Category: decor

Hanging baskets – Fall edition

Fall hanging basketsSo, it’s totally Fall now. While the trees in my neighbourhood are looking spectacular in their autumn glory, my little garden is pretty dismal. The hanging baskets that flowered all summer and well into September have called it quits. It’s sad and pathetic.
Before-fall basketsI was taking them down to retire them for the season but decided to try giving them some new life instead. I’ve mentioned before that these hangers give a bit of privacy between me and next door and also, I just like color. So when I saw these ‘Coral Bells’ (Heuchera is the botanical name) on sale at my grocery store, I had to bring them home. They’re not really a typical container plant, but at $4 each there’s no big risk!
Fall hanging basketsOut with the old shrivelled bits and in with the new bells. I managed to keep the white trailing plants and added a few sprigs of ivy – which may or may not have been pinched from next door. Hey, if it’s growing on my side of the fence, I consider it fair game.
After-fall basketsAbout 15 minutes and a good watering later, I’ve got pretty new hanging baskets. The mix of colors and textures is just the ticket. I’m not sure how well the plants will do in pots so I’m prepared to put them in the ground if needed. For now, they’re making me smile. It’s the little things, right?!

Twig antlers – or twantlers

twig antlers DIYIn case you haven’t noticed taxidermy, real and faux, are big trends in decorating. Ceramic busts abound and antlers are being used to hang hats and holiday decor. I almost purchased a white cardboard moose rack for my place but just couldn’t hand over the $68 asking price. So, I made something instead – twig antlers, or twantlers as I call them. Gather these supplies and make some too:

  • 2 twigs of similar length and fullness
  • a wooden plaque (mine was $1.50 at Michaels)
  • paint in your color choice
  • drill with bit
  • glue
  • eye or sawtooth picture holder (or similar for hanging)

twig antler DIYChoosing twigs was actually the hardest part so start with that. Go for a walk in the woods, visit a quiet park or reach over to your neighbor’s yard, whatever it takes to get two kinda matching twigs with several forked branches. Clip off any stray bits, trim the ends with a diagonal cut and set aside.
Nail or glue your hanger to the back of your wooden plaque…do this now because your twigs will get damaged if you try to do it later…trust me on this one.
Select a drill bit that is similar in diameter to the base of your twigs. Load it into the drill and make two holes about 1-3 inches apart depending on the size of plaque you’ve chosen. Drill at a slight inward and downward angle, not straight up.
Paint the plaque and let dry.
Put a dab of glue in each drilled hole and insert the twigs. Hold to set then allow to dry completely.
twig antler DIYtwig antler DIYtwig antler DIYHang your twantlers with pride, knowing no animals or bank accounts were harmed in the making! Decorate if you wish, just keep it light on the twigs. Enjoy!

PS: how are you doing with your simple monthly goals? We’re halfway through October and I hope you’re accomplishing what you set out to. 

Pebbled boot tray

pebbled boot tray DIYFall has definitely arrived! The flip flops are going away for awhile and boots and runners are taking over my front entry. The layout of my home is that you open the front door and *bam* you’re in the living room. I’ve tucked a mat and boot tray behind the door to create what little ‘mud room’ space I can. So yeah, you see it while lounging on the couch and even from the kitchen.
pebbled boot tray DIYIn my ongoing quest to make functional also pretty, I lined a plastic boot tray with pebbles. And I’m loving it! The messy corner looks a lot better and the wet and dirt from shoes falls to the bottom of the rocks. It’s cleaner, tidier and very west coast.
pebbled boot tray DIYI’m embarrassed to say that I bought the rocks – seriously, I live on the beach filled west coast – because I wanted them to be clean, glossy and similar in color and size. I got 3 bags and spread them in an even layer inside a plastic boot tray. That’s it.

Beauty and function? That may be pushing it a bit, but I like it and it works. Good enough!