All posts tagged: fall

pumpkin centerpiece.

Thanksgiving is around the corner! Here’s a quick way to add some homemade to your Thanksgiving table. I’ve been wanting to create a felt succulent pumpkin, but I hadn’t found the right pumpkin until now! It’s the perfect size, shape, and material. I was so disappointed in the foam/plastic variations I’ve seen over the years, and I didn’t want to use a real pumpkin for this particular craft because the felt would outlive the pumpkin. Materials: pumpkin vessel, felt succulents, felt for succulent bottoms cut into circles, wire cut into 6″ strips with a coil at one end, mixed berries, fabric scissors, wire cutters, pliers, floral foam or similar I can’t get over the pumpkin shape! I found my container at Joann; I almost bought a whole fleet. The berries were from Joann, too, and I made the felt succulents using wool blend felt (cut a bunch of ‘petal’ shapes and glue them to each other one petal at a time until you get your preferred succulent size and look). To assist with standing in …

psl.

Next up in the throw-your-coworker-a-party vault: Laura’s Bon Voyage! And when your coworker’s last day of work occurs during pumpkin season you throw a PSL party! Yessss. Traditionally, PSL stands for “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” but for this party it also stood for “Please Stay, Laura.” (Yaa??) I decided to decorate  with some of the Lady of Honor’s favorite things: rose gold lovelies (letter balloons!), Rifle Paper co prints (wrapping paper as wall art!), and dinosaurs (novelty toys for the win!). We even went on a fallen branch/twig expedition around campus to collect some leafy decor. Plus pumpkins, because it’s a pumpkin spice party. We took PSL drink orders and pitched in for snacks. It was my first time having a PSL. I went the iced, half sweetened, soy milk, no whip route. I can’t say it’s a favorite drink, but it sure makes for a great party theme! And for snacks, Trader Joe’s had all the pumpkin spice things. All. of. them. I thought I was going overboard with all the pumpkin treats, but can …

chalkboard.

I love simple Thanksgivings at home with the family. We still cook tons of food, plan tablescapes and decor, and host family friendly activities, but it’s totally simple! 😉 This year I’m making chalkboard name plates, mostly because I saw these wood slices in the craft store and exclaimed “I must have them!” These are easy to make and you only need a few materials and patience (for drying). Gather wood slices, chalkboard paint, a foam brush, and chalk. Apply the chalkboard paint as directed on the bottle. Allow to dry. If you want your chalkboards to last / be reusable, make sure you condition your mini chalkboards by rubbing on chalk, then wiping it off with a cloth or paper towel. Otherwise, I find that you can just write directly on them. Pro tip: sand your wood chips for a smoother finish and writing surface. For writing, try regular chalk for a rough look or chalk marker for a more crisp look. Get fancier and paint the perimeter with autumn colors or add sparkle, add …