Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall outside

I've got a pretty small front porch.  Not enough for 2 chairs but enough to put out a pretty cute fall display.

Every year I try to do something different on the little porch.  You can see prior years 2015 and 2014.  The outside and the porch were, well, lacking. 

I think I did much better this year!



No scarecrows in the yard as in years past.  They were VERY worn out and sad.  Instead this year I concentrated on flowers. 

I got these at the grocery store.

I can't wait to plant them in my garden and see if they return next year!!  So far I've had good luck with replanting fall flowers.  (I probably just jinxed myself here)

My porch has enough room for 1 chair that I decorated with garland a few faux pumpkins and a metal vase with some faux flowers in it.
I put the colorful flowers in front along with a hay bale and lantern,  I then propped 2 straw brooms behind it and called it good. 

The front door has the fall box on the storm door and an 'autumn' painting on the inside front door.
 You can see how I did the box here

I got the Autumn painting at Kirkland's years ago.  It is so adorable. 

I also have my outdoor chalkboard sign out with a fall theme.
You can see how I made that here

I need to get better at my freehand... I ran out of room with the S and the T...

I also have my wreath up but on the house itself this year. 
It is starting to show its age and I'll probably rip it apart after this year and make a new one. 

So here it is again



And here is a close-up of the railing side.
I think it turned out pretty good. 
Do you decorate your porch or outside for fall?  I'd love to see what you've done so I can steal... I mean borrow and get inspiration for next year!!

So this weekend... Oktoberfest in Castle Rock Colorado AND I'll be starting my Halloween decorations!  Fall will come down, get boxed up and put away.  I'll start sharing what I'm doing for my Halloween décor and I'll be making a 'BOO' sign - different from last years.  I'll also be doing a few pumpkin crafts and sharing some ideas for Jack-O-Lanterns.... lets think outside the norm this year.  I have several ideas! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Victoria

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Great Pumpkin time

I love October.

The weather is cooler, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing.  Time for sweaters, boots and costumes. 

October is Halloween time.  Next to Christmas it is my favorite holiday. 

I go all out for Halloween inside and out.  Here is my last years mantle.  I try to change it up every year, here is 2014s.  I even did a Bat cave one year. 

This year I am participating in an Instagram swap with several others.  We are sending each other Halloween décor and then decorating with the items we receive.  My partner is @2bluikiddos.  I can't wait to see what she does with what I sent her.  I'll share more info and pictures here when we do the Instahop!

In the mean time I'm planning for my Halloween decor this year and here are some of my Pinspiration's.

I've done several things with buttons in the past but this faux pumpkin with a moon is just adorable.  I'm out to get some buttons and see how many times I can burn myself with my hot glue gun.
 These wall faces are so cool.  Buy a mask, stick some lights in them and hang them on the side of your house.  SO doing this!
 I like the crows and the silver pumpkins.  This would be so cute for a late night dinner with the candles burning. 
 Now how cute is this.  I am not a traditional carver when it comes to pumpkins.  Last year I 'carved' a pineapple!  In the past I have made a cat, owl and mouse out of pumpkins.  I've also gotten out the drill and use the hole drill bit to make designs in my pumpkin.  But just painting them is a really cute idea, especially if you used glow in the dark paint. 

 I am loving the little frames and these would be so easy to make.  They would make really cute place holders for a dinner party. 
 Digging this mantle.  I don't have a white fireplace but I could still do this one. 

And just look at this!  I'm out to get some skeletons and skulls for my own dinning room lights! 
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It looks like I am digging some black and white.  I've got a lot pinned so please visit my Halloween board:
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BTW.. have you been to Target lately?  My gosh they have a lot and I mean a lot of Halloween out and there's a lot at or below $3.00!  YES so make your way to your nearest store and stock up!

Next week I'll be sharing my front porch so please come back! 

Victoria

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall front door decor

I love decorating my front door for each season.  I think it tells the guest what they can expect inside.  While I have done the traditional wreath in the past this fall I decided to 'think inside the box' literally... inside the box.


This was really easy to do. 

Step 1 - get a box or make a box - I got mine at the At Home store on sale as it is a summer box

Step 2 - put filler in your box.  I used straw and pinecones


Step 3 - stuff fall picks and flowers in between the pinecones - I bought my picks on sale at Hobby Lobby and the flowers are from the dollar store...yep dollar store.  I bought 3 sets, 2 are the same and the third set I cut the stems off the bunch and placed them in individually

Step 4 get a ribbon, tie it around your box handles then hang your box!

DONE!

If you don't have a box with handles you could drill holes in the back or sides and loop the ribbon through. 

OPTIONS:
1.  It would be cute if you painted your box and put your house numbers on the front... I may still do that.
2.  Your box could be hung by an end, but if you do that I'd glue your items into it otherwise they may fall out easily. 

It looks great on my front porch and is a welcome for all my guests who come to visit in September!


Thanks for stopping by.  I truly appreciate it. 
Next week I'll be sharing some of my thoughts for Halloween decorating.  I'm also participating in a Halloween Instagram Swap!  I can't wait until my new friend gets her box and I'm excited to see what she got me to help me decorate for Halloween!  More details on that to come!!

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Again, thanks for stopping by.  I hope you try the box for your front door and I'd love to see how everyone decorates their doors for September. 

Victoria

PS - did I share how big my Dahlia's are this year?  CRAZY!  They are blooming late this year for some reason but they are crazy big.  I LOVE this one because it looks like velvet and it is standing over 5 feet tall!  I've never had one grow this tall before.  The rest are pink, purple, orange and yellow and aren't this tall nor do they look like velvet. 



 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fall house tour 2016

Hi everyone!

My summer has been fantastic!  We camped, hiked, did 4wheel and ATV driving a lot this summer.  I took a TON of photo's of the mountains and I'm still going through them, I've got over 400 to sift through and I'll share some later but needless to say if you've never been to Colorado it should be on your bucket list...I know, I'm prejudice as I'm lucky enough to live here but Colorado is really beautiful. 

I decorated for fall today and didn't hurt myself or anything!  I think this is a record or something.  Not even a broken nail!  So, grab a cup of coffee or tea or if you are me, diet Pepsi... here we GO!

This year I went a bit lighter...not so much.  I just did the tables.  This is my dinning table.  I used a blue dough bowl and filled it with plastic pumpkins and gourds that I spilled over to the sides. 




Here is the view from the other side. 
 I got the owl and fox salt and pepper shakers at Walmart last year... yep Walmart.  The leaf plates are old but I got them at Walmart as well.  The white owl plate is also from Walmart last year. 


Here is a top view.
I should take the sticker off the bottom of the white pumpkin huh....  LOL! 

I buy my faux pumpkins and gourds at the end of each season when they are 1/2 off or from the dollar store.  You can never have too many right???

I kept my mantle camera's for now partly because I wanted to go a bit lighter with my décor for September and partly because I love old camera equipment and old cameras and I just couldn't bear to pack them up until May but the picture says FALL !!! 

I decorated my coffee table with last years dinning table candles.  I bought the plain candle piece at Kirkland's two years ago.  I ALWAYS buy the plain things that way I can decorate it and use it for all seasons.  I wrapped 3 garlands around it and put some fall picks in there.

I also moved the love seat to the wall between the kitchen and dinning room.... remember I switch my dinning and living areas out in the summer since we eat outside on our deck until October.  If you look back here you will see that the loveseat was against the other wall for summer.  I moved it here for fall. 

We tried to get the buffet fixed... it's poor broken leg -  but no one would touch it.  I tried several antique stores.  If you live in the COS area and want it with it's broken leg it is free!  Otherwise I'm trashing it.... yep trashing it.  I know, I know; but it is a BIG piece and my little house doesn't have room for it.  If you want it email me and you can have it broken leg and all but you must come and get it. 


My Mom sent me a gate leg table recently.  I've cleaned it (still needs some attention) but I put it where the old buffet was.
 I also refinished the silverware holder she sent me.  I was going to paint it but when we stripped it the wood was so pretty I just couldn't do it!  



                                                                                                


I updated those mason jars that I made last year.  You can see that and my last year fall tour here

Am I the only one who decorates speakers?  We have old BIG ones but they still sound great so I work with them...
That candle it bittersweet and smells soooo good!  I go it at Home Goods for $8.00 and the picture is of my husband's family homestead.  Did I say the candle is amazing??? smells soooooo good! 


I got a new entry table last year for my birthday from my hubby... I just love it.  The old one is down the end of our hall.  But this year I got an Edison lamp from Kirkland's.. I'm eyeing the one online that looks like a fan but I bought this one in the store.  Those Edison bulbs give off a nice amber glow - AWSEOME for this time of the year!  You can see the painted mason jar craft here


Now outside..

This year I pulled out an old chair and decorated it.

I also updated my homemade outdoor blackboard sign for fall.

I added a 'D' to my old wreath that I made years ago.
And here is the front.
Sorry for the sun glare... it was still sunny here in Colorado at 7pm.  Can you see my husband in the kitchen window?  He was photobombing me. 

I decorate all areas of my house for each season.. don't forget spaces that guests visit like bathrooms.
I also decorate our family room with a few pumpkins and decorative items as well as my kitchen.  Since we still live on our back covered porch till October I don't forget that space either.

Thanks for stopping by!  I truly appreciate you looking me over!  Hopefully I've given you some inspiration to decorate your own home for fall. 

Stop back next week and I'll be sharing a unique, thinking outside the wreath, idea for a fall front door.  Can't wait for you to see it!

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Remember next week unusual door décor AND starting next week I will post on Tuesday and every Tuesday thereafter! 


Again, thanks for stopping by! 
Victoria

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Is it possible that spring or summer is finally here!

The state of things....

Sorry I'll be on my soapbox for a moment... BEWARE RANT COMING! 

1.  Never, ever, ever, EVER let your parents get a reverse mortgage... NEVER EVER. And don't you do it either!  PLEASE!!!!
There are things they don't tell you.  Sounds like a great deal - stay in your house and we'll pay you back the equity on your home in monthly installments.... nice.  The problem 1:  You no longer own your home so unless you've got other retirement you've got nothing to sell and live in say Assisted Living with.  Nursing and Assisted Living homes are CRAZY expensive.  The problem 2: The reverse mortgage really expects you to die before the loan ends, sad but true.  Just like a regular mortgage you can take this thing out for X number of years.  If you live longer and want to 'extend' the mortgage why you can do that but you now begin to accrue interest due on the loan AND you become upside down.... needless to say my mother is now not only homeless but will probably have to declare bankruptcy because of this reverse mortgage process.... so please DO NOT DO IT... DO NOT LET YOUR PARENTS DO IT!  Just take out a conventional loan if you need the money that badly.

2.  It has been raining and snowing here in Colorado and is FINALLY drying out this week.  I thought I'd been transported to someplace else.  It was crazy!  But now the sun has come back for 3 days and it's been in the 70's and even 80 on Saturday so I've got everything blooming in my garden. It is an explosion of flowers.  If you follow me on Instagram you've seen some of my garden.  Check it out @Vicdenni on Instagram. 

BUT I've FINALLY gotten the porch together and the house flipped around.  If you have been here before you know that I flip my living/dining room around in the summer.  Now my dining room is in the living area and vice versa. 

I think it makes my new living area very cozy.
So welcome to my 'summer' home!
I added a summer picture of one of my favorite places in Colorado, The San Juan Mountains.  That is Mt. Sneffels.  I took it 2 years ago in early September, a bit too early for the Aspen but if you look closely at the photo you can see that they are just starting to turn. 
 I filled this mason jar full of sand and shells I collected on a trip to Mexico along with some shells that are very old and unique in the front.  This is my husband favorite thing of all my summer décor, he just loves the shells in the jar. 

 See my dinning is now where my living room was.  What do you think of my camera collection?  It is growing and growing.  I bought the larger camera with the large flash this year at a flea market. The thing must weigh 10lbs... I can't imagine having to carry it around to take pictures with! 
 The buffet, yes with the broken leg, sits behind the table. 
 Love my lilacs! They smell so amazing! 
 This is a photo my husbands Grandmother gave us.  It is of the Denison homestead in Mystic CT. Yep my husband can trace his family back to the Revolutionary war... pretty cool!!!
 Above the buffet, yes with the broken leg, LOL!  I have a shelf that I added a sculpture of a sailboat.  My husband did a lot of sailing as a kid and teenager with his Grandmother. 
 If you turn around you've got my china cabinet - I think I want to paint it but gosh I'm afraid to paint any of this crazy old furniture, yes even the buffet with the broken leg!!  That large Ficus will go outside with the other plants once it stays above 50 at night. 
 Here is a close up of my little living area.  I got the mason jar lantern at Kirkland's. 
 Here is my side table with its omage to the sea.  A fish bowl filled with sand dollars and a small turtle, both from Home Goods.  The conch shell is a find from our honeymoon 26 years ago! 


Down the hallway - we've got a ranch style home - so down the hall is the bedrooms and at the end I hung a mirror and put the old front entry table under it.  I added a light and some rocks along with a 3-D print (fancy.. I just hot glued shells to a flat canvas) and a bowl with sand dollars.  The dog balls are extra.
 Sweet

 Now to the back deck!  I am so happy this has been set up! 
 My little tray vignette with an old fashioned diving helmet - Hobby Lobby.  The tray and shell dish are from Home Goods.   The glass floats are from a childhood trip to Maine.
 Want to play a game of Cribbage??  It is a fun game that the hubby and I play often.  We keep track of who wins etc... currently I am the reigning champ!
The seating area is to the left.  AHHHH still no patio couch or bench.... good thing I am so good with chairs! 
I moved my window outside and hung it against the fireplace wall.  Underneath is a bar cart I found at Home Goods in the clearance section for - $20.00 yep....nothing wrong with it either!  Can you say SCORE!
Here is my outdoor coffee table.  The plank I did 2 years ago now maybe... really easy to do.  The mason jar thing I got at Kirkland's last year and I've used it during all seasons.  I put some colored rocks in them to hold the flowers down and in the others I'll put small tea light candles.  With that and the new table lamp and the overhead lights the porch will take on a wonderful glow this summer!
This is the lamp and side table I got at the At Home Store. The lamp was $10.00 and the table was $30!  The tile coasters I did myself.  An easy project to do here

 Finally the sun is setting, the leaves are finally growing and Colorado is coming back to life!  I get to look at this amazing view every day - and this is just my north view.  You can really see the sun move in the sky here and this is where it sets for the next few weeks until it moves a bit farther north.  Then after the summer equinox it will slowly move back, all the way to the other side of Pikes Peak and farther south. 
The sun won't set until well after 9pm during the summer here and sometimes it can still be dusk at 10pm!  If you want to find me, I'll be on my back deck soaking it all in and being amazed at nature's beauty. 

I'll be back next week sharing my garden...have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.  Let's take some time this weekend to reflect on those who have lost their lives protecting our freedom. Let's also take a moment to thank those still with us that have or are serving.   Bless them they are the true hero's. 

Victoria

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