Happy Fall! {and a peek at my fall decor}

Well, helloooo!  Did you miss me!?  I didn’t mean to take a sabbatical from my blog, but I guess summer got the best of me!

Fall is a favorite season for me – well, who am I kidding. I love all of the seasons.  But fall is a definite favorite.  Even though we’re still having warm weather here in the northwest, I dug out my fall decor.    So below, I’m sharing a few snapshots of some fall vignettes around my house!

First, the mantel.   I used some orange flowers and placed them in mismatched glass jars, then drew a simple pumpkin on the chalkboard.

Fall mantel - pumpkin chalkboard with gold frame

Fall mantel - orange flowers in vase

And in the entry, I did something similar since I had an extra bunch of flowers.


And in the kitchen, a lantern and fern combination.


This last one is my favorite fall vignette.  I love the neutral palette.  I picked the tray up a few weeks ago and really like the soft color against the dark finish on our table.


Now if only it would start feeling like fall!  I’m over this 70 and 80 degree weather (sorry, everyone!) But I’m a northwest girl at heart and am ready for some cooler temps.


My House Right Now – between holidays

When we got back from Maui, I packed up my fall decor.  I know…party pooper. Since I had to get the bins down to put Halloween away, I put all the fall decor away too.  So her I sit…between holidays.

Here is a quick glimpse at a few corners of my house that I’ve made do with what I have laying around.

A maple leaf branch found it’s way to my kitchen window {and while it only lasted a few short days, it was sure pretty!}.

leaves in simple vase  at home in the northwest

I wasn’t crazy about my fall mantel decor {which is why you never saw it posted on my blog}.  I cleared it off, and love it so much more now!

mantel  at home in the northwest

{Dan wasn’t sure about the empty frame, but I assured him it was ok.}

One of my favorite places to decorate is the back of the toilet.  Books and a plant. So simple and yet perfect!

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And here is a corner of my family room.

target ceramic lamp  at home in the northwest

While I was up in the attic putting fall decor away, I couldn’t resist bringing down this great print.  It’s the only Christmas item I brought down. So it sits among the gourds that I’ve yet to throw away.

O holy night print  at home in the northwest

I’m not sure how much longer I can wait to decorate for Christmas! I may have to dig the bins down this weekend.

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Wishing you a very safe and happy Halloween!

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Wooden Pumpkin Face

Today I stopped by the store and picked up some mums and a pumpkin….


And I pulled out a fun wooden pumpkin face that my mom and I made years ago.


We cut the shapes with a saw. Then painted and distressed them. And hammed a long nail through each part.

Decorating the pumpkin is the easy part…just press the nail with your finger through the pumpkin!


Two seconds later, the pumpkin is decorated. And it won’t rot like a carved pumpkin!

wooden pumpkin face 2 at home in the northwest

Isn’t it cute?!


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Fairhaven District in Bellingham

Every year for Christmas, my dad and step mom give Dan and me a night away.  They watch the kids and pay for a hotel for us to have a 24 hour getaway.  Of course it’s been 9 months since Christmas, but this weekend, we redeemed our gift.

On Friday, we dropped the kids off at the grandparents.  And Dan and I headed to Bellingham!  We stayed at the Chrysalis Inn, which is in the Fairhaven district in Bellingham.

The hotel was lovely.

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While I was busy taking pictures of our room, Dan had fun with the sliding doors between the bathroom and bedroom.

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{Isn’t he cute in his hat!?}

And the view from our room…..incredible.

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It was just a quick walk to the main strip of stores from the hotel.

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Everything was so quaint!  I couldn’t resist taking pictures!

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We walked by this restaurant….

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….which holds a special place in my heart.  Exactly two years ago, we sat on their outdoor patio and Dan challenged me to finally start writing this blog!!

We enjoyed walking around town, treated ourselves to some coffee, took pictures  and walked back to the hotel when we were done.  And if you were in the greater Seattle area this weekend, you’ll be amazed to know we did all that with no rain!

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Thank you to my dad and step mom for a fun 24 hours away!

If you ever get the chance, take a stroll through Bellingham. You won’t be disappointed!


Guest Post…Thanksgiving Projects to do with Kids

Are you looking for a fun Thanksgiving project to do with your kiddo’s?

Today I’m over at Lori May Interiors with three very fun and simple ideas!

Come on over to Lori May Interiors to see these great projects!!



I know I’m a day {or two} late on the Halloween post. But I couldn’t resist posting a few pictures before we’re in full Thanksgiving mode.

This year, I highly encouraged the kids to select a costume out of our dress up bins. Fortunately, they discovered their Harry Potter robes {tutorial can be found here}. So this Halloween we didn’t have to purchase a thing! Jack was, of course, Harry Potter. And Emmie was Hermione.

My dad and step-mom joined us for dinner and some trick or treating too.

As soon as dinner was over, the energy level sky rocketed in the house.  We quickly cleaned up and tried to get our pictures all taken so we could start knocking on doors.  In the craze of the moment, I didn’t take any pictures of the kids standing up! So this is the only full body picture I got last night of the kids in their costumes…

The night was a success and we now have more candy than we know what to do with.  But fortunately, my kids still ask before digging into their candy stash.


Carving a Pumpkin with a Dremel

October is one of our favorite months. Carmel apple cider, cozy blankets, carving pumpkins…..there is so much to love about fall. A few years ago, Dan discovered the art of using a dremel to create pumpkin art.  He LOVES to carve pumpkins so finding another carving toy was an added bonus for him.

Dan used his dremel skills this year for the Young Life fundraiser a few weeks ago. You may have seen the pumpkin in my tabletop chalkboard tutorial post.

Today I’ll give you a quick ‘how to’ on this pumpkin carving process.

First, you will need a dremel.  We picked up a pumpkin carving dremel at Lowes a few years ago. I believe it was around $20.

Next, pick the image you would like to see on your pumpkin and print it out.  For ours, Dan used the Young Life logo.

Tack the paper onto the pumpkin. Then using a small, pointy object, poke holes on the outer edges of your image. Once that is complete, start in with your dremel!  This will shave away the top layer of the pumpkin, exposing  the lighter ‘skin’ underneath.

Dan added some fun leaves to the outer edges of the logo to create this beauty of a pumpkin!

You can even use a dremel on pumpkins for Thanksgiving!  Wouldn’t a turkey, pilgrim or even just a bunch of leaves look fun at your Thanksgiving table?!

What fun pumpkin design would you create?


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Fall Porch Update

I love our porch swing.  We sit on it every single day while we wait for the school bus.  But the pillows I bought this summer aren’t cutting it with the pumpkins and gourds that are also on the porch.

I recently bought these two striped outdoor pillows from etsy. They’ve been the prefect update for the fall and winter season.

 And then I added a fun pillow from Target.

I’m especially fond of it because Dan is a doctor.  {Though Dan is neither evil nor able to write prescriptions for poison!}

The star pillow is one I’ve had for years.  I found it tucked away in a closet and am happy to have found a fun place for it this fall!

I love the update that new pillows gave my porch!


My Barn Sale Purchases

Remember when I shopped a few barn sales last week?  I didn’t buy much that day. But I did come home with two wooden boxes. I probably have enough wooden boxes, but I always seem to find a use for them!  Here is how I put them to use!

The first is like a small toolbox.  I’m sure there is an appropriate name for it….something more fancy than ‘box with a handle’. But here it is…

It’s perfect for fall with gourds.

And the use for my second wooden box isn’t nearly as glamorous.  It found a home in the kid’s bathroom.  We got a new toilet a few weeks ago.  And the basket I had on the back of the old toilet didn’t fit on the new toilet.  As luck would have it, this wooden box fits perfectly!

I’m hoping that the extra roll of toilet paper will make it easier for the kiddo’s to replace the old roll when they run out.  Maybe that’s wishful thinking!

While they’re nothing fancy, I love my new purchases!


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