AUTUMN MANTLE

I usually don’t decorate much for Fall but it’s been such a long hot summer that I just got the itch to get more into the season this year and least ‘pretend’ the air outside is crisp even though it might still be 85 degrees ;)  Gosh darn San Diego seasons.  I mean, 90% of the time I love it…..but when Fall rolls around I just don’t want to sweat anymore, you know?  Anyway, I’m that classic San Diegan complaining about the weather now so I’ll stop and just talk about my mantle.  I shared this little set up in my instagram stories the other day and got so many questions that I thought I’d just share here too with more images.  If you’ve followed me for a bit you know I’m a neutral girl when it comes to decor.  Bright orange and black just don’t do it for me, so I always have to get creative when it comes to Halloween decor.  Usually it’s nothing at all (which is so lame) or all white pumpkins…which is also a little boring if there’s nothing else to it.  So this is about as colorful as it gets for me, but I really love how it all turned out.

Everyone was asking for a tutorial on the wreath that I made, but honestly, it was so simple it doesn’t really need a tutorial.  I bought a metal wreath hoop (like this) from michaels for $2 and spray painted it gold.  I also bought some fake little mauve berry stems that I liked from there too.  Then I went to the floral stand down the street from my house and got a bunch of eucalyptus. (I also used a bit of dried flowers I already had at home).  Then I just started attaching the eucalyptus to the metal ring using floral wire and layered that with the fake berries and dried flowers until I liked what it looked like! I added the same eucalyptus and berries to my mantle in between the pumpkins to tie it all together.  My pumpkins are a mix of real and fake.  You can probably tell the mini light green and peach ones are painted, but they definitely helped bring the color palette together that I was wanting.  The others we bought at trador joes for a steal (honestly, save your money at the pumpkin patch and just go to your local trador joes! SO much cheaper).  The finishing touches were this moon cycle banner and these candleholders (which are 25% off right now!). Oh, and that cute little polar bear is my favorite of all ;)

 


A GNOME HALLOWEEN (+ DIY)
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Hope you all had a great halloween weekend!  I actually intentionally tried to not do the DIY thing this year.  It’s probably the busiest I’ve ever been with my businesses and the thought of making our own costumes this year seemed daunting (even though it’s something I really love).  I gave in and bought Rylee a Target princess dress a while back that she was obsessed with.  She wanted to be Merida (from the Disney movie Brave) for Halloween for months….so that was always the plan. I didn’t think about poor cru until the day before…but came up with the idea of making him a quick gnome hat and beard.  I mean, how cute is a baby gnome!?  And when I started making his hat, I knew Rylee would want one too.  So I made her one…..and then I thought all of us, with our blond hair and Scandinavian roots, ought to be a family of Swedish gnomes! So there I went, doing just the thing I told myself I wouldn’t do. haha.  Luckily for me, it really didn’t take too much time and Rylee loved the gnome costume so much that she wanted to be that instead of Merida.  I’ve got to admit, I was pretty proud of that decision over the run-of-the-mill princess dress…though I was willing to let her choose whatever it is she wanted to be! :)

Rylee’s skirt is by Soor Ploom from Le Petit Organic + vintage boots / Cru’s Shoes are by Zuzii

I created a quick tutorial for you guys to file away for another year, if you decide you want to be gnomes too! Continue reading for the full tutorial >>>

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DIY Photo Wall Hanging
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For a long time I have been wanting to add more family photos to our home.  It seems like I never get around to printing out photos anymore.  Everything is digital these days, which makes me kind of sad.  There is definitely something special about holding physical prints of all of those captured memories.  I loved this DIY because it brought me back to some of my favorite moments with my kids, and it’s something I can look at everyday and smile at those sweet faces.

Supply List:

Scissors / String / 4″X4″Square Photos (from Walgreens) / Hole Puncher (with various sizes)  /  Tree Branch

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1.  Cut 5 strands of string all at the same length (roughly 5 ft). Make sure you cut them generously so you won’t run out of length at the end.

2.  Begin to hole punch each photo at the center top and center bottom of each square photo.  I used the smallest gauge punch on the Martha Steward Screw Punch.  I decided to hang 35 photos, 7 per string and 5 across.  But feel free to make this whatever width and length you want!

3.  Start with your first string and thread it through to top hole of your first photo.  Tie it in a knot…..leaving at least 8 inches excess string at the top.  You will need that later to tie the string around your branch. The long part of your string you then thread through the bottom of the photo from back to font.  No need to knot the bottom.  Grab your next photo and thread the string from the front to the back and knot it.  Basically, you just want your string to be visible on the back side of all of your photos and not the front.  You just repeat this process until you get to the very end.  At the bottom hole of your last photo, tie a knot.  You can leave the excess string hanging or clip it.

4.  Repeat this same process with all of your strings and photos.  (it’s a bit time consuming!).  Once you’re done, tie them all to your branch, evenly spaced out.

5.  Hang it from your wall with two nail supporting the branch!

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DIY GIFT CARD SWEATERS
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Who doesn’t love an ugly Christmas sweater?  Or better yet, who doesn’t love an ugly Christmas sweater with a gift card inside!?  I actually would wear either of these sweater designs in real life….so I’m not sure “ugly” applies here, but you get the idea.  I’ve teamed up with Target for this fun holiday DIY.  I know for me, some people in my life are SO hard to shop for.  A Target GiftCard® is always a sure bet, but going the extra mile in how you present it will make it feel much more personal and thought out!

This DIY is super simple and just takes a little bit of creativity.  Supplies needed are a paintbrush and watercolors, watercolor paper, scissors, a sewing machine (or a needle and thread to hand sew), scissors, and of course, your Target GiftCard®

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Steps:

1.  First thing you’ll want to do is paint your sweater.  Make sure that the body of the sweater is a little bit wider and a little bit longer than the size of your gift card.  About 2.75″ x 4″.

2.  After you are finished painting, measure 3.5 – 4″ past the end of your sweater and mark with a pencil.  Cut out your sweater + the rectangle you’ve created below.

3.  Cut a half circle notch at the bottom of the rectangle and fold to the back.

4.  Sew each side shut with a sewing machine.  Customize the back side with a “to and “from” or personalize with a note.

5.  Punch a hole in the top shoulder and attach a string.  You can add these to a packaged gift or gift them as-is!

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We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign.

Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.