Friday, September 22, 2017

MHCT&M: Decorating Your Fall Porch with Containers

Happy Friday! I hope your week was fabulous! 
Time for another Must Have Tip post to round out our fall posts for this month.

We are going to bring in your weekend with some great ideas on ways to decorate for fall using different types of containers in your porch decor. 

 There are so many options you could use as containers, baskets, crates, wagons, urns, pumpkins, and of course pots, just to name a few, along with adding in flowers, pumpkins, leaves, and other fall items that the possibilities on creating a beautiful fall porch.

 I love the mix of baskets and urns that Karianne from Thistlewood Farms used on her porch. Plus, I love the dried hydrangea blooms and the use of the wood pumpkins instead of real ones to add texture. 

 Use a large urn to place leaves and stacked pumpkins in like Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors did on her porch. Love the small basket with flowers and bowl with apples on the chair as well. Be sure to check her post out. Her entire porch is full of great containers filled with different unique items.

 Do you have a little red wagon that your kids don't use much anymore? Fill it up with pumpkins, gourds and flowers like Tammy from Rock River Stitches and you have a simple beautiful display.

 Here's another fun take on the little red wagon from Newly Woodwards in which she placed different items into the wagon for a beautiful vignette. 

 Fill glass lanterns with pumpkins and foliage and even an old bag like Craftberry Bush to add a little farmhouse appeal to your porch. Love the neutral color palette as well.

 Instead of using a wagon, how about using a wheelbarrow? I LOVE this vintage wood one that Better Homes and Gardens shared but if you don't have one of these like me, though I may be on the hunt for one now ;), a regular wheelbarrow will do the job just as well. Fill with pumpkins, flowers, foliage, berries and you are good to go! 

 Keep things symmetrical with matching urns and pots on your porch flanking your door like Worthing Court. Love the contrast of the gray concrete pots with bright yellow flowers against the black and orange urns. Add the cage on top with candles and you have a beautiful yet simple porch. 

 Create a statement piece by placing an urn on a pedestal and creating a gorgeous floral arrangement like Serendipity Refined
If you wanted to keep it a little more simple, place mums in old apple baskets with pumpkins and it would still be just as beautiful! 

 If you have a few benches or places to sit on your porch like Ella Claire does, why not fill a basket or two up with some cozy blankets and pillows to enjoy on a chilly night outside. You can even use the blankets to layer under some pumpkins or foliage for added texture and pattern.

And if you don't have or can't find exactly what you want container wise, why not make your own using crates?! Courtney and Brent from Gray House Studio took new crates and stained them to create this little vignette for their porch.

I love this look from Mustard Seed Interiors! Chicken coop boxes stacked on a large potting bench with pots, watering cans, pumpkins, and I would definitely add some flowers, makes the decorating possibilities of this endless! Perfect farmhouse look if that is what you love! 

There you have it! 
Which container if your favorite? Do you use any containers in your fall porch decor?

Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic! 

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #172

Let's party!
Show off what you've been working on lately by linking up below.
Plus, be sure to visit some of the ideas that catch your eye as well. :)

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

4 Chic Watercolor Halloween Printables

If you got an email or stopped by on Tuesday you probably received or saw a blank post titled Halloween Printables. SORRY!! 

Things got a little messed up and that post is here now, for real this time! 

I'm not a big Halloween person, barely decorate for it, but I know my girls enjoy it so I try to do a little something for them but I don't make it over the top halloween-ish and blend it into my fall decorations. 

I designed 4 chic watercolor Halloween printables that fit that bill and I hope you enjoy as well. 

 I designed them as 11x14s but they can easily be sized down to an 8x10 or smaller.
I also did test prints on my printer, which ran out of darn ink in the process (things are going swimmingly with this post if you can't tell. lol) and I was able to print as is without having to strink to fit but do what is best for your printer and your liking.

Download your favorite print or all of them below! :) 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cake Batter Snickerdoodles

Hi, it's Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite cookie recipes. It's a slight twist on a classic - a cake batter snickerdoodle.

This recipe originates from my Grandma.  I doctored it up a bit to include a cake batter flavor. 
These cookies are so delicious.
They are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle - to me that equals perfection!

 Cake Batter Snickerdoodle Recipe

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening {I use butter flavored}
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
3/4 c. yellow cake mix p owder
1 pkg vanilla pudding mix
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1/2 t. salt

Cinnamon/Sugar mixture for rolling
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
These amounts are approximate - I never measure this part

Cream shortening and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Roll dough into small balls. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

 There you go!
One of my favorite cookie recipes.
I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Rustic Fall Mantle

Happy Monday everyone! 
I hope you had a great weekend! 
I just returned from a crazy fast trip to TN by myself so I am a bit tired from all the driving but I am here today to show you how I decorated my faux mantle for fall.

If you saw my mantle last year you may remember I went with more neutral colors and used natural elements. Well, I liked it so much I did something similar again this year.

I'll break it down a little more below on how I decorated.

In the center, I hung the fall hydrangea wreath that I created last year with our hydrangea blooms from out front. I was very careful with how I stored it throughout the year so it was still in great shape to reuse.

Travis brought home these giant pine cones from CA when he was there in June and they've been sitting in a box ever since making sure any little insect that may have hitched a ride was no longer there, so I pulled them out and knew they had to be used in my fall decor this year. I love the color on them, they are literally the size of my hand or bigger, and each one is so distinct.

I found this metal bucket at an antique place one afternoon and thought it would also make a fun addition to the mantle so it came home with me.

On the left side of the mantle, I placed the bucket on it's side with a dried hydrangea bloom inside then placed a pine cone in front of it. For a little more filling and color, I used some orange berries I had left over from another project and a faux flower bloom also left over from the same project. Behind the bucket I placed one of my tobacco baskets with a hydrangea bloom just resting on the bucket.

In the center of the mantle, I placed my small wood chalkboard that I also used last year along with another hydrangea bloom, pine cone, and some glitter pumpkins for a little more color.

And on the right, I placed a jug vase that I bought at the beginning of summer for crazy cheap because it was actually a spring item and filled it with hydrangea blooms and then tucked a few berries in for more color.
In front of it, I put another hydrangea bloom, pine cone, berries and another faux flower.

And that's it!
I did mess with it for a day or two before I was fully satisfied with it but I love how it turned out. I am going to miss my hydrangea bushes whenever we move out of this house. I use them all the time!

How do you decorate for fall?
Natural elements? Fall items like leaves, pumpkins, pine cones, etc? Neutrals or bold colors?

Here are two of my other fall mantles to help inspire you to decorate.

 Autumn Inspired Mantle

Natural Fall Mantle

Friday, September 15, 2017

MHCT&M: 12 Creative Fall Pumpkin Ideas

Happy Friday! 
Kara is here today sharing some great unique pumpkin ideas for this week's Must Have Tip Post. 
I don't know about you, but I am so ready for fall! The weather, the clothing, the holidays, the decor, and of course all the pumpkin everything. So naturally, I'm sharing 12 creative fall pumpkins! I know you'll love them all.

Painted Pumpkins
  I love these vintage chalky finish pumpkins as a centerpiece!

Dipped Pumpkins
 This gold dipped pumpkin is so classy and pretty.

Sequins Pumpkins
  Polka dotted sequins pumpkins are so fancy and fun!

 Wooden Pumpkins
 This fence slat pumpkin is so farmhouse chic!
 These distressed plank pumpkins are colorful and bold!

Yarn Pumpkins
 This Yarn Pumpkin Garland is so super cute!

Glitter Pumpkins
 I absolutely love these glitter stemmed pumpkins!

Succulent Pumpkins
  These succulent pumpkins are so pretty and earthy and would make great table centerpieces and even look great on the front porch.

Doily Lace Pumpkin
 This lace pumpkin is so pretty and so simple to make. 
Fabric Pumpkins
 These colorful fabric pumpkins are so fun!

Hand Lettered Pumpkin
  I am pretty obsessed with all hand lettering projects so this pumpkin is right up my alley!

Hand Painted Pumpkins
 I love the idea of using a pumpkin as your canvas! 
How adorable and fun is this hand painted pumpkin
 I love this time of year and I love decorating in fun ways with pumpkins. How do you decorate for fall?
Join us next week for more fall fun! I hope y'all have a great weekend!  
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