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Fall Apothecary Jar version 2.0

I apologize for another blog hiatus – this one is due in part to the quick trip we took to Disney World for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler (recap coming soon!) and the fact that Hubby’s Grandfather’s house finally sold! Yay! The closing was scheduled for Monday but has been pushed back a bit since the buyer’s are getting an FHA loan and they demanded requested many repairs.  We’ve spent every non-sleeping and non-working hour over there since the beginning on the month and I can finally see a tiny glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Finally!

I thought I’d repost a popular DIY from last Fall that has been getting many hits recently thanks to Pinterest.  Feel free to pin this year’s jar and mantle, too! :)

Fall Apothecary Jar

This great and easy Fall Decoration you can put together in only a few minutes that can make a huge statement on your mantle or dining room table!

Last year my Mom purchased a box of small pumpkins and gourds after Halloween at Michael’s on major clearance.  They vary anywhere from about 3-5 inches long and are different colored – some even have an icy, glittery look to them!  I wanted to find a way to display them without having to set them all out individually so I gathered my box o’gourds, some leaves (mine are faux but real ones could work too) and some corks.

You can use a vase or big glass bowl for this project, this time around I chose an apothecary jar I usually have about an eighth full with corks on the hearth of my fireplace.

I set out my materials – in this case pumpkins, leaves and corks…


And then the fun begins! Just start arranging until you find a look you like. I started first with leaves at the bottom and quickly noticed that no one would see them so I dumped everything else and started over.  I found the corks to be the most substanial ‘bottom’ and just started adding things one at a time until I had this:

I added some more leaves and corks and in a few minutes had this:

Finally, after a few re-dos to ensure this piece looked just like I pictured, my new Fall Apothecary Jar was complete and on display on our Mantle.

As you can see, this project was SUPER easy and very fun to put together!
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This year, I actually forgot to include chose to leave out the corks and used only the pumpkins, gourds and leaves.

I also have a few new accessories: my mercury glass Owl (thanks, Kohls!) and fun sequin pumpkin from HomeGoods.  Also, the walls are now a nice, neutral gray – yay!
I love modifying my decorations each year… they’re familiar and give me a cozy feeling but also feel new at the same time!

Dream House Show & Tell!

I’m linking up today with the Show and Tell featured by From Mrs To Mama about Dream Houses!  I love admiring other peoples’ homes and am constantly checking real estate listings in our area. I don’t even like packing for vacation so I have no desire to ever pack up my house and move again, but it’s fun to daydream about mansions and acres & acres of property!

1. If you were searching for a home now, tell me what would be on your “MUST” list.
When we were house hunting two years ago for our forever home we had 4 main ‘Must-Haves’:

  • a large Master Bathroom (have I mentioned my beauty-product obsession?)
  • a downstairs office (that we could potentially convert to a living space for Hub’s grandfather)
  • a fenced in yard (Caesar loves to do laps in the backyard!)
  • an in-ground pool (crazy, I know, but we both grew up with pools and really wanted one of our own!)

The final home we chose only had the first 2 musts!  At the time, we chose the more move-in ready home with half of what we really wanted over the fixer-upper homes that may have had everything wanted but required much more updating and renovating than we wanted to take on (pools with missing tile and cracks marked ‘as is’ did not give us a warm and fuzzy feeling).  We planned on installing a fence right away and were excited about the opportunity to have our pool installed to our specifications!

Well, two years later and we are still fence- and pool-less! Caesar has learned the boundaries of his back yard and we have replaced sunbathing poolside with reading on the deck!  After receiving a few pool estimates and almost having a heart attack I sometimes wish we’d  have kept searching for the perfect house that had everything we really wanted but we love our home and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! We are fortunate to have almost everything we ever wanted in a safe and friendly neighborhood.  Though…we’re still trying to save for our pool! :)

2. Show me your favorite room in a home {either your home, or any home, i.e. kitchen}.
My favorite room is definitely the bathroom – I dream of spa-like finishes and my cares melting away in a giant soaking tub!  The one thing missing from my bathroom daydreams however is a vanity, I’m guessing because ours is always a mess! Between my face creams, hair products and make-up poor Hubs has just enough space to keep his razor and toothbrush!  However, I seem to think we’d have no problem keeping our vanity organized if it looked like this…

His and her vessel sinks, a make-up vanity, a medicine cabinet, storage underneath and a TV?!? What more can you need?!

3. If you could have any room redone, tell me which one would it be and what would you like done?
Sure there are things I’d like to change in my home (hardwoods, colors, etc) but given the funds to re-do any room I would chose my Parent’s kitchen!  Though still functional it definitely is dated and lacking in counter space… and a dishwasher!!! I’d love to update their cabinets, countertops and flooring to make the space a bit more modern and enjoyable for them.

4.Tell me where your favorite stores are to shop for home decor. 
I am a Home Goods junkie – I just can’t get enough! I love that you can find different things every time you go!  I also frequent Pier 1 – I love strolling around and imagining where I’d put all of the pretty accessories in my home!

5.Show me your dream home {it can be your home as well} 
I’d love to walk up my winding walkway to this…

Sleep in a room like this…
Oh, and maybe have a backyard like this… :)

A girl can dream, right?!

Chalkboard DIY!

We have been loving our new kitchen chalkboard!  It’s fun to be able to leave little notes for each other and have a cute backdrop for photos noting holidays, celebrations, etc.  It also has been getting a lot of attention from guests at our home lately – however I’ve been getting some puzzled looks when I answer the ‘Where’d you get it?” question.
…What, you mean you’ve never made a chalkboard out of an end table?!?

I’ve mentioned before that Hubby and I have inherited a lot of things from our family, unfortunately, about 95% is not ‘our style’ but we can’t bring ourselves to actually get rid of anything.
I’ve been trying very hard lately to find ways to incorporate more of these items into our home and the shape of this tabletop caught my eye a few weeks ago.

I knew I did not have a need for another end table in our home but I was itching to find a good frame for a chalkboard.  I figured the top of this table was even better than a frame and started plotting my plan of attack  – knock off the legs and get this sucker coated with chalkboard paint and hung on the wall!  Hubby was definitely not seeing the same vision as I was but he is a wonderful guy… he just humored me and went to Jo-Ann’s for my paint.  So I turned this guy upside down and got started!

I started by carefully removing the legs, I love the detail on them and wanted to save them for another possible project!
Since I wanted the piece to hang flush against the wall I also removed these little wooden triangles…I just tapped them with the hammer and they flew came right off.
Next, I sanded the top to remove the shiny finish and rough up the surface a bit.
Then I used some spackle to fill in the nicks and scratches,
and primed it a few times to get it ready to be painted.

I had some white semi-gloss left over so decided to paint the pretty edges in that and use my new $6 tub of black chalkboard paint on the rest…As an FYI, I had to use quite a few coats of this paint to really get that matte, streak free chalkboard type look.

But before too long our new chalkboard was ready for it’s big debut in the kitchen!

I love our new chalkboard and love even more than we are repurposing some pieces from our family’s past!

** As of February 20, 2013, I just submitted this post to Creating with the Stars!!  Very exciting and my fingers are crossed **

Please be sure to visit East Coast Creative for more information about this exciting contest!