last minute

…it’s my style. No matter how much I try to prepare, I am always doing things at the last-minute. So Halloween is no different this year for me. Here’s some last-minute Halloween ideas that you can easily do, and still impress your guests, or kids. Some can even lengthen the ‘fall’ holidays {Halloween and Thanksgiving}, because the idea may be relevant for both occasions.

Pumpkin Punch, Honestly Yum

Fang Napkin Holders, Food Network

Pumpkin and Ghost Sharpie Balloons, Pinterest

Spider Ice Cubes, Love This Pic

Pumpkin Cooler, Southern Living

Mummy Door, Honey and Fitz

In the Fun Lane, Ravens and Driftwood
I love the idea of using branches or driftwood with Halloween decor…and I love the candles too 

{images via Southern Living, Honestly YumPinterest, Food Network, Love This Pic, Honey and Fitz and In the Fun Lane}

honey bear

This is the cutest honey bear I’ve ever seen! Seriously, it’s so creative, and sweet! This would be darling decor during the month of October or at Thanksgiving.

My sister-in-law’s friend Molly shared a tutorial of this adorable project with us today. She was inspired by a similar honey bear she saw in her PT clinic in North Carolina. Thank you, Molly, for sharing it with us.

Here’s her inspiration…

And, here’s her ‘take’ on it. Job well done, Molly.

From Molly…I bought three large pumpkins.  One for the Honey pot.  Two for the bear. For the honey pot, you can see how I carved a top out and then obviously scooped out the “guts.”  I wrote HONEY with a pencil and then took various tools–mostly different screw drivers to carve each letter.  Make sure to leave enough room in between so the letters can be fairly thick. You can fill the honey pot with candy (in a bag). 

The bottom part of the bear–I just cut off the stem of that pumpkin because it was a fairly flat pumpkin, and then I placed the top pumpkin on top of the bottom one.  I thought it might fall off, but it never did.  I didn’t want to cut the bottom one for risk of rotting.  I cut the stem off the top pumpkin also.  The ears are just small-sized pumpkin that I sliced off part of each one so it would fit against the head.  I actually used heavy-duty toothpicks to stick into the ears and into the head.  I did the same thing for the nose.  The eyes were made of a different pumpkin and on those I actually cut off the end and them scraped them out.  I only stuck a toothpick into the head and just let the eyes rest on it.
The feet are a type of squash that I just laid at the base of the bottom pumpkin.  The arms were a little difficult in that toothpicks would not hold them so I used very small dowel rods and put them into the large pumpkin, and then into the arms.  A scarf was placed around the head and body.  I finished it off with pinecones and colored leaves.
Tip from Molly: I googled how to “preserve” a pumpkin but did not have success.  I tried to clorox the first honey pot, and then added shellac on it, but it still rotted after about 5 days.  I’m sure it would do great outdoors or in cooler weather. 
{images via Molly}

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The weekend is almost here.

I know this weekend, I am going to spend time with my family and of course, all the babies, really absorb the beauty of the fall colors {yes, the photo below is the picturesque setting I wake up to these days}, walk through the last farmer’s market for fresh produce, make a cocktail and enjoy a latte while I stroll into the local boutiques. I hope you get a chance, even just a minute, to enjoy the smell of autumn, and take in the beauty of the season. And, if you are up for it, here’s some things we recommend you add to your itinerary this weekend.

1. Make this delicious recipe for your family {or just for you}. I make it frequently and love it! Made it last night with a Sesame Soy salad, and I savored every bite of the meal…the kiddos and husband did too.

2. Bring the beauty of the warm, fall colors inside. Whether its several twigs, a bunch of berries, or single leaves, find bottles and vases to put on display.

3. This is a beautiful, thoughtful DIY wreath I want to make and hang on my door. It’s a lovely way to welcome guests, and it warms the home to the cold season ahead.

4. Be kind to others. Teach your children to be kind. For some inspiration, read this.

4. Fall is here, and one way to get in the autumn mood is to make a Spiced Apple Cider, by the fabulous ladies of A Beautiful Mess.

{image via Tutto Bella}

ikea hacks

So, they are called Ikea Hacks. When a talented individual sees potential with a low-priced item from Ikea, they purchase, customize with a fabulous embellishment or full transformation with their DIY ideas – and that’s an Ikea Hack. Yes, there is even a site dedicated to Ikea Hacks – Ikea Hackers. Definitely check it out.

When I see some transformations – and I mean these are some transformations – from Ikea furniture, I am amazed, and blown away by people’s talent and creativity. I’m beyond impressed with the projects below that make the price tag for their furniture look high-end and unique.

The Ikea Malm Dresser {there are many variations and sizes} makes for a perfect blank slate and with O’verlays, the creativity is endless. Check out all the O’verlays here.

Ikea Lack Table
Lacquer and Linen made a beautiful transformation. For tutorial, visit here.

Little Green Notebook turned Ikea’s Vika Table into a glamorous white and gold workspace. Tutorial can be found at White and Gold Design.

Centsational Girl always amazes me with her keen eye for home style and she totally impressed me with this upgrade of the Besta, Billy and Brass Bookcases from Ikea.

Ikea Hackers featured the Expedit Bookshelf in a unique and rustic way. Directions here.

House and Home Ikea Tarva Dresser makeover is bright, colorful and we love the ombre effect.

{images via Laquer and Linen, Little Green Notebook, Ikea, Centsational Girl, Ikea Hackers, House and Home and O’verlays}

fall inspired entry

As we get our homes ready for the changing weather, and we grieve the end of summer and try to embrace the chill of fall, we can go so many directions with fall decor. Warm, earth tones, shimmer and glam or rustic elements. Decisions. Decisions. Here’s some inspiration…tell us {e-mail, comment, facebook, etc}, what fall ‘look’ do you like best?

CHIC ENTRY


3 Wise Owls, Z Gallery {$19.95}
Gold Zag Tray, Etsy {$98}
Nate Berkus Multiple Taper Candleholder, Target {$19}
Nest Sphere, Z Gallerie {$9.95}
Parsons Console Table, West Elm {$350}
Between a Rock and a Lamp Base, Land of Nod {$79}
Clarissa Glass Drop Medium Round Chandelier, Pottery Barn {$399}
Nate Berkus Two Tone Mirror, Target {$34.99}

RUSTIC ENTRY

Jillian Totes Baskets, World Market {$24-$39} for under the table
Reclaimed Wood Console
, Hudson Goods {$695}
Birch Log Bundle, Shop Terrain {$22}
Love Nature Candle, Shop Terrain {$38}
Frame Chalkboard, How Does She {DIY tutorial here}
Sunset Quince Wreath, Shop Terrain {$98}
Rope Knot Table Lamp Base, Pottery Barn {$150}

{images via Shop Terrain, Hudson Goods, World Market, Pottery Barn, Jayson Home, Target, West Elm, Etsy via Up In The Air Somewhere, Land of Nod, How Does She}