Inspiration Monday : It’s FALL!!!
November already?!? I’m both extremely happy and terrified of this. On one hand, yay! It’s really fall, sweater weather & hot chocolate time and it’s almost time for the winter holidays! On the other hand, holy crap on a cracker, where did the year go?!? For the most part though, I’m all for it – and full of excitement.
This past weekend was meant to be spent decorating for the heart of the fall season and making plans for scrumptious recipes to try. This did not happen. Changes in crazy Ohio weather left me feeling pretty yucky-super stuffed up and unable to breathe and barely able to comprehend a logical thought. However, I still thought I’d share a few details as well as some inspiration.
I feel like November somehow equals burlap. I have no idea if it is the texture or the color or some decorative element, but I just feel like the two go together. Perfectly. Apparently, so does Pinterest. I had it in my head that I wanted to make a wreath for our front door that was autumnal, both in color and in style. I had previously gathered a few supplies at my local craft store including some burlap ribbon, some cream burlap, a styrofoam circle & some festive berries. With the help of some scissors and some stick pins, I made this:
[Pardon my kitchen floor as the backdrop. I tried photographing it while it was hanging, but really all you saw was the window. I figured this was the next best thing.]
I love that the brown burlap ribbon has wired edges which made it somewhat easier to tie in a knot. I wanted something to anchor the berries and this worked out pretty well – and on the first try!
The berries were from the floral department and I’m not even sure what they are supposed to be, but I liked the color and the way they played off of the texture of the ribbon. I used gold, brown, and an orange-red [which photographed much redder than it truly is].
After several attempts to successfully wrap the ribbon around the styrofoam, I decided it was best to cut the ribbon into about a foot and a half inch sections and wrap them [slightly overlapping]. This is where the stick pins were super helpful! Everything came together in about 15 minutes and it looks pretty swell for my first attempt at a wreath.
In terms of other decorations, I can’t wait to use my Silhouette to create some wall art for the kitchen and the half-bath. Unfortunately, when I went to download a couple designs today, the store was under construction. Now that it’s back up, hopefully my projects will come together in the next few days.
I’m also excited to be participating in Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful. I’m creating a mini album using one of my favorite We R Memory Keepers Instagram albums with 4×4 photos and hand-written journaling. I was going to incorporate it into my Project Life Album, but decided it might be more special in a separate album. And…the most exciting part? The mister wants to help and is including his own 30 days of thankful as well as his own photos. Love that. Love him. So a couple days a week I will also include some details in photo form of what I’ve been documenting.
It’s also the heart of craft show preparation season and I’ll have a ton of new things both in the Etsy Shop as well as here on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Etsy Recap. I hope you’ll come back and visit! Maybe you can share what kind of fall crafts have got you busy this year?