Oct 27, 2014

Halloween Hutch

Hi, everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far! 

Over the weekend I decorated our hutch for Halloween. Other than the new Halloween banner I made for the back hallway last week, I kept all my decorating on the hutch this year. I definitely went kind of crazy on it, using almost everything we have!

Framed Halloween Art from The Graphics Fairy

Halloween Tags from The North End Loft

Chalkboard printable from Classy Clutter

 At night, we plug in the purple and orange lights and place candles all around the decorations to give them a ghostly glow. I love that the children who come trick-or-treating to our door on Halloween night will be able to see our hutch all lit up like this from the front porch. 

I'm off to the store now to buy some Halloween candy to eat for the trick-or-treaters this Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a very Happy Halloween!

{For more free printable Halloween graphics and tons of inspiration for homemade Halloween decorations, visit my Halloween Pinterest Board.} 

Let's go to a party!

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Oct 23, 2014

Glowing Pumpkins Halloween Banner

Halloween is sneaking up on me this year, and I've just started making some fun new decorations for our home. 

You may have noticed I love decorating with banners for different seasons and holidays. This is our command central chalkboard in our back hallway between the kitchen and family room. 

Even when our chalkboard is covered with shopping lists and errands needing to be run, this cute banner says Happy Halloween.

And it was super easy to make.

I found these plastic pumpkins for half off at the craft store. Only $1.00 for six!

I cut a length of ribbon I already had on hand (string would work, too) to fit across my chalkboard with a little extra to wrap around to the back. Then I just tied the pumpkins onto the ribbon and taped the ends to the back of the chalkboard. Really easy, and so cute! While I was looking up at the banner after I hung it up, I thought how cool it would be if the pumpkins would light-up at night. 

Then I remembered I had these little battery-run flameless tea light candles in my candle cupboard. Luckily, they fit the openings in the top of the pumpkins perfectly, so all I had to do was turn them on and drop them in. You can find these little lights for about $6.00 at the craft store, and I know you're going to use your half-off coupon to get them for even less. So you can make your cordless glowing pumpkin banner for under $5.00!

Those little tea lights create quite a lot of glow. 

My nephew's little boys are coming for dinner Sunday, and I just know they'll love these.

So festive and cute!

They'll be perfect for hanging on our front porch to welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, too. 

And speaking of front porches, I snapped a photo this morning to show you how quickly our maple trees turned red this year. Last week, when I shared our autumn front porch, all the leaves were still green! We've never seen them change colors so quickly before. 

I love fall!

I'm so glad you stopped by to see my glowing pumpkins Halloween banner. 

Have a wonderful day!

I'd love you to join me at these fun parties!

Rooted In Thyme
Anderson & Grant

Oct 13, 2014

Autumn On Our Front Porch

I'm continuing to enjoy decorating our home for fall, and today I'm sharing our autumn front porch. We love sitting on our front porch in the autumn, watching the leaves fall and visiting with neighbors strolling by. All we need to extend our front porch-sitting into the cooler months is a thick wool blanket and a mug of hot chocolate to keep us warm. 

The leaves are beginning to turn here in Boise, and our big maple trees in the front yard will soon be glowing red. We have a front row seat to watch fall happening all around us right here on our front porch. 

Thanks for strolling by to share it with me today! I hope you all enjoy a lovely autumn week!

It's a great day for a party!

Oct 9, 2014

Fall Potting Bench

Yesterday, I was out in the gorgeous fall air playing on my potting bench. Potting benches and autumn go together for me like ice cream and hot fudge. There's nothing better than a pumpkin or two sitting on a potting bench waiting to be carved into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, or a basketful of just-picked juicy apples ready for making caramel apples.

My husband made this potting bench for me last year out of pallets, and it's been so handy having it close to our little vegetable garden on the side of our house.

I brushed off the dirt, made a few quick and easy decorations for a fun fall display, and added some things from the garden shed.

My felt leaf banner embroidered last year was inspired by the talented Lisa at Lil Fish Studios.

Turquoise mason jars are topped with one of my prized thrift store finds, a set of heavy zinc lids. The wood tray is also a 75¢ thrift store find that was one of my first chalk painted projects. The apple cider label was simply printed onto card stock and taped onto the side of the tray.

The leaves haven't quite turned their fall colors here in Boise yet, so I picked these pretty colored ones off some inexpensive craft store stems.

My apple sign was painted by hand onto a piece of scrap wood. It was adapted from a cute sign with printable template shared by Cristina at Remodelando la Casa

Remember my old faux painted milk can? It makes a perfect pumpkin perch. 

Fall mums fill an old wooden crate. 

My French Flower Pot is a galvanized bucket with a graphic from The Graphics Fairy transferred onto fabric. 

When I searched my stash yesterday, I couldn't find a large picture frame for a chalk board, but I did have an old painted artist canvas I didn't want anymore. I have to say, it made the easiest and quickest chalk board I've ever made. I literally just slapped two coats of chalkboard paint on the top and sides with an old brush, let it dry a few hours, and primed it with chalk. Works great!


It was so fun decorating my fall potting bench. Wouldn't it make a great spot for serving a buffet for an autumn party? I better get busy carving those pumpkins and dipping those apples into caramel!

Enjoy another great fall day!