Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Centerpiece

I have always loved to create, and thanks to many great design blogs, I have been super inspired of the power of decorating your home. It's amazing to me that you can change the feel of a home by a few sights and smells.
I have been wanting to bring fall into my home, but didn't want to spend a lot doing it, so I set out to do a fall centerpiece on a budget.

First, while shopping for elements for my Halloween costume (oh yes), I found this beauty at Goodwill for 2.95! 
In true fashion, I debated on if I should get it, but in the end I couldn't pass it up and I'm so glad I didn't!
On my couponing adventures this week (post up about this later), I got a FREE bag of candy corn and I also picked up a cute little pumpkin.
Then, as I was driving down my driveway, I got super inspired by some beautiful red and yellow leaves. So, I just parked my car in the middle of the road and started gathering branches. Hey, at least this time they were on our property, right Eden? : )
I knew I wanted to use these three elements, and then I started to shop the house. One huge plus of living here is that all of my Grandmother's things are stored super nearby. I must admit, when we were cleaning out the apartment, I was a little over zealous in my desire to clean out and purge these things. So I can already hear my family saying "I told you so" as I state how much I love having all of her things to look through and use. It's like a huge treasure chest! 
Here is what I came out with 
See what I mean? A cute apothecary jar from my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary, a pretty white ceramic pumpkin, and a simple clear vase (which I went ahead and stuck the leaves in). I love decorating with this stuff because I remember a lot of it from when I was a child and it makes me think of my MeMother. Plus, each piece has a story! Like, look what was on the bottom of that clear vase:

                            
 If you can't read that, it says "Eddy Patterson '74". I was so curious about this, I called my mom to ask her what the story was. She told me that whenever Memother got a gift, she would label it with who gave it to her and the year. She told me this was from a little boy in my Grandmother's Sunday school class! How neat is that? That made me want to label everything I own! You never know what items of yours, your grandchildren may be using 40 or 50 years from now!

Next, I began arranging, I added in a candle I already owned with the things I had collected.
 Not bad! But, it wasn't quite there. The main problem was that everything needed to be higher, so I slid this wood piece Jason made for our wedding, but never quite finished.

Then I stacked everything back in:

 You can't really tell from the picture, but the pumpkin was still a bit short, but I found the perfect remedy:


 Even though it was the perfect color, I still needed to cover up the box and my name on the plate, so I added some scented pinecones I already had:
Looking good!! Just a few more tweaks to be made.

One adjustment I didn't take a picture of was with the candy corn. I didn't really have enough, and it was hard to get your hand all the way to the bottom of the jar, so I remedied that by putting a wad of Saran wrap at the bottom. Sneaky, eh?

Next, I decided to add a little something to our friend, the pumpkin:


I l-o-v-e all things lettered and I love our initial, so it was the perfect thing. As I was making the vine-like "L", a verse popped in my head and I knew I had to add it somehow. Professional designers may say that this addition took away from the overall ambiance, but I love it:



 Nothing more beautiful to decorate a home or a heart than the Word, and such an awesome truth!!

 Finally, the finished product:

I couldn't wait for Jason to get home to see it! When he walked in the door, as if he had been rehearsing it, he said...

I like that centerpiece!
That is a nice centerpiece!

If you didn't know, he was channeling, his friend, Donkey:

I love him.
:)
And I love the how fall is now flowing through our home. That centerpiece makes me happy every time I see it!

And if anyone is curious, here is the budget breakdown:
basket (goodwill): 2.95
pumpkin: 2.12
candy corn: free!
branches: free!
containers: Grandmother's so free!
candle and pinecones: already owned so free!
Total: 4.07

Happy fall ya'll!

3 comments:

  1. Very cute Chelsea! It looks so good on your table! :D It's the perfect fall decoration that's personalized and thrifty! Amazing!

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  2. So possibly my favorite memory is you running away from that tree as the branch is dangling. Or maybe it was when you were o so sly and just casually dropped the other branches behind you!

    O fall! It brings some pretty awesome memories.

    PS I think the verse makes it even better! Maybe you should come back to my apartment and make it more "Homie" And I love the MeMother memory! I want to do that now myself!

    LOVE!

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  3. I LOVE it!!! and you! Will you come decorate a centerpiece with me???

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