While we’ve been busy painting all of the rooms of our house, everything is in complete chaos! Books stacked on every available flat surface in any room other than the one we are currently working in, furniture all moved out to the garage (so the car is parked in the driveway and it was pouring down rain this morning . . . it’s time to get the furniture OUT of the garage and back in the house!), and miscellaneous stuff piled and stacked everywhere so we can paint. The plan, of course, is to sort through all those piles of stuff and get rid of a whole bunch of it, or at least store some of the stuff that we don’t need right at the minute.
With all of the de-cluttering getting so much attention these days, and since I’ve always been one to get rid of stuff rather than keep it stored up and piled up, this is actually quite overwhelming to me. So much so, that without any room to work on my own creative projects, I’m reduced to looking at other people’s ideas and getting a bit of inspiration for the day when I can get back out in my sewing room / studio and make something!
With autumn just around the corner, I’ve been looking at some beautiful, creative projects to celebrate the season. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to try out some of these ideas myself, but for now the best I can do is share some of the ideas that have inspired me to keep painting so that I can get back to “normal” as soon as possible! I hope you are having a chance to create these days. Remember, creativity is an important part of who you are, even if you don’t know it yet! Can’t wait to get back to work on my art journals this fall!
We don’t usually have lots of outdoor decorations, but this year just might be a different story! We have a beautiful deck (although it also needs to be painted – next spring!) but a few creative and colorful touches would be fun. This stack of painted pumpkins is simple but cheerful and I’m thinking I could even get a few pumpkins from Hobby Lobby so this could be used more than one year. Planning a trip to Hobby Lobby!
I love this idea! Really simple yet meaningful. There are so many different ways these door tags could be designed, really to celebrate every season of the year. Now if I can just learn how to write pretty cursive letters like that . . . there’s a tutorial for that somewhere!
Apples – the perfect symbol of a bountiful autumn harvest! Hang a bushel basket (or probably a smaller basket than a bushel!) on your front door, loaded up with apples (real or . . . looks like another trip to Hobby Lobby!) and a cute painted sign above and there you have a beautiful front door to welcome your friends and family.
Well, who doesn’t love an upcycled tin can??? How cute is this and easy too! Fill up an empty tin can with autumn blooms, leaves, and foliage, wrap some twine and ribbon around, add a ribbon or lace loop to hang over the door know – instant autumn ambiance.
So I was wondering what to do with the couple of old rakes that we have in the corner of the garage. They are still useful but kind of beat up, so now I know what to do! This upcycled rake is decorated with fall foliage and burlap ribbon – perfectly simple and just right for autumn door decor.
It is always amazing to me to see all of the different ways that creative people use a plain old fashioned wreath to make the cutest designs! Any number of embellishments could be used to make this adorable owl wreath, but for the complete tutorial, visit the Maya Road blog to see how easy it is to make your very own Autumn Owl for your front door.
Well, here’s the best of both worlds for autumn home decor! An apple wreath that is simple but so “autumn-ish.” I guess I better pick up a TON of apples on my trip to Hobby Lobby! This beautiful apple wreath is made using a Styrofoam wreath form, and then attaching a variety of apples with a glue gun. Find the complete tutorial on the Wood Grain Cottage blog.