Setting a Table for Fall

As I've said in the past, fall is my favorite season for decorating and that includes setting a lovely table.  I enjoy using nice dishes and vintage silverware, and adding some special touches to make my guests feel like I've taken the time to make their evening enjoyable.

Setting a nice table is no different than decorating a home.  You need a mixture of new and vintage, fancy and a bit more casual.  You also need a mixture of colors, patterns, and textures.  I enjoy an eclectic mix of elements that all come together for a cohesive look.

Distressed Pumpkin Crate for Fall

A few weeks ago, I participated in a blog swap with Lisa from Mabey She Made It.  Yesterday both of our projects were featured at Lil' Mrs. Tori from a party Lisa linked up to....isn't that crazy?

It is so exciting to be able to share my creation with a new audience, but I wanted to make sure that all of you saw what I painted, too!  After a recent email request, I'm also including a little bonus here for you, my loyal readers.....keep reading to the bottom and see what it is!

Decorating Fall Cookies

To celebrate the first day of fall, my mom and I baked some cookies and decorated them for the season.  I love putting a little extra effort into decorating my cookies.  Even though I know they will be eaten and my hard work will be gone, it makes me feel good to see a nicely decorated cookie laying on the plate!

I used a "secret-family-recipe" that I can't share with you, but to me, it doesn't matter what recipe you use (you can even buy Pillsbury sugar cookies in a can to decorate!).  The important part is just taking the time to make your cookies special, especially if you do it with your family.

Rustic Meets Elegant Fall Mantel Display

I'm finally sharing one of my fall displays with you today.  Getting all the decorations out and placed around the house seemed to be a long time in coming this year, but I am really pleased with how everything looks now that the decorating is done.

It is hard to put my design style into one particular category.  Basically, I like what I like and that doesn't always translate into something that can be categorized.  This fall display showcases that....It is a bit rustic and country with pinecones and an antiqued pumpkin, but still elegant with glittered leaves and a glass mosaic pumpkin.

20 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

As I'm sure you are aware, September is National Apple Month.  So, I thought what better time than now to put together a great collection of apple recipes.

DIY Acorn Wreath

I'm so excited to be participating in my first blog swap.  And even more excited to be sharing the day with Lisa!  She has some amazing ideas on her blog that I know you'll love.  And I'm loving this fall project that she is sharing with you here today!  So creative!

So, enjoy her post, and be sure to take time today to visit her blog, Mabey She Made It, to see my fall transformation.  I'll give you a involves fall, some decorative painting, and another estate sale treasure....Enjoy!

Sour Cream and Onion Chicken

I was thrilled when I found this recipe that combines two of my favorite foods....chicken and sour cream and onion potato chips.  Amazing, right?  I've been making this recipe for years now and it turns out great every time.  The recipe is super simple to make, the chicken stays juicy, and the finished dish tastes delicious.

Collection of 20 Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall is my favorite season for decorating.  I just love the colors, textures, and how easy it is to add a pumpkin or some leaves to a display and look decorated.  The reds, oranges, browns, and golds all mix and match so well into any display.  

Organizing Inspiration

So, I am officially back after spending a week trying to clean up from a flood in my basement.  Luckily, the basement is unfinished and most of what got wet was able to be dried.  But the basement is used primarily for storage, laundry, and working on projects, so there was a lot that needed moved to let the basement dry out properly.  Needless to say, I've been busy!

As I moved and stacked box after box, I was encouraged to get cleaned up and organized.  I always claim that I want my space (and life) to be neat and simple, but don't do much to get it that way.  In terms of the basement, I have a lot of "supplies" for my crafts and DIY projects.  I unfortunately see a lot of potential in many things (which I assume is the a trait many of you creative readers share with me!), and I love a good yard sale, flea market, or trip to Goodwill.  These two characteristics provide for a large "To Do" pile, but not enough time or will to actually get them done.  I'm trying my best to look at my "collection" and evaluate what I can really get done and what I purchased only because it was a great deal.  The running joke in my family is that I will buy anything if it is a dollar!  I think that might have to change!
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