Happy Fall Y’all!
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Wow, one of the exciting things about Fall is that there is so much to do! And I am not talking about just raking leaves, although I’m sure many of us are engaging in that activity. For me Fall has brought a fun, inspiring, and sometimes exhausting week at furniture market (I don’t even want to talk about the blister I got from the first day of walking, new shoes were not a good idea), the ole switch-a-roo of clothes in may closet for the wonderful change of seasons we enjoy in North Carolina (but today it is back to 80 degrees so I’m pulling out things I shelved), helping grandchildren with big decisions like what to be for Halloween (the purchase of a blue wig was involved in one), crock pots full of taco soup (yum), fall festivals, haunted fairy garden classes, and me and my man finding a little “us” time to do a little shopping together.
Since Halloween is knocking on our door and everyone keeps saying that the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I would share a last minute pumpkin decorating idea that was new to me. Brought to you by way of my daughter, Meredith, and her two beautiful, sweet, and artistic children. (One of the perks of being a grandparent is bragging. Where it seemed off-putting to do such about your own children, it seems perfectly acceptable and is tolerated when it is directed toward your grandchildren. Isn’t that great!)
I am so glad my daughter is continuing the tradition of hands-on creative fun for kids. She finds great ideas and is not afraid to try something new. I had no clue about the special decorating plans they had this year so I was really delighted and surprised to see what they had done. I couldn’t get over the fact that they used thumb tacks. I mean, brilliant! So simple but, I would never have thought of it. One of my design addictions is my love of nailhead trim so all I could think was ‘how great, nailhead trim for pumpkins’.
My granddaughters are three and eight and the simple combination of using paint and thumb tacks was user friendly for both ages and allowed them each to create masterpieces that reflected heir style and personality.
… the three year old channeled her abstract modern art abilities and the shear joy that googly eyes can bring.
You wouldn’t want to pass up on a great opportunity to add a monogram to anything. This pumpkin monogrammed in thumb tacks displays the love between these two sisters by putting their initials out there front and center.
I also liked the cute little pumpkins they made at a party they attended using washi tape and feathers. Just darling. I loved how my granddaughter realized that it would certainly hold equal weight and value to my hand blown Starworks pumpkin and ceramic tureen to be placed right there beside them. Check out this past post to learn more about Starworks.
If you give this a try, please come back and leave us a comment and let us know how much fun you had.
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing some of the wonderful products I found at the High Point Market/ The World’s Home For Home Furnishings. I’ll also share about some of the people I met, and some of the insights I gleaned. Life is just one big learning experience for me and I’m always looking for inspiration. It was a bustling market with a lot of people attending. There was a real feeling of excitement in the air. I hope to inspire you and get you excited about your home so be sure to drop back by to see what we are up to. – Marianne
You know I can not get through this season without sharing some beautiful pictures of pumpkins. I realize this may not be a fondness shared by all, but the beauty of nature always amazes and charms me. Since my mind is getting all geared up for Fall Furniture Market I can’t help but be thinking about where the design inspiration for new products comes from. It is unique and different for each creative, but I know that nature is a big provider of inspiration for many. I decided to put my own little spin on this, inspired by my newest pumpkin photographs I thought I would see what products I could find that resemble the beauty and inspiration that I see in my pumpkins.
What I notice in these beautiful white pumpkins is the taupe colored striae that infuses the pumpkin. Dictionary definition of striae is: a slight or narrow furrow, ridge, stripe, or streak, esp. one of a number in parallel arrangement. You can find this look replicated in products like fabrics, wallpapers, and surface finishes.
The fabric pictured center from Kravet: First Crush Truffle, looks like it’s design inspiration could have been our white pumpkin.
This beautiful two toned pumpkin brings us a beautiful mixture of colors, blood orange and true orange. These colors can certainly result in some lively design inspiration for your home.
The mottling on this pumpkin sets itself up for design inspiration. Definition of mottling is: with spots or blotches of different shades or colors. This natural phenomena may be replicated by blending colors, by removing some of the existing color, tie dying, or acid washing.
This luxury fabric from PopDecorFabrics on Etsy is just exquisite and reminds me of the mingling of colors on our pumpkin with an added pop of fuchsia. Really beautiful.
Poufs abound in the interiors market. Made out of any color and from a wide variety of materials like leather, fabric, knit. There is just something fun about a pouf and it’s available foot lift or seat. This orange pouf with coral embroidery is from Imports from Marrakesk.
This Jafar Knitted Pouf is from World Market and just invites you to cozy up.
I just loved this blog post from Flax and Twine that featured a chunky knit pouf. Of all the crafty things I have tried, I have to say that I have never tried knitting. I thought , however, some of you adventurous knitters might want to give this a try. The instructions for a tweed pouf ottoman are included in Anne’s post. I have just discovered this darling blog and if you knit, sew, or craft, I know you will enjoying visiting there.
Obviously I can not ignore the stem. Actually the stem is the deciding factor whenever I select a regular ole pumpkin for display of for creating a jack-o-lantern. Locating a product to replicate the design inspiration of the stem proved a little challenging but in the end I hope you like my selection.
This Good Earth Twisted Side Table was featured on HOUZZ out you can click in the link provided to get purchasing information.
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So there you go. This post is probably a testament to the fact that you can find design inspiration almost anywhere if you can find it in a pumpkin. – Marianne
Today I am sharing about a new little company called Southern Style. Local and home grown. Started by my long time, super creative, highly energized, friend Stephanie and her partner Tami. These ladies are putting their creative juices together to offer the cutest products that are highly customizable and friendly on your pocketbook.
These cute yard flags make a great welcome to your home. You choose the colors you want from the burlap flag base, to the decorative background fabric, to the bow. You can customize your flag with your family name, monogram, and even your street address.
If you want something modern and sophisticated, you might want to choose one of these chevrons or graphic prints.
I just love this little flag with the coveralls, made from recycled jeans. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. I’m sure with their creativity they will continue to deliver great new designs with a wide range of possibilities.
These are the current selections of fabrics available through Southern Styles. Click on images for a larger view. Flag price is $15.00.
Looking for a great gift for someone special? Order one of these monogramed platters customizing the color and name.
Just in time for Halloween you can order customizable trick-or-treat buckets, insulated cups, and decorative plates.
You can also order decals. Monograms, phrases, and decorations that you can apply yourself to personalize your pumpkins and other fall decorations.
The last product of theirs I will feature is the customizable t-shirts. I wish I’d had one of these sports Mom t-shirts to wear when my girls were in athletics. Nothing like showing a little mom pride. Children can get in on the fun with these darling sister shirts. Lots more to choose from, there is just too much cute stuff for me to show it all.
You can check out the Southern Style Facebook page to see other products that they create. To contact them about pricing and ordering email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sure this is just the beginning for these two Southern gals. – Marianne
Anyone got candy corn left over from Halloween? It doesn’t lay around at my house either but it makes a great beak for these delicious MoonPie Owls that your kids will be proud to present to your Thanksgiving guest.
Little hands will enjoy twisting the oreo’s apart, spreading chocolate sprinkles, and using melted chocolate to glue all the parts together. Look at those sweet little chubby child hands. I love it.
The finished product may not be perfect but they will be adorable and 100% edible. You do end up with a leftover side of a cookie but I’m sure your household chocolate lover can help you get rid of those.
Do I see some cookie crumbs on that cute little smile? That’s half the fun when you are working with kids. Realize it is going to get messy and they are going to be nibbling as they work on their creations. I consider these activities “playing with food”. My purpose for these activities is for them to have fun and use their creativity. The delicious treat is just a bonus. Their proud faces are priceless.
I found the idea in a Southern Living magazine several years ago. You can see the page I tore out in one of the photographs.
Here’s what you will need:
A box of MoonPies
A package of Oreo cookies(for whites of eyes)
Chocolate morsels(for melting and glue sing)
Candy Corn(for beak)
M&M’s(for dot in eye)
Chocolate sprinkles(for a feathery brow)
Open MoonPies from wrappers. Twist one chocolate cookie off of the Oreo and discard. Melt chocolate morsels in microwave or in a double boiler. Apply melted chocolate to the backs of two Oreo cookies and stick them, with the icing side up, to the moon pie for eyes. Apply a little chocolate to an M&M and add one to each of the eyes. Do the same with the candy corn and position for the beak. With the back of a spoon, spread some melted chocolate on the moon pie above the eyes. Sprinkle this area with chocolate sprinkles. Let them sit until chocolate sets and you are done.
I would love to hear about some of the cute food treats you do with your kids or grandkids. Feel free to share your ideas in the comment box.
Have fun in the kitchen. – Marianne
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The air is crisp. The leaves have turned brilliant colors of orange, red, yellow, and brown. You crave a cozy blanket and your favorite hot beverage. This is the time of year when we start looking forward to all the up coming family functions and entertaining with friends. Setting a beautiful table just enhances these moments and creates memories for a life time.