butterfly and Bristol is a blowfish? Do you know how difficult it is to get pictures of two cats sitting still in their Halloween costumes? This was my plan. I took the orange cushions from our deck chair and put them on the floor in the well lit three seasons porch. With some help from my trusty friend duct tape I put up some black polka dot fabric I had sitting around. Bristol would be on the left and Bella on the right. Easy schmeezy right?

Me: “Here Bella…mommy will give you some treats to put your costume on”

Little Miss Independent was done and took off. No amount of chicken and cheese treats was going to get her to stay there any longer.

Maybe I can photoshop the two of them together? Bristol’s turn for the bribes

Somehow he was able to just walk out of his costume…sneaky, sneaky

When we go reverse trick-or-treating on Monday, I hope they stay in their costumes better than they did for the photo shoot. Reverse trick-or-treating you ask? We dress up the kids and take them to other people and give them treats. This year we’ll be going to see their doctor and all the wonderful people at Marion Animal Hospital. We want to thank them for taking such good care of our whole family this year through some very rough times with Beau and Brady. They are just amazing and all of us think they deserve some great treats.

What are y’all doing to get ready for Halloween? Are you dressing up? Share pictures of your Halloween night on our facebook page!

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Goin’ on an Apple Hunt

Do you have a favorite thing to do in the fall? Picking apples and pumpkins are among my favorite things to do. Saturday morning I got a call from my mom “Jenna, Evalee and me are going to Wilson’s Orchard today. Want to go with?” Um yeah…silly mommy. So we packed up the car and headed south.

The apple crop wasn’t great around here so as we were walking through the orchard, it wasn’t easy to find apples that were ripe and still on the tree. We were goin’ on a lion hunt an apple hunt. Oh look, we found one

We found more than just one apple, but not a whole lot. There was, however, a pumpkin patch full of pumpkins

Sure they had pumpkins at the store. Little baby pie pumpkins

and great big ones that were perfect little seats while we were waiting to get into the store

But there is something about picking your own pumpkin from the patch. It was a long walk up a big hill with a pumpkin, but it was worth it to get to the store where there were caramel apples, apple turnovers (that’s my mom holding what was left of hers)

I dropped the last bite of my turnover and I fully abided by the 5 second rule. Then there was my new love, apple cider slushies

Jenna and Evalee couldn’t stop slurping long enough to get a picture. Okay, maybe that’s not true and maybe this picture is posed for the purpose of using it in a blog post – maybe. I seriously must find out how to make those things. Oh…my…word! It was like a little piece of heaven in a cup! Enough about the slushies…for now. It was such a great day! But even cute shoes…

…can’t help with a sugar crash or a long walk

Have you made your trip to the apple orchard yet this fall? If not, I highly recommend getting there this weekend. Fresh apples are so much better than apples in the store. What a great family time! And similar to our April Ikea trip, you can probably tell that Evalee was the star of this show.

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