Thursday, October 17, 2019

DIY pumpkin beverage chiller

I have a really fun project for you today!

I think this DIY pumpkin beverage chiller is so cute, and it is so easy to make.

You can make this in a few easy steps, and it's guaranteed to be the center of attention at your next fall get together.

You will need one large faux pumpkin for this. Any color is fine, I chose white to blend in with my decor. You will want to get the oblong one. I purchased mine at Michaels with a coupon and it was only $12 for the 13" pumpkin. 

You will also need this tool to cut the pumpkin opening. 

Lay your pumpkin on its side and lightly draw an oval with a pencil where you would like your opening to go. It is always a better idea to cut the hole smaller and have to go bigger later. You don't want to cut the opening too big because you can't go back. 

Using your wood burning tool with the razor blade attachment, carefully cut along your line.

If you would like to add the word "drink" to your pumpkin, follow the next steps.

Print out this image in the appropriate size. It will be blurry, but that is fine.

Once printed, cut around the lettering like so:

Tape it onto your pumpkin and trace around using a black ballpoint pen.

Remove the stencil and fill in the lettering with a sharpie. 

Fill with ice, your beverage of choice, pat yourself on the back, and be prepared for your guests to be wowed with your craftiness!

To check out how to make my pumpkin faux candy holder, click here. 

Want even more fun pumpkin ideas? Click on any of the links below to take you to the post that will show you how to create them!

Decorating Pumpkin Ideas | Happy Happy Nester
Fall Pumpkins | Pink Peppermint Design
Vinyl Decals | Twelve on Main

DIY Pumpkin Beverage Chiller | My Sweet Savannah
Embroidery Hoop Farmhouse Pumpkins | Tatertots and Jello
DIY Pumpkin Patch | Zevy Joy
Gold Leaf Pumpkins | Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Raffia Pumpkins | The Tattered Pew
Ombre Painted Pumpkins | Inspiration for Moms
Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins | The Happy Housie
Tissue Paper Pumpkin | Sincerely, Sara D


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

fall favorites from TJ Maxx

Seasonal decor doesn't have to break the bank.

One of my favorite places to shop for holiday pieces is TJ Maxx. 
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These little turkey appetizer plates would be great next to a fall charcuterie board. They would double nicely as dessert plates too.

Pumpkins work great all the way until you decorate for Christmas. I love the color on this one.

And this is a screaming deal on a Staub Cocotte. The perfect thing to serve warm soups and chili in.

Line your mantle or shelves with this little set of pumpkins for effortless style.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, this would be just darling. I think I am going to get it for my coffee nook.

I love the neutral tones on this pillow and the texture is fabulous!

This would be cute next to it on a couch or chair too.

And don't forget a yummy fall candle to set the mood. 

And here is a tip I like to use. If I like the scent of a candle, but not the color of it, I simply place it inside a vase or urn that matches my decor to disguise it. Just make sure the opening is wide enough.

Happy shopping and decorating!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

fall in the Pacific Northwest

Fall in the Pacific Northwest is just breathtaking. 

We moved to Woodinville Washington {about 20 miles north of Seattle} when I was 5,  just in time to start Kindergarten.

My parents still live in the same house, and we only live about 15 minutes from them on Crystal Lake.

I am in awe of the sunsets we get here at the lake. The sky reflects on the water making it appear bright pink, purple, or orange.

My neighbor and friend Beth took these photos from her beach, so beautiful.

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is drive around with my pumpkin spice latte, camera next to me, and take pictures of nature.

I set out to do just that, and then to show you all the beautiful colors captured.

But then I thought maybe you want to see things other than leaves and trees!

If you are like me, you like seeing other peoples homes and their yards.

So, I hopped in my car, and went on a drive around our town taking pictures of homes that I love. Most are near the area I grew up. Some are still under construction, but I love them all, and I hope you do too!

Oh, and I couldn't help throwing in some beautiful nature pictures too-enjoy!

Did you notice the giant lawn chess game below?

Pampas grass everywhere!
I so wanted to pull over and cut some.

The house above and the house below are right next to each other.
I had a friend in elementary school who lived in the one below many years ago. I spent many days and nights in that beautiful home.

The house below is between my parents house and our home. It's been under construction for a while now and every time I drive by it I slow down and get a picture. I can't wait to see what it looks like completed!

The picture below is the road I take to go to Home Depot. Great marketing Home Depot :)

This horse was too cute. He looked like he was advertising for this realty company.

Below is the home I grew up in, my parents house. They have this STUNNER of a tree. I remember when they planted it, now it's bigger than the house in comparison!

This home below is also under construction and is serving inspiration for a home we are currently working on. The modern farmhouse aesthetic is spot on.

Back home to Crystal Lake.

I hope you had fun taking a peek into some of my favorites in our city.

Click on any of the links below to see more areas filled with fall color.

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