Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Tablescape


I love the idea of pairing a black and white flannel table cloth with fancy china and vintage pieces. Using tree cuttings for "placemats" adds to the rustic appeal and adding fancy gold plates on top juxtaposes them. Next using vintage pink glassware and flatware to give extra gorgeous glam to your table.  Vintage pink and gold ornaments in a bowl or hurricane would make a cute centerpiece.  Can't wait to hit up the fabric store this weekend to get started on this look!

xo
Cathleen

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas tour 2014

The Christmas season has begun! Come inside and look around. We have gone vintage this year. Grabbing all of my Grandmother's ornaments and decking the tree in them. Adding pearls and colored lights galore!  It feels like home again and we couldn't be more merry.































Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.

xoxo
Cathleen

For links to the printables see:
http://refreshrestyle.com/chalkboard-printable-free/
http://www.the36thavenue.com/free-christmas-printables/
http://www.boutiquecafe.com/home/tag/printables/
http://www.restlessrisa.com/2013/12/christmas-printable-free.html
http://www.allonsykimberly.com/2012/12/free-christmas-printables-glitter.html
http://merrybrides.tumblr.com/post/37608757930/diy-christmas-chalkboard-printable-free

Monday, November 10, 2014

Felt Acorns

Look at our lovely leaves falling! I took this quick video from our window during a chilly afternoon to capture the beauty of Fall, especially in my neighborhood with all the big trees.

video

During this lovely Fall day I had the kids help gather some acorn tops outside to make a cute Fall/or Winter craft.  Felted acorn ornaments!
We painted the tops with a paint brush using some metallic paint. You could also use spray paint but we didn't have gold which is the color I wanted to use originally.


At Michaels I picked up 100% wool roving and used my 40% off coupon. It was just a few dollars.


I also picked up some twine in the floral section of Michaels for a few dollars.


In order to make little balls I tore off little bits of the wool and rolled it into a ball and then dipped it in soapy water and then squeezed out the excess.  I let the balls dry over night.


I attached the balls inside the acorn caps using my hot glue gun and I attached the twine the same way. Once they were dry I hung them through a longer piece of twine to display.


They made a cute addition to the mantel I think!


When Thanksgiving is over I think they could make cute toppers for gifts or even look great as Christmas tree ornaments.


Here's some little close-ups.




Happy Fall Ya'll!

xo
Cathleen

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Free Thanksgiving printables

I decorated the entryway in very cute Thanksgiving printables. All were free from Everythingetsy.  All you need is a printer and card stock. 

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Gratitude is the Best Attitude

Keep Calm and Gobble On

Goggle till you Wobble

Family, Count your Blessing, Thanksgiving, Pumpkin Pie, Crisp Air, Crunchy Leaves, Grateful, Traditions, Turkey Dinner, Fall (Subway Art)


I also found some sticks from the yard and hung my old turquoise acorns that I made during an old Pinterest Challenge. 


I just have a feeling Thanksgiving will be here in no time. It's time to sit back and watch the beautiful leaves fall and snuggle up with a soft blanket and sip on a warm beverage.

xo
Cathleen

Monday, November 3, 2014

Give Thanks

The day after Halloween was a rainy and cold Saturday. I spent the morning putting all of the Halloween decorations away and tidied the house. Then Joe pulled our one box of Thanksgiving decorations down from the attic.  Once the few things were out, the mantel still felt bare, so I really felt the urge to make something to hang across the fireplace mirror. I got a cute idea from the website Everythingetsy to craft a Thanksgiving banner.  


It was pretty simple to print and cut out the letters "Give Thanks. The brown ribbon came from Michaels and I already had the little clothes pins on hand.


My ceramic white acorns were a nice addition from last year and went well with the white background of the banner.




Now our mantel is pretty festive for Thanksgiving and as an added bonus the younger kids can practice recognizing some letters (and practice showing gratitude.)

xo
Cathleen
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