Fall Favourites

Posted on September 27, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

When there's a change in the weather, you can always hear me saying those five famous words: "I have nothing to wear!". What is it about a season change that makes you look in your closet and only see crap. What the heck did I wear last fall exactly?? I don't even know. Here are a few fall essentials that will spruce up your autumn wardrobe and maybe even help you with the transition to winter!

Purse - Shirt - Dress - Tights - Boots - Jacket - Scarf - Polish

The View from my Phone: Week 38

Posted on September 24, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

From top to bottom and left to right:

  • messy painting stations are the best painting stations
  • light hiting some half-finished paintings
  • kitties make it hard to get things done
  • supplies for a Halloween DIY for the blog next week
  • my Barney
  • the paws, they kill me

DIY: Fall Wreath

Posted on September 19, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

My neighbours think they're living next to freakin' Martha Stewart now. I see them walking by looking at my new wreath with envy. Or maybe they're just weirded out that I'm camped out on my front lawn staring at it. Totally just kidding of course... or am I?

This is a really fun, easy project to get your front door looking a little more fall-like. The cost can basically be whatever your budget is. Expensive silk flowers from a craft store look beautiful and real and they'll stand up to the elements, but dollar store flowers are so much cheaper. I went with a mix of both for mine. I'm really happy with how it turned out and it looks so much nicer than anything I've found the stores, most of which were covered in glitter and had some sort of neon skull glued to it. Shudder.

Gather your supplies:

  • floral foam wreath form (mine was 14")
  • silk flowers, like a million of them (buy more than you think you'll need and return the un-used ones)
  • glue gun
  • wire cutters
  • something with which to hang your wreath (I used a big ribbon)

My first step (and this is optional for you) was to tie a wide black ribbon to the top of my wreath. I used this ribbon to hang my wreath by pulling it over the top of my door and tying it to the window treatment on the other side. You could also hammer a little nail at the top of your door on the inside and tie it to that. I like this much better than those store bought wreath hangers because it doesn't get in the way when you close the door.

After that, it's really as easy as it looks. Cut the heads off the flowers leaving about a 1/2 inch of stem and get gluing! I used a pencil to poke little holes into the foam to make it easier to stick the stems into the foam. The combination of hot glue and pushing the stem into the foam will ensure those flowers are going nowhere. Don't waste your time covering the back, nobody sees that anyways.

A note on colours: To give it a more modern look, I used a combo of "clashing" colours like bright pink, red, orange and purple. It's nice variation on the classic fall colours.

The View from my Phone: Week 37

Posted on September 18, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

From top to bottom and left to right:

  • a box of craft supplies for my niece designed to secure my spot as the cool aunt
  • Marshall doing his usual effortlessly handsome thing
  • all dressed up for a 20s theme birthday party, complete with faux bob!
  • a fall wreath for my door -- tutorial coming very soon on the blog
  • the first couple layers on one of my paintings
  • Marshall approves of the new (used) dining room chairs we got

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