Wreath make over

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While I was doing a small amount of Halloween decorating in the kitchen, and making some blackened jars for votives,

I also put together a Halloween wreath that I am using on our front door this year.

It has had a bit of a makeover….

Initially, this wreath was hot pink. Yup. Hot pink. I used it for Valentines day once, years ago. Since then it has been an attic dweller.

Having a light bulb moment, I pulled it out, dusted it off and changed it up to give it a new life.

Repurpose, reuse, recycle, y’all!

This is the color it was before the makeover, in all it’s pink glory.

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All I had to do was give it a really good coat of spray paint (a can or so is plenty) making sure to get all the angles to cover the original color.  And I would suggest that you pre-fluff your wreath before spray painting, to avoid having to touch it up later.

This is the wreath after it was coated with Krylon black spray paint. Much better already.

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When it was dry, I added 4 pieces of glittery Halloween Swag. I am a huge fan of all things glittery!

 I took apart the largest, the bat, to make 2 pieces out of it, and attached them with some floral wire.

The pieces cost one dollar or less each and the paint was about $3.50 per can, so total cost for the wreath was around $7.00. That is thrifty if I do say so myself!

Now, it has a shiny, festive new life!

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Autumn on the porch

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Well, it’s Fall.

I know this is a lot of people’s favorite season and I am excited for you to enjoy it!

I have already shared some of the seasonal touches around the inside of our house (some have been updated already, of course) and today I am showing a little outdoor porch space that’s dressed for fall too. This is actually a side porch on the house. Keeping in our style, it’s super casual.

I just pulled things from around the house, like a wooden bowl with apples and linens, as well as a lantern I recently gave a fresh coat of paint, etc….and put them on an old potting bench, I bought locally this past spring.

I also wrapped  some leaves around a grapevine wreath and hung it on the door (this house was built in the 50s, that door weighs as a much as I do, and has a Dutch door behind it).

And I bought some seasonal flowers.

Done.

If you are looking for low cost, low time commitment seasonal sprucing up, then this is for you. You don’t have to be a decorator, have a ton of disposable income, or even lots of free time. Just some simple touches will do.

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Oh, and this is Bubba Gump, our rescued Chihuahua.

He loves sitting on this porch & insisted on being in the pictures (even though he doesn’t like the sound of the camera).

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Bits of nature

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                       Today, I  thought I would share a few examples of how I like to bring the outside in

by using natural elements when decorating.

The feel of this house is very casual, but you can add nature to any style.

Simple cotton in a wood bowl, a willow wreath, handmade eggs, some boxwood from my yard, and nests & twine add a touch of nature to our home this time of year.

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