Simple, Fast Thanksgiving Table Decor

Thanksgiving Table

Ok…Thanksgiving is next week!  Let’s think about how we are going to decorate the table.  Our table is overflowing with plates and serving dishes; however, I love to have some type of centerpiece – it really makes it feel special!  I thought I would show you 3 very simple and fast ideas for centerpieces or a buffet setting!  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.  

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Preparing the Gardens for Fall!

Preparing the GardensIt is that time of year that our gardens needs some tender loving care!  Preparing your gardens, whether they are your flower gardens or vegetable gardens, is quite simple.  Here is what I do to make sure my garden is ready for spring planting!

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How to Paint Outdoor House Shutters

Outdoor Shutters

In full confession, painting the shutters on my house has been on my to-do list for longer than I care to admit!  But, this weekend, I finally got to them and wow, am I glad!  They turned out sooooo nice (if I do say so myself!)

Here is the before picture of my shutters, faded from the sun for the last 20 years!

Shutters Before

  • Before removing the shutters, I sprayed them off with the hose to get any build up behind them such as old wasp nests, etc.
  • Then, I removed each shutter, making sure to place them so I knew which one came from where.  There were only four, but I wanted to make sure they went back to the same place.
  • I got 24 new matching screws, the original ones were 20 years old!  Each shutter used six screws.
  • I placed some 1 x 4’s so I could lay the shutters down, but kept them above the grass.
  • Then they sun-bathed until dry!

Washing Shutters

  • Painting begins!  I used a spray paint for plastic and outdoor use.  This took about 1-1/2 cans.

Painting Shutters

  • Once first coat was dry, it took a few more times to spray over areas that were not quite covered.
  • An extra step I took was taking the new screws and stuck them sharp side down into a cardboard box. Then I spray painted the heads of the screws to match when I put them back on the house.

Completed Shutters

There you have it!  Don’t they look much better!?  Seems to brighten up the house, I think!

What have you done lately to brighten up the outside of your house?

by Lynn

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How to Make Outdoor Pillow Covers

How to Make Outdoor Pillows

My porch bench needed new pillows for Fall.  The Summer pillows were pretty, but now that Fall is here, I needed to change them out.  However, I don’t actually buy a whole new pillow, I simply make a new pillow cover.

Those black plastic squares in the picture are actually my pillows!  I call them my “pillow base”.  During garage sale season, Angie found me two pillows for a few cents.  One I think she actually got free!  So, I covered them in plastic bags and taped them up nice and tight.

 

 

 

Pillow Begin

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Wedding Favors/Gift Boxes

Wedding Favors/Gift BoxesWe made wedding favor gift boxes!  We are getting ready for the wedding!  It is Saturday, October 28th and we are in working on the final preparations.  We wanted to have favors that looked rustic yet simple.  So we chose these gift boxes that we found at Hobby Lobby:

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Make Quality, Long Lasting Cash Envelopes!

Cash Envelopes

Today we want to offer our custom Cash Envelope template!  You can make your own long lasting cash envelopes. Below is a picture of a few that we have made.  Below are the material list and instructions!  (This post contains affiliate links, see our disclaimer).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No-Sew, Cheap & Fast Pillow Covers!

Quick PillowsI have always wanted nice pillows for my front porch bench… but didn’t want to pay for different pillows for each holiday or season.  So… here’s what I did:

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Barn Doors for a Barn Wedding

 

 

We “made” our own barn doors for the upcoming wedding!  Let me explain:  My daughter is getting married at a rustic, beautiful red barn wedding venue in October.  She wanted something special for the backdrop for the actual ceremony but also one that she could keep and use in their new home. 

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How to Build a Rustic Bench

How to Build a Rustic Bench

I BUILT A RUSTIC ENTRYWAY BENCH AND YOU CAN TOO!

I had seen this rustic entryway bench out on Pinterest so many times that I finally decided to build it. Since this is not something that I usually do (or for that matter, had ever done) it was possible that I had lost my mind! However, the instructions were so clear and easy to follow that I decided to give it a try on my first available weekend. I am glad I did!

Here is how I tackled this project:

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