Thursday, September 15, 2022

Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette

Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
If you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you may know that I like to change up my dining table centerpiece or vignette seasonally. Rather than decorating for specific holidays, I typically alter, add and subtract, small bits and pieces of decor on a seasonal basis. I might include a few items that are holiday specific, especially at Christmas time, but I prefer to decorate with items that can be used for 3 or more months at a time.

I did some thrifting this week to find items for my autumn tablescape. Here are some of the things I found to use.

Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
Utilizing these simple items and adding a few new accessories, I created a fall vignette that is unique and eclectic.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
Keep reading to see how I came up with this fall centerpiece and to learn more about each component used.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
I bought this vintage planter for $1. I knew I wanted some white and the shape is somewhat pumpkin like. I needed a fall colored candle and a favorite, local thrift store had just what I wanted. I placed the candle on a jar lid to lift it up a bit more. I filled it with black beads from a thrift store beaded seat cover. The black beads match the black edge on the tray.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
The thrift store tray has a bit of a summery, beachy feel. But, I liked the black edge for fall and the texture that the rattan weave adds to my wood table. I typically use a table runner or tablecloth, but decided to let the table be naked wood for this season.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
I filled a small, orange dish (that I thrifted last spring and used in my summer table vignette) with some small wood mushrooms I had. I might swap these out for some caramels or dark chocolate squares.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
Old books in the colors that I am using for fall add height to the vignette.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
The velvety pumpkins I created in the post below this one. I placed them in a heavy brass tray that I found at my favorite thrift store. I liked the aged patina on it, so I left it as is.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette
I placed some fake flowers that I bought new at Michaels in a brass vase or pitcher. Next to the vase on top of the book stack sits a wood salt grinder that I got from a garage sale free box.
Thrifty Thursday Creating an Eclectic Autumn Vignette

I placed everything in a very linear or organized fashion on the tray. This isn't my typical style, but it helps to keep the vignette from looking too cluttered. Why does this centerpiece work and how can you create something similar?

*Use three or four colors and have more than one object with each color. The white planter ties in with the white/cream colored pumpkins and the white book pages. The orange and yellows tie together, as well as the black beads and the black tray rim.

*Use at least 3 different textures. I used wood, rattan, brass, cloth book covers. You could add leather, stone, glass as other textures.

*Height--make sure your eye has different heights to keep the flow. Use books, stacked dishes, a chunk of wood, a small pedestal to add height. Be sure to have something at tall, medium, and low heights.

*Group like items together to keep the vignette neater looking. 

*Look at your centerpiece from all sides and make sure it is interesting on all sides.

*Keep it practical if you are using it on a dining table or kitchen counter--add salt and pepper shakers, snacks, a plant that isn't messy or dropping pollen in your food (thus the fake flowers), and maybe something interactive for guests. I thought about adding some paint and paintbrushes so guests can paint the mushrooms. 

*Have fun, don't take yourself or your decor too seriously. I had a variety of different items and played with them until I found an arrangement that I liked. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins

Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins

Today's project is a fast and fun one that creates a unique and different velvety, textured look on decorative pumpkins. 
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
Keep reading to see how to easily create this weathered, aged soft look on small decorative pumpkins (or fruit, or figurines, or Christmas ornaments).

I started with white, squishy pumpkins from the craft store, some decorative craft paint, and some cocoa powder and some plaster of paris powder.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
I started by painting the pumpkins a base color--either a golden yellow, orange, or brown.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
When the base color was dry, I painted a second color over the top, either orange or cream.
Then, when the paint is still wet, dab on either the cocoa or the plaster or both with a paintbrush.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
When the second coat paint and powder seem dry, brush off the excess with a stiff, dry brush.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
I did add bits of more yellow and orange paint and then powder here and there.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
I love their texture and aged look.

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I made this fun sign a few years ago with the help of Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. You can find them HERE! They are high quality stencils made to be used over and over.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
This is not their final resting place or display for these pumpkins. I am going to use them in my fall centerpiece that I will share later this week.
Make it Monday Velvety Textured Pumpkins
Let me know if you try this technique!

Thursday, September 8, 2022

How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Thursday or Make it Monday Bead Garland
I am not sure if today's project falls under the category of Thrifty Thursday or Make it Monday. But, at any rate, it is a fun and easy project that started with a $2 bag of napkin rings from the thrift store.
thrift store napkin rings
I understand the chance that you are going to find similar napkin rings is unlikely, but I do hope this inspires you to look at items at the thrift store with fresh eyes. These beads came together to make a beaded garland perfect for the holidays or any season.
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds
I cut the wire on the napkin rings to collect the metal beads.
Age beads with paint
I wanted the beads to be a little darker and aged so I shook them up in a plastic back with a tiny bit of antique gold Rub-n-Buff and a bit of black acrylic paint.
string beads on 22 gauge wire
Using the gold beads and some shabby white beads that are from a thrift store, beaded, seat cover I strung the beads on 22 gauge wire. I wasn't sure how long I wanted to make the garland so I left the wire on the paddle until I was done. The garland ended up being about seven feet long.
Loop the end of the wire
I made a loop on the each end. The loop makes it easy to hang and to interchange what you might put on the end--bells, tassels to match the season or your decor, an ornament.
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds

There are so many ways to use a garland like this. Add the beaded garland to a tray of candles for an easy centerpiece. The candle sticks and tray are also thrift store finds.

thrift store garland and centerpice
You can add seasonal items such as small pumpkins, fresh pine boughs, eggs to this tray centerpiece to use it year round.
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds
Drape the garland over a railing. 
drape a garland on a railing
You could add twinkle lights to enjoy a little more sparkle.
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds
Loop the garland on a hook or
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds
drape it across hooks in an entrway.
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds
It looks fantastic intertwined in a pine garland on a mantel (or bar in this case).
How to Make a Bead Garland with Thrift Store Finds
Keep your eyes open when thrifting for beads. You might find them with or used as an unusual or unexpected item and remember that beaded garlands are versatile decor items that aren't just for Christmas trees!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement

I have been busy "putting things up" from my garden. What does that mean? I have been canning, and cooking, and freezing. I love having a producing and successful garden, but it sure is work. I took a little time out yesterday from the dicing and slicing to finish up my early fall porch decor. 
Natural Messy Fall Arrangement
I bought this hanging basket at a garage sale this past spring. It had a fake spider plant in it. I left the faux plant in there for my summer decor, but never planned on keeping it as a fake plant. So, I pulled that out and added rose hops, curly willow and other leaves from my yard.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
I walked around my yard with the clippers looking for things that were starting to turn for autumn. The rosehips are a voluntary plant growing in my hedge. Most people would get rid of them, but I like them. 
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
If you don't have items to forage in your yard, head to a nature trail near you or find a neighbor who might let you gather a few clippings. 

The curly willow adds a wild, natural look that I love.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
I placed a Styrofoam, floral block in a small plastic container so that the branches would have a little bit of water to last a bit longer.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
I bent and curved the rosehip branches a bit so they would droop and hang over the basket. They have some serious thorns so I wore gloves. I placed these branches first, then the willow, and then the yellow mystery leaves.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
On my wagon that stays on the porch, I added a mum in sunflower yellow, enamelware bucket I found at the thrift store for $3. I put leftover foraged stems in the toolbelt pocket I made last winter.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
Next to my green, vintage, metal chair I added a yellow mum to the metal planter I painted green for the summer porch.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement
I love that I was able to use natural, foraged materials in my fall porch decor. It is a cozy spot, perfect for morning coffee. 

And the afternoon sunlight cast beautiful light on the fall colored porch.
Natural Messy Foraged Fall Arrangement

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Thrifty Thursday Tablecloth Porch Pillows

Thrifty Thursday Tablecloth Porch Pillows

Happy September! As I shared on Monday, I am working on fall decor for my front porch. Check out the Make it Monday post below to see the new front door, fall "wreathes" I made.  Here is what my porch looked like for summer. You can read all about it HERE.
Thrifty Thursday Tablecloth Porch Pillows
I am not ready for pumpkins so I am decorating with an early fall theme, yellows and browns and oranges with sunflowers. I went on the the thrift store hut for either yellow/ gold pillows, pillow covers, or fabric to replace these fun red pillows. I found a goldish yellow tablecloth at the senior citizen center thrift store (they have the best prices and linens!) for $1.50.
Thrifty Thursday Tablecloth Porch Pillows
After I washed it and saw that it had no stains, I reconsidered cutting it up. It is long and work perfectly for a long table that I use for outdoor parties. But, after a week of scouring the thrift shops, I couldn't find anything I liked better and since I only entertain large groups once or twice a summer, I decided to use it to make pillow covers.
Thrifty Thursday Tablecloth Porch Pillows
Keep reading to see how I made these pillows and to see more of my porch decor.