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


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



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!



Colorful Confetti Keys


Colorful Confetti KeysThis craft project came out of necessity since I have two keys on my key ring that look exactly alike. I went to the hardware store the other day to get new keys and when I looked down at my keychain I didn’t know which one belonged to which lock. So I browsed the collection of decorated keys that they had at the store. Most of them were sports related, and not my team, so that wasn’t going to work. There were a couple of Tweety Birds…sorry no. So I got the regular keys made of both, and drove straight to the craft store for supplies to decorate my new keys with.

Color Confetti Key

This project takes 20 minutes to do, then 3 or 4 hours of drying time for each side.

Colorful Confetti Keys


  • Keys
  • Nail Polish
  • Confetti, sequins or glitter
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Pin

Make sure your key is clean before your start. I just wipe it with a little rubbing alcohol. Paint two or three coats of nail polish on the top of the key. Make sure that the polish doesn’t get on the actual key part, because that would be very bad, especially if you can’t get in to your house. Very bad indeed.

Colorful Confetti Key

After the last coat of nail polish sprinkle on your confetti. You can use a pin to direct the confetti to where you want it to go, but not too much, since you want it to look random.

Colorful Confetti Key

Oh so carefully apply the Dimensional Magic.   It spreads quickly and you want it to stay on the top part of the key. Use the pin to pop any bubbles and to spread the Dimensional Magic. Let it dry for 3 hours. Once dry, flip your key over and repeat.

Oh and be super careful the first time you open the Dimensional Magic. I couldn’t get it to squeeze out, and I squeezed to hard and POP, all over the vaulted ceiling and the floor. I had to act fast to get the stuff cleaned up before it hardened. My suggestion…don’t do that!

Mod Podge Mess



Colorful Confetti Keys




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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

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!


Fresh Basil and Garlic Dip

Fresh Basil and Garlic DipLast week I received a rather large container of fresh basil in my Chow Locally box. Typically I’m super excited to get fresh basil, but this time I was perplexed. Usually the basil comes in bunches which makes it easy to store. Do you know how you are supposed to store fresh basil? It keeps best placed in a vase with water, like you would fresh flowers. I love having my bouquet of fresh basil on my windowsill, so I can pick off a couple of leaves at a time to cook with or put in my water using my ZingAnything Aqua Zinger. Oh yes, I love sipping on cucumber basil infused water. Anyhow, this basil was not in a bunch and there was a lot of just leaves, so there was no way I could put it in a vase. So I just stuck it in the fridge. I started noticing brown spots on the basil the next day. I knew I had to act fast and use it. They say you can freeze basil, but I wasn’t interested in that.

Fresh Basil and Garlic Dip

So I made a quick and easy dip, that could easily be turned into a spread for bagels or toast as well.

Fresh Basil and Garlic DipTajin

The secret ingredient to this dip is Tajin Seasoning. I found it at Costco and have been in love ever since. It’s a mixture of chile powder, salt and lime. I have sprinkled it on everything…salad, deviled eggs, popcorn. It’s amazing. It adds just a little kick to everything. I didn’t use enough to make it spicy, just to add flavor. If I wasn’t so lazy, I could probably just mix the salt, chile powder and lime juice together and add it to stuff, but Tajin saves me the work.

Fresh Basil and Garlic Dip
Cuisine: appetizer
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup real sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Tajin (or use some chile powder, salt and a squeeze of lime juice)
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Place the cream cheese in a bowl and set aside to soften.
  2. Clean and dry basil leaves and put into a container with sour cream and garlic.
  3. Use an immersion blender to blend the basil, sour cream and garlic throughly. Mix in Tajin.
  4. Pour blended ingredients on top of softened cream cheese and blend all together with immersion blender.
  5. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.
  6. Refrigerate covered for at least an hour to let flavors mix.
  7. Serve with creudité, chips, or smear on toast or bagel

The Mr. wouldn’t even wait for it to chill in the fridge. He had his bagel toasted and ready before I was finished preparing the dip. Oh and he was super annoyed that he had to wait until I took a picture. It must be rough living with a blogger.

Fresh Basil and Garlic Dipxoxo


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Spruce Up Your Study Space With Wallternatives Decals


We are three weeks into the school year and summer break seems like it was ages ago. I am shocked at the amount of homework that the kids need to do. I never had homework in kindergarten! It’s okay though, it keeps them busy and I know what they are doing in school.

So I decided I needed to spruce up the desk area. You know, clean it up. Make it more spiffy. Make it easier for the girls to work at. I ordered the Photo Frame WallPrints from Wallternatives. They are brightly colored and made of fabric, not vinyl, so they are repositionable and reusable! Plus they are perfect for displaying photos and artwork, then totally switching up your photos the next week. Infinite possibilities here!

You might remember that I decorated the girls’ room with Wallternatives vinyl decals a few months ago, and I am still in love with them.


I have a history of failing at gallery walls. I mess with them. I put too many holes in the walls. I crave symmetry and I just never feel like they look right. So it took a little motivation to get this project started. I unwrapped the package and cut between the frames to separate them.


I started by taping these babies to the wall. Oh look at how uneven they are. So I pulled out my long yard stick with the level. Then I remembered some wise words from the Mr. “There’s a level on your phone.” Oh yes! There is a level in my iPhone! It’s in yours too! You should use it. I did.

use the level on your iPhone

Once straight to your satisfaction, use the little Wallternatives™ Squeegee, which comes with the decal. Just smooth it across the decal.


The hardest part of using these Wallternatives Photo Frames was choosing what to put inside of them. There’s just too many possibilities!

These decals are perfect for living in the dorms or renting. Seriously, wall art with no holes in the walls!

I wish Wallternatives was around when I was in college living in the dorm and the sorority. I remember that we couldn’t nail anything into those dingy walls and it seems that all the posters out there were motivational, pictures of kittens or maybe a boy band (I may or may not have had an ‘N Sync poster, kidding.)

Check out some of these other decals from Wallternatives

Wallternatives Stars Vinyl

I’m in love with these gold Stars Vinyl Pattern Pack Minis. Like so in love that I’ve already bought them. Coming soon to a craft room near me.

Wallternatives Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Removable Wallpaper

And if you really want to make your dorm room look dramatically different go for the Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Removable Wallpaper.

Wallternatives Marilyn Quote

Of course you can still decorate your dorm room with motivational messages…but they are a lot cooler now.





P.S.~ The picture of the adorable pouty little girl was taken by Marci Anne Photography and the picture of the sweet family was taken by Sweet Rose Studio. Love those ladies.

P.P.S.S. Disclosure~ I was provided product for this review. All opinions are completely my own!


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