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September 2011

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{Feature Friday} #47

Happy Friday everyone!!

The past few parties have been so full of great ideas!
In fact, the number of links have hit over 200 the past couple weeks! 🙂
That is so awesome and I am so thrilled more and more of you are sharing your ideas.

Are you ready to see the Features this week?
Here ya go!

The most viewed link is:

Happy Hour Project shared her Marilyn Monroe Retro Pillow

And here are some other great ideas linked up:

Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath created by Flamingo Toes

The Lung Family shared her adorable Fall Themed Door Hanging

Michele from The Scrap Shoppe showed off her son’s Train Party.

Autumn Pumpkin Decor created by His Frugal Servant

The Kurtz Corner shared her fabulous Glittered Heels.

Trilogy Edibles shared these EEK pops!

Tissue Flowers created by Sandy’s Space.

The Autocrat showed off some awesome Halloween Cards.

Thanks so much for linking up everyone!
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!

And be sure to check out AGI’s FB page for more features over the next few days.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
We are having some cooler weather here but I am excited because we are going up to Monticello to tour.
I’m excited about something else too… my birthday is Tuesday! 🙂 YEAH!!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #47

It’s party time!

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Thursdays are always super fun since it is time to party.

This week I am sharing this:
Spider Web Halloween Wreath.
You can also learn how to make one by checking out the tutorial.

What do you have this week to share?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

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Spider Web Halloween Wreath

I shared this tutorial over at Every Creative Endeavor on the 18th but want to share it with you all today.

Since we moved into this apartment, all of my seasonal decor went into storage so I had to make some decorations for the fall.

I want to share a Halloween wreath with all of you.


Would you like to learn how to make it?

Here’s the how-to:

Supplies:
– Foam Wreath
-Felt in your choice of colors
-Ribbon
-Glue gun (I like to use a low temp gun)
-Pinking shears
-Spider
-Fishing line (not pictured)

Getting started:
Cut the felt (across the width) any width that you would like.
I cut mine 2 1/2 inches wide.

The strips are still too long so trim them shorter so they slightly overlap when wrapped around the wreath form.

Figure out your pattern and begin wrapping the strips around the form.
The very first strip you glue down, only place glue on the edge that will be overlapped by the second piece. You will see why this is important in a moment.

Continue wrapping all the strips.

When you get to the very last piece, you will need to fold over the very first strip (since you didn’t place glue on this side) so the first strip overlaps the last.

Fold over completely and then glue the last strip.

Flip first strip back over and glue down.

Felt covered wreath.

Now onto the spider web.
Use the fishing line to create the spider web.
Cut the finishing line so that it can be tied around the edges of the wreath.
You will this 4 times, wrapping each line around the previous one at the center of the wreath.
You should create 8 triangles or pizza slices.
Tack each line down to the wreath with a tiny drop of glue to keep tight and in place.

Next comes the webbing.
It is time consuming but looks great in the end.
Cut a REALLY long piece of line.
Tie one end of the cut line around one of the sides of the triangle near the wreath form.
String it to the next triangle side, wrap around, and tie a knot.
String to next side and repeat.

Continue wrapping until you get to the center.
If you run out of string, don’t worry. Just cut another long piece and tie the ends together.
Trim off the extra ends and take a lighter to burn them down to create a small know.
I had to do this and it looks like something is just caught in this spider’s web.

Right before I finished up, I had a little friend that wanted to help.
He didn’t help out too much, just made me take longer to finish.

Add the spider to the web and it is perfect for Halloween.

He looks like he is just floating there doesn’t he?

There’s the web!
Had to get the sunshine to glare on it in order it to shine (like most spider webs)

I loved this shot.
Looks kinda spooky with the shadow behind it!

I hope you guys enjoyed my wreath.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Linking up to some of these parties.
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Historic City Point

Last week, Travis got out of school really early so we went down to Historic City Point in Hopewell to walk around the sites and hit up the river banks for sea glass.
It was a pretty cloudy day but the rain held off long enough to find some cool pieces of sea glass, many lavender pieces which are rare, and enjoy the Civil War sites.

Here are some pics from our day out.

We headed down to the river bank first to see what kind of sea glass we could find.
This was a HUGE port during the Civil War so we knew we would be able to find some good pieces.

Have to get a picture together.

I thought this tree root was cool looking.

Travis on the sea glass hunt.

These stairs came down to the river from some beautiful, historic houses up on the hill.

After we finished collecting sea glass, we headed up to the City Point area that was actually General Grant’s Headquarters during the Civil War.

This beautiful old house is on the property and was a hospital during the war at some point.
And this little building in the distance was actually Grant’s quarters while here.

Up close shot of the house.

This building was the kitchen.

Here is the back of the house that overlooks the river.

This is what I assume is a gazebo in the back of the house.

I could picture a table and chairs under here with all the vines covering the room for some splendid dinner parties.

This is actually one of the post of the gazebo.
It was hand carved and those two arms are actually candle holders built in.

Here is where General Grant stayed.

It was in a prime location near the water on the property.

As we walk through the rest of the park, this old house on near the end of the walk and I thought it was too pretty.

These awesome flowers were also at that house.

This yellow house was just on the outer edge of the park. It was also very pretty.

As we were walking back to the car, I noticed this old wagon sitting at one of the historic houses across the street from the park.

There are some pretty cool places around VA and I am glad we got to visit some of them during our time living here.

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“Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.” Presents Curbside Chaos!

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I’m sure I did something wrong for them not to grow but “Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.” has a ton of information to help you grow beautiful bulbs.

Meet the ladies of Dig, Drop, Done to determine who are in the world of gardening. Each lady has some fabulous tips to help you planting bulbs.
Even though I do not have kids, I would say that I am Marcy, the Super Mom.

Marcy likes to garden but doesn’t know much about bulbs…. I am pretty sure I just said the same thing about myself!
Bulb gardening can be absolutely beautiful! You can create a fabulous visual garden with different colors and heights of flowers that grow from bulbs. One of the best things, you plant those bulbs in the fall/winter and then you don’t have to do any work come spring. Just enjoy the beauty that grows.

But you don’t just have to use bulbs in your garden! You can create beautiful centerpieces with bulbs, give bulbs as a gift, and just brighten up your home in the dreary days of winter. I love having Amaryllis bulbs in my home around the holidays!

 
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{Feature Friday} #46

Thanks for linking up everyone!
I love seeing all your creative ideas week after week.

Here is the most viewed link this week.

DIY Cupcake Stand created by Blog 5 to 9

And here are some other great ideas this week.

Alderberry Hill shared this cute Cupcake Liner Halloween Wreath

Autumn Yarn Pumpkins created by Everything Under the Moon

Trendy Trinket made this Spooky Halloween Wreath

Check out these Honey Vanilla Caramel Apples shared by Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Purple and Brown Fall Wreath from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Doodle Craft made these Silhouette Art Frames with Vinyl

Keller-Creative used Maps to create art work for her Master Bedroom.

Feel free to grab a Featured button if you’d like!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #46

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It is time for another Catch a Glimpse party!

I was hoping I would have something to share this week with you all but it just isn’t quite ready so it will have to wait.

But what do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

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Autumn Decorative Ideas

I have a confession to make.

I am NOT a Halloween person. It’s true!
I stopped trick or treating when I was still really young. I just didn’t care about it.

So with that said, I normally just totally ignore it when it comes to decorating and do the straight Fall thing.
I have made a few Halloween themed items this year so perhaps I will incorporate it a little more but here are some fabulous Fall Themed ideas I found via Pinterest.

Love this mantle decor!

Elegant yet simple front porch decor.

Fill a wheel burrow full of pumpkins.

I love the color scheme of this porch.

I have always loved lanterns so here’s a fun way to transition them into Fall.

Another fabulous front porch decor idea.

Do you usually decorate for Halloween or skip it like it do?