Sunday, September 30, 2012

31 Days of Fall Nesting: Welcome {Day 1}




Here's a listing of the posts so far:

Day 1: Welcome (see post below)
Day 2: 15 Things I Love About Fall
Day 3: Simple Apple Crisp
Day 4: Celebrate the Season with Traditions
Day 5: Paper Pumpkin Craft
Day 6: Snapshot of a Saturday
Day 7: Weekend Links
Day 8: The Pumpkin Patch and How I Carve Pumpkins
Day 9: Adding a Little Fall to the Kitchen [DIY Decorative Trough]
Day 10: Music for a Fall Day
Day 11: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Dip
Day 12: Watercolor Leaves [Kid-friendly Art Project]
Day 13: Snapshot of a Saturday
Day 14: Weekend Links
Day 15: Decorating My Fall Mantel
Day 16: Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
Day 17: Three Fall Projects I Wish I Had Time To Make
Day 19: Writing on my Windows
Day 20: The Two Sounds of Autumn
Day 21: Weekend Links
Day 22: A Little Fun with Photos
Day 23: Things To Come
Day 24: DIY Thanksgiving Sign
Day 26: Spool Table DIY
Day 27: Autumn Is a Second Spring
Day 28: Weekend Links
Day 29: A Little House Tour
Day 30: How To Take Better Halloween Photos
Day 31: Looking Back At October
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Fall Nesting: Welcome {Day 1}

Welcome to my 2nd annual October series, my friends. Glad that you made it. I'm glad that I made it too. : ) Last year I reluctantly joined in the Nester's 31 day challenge and wrote my 31 Days of Fall Fun. It was crazy writing for 31 days straight and thought that I might never do that again. Well, it's a year later and I think I'm up for that crazy ride again.


I decided on Fall Nesting this year because I can't seem to stray from any other topic during this season. I both love and hate the fall. It's a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing, the crisp weather, and the anticipation of the coming holidays. However, the days get shorter and the crisp weather reminds me that winter is coming. And I'm not a fan of winter.

This October I want to take the time to celebrate the fall for what it is-- to cherish the beauty we have in this season. And to get my home and my heart all cozy before winter is upon us.



So if you love things like pumpkins, warm blankets, fall foliage, and the scent of cinnamon-- you're in the right place.

There will be yummy recipes and autumnal projects, as well as a few ramblings, I imagine.



So again, welcome and I hope to see you tomorrow!



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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chalkboard Wall in September

I thought I should share my September's chalkboard wall before the month totally slips away from me.


I can't believe it's already officially autumn.

The season of pumpkins, cool breezes, and colorful foliage. Can I get a "YAY"?

: )


What are you all doing to celebrate the season?



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Simple Project for Your Fall Mantel {Yarn Candle Holder}

I'm not sure what to call this. Yarn vase candle holder project? Kinda awkward. It's not too much of a project either. If you can handle a little tape, this is right up your alley.

I'm working on a few little things for my fall mantel. I'm keeping it fairly simple this year.

Gather a vase, tape, yarn, and a shock of wheat or a pretty leaf.


Tape the end of your yarn to the vase about 1/3 of the way up.



Wrap it around and around-- making sure that the layers don't overlap.


Wrap it to your desired thickness then tape it off again. Gently thread the shock of wheat through a few layers of yarn.



Or if you have pretty fall leaves already, you can use one of those instead of the wheat.

Or if it still looks summer outside where you live, you can fake it, like me. :)





Happy Thursday, loves!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Round-up of Apple Recipes

Last week, I went to visit my sister's home. She has quite a few apple trees. This year really is a bumper crop for apples. Josh and I only spent several minutes picking and ended up bringing home almost 50 pounds of apples.




I've been scrounging around the internet for some apple recipes. So far, I've made an apple crumb pie and apple crisp, but I've still only begun to make a dent in the apple pile.

Here's a few of the recipes that I might be making soon:



1. Apple cream cheese bundt cake from Baked by Rachel
2. Crock pot applesauce from Food.com
3. Caramel cheesecake apple dip from Cooking Classy
4. Caramel apple bites from Taste of Home
5. Oven-baked apple donuts from Chocolate Shavings
6. Dreamy apple pie from Pioneer Woman



Monday, September 10, 2012

The Chalkboard Wall in August

I thought I'd finally share what was on my chalkboard wall for the month of August. I'm ready to erase it and get to creating September's!




It's pretty simple, but it was my first time doing something like this.




I'm thinking about some wheat in September.

:)


Monday, September 03, 2012

DIY Marquee Letters

I first saw this project on Oh Happy Day-- made from foam board, poster board, lights, and a little spray paint for a movie night event.

I loved it enough that I wanted something similar for the space above my kitchen cabinets.




I followed their instructions with a few modifications. (For their detailed instructions, visit here).




I hand drew the outline for the letters on the foam board. The ampersand was a little challenging. The pencil's eraser was my best friend.

My cousin Jenna cut out the letters with a utility knife. Thanks, Jenna! :)




I used tacky glue instead of tape to outline the letters with the poster board. I did use a few pieces of tape for reinforcement, but I found I got a tighter fit with glue.




The hardest part was planning out the placement of the light bulbs. I used one long strand of outdoor party lights I picked up from Target. Planning out the spacing and how the light strand would go from letter to letter took some time. Make sure you do all your measuring a couple of times before cutting the holes.




Apple Red is the perfect color for these letters.




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