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Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Party

Are you planning a Halloween party this weekend?  Try this YUMMY Chocolate Pumpkin Cake.  You can get the recipe from country living here.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Show Off Your Silver

Are you are like me and have so many silver pieces you received as wedding gifts stashed away in a closet somewhere?   Pulls those pieces out and let's put them to some good use!  Let's decorating with them!  Here are a few ideas that you can use to put your silver to use.  Think outside the box, be creative and come up with a few ideas of your own!

Use small silver cups as vases.

Place fruit, round Christmas ornaments or grapevine balls on top of silver candlesticks to make a beautiful table scape.

Use silver teapots and creamers as vases.

Finally, use a silver tray to set off a collection of potted plants.

photo credits: Daisy, Candle Sticks, Creamer, Tray

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn Wreaths

Autumn Wreath
I have pulled my autumn wreath out of the attic, fluffed it up and hung it on my front door.  I just love all the different fall wreaths that people create.  The varieties range from the simple elegant to beautifully elaborate.  Enjoy some of these beautiful wreaths I found on Etsy.  If you don't feel inspired to make one yourself purchase an Artisan Crafted wreath on Etsy!

I love the cute Burlap bow on this one from Grata.  Burlap is one of my favorite materials to use to decorate.  It adds such a lovely texture and it is not expensive at all.  Fray the ends of your burlap to give it a cute "fringe"

 This one from IdeasBloom with its silk flowers and a lovely beige and gold bow on a grapevine wreath is so Elegant.

 Lovely Jeweled toned silk flower on a grapevine wreath from Procelebrations

The combination of the silk and dried elements in this wreath make it truly unique.  I love the vivid colors.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Color Inspiration: Orange, Brown and Green

Autumn has arrived and the beautiful shades of brown, orange and green can be found everywhere in the Fall landscape.  I love using these colors in my design projects.

you can find other autumn inspirations here

Photo source: living room, green earrings, hair clip, fence print, acorn ornaments

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Outdoor Chandeliers

Chandeliers are for outdoors too! With the weather cooling down, it is time to open up the windows to let the fresh air in and invite friends over to enjoy the beautiful weather outside.  I love the idea of adding a chandelier to outdoor living spaces.  Whether it is illuminated with candles or electricity, they really add a nice touch to your space.  When decorating your outdoor living area remember to treat it like an extension of your home and decorate it like you would a room in your house.  I have been using my outdoor living space lately,  enjoying the company of my neighbors and my hubby.  Pass the iced tea please!

You can even make your own chandelier.  These projects above will require a little dexterity with wire cutters and the needle-nosed pliers, but the end results are cool.  Hang your fixture from a tree branch or porch roof for your next outdoor dinner party. Better still, fill your jars with soy citronella tealight candles (they burn cleaner) or add some drops of clove oil to the candles to keep the bugs at bay.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Let's Have A Halloween Party

Who would not want to have a halloween party with these great party ideas! Maybe this will inspire you to invite some friend over for a little Halloween Cheer!

 Yummy Caramel Apples!

May I hold your lollypop please???

 Halloween cookies made out of refrigerated cookie dough!  My kind of cookie!

 Turn a pumpkin into a chip holder!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Handwritten Thank You Notes, A Lost Art.

Recently I had the pleasure of writing a thank you note, and in the process I had the thought that, like letter writing, the practice of writing thank you notes may be a dying art.  Let’s face it, most people don’t handwrite anything these days. We email, we text, we pick up our cellphones, we even Skype. We communicate in all kinds of ways, but we just aren’t handwriting much of anything anymore.

What I know for sure, is nothing can replace for me the simple pleasure of receiving a simple handwritten thank you note.  And, in today’s noisy, electronic world, a thoughtful card, with a few lines of “thanks” handwritten inside, is a stand out symbol of caring and personal attention.  If you are an artisan seller, include a short thank you note with every purchase you mail out.  Your customers will love it!

Here are some great thank you notes I found on Etsy.  Maybe they will inspire you to pull out your pen and write a thank you note!

Letter Press Thank You from PistachioPress
Kraft Paper with Pink Bows from ShintaShop

Polka Birdy Collection from RachelKDesigns

Quilled Paper Thank You Card from LicenseToQuill

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Elephant Beads

This weeks Featured Artisan is Molly Kimball - Elephant Beads!
Truly unique and one of a kind creations to accessorize your wardrobe with!
You can find Elephant Beads on:

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Beauty of October

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall is the time when people move indoors and welcome guests to warm visits over cider. Greet your guests with a beautifully decorated front porch. I have put together a beautiful collection of beautiful and simple decorations for the outside of your home for fall. Using materials you may have in your yard or can pick up at the market, the outside of your home will look as warm and welcoming as it is inside!

Get some Mums! This is the time that most stores do away with the regular perennials and it becomes mum time. You'll be able to find pots of mums at the grocery store and home improvement stores. A few pots of mums go a long way in the porch decorating scheme of things. The mums can be an accent or a focal point.

Pumpkins and Gourds are the king of fall. They're also pretty cheap. Add some small pumpkins and a few large pumpkins for a splash of fall color. Put them at the base of your pots of mums and you've got a good start on a fall porch. Put them on the sides of your porch steps to direct folks to your front door.

A large porch can handle a couple of bales of hay. You can get three stack them up in a ragged pyramid with a top and two ledges on the side. Add your mums and pumpkins to your stack of hay and you've got a classic fall porch.  

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