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Make a number pumpkin.
Try layering up your foyer table with cute fabric pumpkins. I purchased these at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago.
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|Hannah Rose Beasley|
|Photo Credit: Real Simple magazine|
Make a number pumpkin.
Try layering up your foyer table with cute fabric pumpkins. I purchased these at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago.
|Lindsey Binz Home|
|Hannah Rose Beasley|
What you’ll need:
Jiffy pots (starter pots)
DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satins
And the steps:
Simply paint your succulent pots with Americana Multi-Surface Satins (they work on everything)! Flamingo and Lipstick hues make for festive Valentine’s pots – with alternating stripes or hearts!
Let dry and pop your succulent plants in – that easy!
A Night Owl
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We love simple. We love thrifty. And for her column this month, Jerusalem Greer’s craft is both! She shows you how to repurpose some of those glass bottles laying around the house (in her case, decanters) as sparkly containers for your cooking oils. Such pretty images too. LOVE!
(PS- For other ideas, visit Jerusalem’s own blog, Jolly Goode Gal.)
In many kitchens space is at a premium, but that doesnât mean you have to crimp on style or creativity, does it? My favorite way to bring character to any kitchen is through unique – but functional- accessories.
Years ago, in our pre-children days, I purchased these decanters at a flea market for my husband, Nathan, who at the time was going through a Rat Pack infatuation, and dreamed of having the kind of well stocked swanky bar that would make Frank Sinatra proud.
Now days, in our small 1940s cottage, space in every room is at a premium (especially with rowdy boys who just keep getting bigger and bigger, despite our pleas to stop growing). To make room for growing kids and visiting friends and family, the bar eventually had to go, along with the huge recliner (no tears were shed by me for that one) and my craft room.
When it came time to pack up the bar, I just couldn’tât let go of the decanters. Not yet. After all, someday the kids will go to college and leave home (fingers crossed) and maybe then I can take back my craft room and Nathan can restore his bar. Maybe. But for now I have re-purposed these lovely vintage beauties in the kitchen, using them in a way that is both beautiful and functional.
Instead of bourbon and scotch, our vintage decanters hold our Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil and White Vinegar. To prevent unpleasant surprises and culinary disasters, I made simple labels for each jar, using shipping tags, ink and rubber alphabet stamps. The cost of the total project (not including the decanters) was under $5 and took less than half an hour to complete, and added a lovely bit of sparkle to our kitchen in the process.
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Wouldnât it be wonderful to escape to Paris this weekend? Iâll take the beautiful blue bedroom on the top floor with the amazing view. What a peaceful room while in the heart of a city.” (“The Paris apartment of three top designers” from French Quarters)
From art director Mandy Keener: “The rugs, the chairs, the calenderâ¦simply stated and lovely.” (“Coming on November” from Scandinavian Deko)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “I love this room! Awesome wall color, check. Great furniture, check. Fabulous patterned rug, check, check. I’ll take it all!” (“Feeling a little moody” from Delight by Design)
From account executive Catherine Barron: “After attending Restore & After last week benefitingÂ Habitat for Humanity, I am back in the mood to restore or create something from items I have around the house.Â And I love this creative and simple idea for a weekend project! Just maybe I can fit it in my busy schedule this weekend! I’ll let y’all know if I do.” (“Make an upholstered toddler bench from an old shelf” from ohdeedoh)
From associate/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Ever since I saw Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” I’ve wanted a Vespa. And these teeny Vespa 400 micro cars just crack me up… in a good way! So cute. Would make paying for gas a lot less traumatic, that’s for sure!” (“They should really bring these back” from Wit & Delight)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “Who says wreaths are just for Christmas? I am loving these easy DIY wreaths for fall. They are so simple to make and they are adorable! What a great way to spice up your front door for fall!” (“Decorative front door wreaths” from Favecrafts)
We love the South. In fact, we dedicated our entire October issue to Gracious Southern Living (click here). But while living here is wonderful for many reasons, more than we can count, Jerusalem pinpointed a few at the top that we couldn’t agree with more. The best part is, each can be created in your home with very little effort and at very little cost. So no matter where you live, you can celebrate your Southern roots!
If you have a moment, visit Jerusalem’s blog, The Jolly Goode Gal, too for a peek into her Southern home.
Thanks to the adventurous spirit of my parents during my growing up years, I had the pleasure of living all over the country. From the beaches of Florida to the glaciers of Alaska, to many points in between, we saw and lived it all. But even though each state, each region, had its own charms and beauty, there is no other part of the country where âgracious livingâ is so evident as in the South. My mother, a true Southern girl at heart, despite her gypsy ways, never completely left her past behind, and the result was that no matter where lived, our home and manners where always influenced by Gracious Southern Living, all of which I try to exemplify to this day in my home.
Here are a few things that my mother and I think are âmustâ haves if you want to craft true Gracious Southern style, no matter your zip code..
One of the most underrated but valuable qualities of Southern life is learning how to take things slow, and enjoy life. Nothing else sets the rhythm for a gentile pace of life like a porch swing. I love them so much that I have two and so does my mother. Hanging on a porch or from a tree in the front yard, nothing else says âcome and sit a spellâ like swing. Donât have a tree or a front porch? Hang one inside and paint it to match your decor, adding pillows and a seat cushion for additional comfort.
My mother is famous for her Sweet Tea. Her mixture is so sweet it will make you pucker up and kiss your uncle. Whether served in the loveliest of restaurants with a simple syrup so that you can mix it to your liking, or served in a mason jar on the back stoop, Sweet Tea is a must-have beverage of Gracious Southern Living.
Southern stories and tall tales take time, and comfortable seating is essential when company comes calling. Every home needs soft places to land, deep comfy seats where visitors and family members can lounge, relax, read and daydream and to observe unofficial southern Sunday afternoon past-time–napping! Fluffy pillows are an easy way to add comfort to any Southern sofa. Whip up easy and colorful pillows using remnants of feed sacks, a patchwork of vintage fabrics or my favorite–cloth napkins in bright colors. Already cut and hemmed, you can stitch together two cloth napkins in no time to make colorful and unique throw pillows.
Speaking of cloth napkins, neither my maternal grandmother, nor my mother, ever used paper napkins, with exception of our 4th of July celebrations. The rest of the year they only used cloth. Cloth napkins to me are beautiful additions to any meal, no matter how small or large, simple or fancy. At our house we keep baskets of cloth napkins on our kitchen and dining room tables so that they are never out of reach. Not only are cloth napkins lovelier to look at, more durable in wear, and economical, they are also a great âgreenâ alternative to paper. Canât find cloth napkins that you love? Want to get the kids involved? Grab a pack of white cotton tea towels and using fabric crayons or markers, buttons, ric-rac embroidery thread or other colorful notions, and have each family member design their own. Homemade napkins are practical, personal and lovely. What could be more Southern or gracious than that?
Southerners are a storytelling people, so what could be more essential to Gracious Southern Living than being surrounded by books? Coffee table books filled with art, gardening books with tips on growing okra and crape myrtles, books of poetry, fiction and memoirs of days gone by, all help to nurture the well rounded Southern mind and imagination. All Southern homes should be places where a visitor can pull a book off a shelf and become enraptured for hours, their worlds widening with each turn of the page. Running out of bookshelf space? Create side tables out of out coffee table books. Simply stack the books to your preferred height. Worried about preserving your books? Add a great serving Â tray on top and, voila! A table is born!
What would the South be without music? The Blues, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Creole Folk, Gospel, Rock, Soul…These are just some of the music genres that find their roots in Southern living. A Gracious Southern Living home honors these legacies. Whether it is picking out Happy Birthday on the piano for everyone to sing along, or guitar and banjo pickin’ on the porch, or picking the perfect mix of Zydeco, Rock and Bluegrass for backyard BBQ party, music is second only to Sweet Tea as a must-have for all Southern gatherings. A recent crafty trend that I love is the painted piano in spicy Southern colors, these pieces really make a statement and who can resist the lure of a mustard yellow piano, with keys just waiting to be ticked?
A Southern home without family pictures is like a Graceland without Elvis. Itâs just a house. Whether it is on a stairwell, hallway or the powder room, family pictures can be found just about anywhere and everywhere in Southern homes. Finding unique ways to display family photos, old and new, just adds to the creativity and storytelling. Decoupaging Great-Grandmaâs picture onto the last piece of her favorite china is a way that you can honor her memory in more ways than one, and it will always make an interesting conversation piece at dinner parties.
So there are what I consider to be the basics to crafting a gracious southern lifestyle.
Cheers and Blessing,
Come on, everyone is doing it! Pinterest, that is. Even At Home columnist Jerusalem Greer, of Jolly Goode Gal, can’t get enough. Check out her fave Thanksgiving-inspired pins below. And follow her on Pinterest too! She’s one of our all-time favorite Pinners…
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OK, I have a confession. I am obsessed with Pinterest. Since the advent of Social Media, I have treaded slowly and cautiously. I like to blog and read blogs, I enjoy Twitter but can go days without it, completely forgetting that it exists. Facebook is what I call a necessary evil. I use it to stay up-to-date with local and social events and to connect with old or far away friends because it is convenient. Tumblr is still a little bit of a mystery, even though I have an account, and Â I managed to completely dodge the MySpace and Xanga all together. However, Pinterest has me completely whooped. I am fully under her spell.
Since I was a little girl I have been ripping pictures out of magazines and stuffing them into folders. From crafts to decorating to fashion, I have binders full of inspiration and idea boards scattered around my craft room. Now I have Pinterest, a beautiful, paperless, virtual way to create hundreds of idea boards all with a few computer clicks. From recipes to hair-styles to home building ideas to holiday decor, it is all there.
This year I will probably spend Thanksgiving eating Chinese food out of a take-out box, as I will be days away from submitting my cooking & craft book manuscript to my publishers. I will pack my boys up and send them to the grandparents for a happy holiday, while I buckle down to meet my deadline. However, thanks to Pinterest I can still dream of a beautiful homespun and crafty Thanksgiving, planning the perfect gathering, even if it is just virtual. If I were going to host Thanksgiving at my house this year, these are all the crafts I would want to make – all of which I found, of course, on Pinterest:
I have a large collection of vintage aqua plates that I think would look adorable in a setting like this. Â And look at the little berry, mini-pumpkin and mum baskets – how cute are those? I may have to add a floral table cloth under the natural stick place-mats, but over all this setting is perfect.
I am going through a bit of a felt-phase and I think this leaf garland would be precious, hung in three or four strands on our white mantle. The colors are the perfect version of traditional fall tones for my home, the texture old fashioned, the assembly simple.
Around our place the turkey has been known to take its own sweet time cooking, so I like to have a craft for the little (and often big) kids to work on, keeping them occupied and out from underfoot. This a great take on the traditional Thanksgiving Thankful Tree and it makes a lovely party favor as well.
One of the things I love most about holidays is picking out what to wear. I love to add a little homemade crafty flair to my outfits whenever I can. This floral sash would be the perfect addition to a smart little fall dress, or even a skirt and thick sweater combo.
For thanksgiving I love to make one new dish. Something that looks yummy and holiday specific. As soon as I saw these little one bite pies I knew I wanted to try them. I am not sure about the filling, maybe I would change that. But oh the shape! How could you resist a golden flaky leaf pie?
So those are my Thanksgiving Pinterest dreams, what are yours?
Jerusalem Greer (of Jolly Goode Gal) comes to your rescue with inexpensive, easy Christmas crafts that are a tad bit nostalgic to boot! We love the “Too Many Mittens” reference, and the sheet music. Goes to show that, when it comes to decorating for the holidays, personal is best. Use your imagination and have fun! And if you get stuck, these tips from Jerusalem are sure to get you going.
As I thought about what Christmas crafts I could share with the At Home blog readers this month, I realized that I should give the kind of gift that I love to receive: One that is personal and homespun. So for this month’s post, I thought I would share a few Christmas crafts from my own home. Not every craft I try is a winner (there was the disastrous snow globe fiasco after all), but every now and then my plan comes together, and I end up with a lovely new creation that my family and I can enjoy for many Christmasâ to come. Below are a few of these successes that are both simple (because who has time for one more complicated to-do task on their holiday list?) and lovely.
To create this look, simply layer vintage Christmas cards on top of holiday themed sheet music and place in an inexpensive frame. To keep this look clean and crisp I chose a white frame, which helped set off the vintage papers without being overly fussy.
One of my favorite childhood books is titled “Too Many Mittens.” In this book, a laundry line of mittens is a prominent feature. I recreated this look for my mantle. (For the full instructions and a mitten pattern, you can visit this link to my Too Many Mittens Craft (http://www.jollygoodegal.com/2011/12/too-many-mittens-weekend-christmas.html)
This project is one of my all time favorites and take less than 10 Â minutes to make. Using a funnel, pour a three part mixture of fake snow, white glitter and off white glitter into an old glass bottle. Fill about â Â full. Stamp or write the words and phrases like “Snow Starter,” “White Christmas 2011,” or “Frosty R.I.P.” on a small shipping tag. Replace the string on your tag with a pipe cleaner. Fold your tag in half and place in your bottle. (If your tag doesnât pop open after you have pushed it back into your bottle, you can use a pipe cleaner to open it back up.) Next, hot glue a small to medium Christmas ball or ornament Â to the top, inverting the top of your ornament into the mouth of the bottle. Using a thin ribbon, tie a lose one knot bow around the neck of your bottle. Ta-da! A cute Christmas conversation piece.
For years I was one of those people who could never find a way to display the Christmas cards our little family received that didnât look too busy or bulky. Finally, in act of desperation, I grabbed two metal wreath frames with contrasting grosgrain ribbon and went to wrapping. I wrap the ribbon around each frame. Then, using 5â flocked red ribbon, I connected the two wreaths with one simple loop. To top it all, I took another large piece of the same ribbon, ran it through the smaller wreath and knotted it, letting the tails hang down. I added a large glittered jingle bell as the final touch. To attach my holiday cards, I use stick pins and the folds of the ribbon. Maybe this year I will even add a third wreath.
I have made all sorts of gifts, including nameplates as teachers gift and jewelry for my sisters as Christmas gifts. Last year during the holidays, I created my own version of a peace sign, and this year I hope to add Love, Joy and Hope to the collection. If you are going to make your own Scrabble crafts this holiday, I would suggest hitting up estate sales and flea markets for great deals on used games.
However you celebrate this holiday, I wish each of you a wonderfully simple, beautiful Christmastime.
Sending happy Valentine’s Day wishes to all of our readers today! Our gift to you? These great project ideas from Jerusalem Greer of Jolly Goode Gal. Which ones will you be trying?
I have a confession of the heart that I cannot hide anymore. Can you guess what it is? Yep. I Â confess, I love and adore Valentine’s Day. Â Not because of the romance (though I never turn my nose up at romantic gestures that happen to coincide with February 14) and not because of the chocolate (although that doesnât hurt either). No, my affection for what cynics refer to as a âgreeting-card holidayâ stems from this: Valentineâs Day is simple. V-Day is a day that comes to us in the middle of winter, when there is not one colorful thing in bloom, when the skies are gray, and the temps are chilly, and brings us bear hugs, giant red foil wrapped candies and the cheerful happy colors of conversation hearts. Simple joys and small kind gestures, that is what makes Valentineâs Day lovely to me. After all, isnât L-O-V-E Â what makes the world go round?
To spread V-Day cheer, here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts. Some I have done and some are on my still-to-do list but all are happy, vibrant and the perfect antidote to the winter blahs.
I adore maps. I have a fairly large collection of vintage maps and globes. How cute and easy would this be to make using old atlas or travel maps? Make it large or small, a poster or a card, but make one and pass it on to someone who needs an extra little boost.
How cute are these ribbons? Everyone is a winner with these adorable creations. Cupcake liners, paper hearts and craft ribbon combine to make adorable Valentineâs Day prize ribbons. Not just for fashion, these ribbons would be the perfect way to embellish Â a box of chocolates, a simple greeting card or a small bouquet of flowers.
Looking for a creative way to pass on V-Day greetings to co-workers and friends? Â Try this âRoll With Itâ candy-gram. In addition to Rollo you could also use Tootsie Rolls or Fruit Roll-Ups for kids.
All you need to know is this: Felt Heart Garland. Need I say any more? Whatâs not to love?
This is a great craft that keeps on giving. Our family has done this the past few years and we all love it. Each family member has his/her own mail box. Near the mail box and all around the house there are little stacks of note paper and colorful pens. We all write each other little love notes and hide them in the mail boxes, raising the little flags when a delivery has been made. Sometimes the notes are serious, sometimes they are silly, always they are special.
I have always loved the look of red heart playing cards mixed in with Valentine’s decor (perhaps it has something to do with Alice in Wonderland?) and have used them in a variety of ways over the years to accent my V-Day crafts. I love this garland that combines the hard straight lines of the playing cards and with the soft scrappy bits of fabrics to create an adorable accent piece.
Project 3:Â GhoulishÂ Pumpkins
This one is by far the easiest of the three crafts.Â All you need is some foam pumpkins in whatever color or sizes you like, some black and green craft paint and a paint brush (I used one about an inch wide.)
Use your paints to create a variety of patterns on your pumpkins – stripes, polka-dots and plaids, or take a selection Â and paint out a word like BOO using one pumpkin per letter. Have fun with this and don’t worry about mistakes. These are just foam pumpkins after all.
So there you go, three different ideas for some easy and inexpensive Halloween craft projects. Lacking motivation? Do not fear! You still have a weekend in between you and Halloween, why not invite some friends over for a little crafting and cocktails? Â After all, crafting is always the most fun when done with those you love!
Once your landscape design and planting reach the street, a simple house number stenciled on the curb might get obscured by all that happy greenery. Enable your guests to find your house, plus create your own numbering system with staked and planted terra cottas pots. It’s especially easy if your street address is one digit, but if it’s as many as five, you can just add another, smaller pot to the top of your pyramid. Make your stack sturdy by placing plants close to pot rims, so they can trail easily, and not interfere with the pot above.
3 clay pots in graduated sizes
Green spray paint
Oil based stain
Acrylic paint for number
1. Paint pots green, and allow to dry.
2. Tape off large square(s) on pot(s) for house number(s).
3. Brush stain on pots avoiding number area. Blot with paper towel for mottled effect. Allow to dry.
4. Paint stripes along taped edges of pot(s) to feature number(s).
5. Remove tape and paint number(s).
6. Fill pots with soil, stack, and plant around edges of pots.
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