Monday, October 10, 2011

Craft happy weekend

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It was a good weekend for me, the weather was perfect fall weather. Rainy, cool, breezy...*sigh*  that is perfect weather for me. I don't like hot sunny fall days...those are summer days to me, so I greatly appreciated the change. My kids and I did a lot of little craft projects this weekend, and incorporated them into our fall/Halloween decor. It's always so much fun to make decorations, it makes them feel more personal and special, plus you usually save some money ;) 

Here are the different fabric pumpkins the kids and I made. I found the tutorial here.  We also added bay leaves to them. I am happy with the way they turned out. I found myself going into the kitchen to do something and wound up making a pumpkin real quick! Very easy and fun :)
This pumpkin is black and white gingham. I think it's my favorite one.
 Orange and black plaid pumpkin. I really like this fabric. It reminds me of my Grandmom.

I also made some burlap pennant banners.  I LOVE how these came out! I am gonna make more for Thanksgiving. I used the old burlap coffee bean bag I bought at the antique mall. I ran some twine through it to hang it with.

Here is another sign I made. I think they add a bit of cuteness to any decor!
  I had some burlap left and wasn't sure what to do with it. So I asked my hubby and he said "why not make some little ghosts out of it". Why didn't I think of that!? So I did and I love them. I made three, and used up all the burlap. I cut a square about 10x10 in. and wadded up a ball of toilet paper for the head. Tied raffia around the neck and painted black eyes and a mouth. Took 5 min!

This one is a girl because she has some pink on her burlap. 

I put this guy outside with the broom. 

Our next project was an idea my mom had seen in a magazine. We took glass jars (pickles, jelly,peanut butter,)and washed them out. Then I got napkins and tissue paper at the Dollar Store and applied it with Mod Podge to the outside. We added a coat on top of it all, and that was it. The kids had a lot of fun with this one. They each made their own. There's one more little pumpkin that didn't make it into the pic...woops! 

I spent some time throughout the weekend adding fall touches to the outside. I made this wreath last week. I bought a grape vine wreath for $2.50 at Hobby Lobby, some flowers and feathers. I just wedge them between the vines. I am by no means an advanced wreath maker! 

I found this big pot of mixed mums for $10.00 at Walmart...the best price I have seen for that size. I put them on top of my apple crate and added some Indian corn, pumpkins and gourds. 
 I love the colors of these mums!
 Mr. Scarecrow has been a part of our family for many years. He started to loose his hat and hair, but we fixed him! Hope he stays around for a couple more years.
 A small tablescape I made with a fall flag, mums and my old bird house. I have it sitting on a terracotta pot and wrapped some burlap around it. I am digging burlap right now...if you haven't noticed.

The side of the house. I have some flowers to plant here, just didn't get it done yet.

I love sitting on the porch in the rocking chairs. The weather has been just right for that lately.

 The front of the house. I have some gardening to do and a couple more touches to add. You get the idea though....I hope :)

Thanks for coming by to see my home. Hope you enjoyed it.
Have a great week!



  1. Rachel,

    Your fall decorations are so site. Love the little Burma ghosts. It's especially fun making them homemade with your kids.....

  2. What a lovely home! I love all the decorations that you made. What are you favorite thrift store/junk malls/flea markets/etc in the area?

  3. Thank you Kelly! It was fun to make the decorations with the kids :)

    Thanks Alison, I am normally not so crafty, but I am having a lot of fun making things! As far as my favorite shops in this area I would say Gina's Junk, The vintage years,and The front porch of the South. I have been to a couple other places but they didn't thrill me. There are a couple other places that I have never been to but am itching to go check out! What are yours?

  4. Hi Rachel,
    Your front entrance is looking very festive. Love the wreath on the front door with the feathers. And your little burlap ghosts are just adorable!
    Marianne :)

  5. Oh my gosh girl where do I start!!! I love crafting with my kiddos, I've got some ideas we just need to do them LOL. That gingham pumpkin is awesome, my favorite one too! I made burlap banners last year that says Boo also! Your husband is awesome, those burlap ghosts are fabulous!! I love the girl one, too cute! Your wreath looks really great too I love the feathers you added. The entry to your home is so warm and welcoming! I love it all!!!!

    Have a great night :)

  6. Wow, you had so, so much fun! I am sure the kids had a great time. Thanks for following me, I am following you back! Love the Boo banners and the pumpkins. They are on my list, but I want to make everything I see! I did do some word blocks with my granddaughter this weekend and that was fun and easy. She is 6 and hers turned out the best!

  7. LOVE all your touches of fall and those burlap ghosts are too too cute!

  8. Rachel, thanks for stopping by to visit me today and leaving such sweet comments!! Your fall decor looks so cute and festive!! My girls and I live for cloudy days, too! That's when we do a lot of crafting and decorative things around the house. To us, that's perfect weather...LOL!

  9. Thanks Jacqueline,
    It is always fun when the kids can get involved and help out. Sounds like you had a fun time with your Granddaughter!

  10. Love your fall decor! I wish I could do more for our outside this year but we're headed home to spend Halloween with the fam. so I don't want it left out while we're gone. Next year though! :)
    Thanks for commenting and following! Off to explore yours more!

  11. Rachel,
    love all your fall decor, it's even better when it's made with the family! I'm sure your children had a blast crafting with Mom! The little burlap ghosts are so cute! Your home looks very "fall" festive! Thanks for visiting, I will be back!

  12. I just love how you put the little pumpkins above the door, so cute! Also like the gingham pumpkin!

  13. Thanks Rebecca for stopping by and leaving me a comment :) It was a perfect rainy weekend for making crafts with the kids. Hope you'll stop by again! :)

    @ something nice and pretty, thanks for popping over to my blog and for your nice comments! Have a lovely day,


  14. awww girl that all looks so cute. I love your entry way, screams welcome come on in!~

  15. Love all your cute little vignettes! I especially like the little pumpkins sitting on the ledge of your transom window. So warm and inviting! I'm a new follower.
    :) CAS

  16. Super cute - love that banner and all your pretty decorations! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  17. Thanks so much Debbie for your sweet comment!

    Thank you Courtney for your nice comment, and thanks for hosting a great party!

    Rachel :)

  18. Everything is lovely, Rachel...Love all the wonderful beautifully presented. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  19. Olá!!! Linda decoração, seu blog é um verdadeiro encanto... tudo muito delicado e charmoso!!!


  20. Eliza,
    Muito obrigado para o seu commment!