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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

All About Autumn

What a gorgeous time of year!
I just relish these months when the world seems to be on fire. 
Fall is my Favorite 
For so many obvious reasons. 
The cozy warm feeling that comes over the earth is hard to beat. 
It makes me want to own a cabin. 
Happiest of Holidays!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful

The older I get, the easier it seems like it would be to just skip over this Thanksgiving time of year and move right into Christmas.  I love Christmas!  And every year, the time left until Christmas seems to get shorter and shorter.
But, then I see a thankful display like this, and I am once again so glad we have Thanksgiving - especially right before Christmas! 
What a perfect time of year to remember all that we have been blessed with!
I decided to have a go at a thankful banner like this one I saw on Pinterest.
It turned out to be pretty easy!  We cut 8" x 4" pieces out of burlap, folded them in half and cut an inch high triangle notch out of the bottom, then zigzaged the edges.
And I ended up just sewing the flags to the ribbon so they wouldn't slide around - they're about 1/2" apart.
After that, we just cut out "thankful" on a cricut using glitter paper - "anu" were 2.5" tall and "thkfl" were 3.5" tall.
I glued them to the flags using a no sew fabric glue, but at our Super Saturday (craft day for tons of women) we realized that hot glue was just as effective and dried a lot faster! 
And I'm just loving the way it looks on my mantle this year!  What a great reminder it is every day.
After all,
This is the perfect time of year to focus on what we've been given, and all that we have.  As we move into Christmas, which can often be all about the things we want, it's nice to have a reminder of what really makes us happy in life.

Be Thankful!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pillow Pumpkins

A few years ago, I fell in love with these stuffed pumpkins and posted all about the original tutorial {here}
This year, I decided to have a go at them.
I found a bunch of fabric remnants and put together five coordinating fabrics, then got some pretty ribbon, and some curly cues from a past grapevine project and I was set.
The tutorial I linked above is amazingly easy to follow, and after making one or two, I didn't find it necessary to even measure anymore.
The hardest part was stitching up the bottom with the beanbag inside, but it was only hard because it took a while.
I was super happy with the result!
And love the way they're looking on my mantle right now.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Fall Picnic

My favorite part about living in a Southern state is that we get to enjoy fall for so long.
We can take a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Autumn without freezing.
And there are sooo many good eats this time of year! 
It'd be a shame to have to enjoy them all inside! 

Happy Fall, Y'all!

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