5 Ways to Decorate with Corn Husks

{This beautiful print can be purchased here}

As a graduate of the University of Nebraska, you could say I have a deep appreciation for corn husks. (Go Cornhuskers!)

This fact also brings me to a slight confession. I’ve never really decorated with them. Crazy, right?

You would have thought this craft-loving alumna had rooms wallpapered in husks – or at the very least multiple craft bins dedicated to various shapes, sizes and colors of husks. Sadly, no.

After spending several years surrounded by fields of corn, it took moving to Northwest Arkansas and having some amazing, authentic, homemade tamales (which are steamed in corn husks) to fully appreciate the versatility of a corn husk.

And now that we’re in harvest season, I can’t help but have husks on my mind!

So…this is the year I’m finally going to decorate with them. I’ve rounded up lots of ideas – all with links to their DIY instructions!

Which one is your favorite??

{ONE} Rock Them Around a Wreath

(above) This reminds me of a giant sunflower! And I love the pinecones in the center. So pretty!

(below) This project is an Anthropologie look-a-like, which instantly makes it Pinworthy. I like the idea of a grapevine wreath as the base, too. Smart.

{TWO} Cover Your Candles

Now I could totally see these on my dining room table or lined on the mantel. The feathers add just the right amount of softness next to the grainy texture of the husks. Yes and yes.

{THREE} Fashion Them Into Flowers

If I can summon the patience to make these, I can already think of a bazillion places where I can glue, tuck and tie these beautiful blooms. (on wreaths, in vases, on napkin rings, etc.)

Remember the time I made flowers out of pumpkin seeds?? I still keep finding places to use them. Most recently, I tucked one on the top of a birthday gift for my sweet Mom.

{FOUR} Gather Them In a Garland

(above) Isn’t this such a cool idea?! The concept is to loop the corn husks – like you would for a wreath – but instead of securing them to a wreath form, you attach them to each other and form a swag or bunting or garland – whatever you like to call these things!

(below) This is a wider shot so you can see the big picture here. (Cool clock, too.)

{FIVE} Create for Christmas

I have a feeling if I started something like this now, it will be ready in time for Christmas. Maybe?

I really like these little trees and could see them in a display with a wooden nativity or as part of a “winter woodland scene” on a buffet table. Don’t you think?

Oh, and quick tips on husks >

Shopping: Buy packs of dried corn husks (used to make tamales) in the international foods section of a grocery store or at Walmart or from this Etsy seller if you have time to wait for the shipping.

Using: Soak husks in water until they are pliable, then shape for your projects.

That’s a wrap! I honestly don’t know which project I’ll start first. Maybe the wreath?

Have a fantastic weekend.

Blessings,

Kate

PS. I’m linking up with all of these fantastic bloggers again this week. Be sure to check them out. >>

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5 Perfectly Easy Pumpkin Makeovers

Halloween is just a few days away, but there’s still time to dazzle up some pumpkins before your doorbell starts ringing. And I have some super easy, no-carve ideas to share.

As an added bonus, when the Halloween clock strikes midnight, all of these can turn into whole new pumpkins that will last until Thanksgiving!! (No fairy godmothers required.)

Here’s a snapshot of all of the projects. The Halloween edition is on the left and the Thanksgiving makeover is on the right in each photo. >>

Now let’s get down to the details!

Here are the five projects, which include supplies and instructions. You won’t believe how easy these are. For reals!

{ONE} FROM MINI MASQUERADE TO MANY THANKS

– SUPPLIES –

Orange Pumpkin * Pretty Mask * Tulle * Feathers

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Cut strips of tulle and lay them under the pumpkin – like a star. (shown on left)

Gather up the tulle at the stem of the pumpkin and secure ends with another piece of tulle. (shown on right)

Tie on the mask and add feathers for extra fabulous flair.

I used feathers with wire stems so I could just poke them right into the pumpkin.

 – MAKEOVER –

Remove the mask and feathers and gather a few extra supplies.

 – SUPPLIES – 

2 Pieces of Gold Ribbon * Short Strip of Burlap Ribbon * Tag and Gold Pen

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Wrap the gold ribbon around the pumpkin. I used two separate strips of ribbon and tied them at the top.

Make a tag using words like “give thanks” or “grateful” and then tie it onto the stem with the burlap ribbon.

I plan to put this on the buffet in my dining room.

{TWO} A SPIDER TURNS TURKEY

– SUPPLIES –

White Pumpkin * Extra Fuzzy Black Pipe Cleaners * Sharpie

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Use the Sharpie to make two black eyes.

Insert the pipe cleaners directly into the pumpkin. Super easy!

This guy is resting on the armoire in my living room at the moment.

PS. You’ll see why I didn’t make a mouth in a moment.

 – MAKEOVER –

Remove the spider legs and gather a few supplies.

– SUPPLIES –

Brown Feathers * Gold or Bronze Sharpie

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Draw a turkey beak under the eyes.

Add the fancy feathers behind the stem, so it looks like a little turkey.

These feathers had wire stems, so it was a cinch to poke right into the pumpkin.

This might be my favorite pumpkin of all time.

{THREE} SPOOKY TO SENTIMENTAL

– SUPPLIES –

White Pumpkin * Black Tulle * Orange Ribbon * Fake Spider

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Layer the black tulle and orange ribbon into a bow and tie around the stem of the pumpkin.

Hot glue or tie on the spider to jazz up the spook factor.

 – MAKEOVER –

Strip down the pumpkin to its beautiful self.

– SUPPLIES –

Silver or Black Sharpie

– INSTRUCTIONS –

You could start a lovely tradition of The Great Thanksgiving Pumpkin.

Have each person at your Thanksgiving table take turns writing something they’re grateful for – on the pumpkin.

I love the one pictured below.

{FOUR} A CHANGE OF PACE IN THE VASE

– SUPPLIES –

Small Orange Pumpkin * Carving & Scooping Tools * Floral Foam + Gothic Feathers/Flowers

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Okay, so this one requires some carving, but you can preserve the inside of the pumpkin with this handy tip.

Now, cut a “lid” on the top of the pumpkin. Open and scoop out the insides.

{Remember to keep your seeds for these yummy recipes or this darling flower.}

Insert the floral foam in the bottom of the pumpkin and arrange your feathers and flowers.

I used a little Spanish moss to fill the gaps around the edges of the arrangement.

 – MAKEOVER –

Pull out the Halloween-themed flora and gather up a fall harvest.

– SUPPLIES –

Large Bundle of Wheat

– INSTRUCTIONS –

I was able to reuse the floral foam. If it’s too crumbly from your first arrangement, you can always use a fresh one.

Insert a few stems of wheat at a time. I inserted them at an angle so they fanned out of the pumpkin.

You could add Spanish moss or even tuck in a few pine cones at the base to help cover the gaps.

I also added a pretty bow, because I just like them.

{FIVE} THE GREAT RIBBON SWAP

– SUPPLIES –

Orange Pumpkin * Black and White Ribbon * Gold Paint and Brush

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Wipe down the pumpkin and paint stripes and polka dots – or any fun pattern.

Tie a bow around the stem. Boom. Done.

 – MAKEOVER –

Remove the bow.

– SUPPLIES –

Burlap and Gold Ribbon

– INSTRUCTIONS –

Um, all you do is swap out the Halloweenish bow for this beautiful fall bow. I layered the burlap under the gold ribbon.

You could paint lots of smaller pumpkins and arrange them down the middle of your dining room table.

For the Halloween pumpkins, add black candles to help goth-up the look. When it’s time to give thanks, swap out the candles for a cream or burgundy color.

That’s a wrap! I hope this gave you a few fun ideas to try. Which one’s your favorite? Or do you have other ideas to share? Do tell! 😉

In the meantime, I’ll be busy gathering goodies (mountains of candy, more like it) for our little treaters next week.

Blessings,

Kate

PS. I’m linking up with all of these fantastic bloggers again this week. Be sure to check them out. >>

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What to Do on a Summer Crafternoon?

Let’s start with the basics…

Haha! I love digging into a project of any shape or size. When I’m able to keep my hands busy…tied up with ribbons, pens, glue or string…it’s usually a happy day around here.

Now that summer is upon us, my girls and I decided to pull together a go-to list of projects. These have all been “Avery & Clara approved”, so…

If you have tweens in your life, they might like these projects, too!! >

{ONE} Play with rocks

The great thing about this project is that it requires you to spend time outside collecting the perfect set of rocks before you begin. Then you get to play inside (or on a cool porch) with crochet needles, ink pens or paints.

For instance, look at this first set of stones! I would love a bowl full of these beauties in my house. Each one is covered in a different crochet pattern, and takes on a personality all its own.

If this seems too tricky, you could skip to the next idea and just treat yourself to beautifully crocheted pebbles here!

Next up is an idea that just requires a Sharpie or ink pen.

As a tip, you might want to pencil-in your design first. That way you can plan out a more intricate pattern like the ones pictured below.

PS. I love the one with white ink on the dark grey stone. So pretty.

If you’re more in the mood for painting, here’s some inspiration: Paint one of your favorite quotes and add a few floral touches.

Wouldn’t this be sweet sitting on a coffee table or desk?

{TWO} Crochet cute animals

Have you seen the trend of these teensy-tiny crocheted animals?! I’ve recently learned the correct name is amigurumi, which is a Japanese word. You can learn more about the origin of these darling yarn creations here.

In the meantime, let’s look at a few designs that my girls are dying to try – like these starfish!

I can just picture us crocheting a few of these sitting beachside. >

I’m becoming obsessed with hedgehogs these days. When I saw this pattern, my heart melted a little bit. >

And what’s cuter than one saddleback seal with her furry white coat? Two…a mama and her precious babe. I mean, those eyes. >

{THREE} Build a fairy garden

Most of the projects so far could turn into full-on hobbies, including this one.

Building fairy gardens is a never ending experience because they’re living projects. They continue to grow and change right before your very eyes.

There are so many ideas out there, too! You could create new fairy spaces all of the time. In fact, here’s further inspiration…

This post shows one of the earlier gardens that my girls and I made together. You’ll get tips on what kind of flowers to plant, too.

This is a more recent post that was inspired by a trip to my local garden store where I spied several darling gardens. The one pictured above is included in this post.

I’ve also collected tons of ideas on this board. Feel free to hop over!

{FOUR} Color a card & keep in touch with friends

If you’re into adult coloring books, which are very meditative, then you’ll love this idea.

Turn your drawings into greeting cards. Cut out your favorite pattern and glue to the front of a plain card. That way you can share your pics + keep in touch with friends while you’re away on a summer adventure.

It’s an easy project to take on the road, too.

I recently spotted these playful postcards you could color, tear out and send right out of the book. >

{FIVE} Learn brush lettering (finally)

As a lefty, the idea of calligraphy sounds impossible. The ink doesn’t dry fast enough between letters to keep the entire page (and your hand) clear of smears. I’ve tried many times. A dear friend of mine even bought me a gorgeous quill with a small bottle of ink, and it turned into a sad mess.

But nowadays, it seems like there are more convenient options to choose from. Even some of the fancy brush pens dry fairly quickly. I think it’s time I re-attempt this much-loved look. Don’t you?! 🙂

There are lots of tutorials on this topic, and I found this one to be especially helpful.

And as a further nudge, I found several pretty ways to display and share all of the hard work. >

Clip it on a bulletin board or drop it in the mail as a greeting card.

Write out a funny quote like this one and frame it for your office or kitchen.

Write out your “word of the year” or a phrase that makes you feel strong and then take a picture of it. Select it as the screensaver on your phone or computer for a daily dose of motivation.

If you want to get really artsy, put your lettering on a small canvas and prop it up on a plate stand. You can display it on your dresser or in your living room – wherever you want to see your special “note to self.”

I’m just now getting into bible journaling, so my hand lettering skills will definitely come in handy for this new hobby.

Look how pretty these letters are with the gradient colors.

Alright, friends, that’s a wrap for now. If you need me, I’ll be cruizin’ and droolin’ through the craft store aisles. Lol. Have a fun summer and let me know what kind of projects are on your list!

Blessings,

Kate

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P.S. For hundreds (literally) of additional ideas for summer fun, check out these lists!

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Decorating with Nature

Some of my favorite designers use earth tones in their color palettes and natural elements in their work. I just love this look.

And with Earth Day happening this weekend, I thought it would be fun to round up some beautiful and easy ways we can incorporate nature into our own homes.

{Another lovely print by Katie Daisy}

{ONE} Fresh Terrariums

Succulents and terrariums are all the rage right now, and we can jump on this trend with the help of this tutorial. I also have some inspiration for you on this board.

{TWO} Botanical Prints

Have you ever found a cool feather, leaf, or frond on a fern that you want to frame and keep forever? I love this idea. Sandwich your treasure between two pieces of glass and add it to a gallery wall for an instant conversation starter.

{You can actually buy these acrylic pieces of art at West Elm.}

{THREE} Herbs for Fragrance

Our homes should engage all of our senses…from the moment we walk in the door. Strategically placing herbs and fragrant flowers around the house can add a whole new vibrant dimension.

I particularly like the idea of adding fresh eucalyptus to the shower. The steam draws the oil out of the leaves and creates a spa-like atmosphere – not to mention clears your sinuses. (Much needed during this crazy allergy season.)

{This is a list of 12 natural ways to make your home smell good. Enjoy!}

{FOUR} Painted Rocks

Wouldn’t a stack of painted rocks be so pretty on a coffee table or in a clear vase on a bookshelf?

I have a feeling the process of painting rocks could be very meditative – like coloring books. But if you’d rather leave the painting to the pros, you can find plenty of options on Etsy. Like these lovely stones. >

{These mandala-inspired rocks can be purchased here.}

{FIVE} Driftwood Art

Pieces of driftwood are a lot like snowflakes and thumbprints…no two are alike. And this makes them a natural candidate for artwork.

I couldn’t decide on just one photo to share, so here are a few elements of inspiration for you. >

{Get the DIY tutorial here for this decorative orb. It looks so easy to make – and would make an interesting addition to any bookshelf or windowsill.}

{Get the DIY instructions here to make this gorgeous sea glass and driftwood wind chime.}

{Coming full circle to planters…get the tutorial for this rustic and on-trend centerpiece here.}

That’s a wrap for today, my friends.

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day this weekend – or any day? I’d love to know, so please share in the comments.

Have a beautiful day, with many blessings.

Kate

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DIY Easter Bunny Napkins

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way…like tomorrow! If you’re looking for a simple way to add a dash of fun to your table, you should make these cute bunny napkins.

I was inspired by this idea by Party City. I followed their directions, but honestly found them a little hard to follow. There weren’t quite enough pictures of each of the steps.

Once I finally figured it out, I decided to do a more in-depth step-by-step (b/c it really wasn’t that hard once I got the hang of it.)

So here you go. >>

In terms of what you’ll need, it’s just two dinner napkins (one white and one pink) and a few other items: plastic egg, ribbon and a Sharpie. I filled my eggs with jelly beans, but you could fill yours with any egg-sized treat.

Now for the folding…

And then you’re finished!! Now it’s time to make one for everyone around your table. You could put one on each plate or fill a basket like I did.

All-in-all, I hope this was easy to follow. I’d love your feedback or questions. Until next time, wishing you many blessings.

Kate

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Decorating with Easter Bunnies

Last week I shared a list of Easter ideas using carrots – of all kinds. So I thought it would be fun and most appropriate to follow up with some ideas for using BUNNIES among your holiday decor, gifts, and menu.

First of all, I’m dying over the cuteness in this photo. Just look at these bunny best friends…with beautiful floral headbands!! I wonder if my little Rosie would wear one of these?! {photo via}

Now here are five of my favorite finds. >>

{ONE} Bunny succulents

Can you believe how cute these are?! I didn’t know these succulents even existed until I saw a story on them in this article. Apparently they’re all the rage in Japan right now. And I can see why.

The official name is Monilaria Obconica, and I found an online seller through Etsy. I haven’t ordered any yet, so you’ll have to let me know if you find another good source.

{TWO} Bunny pops

What a smart (and darling) treat for little ones! Two safety pops have been wrapped together and made to look like a bunny with the help of a white pom pom glued on like a tail. Cutie-patooties!

{THREE} Bunny baked goods

Every year I’m on the lookout for something super easy and delicious to add to our Easter brunch menu. I loved these homemade cinnamon twists the moment I saw them – and thought you might, as well. Enjoy!

{FOUR} Bunny napkins

Love, love, love this idea. If you look closely, this is simply a white napkin and a pink napkin that have been layered and folded up into a set of bunny ears.

And how fun to wrap it around an Easter egg! I plan to do this – and add love notes and treats inside each egg for my family.

{FIVE} Bunny gift wrap

Aww. Wouldn’t these felt bunny bags make a precious addition to any Easter basket?

If you don’t have time (or the skills) to sew felt bunnies, not to fear. You could try DIYing some paper sack buns. I’ve seen several tutorials using brown paper sacks, but I love the white in this photo. Any supermarket should carry white bags, too.

That’s my list – for now. What kind of bunny goodness do you have up your sleeve for Easter? I’d love to know!

Blessings,

Kate

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Friday Wrap: Easter Carrots

Rosie wishes you a happy day. <3

I love this time of year. Spring is in the air – even if it means a rain shower here and there. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and Easter is just around the corner, which leads me to today’s round-up post.

What goes hand in hand with the Easter bunny? Baskets, treats, decorated eggs and CARROTS!! Although, funny and true story…our little Rosie the rabbit doesn’t really eat carrots. She’ll nibble on the green tops, but that’s it. Haha!

Assuming all of the other rabbits in the world love them, here’s a tribute to those beta-carotene packed little wonders. I found five extremely festive ways to work them into your holiday celebration. >>

{ONE} Carrot Door Decor

I could not be more in love with this front door decoration. It’s simply made with silk tulips tied with greenery at the top. I can’t wait to attempt this project this weekend. I think the trick will be finding the right color of tulips. Wish me luck!

{TWO} Carrot Cutlery

I’ve seen several variations of this idea online, but I like this one the best with the green curly ribbon tied to the tops. This would be an easy project for the kids – and something they could do several days in advance of our Easter brunch.

{THREE} Carrot Treat Boxes

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to package up treats for my kids’ Easter baskets. I’ve done the carrot-shaped goldfish bags and bunny bags, but I’ve never seen this adorable carrot packaging before.

The possibilities for what to put inside are practically endless…popcorn, candies, nail polish, hair clips. It would be cute to fill the entire basket with a carrot patch of treats.

{FOUR} Carrot Centerpiece

You know how I adore fresh flowers. Well, just look at this gorgeous number. Pictures like this seriously make me want to own a floral shop. Sigh.

I love how the earthy carrots line the inside of the vase that’s overflowing with tulips and Queen Anne’s Lace – which is also known as Wild Carrot. So that makes perfectly good sense for this arrangement. Beautiful work. And something for us to try at home.

{FIVE} Carrot Cheese Ball

Another passion of mine…cheese! Haha! You may or may not remember my annual pumpkin cheese ball for Halloween. Well, it’s always a huge hit at parties. Now I’m on a mission to create a cheese ball “something” for every holiday. And this carrot is spot on for Easter.

That’s a wrap for this Friday, anyway. Have a great weekend preparing your hearts and homes for the holiday.

Blessings,

Kate

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Friday Wrap: Adulting Like a Champ

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you really feel like an adult – even though you’ve officially been an adult for many, many years? That was me…this week.

I was in “get ‘er done” mode, and checked tons of things off my to-do list. Many of those things were very grown up, too, like prepping for taxes and getting an energy audit on the house.

Before you start yawning, though, check out some of the highlights from the week. Adulting can be way more interesting than expected.

{ONE} Updated Front Door Decor

This was by far the most fun project on my list, so we’ll start here. Easing into things.

I decided it was time to take down the “Happy New Year” message on my front door and replace it with something else seasonal – like a heart for Valentine’s Day!

I actually made this, y’all!! 

My inspiration came from this wreath. But when I looked for a heart-shaped form, I couldn’t find one…anywhere. I ventured into the “Valentine” aisle of Hob Lob, which is 40% off right now, and I found this wooden plaque. #bingo

First, I made bunches of burlap rosettes using this tutorial >>

I skipped step #8 since I was gluing these directly onto a flat surface.

And this is a closeup of what mine looked like.

Once I had all of my burlap blooms ready, I hot glued them onto the wooden sign. I had to overlap a few of them so you couldn’t see the wooden sign underneath.

Tip: Wear an old pair of gardening gloves when using your hot glue gun so you don’t burn the ever-living prints right off of your fingers. Speaking from experience.

The final step was adding a pretty pink ribbon to the top of the heart and calling it good & pretty!! (Then peeling the glue from your throbbing fingers if you forgot the gloves.)

{TWO} Completed an Energy Audit

Now this is where we get to the real adulting.

We have a few drafty rooms in our house, and our electric bills seem pretty high, so I’ve always been interested in having our energy company come out and do an audit.

They’re totally free, but they do take several hours. And you need to be there to see all of the things that need fixed…or in our case, caulked!!!

If your window ledges have cracks like this, you can apply caulk so you’re not leaking precious hot (or cold) air out of your home.

The whole process was super educational. For instance, I learned that the five recessed lights in our kitchen, which have incandescent bulbs, cost us $6/month in energy alone. LED lights only need 1/4 of that amount. And that was just one example. I literally have two pages of notes!!

When the energy people left, they gave me a free kit that included three tubes of caulking (thank you very much), a package of weather stripping, LED lightbulbs, and all kinds of other odds and ends.

This is just a small sample of the energy-saving stuff they gave me…for FREE!

I highly recommend going through one of these. It’s definitely worth the time.

{THREE} Prepped for Taxes

Taxes stink. There’s no way around them, though. So the best we can do is try to be organized, right?

I keep folders in our home office (remember that sweet little nook?) where I collect “all things tax related” throughout the year.

Sometimes having pretty folders helps me stay more organized.

We itemize our taxes, so our receipts from donations, business expenses, medical expenses, etc. all go into files as we collect them.

When it comes time (like right now) for year end statements, W2s and other important tax stuff that comes in the mail, I can simply add them to our files. And then we’re ready to rock our meeting with the accountant in no time at all.

Tip: H&R Block does our taxes, and they provide a handy envelope that includes a checklist on the outside. If you don’t already have something similar, you can download a checklist here.

{FOUR} Organized the Coat Closet

I have been so frustrated by our coat closet lately. I mean, look at it. >>

Coats were falling off their hangers and hats, gloves, and scarves were spilling out of bins on the overhead shelf.

Side note, I gave myself a half-point of credit for having bins in the first place. But we obviously didn’t use them very well.

I spent a quick 20 minutes organizing. And I promise it was only this long, because that’s all of the time I had between unpacking groceries and running to get the kids from school.

Here’s what went down. >>

  1. Removed all of the coats we never wear and bagged them for donations.
  2. Hung all of the remaining coats the same direction and picked out all of the white hangers. That instantly created a uniform and clean look!
  3. Dumped all of the hats, gloves, scarves and other misc. items on the floor and matched/sorted.
  4. Found a shoe caddy and stashed all of the newly sorted items inside.
  5. Got rid of the mismatched bins (overhead) and narrowed them down to three clear bins.
  6. Lastly, I put some of the odds and ends, like rain ponchos and detachable hoods, inside the upper bins.

Look at the instant transformation just with the same color hangers – and coats hanging the same direction.

A hanging shoe caddy is perfect for storing small items like gloves and mittens!

I put things we don’t use very often, like rain ponchos, in the matching overhead bins.

Now hopefully I won’t feel so embarrassed when guests need a place to hang their coats. Welcome to my closet nirvana, everyone!

{FIVE} Joined a Book Group

This is a legit book group, too, that’s organized through a church in our area. (So I probably won’t be making 3-gallons of sangria for this gathering) Lol!

This is a 12-week course about Calming My Anxious Heart. And heaven knows I could use some of that. Just going around the circle at our fist meeting and having to share about ourselves made me feel off-the-charts anxious. (Am I the only weirdo who feels that way?!)

Our first gathering was on Tuesday, and so far so goodish. I’ve been challenged to memorize scripture and uncover the secrets to contentment. All things I’ve never done before. But I’m sticking with my plan to stay “open” this year.

And, I’ve decided to keep this verse near over the next 12 weeks…

After such a productive, grown up week, I can’t wait for a weekend full of movies, board games, girl talk, family snuggles and a few glasses of wine with my sweet B.

I hope you have a playful weekend planned, too!

XoXoXo,

Kate

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Create a Welcoming Entryway

Happy Friday and almost-Thanksgiving! With the holidays quickly closing in, I’ve been thinking about ways to spruce up the house.

I’m starting with the entryway, because, well, that’s the start to each person’s visit. That’s where I welcome my sweet friends and family. Plus, it sets the tone for the rest of the house. If it’s filled with shoes, backpacks, stacks of paper and random toys, you can pretty much guarantee the rest of our house looks the same.

I want people to feel relaxed and welcome when they come over, so here’s a plan we can all try.

Five steps to creating a warm and welcoming entryway.

{ONE} Declutter

The easiest way to start is to take a quick look and spot anything that doesn’t belong. Take a large basket and put all of the misplaced items inside. Then carry them to their homes. Shoes go in the closet. Backpacks go in the bedroom or a mudroom on a hook. Toys go in their bin. You get the picture. This is a great job for the kids, btw.

{TWO} Plan the space

Next, decide how you want to use the space. Do you need a spot for umbrellas? Are you short on storage and need to add a place to hang coats? Is your entryway fairly large, so you need to divide the space with a table? Make a checklist, which makes the next step much easier.

{THREE} Furnish

Look for pieces of furniture that best fit the space. I’ve seen some super creative ideas. (In fact, I’ve posted some photos down below.) If you don’t have room for a table, would a small bench work? If there’s wall space for a mirror or large piece of art, this would be the perfect spot to show it off.

{FOUR} Personalize

Add accessories that only you could add, like photos of the family or an antique typewriter from your grandmother. It not only makes the space feel more like you, but also helps create some conversation.

{FIVE} Check your senses

Now that everything is in place, be sure to add fresh flowers and a fragrant candle or diffuser to engage the senses. You can also add accessories that add pretty colors to the overall look of your space. Color can be a powerful thing.

Some of my favorite entryways I’ve seen so far >>

That seafoam door is gorgeous. And it’s perfectly paired with a colorful rug and neutral walls and accents. I could swoon.

This is so clean and simple. You could easily swap out the pillows for each season, too.

If you need an entryway that also serves as a closet, this is a pretty way to keep things organized. The hooks are lovely, and the little shelf under the bench for shoes is brilliant.

Not much room for a table? No problem. Build a custom shelf on a wall that serves as a table. Isn’t this beautiful?

Not every entryway needs a table. I like this arrangement of stacked seagrass suitcases resting under a large (and meaningful) poster. PS. I also really like that light fixture.

Here’s another solution to not much room for a table…a shelf made out of pretty wooden corbels and a long piece of rustic wood.

Not many houses have a distinct room as an entryway. This is so pretty, and I love the detail work on the table. It reminds me of an antique sewing table for some reason.

This style is a bit more homey. Benches make a great substitute for tables. You can load them with pillows and other soft items like blankets to add  texture and color. I also like how they personalized the space with the “Est. 2010” artwork. I’m assuming that’s when they were married? Cute.

This is styled so well. I love how it’s eclectic with the plaid baskets, wooden sign and metal table, yet it’s all pulled together through the symmetry of the lamps, flowers and even pumpkins. It just works.

Oooh, doesn’t this just scream “Fixer Upper”? The natural elements of the wreath and wooden accents are wonderful. If I walked into this entryway, I’d expect the rest of the house to be a natural retreat.

I hope you’ve had fun exploring some ideas with me. Enjoy your weekend and I can’t wait to connect back next week! In the meantime, check out all of the amazing bloggers through these link up parties.

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5 Ways to “Fall Up” Your Home

Happy Fall-riday!! I hope you live in a spot where the air is cooling off and you’re able to really get into the spirit of the season.

We’re finally dipping into the 60s here in Northwest Arkansas. So this weekend, I plan to do the seasonal clothes swap, where I put my summer dresses and blouses away and pull out the sweaters and boots.

I also plan to spruce up the house with some fall flair. I’ve found that it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort to transition your home into a warm and cozy spot.

Focus on these five things to seasonalize your space in a snap!

{ONE} The Entryway

The front door and entryway help set the tone for your home. So this is a great place to showcase seasonal decorations, and even messages. Look at this cute chalkboard that has been decked out with leaves and berries. I could see this updated with holly in the winter and even daisies in the spring/summer >>

Here’s a fun twist. This wreath includes cotton bolls tucked among the greens. I found some real cotton stems on this site if you’re interested in making something like this for yourself. You can also buy this wreath online >>

If you want to go for simplicity, here’s a wreath made with corn husks. Doesn’t it remind you of a white sunflower? You could hot glue strips of corn husks (from a craft store) onto a foam wreath to make this lovely display. And you can make homemade tamales with any left over husks. Lol >>

This would be another DIY project. It’s a repurposed frame with fall flowers and greenery glued to the edges. I also love the personalization with the initial in the center. >>

{TWO} Framed Artwork & Photos

You can easily freshen up your walls with signs of fall, like colorful leaves that have been framed >>

How pretty is this? I love the idea of having a large chalkboard as the focal point in a room. That way you can sketch out a new message each season >>

Find little nooks in your home, like a bookshelf or side table to display a framed seasonal message. This is simply a piece of burlap that has been colored with a Sharpie >>

If you have a gallery wall in your home, swap out a few photos or objects for one of these cool fall prints >>

{THREE} Seasonal Centerpieces

Flowers and even gourds are a great way to bring the fall season indoors. Here’s a cornucopia-like basket that’s overflowing with silk greens and fabric pumpkins, so it will easily last through Thanksgiving >>

Fill the middle of your dining room table or even coffee table with a planter of herbs and small pumpkins. If you can’t find mini white pumpkins, you can buy orange ones and spray paint them white – or even silver or gold >>

If you can’t tell, I love white pumpkins!! Here’s a pretty centerpiece that uses one as a vase. Just hollow out the inside, fill it with oasis floral foam and then you can insert flowers of your choice. This has tulips with seeded eucalyptus. I don’t usually think of tulips this time of year, so that makes this arrangement a tad unique >>

For another pumpkin-turned-vase idea, these beauties have succulents planted inside >>

And speaking of succulents, I think they’re great for fall (and even winter). They add life to your decor, come in beautiful colors and don’t require much sun or water. This makes them happy additions to any home. This pretty mix is planted inside of a wooden box >>

{FOUR} Pillows & Throws

As soon as the temperatures drop, I love making cozy spots throughout the house with blankets and soft pillows. “Sweater” pillows, like the one below, are my favorites to snuggle with while reading a book, sitting next to the fire with a hot cup of apple cider…pardon me while I daydeam for a minute.

It’s also fun to use decorative pillows to really make the house feel “in season” >>

Here’s a fun assortment of pillows that would be darling on a couch. I even like that plaid throw tucked in the left corner >>

If you’re feeling like an easy DIY project, here’s a pillow you can make! >>

Here are a few more plaid throws that I love. These are from Pottery Barn. You may remember I mentioned them in a previous post? Well, they’re still on sale!!

PS. I ended up buying the second one down (neutral) >>

{FIVE} Soaps & Candles

For the final touches, I plan to pick up some of these yummy candles from Bath & Body Works. They have such great fragrances each season. I’m a little more partial to Cranberry Woods than the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. The pumpkin-scents are a little too sweet or pumpkiny for me.

Here are a few stars in this season’s line up >>

I like having seasonal soaps in all of our bathrooms. So I plan to check out these interesting choices this weekend. Have you shopped any of these? If so, what’s your favorite?! >>

That’s a wrap, my friends. Have a beautiful weekend. How are you celebrating fall, so far?

-Kate

PS. I’m continuing my series of posts on how to clean and organize a few special places in our homes. Yesterday I started with the heart of the home (the kitchen). Join me this weekend for some laundry room ideas!

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