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Fall Decor Favorites

I started my Fall decorating this year in 90 degree weather even though it was officially the Fall season. I wasn’t thrilled about it but certainly wasn’t going to wait until the weather cooled off to decorate for my absolute favorite season.

Each year my decorating tastes seem to change just a bit. This year it’s definitely jack-o-lanterns and having our whole living space lit up at night with orange lights.

I’ve been collecting Rae Dunn pottery for about 2 years now. My favorite of the bunch is definitely my Fall/Halloween mugs. They are hard to find, especially if you aren’t an active “hunter”, but you can get them of Mercari if you’re okay paying market value.

I love adding pops of color throughout the house using fake flowers. I do miss their natural fragrance but it’s nothing my diffuser can’t handle. I have found the best quality to be at Hobby Lobby.

This year I made some bat decals using my Silhouette and temporary vinyl. It’s a fun way to add decor to the walls without causing any permanent damage.

For flame-less candles I definitely recommend ones on a timer so you don’t have to worry about turning them on and off my favorites are these tea lights from Amazon and Mikasa pillar candles are my favorite.

This galvanized jack-o-lantern from Pottery Barn is a perfect addition to a farmhouse themed room. And the stacked pumpkins from Target are my kiddos favorites. Simple, festive, and fun.

I use the mini pumpkins from the Dollar Store to add festive color in small places around the house including my glass front kitchen cabinets and to style my shelves.

These DIY mats have been pretty popular this year. It’s a fairly simple and inexpensive DIY that anyone can do. I found my mat at ACE and used my Silhouette to make a stencil. If you don’t have a cutting machine you can use stencils or free hand the lettering.

Fall Is Here!

I am oh so happy Fall is finally here, it’s not only my favorite season but this year it marks one year as Canadians. It’s beautiful here in the Fall and I have enjoyed crafting with the windows open while the kiddos are at school. I only had time to create a few things for my shop this season but am really excited about what I made. If you are interested you can visit my shop, designsBYmcm on Facebook.






Quick & Inexpensive Fall Table

Even though I still have about 20 boxes of decorations to unpack we were thrilled to have our first guests over for dinner. A good friend from graduate school lives in upstate NY and visits Ottawa frequently. We decided to invite them over for an early Canadian Thanksgiving and catch up a little. I found a few yummy recipes from Good House Keeping (see below) that we decided to give a try. They ended up being a little more difficult than expected but Rob is a great cook and everything turned out amazing.

While he was prepping the food I decided to take a challenge Jen from iHeartOrganizing recently gave us and attempt to throw together a festive table setting. I am no design expert but enjoy learning through practice and trial and error. Since a lot of our decor is still packed I had to get creative with what I could find and my goal was to spend less than $15. It took about 20 minutes to put this together using what I could find around the house. I ended up buying paper napkins, mini pumpkins, and a floral arrangement putting me at about $20 CAD.


The table and chairs are a recent purchase from IKEA, Mockelby table ($699 CAD/USD) and INGOLF chairs ($59.99 CAD/$49.99 USD). It was the first time we were able to use the set and I just love it. The table is a great size for 4-6 adults and 2 kids at each end. There was plenty of room for all of the food without getting in the way. The table is heavy and sturdy which I also appreciate with littles around.

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When I think of fall I think of bright yellows and oranges mixed with deep purples and greens. While we were shopping at the store for our dinner menu I found this beautiful bouquet. We also picked out a few small pumpkins. I just love the white ones. A little different and great for kids to doodle on for a little extra personalization. If you have a large party coming you can also tags each pumpkin with names for a subtle seating chart.

Underneath are a variety of lace dollies I have collected over the years at thrift and antique stores. I just layered different sizes and shapes on top one another until it looks complete. This was the first time I was able to use them and was so excited with how well they worked on the table.

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I picked up the napkins at And That this past weekend when we were in NY for $3.99/pack of 75. I always have mason jars around for baking or a spin on drinking glasses. The lids were from a co op purchase I did a few years ago for Parker’s first birthday party.

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I managed to locate a few things to help decorate the buffet. It’s unnecessary but in my opinion always a nice touch to write out the menu for a dinner party. White boards are easy to make with an old frame, piece of light colored paper and a white board marker.

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As I mentioned a little earlier we decided to try a few new recipes from Good House Keeping. We couldn’t find any squash and forgot to buy the sherry vinegar but we made it work! I definitly recommend these recipes.

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Cider-Glazed Pork & Apples  |  Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette  |  Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

The food was amazing, company was fun, and we had a wonderful evening entertaining our first of hopefully many guests over the next few years.

Fall Subway Print

I am getting into the spirit of fall and decided to make a little something for our home to replace the spring print I still have in the frame, oops. I had trouble weeding out some words since there are so many that remind me of fall!

Head on over to My Crafting Attic on Facebook to get a free download!
Harlow Solid Italic | Berlin Sans FB Demi | Always In My Heart | Bleeding Cowboy | ChunkyNess | KG Ways To Say Goodbye | Xiomara | Rio Grande | Aajax Surreal Freak | Budmo | Okay | Halo Hand Letter Rosewood | The Dead Salon | Respective 2.0


Edible Acorns


We are currently on vacation in Outer Banks, NC this week so my Mom and I thought it would be a great time to work on a few Pinterest projects we had seen for the Fall. Today we chose a recipe to make edible acorns over at Two Twenty One. We made a few adjustments to how we made ours and they turned out adorable and oh so yummy!


This recipe only calls for three ingredients (mini chocolate chips, Hershey Kisses, and round mini Nutter Butter cookies) and takes about 10 minutes to whip up a batch.


The trickiest part is separating the cookies making sure there is still some peanut butter on each one. You have my permission to snack on any that don’t 😉


After unwrapping the Hershey Kisses, and eating a few, press them against the inside of the Nutter Butter cookie. The peanut butter serves as a glue to keep them together.


Once you have assembled all of the Hershey Kisses and Nutter Butter cookies take a plate and sit it under a stream of hot water upside down.


Grabbing about 5 chocolate chips at a time place them right side up on the hot plate for a few seconds, just long enough to start melting.


Place the chocolate chip on the top and press down gently. The melted bottom helps adhere to the top of the Nutter Butter cookie.