Sunday, September 13, 2015

How's It Going? Back to School, Savoring Summer, and Touches of Fall

Hi everyone! It's been a busy few weeks for us. We are officially back to school, and if you're a teacher, you know how zany those first few weeks are! I feel like my to-do lists are never ending, know what I mean? I'm totally hanging onto the last days of summer, which isn't hard when the temperatures are in the 90s, like they were last week.
Our vegetable garden is really winding down. I picked what will probably be the last of the green and purple beans, and some tomatoes, as well.

The pots on our deck are also still in full bloom! I am so pleased with how well they've done, especially since it's been super dry here lately, and I'm not always the best at watering if we're being honest. I always like to try new types of flowers in my containers, but there's something to be said for also going with what you know will bloom for months, require little maintenance, and look beautiful!
We've been enjoying time with my family on their boat, too. This is my favorite time of year on the lake, since it's less busy than mid-summer, and is just so, so beautiful!
While I'm holding firm to the end of summer, I'm ever so gradually fading out my summer-specific decor in exchange for some transitional things. I tend to prefer a shift over time, versus a big change-out in decor, and again, honesty- I'm not a fan of big change anyway.
I pulled out my felt flower wreath for the front door today. I love the cranberry color on the green door, and this one always makes me smile because it was my first DIY wreath. I made it a couple of years ago, for our first or second fall in our home.
I am also loving this hobnail, mercury glass-esque vase that I found at LLBean a few weeks ago. You really never know where you'll find sometime cute! I popped this faux green hydrangea in it for some bright color. For some reason, our hydrangea is on strike this year and isn't blooming, so I guess I'll need to settle for this guy.
This corner of our living room also got some updates recently. I found this initial pillow case at Target recently, and had to grab it. I love that turquoise blue color, and it's actually a pattern on the other side. I think it fits well with the navy and white pillows that tend to live on this chair. The chair itself used to be my parents', and the cushions were slip covered by my Grammy, who was an amazing seamstress.
Today, I also traded the yellow forsythia in this wide-base vase for some eucalyptus stems that I picked up from Trader Joes and dried. I like the green a lot, and I think it's a bit more fall-like. Slow and steady, right?
This vase is tricky, because the opening is super narrow, so it's hard to find things that fit and work well! I like how it came out, and it was an easy and inexpensive swap for fall.
Still to change are the other wreaths in my house- last weekend, I bought some materials to make two new ones for fall. I also will update my chalkboards, too. Once it's October, I'll start adding in pumpkins and gourds. I like to wait a bit because I use real ones from local farms, and I like for them to stay through Thanksgiving. If I start too early, they won't last!
What are you changing in your home as fall approaches? Are you diving in headfirst, or more of a dip your toe person, like me? Do you have any crafting or decor projects for fall planned?
Lastly, I finally learned how to use our sewing machine! We had gotten one with a gift card, and I've been eyeing it for several months, but intimidation has always won. Finally, on the last day of my summer vacation, I decided it was time. It was a rainy day, so it was as good a day as any. I had even stashed away some fabric with an infinity scarf in mind, and managed to pull it off! It's still a bit warm for scarves here, but it will be comfy for cooler weather. If you're a sewing pro, then no laughing, because this was a huge accomplishment for me!
Are there any other easy sewing project I should try? I don't want to get in over my head, but I'd love some ideas!

Looking for other wreath ideas? Check out my DIY fabric flower wreath here.


  1. I loveeee that wreath! I can't wait to see what other ones you come up with - and your scarf is totally cute too!

    1. Hi Kristy,

      Thanks so much! I have made a few others, and plan to keep going! It's definitely a favorite project of mine. Also, now that I (kind of) know how to sew, I'm pretty excited! :)


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