Friday Favorites

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by for another week of my Friday Favorites.  I love sharing the things that have inspired me through the week in the hope that they might be something that you enjoy as well.   I find that I am at my most creative when I am surrounded by things that constantly make me look at things in different ways.  

There is a bit of everything here today including a Thanksgiving craft, some industrial farmhouse decorating ideas, and a little something for your taste buds.   

Do you see anything here that is your favorite, too?

How to Make Special Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

Thinking back, I can vividly remember my first ever bite of a chocolate covered caramel apple.  It was at Sunday School during my college years and two sisters had brought some to share after making them over the weekend with their mom.  The apples were beautiful....all wrapped up in cellophane and tied with a neat little bow.  Some apples had sprinkles on the outside, while others had nuts.  They were a special treat.  And there we sat for an hour cutting into the apples eating the delicious treat slice by slice.  It was heavenly....appropriate I suppose since we were in church.

Tidying Sentimental Items {The Secret to Decluttering}

Welcome to the final post in our decluttering series!  Today we are each discussing sorting through sentimental items like photographs and keepsakes.

In case this is your first time here, each Sunday I have been joining some of my blogging friends in posting about my views about how to gain control over your clutter.  Many of us are focusing on things that we learned from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up* (affiliate link) by Marie Kondo.  The other girls participating this week are.....

Krista at The Happy Housie
Annie at Zevy Joy
Jamie at anderson + grant

Links to everyone's posts today appear at the bottom of this post.

Friday Favorites

Ah, I love you so.  

Do you find the end of the week as refreshing as I do?  You know that by the time you've reached Friday that you have almost made it to the weekend.  And that is glorious.  Unless of course you have to work on Saturday and then Friday isn't so glorious. 

For the past few weeks, my weekends have involved with going out of town and out of the house.  I'm a girl who likes to be at home and I am so looking forward to a couple days where I don't have to leave.  There is still plenty to do with work to be done outdoors to clean up from fall and preparations for a lot of upcoming events and projects.....but I can be at home to do it all.   

Create a Gallery Wall Using a Unique Collection

Are you a collector? What kinds of things do you search for when you go shopping or antiquing?

As a kid, I had a few odd collections that grew to be pretty large.  

Every pig I could find, I wanted to buy.  It didn't matter if the pig was stuffed, resin, on a coffee mug, or in a picture, I needed it.  And of course when you have a collection like that, everyone starts adding to it in order to "help" you out.  I don't know how many pigs I ended up with but it was quite a few.  And then I was done with collecting them as quickly as I started.  All that remains is a little pig cutting board from a vacation in Vermont.  

My other weird collection was one that a friend and I started and it grew into quite a competition to see which of us could have more.  Any guesses what would interest two ten year old girls?  

Barbies?  (OK, I had a lot of those, but that isn't what we collected.) 

Baseball cards?  (Nope, no interest in sports at the time.)

Give up?  

Pencils.  We collected pencils.  It didn't matter what color or image appeared on them.  They could be glittered or made for a holiday.  Some were just plain old number 2 school pencils.  We didn't care.  We just wanted pencils.  Boxes and boxes of pencils.  We'd go to each other's houses with our pencil boxes and empty them out too see the different pencils.  And then we'd count the pencils just to be sure how many each of us had at that time.  (I think Jasmin was always the winner.)

There was even one infamous sleepover where she decided we'd "film" a movie and for some reason that involved knocking over the boxes of pencils in the middle of the night.,,,,numerous times.  My dad put a stop to our movie production.  

So what does any of these random stories have to do with today's post, you ask?

Have a bare wall in your home, but not sure how to decorate it?  Check out this post filled with inspiring ideas for using a collection of items to create a gallery wall in your home.  #decorating #gallerywall #decoratingideas #andersonandgrant

DIY Handwritten Quote Sign

Create a piece of inspirational DIY art for the wall using your favorite quote.  ||

I have a bit of a confession to make.....

I fear that I may have become a little bit of a shopaholic lately.  An intervention may be needed.

This cement finial was one of my most recent purchases.  Isn't it pretty?  The finial has been hand painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint and then distressed.  The moment I saw it at an artisan market I knew that I just had to have it.  Just what an addict would say, right?

DIY Rustic Coat Rack Makeover

A little sanding and paint is all this vintage piece needed to be a 
rustic coat rack perfect for the entryway!

Rustic Coat Rack Makeover {An Afternoon DIY Project}  ||

Imagine yourself walking through your favorite store actually hearing things speak to you.....

"You know you'll love me."

"I can be made so much prettier with a little love from you."

"I have a purpose that you just can't see right now."

And occasionally, things in the store will be honest and say, "You want me now, but will regret it later.  Walk away."

Friday Favorites

In case you weren't aware, today is Friday.  Can anyone point me in the direction of where my week went? 

After posting six (and a few times seven) days a week through September and into October, I think I finally mentally crashed and needed a bit of a break.  The past few days of not posting has given me a chance to regroup and just relax a bit.  I actually had a few minutes to spend reading some of my favorite blogs and browsing Pinterest, which doesn't happen much anymore.

I'm ready to enjoy the weekend and then get busy again next week.  And just as a little FYI, it is looking like it is going to be a week devoted to things to hang on the wall.  It wasn't intentional that all of my projects ended up falling under that category, but it happened. I think we all have some walls that could be decorated, right? 

Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe for fall breakfast or dessert.  ||

One of my favorite parts of the fall season is the tastes and scents that are so popular.  While I realize that some people hate to see the popularity of pumpkin flavored everything, I can't get enough of it.  So if you are one of the types that cringe whenever you see a new use for pumpkin, this post is not for you.  

Today I'm sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake.  It is a twist on my Pistachio Coffee Cake that I shared a few years ago and could not be easier to make.  Normally I'm very much a make-it-from-scratch baker, but this is one of the few exceptions.  There are times when a box cake mix works just fine......times when baking something is good enough.

Decluttering Technology {The Secret to Decluttering}

Good morning everyone!  Let me begin by apologizing for not having a post last week on decluttering paper.  If you had read my Friday Favorites post, you heard that a storm had moved into my area during the week and flooded my basement.  Because of that there wasn't a whole lot of extra blogging time and that post did not happen.  I hope that you were able to find some paper decluttering inspiration from some of my friends, however!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I hope that you have had a wonderful week.  

Did you have a chance to check out all the great pumpkin ideas this week as part of Pumpkin Palooza with Country Living Magazine?  It is such a dream come true to even be able to think about something that I've created showing up on my favorite magazine's website.  It is something that I can now cross off my dream to-do list.  

DIY Dry Brushed Chalk Painted Pumpkins

Basic craft store pumpkins are updated with chalk paint in shades of green and 
an easy dry-brushing technique.   They now have the texture and color
variations of real pumpkins!

DIY Dry Brushed Chalk Paint Pumpkins {Pumpkin Palooza}  |

Good morning everyone!  I'm so thrilled today to be able to join in with 14 of my blogging friends and Country Living Magazine for a Pumpkin Palooza!  It is taking place all week across our blogs and I'm honored to be able to share the day with Heather from Setting for Four and Ashley from Little Glass Jar.

How to Dry Fall Leaves Tutorial

If you've been following along here at all over the past month, you've noticed that I've been using a lot of dry and preserved oak leaves in my decorating.  Every bare spot in my decor seems to look more complete with the addition of a few branches of them.  I hadn't really thought much about the process of drying leaves and figured there was nothing to share, but I've received so many questions and comments about the idea that I thought a post was needed.

This is by no means a complete or technical tutorial on preserving leaves.  It is merely what has worked for me based on my own experiences.

Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone.  Can I say that I am super glad that today is Friday?  It has been one of those weeks.  You know the kind where you just can't wait for it to be over?  

Heavy rains moved into my area on Tuesday and it put down well over five inches......a couple inches of which ended up in my basement.  It was quite an unexpected shock because when I was in the basement at 4PM there was nothing, but by 6 the water was over the entire floor.  Needless to say there was quite a mess, but luckily anything that can get ruined is stored up off the floor.  It is just a job to get everything moved and dried out.  

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