Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Yesterday was a cloudy and rainy and the weather caused me to have a little homesickness (I miss rain), and we all know the best cure for anything is to get creative. Right?

It’s no secret around here that I love the look of scattered leaves in my fall decor. For example, these two projects from way back when…(sorry for the bad photography!)

falling_leaves_closeupFalling Leaves Canvas Art

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Burlap Leaf Placemats

So I set out to make a new table runner. This lovely Maple Leaf stencil was free with purchase last month from Royal Design Studio (I can’t wait to show you what I’m doing with the one I purchased…but you’ll have to wait.) The entire stencil set is available here, with a total of 5 gorgeous leaves to stencil. I’ve become a stencil addict. Oh and did I mention that this table runner has no sewing involved? Yeah, I’m afraid of sewing machines. Maybe Santa will get me something inexpensive like a kid’s sewing machine to learn on (are you listening Santa?)

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Supplies

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Wash and dry your fabric without fabric softener or dryer sheets, to remove the sizing. Then iron it out and cut it to the desired length and width, leaving an inch on each side for the seams. Using a palette or paper plate, mix 2 parts paint to 1 part fabric painting medium. Be sure to cover your work surface, because the paint can seep through.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Place the stencil down, hold it in place with one hand, and dab the pouncer in some paint, then pounce the paint on to the stencil. Make sure the paint is even on the pouncer and not too thick. Once done, lift the stencil directly off and repeat randomly on the fabric. After painting a couple of leaves, either rinse the paint off the stencil, or wipe it off with a baby wipe (that’s what I do.) You don’t want the paint to goop up your stencil.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Once you’ve stenciled all the leaves on. Let the table runner dry for 30 minutes. After that, you need to heat set the paint. Do this by ironing the wrong side of the fabric, constantly moving the iron about the fabric.

At this point, you want to iron your seams down. I folded over an inch on each side and ironed it flat, making sharp angles at each corner.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

With the seams ironed down, I started applying my Fabri-Tac. Being careful that I didn’t use too much (you don’t want it to soak through) I applied the glue in 6 inch sections. Gently press the seam down, not too hard though, so it doesn’t soak through. Then continue to glue, until the whole table runner is done.

Autumn Leaf Stenciled Table Runner

Flip it over and you’ve made yourself one gorgeous and easy piece of fall decor!

The paint is washable with the fabric medium, but I’m not sure how the Fabri-Tac will hold up, so I would spot clean only.

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Kicking Off Halloween Season at See Vanessa Craft

30 Crafty Days of Halloween

 

Hi friends! Guese what? It’s time to kick off some Halloween crafting and decorating! So super exciting AmIRight!?! Today I’m guest posting at See Vanessa Craft this morning. You’ll love the project I prepared!

Want a sneak peak??

Distressed Halloween Tin Can Candles

 

That’s all ya get. Now go check out the 30 Crafty Days of Halloween series at See Vanessa Craft!

 

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Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

Nothing makes the house smell like fall more than pumpkin does. My mouth instantly waters over pumpkin anything. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin ravioli. Oh how I love pumpkin raviolis! This pumpkin bread is a bit different because it has apples in it. Cooked apples don’t go over well in this house, so they had to be hidden. The apples were chopped really small in the mini food processor., so you really don’t know they are there, but they do add to the moisture and sweetness of this recipe.

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

I also added olive oil to the recipe. I’m always nervous about using olive oil in baking, because the flavor can be so strong. I substituted a quarter of a cup of extra light olive oil for the vegetable oil, and didn’t notice any olive oil taste. I’m going to use 100% olive oil next time, since I think the pumpkin spices will easily cover up the olive oil taste and it’s better for you. Oh and the crumble topping with the toasted walnuts is by far the best part!

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

I had a large can of pumpkin, so I easily doubled the recipe and gave some to the neighbors. It’s a perfect fall neighbor gift!

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread
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Serves: 2 loaves
 
Ingredients
  • For the Bread
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 (15-oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup extra light olive oil
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • For the Crumbles on Top
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Make the crumbly topping by adding butter and nuts to a sugar and cinnamon mixture. Mix with fingertips until it resembles a course meal. Set aside.
  3. Chop up the apples in a food processor and sprinkle with the lemon juice. I don't peel the apples, the skins are good for you!
  4. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices into a large bowl.
  5. Into a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oils, sugars. Fold in eggs and apples.
  6. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, making sure everything is thoroughly blended.
  7. Butter two 9 inch loaf pans and distribute the pumpkin batter evenly between each.
  8. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes. Test for doneness with a fork. Let cool in loaf pan for 30 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool for another hour on a cooling rack.

How do you eat your pumpkin bread? Toasted with butter? I love mine toasted with cream cheese!

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20 Amazing Fall Wreaths – To Buy or DIY

20 Amazing Fall Wreaths to Buy of DIYHappy Labor Day! It’s September 1st and I can now throw myself full on into fall! Yes, I know that Autumn doesn’t officially start until the 22nd, but I’m ready for fall now. And we are close enough, right?

Well, to get you in the mood for fall, I’ve curated a selection of wreaths that I feel really embrace fall, and look classy to boot. A lot of these wreaths are from stores, but I am a firm believer in making your own wreath. Seriously, you can make a gorgeous wreath for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for it at the store. They are easy and fun to make, and yours will turn out way better than a store bought one… I’m sure of it.

 

Autumn Mix Wreath - Frontgate

Autumn Mix Wreath – Frontage

Antique Bloom Wreath - Terrain

Antique Bloom Wreath – Terrain

White Pumpkin Wreath - Refresh Restyle

White Pumpkin Wreath – Refresh Restyle

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath - ElegantWreath

Fall Colors Eucalyptus Wreath – ElegantWreath

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath - Homework

Brown Bag Faux Bay Leaf Wreath – Homework

Wheat Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Wheat Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Fall Hydrangeas Orange Pumpkin - Two Inspire You

Fall Hydrangea Orange Pumpkin – Two Inspire You

Wood and Burlap Wreath - Finding Home

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath – Finding Home

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath - Pottery Barn

Faux Pomegranate and Pinecone Wreath – Pottery Barn

Pumpkin Circle Wreath - On Sutton Place

Circle Of Pumpkins – On Sutton Place

White Magnolia Wreath - Frontgate

White Magnolia Wreath – Frontage

Pepper Patch Wreath  - Terrain

Pepper Patch Wreath – Terrain

Grateful Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Grateful Wreath Kit – PaperSource

Fall Wreath - Something Sweet Designs

Fall Wreath – Something Sweet Designs

Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath - Pier 1Sparkle Faux Berry Wreath – Pier 1

Eucalyptus Wreath - World Market

Eucalyptus Wreath – World Market

Paper Wreath - Crate and Barrel

Paper Wreath – Crate and Barrel

Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath - Pier 1Vine, Leaves and Gourd Wreath – Pier 1

Burlap Wreath Kit - PaperSource

Burlap Wreath Kit – PaperSource

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath – Sparkle

I’m really in love with a couple of the more unique ones, particularly the Antique Bloom Wreath from Terrain and the Paper Wreath from Crate and Barrel. Of course I can’t get enough of the fall colors, especially all the oranges and reds. There’s just too many tough decisions!

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DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath

I know. You think it’s too early to start thinking about fall. I’m pretty sure you think I’m crazy. I’m so over the heat and the kidlets are back in school, and it’s almost football time. (Yay!) The start of school signifies fall everywhere except in Arizona. I’m so ready.

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com Yup, there it is in all it’s autumn glory. I love wreaths, as evidenced here and here. It was easy. AND…it has a little glitter on it. Of course it does. Must. Have. Sparkle.

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

It’s based off of this one that I saw at Pier 1 last year. I love it, but I can’t bring myself to buy a wreath when I know I can make one for 1/4 of the cost. Plus, I like to be able to customize my colors. Less green, more red. I really love making wreaths. I find it soothing and ridiculously simple.

DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com
Get all your supplies together. I bought a ton of different leaf bunches at Michaels and Joanns. Michael and Joann are really good friends of mine. Anyhoo…basically, I wanted a decent variety and I wanted the wreath to be full.

glitterglue Make a glitter soup. That’s what I call this slurry of Decou-page, glitter and a couple of drops of water. I wanted a variety of texture with the glitter, so I used some basic gold glitter, then I added some elements from the Stampendous Encrusted Jewel Kit. The kit contains glitter, embossing powder, mica, and glass glitter. I LOVE glass glitter! Add a couple pinches to each to your glitter soup. But be sure to break up the mica between your fingers before you add it, otherwise it’ll look weird.

glitterglueleaf Paint the veins of your leaves with the glitter soup. If the soup is too thick, add water. I think I have glitter in my veins too.

glitterleaf When it dries, it looks like the picture above. Pretty huh? So now it’s time to at the leaves to your wreath. I didn’t take pictures of this part because it was too easy. Honestly, I didn’t want to insult your intelligence by explaining something so simple {I totally forgot to take pictures.} Fire up your glue gun and break up your leaf bunches with scissors, leaving the stems a little long. Weave the stems in to the grapevine wreath, and hot glue the leaf into place. You don’t have to glue every leaf in, but you want to make sure they stay in place and the leaves face outward. Work your way around the wreath. Ok, good, all done. So pretty!

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Paper Raffia Pumpkin

Paper Raffia Pumpkin Now that the the trick-or-treating is over and I may or may not have eaten 5 pounds of chocolate, it’s time to put away the spooky stuff and focus on celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins seem to always be on my mind this time of year, but today in particular, because it was Pumpkin Day at my daughter’s kindergarten. She learned all about the pumpkin parts and the growing process. It was so much fun! So when I got home from Pumpkin Day I decided to make my own pumpkins out of paper raffia. pumpkin supplies This project is so easy, all you really need is a spool of paper raffia, 22 gauge floral wire, scissors and/or a wire cutter and glue. Of course I added glitter, but you don’t have to. Oh and candy helps too.
chunky holiday gllitter Oh and speaking of glitter… For the past few years, I’ve been partial to the fine glitter, especially Martha’s. The chunky kind was always for kindergarteners (shhh, don’t tell my daughter!) But this year I have fallen hard for the chunky glitter! I’m head-over-heels for this holiday glitter pack I found yesterday at Michaels. To make the pumpkin, take your raffia, and start wrapping it around 3 or 4 fingers (depending on the size of pumpkin you desire.) photo 5 Keep wrapping… raffia wrapping Just when you think you have enough…add more.  Then, before taking your hand out of the raffia, pull the wire through your raffia and twist it tight. photo 2-1 Oh look, I have a labrodoodle helper! labradoodle helper Fan out the raffia, with the wire holding it together hidden in the middle. If at this point you feel that your pumpkin is too spare, grab more raffia, wrap it around your fingers, repeating the process, so it’s the same size and use the wire to attach the center of your second one to the center of the first. Next, make a stem, using the same process, but only wrapping the raffia around 2 fingers. pumpkin stem Wrap it around 5 or 6 times, then start wrapping the raffia around itself. stem Tie it off and glue it into the center of the pumpkin. Now it’s time for the fun part. glitterI made a glitter paste by using Decoupage glue, both of my glitters and a few drops of water. Then I used a paint brush and haphazardly painted on the paste. So much less messier this way! I didn’t want them super glittery, just enough to be festive. pumpkinAnd it’s done! autumn table   photo 3-2   Linked to: Tatertots & Jello , Sunday Showcase, Follow my blog with Bloglovin