Wooden and Milkglass Tablescape

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Are you already thinking about how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Or maybe you have a dinner party coming up and you want a fall vibe. Here is a great idea for a super simple tablescape. Wood and milkglass. Or it could just be wood and white. Whatever you have will work. And if you want to buy any of this gorgeous vintage ware, it’s all for sale in my brand*eye home shopwoodentablescape4

I used a combination of wooden candle holders, wooden bowls, and milk glass glasses. woodentablescape3

How great are these turned wooden candle holders? And the combo of white pumpkins and green gourds? A local farm stand had these beauties and I scooped up the bumpiest gourds that I could find.

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wooden tablescape1How are you planning to decorate your table this year? Mine may look a lot like this. I am really digging the wood and white this year.

Easy Pumpkin Fall Decor

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I am a big fan of decorating and crafting for fall. And I especially love crafting if it’s easy! Typically I decorate using a general fall vibe, instead of a Halloween specific vibe. This way all of my hard work will still be appreciated through Thanksgiving. And it makes hosting on Thanksgiving that much easier, since the decorating is already done in October.

Here are a few easy painting ideas with pumpkins. pumpkins after

You only need three things: pumpkins, paint, and paint brushes. pumpkings supplies

I painted just the stems of a few pumpkins with a metallic paint. And on others I painted the entire thing. The turquoise pumpkin is my favorite! The one on the right is a black painted gourd, which also turned out really great.

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My friend made this cool one with a gold and black pattern.pumpkin gold and black

One great way to decorate your home with your pumpkins is to add a few of them to a tray. Odd numbers work best. Then fill around the pumpkins with some colorful leaves. pumpkin after

I hope this gave you some new and easy ideas of crafts to do this fall. These pumpkins were all made with my girlfriends at a craft night, but these ideas are easy enough to do with kids. What is your favorite fall craft or decorating idea?

Save Your Coleus by Cutting It

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If you are like me, you love to plant coleus in your garden each year. It’s such a beautiful plant that comes in so many different colors and works well in shade. This plant is known for its leaves, but it will flower. When it flowers it actually takes away from the beauty of the leaves, so keep it in check by snipping off the flowers as soon as they appear. They are not hardy in our zone, so at the end of each season it’s sad to see them go. This year you can try this technique to save them all winter, and you can plant them outside again in the spring.

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Coleus at the end of the season before cutting it

Use a pair of scissors and snip off a few nice pieces of each coleus that you want to save. I suggest picking the hardiest plants to use. You want to have a piece that is about 5-8″ long. Just approximate, there really is no wrong way to do this.

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Coleus pile

Yard Work

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We absolutely love our yard and the many garden areas. But it is definitely hard work to keep it looking nice! I actually really enjoy doing yard work, however, I have been so busy lately that I have been severely neglecting it. This morning we had a couple of free hours and tackled some weeds that look more like trees, and the never-ending battle with the ivy. DSC_0011DSC_0012

For the love of god, don’t ever plant ivy. I have to say it does cover an area nicely, but it won’t ever stop growing and it will become a life long battle to keep it in check.

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Above is one of Winnie’s favorite spots, right in the sun. Below is an area that has especially been neglected. That area is at least 60% weeds.

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The tree below is my favorite tree in our yard. It gives perfect dappled light right over this whole area.

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Fall Market Dates

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Hey friends. I’ll be busy this fall selling my wares at the following fall markets. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 10-Chestnut Hill, PA Clover Market

Sunday, October 8-Collingswood NJ Clover Market

Saturday, October 21-Ottsville, PA Craftery Market 

Sunday, October 22-Bryn Mawr, PA Clover Market

I just picked up this beauty from the upholsters. Look how great it turned out! The before was a sad and very aged cream nubby fabric. Now this chair is as amazing as it was meant to be! Find it at the Clover Market this Sunday, September 10.

I’ll also have these wooden candle sticks, bowls and containers. Mark your calendars!

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