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Old Wooden Fence Fall Mantel

I have collected quite a few pieces of post Hurricane Ike wood.  It’s been stored in our garage for a LONG TIME.  I finally got up the nerve to do something “out of MY box”!  When I first thought of hanging up a chunk of Hurricane weathered fencing over my mantel I thought I had gone crazy. But, now that it’s up, I think I LOVE it.

That wreath is my first handmade wreath.  Those cute pumpkin Mr. Wonderful picked up for me in the Target Dollar Spot.  I’m IN LOVE with that Glade candle.

The pumpkin and fall pots are pretty leftovers from last years mantel.

I quickly made that little burlap pennant banner.  The fence board just “needed something” over there, didn’t it?

My SIL Teresa gave me that cute grapevine pumpkin! The other pumpkins are real, pine cones and berries are from a cute little fall decor set I bought for Alice.

What do y’all think?  Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone to create something?

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see how I turned this old wood into art and how this precious girl loves to help her mama decorate!

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Easy Fall Centerpiece with Indian Corn

I was really surprised with how simple and gorgeous this project is.  I just had to share it with y’all.  It really is, SO EASY.

First, grab some pretty Indian Corn from your local farmers market or grocery store.  Pick up some sisal twine and a pillar candle while you’re out.

This was my first time creating an Indian Corn Centerpiece.  When I brought home my Indian corn I noticed that much of the dried husks were pretty gross looking.  I did a quick Google search to see what other centerpieces looked like.  I was thinking, maybe I should have been a bit more picky of the ears I choose.  I figured out from all the other pictures that I would be removing most of the husk and cutting the ends.  So, that took care of my initial panic of  “oh my gosh!! Is that MOLD!?”

Gently peel back the husks.

Cut the ends of the husks off.
Lay out your ears of corn on top of the sisal  twine.  Make sure you lay your corn out to show the “prettiest” sides facing out (against the surface you are using).
Lay your pillar candle in the middle…
Slowly and carefully pull the twine while lifting the centerpiece.
Pull the twine tightly and tie….
Next, I wrapped the sisal twine around the centerpiece several times.  After it’s tied you can then begin to straight the Indian corn.
Did you notice that my candle was too short.  I didn’t measure the corn to the size of the pillar.  Make sure you do that, or just hope you have a shorter pillar that you can sit on top of the other candle.
See!  You can’t even tell it’s two candles on top of each other!
And there she is!!  Easy and so pretty, yes?  Here are a few shots of my new Indian Corn Centerpiece with some other Fall decor.
And there is my precious girl.  She helped me set up the table display.  She’s so great. :)
What do you think?  Pretty simple, eh?  Isn’t it so pretty and so perfectly fit for Fall.  Have you every decorated with Indian corn?
Now, here is where I would love some tips and your advice.  I’ve never done a “tablescape” before.  I have a WONDERFUL new Martha Stewart Glass Paint Stencil Kit, and I’m thinking of painting my white dinnerware in some pretty fall colors.  Then what??
I love these gorgeous colors in the table runner, but is the table runner too wide?  Do I keep it straight? Bunch it up? Add place mats?  Add another tablecloth underneath?  HELP!  I really some advice on creating a tablescape.
How would you set up this table?

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Stenciled Glass Fall Subway Art with Martha Stewart Crafts

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen this picture!

OH my GOSH, right?  HUGE thanks to Blueprint Social and Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint line!  I mean LOOK at ALL that awesomeness (and my sweet baby girl too)!!  I have so many ideas!  I have even more each day as the others in this campaign post their tutorials.  You’ll be able to see theirs as well, at the end of this post.

What started out as a Family Rules subway art piece turned into a Fall Subway art piece.

For this project you will need…

From the Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint line:

paints- Sweetgrass Gloss transparent,Chipotle Gloss opaque and Yellow Jacket Frost transparent

tools-3/8 in dauber,1/2in pouncer, dual-end bent pick and 1/4in scraper

brushes-#1 angled tip, #2 angled tip,#2 flat

adhesive stencils- Bold Sans Alphabet,Bold Serif Alphabet and Italic Script Alphabet

silk screen- English Garden

other items needed:

glass frame

glass bottle

scrapbook paper

I scored that cute frame at Target for under $5.  I have drawers and drawers of scrap book paper.  While hunting for paper for this project I came across paper for nearly every holiday and it gave me tons of great ideas for glass stenciled holiday subway art!!

While removing the cover of the frame I discovered this neat hanger they put on the back!  So, I did what any good blogger does… I added it to my hoarded collection of cardboard, empty paper towel and tp rolls and other interesting paper that if I threw away I would discover a new use for on pinterest the day after trash pick up.

As I was preparing for the project I noticed this!  The paper is too short.  So, make sure your paper and frame fit or do like I did and cut and tape the ends and hope nobody notices.

I tested out a few paint colors with the paper to see which ones I liked.  I just used the nifty scraper to remove the paint after.

Each of the stencil kits (silkscreen kits, too) come with written instructions, picture instructions and measurements that are very helpful.

To help with placement I actually taped one of my Silhouette cutting mats to the glass.  QUICK TIP- glass for picture frames isn’t smoothed down on the edges. BE CAREFUL! I have quite a few cuts including one missing chuck of a finger tip. It’s really small but feels like it was a victim of a shark attack!!

Before you set up, wash the pieces you are going to paint with warm soapy water and let them dry.  After they dry, you’ll want to wipe the surface to be painted with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to ensure the surface is completely clean.  For this project, being subway art I ended up touching the glass in areas to be painted over and over again.  I kept the bottle of alcohol with me and ended up wiping smaller areas as I went and that worked out well.

Squeeze out some paint onto a foam plate.  Put a little paint on the tip of the dauber.

Remove and place the stencil.  Keep the stencil backing, you will replace the stencil to the backing.  This helps store your stencils and keeps the sticky area clean and dust free.  Now, the directions say to take the dauber and “daub” the paint on in short up and down strokes.  If you look closely at the picture up there , you can see that I smeared the paint.

Smearing the paint left a few spots of blobs and bled through a bit.  This is where the dual-end pick come in to play.  You use the pick to smooth over the paint to create a smooth even texture.   If you follow the package directions, holding the dauber just like you would a pencil and gently dab the dauber with short up and down strokes, you have a much smoother painted surface.  Make sure you remove the stencil immediately.  The paint dries very fast and will stick to the stencil.  As soon as your done filling the stencil with paint, gently remove the stencil.  Rinse your dauber and stencils after each use or use the Martha Stewart Brush and Stencil Cleaner.

The angled tip brushes work perfectly for fine lines.

The angled brushes also work great for touch ups and detailing.

I quickly discovered how valuable the scraper tools are.  See the K up there?  It’s really out of alignment.  The scraper tool easily scraped off the paint and did not scratch the surface at all.  I removed the I as well and just started those two letters over again.   See how clean the surface looks with the letters scraped off?  No paint residue or scratches.  I was able to use the scraper tools throughout the project, cleaning up smudges, mistakes and areas needing to be redone.

I used the Chipotle paint for all the stenciled letters and a few leaf flourishes.  I used the Yellow Jacket and Sweetgrass paint on the rest of the leaf flourishes.

This is the glass bottle I decorated.  I washed it in warm soapy water, let it dry. Then went over the surfaces to be painted with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.

Using the #2 flat brush, I carefully painted the engraved leaves of the bottle with the Yellow Jacket paint.

After the painted leaves dried I carefully cut out my silkscreen design and placed it on the bottle.  Save the backing of the silkscreen.  Just like the stencils, you replace the silkscreen on to the backing for storage.

Using the Chipotle paint, I loaded up the 1/2 pouncer with paint, gently dabbing it on the plate to smooth the surface holding the paint.

Using the same dabbing up and down stokes as before I quickly covered the silkscreen design area with paint and then gently removed the silkscreen right away.  Some areas of the silkscreen are very small and detailed, the paint dries very quickly and will stick to the silkscreen.  Rinse the silkscreen with warm water and let dry.

Here is the silkscreen painted design on my bottle.  So pretty, right?

Here is the finished bottle.  I tied a few strips of brown cotton string to the top.

Here is my Fall Subway art.  The words stenciled in Italic Script are hard to read.  Can you tell the words under Thanks are Caramel Apples?  I’m sure another alphabet stencil would have worked better.  I think the Italic Script works best for monograms.

After I was finished with my subway art I tried out a few pieces of scrapbook paper.  It came down to two paper designs.  I’m still a bit torn on which one I like better.

Here are some shots of each option…

Which color do you like better?  Have you tried Plaid’s new Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint line?

You have to take a look at the new line, there is A LOT of great products and projects in the Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint line.

Here are more amazing tutorials using Plaid’s new Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint line.



Find more information about Plaid and to follow:

Facebook: InspiredByPlaid
Twitter: @PlaidCrafts
Pinterest: PlaidCrafts

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Twitter: @BlueprintSoc
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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Glass Paints and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% mine.

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65 Free Halloween Party Printables

I’m going to start off this Free Halloween Printables round up with a FREEBIE from ME!  That’s OK with y’all, right? ;)

I’m made these fun Halloween cupcake toppers/tags/labels!  I think they would look super cute as a banner, too.

Halloween Cupcake Toppers

I found TONS of great Halloween freebies online.  Here are 64 I just HAD to share….

Halloween party kit from Peonies and Poppyseeds

Halloween tags from Paper Glitter

Halloween party circles from TomKat Studio

Invitations, labels and party circles from Serendipity Soiree

Halloween bingo from Attempting Aloha

Cupcake toppers from Accent the Party

Halloween decor sign from Craftily Ever After

Printable Treat Bags from Party Planning Center

Cute Halloween Invite and Party Circles from Babalisme

 

Halloween sign decor from It Works For Bobbi

Halloween banner from Craft Buds

 Halloween Treat Tags from Sherbet Blossom

Spider cupcake toppers from Living Locurto

Halloween party set at Catch My Party

Cupcake toppers, wraps and witches hat picks at Food Art Party

Halloween drink labels from design.wash.rinse.repeat.

Printable Halloween treat box from Paper and Cake

Halloween cupcake toppers and wrappers from Finding My Aloha

Halloween spinner printables from owlsorts

Halloween tags, flags and more from Tatertots and Jello

Halloween party favor tags at Tip Junkie

Halloween party game printable with teeth from Prepared Not Scared

Halloween sign decor from Nothing but Country

Cupcake toppers and wraps at The Celebration Shoppe

Cupcake toppers at Catch My Party

Halloween party kit from Pumpkin Petunia

Halloween Tic- Tac- Toe- game from My Computer is My Canvas

Halloween owl party kit from Whisker Graphics

Halloween tags from The Handmade Home

Candy corn banner from Skip To My Lou

Halloween cupcake toppers from Mimibun

Halloween sign decor from Craftily Ever After

 Halloween party kit at Catch My Blog

Halloween party set from My Grafico

Halloween party decor printables from A Southern Accent

Halloween party kit at Catch My Blog

Halloween party circles from eighteen25

 Halloween party invites from Cottage Industrial 

Halloween dress up fun print from Babalisme

Halloween party circles from Skip to my Lou

Cupcake toppers from Elle’s Studio

Halloween subway decor from That’s What {Che} Said

Halloween candy wrappers from Bird’s Party Blog

Halloween place cards from jinjerup.com

Halloween party printables from Catch My Party

Halloween subway art from eighteen25

Halloween tags from Living Locurto

Halloween cupcake toppers from A Fanciful Twist

Halloween party set at Catch My Party

Halloween Mad Hatter set from Gwynn Wasson Designs

Halloween tags at Lil Luna

Halloween party kit from Party Box Designs

Halloween printable pack from World Label

Halloween banner with instructions at Carinagardner.com

Halloween party tags and circles at Lil Luna

Halloween party tags from Love. Obsess. Inspire

Halloween cupcake toppers from I Heart Nap Time

Halloween banner from Talk Crafty To Me

Halloween party kit from Retro Girly Creative

Halloween party set from Ellinee

Halloween banner at Skip To My Lou

Halloween tag from The Graphics Fairy

Halloween treat bag toppers from Makoodle

Halloween party kit from Second Sister

How is that for a list of free Halloween awesomeness!!  It seriously amazes me what you gals create and offer to us….for FREE!!

Do you know of any other Halloween freebies out there?  I would love it if you shared them with us in the comments below.

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