October 9, 2015

Friday Favorites - Surfs Up!

We've ventured off to the beach for the weekend to visit family and just relax for a few days.  Nothing quite as tropical as this, but still beautiful, none the less.  Wishing you rays of sunshine and lots of color.  There is beauty all around us, in everything we see...

Happy Weekend everyone!  See you next week!

xoxo ♥ Janell

October 7, 2015

Decorating with Natural Neutrals and hints of Gold

Hey all!  Have you had enough of pumpkins yet?!  I hope not, because I've got a couple more pumpkin things up my sleeves.  I am declaring October, pumpkin month.  After all, it's the time of harvest, and harvest always makes me think of pumpkin patches, and corn mazes.  So!  Today I wanted to share how easy it is to decorate for fall, simply by foraging.  Both in and around your home... but also when you're out for nature walks too!

This is an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the coming months, without really spending a lot of money.  I'm personally a bargain shopper, I love a good deal and I've always been frugal.  I don't mind paying for quality and sustainable pieces, but I think the fun part is really mixing in those extras along the way...  Now I will admit, I do go out every year, and buy up some miniature pumpkins.  I just love them.  Yes, I did try growing my own pumpkins this year (more on that later), but to get the party started early I picked up a bag of miniature pumpkins and just started placing them all over my home.

Next, I started gathering.  I'm loving the look of white this year.  I think we all are.  It's clean and fresh and simple, and you can mix and match anything white, with anything white, and it pretty much usually works when it comes to a table setting, or a simple holiday display.  I also knew I wanted to try touches of gold mixed in, so I pulled out my favorite little frame to play with, and noticed instantly how much I loved the neutrals of all these natural things I had gathered lately, that I had actually completely forgotten about the pops of gold I was originally going for!  *silly me*

It didn't matter though.  New inspiration had come.  You know how sometimes you set out to do one thing, and it leads you to another?  I challenge you to do this.  Go for a nature walk, and forage.  I tend to do this often, as you'll see this is just my latest little collection of things...  Even this rustic scrap of wood, I found in a pile on a family friend's property.  I think it would look handsome as a table runner, on a Thanksgiving table setting...

Pair that with milk glass, or a mix of white dishes.  Things like colorful fall leaves, twigs or branches, miniature pine cones and acorns.  I'm loving the look of dried thistles, but be careful of their thorns.  Any other dried stems, dried ears of corn, even long strands of dried grass would be lovely.  The only thing missing are those pops of gold I was looking for.  These gorgeous mercury glass gold votives were exactly what I had in mind, and you can get them on Etsy at BitsofImperfection.  pssttt... They come in silver too!

Never overlook the beauty of nature, and never over think free.

tips from a bargain shopper, extraordinaire.

xoxo ♥ Janell

October 5, 2015

And the Winner Is...

I want to thank you all so much for taking the time to enter, and for sharing this blog, and give-away with your friends!  I see some new faces here, but some of you are friends who I've known and loved for years!  It's been such a blessing having you all in my life, and as part of my creative journey.  I know you've heard me say this before, but the best is yet to come!  Life just keeps getting better as we go along, right?!  :)

I used randomizer.org to choose a number from 1-27 (as there were 27 comments).  #9 was chosen!  And the Winner is...

Kelly of KreatedbyKelly.etsy.com, where you can find her quirky and colorful handmade jewelry, or visit her at KBKextras.etsy.com for the 'extras that make life sweeter'.  Kelly is also on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Thank you all so much again, for all that you do!  I wouldn't be here, if not for you!!  :)

xoxo ♥ Janell