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Hands up if you love the sounds of fall leaves crunching under your feet?  I love going on walks and hearing that crunching sound and smelling that sweet autumn air.

I saw this quote and I just loved it.  I wanted to make a printable to display in my home and of course I wanted to share with all of you too!

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I shared this post and printable on A Little Tipsy a couple weeks ago but wanted to make sure no one missed out.

Fall-gratitude-printable

I love Autumn and all the fun that comes with it. But one of my favorite things about this season, is the opportunity to reflect on what I’m grateful for. This quote helps me remember that I have enough and I should be grateful for everything I do have.

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I hope you enjoy it too.

 

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Chalkboard and Burlap Thankful Frame.1

Hi again Crafting Chicks friends! It’s Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything! I’m so happy to be here with you today sharing a fun Thanksgiving craft. I like the idea of having a place where we can share what we’re thankful for, so I made this little chalkboard that we can write on daily through the month of November. I can’t wait to see what the kids write on it.

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Here’s what you need:
Unfinished Wood Frame
Burlap (2 different colors)
Paint stick
Paint (my colors: Americana Mustard Seed, Americana Jack-o-lantern Orange, DecoArt Spa Blue, Ceramcoat Antique White, Ceramcoat Burnt Umber)
Clear Chalkboard coating (Americana)
Twine or jute
Glue dots

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Cut the white burlap into little triangles, mine measure 2″h x 1 1/2″w. You can paint whatever designs you like on the flags, but I’ll share with you how I made mine. The orange polka dots were made by using the end of a paint brush, dipping it in the paint, and randomly dotting it on the burlap flag. I free handed the yellow chevron flags. They aren’t perfect but they turned out pretty good. The blue plaid was pretty easy to do using the burlap as a guide. Use a really thin brush and follow the burlap threads as you paint. Paint the vertical strips then the horizontal stripes, leave uneven spacing between the stripes.

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Paint the unfinished frame antique white, let dry, then cut out the darker burlap using the frame as I guide. I placed the piece of burlap over the frame and just used scissors to cut it out to the exact size as the flat piece of the frame. Use mod podge to attach the burlap to the frame by painting it on the wood and positioning the burlap on top. The mod podge dries clear.

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Make the banner by draping the jute across the top of the frame. I tied a little bow at the ends of the jute. Attach the little flags to the jute using glue dots or a little dot of hot glue.

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To make the thankful plaque I first cut the paint stick to fit across the bottom of the frame. Paint the stick brown then spell out thankful using stickers or vinyl. Paint one coat of antique white over the whole piece, let dry, then peel off the stickers. Sand the whole piece to give it a weathered look.

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Attach the thankful plaque to the frame using hot glue.

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Now it’s time to make the chalkboard. You can chose whatever color you like but I’m using Jack-o-lantern orange. Paint a couple coats of the color on the back of the frame piece (it’s the piece that would usually hold the picture in place). Once it’s dry, paint over it with the clear chalkboard coating. Paint in one direction and then the other letting it dry 1 hour between coats (follow the directions on the bottle). I love this chalkboard coating because it turns anything into a chalkboard. Season the board by rubbing chalk all over it then wiping clean with a cloth. Now you’re ready to write on it.

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Insert the back into the frame and it’s ready to be written on. I asked everyone what I should write on it first and they all said family. We’ll take turns writing on it and might even change it a couple times a day. I hope this will be another little reminder to my family of how blessed we are and how much we have to be thankful for.

Thank you for letting me share another project with you and if I don’t see you before Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!

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Pumpkin and spice cake

If you love all things pumpkin I have a recipe for you!  I’ve had several different pumpkin cake recipes and have loved them all.  But this cake is super easy cause it starts with a box mix and then you add in some other ingredients to make it super moist and yummy!  Trust me.   This is one to try!

Pumpkin and Spice Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 package spice cake mix
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip Dressing
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups of powered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 13x9 pan and set aside. Beat cake mix, pumpkin, dressing and eggs in a large bowl on medium speed until well blended. Our into prepared pan.
  2. Bake 32-35 mins or until wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.
  3. To Make the Frosting:
  4. Beat cream cheese, butter, milk, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating ager each addition until well blended. Spread over cooled cake. Store any leftovers in the fridge.
We’ve teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more…we have you covered for Fall inspiration!
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This post is sponsored by Elmer’s. All opinions are my own.

Paint-Crackled-Pumpkin

 

Have you heard about Paint Crackle?  My mom was a big tole painter back in the day and I remember her using the technique.  I thought it might be fun to break it out for these little ceramic pumpkins I’ve had sitting around.

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Do you know what I discovered?  You don’t need expensive creams to get a paint crackle effect.  All you need is some Elmer’s Glue All.

So here’s how I achieved my fun looking crackled pumpkins.

First off paint your pumpkins with a base color that you want to show through.  I choose a Espresso from Americana. And after that paint dries, paint a layer of Elmer’s Glue All over top.

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You can see the difference in the pumpkin coated in Elmer’s Glue vs.  the one that has just been painted.  Once the glue has dried add your top layer of paint.  Go light on this layer in order for the crackle effect to happen.

And this is what you have once it’s dry!  I’m loving my new pumpkins!  Have you tried the crackle effect?  What do you think?

 

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This post is in partnership with Michael’s #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes. All ideas and opinions are my own.

How to make a fancy pumpkin

Every year my extended family has this fun huge Halloween party.  There is a contest involved for the best pumpkin.  I have yet to win. I have some pretty clever cousins, aunts and uncles.  So when Micheal’s announced their #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes. I was excited to take part.  Now I know my pumpkin isn’t earth shattering, but I love it.  It’s fancy and gold and simple.  Here’s how you can make one too.

First run to Michael’s and snag a pumpkin and this fun gold decoupage trim from the Martha Stewart line. There are all sorts of fun trims you could use, but I liked this fun fancy stuff.

Take your trim and you could always start to hot glue it right off the bat, but I wanted to make sure everything was where I wanted it, so I start by taping the trim down.

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Then snag your low temp glue gun.  (Make sure it’s low temp cause you don’t want to burn through your pumpkin.) Start adding small beads of glue and tapping the trim into place.

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And there you have it.  One fancy pumpkin for your front porch! What supplies would you snag from Micheal’s to #TrickYourPumpkin?  If you’d like to enter the sweepstakes, just upload your pumpkin creations via Instagram any time between Oct. 4 through 31 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels gift card and Plaid products each Friday throughout the month of October.  Make sure to use the hashtags #TrickYourPumpkin and #sweepstakes and tag @MichaelsStores to be entered to win.  Good luck!

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This post was sponsored by Michaels but all opinions are my own.
I LOVE the fall.  Love the soup, love the smells, and love the beautiful colors of the season.  I have always wanted to decorate my porch for fall, but felt limited because my porch is on the small side.
I decided that I needed something so I went to Michaels and shopped away and I’m in love with how everything turned out.
The first thing I looked for was a new fall wreath.  They are on sale right now and there are TONS to choose from.  I loved this one with the fall colors, leaves, acorns and pinecones.
I was excited to use my teal post. I love how it works with the orange of the pumpkins and the colors in the wreath.  This is on my porch year-round but I love the way it looks all dressed up for Autumn.  I just added some fake pumpkins and a strand of fall leaves to finish this area off.
Just behind my teal post, I added this wooden crate which I stained.  I loved the idea of adding in a lantern.  This was the perfect fit for this area.  And of course, add a pumpkin and some fall leaves!  The new fall welcome mat was perfect too!
On the other side of my door I added another crate tipped on the side with more pumpkins and leaves.
I got a small bail of hay and threw on another fun pumpkin and matching lantern with more leaves and a pumpkin in front.   I love the mixture of textures, colors and height with this one.  Then my barn wood sign sitting next to it is perfection in my opinion.


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I’m excited to share my Twine Monogram & Burlap Wreaths I made for my porch a few months ago.  I designed this for our fall  Command™ Brand project.

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Supplies:

Scissors

Thick twine

Burlap ribbon (plain or patterned)

Styrofoam wreath forms

Ribbon

Straight pins

Fabric

Hot glue

Tacky glue

Large Paper mache Monogram

Command™ Brand Hooks and Strips (I used clear outdoor and a Metal on for my Door)
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Step 1:  Wrap you Monogram letter with thick twine.  I just went around and around the letter using hot glue.  Pressing the twine strips together as you go…be patient.  This takes some time…but comes together great!

Corners of the letters are tricky.  I cut strips a few inches long to glue down on the corners and around the sides. porch 4 porch 5

Next:  Wrap your styrofoam wreath with the burlap ribbon…this is quick and makes up for all the hard twin work on the monogram! porch 3

Now for some fun and color…take material of your choice (I used blue, yellow and brown for fall) but you could use Christmas colors, spring colors…etc.)  Cut your material into 3 or 4 inch circles.  Fold each circle in fourths.  Then add a straight pin to the bottom folded tip and attach to your wreath.  This makes a cute fabric flower.  You may have to add a few more pins to press out the material and hold it in place better. porch 6 porch 8 porch 7

I love Command Hooks and Strips…cannot remember life before them!  I have several hanging in my home!  I used the clear outdoor  Command™ Brand hooks & Strips for my front porch windows.  I love the looks of symmetry and one wreath hanging over each window.

I used the Metal (pewter) outdoor  Command™ Brand hook for my front door.  It is just pretty. porch 19 porch 15

Make sure you clean the surfaces well!  I followed instructions and placed my hook and left it for several hours before hanging my wreaths.  This helps it adhere before holding the weight.

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For a last little touch…I added mini fabric pennants to my monogram.  These added color and adorableness… I used tacky glue to tack down the pennants…a no sew project! porch 9 porch 16

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I love how my porch turned out!  I’m excited to try changing out the material for the different seasons/holidays. porch 13

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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OK FRIENDS, are you ready for this?!

This is one of my favorite posts of the month as we come together with 11 other blogs to present printables for the season!  I LOVE seeing what everyone else comes up with and we all love sharing them with YOU, our readers!  These are nothing short of clever and awesome! ENJOY!!!  Which one is your favorite??

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As a quick recap, here are some of our past themes: 12 Back to School Printables,  12 FREE Spring Themed Printables12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables.

This time, mine was the THANKSGIVING DAY PLANNING SHEETS!!! Ok folks, this is the first time I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house, YIKES, where do I start?  To get my thoughts organized, I created these two planning sheets:

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The first one is all about the food and activities because you’ve gotta have those, we all know that!

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The second one is all about the meaning behind it all.  What DO I want my kids to learn? HOW am I going to make it memorable?  HOW will be think of the less fortunate?  I don’t know about you, but I am a planner when it comes to the meaning behind things.  For me, unless I spell it out, it probably won’t happen.  All these things are important to me and I can’t wait to try them out this Thanksgiving!!

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To download these printables, click on the download button below. The file includes 1 8.5″x11″ jpeg image in each download.  You’ll need to unzip the files to be able to print them out.

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#1) {The Dating Divas} – Give your hubby this cute, personalized candy bar wrapper to show your gratitude for him!

#2) {Somewhat Simple} – Count Your Blessings Tree | Includes everything you need to create a beautiful display of all the things you’re grateful for.

#3) {Whipperberry} – Printable bread wrapper to show your friends and family how grateful you are for them.

#4) {Crafting Chicks} – Thanksgiving planning pages to create the best, most organized and most purposeful Thanksgiving yet!

#5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Thanksgiving centerpiece idea and activity.
#6) {L’il Luna} – Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages perfect for the kids while the adults are busy cooking!
#7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Keep the kids busy coloring this Printable Thanksgiving Placemat – full of games, jokes, and puzzles!

#8) {I Heart Nap Time} – Give Thanksgiving leftovers the respect they deserve with these easy to use ‘leftovers’ printables!

#9) {The 36th Avenue} – Timeless “Bee” Thankful Printable and Thankful Tags. Available in two colors.

#10) {Paging Supermom} – “Thankful for Everything” chocolate wrapper coordinates with a collection of FREE Thanksgiving dinner decor!

#11) {The TomKat Studio} – Give thanks with these stylish notecards and gift tags!

#12) {The Idea Room} – Printable Happy Thanksgiving Gift Tags for Thanksgiving or Hostess Gifts.

CHECK OUT THESE FUN IDEAS FROM AROUND BLOGLAND…we have done the legwork, just print out and enjoy!

ENJOY and let me know ANY of your Thanksgiving ideas….HELP ME NOW!!!  I hope I survive :)!

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