Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}

Hi y’all! It’s been, um…a while. Blogging has mostly been put on the back burner these days. Not because there isn’t anything to share, but because I’d rather be playing with my sweet baby girl {who is keeping me busy these days by being all.over.the.place.}, and when I do have down time…sleep is just really awesome. #momlife.

#SWAP4 Logo FINALI was super excited for another round of Swap it Like it’s Hot because 1)It is so much fun and 2) an actual deadline means something went onto my to-do list…so blogging is actually happening! Which is great, because I do love and miss it a little bit. We got our “surprise baby call” during the last round of Swap {7 months ago!}, so I feel like I’ve come full circle. :)

swap itemsEmily from Two Purple Couches sent me this assortment of thrifted finds. I was stumped with what to do for most of it, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the white and cream trim and lace as soon as I laid eyes on it! I had a beautiful, textured wreath in my mind that would be perfect for this fall. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}I grabbed the other items needed to make this happen from the craft store : a straw wreath form, burlap ribbon, and some fabric flower embellishments that coordinate perfectly with the lace and trim. This wreath was fairly simply to make and I was able to complete it during one very sad Texas football game {get a grip, Longhorns!}. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}To begin, I secured one end of the ribbon to the wreath form {still wrapped in plastic — don’t remove that or you’ll have a straw mess all over your house} with straight pins. I continued to wrap the entire spool of ribbon around the wreath form until it was completely covered. i discreetly secured the end with more straight pins. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}Once the wreath was fully wrapped in ribbon, it was time to start layering the lace and trim. I started with the bottom layer and worked my way up. I attached each piece with just a little bit of hot glue. To achieve a ruffled look, I pleated the lace as I attached it to the wreath. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}After a few layers of lace and eyelet, I capped it off with a bit of the textured trim and 3 fabric flowers. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}I used a bit of the leftover lace and eyelet to hang the wreath on the front door. The warm textures look awesome with our other fall front porch decor. I’ll have to come back next week and show you how we’ve fall-ified the house this season! 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}


Hop on over to Finding Silver Pennies to see what Danielle did with my thrift store finds! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the swap girls’ posts. There have been some seriously amazing projects! 


Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.


That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona


Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane


Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile


Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home


Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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Happy Monday, y’all! I have a fun craft project to share with you today! I’ve talked before about how we have a ton of kids on our block and how we like to make their Trick-or-Treating experience a little more fun for them. Along with having our dog in costume, we like to decorate the front porch in fun, non-scary ways {especially since most of the kids we see are little ones}. Thanks to Mod Podge, we’re stepping it up a notch this year in the decor department. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsI am so excited about our glow-in-the-dark pumpkins! This is a very simple project, but it adds a whole lot of fun! Who doesn’t love stuff that glows in the dark? To make your own glow-in-the dark pumpkins, you will need: 

  • A pumpkin — faux or real will do
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
  • A foam craft brush
  • A pencil 
  • A permanent marker

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe first step is to paint a coat of Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge on your pumpkin. The more coats you paint on, the better your pumpkin will glow. I did a total of 3 coats. Allow each coat of Mod Podge to dry for about 15 minutes before applying the next. I set mine on my Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat to dry. It worked better than just newspaper or wax paper because it don’t get stuck to the mat. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsWhen you are finished coating the pumpkin with Mod Podge and it is completely dry, you can sketch on a message or image with a pencil. When the pumpkin is glowing, your message will have a sort of silhouette effect. I found a scripty font online to use as a guide for my “Happy Halloween”. If you’re not as confident in your freehand abilities, you can use a transfer method. Print out your image and color the back of the image with pencil. Place the paper against your pumpkin {pencil side down, print side up} and trace the words or print in pencil. This will transfer the graphite to your pumpkin. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsThe next step is to fill in your words or image with a permanent marker or paint. 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween PumpkinsAllow your pumpkin to “charge” in UV light. Either sitting it in the sun or using a black light works well. Then, when it gets dark you will have a fun glowy pumpkin! 

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins


Isn’t that great? Everything is more fun with glow-in-the-dark! You can find more crafty ideas here:

DIY Faux Sugar Skulls with Collage Clay by Mod Podge

3 DIY Decoden Cell Phone Cases with Mod Podge + Dollar Store Jewelry

Plaid Blog – Introducing Mod Podge Modeling Clay

Plaid Decoden Pinterest Board

Plaid Website

The Plaid Palette Blog

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Pumpkins

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Fall Mantel 2014

Happy hump day and happy October! I hope everyone had a great weekend and first half the week. My husband and I celebrated 5 years of marriage on Saturday! That happened fast! And I hear the years will only start moving faster. 

We had an awesome day of relaxed celebrating. We took a drive through the beautiful Texas Hill Country to the town where we were both engaged and married. It is one of the most gorgeous areas of Texas. Our day involved a leisurely stroll through a rose garden, a wine tasting, lots of good food and coffee and we even stopped by Round Top! I’ve never been to Round Top before, much less during Antique Weeks. It is insane! And awesome. I told Tim, given one day and enough money….I could easily furnish an entire home just shopping those booths. 

It was a much needed, relaxing day away. This is always a busy time of year for us, but my husband and I have started the adoption process {!!!}. Much of our free time has been spent filling out stacks of paper work, working on the house to get it ready, and fundraising. 

Fall Mantel 2014The Fall decor has been a bit minimal this year {at least compared to previous years}. On top of just being flat out busy, we’re also about to have our 20+ year old floors replaced…so everything is about to get packed up anyway. 

So, I kept things pretty simple on the mantel this year. The thermoses {thermi?} are back! I can’t get enough of these cuties. I saw a lot of these at Round Top. They make me think of cooler weather and tailgating when I look at them. :)

Fall Mantel 2014My super easy, 5 minute garland stayed. The muted color and textures fit right in with Fall. 

Fall Mantel 2014I layered a chippy old frame on top of my Goodwill mirror, stuck some yellow mums in the chalk-painted wood crate, added a big orange pumpkin and called it a day! It’s not fussy or elaborate. Easy, simple Fall decor. Done. 


Fall Mantel 2014


Fall Mantel 2014Do you go all out decorating for Fall or do you like to keep it simple?

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