Category: decor

Pompoms garlands

pompom garlandIt’s official…I’m obsessed with garlands. I’ve got them hanging in every room of my home plus outside. They’re fun and whimsical…I’m smitten. Here are a couple of easy DIY pompom garlands I’m hoping will inspire you to join the craze. For the first one, I used:

  • a ball of multicoloured yarn
  • a pompom maker (do not go buy one if you don’t already have one – so not necessary!)
  • a tapestry needle

I followed the instructions on the pompom maker but you can also make them using this method. I just made 5 to hang across my little fireplace. Make as many as you like! Tie your ends really tight and trim both the ends. Decide on how long you need your hanging string to be and cut a piece of yarn to that length plus a few inches on either end for hanging loops. Thread it through a tapestry needle then through each pompom’s centre. Tie loops at each end. Hang and spread out pompoms evenly (oh wait, that’s just my OCD…spread them however you like).
pompom garlandpompom garland DIYFor an even easier mini garland, gather:

  • bag of store bought pre made pompoms
  • length of embroidery thread
  • tapestry needle

Decide on the length you want and cut the embroidery thread to that plus a bit for hanging loops. Tie a loop at one end and thread the needle on to the other. Push the needle through the centre of each mini pompom being sure to get through the thickest spot. Slide pompoms along your thread and keep going until you like how it looks. Remove needle and tie a loop on the unfinished end.
mini pompom garland DIYSuper simple, super cute! Hang them across window frames, mirrors, bed posts and anywhere else your heart desires (like off your twig antlers!). Do you think you can stop at just one?

All supplies for the first garland were bought at Michaels, for the mini version all supplies are from the Dollar Store.

Coffee station and pumpkin spice syrup

coffee station DIYOh how I love when a few little projects come together to make something bigger and better. May I reintroduce you to my rustic tray, cinnamon coffee syrup and chalkboard painted glassware? They’re all living happily ever after on my kitchen counter in the form of a coffee station. Bliss right here friend. My morning routine just got a bit easier and a lot prettier with this round up of coffee supplies.
coffee station DIYNo autumn coffee project would be complete without a mention of pumpkin spice lattes. I scoured pinterest and google and combined a few recipes to come up with this coffee flavouring. You know I’m cheap and a fan of doing knock-offs for a fraction of the price! You probably already have everything you need, except the pumpkin puree. I picked up a can in the baking supply aisle of my grocery store for under $2. There’s enough in a can for 5 batches – freeze the leftover in an ice cube tray then use 2 large cubes for each future batch.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup each white and brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves

pumpkin spice syrupCombine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let simmer and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes then pour into a heat safe container (canning jar!).  I chose to strain about half of my batch through a sieve to reduce a bit of the pulp – totally up to you. To use: stir or shake your syrup then add equal parts of the syrup and milk to a mug. Heat them up if you have time and froth the milk if you like. Add coffee, stir and enjoy! It’s not quite Starbucks but you don’t have to leave home…or your pyjamas for a cup!

Fall hits the front patio

Front porch updateA $5 doormat and a change in the weather inspired me to redecorate my front patio. I kept it simple and low budget. When I was a renter I didn’t bother to do stuff like this – now I have so much fun keeping my place fresh and embracing each season. It keeps the small space interesting and gives me a chance to play with different color schemes. Simple pleasures friends, isn’t that what life’s all about? Here’s a list of the ‘curb appeal’ updates:

  • the fabric wrapped wreath got rewrapped with burlap ribbon, new felt flowers and a few pompoms ($5 for ribbon, $1 for felt at Michaels)
  • an adorable owl garland got hung across the window; I had this from last year but restrung it and added pompoms for a bit more color ($1.75 for pompoms at Michaels)
  • the cushion on the rocking chair got pulled inside and left the rocker so naked that I quickly whipped up a little bunting using leftover burlap and pompoms
  • 2 wee white mum plants literally got plunked into burgundy pots I already had ($3 each from the grocery store)

Fall patio updatesfront patio garlandThat’s it. You can’t tell from these photos but the upper levels of my townhouse building have burgundy siding which I was trying to tie in with the bits of burgundy. The rest I wanted to look low key and neutral. I’ll add pale pumpkins to the rocker, bench and large planter closer to Halloween. So there you have it, my ‘new’ Fall patio for less than $20! What are you decorating for the season?