7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 7 - Fall Yarn Wreath

I love decorating my front door with a wreath. I found some amazing wreaths on Etsy and used these as my inspiration for the one I created.


This wreath was easy to create (but it did take a couple of hours to wrap all the yarn) and fairly inexpensive. The most expensive part was the foam wreath ring from Michaels.

Supply List:
foam wreath ring (Michaels)
yarn - orange, yellow, white (Michaels)
fake fall flowers (dollar store)
hot glue gun & hot glue sticks (Michaels)
ribbon (Wal-mart)


To create the multi-coloured yarn look I first wrapped the entire ring in orange yarn - hot gluing at the start and about halfway to keep the yarn in place. After that I wrapped the yellow and white yarn around, and then some more orange. You can really use more or less depending on the look you are going for - the possibilities are endless. 


Once the yarn was finished I hot glued some fake fall leaves, flowers, pine cone and pumpkin on that I got at the dollar store. There was no real pattern - I just arranged them and when I liked it I hot glued them on. 
 

Finally, I tied a ribbon on the top and hung it from the wreath hanger I have on hand (originally purchased from the dollar store). 


Not feeling too crafty but want a yarn wreath for your front door? I found this shop on Etsy that sells some really pretty, simple yarn wreaths - Anita Rex Designs. And I love that she's a fellow Canadian designer - located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

This was our final post in our 7 Days of Fall Decor series. I hope they gave you some inspiration on decorating your home for the gorgeous fall season! Be sure to check out all the other posts in this series here


7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 6 - Front Entrance Table

I have a little table in our front foyer that I like to try and "dress up" during the different seasons, otherwise it just becomes a catch all for our junk.

For the fall I did a very simple arrangement of pumpkins and gourds in a basket, and a mason jar with a ribbon tied around it. I also had a vase with fresh fall flowers in it, but by the time I took this picture the flowers had died. :)


This was day 6 in our 7 Days of Fall Decor series. Be sure to check out all the other posts in this series here.

7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 5 - Making Your Home Smell Like Fall

I love it when my home smells "nice". Like when you are baking an apple pie - hmm...yum yum! With all the renovations in our home I haven't really worried about it smelling nice. So I decided for the changing of the seasons I wanted to put a little more emphasis on the "nicer" things, and that included some sweet smelling accents.

Scented candles was number one. For the different candle arrangements I talked about here and here I used scented candles - vanilla and spiced apple. Quick and easy.


The second way to "spice" up the house was through potpourri. And not your average grandma's potpourri - they have some really pretty ones out there now. I went to Michael's and bought a bag, and put it into one of my hurricane vases from Homesense. Not only does it look pretty, but it makes my house smell like spiced apple! Love love love.

This was day 5 of my 7 days of fall decor series. Be sure to check out all the other posts here.




7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 4 - Fall "Floral" Arrangements

There is something about a nice floral arrangement that makes your home feel "cozy" and nice. The components can be real or fake, as long as they look nice. This year I went to the dollar store and got a bunch of fake leaves and other fall items, and used vases I had in the house and created some really pretty arrangements. And the best part is, because they are fake, I can pack them away and recreate them again next year!

 

To make the bottom of this vase I used the same trick of red kidney beans, yellow lentils, and green peas as the candle arrangements I showed here.




This was day 4 in my 7 days of fall decor series. Be sure to check out the other posts in my series here.



7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 3 - Fall Candle Arrangements Part 2

I love hurricane vases - they are so versatile and classic, and perfect for every season. And you can find them at very affordable prices at Homesense (or Homegoods in the US).


I have these gorgeous vases flanking my stove. During the summer I filled them with lemons and limes, but since it is fall it was time for a change. But I wanted to stay with the food theme, since they are in my kitchen.

Supplies:
Hurricane vase
Pillar candle
1 bag of red kidney beans
1 bag of yellow lentils
1 bag of green peas

Pour dried peas, then beans, then lentils into the vase and place your candle on top. I love how they colourful they are, and super simple and easy!


This was day 3 in my 7 days of fall decor series. Be sure to check out my other posts in the series here.


7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 2 - Fall Candle Arrangements - Part 1

Today is day 2 in my 7 Days of Fall Decor series, and my topic today is about fall candle arrangements. I have a number of different arrangements decorating my kitchen/great room, and so I'm going to break this into two posts.


These candle arrangements look really nice and were super easy to make. 

Supplies:
3 pillar candles (I bought battery operated ones from Wal-mart)
corn kernels
leaves (real or fake)
3 tall cylinder vases (I bought mine at the dollar store)

Pour the corn kernels into the bottom of each vase. Place the candle on top of the corn. Put 3-4 leaves around the candle. Light and enjoy!


This was day 2 of our 7 Days of Fall Decor Series. Check out our other posts here.







7 Days of Fall Decor: Day 1 - Give Thanks Banner

I have been busy decorating our home for fall. I hosted a bridal shower last week, and thought it would be nice to have fall decorations throughout the living room/kitchen. Decor for the shower, but also decor I could enjoy all month long. Since I have lots of decor items I thought I would do a little series - 7 Days of Fall Decor.

Today's post is the Give Thanks banner my 3-year-old helped me create. It was a very inexpensive craft project we were able to do together.


Supply List:
Foam pumpkin sheets (I got mine at Walmart for $3 for the whole package)
3-4 small rectangular foam sheets (for the letters) (dollar store)
Silver or gold crafting paint (you can get this from the dollar store)
Paint brush
Scissors
Rope/twine for hanging the banner
Tape

The foam pumpkin package had a number of glitter pumpkins included, so I wanted to do something special with these before my little monkey destroyed them all. I decided on a nice banner to hang over our archway in the living room stating "Give Thanks" because we are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend.




 To make the letters I just free-hand drew letters on random coloured foam sheets, and then cut them out with scissors. Kaylen helped me to paint all the letters a nice silver colour we already had in the house (gold would have looked nice too). Once the letters were dry we glued them onto the pumpkins.

To create the pumpkin between the two words Kaylen painted an orange pumpkin completely silver. Then I cut around the edges of a brown pumpkin so that it was slightly smaller, and glued it onto the silver pumpkin.

We then taped the pumpkins onto a piece of yarn (I would suggest hot glue if you have it, or masking tape - the scotch tape keeps coming loose), and hung them on the wall. A simple reminder to continue to give thanks this season, and a fun little craft your little ones can help you with.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another post in my 7 Days of Fall Decor series. Be sure to check out all the posts in this series here.



Life Update: Where Did Summer Go?

Wow, I can't believe it's been over two months since I have had a chance to blog! I'm still trying to figure out what happened to August - and now it's October. Needless to say it's been crazy busy around our house.

In August our puppy got sick - she's a chocolate lab and she developed a large hot spot on her back (it's a bacterial infection that can come from anything - mosquito bite, wet collar, etc). She is still recovering, and so a lot of my time in August was taken up with taking care of her - lots of vet visits, wound cleaning, etc. Fun fun - getting me ready for having 3 kids I guess!

And then at the end of August I ran the preschool VBS (Vacation Bible School) program at our church. I haven't been involved in VBS since I was in high school, so I didn't know what to expect anymore. We had over 20 kids registered in our preschool program, and the week went really well. The kids were amazing - I couldn't believe how well behaved they all were (with the exception of my own of course!). It was busy, but very rewarding!

My dad ended his 9 week Sea to Sea tour in August - we weren't able to go to New York to the finish line, but we were able to actually ride with him 2 weeks earlier. That was awesome! Such an amazing day and amazing memories.

Our amazing biking crew! We rode 70 kilometres (a relaxing day for dad) - the boys did the whole thing, and the girls did most of it! I managed to do 46 kilometres - and of course it was the hilly section of the day!

Staten Island - finished! So proud of this guy!

Wow was I ever happy when Dad's ride was over and I got my parents back. It was a ROUGH summer not having either of them around, and I didn't want to burden them with all the stuff going on either. It's nice to have them home! (that's an understatement!)

We only managed to escape up the cottage three times this summer - I wish we could have gone more but we are just so busy all the time. I can't wait until we have this house finished and sold and we can actually spend some quality time together as a family again - it's been a long and trying three years, but the end is somewhat in sight.

September was just plain busy - seems like we had something every Saturday, and work was busy, my sewing was busy, hubby is working far away and not home most nights. I still can't believe it's October - time needs to slow down just a little!

But as much as I don't want to admit it, it's October. Summer is gone, and so now I need to embrace fall. I have plans to do some fun activities with the kids, and I decorated the inside of my house to reflect the fall season. I found it really lifted my mood - seeing nice vases decorating my living space. It's something so small, but it helped. I will be sharing my fall decor sometime this week. 

Thanks for stopping by! I plan hope to write a little more often again. I'm trying to get some order back to life, and I have lots of neat posts lined up so be sure to check back!