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What’s On Your Mantle…

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I am always smitten with a pretty mantle, how about you all? With the holidays just around the corner I am always in search of pretty new ideas to add a bit of charm to my home. Adding that special touch to a mantle, fireplace, shelf or table ties your whole decor in your room together and seems to just finish it all off. 

I love simple, earthy and charming and don’t think you could get any more charming than this sign from Erin at CottonStem on Instagram. I love that her gorgeous collection of pumpkins takes center stage right under that amazing sign. A beautiful, but simple wood mantle adorned with lovely greenery, just a perfect accompaniment to the rest of her decor. So much to love here.

whats on your mantle clothandpatina 1 Again, I love the simplicity of this beautiful vignette. She swapped out her white pillars for these gorgeous rose gold colored ones, and just think they are prefect. Such a pretty color combination with the white and green. The metallic color adds a bit of glam along with the candle holders to this mantle.

via RandiGarrettDesign.com

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I tend to stick with neutrals so this is right up my alley. I am swooning over this fireplace and oh, how I love white pumpkins! I am in love with the warm tones of white and grey mixed with the charm of this wood floor. The whole area seems full, but nothing seems to over power the other. Each is perfectly placed so that it all just falls together so nicely. Look at that stunning bread bowl!

via RefreshStyle.com

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Some farmhouse love going on here. It’s simple, but very charming. One gorgeous tobacco basket surrounded by white pumpkins, a bit of galvanized metal and some earthy elements. Just love it all.

via HouseOn77th

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Simple, elegant and perfect. So pretty how she has the greenery cascading down from these pumpkins and gorgeous bread bowl.

via KatelynChantelBlog

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Dear Lillie has always been one of my most favorite blogs to visit for inspiration. Every room, every photo is so charming. Beautiful neutrals with a touch of gold.

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I have always loved a beautiful heirloom pumpkin, but they aren’t always available and sometimes can be a bit pricey. But now with all of the pretty paints there are, you can create your own. You can find a great DIY here on how to make your own heirloom pumpkins if you aren’t able to find them in your area. I so love the simple elegance and blend of natural, wood and vintage metal.

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I think this is my most favorite for incorporating subtle hints of Fall color. These pumpkins are so pretty nestled in the branches and fall leaves. And how sweet is this walnut garland!?! The color really pops against the white background.

via HymnsandVerses

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Mercury glass and a bit of naturals…yes please. Here’s a great article on affordable Fall decor that you don’t want to miss. Head over to PopSugar to see what they put together.

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I don’t have a mantle or fireplace where we are right now, but always change out my decor on this table I made a while back. It sits in the living room but can also be seen from the entryway when you walk into our home. I have always been partial to the softer side of the holiday decorating even when I add a bit of color. I like to pair old with new and harder elements with softer ones for a balance.

 ”What are you including on your mantle this season?” Maybe some accent candles, a pretty piece of art or a beautiful photo frame? I think no matter your decor style.there always seems a great balance in blending textures, colors and elements. Most I know have already had up all of their Fall decor, but I was a bit behind this year and wanted to share some ideas with those of you who were too. Hoping you found a bit of inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping in!





Fall Straw Dreamcatcher Wreath

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Easy peasy, quick and inexpensive Fall straw dreamcatcher wreath. Inspired by my friend Jessica at Pen + Paper Flowers. She has been sharing the most charming collection of Fall leaves that she has been gathering on her walks and the word “gather” has been playing around in my thoughts so much lately. It’s such a touching word in so many ways and wanted to create something special with it in mind. Thank you Jessica for your beautiful posts and inspiration.

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With just a few craft supplies you can create this simple dreamcatcher wreath for your home or a quick and easy one for gift giving.

Here’s what you’ll need:
• the inside hoop to a wood embroidery hoop (save the outside piece for another project)
• 8 wood beads (but can use as little or as many as you like)
• natural rafia (a little goes a long way so won’t need too big of a bag)
• wood word of your choice (needs to be a bit smaller than your embroidery hoop)
• hot glue gun and glue sticks
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Gather a few strands of the rafia (can be found at any craft store) that you will use to wrap around the embroidery hoop. After I gathered the strands I cut the top to make them even. Glue the end to the hoop and start wrapping. I wrap to the right on an angle. Going on an angle will use less rafia and will go much quicker.
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Once the hoop is completely covered, glue the remaining ends down. There will be loose ends around the hoop. You can either trim them or glue them down or leave a few here and there to add to the natural charm.
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Next step is to add the rafia to the wood beads. I chose (7) beads for the bottom of my wreath, but you can use as little or as many as you like. Gather a few strands of the rafia and cut the end to make it even. Add a bit of glue to hold the end together and give it a twist. This will make it easier to place inside the wood bead.
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If you find the hole is too small in the bead you can carefully widen the hole by taking the pointy end of a pair of scissors, placing it into the hole and twisting the bead around the edge to shave a bit off. Fall Straw Dreamcatcher Wreath clothandpatina 11Repeat this step for all of your wood beads that are to go on the bottom of the wreath.Fall Straw Dreamcatcher Wreath clothandpatina 14Once each bead is filled with the rafia you can glue them onto the hoop. Excuse my glue mess! If you have an excess of glue it is best to wipe it off while the glue is hot : )

If you ever need to remove something that has been hot glued, carefully heat the area up with a hair dryer and gently pull away!
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I am always inspired by words and love the word “gather”. It has so many beautiful meanings and is very fitting for this time of year. I found this wood word cutout from Hobby Lobby and it fit just perfectly inside my hoop. I simply glued the wood piece on either side of the hoop.
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For the top hoop, I took a few strands of rafia, gave them a twist and pulled it through the wood bead. Again, you may need to make the hole larger in order to pull the rafia all the way through. I drilled a hole through the top of the hoop and ran the rafia through the hole to the inside of the hoop, trimmed the rafia and glued it in place with the hot glue.
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And that’t it! You can leave it just the way it is, simple and natural or give it a light spray paint in your favorite Fall color. I created one and left it natural and created a second that I may give a light spray in gold for a little shimmer.

You can glue on flowers or leaves for a bit of pretty. Or another idea would be to add wire to them so you can remove them and change them out for each season. This would also look super cute in the summer with seashells.
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Well there you have it! Easy peasy right! I so hope you give this one a try! You don’t have to be super crafty to make this one and it only takes a few things to put this one together.

Let me know if you give this one a try or stop in with any questions you may have.
Happy creating and Happy Fall!

Vintage Buttons and Burlap Messages in Pretty Frames

I wanted to share with you a pretty DIY I shared on Hometalk. Creating a family keepsake or special gift using vintage buttons, a little sparkle, a burlap backdrop and a pretty frame. Yes…please!

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First things first, and the fun part is choosing what you want your message to say. Typically one word, (Home, Love) a date (your wedding date, a birth date), an initial or even a heart work best. Then onto choosing what and how you would like to display your message. Depending upon what is going inside, you can use a rectangle, square a circle or oval frame.
I like a lot of pretty and a lot of detail.

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I’ve always had a thing for vintage frames, whether wood or metal. They are always filled with so many pretty details and try to use them as often as I can. Not to say though that this project won’t look just as charming in a new or more simple frame.

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Depending upon your style and what look you are going for, the painting part is all about personal preference. This is where you can personalize this to fit your style. I like to keep things on the neutral side so always opt for a bit of a white wash. It doesn’t take much paint to weather your frame so a small bottle will do. These small paint bottles are always under a $1.00 and go a long way. I also stock up on the sample containers of paint from my local Home Depot or Lowes to keep on hand. Head over to the returned paint section that is usually right near the paint counter and you can sometimes get these containers for as low as $.59!

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Unless you want full coverage, I recommend brushing on several light layers of paint. In the end again depending on your style you can leave it painted as it is or grab a piece of sand paper to give it a light distressing. The light sanding brings out the pretty details and lends even more to the vintage look

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I’ve always been a huge fan of burlap. It has beautiful texture, makes a great back drop for many projects and it’s a wonderful fabric that blends with so many styles. You can find many different colors and variations, but for this project I like the standard shade of burlap. It has an earthy feel and the vintage buttons, especially the mother of pearl stand out nicely.

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I usually cut the burlap a bit larger than the frame so you have a little room for error or if the burlap should start to fray. At the end of the project you will trim it down to size and fit in your frame. I also cut a piece of cardboard that will go under the burlap and serve as a flat surface for your message. Keep the cardboard under your burlap during this project for support. You will also trim the cardboard down to size at the end along with the burlap.

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And now for the pretty part! I so love vintage buttons ( who am I kidding, I just love buttons!). There are so many pretty buttons these days if you can’t find the vintage ones though. I even snip them from damaged clothing that we no longer wear and keep them for projects down the road. It’s a sweet way to use buttons from your entire family. I use the neutral ones, but you can get really creative here and pick a color that fits your style. I’ve done a few in the past where I’ve used varying shades of one color and it looks so pretty.

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I add a bit of sparkle to each of mine, but again that’s all about personal preference. I like the basic clear rhinestone, but colored rhinestones would really pop off of the burlap as well! Rhinestones not your thing, you can add a pretty flower, butterfly or a broken piece of jewelry you have on hand. The buttons are pretty on their own and will look just as nice without the rhinestones though.

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After choosing your buttons you are going to lay them out for size on the burlap. I always keep the frame near by so I can judge how my message will look inside. (Reminder: keep the cardboard under your burlap for support and keep the project on a flat surface). You can go pretty and mix up the lettering or stick to the basics. Either way have fun! Play around with them until you get the look you want.

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After all of your buttons have been laid down on the burlap you can either glue them down or hand stitch each button (my personal preference). Hand sewing is super relaxing to me and I really love the way the thread looks in the buttons. It’s another mix of texture and will keep the buttons super secure especially if it’s something you want to pass down to generations.
▪ If you are planning on stitching in each button: Place a tiny drop of glue on the back of the button, just enough to hold it secure so you can sew the buttons without them falling off the burlap. Do not cover the button holes with the glue. It will make it hard to push the needle and thread through.
▪ If you do not want to hand stitch the buttons (the buttons will stay intact without the thread): Place enough glue on the back of each button to hold it secure the the burlap.
This part can be a little tricky. Try to go slow and only pick up one button at a time without disturbing the remaining buttons. Sometimes it works better to use a toothpick to pick up each button, dab on the glue with a toothpick and place back down.
Once all of your buttons have been glued, allow the glue to dry so you can either stitch them down or move to the next step.

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Size and cut your cardboard to fit into whichever frame you chose before moving on.

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The photo doesn’t show the glued/stitched buttons, but after your buttons have been glued or stitched onto the burlap, you are going to glue down the finished burlap message to your cardboard. Make sure you know where you want your message to be centered. then glue down the burlap to the cardboard and let dry. Once the glue has dried you can trim the excess burlap and slide the burlap/cardboard into your frame. If you have the original backing to the frame, slide this in as well.

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A lot of times with vintage frames the backs are ruined but you can fill in the excess space with layers of additional cardboard, chipboard or similar material. I like the back to be just as pretty (definitely not necessary though), so like to use pieces of wallpaper or pretty papers that I have leftover. I wanted this one to hang on the wall so created a small hook on top, but you can purchase the hooks as well and just secure to the back.

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And there you have it! A personalized keepsake for your home or to pass on to someone special! It’s a fun project that doesn’t take too much time or money, but the outcome is so so pretty!
So hoping this has inspired you to pull out some of those buttons you’ve been storing up and create one of your own! And hooping you don’t already to stop over at Hometalk for more creative ideas! I’d love to hear back from you if you create one of your own and would be even happier to see your finished keepsake!
Happy creating!



Counting my Blessings…


As Thanksgiving is almost here, I can’t help but be reminded to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. My children mostly, who fill my heart with so much love. Our new adopted dog, Bob and cat, Sam. My business that continues to slowly flourish and fill me with a deep sense of pride and happiness. My faith, strength and trust and for the charming little cottage that we call home.

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For the continued support, encouragement, friendships and inspiration from all of the wonderful people who inspire me and follow along with me every day. For this, I send you big giant hug and a thank you from the bottom of my heart.

For these things I am grateful.


I’ve been pretty sick over the past couple of weeks and haven’t felt up to decorating much, so kept things very simple. I added wheat bundles all over the house along with my little pumpkins and lots of candles. Sometimes though, simple is so much more.

I’d love to hear how you all decorate for Fall and Thanksgiving.

5a19755383c1e865ec0ef96892d9ff84I created a couple of my button messages to add a little sparkle.

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Here is a charming free printable from the Graphics Fairy. If you haven’t ever visited her site, it is an absolute must. She has so many wonderful free printables.

{ click here for free printable }

Well thanks so much for stopping by!

Wishing you all continued blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and if for some reason you aren’t able to spend Thanksgiving with the ones you love, take the time to yourself, to remind yourself how important and special you are! Count the blessings that you have and be good to yourself.