Fall Decorating

Now that September is in full swing I've been thinking about Fall Decor for my house. I used to have all kinds of stuff but 2 moves ago I really purged and got rid of alot. Including alot of holiday decor. But hey, that's a great excuse to MAKE some stuff for the house now! LOL

I created a wreath using GCD papers, Glimmer Mist, Tim Holtz Crackle, and a bird and wreath from Michael's (those were under $10 total). I die cut leaves from the paper and chipboard using my Big Shot. Then I bent the leaves, inked them, and attached them with hot glue. I added the berries and ribbon (also from Michael's, on sale). Then I painted the edges of the leaves with crackle paint and set it in the sun to dry. After it was dry, I glimmer misted the leaves a couple of times with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist and let that dry in the sun as well.

I also used the same papers to create a layout. I finally am using this pic Shawn of Gypsy Isle Photography took! It is of Xaver's mom kissing Matthew on the cheek. I used a MME transparency frame to frame their faces. I cut the Best Creation paper with an exacto knife so the cool embossed leaves would partially cover the photo. I glimmer misted a Jenni Bowlin Bingo Card with “Coffee Shop” and let it dry. I also used some twine to rousch the ribbon and I threaded it through a Lil Davis chipboard slide that says “Family Ties”. Then every couple of inches I tied a pie of brown ribbon that frays easily that I got from last month's Polka Dot Whimsy kit — love it!~ I had cut some flourishes with my Silhouette on a Hambly wood grain transparency and found it in my scraps so I used the last few bits left of that. And I had a couple of loose rubons floating around from 7Gyspies so I used the little bits on the lower right corner of the page. This layout is a major “use your stash of embellies” project for me. All of the paper is from Scrapbook Blvd in Victorville, CA.

Today is a day of remembrance as well. I remember when I heard the news about the Sept 11 attacks in 2001. I was in training at my job at Cal State and none of us could believe it. We had been there since the early morning and no one knew what was going on until we had a break. Someone called a friend and heard the news. We quickly turned on the TVs in the training room and saw the horror unfold. We canceled our training for the day and headed home to check on our loved ones and family on the East Coast. The best thing I can think to do to remember those who died is to continue on keeping our heads high, being diligent, and carrying on our daily lives, making something great of the time we have here on earth. The terrorists would have wanted us to fail, to retreat because of fear and the feeling of defeat. So we must succeed. Keep on keeping on USA! And it's true:


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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