Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall Ideas

I have never had more than 1 or 2 comments on my blog so I am really feeling the love from last week, thanks guys! Now to answer the question about the dressmaker tracing paper. My package is probably 10 years old. I venture to say this stuff could last a lifetime. Our local Walmart does not sell it anymore but you could probably find it at Hancocks or Hobby Lobby. If not, I have heard that you can use a piece of newspaper with dense print in the same way. First, I print out the words that I want to use from my computer. Then you place the tracing paper face down on the object you want to transfer to. Place your printout face up on top of the tracing paper and then trace with any writing object. Try not to move either your tracing paper or your print out while you are tracing. Lift the papers and TA DA! Now you are ready to paint the words or my favorite -use a Sharpie or paint marker.

Now for my fall stuff. I went a little overboard decorating for fall this year - but I think I like decorating for fall even better than Christmas! Here are a few of my projects:

I wanted a new fall wreath but all the ones I really like were about $40! No way, I just see those prices as a personal challenge now. I saw a square wreath that I really liked and decided that I could just use an old frame. I already had the wreath garland, so I just snipped off the leaves and hot glued them on the frame. The little scarecrow head is not attached, again just something I already had.

I don't usually decorate for Halloween, but when I saw these pumpkins in BH&G I had to have them. I looked high and low for the small white pumpkins, but when I found them they were $6 each. So I bought the $2 mid-size orange ones and painted them. I used my tracing method to put the letters on them. My teenager pointed out how crooked the letters were, but I pointed out how cute they were anyway. I also spray painted this owl black (previously all white found for $1). All of this sits on my entry shelf.

I found this burlap bag at Tractor Supply of all places and then put the images on. I stuffed if with newspaper and propped it up against the shelf. Then I put some crates and a straw hat under the shelf and filled with pumpkins and gourds.

Here is the whole shelf. Just try to pretend I don't have horrendous green carpet.

Thanks for stopping by!


Rhonda said...

Hey Lela! Love your pumpkins! Your whole shelf looks great! Loved your previous projects too. Awesome stool makeover and I LOVE the Honeymoon Suite sign and Private! I really want to try the dressmaker tracing paper! Great ideas. Looks like you have a new direction with your blog!

Anonymous said...

I love your owl and pumpkins

Anonymous said...

Great job on those pumpkins. Silly question but do you use primer underneath?

Mandy said...

Very nice - I love decorating for Fall more than Christmas, too!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Cute ideas! I especially love the burlap sack - may have to head to TSC this week!

Angie said...

Everything looks so cute! LOVE those BOO pumpkins!

Jill said...

Those pumpkins are gorgeous! And the owl is a nice accent piece.

Lolli said...

I just love Fall decor. Great job!

*Better in Bulk*

Bella's Boutique said...

These are beautiful! I will have to add them to my list of things to do. Thank you so much for posting them.