Thursday, October 19, 2017

DIY White Pumpkins With Curly Jute Stems

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Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts

Now that Fall is in full swing, I am knee deep in pumpkins at my house. Awhile back I took my traditional Fall decor and switched it to neutral decor using lots and lots of white paint. One of my favorite pumpkins that I continue to use are my curly jute stemmed white pumpkins. They are also the most asked about decor item I have. So, I thought I would share the tutorial again with you all. They are crazy easy to make, and so much fun!

 Supplies:
Craft pumpkins
White acrylic or chalk paint
Hot glue
Jute
Fabric Stiffener
Pencil

Step 1: Find some mini pumpkins either at a craft store, dollar store, or wherever. I found this box from Walmart a few years back for a little under $5.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 2: Paint your pumpkins. Chalk paint works the best on these for quick, full coverage. Spray paint works the worst :) So, save yourself the sanity and skip to the acrylic or chalk paints first.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 3: Start at the base of each stem, dab on a small bit of glue, and place your jute on it. Continue to wrap the jute up the stem, placing small amounts of glue along the way periodically. Be careful not to burn yourself :)
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 4: Once you are at the top of the stem, leave about an extra 8-10" of jute hanging.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Step 5: Coat the hanging jute with some fabric stiffener; then curl around a pencil or pen. Keep it on the pencil/pen until the jute is hard. Then pull out carefully. This usually takes a couple of hours or overnight to harden.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 The direction you placed the the pencil, the tightness of the curl, the time you let it cured, etc will give you a different result and look of the curl. I made the tighter curls by twirling the jute around the pen and not leaving any gaps between the curls, then secured the tip with a clip.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 I made these 6 years ago and they have survived beautifully :) The curl is still there on each one of them.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 As I said before, they are my favorite piece of Fall decor, and a great addition to any vignette.
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts
 Every year they find themselves in different rooms of my house and used in different ways. :)
Painted pumpkins with curly jute stems. DIY pumpkin decor. Easy Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall crafts

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DIY Ombre Fall Wall Art

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DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
 Neutrals have been a huge thing for Fall decor the past few years, but sometimes it's fun to add a little traditional back into the mix of things. I decided to do this will some firey metallic wall art for my mantel in my front room. This is a great project if you are a neutral lover like me, but want to add just a little pop of color to your decor.

Supplies needed:
4 canvases
DecoArt Satin Enamels in Pure White
DecoArt Metallics in Old Gold
DecoArt Metallics in Classic Black
Alphabet Stencils
Paint Brushes

DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
 Step 1: Lay out the canvases in a grid, touching each other. Paint the top two canvases with the Pure White. Don't let it dry just yet, continue on to the next step.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
 Step 2: Take the Old Gold and dip it lightly onto a coarse brush and start about half way down the top two canvases, mixing the white and the gold on the brush as you move down.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
 Keep moving down the canvases, adding more and more gold paint as you continue on down.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts

 Step 3: Now paint the top two thirds of the bottom two canvases with the Pure White. Don't let dry.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
 Step 4: Add some more Old Gold onto the brush and do a few layers back and forth as you work your way down the canvas. Once again, continue to add more and more gold paint to get a richer color as you go down.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
 Once you get to the bottom portion of the canvases that don't have the white, the gold will show through beautifully. Do a couple of layers here to get great saturation.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
Step 5: Do the same method with the edges of the canvases.

Step 6: In the bottom right hand corner of each canvas, use the stencils and the Classic Black to spell out Fall. One letter per canvas.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
Once everything is dry, hang it up! My inspiration for the ombre effect was like leaves falling off a tree.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
The Old Gold shows beautifully especially when hit from light. It looks like a sunset! I just love how it adds so much warmth to this mantel.
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts
For another tip, paint cheap fake pumpkins using the Pure White too!
DIY ombre Fall wall art. DIY Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY Fall or Halloween crafts


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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Farmhouse Home Tour Part 2

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 It's officially Fall as of last week, and the weather has turned completely! Ninety degrees one day and three days later it was forty! Ah! I'm not sure I'm ready for that extreme change yet, I need a little seventies to get used to it first :) And, of course, to enjoy the beauty that is Fall weather! My last Fall tour earlier this month was a little premature for me. I was not feeling the Fall vibe at all; now I'm taking it in knowing that Winter is just around the corner. I finally infused Fall throughout the rest of my house. This year I went with my normal course of neutrals, textures, and plaids. Hope you enjoy! And if you want to check out my front room, click here :)

Up first is my entry way. I used sweater and plaid pillows in here to warm things up a bit along with this wool rug.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Entry way fall decor and decorating ideas
And can I just tell you how much I am loving these new floors! It took me a long time to get used to how dark they are, still am getting used to it. But they are far better than my old carpet :)
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Entry way fall decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the entrance into our living room. A lot of things stayed the same in here, I just changed some pillows and blankets up a bit and added a few pumpkins.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall mantel decorating ideas. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 (Rug: Amazon      Clock: Gordmans     Card Catalog: Hobby Lobby)
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral Fall mantel decorating ideas. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 I'm still loving these built ins. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go all out with changing things up on the shelves for Fall or just leave it as they were and add a dash of pumpkins. I obviously chose the latter. I was afraid to mess with them :) You have no idea how long it took me to make them look decent!
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Neutral Fall mantel decorating ideas. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas

Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Neutral Fall mantel decorating ideas. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 This time last year, I had grand plans to add wood all the way up this other side of built ins. And I failed. :) It was out of pure laziness that I failed. Just didn't want to go out and buy 6 more bundles of firewood. But, it happened earlier this year. So, I like seeing my vision from last year finally come true for this Fall tour.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Neutral Fall mantel decorating ideas. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 I added more pumpkins to the mantel with this tobacco basket also.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Neutral Fall mantel decorating ideas. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 As for the other part of my living room, here's the set up. Added a new piece of art on the wall along with some plaid pillows and a blanket.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas


Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 I keep my candlesticks sans candles all year around, but love using them to put pumpkins on through the Fall.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 Here's the contents of my ottoman tray. I love these old lanterns; you'll see them throughout the rest of my house.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 Here are a couple of wide views to get a feel for the whole space.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas

Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas
 My favorite room of the house is my dining room.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY fall tablescape ideas. Neutral fall decor. Dining Room fall decor and decorating ideas
Jute rug: Amazon          Farmhouse Chairs: Amazon                 Striped Turkish Towel/Blanket: Amazon              Vintage Fan: Amazon               3-Tiered Tray: Amazon
I obviously like Amazon ;)

I just changed up the tablescape in here to bring in more Fall touches. And took a big leap of faith and took off my plastic that had been covering this jute rug for the past 4 months. I put it on when our little puppy was potty training. He had peed on it a few times, and, well, pee just doesn't come out of jute really well. So, I went and covered up this rug with plastic along with all my other rugs. I took it off and so far so good. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and knocking on all the wood :)
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY fall tablescape ideas. Neutral fall decor. Dining Room fall decor and decorating ideas
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY fall tablescape ideas. Neutral fall decor. Dining Room fall decor and decorating ideas
 For this Fall tablescape, I used wreaths underneath a couple of the pumpkins, then scattered smaller pumpkins around them in varying sizes.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY fall tablescape ideas. Neutral fall decor. Dining Room fall decor and decorating ideas
 I didn't realize the tiered look of my tablescape until now, but I'm loving the flow to it :)
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY fall tablescape ideas. Neutral fall decor. Dining Room fall decor and decorating ideas
 These chairs made all the difference in this room. I loved my bench in here, but I love the character these chairs bring to the space.
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. DIY fall tablescape ideas. Neutral fall decor. Dining Room fall decor and decorating ideas
 I hope you enjoyed the rest of my Fall tour! Once again, click the picture below to go check out my front room Fall tour from earlier this month :)
Farmhouse Fall decor and decorating ideas. Neutral fall decor. Living room fall decor and decorating ideas



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Shiplap Shirts On Amazon for Shiplap Lovers!

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I was at my daughter's dance class the other day, and a cute lady walked in with a "You had me at: shiplap walls, farmhouse sinks, chippy paint, barn doors, demo day, subway tiles" t-shirt, and I was like, "I need that!" Screamed it actually. Well, not to her, in my head. Didn't want to look like a crazy person :) haha. So, I went home and started looking at farmhouse and shiplap tees on Amazon and found way too many that I loved! I was about to buy 5 of them. Then I thought I would look crazy (again) if I wore that many shiplap themed shirts :) So, I narrowed it down to two. Two of which are actually the same saying, just different styles. I don't care. I love them. I actually love all of them, so my Christmas wish list just got a little longer :) If I didn't buy them, it doesn't count as crazy, does it? lol.
Shiplap shirts or farmhouse themed shirts for shiplap and farmhouse lovers!

Most of these shirts come in different colors, some in mens, all in womens, some in youth. I did notice that some of the shirts are a little longer by like an inch or so than a few others. I'm pretty tall (5'11" to be exact), and the long ones fit me perfectly. And they are slim and well fitted. I picked a medium which is what I usually would wear, and it's perfect. Amazon does have size charts on all of these shirts, so check that before you order if you are concerned. I still haven't washed mine, so I'm not sure how they will shrink...hopefully they won't! I'm planning on hang drying them just in case. The two I have are the ones with "Holy Shiplap" in script.  I did take some pictures, but couldn't get a good shot. I don't know how those fashion bloggers do it! ugh. If I get a decent one or two, I throw them up here to get an idea for fit. :)

So, without further ado...for all my shiplap loving friends out there, here's my round up!

Holy Shiplap Tee


Shiplap is my love language Tee


Holy Shiplap Tee


You Had Me At....Tee


If I could shiplap this shirt, I would Tee



Pardon My French Doors, but Holy Shiplap! Tee


You Had Me At Shiplap Tee


You Had Me At....Tee


#Shiplap Tee


Holy Shiplap Tee









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