September 27, 2012

simple diy fiesta centerpiece

Hola mi amigos!

We had some friends over for fajitas and margaritas awhile back and this simple little prickly centerpiece was a fun little addition to our evening.  Here's what you need.
  1. Any colored yarn -- I had red and turquoise on hand, but this would be super cute with even more bright fiesta colors! 
  2. A container -- I used a mason jar, because I had some of my mom's homemade picante sauce in another mason jar that I gave them as a little party favor :) 
  3. And double sided tape.

I placed the double sided tape in a couple of spots around the jar and started wrapping the yarn.

I continued wrapping, alternating the colors until I felt the width of my band was how I liked it.

Finally, fill it with whatever you desire.  I choose this little cactus to keep with our fiesta theme.  Here it is with my mom's homemade picante sauce, which I sent with home with each guest. 

Enjoy your day!

September 25, 2012

sports filled weekend

This weekend was full of sports!  Lyla had opening day at her Fall soccer season on Saturday morning and Preston had his third football game.  Grant and I went in different directions each with one kid to his or her game and then we met back up for lunch and headed out to College Station.  We hung out with some of our wonderful friends before the game and then headed to Kyle Field to watch the Aggie game. 
I love the atmosphere on college campuses, even if it's this one :)  {my husband is an A&M grad and I'm a longhorn grad}  And I'm amazed every time at how tailgating has exploded since we were in college only a short time ago :)  I love night games!  In the past we have only taken the kids to the late morning or afternoon games, so it was fun for them to experience a later game.
Enjoy your day!!

September 24, 2012

falling for fall {mantel}




I recently received my Serena and Lily Fall magazine {love} in the mail and as I was flipping through I came across one of their beautiful Fall tablescapes with the theme "togetherness."  And it stuck with me.  When I started thinking about what I wanted to do for my Fall mantel, that word came to mind and I knew I wanted to incorporate it some way.  When I think of Fall that's what I think about -- being together and spending time with family and friends -- togetherness.
You may remember that last week, I showed my Fall table using a reclaimed wood plank as my runner.  My husband cut it down to fit my dining table and I decided that the small leftover piece would be perfect for my Fall mantel.  I simply wrote directly on the board with chalk -- togetherness.
I wanted to keep it simple with a brown and white color scheme, so the only other additions are the pumpkins and the brown satin ribbon.  The large white pumpkin is from Hobby Lobby and the small amber colored one is from Home Goods -- togetherness
Welcome Autumn
And here are some of my other Fall projects:

September 21, 2012

peanut butter blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Hersheys Kisses, 1 for each cookie
Pre-Heat oven to 375°F.
Cream together butter, both sugars and peanut butter. Add 1 egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt.

Form in walnut size balls. Roll in white sugar and place them on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Press Hershey Kiss into each cookie when fresh out of the oven.

{I put mine back in the over for about 1 minute after I placed the Kiss to soften it just a bit}

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.
I made these scrumptious cookies several times this summer and we loved them. 
Perfect recipe ~ enjoy.
Happy Weekend!!


September 19, 2012

falling for fall {outdoors}

Welcoming a few more touches of fall around our home, including this simple little sparkly Fall leaf garland on the front door.  My daughter and I made this using some foam and felt Fall colored leaves.  We just punched two holes in the top of each leaf and then strung them together with the jute twine.  And just like my fall table, I hope to add to this space as the autumn season emerges.
Have a great day!!
Here are some of my other Fall projects:


September 18, 2012

September 17, 2012

falling for fall {tablescape}

reclaimed wood table runner

With the kids back in school, football in full swing, and slightly cooler temps this week, I finally decided to work on my fall decor.  I played around with my dining table center piece for awhile adding and changing it around, but then ended up going with this very simple arrangement.

We had an extra plank of reclaimed wood left over from our dining room table project, which set the theme for my fall table.  I love how distressed it is with all the old nail holes, etc.  When we where picking out the lumber for our dining table, we tried to look for pieces that had lots of character.  My husband cut it to fit the center of my table and I used it as my center runner.  I added a burlap table runner under the plank and then added this rustic wire basket with a burlap liner to continue my rustic fall theme.  Megan @ Honey We're Home inspired me with her beautiful fall tablescape using this same basket filled with pumpkins and apples.  I decided for my basket I would add a few leaves that my daughter collected from outside, and then finished it off with the orange "happy fall" tag.

So that's my simple early fall table decor.  I'm looking forward to adding to it later on for Thanksgiving.  Have you started decorating for fall yet?

Here are some of my other Fall projects: