Saturday, October 1, 2011

My sad sad sad mantel

This fall has been alittle hard for me to start decorating.  Mr and I are getting ready to start our fireplace project. We are adding stacked stone from the floor to the ceiling.  I love the look of a grand fireplace!  We have slowly taken everything off the mantel and yesterday I couldn't take it anymore.  We can't start our fireplace project until the middle of Oct due to work schedules so I grabbed what left over fall decorations I had and this is the end product.

It is not the perfect fall mantel that I love and adore but it will due for a couple of weeks.  Everything was free or a re-use.  

Candle Holder my Grandma bought me a few years ago.  Tossed some left over leaves, mini-gourds and small Indian corn inside. 

Extra glass container, left over pinto beans, mini pumpkin and extra scarecrow.  Also, my favorite stuffed moose I've had since I was a kid.  

Empty vase stuffed with left over flowers and an extra scare crow.

Again.. not my favorite mantel but atleast I have alittle fall spirit!!

This was our fireplace when we first moved in.  

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This is similar to what we will end up doing


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Floral Arrangement

I have been decorating this afternoon as was in the mood for a new arrangement.  I need some fall color on one of my end tables in my living room.  I am not afraid to admit this... I have an accessories problem... There I said it.  I have bins in my craft room FULL of accessories for my homes.  Candles, candle holders, knick knacks, arrangements, pillow covers... you name it.. its in there!  I am a serial decorator!

Today I rummaged through my bins and pulled some some pieces to make a quick arrangement with. :)  It was like Christmas!

#1- Find cute vase, candle holder, or whatever you think would be cute with flowers arranged in it.  My Grandma bought me this candle holder a few years ago. 

#2- It save space I usually put a smaller glass or jar to use for water and to help keep the flowers tighter. 


#3- I filled the space between the two with pinto beans.  I loved the color and texture. 

#4- Separate all your bunches of flowers.  It makes it so much easier to arrange when they are cut apart.  This involves wire cutters.  

#5- Create your arrangement.  I love arrangements that look natural and are not perfect.  I like varying height and colors. 

All together this arrangement cost me less than $5.  All the flowers are dollar store flowers.  I used maybe a cup of beans and the candle holder was a gift. :)

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Fall Wreath 2011


Every year I get very excited for fall.  I LOVE this time of the year!  Due to the worst cold I have ever had I am about 2 weeks late in decorating for fall this year.  Bummer... I know...

I needed a quick and "frugal" wreath this year for fall.  I ALWAYS check out the dollar and thrift stores for quirky and cool stuff.  This year I decided I was going to make my wreath with EVERYTHING from the dollar store (except my straw wreath).  I have many straw and vine wreath forms stocked in my craft room.  I wait for sales and buy a few every time.  You never know when a girl may need a wreath!  

#1- Wrap form in twine.  You could use the straw if you wanted but I like the look of both.

I let the straw peak through a little.  I think it gives it some texture and breaks up the color of the twine. 

#2- Buy cheap dollar store wreath and remove super cute little scare crow from it. 


 #3- Twist together leaf bundles. 

 #4-  Once wrapped bend steam to the back of the leaf.  It will give support and you won't have to use your wire cutters :) 

#5- Cut Styrofoam pumpkins in half very carefully!

#6- Start hot gluing leaves, scare crow and other decorations in place. 


TA DA!!! A wreath that took about 10 minutes and cost less than $10 (with the straw wreath form)

As you can tell I am still battling my HOA on painting my front door. UGH... Also... There is a reason why my wreath is slightly off center.  My scare crow blocks my peep hole.  :(  

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Friday, September 23, 2011

August Roll Call

I am sssooo late at adding this.  No hero will be forgotten!

We lay safe in the night because of these brave men and women.  Please take a moment to honor their courage and bravery.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of god" Matthew 5:9






Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey
Detective Tina Rambo
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, NJ
EOW: Monday, August 1, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri
Trooper Frederick "Fred" F. Guthrie, Jr.
Missouri State Highway Patrol, MO
EOW: Monday, August 1, 2011
Cause of Death: Drowned
Greene County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
Deputy Sheriff David Jennings Dawson, III
Greene County Sheriff's Office, NC
EOW: Monday, August 1, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota
Police Officer James Ryan McCandless
Rapid City Police Department, SD
EOW: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
North Carolina Department of Correction - Division of Community Corrections, North Carolina
Probation / Parole Officer II Jeffrey "Jeff" Settle
North Carolina Department of Correction - Division of Community Corrections, NC
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
San Diego Police Department, California
Police Officer Jeremy Henwood
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, August 7, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota
Police Officer Nick Armstrong
Rapid City Police Department, SD
EOW: Sunday, August 7, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police, Louisiana
Corporal John Kendall
Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police, LA
EOW: Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Freemansburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania
Police Officer Robert A. Lasso
Freemansburg Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, August 11, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Caruthersville Police Department, Missouri
Patrolman Evan Burns
Caruthersville Police Department, MO
EOW: Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
United States Department of Defense - Fort Huachuca Police Department, U.S. Government
Police Officer Bart Child
United States Department of Defense - Fort Huachuca Police Department, US
EOW: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Carter County Sixth District Constable's Office, Tennessee
Constable Ross R. Potter
Carter County Sixth District Constable's Office, TN
EOW: Friday, August 19, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Anniston Police Department, Alabama
Police Officer Justin Sollohub
Anniston Police Department, AL
EOW: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Bexar County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas
Sergeant Mark Scianna
Bexar County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, TX
EOW: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Agent Emiliano Torres-Soto
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Sunday, August 28, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia
Probation Officer Tiffany Danielle Bishop
Georgia Department of Corrections, GA
EOW: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)