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DIY Crochet Leaf Banner

Another fall DIY for you guys! I seem to be on a leaf kick, but I’m OK with that! I found this website with an adorable tutorial for making little crochet maple leaves and I just envisioned them all strung up together in a banner, so I pulled out my leftover fall colored yarns and started making some leaves.

DIY Crochet Leaf Banner

I weaved in the starting end of my yarn, but the finishing end I strung out through the leaf stem and used that to tie my individual leaves together to make a string. I wanted to make a banner to hang on our front door, so I made just 5 leaves, but you can go on and keep crocheting leaves to hearts content!

DIY Crochet Leaf Banner

This is a simple easy, and quick way to not only dress up your house for fall, but also to use up some of those random scraps of yarn you might have lying around! I might try some snowflakes once the season turns and then some fun flowers in various colors for spring and fall, I’ll just have to find some good patterns!

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DIY Calligraphy Leaf Name Cards

The weather today was beyond beautiful. After spending countless days huddled up under blankets in our cold drafty apartment, going out today in a t-shirt was bliss. (Nothing against our apartment, I’m not complaining, but some new windows would really be heaven-sent this winter.) As I was walking I kicked through piles of colorful leaves on the sidewalks, enjoying the sunshine and the fact that my nose was, for once, not an ice cube!

So as I was walking down the sidewalk I remembered this image I pinned:

DIY Gilded Leaf Placecards. Perfect for adding a rustic touch with a glamorous twist to your wedding.

And so I picked out a few flat-ish, nicely shaped leaves. Having no gold marker on hand I thought about my options as to how I could still attempt this. I decided I could paint the leaf white, but as I was looking at my leaves I thought the colors were just too brilliant to paint over. So when I got home all I did was pull out one of my micron pens and wrote the name in a pretty calligraphic font! I think this is a great idea for lots of things, Thanksgiving Dinner being one, but also fall weddings or dinner parties!

Calligraphy Leaf Name Card

I’ve never had the nicest handwriting, so I practiced the name I wanted to write on paper before I tried it on the leaf, but the great thing about this time of year is, if you mess up on a leaf you can just go outside and grab another! Be careful when writing too, as the leaf is going to be a lot more fragile than a piece of paper would be.

Calligraphy Leaf Name Card

Imagine these name cards set on a table with a gorgeous rustic autumnal center piece, with all the warmest plentiful harvest type foods you can think of…now that’s a dinner party I’d want to be at! What do you think?

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A New Project

I’m so sorry I missed my post last week! My schedule got all changed around at my job due to meetings I had to attend, so instead of having Tuesday off I had Friday off, and since Friday was Husband’s last day working at the old folks home, he invited me along to get ice cream with the residents in the afternoon. On top of that I decided to make him an extra special “congratulations you’re moving on to newer and better things” meal which took a good part of the day as well. All in all, it was a busy, but good week for us. Husband is now in school again  and he will be for the next 5 weeks. He is earning his CDL so he can start a new career in truck driving, so there’s a bit of transition going on around here.

I’ve also been in transition with my ideas of what I can do with my repurposed books. I love making journals, but I think there’s more I can do with these, especially the Reader’s Digest books, and I still have that big box full of books waiting to be touched that I got for free a couple months back. So anyway, I’m in the middle of an idea, and the first step is creating these cute little crochet animals. This one is going to be a fox, he just needs ears, eyes, a nose and his tail.

I’m really excited about this project guys, but I don’t want to say all the details quite yet. I’m hoping I can get the prototype finished here pretty soon though, so keep checking back!

Some other things I am excited about: We got this little yellow rosebush from Husband’s aunt on Sunday, here’s to hoping we can keep it alive inside this winter! For now it’s giving us these sunny happy flowers!

yellow-rose

The other things is LOOK AT OUR JADE PLANT IT FINALLY HAS NEW GROWTH!

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Yeah, that tiny nodule on top is going to be a new leaf. Hopefully. This little guy hasn’t changed at all since we got him way back in April or May, and I’ve been a little nervous that one day we were just going to wake up and it would be dead. But now that I see new growth, I think I feel a little bit better about it’s ability to survive. As a bonus, the pot it’s in is the flower pot Husband painted when I made my yarn bowl. I told you it would pop up eventually! 🙂

 

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Vacation Recap

Well, after two weekends in a row of camping, and one yet to come, things have been busy around our household! First we went with my Mom’s side of the family for a weekend to a big old farmhouse settled in a gorgeous valley right next to the Juniata River. This is a yearly weekend getaway for our family and it is always just so lovely and relaxing. The very next weekend (well, OK, Thursday-Saturday) we traveled out to the Pittsburgh area to go camping with my immediate family. We had a lot of fun playing games, celebrating Independence Day, going into the city to watch the Phillies play the Pirates, and just spend time together as a family.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen most of these photos, if not, here’s a photo recap of our camping adventures!

The big old barn at the Farmhouse

The big old barn at the Farmhouse

This beautiful old house holds so many memories for me! We slept in a tent outside to save some cash, hence why I consider this a camping weekend.

This beautiful old house holds so many memories for me! We slept in a tent outside to save some cash, hence why I consider this a camping weekend.

The campground about an hour outside of Pittsburgh.

The campground about an hour outside of Pittsburgh.

Happy Fourth of July Breakfast! Pancakes, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and homemade chicken sausage.

Happy Fourth of July Breakfast! Pancakes, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and homemade chicken sausage.

Nobody brought Boggle for me to play, but we did have two copies of Bananagrams, so I improvised.

Nobody brought Boggle for me to play, but we did have two copies of Bananagrams, so I improvised.

My husband left his backpack of clothes at home, so we had to go to Wal-Mart to buy him some essentials. While it was a bit of an inconvenience, the plus side is he got this great Fourth of July outfit.

My husband left his backpack of clothes at home, so we had to go to Wal-Mart to buy him some essentials. While it was a bit of an inconvenience, the plus side is he got this great Fourth of July outfit.

Relaxing at the pool in the sun. For those wondering, I'm reading "Valley of Horses" by Jean M. Auel, book two in the Clan of the Cave Bear series.

Relaxing at the pool in the sun. For those wondering, I’m reading “Valley of Horses” by Jean M. Auel, book two in the Clan of the Cave Bear series.

No family gathering is complete without a game of Dominion! Don't be fooled by it's looks, it's a great game!

No family gathering is complete without a game of Dominion! Don’t be fooled by it’s looks, it’s a great game!

Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh!

Watching the Phillies lose again. But at least this time we got a hit, the last game we went to was a no-hitter.

Watching the Phillies lose again. But at least this time we got a hit, the last game we went to was a no-hitter.

PNC Park has a beautiful view!

PNC Park has a beautiful view!

This weekend we’re going camping again with our church, it’s going to be great! If you haven’t noticed yet, I love camping!! 🙂

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Behold the beauty

I have decided something. It is officially too beautiful outside not to spend every spare moment I can basking in the sun. I mean, heat and all, I can’t get enough of being outside. Yesterday I had sweat pouring down my face as I bent over finding little hidden ruby red strawberry gems underneath their canopy of protective leaves and I loved every minute of it. I just kept thinking, even though it’s hotter than I’m comfortable with right now, I am just so glad that it is no longer winter.

So, instead of sitting inside our little city apartment with the air conditioner whirring and whatever is playing on HGTV as a backdrop to my typing, I decided to walk over to our local cafe and really enjoy the sun as I continue to profusely extol my love for everything that has to do with the beginning of summertime.

My main purpose for blogging today was to talk about my recent trip to Longwood Gardens, such a lovely piece of history located not so very far from where we live. It was a wonderfully sunny day to explore the grounds and I almost felt as if I’d stepped back in time to a greener era. I absolutely loved everything that we saw, it was just a beautiful oasis of greens and flowers and fountains. Walking through the original owner’s house I also got to see some gorgeous books, many on gardening, that I would have loved to be able to get my hands on. Although, once I had them I’m not sure I’d have the heart to recycle them, I’d have too much fun looking through and gleaning information from their ripe pages.

I could talk on and on really, but a better way to impress the beauty would just be to show you a few of my photos from the excursion. Which is what I plan to do. Here are some little inspirations for my art straight, from Mother Nature herself (with a little help and encouragement from humans).

Baby trees botanical drawing greens yellow flowers leaves pink flowers  lace aloe greenhouse fountains