Tuesday, September 2, 2014

~a simple fall vignette~{with free printable}

Today I am honored to be joining in with 20 other talented bloggers to show you some simple Autumn and Halloween vignettes.
The best part about this is that each one has a free printable for you! 

A huge thank you to Kristin who organized this and included me.

Here is what I came up with for all of you……

I love vintage flash cards, so I decided to make my own to put by our stash of Halloween candy.
You can fill apothecary jars with your favorite candy and add pumpkins for a quick autumn vignette.

And here are the printable images for you.

All you will need to do is right click on each image and copy and paste it into a word document. 
Make sure your document is in "landscape"

You can adjust the size of your flashcards at this point if you'd like. 
Print on cream colored card stock for that vintage look and cut out around the lines.

I simply taped mine to a piece of black scrapbooking paper and framed it in a
 8x10 frame I already had.

Click the links below to see all the others!
Fall Vignette and Printable by Finding Silver Pennies
Autumn Definition Printable by The Lilypad Cottage
Set of 4 Wine Printables by Eclectically Vintage
Gather Painted Printable by Restoration House
DIY Fall Leaf Wreath Printable by Town and Country Living
Early Fall Vignette Chronicles of Home
Trick or Treat Banner by Ella Claire
Grateful Heart by Making Home Base Beautiful Glorious Fall Printable by Nest of Posies Simple Fall Vignette by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Fall Printable and Vignette by At The Picket Fence Vintage Flashcard Halloween Printable by My Sweet Savannah Hand Painted Give Thanks Wreath by Craftberry Bush Pumpkins Pinecones Leaves by Migonis Home Autumn Vignette and Fall Printable by AKA Design Gather in the Kitchen Printable by Its Overflowing

Monday, September 1, 2014

~back to school paper organization~

My kids start back to school tomorrow!
This summer flew by way to fast and before I knew it, we were back to school shopping.

In years past, we have had trouble separating their paperwork that comes home from school. You know, the papers for yearbook and picture orders, field trip slips, etc. 
Half of it doesn't make it out of the backpack, the other half gets thrown in with other random papers on the counter. 

So, when I saw these metal file folders at a garage sale for a buck, I knew just what I was going to do with them
Now if only the kids will actually use them to get me their paperwork…..

A couple coats of white spray paint gave them new life.
Then I printed out each of their names and screwed them to the side of our file cabinet.

I bought some eucalyptus from the grocery store and put it in my favorite pot from here.
I am ready, I hope they are!

~Happy Labor Day~


Friday, August 29, 2014

~carnation cottage~

If you follow me on instagram, you know the story.
If not, I'll fill you in in a nutshell.
My recently single sister just bought her first home on her own.
I am so proud of her.
It's tiny, around 1000 square feet, but perfect for her and her 2 young kids. 
It's a 1920's farmhouse with a huge yard and amazing view. 

2 days after she got the keys she left for a vacation for Mexico. The day after she returned she would be starting back up to work.
{she teaches 2nd grade}
So, as a housewarming gift, and surprise, my mom and I got the keys and went in while she was on vacation, painted the whole place, and decorated it.

There is still more to do, but here is what we got done in the week she was away.
{before pictures coming soon!}

The kids share a room for now. 
We bought the bedding at Ikea.
Everything else was gifted to her.

For her sons night table I covered a thrift store bench in cream grain sack and painted the legs white. 
I filled a old crate with toys.

I like that the bedding matches in pattern, but not in color.

The dining room features this great canvas that I found at a local craft store marked down from $174 to $30!!! It's huge and I couldn't leave without it. It may be my favorite thing.
A old milk crate holds glasses and bottles of water.

A friend gave me this giant frame and all it needed was a little spray paint.
I left it blank so she can decorate it however she likes.
The dresser came from my house and will serve as much needed storage.

My mom and I searched everywhere for a round table and I happen to stumble across this one at the last minute. I had to re-read the price tag several times before I realized that yes, it said $14.99!
I got a bunch of mix matched vintage {but sturdy} chairs at M and M antiques in Monroe Wa, a must see store if you live in the area.

I painted the dining room Fieldstone by Ben Moore.

I set the table with white ironstone and flowers from the farmers market.
The ironstone was a thrift shop find as well.
I still can't get over that the whole set up only cost a little over $125.00!

Her backyard has fruit trees galore, so as a nod to her being a teacher, I picked some branches off one of the apple trees and decorated with books.

The living room was painted the custom grey green I used in my kitchen on the island and pantry doors.
I made the life is good sign and the frames.
My mom scored the giant bench at a thrift store and it holds the kids toys.

My dad even got involved.
He came over and mowed her lawn and brought his old picnic table and umbrella for her.

Her backyard is the best.
It's like a football field and at the end there is flower fields for miles and behind that a walking trail.
I saw deer grazing and the neighbors chickens would come visit me everyday.
So peaceful and beautiful.

As more progress is made I will be updating you.
We were able to be there when she came home from vacation to see her reaction. 
She loved it and we were so happy to be able to do this for her.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

~DIY bullseye bookends~{thrifty thursday}

I have to admit that I cheated on this project. 
I did not make these, however I would like too.

I actually purchased these bookends just like this, wanting to recreate them, but am having the hardest time finding a product to use to make them stand up.
I am not sure what type of thin metal was used here. 
Maybe you can tell me?

Do I have you thinking? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~a tiny succulent garden~

I just bought this little basket at a garage sale and thought it would be perfect planted with succulents for fall.
Yep, I am slowly starting to break out the fall decor.


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