Friday
Nov162012

5 Things Friday: Falling for Fall

Browsing the Wal-Mart isles today, I realized that I am head over heels for fall. I adore the colors, the smells, the decorations, and of course the weather. And although Phoenix doesn’t give us the beautiful leaves, it doesn’t stop us from adorning our homes with all things fall. Here are my top 5 faves of the season.

1--OPI Skyfall



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If you’re an OPI fan like me, then you know that they release various campaigns, editions, and selections of their colors. This fall, OPI has released a special Bond edition: James Bond. I’m a bit obsessed, because like the amazing company that they are, the colors are so appropriate for the fall season. Right now, I’m sporting the maroonish shade of “Skyfall”. Perfect for fall and will match wonderfully with my cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving.


Tip: Want to look fancy, yet sophisticated for the Holiday party? DIY your pretties with “Goldeneye”, a golden glittery color of perfection.


2--Pumpkin



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There isn’t a fall without the taste of pumpkin. In my house, we are gobbling up Pumpkin bars left and right. Spicy, yet sweet, the pumpkin bar is great for breakfast, dessert, or anything in between. Click here for a homemade recipe from Betty Crocker.


Tip: Make yourself with this fabulous hand-made recipe, or purchase her pre-mixed bag of goodness. (On sale this week at Target for $1.99 per bag). Both have been tested by the Randall fam and I lean a little more for the pre-mixed bag due to the sweet, savory taste of butter.


3--Table Linens



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I love table linens. They dress up a room and are so… nostalgic. Tablecloths represent the home, the home cooked meal, and the woman who does it all. Every season, I change our kitchen tablecloth to match the holiday that season represents. My kids love to help with the process, pulling it out of the bag or the box that it comes in and putting on the table (crooked, sideways, and all the in between). Immediately, they ask me to serve them something to christen the new goods.

Right now, I am loving this gold colored tablecloth from Target. It’s great for a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas party.


Tip: Make your own tablecloth! Steal the measurements from the store (the one shown above is a 60X84) or measure your table and add 4.5 inches to each side.


4--Fall Fashion


We pin and dream about it all year long and here it is upon us: Fall Fashion. As much as I love to dress myself in long sleeves, boots, and scarves, I love to dress up my daughter even more. It’s a bit ironic, because I hardly ever dress her in skirts in the summer, but come fall, it’s an every other day occurrence.

Here she is in one of my favorite outfits this year:


  • Top: Old Navy clearance last season - $3.49

  • Skirt: Goodwill find – Children’s Place - $2.99

  • Stockings – Carter’s clearance last season - $1.99

  • Boots- Hand-me downs



Tip: It doesn’t have to match perfectly; it just has to look cute!


5--Chili



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One of my favorite loves of the colder months is making chili. Not only is chili delicious, but it’s cheap and it makes plenty. This is my favorite recipe, which is enough to feed my family of four and gives us enough for three days of lefts over’s (that you’ll actually want to eat for that long)!

Cook 2 pounds ground Italian sausage (you can use beef, but I love the Italian sausage better)

Put in large kettle with-

1.5 cups water

1 can chili beans

1 can drained whole kernel corn

1 can pinto beans rinsed and drained

1 can Italian stewed tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos

1 small can of green chilies

1 package of ranch dressing mix

Serve with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips.

Thursday
Nov152012

Set the Table: Thanksgiving Shopping List From Target

Holy Smokes!  How can it possibly be Thanksgiving already?  It seems like just yesterday that I was putting together my cheery-Thanksgiving table setting.

This year will be pretty low-key around the Uhrich house since I will not be hosting the festivities.  I'll admit, as much as I enjoy the get-togethers that other members of my family host, I really enjoy the entire process of entertaining.  Sometimes I wish I lived closer to the people in my social circles so that I could entertain more often.

But, since I won't be putting together a table setting of my own this year, I thought I could at least brainstorm some ideas for those of you who are.  If your holidays are anything like mine, there's not a lot of time to go around.  Because of that, I'll be rounding up some one-stop-shop table setting ideas from a few of my favorite stores.

SET THE TABLE:  TARGET STYLE

Today's table setting shopping list comes from the one-and-only Target.  For this look, I combined some traditional fall colors with playful prints and patterns.  The look was inspired by the warm, creamy tones of the tablecloth, so everything about this setting should have an earthy vibe.  If you'd like this look for your Thanksgiving table, here's the shopping list:

1--Hudson Tablecloth, $26-$30

2--Zania Table Runner, Red, $20-$26

3--Home Beaded Cream Collection, Dish Set, $14-$20

4--Libbey 12-Piece Stemless Glasses, $29

5--Oneida Bristol 20-Piece Flatware Set, $37

6--Threshold Gold Napkin, $15

7--Napkin Ring With Chalkboard, Set of 4, Gold, $8

8--Assorted Artificial Centerpiece Arrangement, $20

 

STYLE TIPS:

I like the idea of layering table linens to create a look straight from a magazine.  You can use a large tablecloth as the foundation of your setting, then place a few runners across the width of the table (not length), which allows you to also use the runners as placemats for your place-settings.  Keep it simple with the place-setting itself, using the napkin and napkin ring as the finishing touch.

MORE TO COME:

I'll be back this weekend with a few more place setting ideas for the upcoming holidays, so check back in for more one-stop-shopping lists.  Tomorrow, Jana will be sharing a fall-inspired edition of Five Things Friday -- five things to get you pumped up about everything fall!

Wednesday
Nov142012

A Simple Tulip Centerpiece

It's no secret that I'm a huge tulip fanatic.  In fact, I'd feel comfortable admitting that it's my favorite flower -- which may have become evident through a few posts from the past (see here and here).  So when I found some decent-looking silk tulips at a 50% off clearance at Michaels, you can only imagine the joy I felt!

Earlier this year I purchased a honeycomb pitcher vase, which I temporarily filled with some of the silk flowers that were actually betrothed to my friend's bridal bouquet project.  So when it came time to finally put the bouquets together, I was left with a lonely vase that was begging for a new arrangement.

Luckily, my discounted tulip buds and honeycomb vase were a perfect pair in this simple centerpiece...

All it took was a little bit of trimming to get the stems the the right height and I was basically done with this easy project!  Right now, I'm enjoying the centerpiece on the table in the breakfast nook, but I think eventually the arrangement will wind up in the guest bedroom.

Later this week I'll be sharing another tulip arrangement I've put together.  I tried a little experiment on it to see if I could get the silk flowers to look a bit more realistic, so I figured I'd dedicate an entire post to the explanation of my wild-hair idea.

What centerpiece is hanging out on your dining room table right now?  Is it something fall related, or a simple vase of flowers?  What plans do you have for your table setting for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday?  I'll be sharing a few ideas with you in the upcoming days, so be sure to check back in!

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Tuesday
Nov132012

Simple Sew Roller-Shade From Ikea Emmie

Check, and check!

Finally, this long-overdue to-do item has been checked off the list!  I mean, seriously, I only wrote this post about my ideas for these window treatments back in May, 2011.  But, like I always say ... better late than never, right?

A lot changed over the past year when it came to my game plan for treating the windows in the bay in my dining room.  At first, I thought about learning how to make Roman shades from scratch, then I thought about trying the Roman shades from mini-blinds idea I've seen other bloggers do -- but when I stumbled upon the inexpensive Emmie roller shade at Ikea, I knew it was the way to go.  Not only was it the easiest plan on the table to execute, it was also the least expensive!  Talk about a win-win situation!

In case you're wondering how this simple-sew Emmie modification went down, here's a step-by-step tutorial for your how-to curiosities...

STEP 1:  MEASURE YOUR WINDOWS

Two of the windows in my dining room measured 17"w X 59"h, and the other two measured 23"w X 59"h.

STEP 2:  CUT WOOD SCRAPS TO LENGTH

Cut your boards 1/2" smaller than the width of your windows.  I cut the two boards for the 17" windows 16.5," and the two boards for the 23" windows 22.5."

STEP 3:  LAY OUT FABRIC & MEASURE CUTS

I like to stretch fabric out on the dining table for sewing projects like this, that way I can use the edges of the table as guides for straighter cuts.  

Place the board in the center of the shade to determine the correct width...

Measure a cutting line, and a fold line...

Shown below, my cutting line (marked purple) and my fold line (marked blue).  The cutting line will allow for your hem, and the folding line will represent where the finished edge should be once your fabric has been re-hemmed.  I wound up taking off about 2" from each side of the shade, and I cut the length to 65" so I would have enough fabric to create a pocket loop at the bottom to hold the weight rod.

Trim your fabric along your marked cutting line...

STEP 4:  THE SIMPLE SEW

Before I went too much further, I set my sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch, and sewed along my cut edges to prevent the fabric from freying down the road...

Next, I used the fold line as my guide to hem the edges.  I decided to go with a rolled hem (shown below), pinned in place and sewn down the center of the fold to hold the hem in place...

TIME SAVING TIP:

Sew the hem on the vertical edges first, rather than sewing the loop for the weight rod at the bottom. I learned this the hard way ... and after unpicking an entire shade, I can tell you that the finished look is better when you sew the loop at the bottom last!

STEP 5:  CUT THE WEIGHT ROD TO SIZE

Included in the Emmie shades will be a plastic weight-rod designed to keep your shades in place when installed.  You will need to cut these plastic rods down to size.  To make this easy, use the pieces of scrap wood you cut earlier as a measuring guide...

STEP 6:  STAPLE SHADES TO BOARDS

Sorry, I forgot to photograph this step ... but if you've seen one project staple-gunned, then you've seen them all.  Center your shades in the center of the boards and secure with staples every few inches.

STEP 7:  HANG BOARDS IN PLACE

Mark took care of this step, so unfortunately I don't have any photos here either ... but, he did use about 2-3 drywall screws per board to secure the boards to the top of the window seal.

STEP 8:  ROLL AND ENJOY

One of the reasons that I chose the Emmie shades was because the rolling mechanism was already sewn into them.  This was a plus because it meant wouldn't have to figure out how to lift the shades myself.

Basically, the shades are sewn with two rows of button-holes at various intervals up length.  Two ties are also included with each shade to slip through the holes and wrap around the roll to hold it in place. It's a simple solution, but for windows that we rarely use for sight-seeing, they're perfect!

Now it's time for some photos...

And how about a few before photos?

... and let's be honest ... most of the time (behind the scenes) the windows were treated like this ...

Yep, that's wrapping paper, LOLCISE!  (In case you're wondering, that means laugh out loud cuz I'm so embarrassed!)

On a less embarrassing note, it looks like Zach has found a new favorite place to hang out...

I'm just glad they're finally done so we don't have to worry about peepers anymore!  They provide the perfect balance of privacy and natural lighting, so you won't hear any complaining from this girl!

What about you?  Has anyone else been working on a simple-sew home improvement project?  I'm not a talented seamstress, so I'm always on the lookout for sewing projects that just require a few hems.

PS...did you catch the latest Style Mooch of the Country Living cottage-style porch?  And how about my solution for organizing mail, and Jana's latest thrifting adventure?  Hope you didn't miss it!

Sunday
Nov112012

Style Mooching: Country Living Cottage Porch

Let's Style Mooch this country porch from Country Living, shall we?

What is Style Mooching? 

It's where we take inspirational spaces to a whole new level!  The process is simple...I find an inspiring room and show you where to find nearly identical items for what you see in the photo...that way, you can recreate the same look in your own home.  In other words, we'll be mooching some fabulous style from the most sought after designers out there.

Posh or quaint, modern or traditional, nothing is off limits for a good ol' Style Mooch!

I can't always guarantee to find the best deal, or even to find an exact match for a product...but, each board will give you a general direction to take your shopping list to bring your own space to life.

To recreate this cozy country porch, try this shopping list on for size:

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First, let's give credit where credit is due!  This Style Mooch is based off of the Cottage Porch from Country Living's Porch and Patio Ideas photo gallery.  I loved the blue & white combinations that were used in this space, and the subtle lilac accents.  If I had a porch, I think a space like this would be a great place to curl up with a book on a Sunday morning.

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Set the tone of this space with a blue striped duvet cover, like this one from Oviris.  Or, look for a quilted version on Etsy.

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Keep this space grounded by adding a subtle print beneath your feet.  A rug, like this one from Rug Studio, creates a visual boundary for your furniture grouping.

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Use a soft daybed, like this one from LL Bean, to create a cozy place to curl up and watch the sunset. The decorative details of an iron frame, will enhance your country theme.

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Place a pillow on a wicker chair, like this one from Ikea, to add additional seating.  This will make your space a great place to entertain visitors.

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Try as I may, I could not find an exact replica of the pedestal table from this picture, but I did find this one from Necessary Luxuries that had a similar look and feel.  It's a bit pricy, so I would actually recommend keeping an eye on Craigslist for a similar table that could be painted in a soft gray color.

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A decorative garden stool, like this one from Rakuten, makes a great side table without taking up a lot of space.  I love looking for discounted garden stools at Home Goods, Ross, and TJ Maxx.  At these stores, garden stools are typically priced between $40-$70.

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Paisley pillows add subtle print and accent color to the daybed linens.  Try something like these pillows from Etsy, found here and here.

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Top off your pedestal table with a large vase, like this one from Etsy, filled with an arrangement of natural flowers.  Go for a vintage piece to achieve a cottage look.

You've just Style Mooched!

I hope you've enjoyed this Style Mooching session!  If you have a room that you've pinned that you would like Style Mooched, send me an email and I'll take a stab at it.