Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fall Tour 2018

As a matter of fact,
I am a hoarder.

A few weeks ago, I carried a Balsam Hill catalog in from the mailbox.
I admired the autumn wreath on the cover.

It reminded me of something-
Oh yeah, the wreath I used to hang on the front door at our last house.
(We have double doors at this house, so one wreath didn't work.)
The almost forgotten wreath hidden in the guest bedroom closet begged for another chance to share its fall colors.

Would it look good over the mantle?

I tried it.  I liked it.

I'm a sucker for birds, pumpkins, and pillows.
When I saw all three in one,
I was a goner.

 This funny little retro pumpkin was a recent find in Canton.

This stitched pumpkin pillow came from Steinmart and found just the right spot.

Let it fall, let it fall, let it fall.

Here is my new favorite outdoor decor.

This project checked an item off my bucket list.

I bought one of those kits to make a tower of flower pots and the pea gravel it required, 
pulled out my collection of empty terracotta pots, 
re-potted a few plants, 
and followed the directions to assemble it (on a beautiful sunny fall afternoon.) 
Here it is outside our back door. 
 Fall happiness.

Thank you for stopping by.

Be sure to visit all the wonderful stops on this tour organized by Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles.





Have a wonderful fall day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Quick and Cheap Halloween Party Decorations


Months ago, I offered to host the annual Halloween party for a group I'm involved in.  
Just one small problem, I'm supposed to decorate my house in a spooky Halloween theme.  Everything I have is more the happy pumpkin kind of vibe.
What's a girl to do when she doesn't have any spooky Halloween decorations?   
1.  Search around the house for items that can be used in Halloween ways.
2.  Add some spooky touches from dollar stores.
3.  Throw in some paint and creativity.
And write a Ten on the 10th post!


Here are some things I came up with using my three cloches.
A "skull" and cloth from Dollar Tree are pretty creepy under glass.

Dollar Tree sells these little skeletons as garlands. So, with four to a pack, they are 25 cents each!  They are even a little bit flexible which helps with posing.
The coffin was a colorful treat box (also from Dollar Tree) that I painted black. The inside of the lid was already purple.


It was so much fun putting that one together, that I decided to make another for the bar area.  The wine corks were on hand.  Don't judge.

His hands are hot glued to a rusty old wheelbarrow from my fairy garden.  The cork in the wheelbarrow has the words STONES & BONES as the brand. Couldn't resist giving it a prominent spot.


Of course I picked up a few tombstones and a glow in the dark hand for the yard.
This owl came in from the backyard and the candelabra was hiding in the dining room. I found the three battery powered candles at Dollar Tree.  With the addition of some spider webs, they will set a pretty scary tone to arriving guests.
And my grand total spent for all these Halloween decorations is ten dollars.  I hope to think of something else to do with the two remaining skeletons. Suggestions welcome!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see my Fall Home Tour on the Let's Add Sprinkles Fall into Texas Blog Hop.
Be sure to visit all today's other wonderful Ten on the 10th posts!

Bluesky atHome
Exquisitely Unremarkable
Pandora's Box
Poofing the Pillows
The BoondocksBlog
White SprayPaint
Patina andPaint
The Sketchy Reader


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Monday, September 10, 2018

A Random Act of Kindness on the 10th

Today at Ten on the 10th we are sharing inexpensive 
Random Acts of Kindness.
This idea is ridiculously simple.
All it takes are a few dollar store bud vases,
flowers from a grocery store bouquet,
and a little stand to hold a note printed on cardstock.

I'm setting this up on a hall table in the assisted living home that my mother-in-law lives at.
I hope her sweet neighbors will enjoy the surprise of finding fresh flowers to take to their apartments.
Yes, I could hand the flowers out,
but I love the anonymity of this plan.
I don't want the recipients to thank me.
The goal is to secretly add a little surprise happiness to someone's day.

Note to self:
Plant a cutting garden and start shopping for bud vases at garage sales.
Imagine how much random kindness ten bucks could spread!

Please stop by all the other inspiring Ten on the 10th posts!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Shipwrecked VBS- Imagination Station

Today is the fifth and final day of Vacation Bible School at our church.  I've enjoyed every moment of this fun week in "Imagination Station." The setting of this year's program is a jungle island where the crews have found themselves shipwrecked.  My station involves learning about Jesus and saints while doing awesome science activities.  The program we use is Group's - Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus (the Totally Catholic version).
In decorating this classroom, I wanted to create the vibe of The Professor's hut on Gilligan's Island. The parrot puppet was an Amazon find.  One of the middle school volunteers enjoyed hiding behind the cardboard puppet theater to surprise the kids by saying each day's Bible theme.  I used grass skirts from the Dollar Tree to decorate the cardboard.

The borrowed paddles were made into a cross using "rope."  This is actually inexpensive cording from a fabric store.  I had the crates on hand.  The tiki torches were a Dollar Tree find.

The steering wheel is another borrowed goody. It came from a tug boat forty years ago.  When I first learned about this year's theme, I sent a sign up sheet around in my women's Bible study group with a wish list of items. Everyone came through with life jackets, shells, and more.

I created the "Jesus Rescues" life saver with a Dollar Tree float and some black alphabet stickers.

Each day I displayed a science board about that day's saint.  We also enjoyed informative daily visits from the saints.

This is the sloth sanctuary, which is part of the Shipwrecked program.  The cute little sloth is laying in a hammock made from a Dollar Tree fishing net.

The background wall is covered in a leaf patterned bulletin board paper from Hobby Lobby.  My daughter and I went a little crazy hanging vines on the ceiling.  We also covered the floor with tarps for a sandy look. I stapled grass skirts to a strip of balsa wood for the hut ceilings.

This map is the sign near the door.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Wish me luck taking it all down after tonight's final session!

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