Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Neutral Fall Tablescape

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

Are you ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Parties, gift shopping, meal prepping, decorating? 

Can I tell you a secret? 
I sure the heck am not!

 We still have two birthdays and one birthday party to make it through before I can shift out of birthday prep mode and change it into holiday mode. 

BUT since the holidays can be such a busy season, I have a simple, neutral fall tablescape to share with you today that you can easily create even when you have a full schedule with little time to spare! 

I kept it rather simple and I love how it came out. 
It will probably just be my little family for the holidays like usual so it doesn't need to be over the top but still feels special. 

Let's take a closer look.

I layered a wood charger with a simple white plate and placed the linen napkin on top of the plate with this green pumpkin plate on top.
 I found these green pumpkin plates in the dollar spot at Target. I love them and will be the perfect bread plate during dinner. 

I also bought these linen fringed napkins at Target. 
I just tied them loosely with twine so they can easily be opened up for use. 

These white plates are actually are every day dishes but they can easily be dressed up for holiday meals.

And you may recognize these wood chargers from my Christmas tablescape last year. I bought them in the dollar spot at Target last year and wanted to use them in this tablescape again. Yes, it is spun upside down because I didn't want to see the pine tree and the plate hides it when it is turned this way. lol It is a faux wood charger so I couldn't just flip them over to use. 

Simple wine glasses round out the place setting, I need some pretty water goblets but that's another story.

I placed a linen runner with gold dots on the ends down the center of the table, also found a few seasons ago in the Target dollar spot. 

In the center of the table, I placed my stacked floral pumpkins and my simple lace pumpkin along with some candles and dried hydrangeas from our garden.

I love how these hydrangeas dry out before I cut them. They were originally white but turn green when they begin to die out and then start to turn pink as well. Perfect to cut and add into your fall decor!

We will enjoy eating our Thanksgiving dinner with the set up and since there are only four of us, there is plenty of space on the ends of the table to place all the yummy food we will enjoy!

There you have it!

Do you like to set up your table even if it is just your small family for a holiday meal?

Monday, October 16, 2017

How to Make Ribbon Medallions

Today I don't have a craft project for you but instead I have a simple idea that you can make to use on all sorts of different projects. 

I have two past projects that I have used these for and in one of them I actually shared the how to but it is kinda lost inside the post and it was from a few years ago so I thought I would make a post dedicated just to this. 

These are pretty easy and once you get the hang of them, you can make quite a few.

-Hot Glue Gun
-Yard Stick
-Fabric marker or pen

Begin by measuring your ribbon using a yard stick and cut one yard of ribbon.

Using a lighter, burn the edge of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

Time to make our marks.
Your first mark will be 1/4 in. from the edge of your ribbon.

Then move your ruler that your first 1/4 in. mark and continue marking your ribbon the whole way down every inch.

Time to get out your needle and thread. Thread your needle and start at the 1/4 in mark and push the needle from the FRONT to back. 
Then continue sewing down the ribbon on your marks front to back, back to front. 

Once you sew the whole ribbon push it completely down on itself and knot off your thread as close to the ribbon as possible. 

You should have a ruffle once you tie your knot. 
Now you need to sew the two ends together so it stays circular.

Cut a circle out of felt and press and fold the ribbon down at the center to flatten into the medallion.

 Mess with the ruffles until they are to your liking then glue the felt circle the the back of medallion.

Pick a fun button and glue the button to the front of the medallion and you are complete! 

And that's it! 
You can make all sorts of color combinations and different sizes depending on the ribbon size.

 I have used these in two wreath projects but you could also put buttons on both sides and make ornaments. Use them as bows on gifts or any other way you would like! 

Here's one of the wreaths that I used some really colorful medallions on.

What would you create with these? 

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