Just to be clear…we’re talking about fall art…f’art…not farts. But if you did, I’ve got a ton of Goose related fart stories I could share…like about his jarting (jump farting) and snarting (sneeze farting), but this is a DIY blog, not a flatulence blog. So I believe the word you are looking for is….anyway….Let’s talk about fall art. And the fall art that I crafted for our overly bare walls in the living room.
Like in our fall tablescape, I opted to step outside of the “normal” fall color scheme and went with blue. Mostly because we have a slew of blue paint leftover from our blue ombre baluster project of yore.
But I saw some leaf silhouette art on Pinterest that piqued my interest and kind of put my own spin on it. Here’s the fall art play by play. First, I started by gathering my supplies which included a pad of watercolor paper that I picked up from Staples for $5, leftover paint pots from Lowes, and a paint brush. Later, I also used some leaves from the yard and half a can of gold spray paint leftover from when I gilded a shovel for a deck ground breaking….seriously….I’m that girl….wish I was kidding.
Then, armed with a beer in hand (like any good artist), I started painting the watercolor paper with various shades of blue to serve as a background color for my silhouette art.
15 sheets in total utilizing 7 different shades of blue.
After the paint dried, I took the sheets outside for leaf painting time. I gathered various foliage, placed them on the paper, and spray painted away, leaving a silhouette of the leaves.
Hmmm…not quite the results I was hoping for. On Pinterest, the leaf art silhouettes looked so much cuter with defined edges and a distinct leaf shape. Mine just looked like leaf blobs! And that’s when Colby started making fun of my “art project”, the neighbors came over to poke fun, and it was just a grand ol’ “let’s make fun of Angie” fest. Lovely…just lovely! But I persevered, powered through, and damn it, made me some art! And honestly, once the gold paint dried, it looked SOOOOOO much better.
To hang the art, I simply taped each piece up on the wall, eye balling a 3 x 5 grid pattern. Now that I’m looking at this, it looks a little crooked, but for temporary fall art, it’s not so bad.
Here’s a closeup so you can check out the leaf art better.
Some leaves worked out better than others. Like the fern silhouettes ended up looking like spine-ie worms, but others, like this guy, came out much more recognizable as leaves.
One thing I learned from the spray painting the leaf part, you know, for next time or if anyone else is thinking of recreating this project, is to flatten your leaves down before you lay them on your paper to spray paint. I didn’t. I just placed the leaves on the paper and sprayed away. Big mistake. That’s why most of the leaves have a feathered look, because they blew around on the paper as I spray painted over them. Oh well, live and learn and then get Luvs.
On another note, I had a waste not moment and turned the gilded leaves into a little table centerpiece.
The leaves were quite cute in the blue spray painted wine bottles, which are leftover wedding decor. I dig a gold and navy color combo. It’s my jam.
Pssst…This post is part of the It’s Fall Y’all fall decorating series hosted by Kevin and Layla of The Lettered Cottage, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Kate from Centsational Girl, and Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick. I’m linking this post up to Sarah’s blog next Thursday when she hosts an easy fall decor link party. Be sure to go stop by Sarah’s blog to ogle all the EASY fall decor projects, including my own!
And another It’s Fall Y’all project is under our belts. This time around it’s an outdoor project. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do yet I had no idea what I wanted to do. Does that make sense? Let me explain. My aunt texted me (see mom…people your age text!) a picture she took at a craft store of a burlap wreath. Loved it! So I decided to make a burlap wreath. I had no idea how to make a burlap wreath, but I had the burlap, enlisted a little help from sir “wingin’ it”, and made this beastie burlap wreath, which hangs proudly on our front door:
Looking back, had I known exactly what I was doing and what I know now, this project would have been a cinch. But it took a little figuring out time. I started with a roll of burlap which was leftover from one of my mom’s projects, a wreath form from the craft store that I picked up for $5.49, and my sewing/cloth cutting supplies.
The first step was to wrap the wreath form in burlap and cover up the styrofoam, making a nice burlap base layer to work with. To do this, I used my rotary cutter and cut a couple of 5″ wide strips. I didn’t know how much fabric I needed length-wise so I resorted to a very precise measuring system of holding the fabric roll above my head as high as I could and chopping it off there. Which made the burlap strips about 7′ long.
Next step…wrap away.
To secure the end of the burlap wrapping, I just whipped out my needle and thread and sewed the end to the burlap layer underneath it.
Now with a burlap covered ring, the next step was to add some ruffles. I opted to go with a slightly wider burlap strip. I was thinking a 6″ wide strip would be a better size for the 15″ diameter ring. So I cut four, 6″ x 7′ strips of burlap and prepared to sew.
I started with the back of the wreath, taking a burlap strip and sewing it to the base burlap layer using a running stitch. Every couple of inches, I would gather the burlap into a ruffle and sew it onto the burlap underneath it.
It took almost two of the 6″ x 7′ strips to make the back layer of burlap ruffles. here’s a shot of the wreath from the back.
Then I flopped it over and performed the same steps as with the back layer. But on the back layer, I sewed the burlap closer to the outside edge of the ring and on the front layer, I sewed the burlap strip closer to the inside edge of the ring, thus making a layered looking using the same width burlap strips.
On the front, I learned a little somethin’ somethin’ about an easier way to sew it. Instead of sewing a running stitch, trying to sew the layers of burlap together without sewing into the wreath form, I discovered the whip stitch and started to sew perpendicularly to the ring.
So much easier! Or should I say “sew” much easier! Har har har! I’m pretty sure I use that same bad pun every time I blog about sewing. There was a lot less losing my needle in the wreath form and a lot less poking myself with a needle. Always a bonus! AND the sewing looked neater.
After sewing all the burlap layers, I wanted to adorn the finished wreath with something colorful. Since I still had about thirty tulle pom poms leftover from crafting our wedding favors, I opted to sew a trio of them onto the wreath.
I can foresee myself keeping the burlap wreath for a long time, as a wreath base, and then changing out the wreath accessories periodically. The navy tulle bows go quite nicely with the flag out on the front of our house.
Once October rolls around, I’m thinking I might spook up the wreath a little thanks to some reader inspiration! Shout out to Kimberlee for the inspiration to add some spooky snakes or spiders to the wreath come Halloween time! Love it!
And then maybe some pumpkins on the steps instead of the flowers. Cuz…you know…what’s October without pumpkins?!
Pssst…This post is part of the It’s Fall Y’all fall decorating series hosted by Kevin and Layla of The Lettered Cottage, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Kate from Centsational Girl, and Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick. I’m linking this post up to Rhoda’s blog tomorrow when she hosts an outdoor fall decorating party. Be sure to go over, check out all the fall goodness, and tell Rhoda I said hi!
And the It’s Fall Y’all festivities continue, this time with a fall themed mantle. Now, since I don’t have a fireplace and thus don’t have a mantle, I had to get a little creative and decided to decorate the top of the shelf in the kitchen.
And like yesterday with the fall themed tablescape, I had a harvest theme going on (county girls represent!) and I made sure I used what I had on hand. Other than a splurge on mini pumpkins and gourds which were only $0.69 each. Big spender! Big spender!
Confession time. My name is Angie…and I have a cloche problem. I am OBSESSED with putting things under glass these days! Seriously. I may have a problem. I’m surprised I haven’t tried to stuff the dog under there! Kidding! He’s too big! I’ve been scheming about the different things I can put under the cake dome and the cloche. The possibilities are endless! I see lots of cloche decorating in my future. But this time around, I went with pumpkins and gourds.
I like how the decor, being right in front of the window into the backyard, ties quite nicely into nature. It’s like a continuation of the outside in. Especially with the sticks in the vase. Recognize it from yesterday’s tablescape post?!
Some of the other items on the “makeshift mantle” include a glass jar that I filled with apples, which are destined for some homemade applesauce action. Yum! Although I seem to keep eating them with cheese instead. Double yum! I blame Colby and his Vermont cheddar ways.
Colby’s deer head was also a nice addition to the mantle. Who says a harvest theme just has to be about fruits and veggies?! It is almost hunting season here in Maine afterall! I’m counting down the days…I mean…SO sad there are only a few weeks left until I become a hunting widow as Colby disappears into the woods for deer and bird season. Secret single behavior time! You know…secret single behavior…all those things you don’t like to do when your hubby is around…like pumicing your calluses while watching Ice Burg Hunters. Not like I do that or anything!
On that note…have I shown you the glass jar full of corn kernels?! No?! Well here it is:
Mmm, mmm. Fall = homemade popcorn time. None of that Pop Secret crap. Do they even still make that stuff? Do you remember when it was all funky colored like pink and green and blue?! I do. Did I just age myself?!
Oh…and that sign in the background says “potato bar” and it was one of the signs we made for our rehearsal dinner at our house. It’s kind of become a permanent fixture on the window sill.
That concludes our little fall “mantle” post, I hope you enjoyed it! The fall mantle link party will be hosted by Kate from Centsational Girl and will be held next Tuesday, September 25th on her blog so be sure to go check it out! I can’t wait to see all the yummy fall mantle goodness!
Pssst…So I spent a little time updating the “Our House” page which is essentially a before/progress house tour. Boy did alot change in our casa in just a few short months! So go check it out if you haven’t!
First up on the docket on the “It’s Fall Y’all” fall decorating festival, the fall themed tablescape. Thar she blows:
When it came to putting together the fall tablescape, I had two mandates upon myself. One…I wanted to have a harvest theme. Afterall, this is the start of harvest vacation up in the county and I am afterall, a county girl (FYI…we harvest taters up there). You can take the girl outta the county but you can’t take the county outta the girl! Did I really just say that?! Anyway….and two…I had to use what I already had on hand. The one exception, I purchased four mini pumpkins from the grocery store for only $0.69 each.
Here’s another angle so you can get the full scope of the tree branch centerpiece. Please excuse our psuedo under construction kitchen ceiling and ugly as sin ceiling fan. That has gots to go!
My favorite part of the tablescape design was the mini pumpkins. I envisioned using the pumpkins at place cards, with the dinner guest’s name attached to it. But I opted to keep it generic and went with the phrase “harvest” on each pumpkin.
I made the tags with a stamp kit, kraft paper, and twine, all leftover supplies from our wedding place cards/favors.
I’m not gonna lie, this was the most fun I’ve ever had making a tablescape. I think it’s because I actually had dinner service ware on hand thanks to our wedding gifts. For instance, the table runner was a shower gift from one of my best friends in high school, the salt and pepper shakers were a gift from Colby’s family, and the napkins and chargers were from Colby’s best man and his wife. HUGE thank you shout out to all our friends and family for the beautiful wedding gifts!
Here’s another shot of the placesetting combo.
I love the blue/orange color combo. It seems to be a recurring theme throughout our house so it was only fitting to go with it for a fall themed table setting. And I love how the blue brings in a touch of un-traditional fall color. Fall decor doesn’t need to be all red/orange/yellow to be fall-ish. Sometimes a little blue can be refreshing.
When it came to the centerpiece, I kept it simple and used what I had.
I had a clear vase on hand, filled it with sticks from our brush pile, and filled the vase with corn kernels that are typical used for popcorn.
I even added a little extra ambiance by placing a couple of tea lights in a snack bowl (also a wedding gift) filled with corn kernels.
It was easy and CHEAP and I may be biased here, but awfully cute! And the corn kernels give off a natural, harvest-ie vibe that ties in perfectly with the mini pumpkins.
And another obligatory aerial shot of the table.
The table runner down the middle of the table, across it narrowly as opposed to lengthwise, was a total happy accident. I wanted to run it lengthwise but there is a seam that runs across the table that I wanted to cover it up. Why not cover it with a table runner?
And for all you regular readers out there, here’s a test for you. Notice a little sumpin’ sumpin’ go on in the background?! Kitchen closet doors perchance?! Stay tuned for a little kitchen closet progress report on that project that we started…oh…say three months ago?! I know, I know….procrastinators say what?! What.
So that’s my little It’s Fall Y’all tablescape story which I plan to link up at The Lettered Cottage’s post tomorrow as part of the It’s Fall Y’all blogging series. Be sure to stop by The Lettered Cottage to check out Kevin and Layla’s tablescape and all the other snazzy tables out there in blog land. It’s sure to be fun ogling all those gorgeous tables! My Pinterest trigger finger is already itching at all the ideas that are brewing out there!
Pssst…next up on the schedule for tomorrow, outdoor decor. Booyah!
It’s fall y’all! And you know what that means? Fall decorating! I heart decorating! Especially lately since many of our rooms are no longer renovation disaster zones, or RDZs. It’s been fun to decorate each room for the season without working around missing walls, exposed studs, and particle board floors. And what’s even MORE exciting this fall is the annual, It’s Fall Y’all link parties hosted by four of my favorite bloggers.
Kevin and Layla of The Lettered Cottage are hosting tablescapes, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is hosting outdoor decor, Kate from Centsational Girl is hosting mantels (or shelves and ledges for those of you like me who lack a mantel), and Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick is wrapping it all up hosting easy fall decor.
I am 100% participating this year bringing you a week’s worth of fall related decor projects! Woo to the hoo! Bring on the burlap, leaves, and pumpkins! I’ll be kicking it off tomorrow with my fall themed tablescape so stay tuned for details!
Pssst…While I’ve been crafting it up fall style this weekend what have you all been up to? Any fall decorating going on? Football watching? It’s a big football weekend in our house as it’s Campbell vs. Campbell in fantasy football. One of us might be sleeping on the couch tonight! At least it’s a comfy new one!