Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Decorating for Fall & Winter with Pine Cones and Acorns

Black Transfer-ware Bowl

Good Monday morning to you. I hope that your weekend was whatever you wanted it to be, restful and cosy or wild and adventurous. Mine was a working weekend with a little rest,  although not as lazy as I would have liked it was very productive.

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I am clearly a lover of pine cones and acorns, and I use them in my home at every chance I can get. I have large silver bowls filled with pine cones on the dining table, small bowls of acorns and chestnuts I have collected from places I have traveled, like Paris, Florence, Glacier National Park, and various other places. Some people bring home souvenirs I bring home pine cones, acorns and chestnuts, what can I say.

Natural decor is easy and beautiful. The soothing colors and patterns are a wonderful and inexpensive way to add a touch of the seasons to your home. 

You can go out and forage with your kids or grand kids and then come home and make some pine cone garland

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 Or just place them in a vintage bowl with a candle or some oranges studded with cloves

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Add some acorns to a vase( real or faux) and then put in your flowers and you have a beautiful Fall centerpiece. 

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Get out and forage on your morning walk, then glue your finds to a foam wreath, add a ribbon to hang it from and you have a beautiful and natural addition to your Fall and Winter decor. 

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Make some acorn garland to decorate your fireplace or to use on your Christmas tree. 

Image and Directions from Clean and Scentsible

I think I might try to make a few strands of this Pine Cone and Cranberry garland.  It looks very easy and requires just a few items and a little patience. 

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The possibilities are easy and endless, a few natural ingredients and your imagination and the sky is the limit. 

Do you use natural and found elements in your design? If you do not have time to forage or are not a crafter here are a few pine cone and acorns finds.

Pine Cone Finds

Acorn Finds
Have a great day!

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Silent Sunday 10-21-2018

Have a great day. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Finds: Pottery Barn Arctic Bar Collection

Stag Cocktail Shaker

Good morning! I hope that your weekend is off to a great start. I don't know about you but now that Fall has arrived and Thanksgiving is just around the corner I am already thinking about Christmas. Is is too soon? I personally like to have all of my shopping, wrapping and shipping done before Thanksgiving, that way I can spend the month of December baking, enjoying Christmas parties, movies and travel. Which brings me to the Arctic Bar Collection. 

Stag Cocktail Shaker,  bear shakerowlice bucket double old fashioned glasses

Last week I ran into Pottery Barn to look at a chair and I was immediately distracted by all of the accessories in the the store, especially the "Arctic Bar Collection." An entire winter wonderland for your bar which by the way is already on sale this season. 

I got the Stag cocktail shaker for my husband, the bear shaker for a friend and I thought the owl was cute too. 

Stag Ice Bucket and Double Old Fashioned Galsses

If you do not need a cocktail shaker than perhaps an ice bucket or double old fashioned glasses to serve your favorite cocktails from? Both would make a great addition to your winter or holiday parties. 

Etched Stag Glasses

There are a few options to choose from, including martini glassesdouble old fashioned and shot glasses.

Stag Shot Glass

There are also decanters

Stag Decanter

Bear Decanter

and bar tools as well. 

Branch Bar Tools

Add some bark edge coasters and some cocktail napkins,  and you are ready for a cosy party for 2 or more. 

I hope you have a happy and safe weekend. 

Note: Most of these items are on sale this week.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Favorites from Damn Delicious, Two Peas and Their Pod, Casa de Crews and More

Good morning! I hope your week was a great one. As I mentioned this week, Fall has definitely arrived, it has been in the 40's overnight and only in the mid-50's during the day. I have put away my shorts and have moved on to my winter uniform of yoga pants and pj's unless I have to leave the house. 

This week I have so many great things to share so lets get right to it!

Interesting Food

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Doesn't this Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese from Damn Delicious look fabulous? The best part, next to the cheese of course, is that it is made with canned butternut squash. I didn't even know you could buy canned butternut squash puree, did you?

These Spiced Wine Short Ribs look delicious, especially with the gravy and mashed potatoes. 

Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods from childhood. I have never made one but I think I will try this one from Two Peas and Their Pod

Reece's Peanut Butter Cup No-Bake Cookies and my other Chocolate Friday Favorites n Once Upon a Chocolate Life. 

Interesting Books

If you loved The Little Paris Bookshop and The Little French Bistro than you will be very excited to learn that Nina George has a new book coming out! The Book of Dreams will be out in April, 2019.

Currently reading Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickman. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can fead it for free

If you are a fan of Kristy Woodson Harvey  than you will be excited to learn that her newest book, The Southern Side of Paradise is being released on May 7, 2019! If you preorder it this week 100% of the profits will be donated to Hurricane Florence Relief. 

Interesting Reads

Interesting Viewing

Interesting Finds

I think these plates would be an unexpected but beautiful look for Thanksgiving and Christmas. You could add a touch of orange for Fall and then red for Christmas and then your could continue to use them the rest of the year. They are from World Market by the way. 

Pair the plates with these melamine charges from Pier 1.

These velvet slip-ons are $17.99! A great way to add a little color to your Fall wardrobe without spending a lot. 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and that you share whatever your found this week, recipes, books, movies and more. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

5 Finds Today from J.Crew Mercantile on Amazon!

Is there anything Amazon doesn't sell? This week I discovered that J. Crew is sold on Amazon! Here are 5 finds I think you might like. 

J. Crew Sweater with Cat

Red and white stripe whimsical sweater.

I love the bell sleeves and the cute dog on this sweater.

Men's plaid shirt. I love the colors!

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Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My 10 Favorite Fall Desserts

Good morning! I have tasty Fall treats on my mind this week. Here are 10  desserts that you can make with your kids or grandkids to eat at home or to share with friends at all season long, at a parties, family gatherings, game day and more.   

Pumpkin Bread is one of the easiest and most delicious Fall desserts. Most everyone has their favorite recipe, with frosting, plain or even with a crumb topping. 

Easier than a pie but just as delicious, Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pumpkin Cheesecake with Praline Topping is perfect for a family dinner or Thanksgiving.

Apple Strudel Bars, one of my favorite bars to enjoy with a cup of tea and a good book. 

6. Cranberry Torte

Cranberry Torte perfect for breakfast, lunch or dessert.

7. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

8. Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake

Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake , scrumptious brunch.

9. Pumpkin Pie Donuts

Recipe from Daily Dish Recipes

Is there anything better that warm Pumpkin Pie Donuts? 

10 Slab Apple Pie

Slab Apple Pie is my favorite dessert next to pumpkin pie. My grandmother made it all of the time for us and I always think of her when I make it, in fact his is her recipe!

Do you have any favorite Fall desserts that you would like to share? If so please leave it in the comments. 

Have a great day!