Holiday Decor

A Fall Wreath Story

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

This is a story of a DIY project that’s kind of like a good chick flick. It opens with the main character – she has a good life, a great idea, and even better intentions, but as a result of her brazen personality and wily cleverness gets herself in trouble and ends up in a miserable position which requires that she completely change her thinking. She ponders her mistakes, comes up with a simpler plan, changes course, makes amends, and in the end she gets her man.

I’m not kidding, the story of my fall wreath is a scary parallel. Sit back, grab a beverage, and listen to my tale. Once upon a time there was a fair maiden who had a grand idea. Let’s call this fair maiden Kate. She had long flowing chestnut hair that glistened in the sun and in this fairy tale, she’s a Size 2.

Kate lived in a town surrounded by rolling hills and fields of natural grasses {cue the slow motion twirling in a peasant cotton skirt to Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’}.  The adjacent fields made her think that a fall wreath crafted out of natural grasses was a totally brilliant idea. Her source of inspiration was none other than this this wheat wreath by the reigning Queen Martha. Inspired, she wandered into those nearby fields of gold and gathered her grasses while she may. 

fields of golden grasses

 

Back at the castle, the maiden took her basket of glistening golden grasses, clipped them and attached them to a basic cardboard wreath form with floral wire, much like she had in the past with this lavender wreath

grass wreath how to

 

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Autumn Accents

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Well hello, and happy happy fall y’all.  Let’s kick of the mantel par-tay hosted by Layla with a few changes in the living room.  You’ll see the addition of a floor to ceiling oak tree branch, a new burnt orange throw, and a few decorative new accents too. 

autumn living room cg

 

Call me trendy, but yes there are owls on my mantel this season. 

gold owls on mantel cg

Double trendy points for the golden hue.  I spotted that cool moss covered nine foot tall branch at a local shop specializing in second hand midcentury decor – it was covered with woodland ornaments and I just loved the shape of it.  I asked the owner if he’d give or sell it to me and he said he’d let me have it for free as long as I agreed to buy something in the shop.  Deal!  I choose the 1970’s golden owls ($20 for the pair) – a fun seasonal score. 

The tall amber bottle I found at another local second hand shop, and the lantern is from World Market.  On the other side of the mantel are some birch inspired vessels, found at a local shop here in my town. 

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Plush Pumpkins Giveaway

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Hi y’all, thanks for all of your congratulations from yesterday, it’s so very nice to read all of your kind comments.  In other news, guess who’s in my house?  Rhoda, that’s who!  Yep, my good friend Rhoda from Southern Hospitality arrived yesterday from Georgia and I’m going to play tour guide for a few days and take her to visit all my favorite places while she’s here.  We’re going thrifting, antiquing, and to both Sonoma and San Francisco, so follow me and follow Rhoda on Twitter and we’ll share all of our Northern Cali adventures with you.

I’ve got a fantastic seasonal giveaway for you today.  One of my sponsors Love Feast Table sells the cutest velvet pumpkins you ever did see made by Plush Pumpkins with ‘real and spectacular’ stems which brings to mind a certain Seinfeld quote but I will spare you from spinning off into a Seinfeld quote frenzy which I am prone to do often, crazed fan that I am.

I love these!

plush brown pumpkin

 

Perhaps you’ve spied them over at Nester’s place or in Layla’s cute basket.  Well today is my turn to giveaway a set of six!  How sweet are these authentic stems?

plush pumkins on mantel

 

These pumpkins were recently featured in Better Homes & Gardens and now’s your chance to get your hands on them!

These velvet pumpkins come in several sizes and plenty of colors like Lagoon, Stone, Curry, Chocolate, and Spice to name a few.  They’re perfect for your fall mantel, sideboard, or Thanksgiving table, and you’ll be so tempted to leave them out all year long.

set of six plush pumpkins

There are so many color combinations to choose from, here is just a small sampling!

plush pumpkin medleys

 

Good news, there’s a set of six up for grabs ( $148 value) !

Eligibility to win a set of Six Plush Pumpkins – you choose the set:

1.  Leave a comment with the word ‘pumpkin’ in it.  Or you can leave your favorite Seinfeld quote, either will qualify!

2.  For a second chance to win link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment telling where you mentioned it (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Monday September 26th at 8 p.m. PST, one winner chosen at random.

Two more quick things, the winners of the Style Package Giveaway and the Decorative Pillow Giveaway have been added to the original posts.  Winners notified via email.

Also, don’t forget, the Fall Link Parties start next week, with Layla hosting Mantels on Tuesday the 27th and Rhoda hosting Door Décor on Thursday the 29th.  See you there!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Winner, #1,328 Aly, notification sent via email!

Cheers and happy fall weekend y’all!

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