Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gratitude Trees and Garlands

In September hubby and I went to Edward's Apple Orchard for the day.  One of the things we enjoyed most was a Gratitude Garland "station" they had set up in one of the barns.  The display itself was so beautiful using the old suitcase to hold the pieces of ribbon.
 The also made the pens into 'flower pens' with instructions to write what you were grateful for on the ribbons.
 Once you were finished, you placed them in this cute egg basket and then they were gathered each day to be hung on the wall in a giant Gratitude Garland!
I know this is probably not a new concept to most but it was the first time I'd seen something like this.  I found some other cute variations including "Gratitude Trees" so I thought I'd share them with you. 
 Grateful Branch

 Gratitude Garland for kids to make
 Gratitude Garland with envelopes

 Gratitude Garland Free Download

 Cute scrappy mantle banner
 Thankful Tree

Paper Bag Gratitude Garland

I think that any of these would be fun to do not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year.  Wouldn't it be fun to have the "pieces" at hand all year long and as we become mindful of something to be thankful for, we add it to the collection?  Then as Thanksgiving draws near, it could all be assembled as a reminder of how we have been blessed ALL YEAR LONG.  I know I often forget all of the ways the Lord has blessed me, both big and small.  I think this would cause us to always be on the 'look out' for these blessings throughout the year and very encouraging to be reminded of them all as we sit around our Thanksgiving table, reminiscing about each one.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Outlet Mount Candle Holders - Fall Centerpiece

I needed a new fall centerpiece for my table but didn't want to spend much money so I 'shopped' around through my stash of 'junk' and came up with this.  The porcelain sockets make great candle holders!  The candles were too small for the opening so I wrapped them in aluminum foil so they wouldn't wobble.
 To cover the foil, I made a little 'necklace' from an old pearl necklace in my stash and slipped that down over the candles.  I added a few old keys to the light pulls for some added interest,
The centerpiece itself was a wooden box someone gave me (don't you love it when people give you their 'cast offs'?!) and since it had leaves on it I thought it would be perfect for a fall piece.  I gave it a coat of chalk paint then lightly sanded to bring out the details in the wood.
The bird house is one I've had for years and it's been in a lot of different places in my home but at the time was in my box of 'stuff' so I gave it a wash of chalk paint and added it to the back section of the box.  Some sticks, silk hydrangeas (also gifted to me) and a 1.00 felt pumpkin from the Target Dollar Spot (a dangerous place!) completed the look.
I'm trying to embrace fall . . . it's hard for a summer-, warm weather-lover like me though!  Do you let your friends know to call you before they throw out their unwanted things?  If not, you should! It's amazing what you can gather for your makeovers, often at no cost to you!  What's the greatest 'freebie' you've ever gotten?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beachy Window Treatments from Fence Boards

 I've been bouncing back and forth between my Beachy Guest Room makeover and my bathroom update but today I thought I'd share my window treatment for the guest room.  Using old fence boards makes a simple, rustic treatment for hanging curtains. 
I got the fence boards for free on Freecycle and then purchased the hooks at Menard's. They were black so I sprayed them white and then lightly distressed them.  I just spaced them out by "eye-balling" it until I had 16 on each board.  
Using an awl, I poked a starter hole for each of the top screws.  
Hubby did the hanging.  I wanted to make sure they were securely anchored so we did that using wall anchors and four screws to attach to the wall above the windows.
If you wanted to, you could add tie backs to keep the curtains open but since these are so sheer, I opted to have them down.  For the winter, I plan to make some heavier curtains so I will probably add tie backs of some sort.
It's a simple, inexpensive, yet unique treatment that would look good in just about any room I think.  Always fun to add something 'unexpected' in the rooms we decorate, don't you think?