DIY Fall Festival (and Roomspiration – Dining Rooms)

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Jena from Involving Color is kicking off Roomspiration – Dining Room edition today. She’s the perfect host for the dining room edition. She has a gorgeous inspiring dining room!  With the DIY Fall Festival falling on the same day as Roomspiration – dining rooms, I dug out some fall decor and made the dining room mantel and buffet festive.
Roomspiration

I’m also linking up to
Mantels at

The Lettered Cottage
A great place for Fall inspiration! 

I used a mix of traditional fall colors and added a bit of blue. I want to do something different for a centerpiece next week but for now, I’m working with what I could find in my stash of autumn.
Dining Room Mantel
The “pumpkins” are  .59 thrift store balls of yarn. 
 The pine cone candle holders are new.
Buffet (old vintage dresser)
More shots of our dining room. 
This wall before had an ugly door without character when we bought our home. 
Barn door track was a $30 Craig’s List find.  Glass door is original to the house, found in the barn.
Mantel is also original to our house, stored up in the barn rafters for years.
Just for fun, this was our dining room when we bought our home…
This is our dining room today. Quite a change! What we did:  Tore down ceiling tiles and put up dry wall ceiling, changed out light fixture (to be changed again one of these days), ripped out carpet and sanded/refinished pine planks and now new distressed wide plant bamboo flooring has been installed, swapped out ugly door for prettier one and changed the door trim to matching wider trim and of course – painted.  :)

What do you think?  Do you decorate using traditional colors or do your own thing?

Link up! Inspire me! FALL DIY and decorating ONLY please!
Let’s see your DIY fall projects! Show off!



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•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

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See the all and the latest Fall linky party at

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Remember to stop over to ef="http://involvingcolor.com/">Involving Color to see some beautiful REAL dining room links!

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Linking up here this week:  Tickled Pink at 504 Main  

DIY Fall Festival Time!

It’s been another crazy week with me still having a heavy work load and the Roomspiration linky parties and voting and Mr. DIY’s birthday and even though the chilly weather won’t let me forget it’s Fall already, I did have a chance to add a touch of fall to our living room (see the before and after pictures I shared earlier this week here).  

This week I decorated the mantel for Fall. Our mantel is a bit of a challenge with the tv being there and the need to disguise wiring but I like how it turned out this year. 

 Candle light and warm colors = coziness.

What do you think?  Busy? Yes!  Just the way I like it! ;) 

Do you decorate for fall?
Link up! Inspire me! FALL DIY and decorating ONLY please!
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DIY Fall Festival

It’s been a crazy week and even though I haven’t had a chance to even think about Fall yet (other than throwing on a sweater), I think I’ve finally decided that Fridays would be a great day for the DIY Show Off Fall Festival this year and then the regularly scheduled DIY Project Parade on Sundays/Mondays. 
And since I’ve been working hard at a few non-autumn related projects and had an extra work load at my real job, I haven’t had time to think about Fall yet however here are a few of my past Fall projects to get things started. I know. I’m cheating. I mean these are my DIY Fall projects but Fall 2011 hasn’t arrived in this house this week.  It was cheat a little or cancel and I’m no party pooper!  

dress up a candle…
decoupage letters and a pumpkin…
glow in the dark pumpkin house #s 
Burlap leaves

ghost tree and faux mercury glass pumpkins…
Can’t wait to get started on Fall now that I’ve met some of my deadlines.  Link up! Inspire me!
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•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.


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Happy Thanksgiving – DIY Fall Festival.

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done

•Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins) 

•Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.

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•Enjoy and be inspired!

See ALL FALL festivals for more autumn inspired DIY projects.


Thanksgiving Highlights and the DIY Fall Festival

Thanksgiving is one week from today. Time flies.  We won’t mention the countdown to the next holiday.  It makes me panic.  But, in honor of Thanksgiving next week…here are some Thanksgiving highlights from last week’s DIY Fall Festival.
First, there were some delicious looking, mouth watering dessert recipes and if you’re looking for a great idea, here is the link:  Fall Desserts.
Beautiful special Thanksgiving Table at Moore Minutes.
Perfect Thanksgiving Banners:
G R A T I T U D E
T H A N K F U L

 So thankful for Today’s Fabulous Finds 
Thank you, Janet!
 
My favorite Fall Mantel at Finding Home Online.  Harvest. Perfect.
Beautiful.  My inspiration for next year when I have a mantel in the dining room!
Another stunning Thanksgiving table…

And a Thanksgiving chalkboard from Finding Home Online.  I love the Fall quote and what a beautiful chalkboard and frame.  (Dear Santa…)

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    er links up and readers head over to see your awesome-ness and it’s one-sided.  Please party nice.  If you’re not familiar with linky parties, please feel free to ask for help at thediyshowoff@gmail.com.  Thank you!  :)
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Thanksgiving Tablescape and DIY Fall Festival

Given that our house is a DIY project-in-progress in several rooms type of disaster (my dining room included), we didn’t offer to host Thanksgiving dinner this year (thankful for that).  No doors on the kitchen cupboards, sawdust and tools, paint cans and piles are not the ingredients for an inviting, warm Thanksgiving atmosphere. However, last week I just had to take a moment when Mr. DIY wasn’t looking to do something pretty.  So, I set about setting the table for a pretend Thanksgiving dinner.  A little dining room table harvest dress up…

I was just standing back to admire and tweaking here and there.  Re-arranging and dreaming of candlelight, swirling scents of roast turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie and happy smiling guests…

Orange, bronze and white with turquoise blues…

My burlap wreath (tutorial here) has a new seasonal position as pumpkin partner and is decorated with tucked mini pinecones and pumpkins…

And then Mr. DIY yelled, “I can’t do this project with Martha Stewart all over the dining room!!!” and before I could perfect it, before I could finish decorating or place silverware, napkins and placecards, I had to put my decorative pretties away, clear the workspace and grab a Dremel tool (after I snuck in snapping a few photos – just for blog’s sake and in order to show you a light turquoise/orange/bronze and white color scheme). 
The end. 



Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

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•Enjoy and be inspired!

See ALL FALL festivals for more autumn inspired DIY projects.

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DIY Fall Festival – Last Minute Halloween!

It’s that time of week – time to show off your DIY Fall related projects!

I was blown away by this awesome iPhone costume made by Heather at Decor4Poor!  Visit her here to see the details. Wow, huh? First place costume winner for sure!

This beautiful pumpkin is up for grabs at Frou-FruGal (enter here).  She also typed up an easy tutorial and it’s super cheap so you can DIY!

Still plenty of time to create a beautiful fall wreath.  Check out this great tutorial from Susan at Hometown Girl. Inspiration: Pottery Barn.  Cost:  $6.50!

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It’s All Hallow’s Eve at Something Sweet Design!

Beautiful Halloween “Curious” banner with a great tutorial and free printable download at Violet Cottage.

Thanksgiving to Halloween (or reverse that for the U.S.!) decorating at Echoes of Laughter:

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!
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  • Enjoy and be inspired!
Thanks for the comments about the fall photo shoot with my girls last week – I loved the encouragement!  As soon as I get a free minute (how and when still to be determined – I’m giving the place below a shot. Have you tried putting one of your photos on a canvas?  I’d love to hear about your experience!)

DIY Show Off Fall Festival – You're Invited!

Plenty of DIY going on around here at the DIY Show Off home but nothing fall decor related to personally share – yet! However, I managed to spend some fun time with my girls to take some fall pictures.   Disclaimer:  As you can tell, I am not a professional photographer so please don’t judge too much.  I’m a beginner and I still have a lot to learn. Like most DIY, it’s learn as I go. Here are a few of my favorites.

My girls, Bri and Ali…

We call this one anthropologie autumn…


We had a lot of fun and took some silly photos too.  Do I have a DIY display idea in mind? You bet!  More on that soon!  Think they’d look great on canvas?  Check out this deal…

There are SOOOO many great ideas in last week’s Fall Festival (please bear with me if I haven’t visited you yet, I’m on my way).  Click HERE to see all Fall Festivals for lots of creative DIY ideas!

Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!
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  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
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  • Enjoy and be inspired!

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DIY Show Off Fall Festival

I‘m working on non-Fall related projects but there are so many great Fall related DIY projects from last week, I thought I’d share a few but make sure you check all of the links to get inspired! 

Beautiful autumn mantel shelf decor at Decor Chick:

Cutest butternut squash ghosts at Just for Love:


LOVE this fall mantel at Finding Home.  Perfectly rustic and festive.  
Easy (and cute!) Halloween decor at The Thriftress:


There are SOOOO many great ideas.  Click HERE to see all Fall Festivals for lots of creative DIY ideas!



Let’s see your DIY fall ideas! Show off!

Rules:
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  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
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  • Enjoy and be inspired!

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FALL FOR ALL – DIY Fall Festival #6

HAPPY FALL

The last Fall Festival party post featured Fall Mantels and it was Fall Wreaths before that.  This week…it’s a FALL FOR ALL!  Here are some fun and easy DIY ideas submitted by readers.  So creative!  Then check out the links here and on past posts for DIY Fall heaven.   If you’re like me, you’ll be inspired to DIY and decorate, throw on a sweater, be warmed by a pumpkin spiced chai tea and enjoy your autumn decorated home.  Click the links for more details/tutorials.

I usually post this Thursday night but it’s so fall like here, I’m a little early today.  I have fall fever! And I scheduled it to post tomorrow morning – but for some reason “OOPS” – it posted asap.  So what is usually scheduled to post tomorrow evening for Friday is 24 hours early.  Oh well!  It’s fall, let’s celebrate!

 
Outdoor Halloween Silhouettes at Cul-de-Sac Chic:

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 Pumpkin Topiary tutorial at Our SouthernNest:

Jennifer from the Perillo Four made this pretty fall wreath (inspired by my burlap/fabric wreath!). Great job, Jennifer!
Sharon at Keen Inspirations made one too – I love how she framed it.
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And Ashley from A Forty Year Old Ranch did one too – a great example how using different fabrics can make a unique look.

Let’s see! Show off your Fall projects!

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  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
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  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired! li>

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DIY Show Off Fall Festival #5 (Fall Mantel Inspiration)

HAPPY FALL! It’s official!  I’m celebrating by heading to the Country Living Magazine Fair in Columbus tomorrow morning!  If you’re going, be sure to check out the DIY Club at the Gorilla Glue booth!  Woohoo!  I’d love to meet you and you’ll see our projects featured there!  So exciting!
I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
I went through the previous Fall Festivals to feature Fall Mantels this week.  Our tv is over the mantel in our living room so decorating is tough but here is what I did last year (remember when my walls were red?!).  Maybe next week I’ll decorate with the new wall color – can’t wait!  Last year:






Mantel shelves last year:

Looking for fall mantel inspiration? Check out these ideas.  Please click the link to be directed to the original post.

This is great inspiration for when your tv takes up most of the mantel space. Simple. Beautiful.
If you don’t have a mantel – create a similar look with a decorative shelf or existing nook/niche/ledge.

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Use a mix of existing fall decor to create a beautiful display.
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Who’s says you need a fireplace? Love this!
Now this is my kinda mantel! I could look at this for hours.  She did a beautiful job!
I love her word art!

So warm and inviting!

My favorite mantel maestro has always been Sarah from Pewter & Sage.
Beautiful!

More fall mantels linked in the party below!


Show off your Fall projects!

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  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival

Great links of autumn inspiration last week!  Thanks for linking up and sharing your DIY fall projects.  I could just feel the warmth, smell the mulled cider and taste the fall treats!  DIY wreaths seems like a favorite fall project, so I went through the parties and grabbed the photos and links.

Raggedy Wreath shown left is by Thrifty, Nifty & Wise.

Here’s my DIY fabric wreath tutorial from last week if you missed it:

This week…using “S” hooks, I added a grapevine wreath and some leaves to the pendant light in the dining room:

Dollar Store Fall Wreath at House of Hepworths:

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Magnolia Wreath at Centsational Girl:

cg front door magnolia wreath
 $5 Wreath in 5 Minutes at The Penny Parlor:

Pretty Yarn Wreath at Ready.Set.Plan:

Monogram Wreath at Petit Design Co. blog:

Champagne & Chocolate Wreath at The Answer is Chocolate:

Another Monogram Wreath at Pinkapotamus:

$5 DIY Wreath at Decor Roomies:

Twine Wreath at Beauty4Ashes:


Book Page Leaf Wreath at Mad in Crafts:

Fall Wreath DIY
tutorial
at Cozy.Cottage.Cute.:


Frugal Fall Wreath at Frugal Mom x 3:

It’s Fall Ya’ll at Beautiful Misadventures:

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DIY Grapevine wreath at A Glimpse Inside:

DIY Fall Wreath at Fishin With the Trouts:

Do you have a DIY Fall Project to share?  
Show it off!
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  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
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DIY Fall Festival and Easy DIY Fabric Wreath

Do you make your own wreath?  Looking for an easy tutorial?  This one is perfect.  Inexpensive, easy and DIY.  Easily customize it for any occasion but by using fall colors…I’m reminded of a pile of raked leaves.  Perfect for fall!

I made this from a straw wreath and fabric.

It’s a wreath…

or a centerpiece…

or a candle/lantern ring…

I love how it turned out.  It reminds me of a pile of raked leaves!  I love that there are so many different options.  This one is perfect for Fall but use different fabric to make one for Halloween or holiday fabric for winter or Christmas or Spring or to match decor. You could even match your clothes if you were so inclined.  I can’t wait to make another one! In fact, I’m working on another with different fabric and I’ll post pictures when it’s done (using my rotary cutter so it’ll be quicker and even easier).
Here are the instructions for making a larger wreath.  You choose the theme or design!
Materials:  1 yard of fabric, one 14 inch straw wreath (leave the plastic wrapper on)
Tools:  Scissors (or pinking shears), screwdriver

Optional:  Embellishments, hot glue, wire cutter, Gorilla Glue

Instructions:
1. Fold fabric and cut into squares.  Mine are 3×3 inch but you can go bigger and they don’t have to be perfect.  No one will know! (I chose a fabric looked pretty on the back too but it’s not necessary.)  This is the hardest part because cutting up a yard of folded fabric hurts!  But a rotary cutter would make it a lot easier.

2.  Holding a fabric square in one hand and a screw driver in the other, place the screw driver into the center of the fabric square. (It’s hard to get a picture because it takes both hands but hopefully this helps.)  ***Note:  Burlap is a little trickier. It helps to use the screwdriver to make a pilot hole, then fold the burlap into a square.  Dab Gorilla Glue into the hole and then using the screwdriver, push the end of the square that is all fabric (hold the fabric like a diamond, it’s the bottom part that is all fold) into the hole and twist.
3.  Poke into the straw wreath (with plastic wrap still on) and give it a little twist.  That’s it!
To keep things very secure, you can use a dab of Gorilla Glue before pushing fabric into place. It will expand inside the hole and adhere to the fabric and straw. This will keep the fabric from falling out, especially if the wreath hangs in a high traffic area such as a door.
4.  Repeat until the wreath is covered.  Place about an inch apart, filling in randomly or from outside in, whatever works best for you.  When done, go back over and fill in any ‘holes’.
5. Embellish with leaves, pinecones, a bird, etc. (or other decorative items depending on the season/holiday or look you’re going for).  I use wire cutters to cut the wire stems shorter or to cut off smaller silk flowers/etc. to embellish.  Creating a pilot hole using the screwdriver helps or attach using hot glue.  I also slid a twist-tie in the back/top underneath the fishing line looking string that keeps the straw wreath its shape to hang it. 

That’s it! Super easy.  Inexpensive.

So easy, I made a second decorative one from burlap and a smaller straw wreath.  Tutorial using burlap here.
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***Sharing my fall wreath tutorial at Centsational Girl:)

Do you have a DIY Fall Project to share?  
Show it off!
Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your project title to Mcklinky (example: House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • Please use the DIY button or link to this post to share the party with your readers.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!


Linking to:

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DIY Fall Festival Week 2

Welcome to week # 2 of the 2nd annual DIY Show Off Fall Festival!  Link party on Fridays for all things DIY and fall related!  Last week we had a few early birds! 

My fall project this week isn’t quite ready so it’ll have to wait but if you missed last week…click here to find out how to make a burlap leaf garland and twine pumpkin vines…
Visit the links to see full posts for these fall-lovin’ bloggers:

DebbieDoos shares her fall decorating from last year to get you inspired…

The Thrifty BA shares nana’s rice pudding recipe!

 Ideas to embellish you pumpkins at Embellished Bayou
And here are some of my projects from last year…

Faux mercury glass pumpkins:
My Pumpkins (tutorial)

Dress up a candle:

Decoupage Letters & funkin:


House # pumpkins with glow in the dark numbers:


Nevermore Tree:


Powder room vignette:


Patio last autumn, decorating with free and natural outdoor treasures:










Along with some acorn-filler (from the yard).


 Travel pillow and tote bag:


The dining room is undergoing a transformation at the moment but here it was last year…
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Decorating the grape arbor:





Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

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Burlap leaf garland and easy faux pumpkins

Inspired by the cooler temps, I got the itch decorate a little fall vignette.  I’m not ready for summer to end, but I’m hoping that by seeing this…I’ll accept it.  :)

Here is how I made the garland:

Materials: 

Burlap scraps
Jute twine
Gorilla Glue
Deco Art Dazzling Metallics

Cut a desired garland length from the twine, allowing for some scrolling and circles.

Trace a few leaves gathered from the yard onto some burlap scraps.

Cut out. Laying everything out on a piece of cardboard works best for when gluing.  It’s the same color as the burlap, so pulling it up after drying doesn’t affect the look on the back. 
Using a small dab of Gorilla Glue (it doesn’t take much), glue the burlap leaves to the twine and the circles to hold their shape.

Add weight to the glued areas.  I use glass.  It didn’t seem to glue to the project.

While it’s drying, I began the next step by painting a border on the leaves around the weights and then touching up the other areas after the glue was dry.   I used Decor Art Dazzling Metallics that I had left over from last year.  Pretty handy to use the leaf as a palette.  :)
Note:  If the glue expands, it’s okay.  Just paint over it, it adds color and interest! :)
I love how it turned out.  Getting me in the autumn spirit!
For the pumpkins, I spray painted my faux pumpkins white and let dry.
Then, I used the paint from the leaf borders to “paint” my pins.  Just dip and swirl.  Let dry.
Next, cut a piece of twine and swirl and curl it, pinning along the way. Or create a monogram or other design.
I pulled off the stem and gave my pumpkin a “mop top”.  I could get pictures because it involves both hands but here is what I did.  Wrap twine around one hand 10-12 times (keeping ends at left or right edge of hand).  Pull off, keeping a thick twine circle intact.  Pinch in the middle and tie with another piece of twine, knotting in the center.  Fluff.  It’s a pom pom! 
Apply Gorilla Glue (I used the white here in case I used too much).
Find the middle of an end of the twine pom pom, not the middle where the knot is but the underside of that and push down onto the glue.  Add weight and let dry.
What do you think?
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It’s that time of year again!  I loved all of the Fall related DIY projects last year.  If you’re looking for inspiration, click HERE to get some ideas and more HERE from last year.
And if you’re an early bird and have a Fall DIY project already done, feel free to link up!  I know it’s early.  Still August!  But I need a little fall cheer to help me welcome the cooler temps.  I love fall. It’s the season after that – don’t say it!  I’ll stress, start biting my nails and go into hibernation. 
The DIY Show Off Fall Festival will start today and run every Friday until the snow flies or it’s time to think about something else.  We’ll play it by ear and see how it goes.
Rules:
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything DIY – autumn related is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.  If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!

Fall Festival – Week#10

See below the links for upcoming party button and more on Single Stone Studios!

Welcome to the 10th and last Fall Festival!

The DIY Show Off

I went through the second half of all of the Fall Festivals and I’m recapping favorites. If you see your project listed, grab the new “I’m featured” button from the right side bar! Go ahead…brag. You deserve it!
Monogrammed pumpkin at More than a House

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Faux Candy Apple Tassel at It’s So Very Cheri



Mod Podge Fall letters at
Our Nifty Notebook

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Give Thanks banner at Organize & Decorate Everything

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Beautiful Pumpkins at Tales from an OC Cottage


Seasonal Word Blocks at Creative K Designs

Cutest Scarecrow at Moore Minutes

Pumpkin Plaque at The Craft Monkey

Silhouette Plates at 504 Main
Framed Owl at Organize & Decorate Everything

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Bringing Fall Indoors at Mad In Crafts

Halloween Invites at ">Doehler Days

Candy Bar Mummies at Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom

Fairy Wands at Cozy Kitchen by the Sea

Decoupage Frame at Brixton Lane
Halloween Tulle Wreaths at A Crafty Clan

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Cutest Crow Table Runner & Napkins at Ribbonwood Cottage


Spooktacular Frames at Making it my Own

Beautiful Halloween Decor at Star Shine Chic
Tracy at All Because Two People Fell in love used my ribbon wreath tutorial to make this:


Spooky Alphabet Art at Star Shine Chic
Scooter Blu’s Whimsy
Mod Podge Seasons Signs at Craft Rookie

Autumn Sign - Moody Girl Projects

Give Thanks burlap pillow at La*T*Da

Nailhead pumpkin at Strictly Simple Style

Do you have a last minute DIY fall project? How about a DIY Thanksgiving one? I’d love to see it! Link up!

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button or use the html code on the left side bar.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link will be deleted.
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
See below the links for upcoming party button and more on Single Stone Studios! an>
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Thank you to all who participated in the Fall Festivals. I enjoy seeing your DIY related projects for the holidays/seasons. Starting next Monday, November 16th through the month of December, I’ll host…
You’re invited to join me. Link up your holiday related DIY craft, gift idea, tips or holiday decorating!
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Remember when I mentioned my new header and buttons were a gift from Shelley at Single Stone Studios? She’s also a DIY’er. I hope to show you a before/after project in the near future! She also generously donated a $35 gift certificate to the giveaway celebration!.
Single Stone Studios is offering free shipping on orders now through November 14th. Use the coupon code DIYSHOWOFF during check out to receive free shipping on your order!

I’m a loyal customer! I’ve placed two orders. One for the bird cages in my office/craft area and one for the monogram “B” on my mirror. I’ve seen a LOT of DIY projects where adding a monogram or message would make a great gift! Here are a few that I LOVE (and there are so many colors to choose from!):

Pop over and take a look at Single Stone Studios. So many beautiful ideas and great inspiration, isn’t there? Then come back to this post (click below)….
The DIY Show Off

and let me know what art you like best. If you haven’t done so today, sign for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes including the $35 gift certificate from Single Stone Studio! Click the button above to enter! (New prize listed too! Check it out!)

Fall Festival – Week #9

The DIY Show Off

Busy week for me so no DIY Fall projects to share from me personally, but I went through all of the previous Fall Festivals and here are some of my favorites from Fall Festivals #1 through #5.5. Next week will be Fall Festival #10 and the last …my mind is on finishing some DIY home improvement and Christmas! I will recap the rest of my Fall Festival favorites next week. I’d love to see some Thanksgiving inspiration if you have it! Then…since Christmas is my favorite time of year, I’d love to host another fun party. What do you think?

Thank you to everyone for participating and making the Fall Festival so much fun. I love all of your creative ideas and decorative touches!

Here are some projects I especially love from Fall Festival 1-5.5. If you’re listed below – grab the The DIY Show Offbutton from the right side bar!

Simple Fall Decor at Pearl Maple


Basil Wreath at Posh Pieces


Spooky Cloches at Anything Goes Here

Fall Gift Wrap at Marsha’s Mpressions


Elegant Fall Decor at Let It Shine


House Number Headboard at Gail’s Decorative Touch

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Sweet Corn at Stone Creek Market (I want some now!)

Hammered Pumpkins at The Whispering Creek House


Wreath Hanging at Moore Minutes


Scrap Wood Pumpkins at It’s A Daisy Day


Halloween Advent Calender at The Stories of A~2~Z

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Pumpkins at Tales from an OC Cottage


Lighted/House # Pumpkin Topiary at Our First Home

Twine Pears at Red Writing


Halloween Bat Lantern at Posh Pieces

Halloween Magic at Treasure from the Heart

and more

Wire Pumpkins from The Shades of Pink

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Leaf Balls at Sullivan & Murphy

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Daisykin at Room Remix

Bronze Pumpkins at Polka Dot Projects


Fall Wreath at Vintage Dutch Girl

Shabby Chic Pumpkins at The White Farmhouse


Faux Candy Apples & more at Our Nifty Notebook

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Spooky Door Decor at logspot.com/2009/10/october-door-decor.html">Southern Fried Dreams


Skull Votives at Out of the Crayon Box

Skull Votive Candle

Fall Wall Decor at Pewter + Sage


and Fall Mantel at Pewter + Sage


Sweater Pumpkins at Mary’s Meanderings

Do you have a Fall DIY project? Link up and show it off! I’d love to see it!

What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button or use the html code on the left side bar.
  • Grab the button/html code on the left side bar and insert into your blog post to let others know you’re joining the fun.
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. :(
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
  • If your linking – I’ll DEFINITELY be stopping by to check it out and comment. One of the fun things about a smaller party is there’s time to visit with everyone participating, right? I really enjoy seeing all of your creative ideas and inspiration and leaving you a personal note.
Here is the link to all of the Fall Festivals if you’re new to the Fall Festival: HAPPY FALL!

Costume Party!
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so love to see your Halloween costumes (you, kids, pets). If you have a post – link up below! Same rules apply – link back to share the fun!

Fairy, Butterfly, Witch and Cat
(Julia, Ali, Bri and Nate)

And just a few more things…get excited! Giveaway Celebration details coming up at the end of the week! If you have an etsy shop and want to “show off” your business and introduce your DIY/handmade products to The DIY Show Off readers in time for holiday shopping – it’s not too late.

I have some DIY bathroom projects to share this week. Still a work in progress but the change already is amazing!

Also…I’ll stop by to visit your links on Tuesday. Because on Monday, I will be accompanying these two…
to the hospital to welcome my new baby nephew. :)

Fall Festival – Week #8

Do you have a fall post to share this week? I‘d love to see it! I don’t have a fall/Halloween DIY project to share this week as I have been working on redoing our main bathroom and our German exchange student has arrived. :) She’s so sweet. Today while the guys were watching football, we made a trip to the pumpkin patch. Here is a picture of her (middle) with my daughters:

Ali, Julia and Bri


Did you know Julia is pronounced “Yulia” in German?





And I picked up a few pumpkins and Indian corn…
Here are my Fall/Halloween vignettes – check out other sweet vignettes at

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special






Do you have a Fall/Halloween DIY project? Link up and show it off! I’d love to see it!

What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on M
    ondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button or use the html code on the left side bar.
  • Grab the button/html code on the left side bar and insert into your blog post to let others know you’re joining the fun.
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. :(
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
  • If your linking – I’ll DEFINITELY be stopping by to check it out and comment. One of the fun things about a smaller party is there’s time to visit with everyone participating, right? I really enjoy seeing all of your creative ideas and inspiration and leaving you a personal note.
Here is the link to all of the Fall Festivals if you’re new to the Fall Festival: HAPPY FALL!

Fall Festival – Week #7

Time for the Fall Festival! I decorated the grape arbor for Halloween. It didn’t look spooky until I edited the pictures using the “time machine and 1839″ effect. Now it’s scary! (If you click to enlarge the picture, you can see more detail.)








I wish I could capture a photo of how beautiful the arbor is at night time.
This is the best I could do. There isn’t enough light to use my camera but I took this with my cell phone.

It was also my lucky week! I won a few things and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. I LOVE presents (who doesn’t?). Here are some of the things I won.

I won a beautiful quilt from

Sweet Jeanette

I can’t decide if I want to use it every day as a lap blanket at my desk (I’m always cold) or display it. It’s the first real quilt I’ve ever owned. I love it! THEN there were more presents in the box! I’m using the .blogspot.com/2009/10/re-use-craft-project.html">sweet snack tray as a centerpiece.



And the cutest little pumpkin – look at the stem! It’s a roofing nail. I love little treasures like this, don’t you?
Thank you so much Jeanette. They don’t call you sweetjeanette for nothing!

I also won two beautiful candles from Christy at Domestic Princess. I could smell them before I opened the box! I had them in my office for a week and the entire room smelled wonderful. One is lilac (my favorite) and the other is lavender. I decided to create a little Halloween vignette in my powder room and they’re the perfect touch, don’t you think? Thank you so much Christy! These candles are awesome! Here they are in my powder room:

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I received an email from Meaghan about her very inexpensive and super CUTE project. Here it is:

I wanted to share a really cheap Halloween craft I just completed. I don’t have a before of the plate because I lost the charger for the battery for my camera, but the plate is just a really heavy duty tin plate I picked up from the dollar store (just $1). The total cost of this was a dollar and some change. I took two plates from the dollar store and sprayed them with Rustoleum white spray paint that I already had from previous projects. Then I went the computer, googled some Halloween silhouettes that I liked, printed them out, cut them out, traced them on the plates, then used some black paint I also already had and traced them in. I think they are pretty cute and the only thing I had to buy were 2 $2 plates! I think I’m going to do a few for Christmas too!


Meaghan – your DIY Halloween plates are so cute, so easy and cheap – with awesome results. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Susan from More Thoughts from over the Rainbow made a nevermore tree!
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Do you have a Fall/Halloween DIY project? Link up and show it off!

What is the Fall Festival?
  • A bl
    og party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button or use the html code on the left side bar.
  • Grab the button/html code on the left side bar and insert into your blog post to let others know you’re joining the fun.
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. :(
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
  • If your linking – I’ll DEFINITELY be stopping by to check it out and comment. One of the fun things about a smaller party is there’s time to visit with everyone participating, right? I really enjoy seeing all of your creative ideas and inspiration and leaving you a personal note.
Here is the link to all of the Fall Festivals if you’re new to the Fall Festival: HAPPY FALL!

LOVE the Met Monday party – Check it out!

I’m also linking to:
DIY Day @ ASPTL

Fall Festival – Week #6

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all so much for participating in the Fall Festivals the past few weeks. It’s been so much fun and so inspirational!
I decorated our back patio for fall this past week. I still want to get some more pumpkins, but here’s what the back of our house looks like now. All festive and ready for a Fall Festival spotlight. In case you’re wondering – we do not have a front door. Yea. Strange, huh? Previous owners built a room over the front entry and it’s one of those projects that we’ll work on down the road. (Dear HGTV, if reading this, we’d be an ideal candidate for Curb Appeal! Call me! lol Darn that TruValue for not considering my home FULL of DIY projects too!) Anyway…that’s why you won’t see my front entry. I have window and a brick chimney facing the road. Welcoming, isn’t it? Some day. ANYWAY – This is where we enter the house. I hope to do a little decorating for Halloween in the barn this week and finish making the grape arbor a little festive.


I decorated my window boxes with things from the yard. Birch bark, grapes, leaves, pinecones and silver dollar plants. Since it’s a short time between now and Christmas…I wanted an inexpensive option. I love how they turned out and the best part – FREE decor!


Mini metamorphosis. These guys before:
Now after a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint:


In my house # pots (tutorial here), I replaced my pansies with pumpkins (painted with simple metallic stripes). I grabbed some sunflowers and mini pumpkins today today.



I also gathered up some branches from the yard (we lost a couple of branches due to storms) to create swags over the French doors (held in place with s-hooks). My wreaths are from last year.




Mr. DIY’s herb garden received a little autumn magic with a clean up, cabbage, teeny pumpkins, a lantern and some acorns.




Remember the nibbled pinecones? I added them to my Juniper.



Along with some acorn-filler (from the yard).


Look at my yard! I’m not kidding when I say the squirrels are bombing! I actually almost landed flat on my back today. It’s like walking on marbles.

If you’re interested in making your own, I wrote a tutorial. DIY Custom Doormat HERE. :)

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Do you have a fall project or fall decor to share? Link up and join the party!
What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • Grab the button/html code on the left side bar and insert into your blog post to let others know you’re joining the fun.
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. :(
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
  • If your linking – I’ll DEFINITELY be stopping by to check it out and comment. One of the fun things about a smaller party is there’s time to visit with everyone participating, right? I really enjoy seeing all of your creative ideas and inspiration and leaving you a personal note.
Here is the link to all of the Fall Festivals if you’re new to the Fall Festival: HAPPY FALL!

Fall Festival – Week #5

Welcome to the 5th Fall Festival! ::High 5!::

This week I made a birthday gift for my sister-in-law (Happy Birthday, Lynette!). She’s also moving into a new home this month too…so hopefully some before/after photos of their DIY renovation projects. Anyway…you know my usual routine. My weekly spray paint and Mod Podge fix. (Inspired by Mod Modge Rocks – Amy’s pumpkin & One Little Notebook – Jenny’s “BOO”) Warning: Spray painting a brown shade outside in the wind = dirty-looking nails and finger tips. Ew. Helpful hint: Nail polish remover works on removing spray paint. Unless you can rock the ‘digging in the dirt’ look. I couldn’t.



And then…seriously, this Fall Festival and everyone’s projects and decor are so inspiring. I’m decorating parts of my house that I normally wouldn’t! Today, I added some autumn touches to one of my built-in book shelves…Fall is in the air and it’s landing all over my house! But with my mantel
my book shelves make my living room feel so cozy. Perfect place to curl up on the couch with a good book or my husband and a movie. It’s almost like Christmas when I love just sitting on the sofa with raspberry truffle hot chocolate and staring at the Christmas tree except now it’s fall leaves, glowing candles, spice scents and hot cider.
Pardon Mr. DIY’s knee in the bottom left corner…he wasn’t moving for anything. Front row football seats override my photography session. So does Niski’s nap for that matter (that’s her on her bed in the middle of the floor).
We have a giant oak tree outside that is full of acorns this year. I’m not sure if we’re noticing it more because of the new patio, but it’s raining acorns. Scares Niski to death. Acorn bombs. The sky is falling! Poor girl. She’s whooped. Acorn invasion is stressful.

"http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ydn4kd0aaEY/Ssk4jWWUbYI/AAAAAAAABbw/ZoGkXNQhGpI/s400/050.JPG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388900609071279490" border="0" />And this is good – you’re getting to see ‘before’ pics of my living room which will undergo a transformation soon…one of these days…hopefully.
And how cute is this Halloween project by Sassy Mini Dolls? Click HERE for the tutorial. Cracks me up! So funny and so cute (and easy!). Marsha is so nice. I love her motto: “Creativity is rarely tidy.” So true!

Linking to the following party.
Head over and see some great projects/befores & afters and fun!
DIY Day @ ASPTL

Do you have a fall project or fall decor to share? Link up and join the party!
What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • Grab the button/html code and insert into your blog post to let others know you’re joining the fun.
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. :(
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
Here is the link to all of the Fall Festivals if you’re new to the Fall Festival: HAPPY FALL!

Fall Festival – Week #4

The Fall Festival transforms my “I hate Mondays” into “I look forward to Mondays!” I love seeing all of your creative DIY fall ideas!

This weekend, I dressed up my white candles for fall with leaves and twine.


I’m editing to participate in
My Button for Thrifty Thursday\
Check out of the links to GREAT finds!

And I got this birch-wrapped planter at the thrift store for 59 cents! Awesome!

I made an arrangement using some pumpkins, rafia ribbon and spanish moss that I already had on hand then I went out in the rain and clipped some branches with red leaves and silver dollar plants.
It reminded me of these birch wrapped candles at Crate & Barrel.




I had planned to decorate outside this weekend but the weather was uncooperative.
I started to decorate the arbor/outside.
Here is a sneak peek…
Some parts, God already decorated.

Nibbled pinecones – they look like flowers!

Hopefull
y this week the sun shines and I can resume.

Inside, I only decorate my entry way, my dining room table and mantel for fall. I’ve already shown you my tablescape and entryway. I plan to paint and redo my living room, but in the meantime I have to work with the red walls and brick. The color is perfect for the holidays.

Here is my mantel…I’m definitely not a minimalist, am I?

My ghost tree is perfect against the red background.


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…and finally, a metallic/faux mercury glass Pumpkin Parade:
Mama Thompson

The Craft Monkey

And these from Emily
look at the BEAUTIFUL fabric pumpkins too! LOVE them!



Did you make some too? Email me the pics or link and I’ll add you to the parade!
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Do I need a blog intervention when I admit I’m blog party animal? I’m linking to 6 blog parties. What fun! Visit these parties for more before & afters, DIY and thrifty treasures!
DIY Day @ ASPTL






What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects

How can I join?

  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you’ve done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off – House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • This week’s link to cut/paste is: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/09/fall-festival-week-4.html
  • I’ll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won’t be posted. It’s only fair that if everyone else links to show off for you that you return the favor by sharing the linky love. New easy to grab html code on left side bar for you to grab to edit/update your post.
  • If you’ve been inspired by something you see here – show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
Click HERE to see all of the previous fall festival links if you missed them.
HAPPY FALL!