Monday, October 4, 2010

Sneak Peak at Fall Projects

I have been completely inspired by all the creativity out in the bloggersphere and I know I'm not alone on this.   Ideas and inspiration from fellow bloggers can lead you down a tricky path.  You start by visiting one of your favorite sites and before you know it, you are three blogs deep trying to remember where you started.  With a little effort, I was able to recreate the path where my current inspiration all started.

Last week I visited Kate over at  Oh Write because she posted a really cool picture of her fall mantle.  I then followed a link on her blog to a  Fall Mantle Party at Nester Place.  From there I visited site after site of amazing Fall or Halloween themed mantles.  This all got my creative juices flowing and here's what I've done so far.  (Goal here is also to keep things on the cheap.  Going to need some spending money when I'm in Chicago.)

This sort of scary house was something I bought years ago when Stinky was little.  This was back when he was a joy and treasure.  You know...before he became a teenager.  (OK...I'll stop beating that dead horse).

Cute, but a little corny maybe and as I'm not a huge fan of scary Halloween decorations, I decided the place needed a little updating to welcome the Fall season.

Using some acrylic paint (20% off at Michael's), I now have this cute little house.

I plan on writing "Welcome" down the sign on the front door.  Just waiting for the paint to dry completely.  I'm pretty happy with it.  I know the freehand windows are kind of funky, but I think it gives the place character.  (That's a nice way of saying, I suck at drawing.)

My next project utilized these frames on sale at Michael's for $4.99, plus I had the 20% off everything coupon.  I just used a couple of my leaf stamps and made some art.  Simple, but pretty I think.

I hope to have the mantle actually done sometime this week, but I've got a few more things to make.

Again...Happy Fall Everyone.


  1. Great update to your house and I love the windows...they have more character. And great use of your stamps for seasonal art. I know exactly what you mean about clicking on one blog, that leads to another, you end up somewhere at a link party you didn't know about and then you start clicking on those projects, and then your husband, OK my husband says: "But I thought you were done"

  2. LOVE your artwork! I'm going to possible make some of the leaves in frames! My husband is a woodturner, and we love all things trees, leaves and wood! I'm surprised I haven't done any of these in the past--guess I just needed to see yours!

  3. Love those leaf prints!
    I think I bought those same frames today at Michaels.

  4. Looks like you've been having some crafting fun!! : )

  5. Love your house transformation and leaf art.It's so much fun to go blog cruising and see all of the eye candy.

    p.s.Your teenager will morph into a wonderful adult right before your eyes... but it is trying in the process.

  6. Oooh, I love the leaf stamp framed art. It's beautiful.

  7. Both are great projects! Now off to catch up on your older posts. I'm behind!