I know, I know…
It’s Thanksgiving. Most people are decorating for Christmas already, but I’m here blogging about Thanksgiving decor.
Well, I usually wait for the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas and looks like this year will be no different for me.
So I made a fall centerpiece back in October that I loved.
But I decided I wanted to change it up a bit for today. I wanted to make use of most of the flowers but arrange them in a different container.
It only took me a few minutes after brainstorming and picking out a few extra pieces I already had at home to create this new centerpiece so I decided why not share this simple and beautiful centerpiece with you!
Ok here we go guys…
Recycling my Fall Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Decor
First, I started with a plain white box.
It’s actually a box I saved from my Apple Watch a while back.
I love burlap! I use it for everything, and this centerpiece was no exception. I wrapped it around the box and made a simple double knot.
Then, to arrange the flowers, I followed most of the steps I used for my fall centerpiece.
I placed all the hydrangeas on one side and all the sunflowers on the other.
Then I grabbed a larger sunflower I had and stuffed it in the center of all the hydrangeas (similar to how I had placed the bright pink flower in my fall centerpiece)
I grabbed just a few of the leaves (again from my fall centerpiece) and scattered them around the bottom and back of the new centerpiece
I finished off with a few faux berries I picked up at Michaels a few years ago.
And that’s it!
Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed this!
I fell for it…
Fell for what you ask?
That prerequisite to the start of practically any fall decor…
Those darn cute pumpkins!
If you read my last post for the perfect fall centerpiece then you may know what I’m talking about.
I mentioned that I was over using pumpkins to decorate for the fall. Sure, I had a couple in my kitchen before even clicking publish for that post, but I wanted to keep it that way, just a few, for this year at least.
Then I decided that my kitchen needed more fall decorations. So I got to digging through all my old fall stuff and there they were. All the pumpkins I use year after year. They were screaming for me to use them.
I debated for a bit and wondered…
Would I be wrong for using pumpkins to decorate after clearly saying that I wouldn’t, will everyone that read my last post demand a refund of their time after finding out that I clearly didn’t stick to what I said I would (or wouldn’t) do??
Then I said to myself…it’s not that serious Sindy!
We’re just talking about a few extra sweet pumpkins here after all.
So I got to decorating and as usual, I made use of a few items I already had on hand to bring everything together.
Ok, let’s get started. It is November after all! Falls almost done and soon we’ll be talking about Christmas. Yay!
Here we go…
Simple Fall Kitchen Decor
First those pumpkins
I used a few pumpkins I had stored away to decorate my kitchen table.
I started by grabbing an old black and white kitchen towel, folded it and placed it in the center of the table.
Then I used an old pickle jar I was about to toss to hold a few mini pumpkins I found at the dollar store years ago. I washed the jar first, (of course, lol) filled it with the pumpkins…
Then I got some leftover ribbon from my last post and tied it on to the jar.
A few mixed matched pumpkins ended up scattered around the jar…
The only new item here is that black and white pumpkin which only cost me about two bucks.
A few more pumpkins…
But first, I grabbed an artificial flower I had found at Walmart over the summer and placed it into a decorative perfume bottle I already had.
The bottle works great for this single stem of flowers because it has a very small opening so it keeps the flowers standing straight up as opposed to flopping to the side.
Then those pumpkins…
Two pretty bronze-colored pumpkins join the flowers on my kitchen counter along with…
A ginormous old mug that I filled with some pretty serving utensils.
The two utensils with clear handles are actually from my wedding. Using a few items from my wedding really made this little area extra special and so fun to look at!! (while I wash a sink full of dirty dishes 😅)
I grabbed a few old faux flowers that I have owned for years and dropped them into a small container.
I filled the container with a piece of burlap before dropping in the flowers.
By the way, that small container is actually a cotton swab holder that I wasn’t using for some time. I just removed the lid to use as a small vase.
And there you have it!
A very simple kitchen fall decor…
with a bit of heartwarming memories…
and enough pumpkins…
to make me laugh every time I walk by them.
Thanks for stopping by!
Can I let you in on a little secret?
I’m (kind of) over the whole decorating for fall with pumpkins. And more pumpkins.
Ok, before you throw rotten apples at me let me explain.
I get it, pumpkins are perfect for fall decor. I actually have a few in my kitchen right now as I’m writing this. But, I’ve noticed something the last few years.
After just a week or two of looking at those pumpkins scattered all over my apartment and practically hanging off the ceiling (I may overdo it sometimes), I start getting sick of them.
I decided I wouldn’t fall for it this year. I don’t want to get sucked into all the fall cuteness that always includes pumpkins. Maybe I’ll go back to them next year. But for now, I’m trying something new.
So I took a trip to the dollar tree and found a few faux flowers perfect for a fall centerpiece.
See, not bad for faux flowers!
I love the Dollar Tree. Sadly though, My Dollar Tree has a very small faux flower section. But you know what? With some patience and a little digging past the not so good looking flowers, I was able to find those pretty flowers you see up on top. So don’t get discouraged if your Dollar Tree is also tiny. With some patience, I’m sure you can find something too!
Oh, and don’t worry if you leave the store with only a few mix-matched items that you have no idea what you are going to do with. That’s usually my case. I rarely ever buy everything I need for any decorating project. I usually just grab a handful of items that catch my eye and then combine them with stuff I already own. This helps keep the clutter in check at home. But, aside from that I just don’t find it fun trying to figure things out while in the store. There’s way too many things catching my eyes (screaming buy me) and so many distractions with people walking around. Do you know what I mean?
So after picking out my faux flowers at the dollar tree, a bit of searching around my house for extra supplies, and some fun brainstorming I came up with this…
The perfect fall table centerpiece!
Here we go…
Combining Dollar Tree Flowers with Items I Already Have for the Perfect Fall Centerpiece
HERE’S WHAT I USED:
Two Bunches of Sunflowers
Two Bunches of Leaves
Two Bunches of Hydrangeas
(All of these flowers came from the Dollar Tree)
TIP: If you can’t find these exact flowers, don’t worry! Just grab something similar. The Dollar Tree actually had different colors of both sunflowers and hydrangeas to choose from and they were all beautiful.
Stick to two different types of flowers. Both of similar sizes like I have with the hydrangeas and sunflowers. Then grab some leaves or anything that can work as a filler around your flowers. Remember to grab two of each piece that you decide on so your arrangement is nice and full.
Ribbon (also from the Dollar Tree)
A Clear Vase (I already had this but most dollar stores carry similar vases if you don’t already have something at home)
A Few More Faux Flowers (already had these as well)
Most of these flowers were purchased over the summer for my summer centerpiece post. I loved those flowers so much that I honestly didn’t want to put them away just because the summer was over. Thankfully they blended in perfectly with this centerpiece!
Tape, Scissors and 4 Paper Clips
Ok now, it’s time to go get all your supplies before we move on. Go ahead, I’ll be waiting right here for you. I don’t want to build this beautiful centerpiece without you following along!
Did you go?
Back already? Yay! Let’s keep it moving.
HERE’S WHAT YOUR GONNA DO:
Grab one bunch of each flower and cut off the bottom where everything’s connected. So you are cutting down three bunches and keeping three connected.
You can use wire cutters here if you’d like but I never do. I just bend and bend until the wire breaks off. Easy peasy!
Take your ribbon and wrap it around your vase. (From the top of the rim, down and under the vase, then up the other side)
Secure the ribbon on both sides with a paper clip.
Grab your scissors and cut the ribbon.
Repeat this again along the other side to create four vertical lines all around the vase.
Ok next, measure the circumference of the vase with more ribbon.
Cut the ribbon then measure out a second piece of ribbon the same size.
Remove the two longer pieces of ribbon that we secured earlier for now.
Wrap the shorter pieces around the vase and secure each piece with a small piece of tape.
Ok so, your looking at me right now like “Sindy isn’t there a better way to do this so I don’t see tape on my centerpiece??” I hear you loud and clear my friend. Don’t worry we’ll cover that tape up in the next step.
Grab the two longer pieces of string you first cut and secure them to the vase again the way we did earlier with the paper clips.
As for covering the tape, make sure you wrap one of the long ribbons over the pieces of tape so they are completely covered.
See, told you we’d cover up that tape 😉
This is optional but I also taped the two long pieces of ribbon under the vase just to make sure they stay in place.
Now for the fun part. The flowers!
Drop the three longest bunches of flowers and leaves into your vase (the bunches that we didn’t cut)
Grab all your sunflowers and hydrangeas (or whichever flowers your working with) that we did cut and drop them in. Keep your leaves off to the side for now.
Notice how I’m keeping all the sunflowers together on one side and the hydrangeas on the other side. Stick with me, it’s all going to start coming together now.
(I should mention that when I first started working with my flowers I had a really hard time getting them to come together. I was trying too hard to balance everything out. So I did what anyone does when we can’t figure something out. I googled it. My search took me to this website by Martha Stewart where I found tons of great tips. Check it out if you are interested. Anyway, always nice to give credit where credit is due)
Grab the rest of your flowers and use them to fill in any gaps.
Do you see that?
It’s the colors of fall coming to life right before our very eyes!
ok its time to finish up.
Start bending your flowers and moving them around slightly to bring everything together.
Bend a few around the rim.
Move things around in the back if necessary.
Time for those leaves that we haven’t used yet.
Stick them underneath your arrangement and all around the circumference. Bend them down slightly where ever you’d like.
ok someone please drop the mic!
and stop the fall madness
We did it.
We put together THE PERFECT FALL CENTERPIECE!
Who knew summer and fall could blend so nicely together.
Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!
Tell me one of your obsessions and I’ll tell you one of mine…
I’ll (usually) enjoy it anyway it comes.
Beaded jewelry, silver, gold, homemade, affordable or expensive. It doesn’t really matter to me. I’ll probably give it a chance, and to some extent, I will most likely fall in love with each unique piece.
So I decided I had to blog about it.
I have always had an interest in jewelry.
(FYI: I’m about to chit chat for a bit about my obsession for jewelry. Feel free to skip this paragraph if you wish. I won’t be offended 😉 ) While in high school, I majored in jewelry making. Yes, you read that correctly, jewelry making. I dreamed of a career that involved jewelry. Somehow or another though, I ended up in dental hygiene. Not exactly what I had in mind back in high school, but that’s ok. As a young girl I remember always loving anything considered jewelry but I was especially drawn to beads. I loved that I could create something with just a few beads and some string. Well, I would actually just grab some of my mom’s sewing thread from her sewing machine. I didn’t even realize there was string sold specifically for this little hobby of mine. I’ll never forget when this love for jewelry really started to grow. It was when my sister’s friends mom gave me a bag full of beads that she had laying around her home. She knew I loved beads. I have no idea how she knew honestly, all I know is that I was in heaven. Little did this generous lady know she was giving me something that I would cherish and play with all throughout my childhood. I still have the collection to this day! Or at least whatever survived the many times I dropped those beads ALL OVER THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR as a kid. My poor mom, always having to pick up the mess! Eventually, she bought me a case to store all of my beads. Probably in an attempt to save me, and the rest of my family from one day slipping on one of those beads and breaking a few bones! Well, I could go on and on about my love/obsession for jewelry but I really want to get back to what this blog post is really about. So let me stop, for now.
Today I’m sharing an easy DIY for stackable stretch bracelets.
I love stackable bracelets.
take ‘em apart and wear one or two at a time.
Wear them with your watch.
Mix them up with other bracelets.
Or stick to what they were born to do, stack them all up on to their life long best friend, your wrist.
Ok, let’s get started with this easy DIY.
Here we go…
Easy DIY Stackable Stretch Bracelets
Here’s what you’ll need:
I’m using silver beads of different sizes that I recently found at Walmart.
My cord measures 0.7mm.
E6000 Jewelry & Bead Adhesive
Decide which pattern you will start with first.
What I mean by pattern is how you want to string the beads if you are working with different sizes or colors. For example, you can do a large bead followed by a small bead then large again and continue with that pattern.
I’m using four different patterns (pictured below) but you can repeat the same pattern for each bracelet or mix it up however you wish.
Grab your elastic string of choice and jump right into stringing your beads. Don’t cut any string yet. We’ll take care of that later.
Measure the string of beads on your wrist as you go. Stop adding beads once you’ve reached the perfect size for your wrist.
Make a few tight knots to secure your bracelet. I usually make about 4 -5 knots, sometimes I throw in a few more if my fingers need of a workout 😉
Cut your string.
Apply a few drops of glue for extra security.
I have to admit, I’ve been making stretch bracelets ever since I could remember and I’ve never used any glue. BUT, I’m a mommy now, and my daughter is always playing with my jewelry and stretching my bracelets till her little heart’s content, so I need the extra security now. I never had any issues with my bracelets breaking without the glue so it’s completely up to you if you want to do this. I have to admit though I do like the extra security baby or no baby pulling at my bracelets.
Now, the hardest part. Let your glue dry overnight.
That means you can’t wear them till the next day.
I know, the world is ending.
Okay, you know what comes next, but I couldn’t end this fun DIY with “the world is ending.”
On the next day…
when the sun is shining and your coffee (or tea) is in your hand…
go grab your stretch stackable bracelets…
pull them onto your wrists…
and put a smile on your face my dear friend…
BECAUSE YOU JUST MADE YOURSELF A BEAUTIFUL STACKABLE STRETCH BRACELET!
Here’s a better look at the four different patterns I decided on:
(and yes, I had to give each pattern a name, why not have some fun)
the classic look
The kind of basic (but just as pretty as the rest) look
The lumpy bumpy look
And the no rhyme or reason look
Wear them all together, and they blend into one another perfectly
I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY!
Thanks for stopping by 😉