Thanksgiving Mantel Decorations

Thanksgiving, for me, is about food, family, and giving thanks for all my friends and loved ones.  Plus it is the calm before the Christmas bonanza.  My mantel decorations are simplistic to reflect that.  Plus I like to have a nice clean look before the gobs of Christmas Decorations begin. Thanksgiving is still about Fall for me.  I want to reflect the warm browns, russets, deep reds, and last golds of the season before giving over to the cold, crisp winter.  Plus I have a fruit decor obsession. So enjoy the last days of fall and relaxation before the excitement … Read more…

The Golden Apple

I know the traditional harvest decorations are corn and pumpkins but what about apples.  Specifically golden apples.  Ever heard of the goose that laid the golden apple?  Yeah, this tutorial is kinda like that, but I’m not laying anything and we are making an golden apple… With letters…  So basically not the same at all… Anyway on to the tutorial:   Supplies Vinyl Letters* (I have a craft machine that cuts vinyl but any vinyl letters will work) Gold Spray Paint* Fresh Apple Step 1: Set up the Setup This is going to seem like a no-brainer tutorial but there … Read more…

Two Ways To Age Paper (Coffee & Tea)

Aged Paper from Coffee and Tea

I wanted a variety of aged papers to cover books for my Thanksgiving Mantel.  Not having any walnut ink on hand, but having plenty of old coffee grounds (One needs to appear slightly perky at work after blogging all night) I thought why not give it a try. It just grew there and I tried tea as well.  Enter the tutorial on aging paper with coffee and tea: Supplies Got Paper? Got Coffee or Tea? Got Water? You are good to go. Coffee Steps Mix some old coffee grounds in a shallow pan with hot water.  Put the paper in … Read more…

Halloween Mantel

Halloween Mantel with Dripping Flesh Garland

I have stated before that I usually like the ‘prettier’ halloween.  Glittered skulls, pretty potions, mystical & magical versus ghouls and gore is more up my alley.  However, this year I just wasn’t feeling it.  I even had ravens, black tulle, and lots of green glitter all ready to go.  Instead I opted to make a huge mess with paint and plaster.   I think once you have a giant eye attached to your mantel, you kinda have to continue with the theme.   In comes spider webs and zombie candles.  Lots of spider webs…   And lots of zombie … Read more…

Autumn Sun Catchers

Tutorial on creating wax paper sun catchers in leaf shape.

Last week I had the pleasure of doing my first first ever craft guest post at The Experimental Home.  I wanted to keep it kid friendly and Autumn themed to blend with both of our website missions.  Laura graciously invited me to share these fall leaf sun catchers while making an awesome Spider Tutorial for Craft Thyme: My guest post and can be found at The Experimental Home in it’s entirety, but I have now added the instructions here as well. First, I wanted to touch on one awesome thing I learned! I can craft with my kids and collaboratively … Read more…