Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn Wreath

There are so many great fall wreaths being made with many different items from yarn to leaves and everything in between. I really like the rustic nature of using pine cones, and because pine cones are readily available in the forest around our cabin, we made collecting them a family adventure!

I gathered my supplies which included:

straw wreath form
can of brown spray paint
roll of harvest color ribbon
glue gun
glue sticks
lots and lots and lots :) of pine cones of various sizes

I began by spraying my wreath form with brown paint to ensure that any areas that didn't get completely covered by the pine cones, still blended in.

After the paint had dried, I began gluing the pine cones over the wreath from starting with the outer edge and continuing to the inside of the wreath. Any spaces that were not filled in I used small pine cones that I had gathered.

One I was finished affixing the pine cones to the form I made a bow with the ribbon.  I really like the texture of the pine cones against the smoothness of the ribbon.

There you have it a rustic pine cone wreath for under $15!

Have you made a wreath for Autumn yet? What materials did you make your wreath out of ?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Warm Up!

Fall is here and I am sooo happy! I love making (and eating!) all the comfort foods one associates with fall such as stew, roasts, apple pie, etc. And of course partaking in fall activities such as pumpkin carving, raking leaves and hot cocoa by the camp fire!


Now that autumn is upon us, it is now time to update our decor from the cool, light fabrics of spring/ summer, and infuse our homes with warmth, great texture, and fall color.


Here's a few easy and inexpensive tips to help you welcome fall in your home:

1. Bring out the heavier weighted fabrics. Add a warm throw in cable knit or plaid to a favorite chair in the living room, or change your bedding to a heavier fabric such as flannel- and add that duvet or comforter!

2. Add rustic, nature inspired touches such as pine cones, leaves, branches and cinnamon sticks to your decor and tablescapes. And of course light those wonderful scented candles we all have and enjoy so much!

3. add rich colors of fall to your home either by painting a room or piece of furniture. You can also incorporate fall colors in simple inexpensive ways such as changing towels in your bathroom to a cranberry, mustard, or pine color.

4. Fall cleaning. I know- it just seems like yesterday when we did the spring cleaning thing but nothing really makes me welcome fall more than a clean, fresh home.

How do you welcome fall? Let me know!