Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Tablescape Inspiration

I don't know why but I feel like I've been in a bit of a rut lately.  Not just with projects, but with everything.  I have been circling around several projects on my list for the kids rooms.  I have started many things, and finished a few. (I promise I will get around to share those with you soon!!)  I just can't seem to get motivated in any one direction.  So, instead of trying to make something happen, I decided to find some pretty inspiration from the lovely world of the internet, and as usual it did not disappoint.

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year since we only get our boy home for a few days, and my mind is spinning with ideas for simple but lovely table decor.  I really want it to be simple, natural, and most of all inexpensive.  Here are some things that I found.  

Please, if you are going to Pin any of these - click on the source below the pic and pin from the original -  Thank you!!

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I love the simplicity of this centerpiece - the chalkboard table runner is a fantastic base for just about anything, but looks darling paired with the jars and pine cones.

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The wooden box filled with pumpkins, pine cones, candles, and other natural goodies.  Love!

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 If only I had a magnolia tree in my backyard....

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What a simple and sweet way to remind everyone what the holiday is truly about.  A great time filler and conversation starter too!!

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Love the mix of wicker, natural, and silver in this arrangement.  Beautifully natural!

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My favorite part of this table is the gingham check runners. I'm definitely gonna have to find a way to incorporate that on my table for sure.  

I don't know that this was a productive or helpful way to spend my time, because now my head in spinning in another direction!!  ARGH!!  But, I can't wait to start pulling stuff together.  I know it's a couple of months away, but we are starting to count down to the time we get to spend together as a family.  :)


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ready {Five Minute Friday}

It's Five Minute Friday again.  The day that our host graciously gives us a word to prompt our spirits to write for five minutes - no prep, no editing, just words.  Today the prompt is ready.

As a mama how do we know when our kids are "ready".  I feel like I have spent many sleepless nights, many a stressful moment wondering if my kids were ready for the adventure or challenge they were about to enter into.

Was it too soon?  Did they know all that they need to know?  The wonderings are endless. But, this is the dance isn't it.  We teach, we train, we encourage, we build-up, as mamas that's our job.

Then, one day we send them into this thing, whatever it might be, and hope they are ready. The first time we let them try to stand on their own, walk on their own.  The first time we try to feed them cereal.  The first time we let them miss that morning nap.  The first day of kindergarten. The first dance class.  The first t-ball practice. (jump ahead a few years) Driving to school by themselves.  Going away to college. Oh my goodness I could go on and on. Our lives are full of firsts, many we are ready for and some we are not.


As a mama it has been hard sometimes to let my kiddos go into a new thing, not knowing if they are really ready,  but trusting that God's got them.  Ready or not, here they go and in those moments I have to trust that God's got them (or lose my sanity).  

Because, really, let's face it - are they ever "ready"? Are we ever "ready"?  It's exciting to watch your kiddos grow up and try new things, but it's also hard.  We know there is a chance for success, and there is a chance for failure.  We do what we can to make them ready.  But, in the end, the best thing we can do is love them. 

So, as you tuck your kiddos in tonight and think about the next new adventure, don't fret. They may not be "ready" but God's got them and they know you love them.  :)


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Fall Mantel

I just couldn't stand it any longer!!  I have been seeing so much wonderful fall decor around the blogosphere that I just had to join in on the fun!! No matter that it was 90 degrees out when I was doing this, it will get better later this week.  


So, I pulled out my fall decorations this last weekend and yesterday I got to work.  I have a couple of things that go outside.  And then I focused my attention on the mantel.  Since I don't really have a ton of fall things, I typically have to get creative.

I shop the house and use things in a different way to gain the color and feel I am looking for.


The chevron backdrop piece went back up (I had taken a break from it all summer).  And the burlap wreath made a reappearance as well.

I used a few silk floral stems that I already had, but I didn't find any inspiration in my tub 'O ribbon.  So, while I was out running errands I picked some up at Hobby Lobby (50% off of course).  I love deep purple/plum for fall.  It coordinates so nicely with the oranges and yellows.  I also ran into Dollar Tree for a couple of things and found this adorable tin in that same deep purple!  What are the chances??



You might be able to catch a glimpse of the pumpkins I painted gold last year.  That corner with the baskets needed a little something, so I grabbed an empty canvas that I had and a gold paint pen and free-handed a little sign.  :) 


The other corner is filled with things I found elsewhere in the house, just used in a different way - a platter propped against the brick, a metal vase filled with fake leaves and flowers.


The burlap pumpkins I made a couple of years ago.  


Hard to believe I did this whole mantel for under $5. That works for me!!  


Booking flights for my boy to come home for Thanksgiving and counting down the days!! Goodness, holiday travel is costly!!  We are complete rookies when it comes to air travel at the holidays - we are the over-the-river-and-through-the-woods kind of family ;). Thanks for stopping by today!!

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