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Displays of Fall

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Hello!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

We’ve had another beautiful Fall weekend. Usually by this time, we have had our first snowfall and some chilly days. Our fall this year has been GORGEOUS! No snow and 65- 70 degree days. Loving it!

And, the colors have just been spectacular. Its so tempting to jump right into Christmas preparations after Halloween, and I’ve been doing my share, but I’m trying to get myself to slow down a bit and really still enjoy Fall and our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If we don’t slow down and savor the simplicity of Thanksgiving, I fear that it will just simply be lost in the noise.  And, its way to important for that to happen!

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I found this sweet vintage scarecrow at an antique store a couple months ago.  Its that great plastic from the 60s that I just love. I adhered the scarecrow to an inverted red tart pan, to add stability and increase the height, and sparkled it up!

From a previous shopping trip, I picked up these vintage floral picks that perfectly match the scarecrow.  I dressed these picks up too and attached them to a vintage wooden spool, as a sweet harvest display.

Both the scarecrow display and these harvest picks are now in my Etsy shop!  They will certainly dress up your Fall home. The harvest picks will also look cute at a desk. You can find the Scarecrow HERE. And, the Fall Springs can be found HERE.

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I’ve been snapping a lot of pics this Fall and thought I would share a few with you.

These vintage wax pumpkins are in my mom’s collection. They are so pretty! Just that gorgeous, old wax that’s thoroughly saturated in rich color. I love how she displayed them for her Halloween decorating party.

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This is a snapshot of one of the booths from the French Nest market this year.  The attention to detail in this display is amazing! They even carted in dried leaves, and scattered them all over the green grass!

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My husband’s cousin got married this Fall. They chose to have a beautiful, outdoor wedding at a lovely park in Denver. The aisle facing chairs each had a mason jar bouquet of beautiful, vibrant autumn flowers. It was truly stunning!

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And finally, this is a shot taken on a stroll my daughter and I took in one of the older neighborhoods in our town. I have not altered this photo in any way. The colors were so rich and amazing!

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And the leaves scattered so pretty over the sidewalk!

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Have a wonderful week!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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Thanksgiving Recipes

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vintage-thanksgiving-folder-1Well, its time to start rounding up the traditional Thanksgiving recipes…do you remember where you put them? Or, maybe you’ve found some new ones that you cut out of this month’s Thanksgiving magazines. Wouldn’t it be great to just have a themed folder that holds these special recipes? With the Vintage Thanksgiving kit, this year, I decided to do just that!

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I really enjoy the collage look. Its such a great way to add lots of little details, not to mention, the best way to use up scraps! I especially love these vintage celluloid cocktail forks that are included in the kit. A dab of real gold glass glitter, also included in the kit, adds a touch of bling to the center of the flowers.

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vintage-thanksgiving-folder-2 The Vintage Thanksgiving Kit also includes a bonus kit of “old world” and prairie patterned cardstock, along with a generous package of ephemera. A fun way to use the scraps is to create paper leaves for place cards!

vintage-thanksgiving-leaves-1vintage-thanksgiving-leaves-2 vintage-thanksgiving-leaves-3Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for traditions, and one that we do every year is making “Gravel,” a super delicious cranberry salad with a wonderful crunch. This recipe is definitely going in the recipe folder. If you are looking for something new to try this Thanksgiving, give “Gravel” a try!

“Gravel”

1 package cranberries

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

20 large marshmallows

1 small package lemon jello

1 cup diced apple

1 cup diced celery

1-2 cups chopped walnuts

Boil together cranberries, sugar and water until berries crack. To this mixture, add the marshmallows and lemon jello until the marshmallows are thoroughly melted.  Cool, then add apples, celery and nuts. Pour mixture into glass casserole dish and refrigerate.

Happy Creating & Cooking!

Michelle… Read the rest

Thanksgiving Placecards

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Create a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, and decorate the table with Thanksgiving placecards-constructed from vintage materials of course!

These placecards were made using the Vintage Thanksgiving Kit, which includes many fun materials and textures to work with, such as ephemera, hard to find vintage Thanksgiving stickers and seals, vintage ribbons, vintage buttons, gold glass glitter, flowers and many other fun doodads.

These small projects are also a great way to experiment with a variety of techniques, such as layering (above), and adding glitter (below). The vintage cocktail forks also look great either taped behind the placecard, or with the placecard crimped in the prongs.

This small, vintage envelope is lined with a crepe ruffle and trimmed in glitter. The vintage sticker makes a great focal point. Creating a crepe ruffle is quick to do, and definitely adds a vintage touch:

Vintage crepe can also be crimped and “fanned” behind an image to help create the focal point, such as the squirrel card below.

Crimping vintage lace also adds a fun texture!

These placecards will be a nice welcome for your guests at your table this year! Either write a name or a special message on each one, or, let your guests write down what they are thankful for this year! Either way, it will certainly be special!

Happy Creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Count your blessings~

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Hi everyone~Happy Fall!! I know I still have fall on my mind~it just hasn’t got cold enough yet:):)

I love the colors in this paper~makes me smile and count my Blessings!!!!  I used Crate Paper for this layout and added buttons, Twirly Twine and stamped some pumpkins out of vintage book paper.

The ivy is stamped on the Crate Paper using a stamp by  Dyan Reaveley.  The pumpkins are stamped using a stamp Lawn Fawn.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and “count your Blessings naming them one by one”

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So Thankful…

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This time of year, my thoughts are often centered around all that I’m thankful for in my life…from family to this crafting hobby of mine!

First up this month, is a decor-piece I made, using one of these cool vintage Mason Jar Lids as a base!

If you’ll notice, I also utilized the vintage clothespins from my Dad, which I mentioned HERE.  After gluing the pins onto the jar base, I tied it with some hemp & Twirly Twine.

Layered Bingo Cards, and diecuts from the Family Fun collection, created the center focus of the piece.

I dressed the paper dolls, and tucked them into the doily pocket.  This way they can be taken out and played with, then returned to their spot.  A fun little addition to our November decor, that brings out the Family Gratitude focus during this month of Thanksgiving.

Lastly, a “Thankful For You Daily” card:

I used some gorgeous papers, accents, and ephemera from the Kitsch Kitchen section of the VSM store.

I created the card sentiment using both Twirly Twine tickets, as well as words cut out from THIS versatile paper.

This Days-of-the-Week ephemera sheet was the perfect complement to my Thankful Daily theme…I added subtle layering with a bingo card and Linen Tinted Tape…my favorite!

Wishing you all a month full of thankful thoughts &, as always, lots of crafting!

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