It was a full-on Fall weekend and we even had a slight dip in the Texas temperatures to prove it. We didn’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors – we attended an Oktoberfest, visited the massive pumpkin patch at the Arboretum and, of course, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs in the backyard.
We had A TON of candy leftover from Halloween. This was our first Halloween in our new house, and we had no idea that only one group of kids would ring our doorbell for candy. Two weeks later and we still have bags of candy in our cupboards. So when I was assembling a s’mores bar for a party we had this weekend, an idea hit me: candybar s’mores! The mini Hershey’s bars are obviously perfect for this, but I also added peanut butter cups, Crunch bars and Kit Kats.
I completely failed to take any pictures at our party, but here are a few pre-party shots of the set-up. I think the Reese’s peanut butter cups were the party favorite. We’ll definitely be trying this again … especially since we still haven’t eaten all of our candy.
I’ve always wanted to have a lemonade stand with Jason and Jenna. Now that we live at the end of a cul-de-sac, our chances of having customers for such a venture seemed pretty slim. Yesterday, however, we participated in a neighborhood-wide garage sale, so we took the opportunity to set up a drink stand for passersby. Lemonade didn’t seem appropriate for the brisk autumn morning. Instead, we served a choice of hot or cold apple cider. Jenna was quite a trooper sitting outside with us in 40 and 50 degree temperatures and serving cider to everyone she could. I think our first stand was definitely a success.
A new sofa arrived, we roasted marshmallows three nights in a row and we enjoyed make-your-own pizza night with good friends – all in all a pretty great weekend.
October has been standing out lately as my favorite month of the year. We have lots to celebrate this month – our anniversary, Jason’s birthday, and, of course, Halloween. But I also love October because it’s one of the few months when the weather is usually pretty great in Texas, which means lots of outdoor time. The month also seems to spark a renewed interest in cooking and baking for me (not to mention eating … especially outdoors).
Here are a few things inspiring me this October:
- I love the leaf prints by Inaluxe
- Definitely going to try this Banana Nutella Bread
- Fringe balloons. Not the most Fall-like thing, but I just adore this idea. I’ll find a way to work it into the month somehow.
- Leaf crafts. We love leaf crafts and this one is extra cute.
- Soup season is (almost) here.
- I’ve been coming across so many great pumpkin ideas this year.
- Outdoor dining.
I’ve been coming across a color palette lately that seems so perfect for this time of year in Texas – white and brown. With temperatures still in the 90s and not a hint of yellow or orange in the trees, this palette is light and earthy, balancing the warmth of outdoors with the desire for richer hues.
Are you as ready for fall as I am? It’s going to be in the 90s this weekend, but that didn’t stop me from updating my mantel this week. It’s still slightly summer-ish: succulents and what my husband calls “weeds from our yard” are featured prominently. But with the addition of a bit of yarn, they look much cozier, right?
To make the yarn containers, I gathered up some plants, votives and other glass containers along with a selection of yarn. I used a glue gun to place a small line of glue near the base of the container. I secured one end of the yarn and then worked my way up. At the top, I simply tucked the other end of the yarn underneath the previous rows instead of adding more glue. I think it will be easier to remove later.
Are you planning any mini home makeovers for Fall? Here are a few more bits of inspiration:
- Tara’s orange front door is just awesome.
- I’ve never tried gold leaf before, but this diy is screaming my name.
- Still love Sweet Paul’s Halloween feature from the Fall 2011 issue.
- Hard to believe I haven’t tried this yet – you know how I love chalkboard paint.
- More fall mantel ideas
Last year I came across these patterns for Japanese kirigami leaves, which are really easy to make and result in a beautiful repetition of leaf shapes. Although it’s far from being fall here in Texas, I’m eager to start bringing an autumn look to our home, so I decided to use the kirigami patterns to create a set of votives for our table.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Paper (standard weight works better than cardstock)
- Decoupage glue
- Votive candles and candle holders
I started by printing and cutting out the patterns (found here). Next, I folded the paper according to the instructions and traced the leaf pattern onto the paper.
I cut out the leaf, creating a series of attached leaves in a circular shape.
I prepared the balloons in advance, and then dipped the leaves in glue and carefully placed them on a balloon. I let them dry for about 8 hours and then popped the balloons and peeled the leaves away. There was quite a bit of excess dried glue between the leaves that I also had to remove.
Finally, I added votives to the center.
Most of the weekend was spent sick in bed, but we did manage to take one walk to collect leaves and work on a couple of crafty activities at home.
Today is the first day of fall, but you wouldn’t know it by the 90 degree temperatures. Despite the continued heatwave, we celebrated the day by making prints with leaves that we collected during last night’s walk. Admittedly, not a lot of leaves are on the ground yet, so I had to pull a couple off of the branches. Don’t tell my neighbors.