October 26, 2016

A day at the Pumpkin Patch

Last Saturday we headed out to a pumpkin patch in Scott, AR. The weather was perfect and we had such a fun day! This pumpkin patch had a lot of activities - perfect for families! There was a little animal train, hayrides, a sand pile, swings, a big slide, a petting zoo, pig racing (whaat?!), and much more! Jensen loved picking out a little pumpkin for herself and helping us choose a big one to carve as a family! TC's grandfather and aunt also came out the pumpkin patch with us! We've been so busy lately! Our church trunk-or-treat was this evening, her daycare Halloween party is tomorrow, then she gets to come to work with me for part of the afternoon on Friday for trick-or-treating at the office! My brother and TC's parents are coming to visit this weekend as well!
my favorite people!

October 16, 2016

Introducing...the Morton Salt Girl!

Halloween is almost here! I've started a tradition of making Jensen's Halloween costume each year (her first Halloween as a pumpkin, and last year as Supergirl) This year is definitely my favorite - she is going as the Morton Salt Girl! I finished her costume a few days ago and we thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and take some photos of her in it since we're going to be pretty busy later this month. She had so much fun twirling around in the full circle skirt and carrying her little white umbrella! I used a Simplicity 1547 Project Runway pattern pieces for the sleeves, bodice, and collar but then adjusted the sleeve length, embellished with adorable trim at both the waist and sleeve and collar edges. I also added a full circle skirt instead of doing the gathered rectangular one that the pattern called for. After pairing her dress with white tights, yellow shoes, and an oatmeal container I converted to look like a Morton Salt container her costume was complete! We (well all the really good photos were taken by TC) took these photos at The Old Mill in North Little Rock! We're so excited for actual Halloween now! Jensen keeps wanting to put back on her dress and shoes! ha!

October 4, 2016

fall home tour

Come on in! and can I just say that I love Autumn? Pumpkin pie, sweaters and boots, the changing leaves, ahh all of it! Today I'm sharing a few photos of our apartment all decked out in full out fall! I made myself wait until late September to start pulling out my autumn decor, but really I was itching to start half-way through August. I know that's a bit ridiculous though! Hardly any of my decor is new this year, I just repurposed a few things, wrote new sayings on my chalkboards, and printed a couple freebie fall printables. I did sew a new runner, fabric napkins, and place mats for our table and got a few new faux floral stems and autumn berry type garland for 60% off plus a 25% off coupon at Joann's - score! (This girl can't afford real flowers in the apartment all the time!) Do you like fall as much as I do?!

Aren't those brown, floral pillows awesome? I thrifted them for $4 each back when we were living in Dallas. They're even stuffed with down/feathers not just a cheap synthetic pillow form! Changing out my pillow covers is one of the changes I make each season! I made all these covers a couple years back and just keep reusing them!
Chalkboard thrifted several years ago and 'Autumn Welcome' banner made a couple years ago by stenciling letters onto scrapbook paper.
We're in a rental and the kitchen cabinet color is not one that I would choose myself, but I'm living with it! This kitchen doesn't lend it's self well to do a lot of decorations but I did hang a wreath I made, put a faux-floral arrangement together in this cute mustard vase I thrifted, and put some fall leaf-garland up on top of the cabinets and it'll do!

This is our small (multipurpose) dining room- here we also house our ikea bookshelves! Since we don't have a mantle, these bookcases get decorated as one! The cream and gold artwork is actually a piece of fabric remnant stapled to a regular painters canvas! I made the 'Give Thanks' banner from stenciled scrapbook paper and some wide, burlap ribbon. The pumpkins on the bookcases are from Hobby Lobby a couple years ago. The small chalkboard sign is from Target's dollar spot and the pumpkin candy dish is sadly empty right now because we're in the middle of doing the Whole 30! As soon as it's over you can better believe there will be some kind of chocolate or candy corn in there! ha ha
Some new faux-floral stems mixed in with ones I previously had look great in this Farm Fresh bucket that I thrifted years ago. The me-made runner, placemats, and fabric napkins coordinate perfectly! I always end up moving them all out of the way though before we eat because I don't actually want to spill food on them! Happy Fall Y'all! :)
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