One last Thanksgiving weekend project

After work, I’m off to Ikea to pick up this $8 multi-use hanger. I have one at home that’s covered in scarves. This one will be covered in felt. Add it to my Thanksgiving weekend craft list.

Stay tuned for the big reveal!

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Thanksgiving crafts

My favorite part of the long Thanksgiving weekend… time to sit around and do crafts! Here’s what’s on my list…

Felt flowers – I’ve been meaning to make a couple decorative pillows for the living room. Since I have flowers on the rug and flowers on my wall art, it only seems right to have flower pillows on the couch. Here’s a detailed how-to by MeganReardon.

Felt pine cone looking things – They kind of look like pine cones, don’t you think? Felt, pins, and Styrofoam balls… Looks easy as pie!  How-to by Knitty Gritty Thoughts

Felt wreath – I am not usually one for wreaths. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places but I seem to only notice tacky, cheap-looking ones. Ya know, plastic Easter eggs or black feathers? Ew. Anyway, I found this one on Etsy. I think this could be year-round wall art. Plus, I think I can make it.

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The perfect Thanksgiving tablescape

A co-worker asked for my decorating advice. How flattering! Specifically, how to decorate the Thanksgiving table – create a tablescape if you will. If that’s not a real word, it should be.

Anyway, I suggested burlap, pine cones, a hand full of glass ornaments, and a couple of candles. Evidently I’m on to something because Nate Berkus was thinking the exact same thing! He put together this beautiful centerpiece for under $25. See the full tutorial here.

I bet I can do it for less.

Burlap, check! We have at least 30 runners left over from the wedding.
Pine cones, since we haven’t raked yet, I imagine they’re laying all over my yard.
Glass ornaments, finally another use for them!

$25? Pretty sure mine will be $free.99!

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We’re a Real Wedding on!

A great big thank you to our photographer, Ben Colvin, for submitting the pictures and to Megan McCarty from MNBride for sharing our story. Click here to see the post.

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A must share…

Apartment Therapy‘s most recent post is titled ‘9 things I wish I’d known about decorating a first home’. How fitting.

I love 1, 8, and 9.

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Ikea hackers!

My Google Reader is jam-packed with design sites and wedding blogs. At least once or twice a week, I come across a project that I cannot wait to try. I keep most of them stashed away for a rainy day but today I found a simple project that I have got to do this weekend.

The kitchen cabinets will have to wait.

Don’t tell Spencer, since he HATES it with a firey passion, that I’ll be taking a trip to Ikea on Saturday to pick up one of these babies. A $7 laminate Lack table…

The geniuses over at Ikea Hackers turned that table into a piece of art that covers unsightly fixtures. I have an unsightly fixture in my entry way!

Head over to their tutorial for the details and check back on Monday for mine.

Oh, and here’s this week’s top 5 home decor-ish blogs in my Google Reader. I’m always looking for a refresh so tip me off to your favs, too!

  1. Apartment Therapy
  2. Young House Love
  3. Ikea Hackers
  4. Dollar Store Crafts
  5. Centsational Girl
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“Celebrate growing older”

As I was puttering around the web this evening, I stumbled across a great post from Beth Voltmer, a crafty lade in Iowa, who writes My Inspired Life.

She re-posted a compilation of life’s lessons by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Regina Brett. She suggests printing the list and reading it daily.

My favorites are 4, 17, 23, 36, and 40. And I need to be constantly reminded that 1, 20, 25, and 41 are extremely true. Pick your favorites here.

P.S… I Googled Regina Brett and apparently she’s not even close to 90 years old like Beth’s post suggests. Oopsies.

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