Category: Holiday Tutorial

Halloween and Early Fall Decorating

Hey, there!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Since the days are ticking away to Halloween, I thought I would share some of my simple decorations with you today!  I was so excited when I pulled out my Fall decor last month because I had just enough to sort of ease my way into the season — here in Arizona temperatures don’t really start to drop until right about now.  I’m looking forward to doing some more decorating when my Halloween things come down, but for now, this is what I’ve got!

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Our dining area got a fun splash of Halloween with our Halloween Town up on the top of the bookshelf.  This always sort of acts as our mantle, and I love having it in lieu of a fireplace mantle for now.  I zhushed up some black spooky netting, and my husband and I nestled the Halloween Town on top.  It lights up at night, which is really fun, but is also really difficult to take good pictures of.  ;-)

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This is just an easy little centerpiece I threw together for the top of our dining table.  The bowl is vintage Waterford, and the leaves are just a couple of garlands from the Dollar Store strategically wrapped around a candle from Hob Lob.

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Don’t worry — I never light this particular arrangement.  I don’t think that would be a good idea, lol.

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I bought that pumpkin candle from Target a couple of weeks ago and have already burned through it.  It’s pretty orange mercury glass, and I am probably going to buy another one because I miss it already.  The rope candlesticks are from Anthropologie and usually look really nautical but I think with the orange pumpkin, they add a pretty natural element.  And of course I had to bring out my super-cozy faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware that my mother- and father-in-law bought for us last Christmas.  We love snuggling underneath it — it’s so warm!

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And then there’s my fun DIY mummy wreath hanging on our door.  :-)  Greyson loves Halloween so I really made an effort to decorate for him this year.  This wreath was pretty simple, I just used a tutorial from Bower Power Blog ( and hung it on a Command Hanger, then Velcro’d the arm of the wreath to the door.  The worms are glow-in-the-dark and you can find packs of them at the Dollar Store!

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I had to include these.  How sweet is he?!  :-)  I love my baby.

Have you done any Halloween decorating yet?  I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Halloween — it has been so much fun finding projects and recipes to try out.  What would we do without Pinterest?  ;-)

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Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold…

Hey there, friends!  Happy Monday to you!  I hope you all had a fabulously long and cozy Thanksgiving weekend.  Did any of you hit any of the Black Friday sales?  After thinking about it, I decided not to this year.  It just didn’t seem worth it to me, and there wasn’t really anything that I had a “goal” of buying early or super-super on sale, so I skipped!  :-)

I have a fun craft for you this morning — and we’re getting into Christmas crafts starting now, my friends!  I hope you enjoy the coming month of December on Inspiration Affirmation.  We’re going to have a lot of fun!

So.  Remember my love of thumbtacks that I expressed last week when I made my very own Thumbtack Book Page Wreath?  Well, I decided that I would bring back the thumbtack fun again this week with another easy peasy craft.

I saw this idea on Pinterest last week and I knew that I had to try my hand at making a few beautiful thumbtack Christmas trees.  I wanted mine to be made with the gold-colored thumbtacks, with one tree decorated in both silver and gold (you know, like the song!).  And that, my friends, is just what I did!

trees on pedestals
You are going to need a lot of thumbtacks.  I used 10 boxes of 300 for these guys.  Since they are only $1 each at the Dollar Store, I would suggest overestimating.  The small trees require about two boxes each.  The large?  About six.  It was crayyy-zeee.  I just used a few styrofoam cones from Hobby Lobby and went for it — one row at a time, starting from the bottom.  Very very simple, however, time consuming.  I’m telling you, though — just put in a couple of Christmas movies, fix yourself a bowl of Reindeer Mix, and you’ll have fun — I promise!

trees on pedestals closeup
I really am enjoying these trees up on their pedestals.  Two are candleholders, and the milky white one is actually a vase that the small tree balances quite nicely on top of.  We’ll be careful, I promise.  ;-)

trees flat
Here they are flat, too.  Still cute, just maybe not quite as fancified, you know?  You can see the silver and gold flecks in the tree on the right.

trees flat closeup
Happy little tree family.  I just love ’em.

How would you do these trees up even more?  Would you have done all silver?  All gold?  Maybe even hot glue some gems or Mod Podge some beads on these babies?  Oooh–or maybe add some glitter!  Hmmm….


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Thumbtack & Book Page Wreath

Hey, there!

I made a fun wreath that is sort of in the realm of Thanksgiving-y, so I thought I’d share the tutorial today with you!  I was inspired by this wreath made out of a regular wreath form and brass thumbtacks, but sort of did my own spin on it — when I ran out of thumbtacks!  ;-)

Whole Wreath

This wreath is very simple to make, but a little bit time consuming.  I think in all it took me about four hours?  Enough time to watch a few Christmas movies.  ;-)  (Have you guys started watching some Holiday movies yet, or is it just me?).  Now, if you’re making this wreath — please know that you can absolutely fill up the whole wreath form with thumbtacks and it will definitely look awesome.  I ran out of thumbtacks — after using 1,800.  No, that number is not a joke.  Also, please buy your thumbtacks from The Dollar Store or somewhere equally as cheap.  No need to pay more than a dollar for a box, I promise.  Keep in mind that the estimate number of boxes you need for this wreath in the Supplies List is based on going half-way up and having enough to pin/decorate the book page part.  My wreath is ten inches, so you may want to adjust accordingly.


Wreath form
6 boxes of thumbtacks (300 count per box)
An old book that you don’t mind ripping a few pages from
Ribbon (to hang)


The thumbtack part of this wreath is pretty self explanatory — just pin the thumbtacks so that they are overlapping each other — I promise that once you start, you will get into a rhythm and it will just sort of evolve.

Brass Close-Up

See how they overlap like fish scales?  Kind of?

When you get halfway up (this will take about 5 boxes of the 6 that you need), rip a few pages out of the book that you are using, and tear them into strips.  Don’t leave the nice, finished edge that the book has on the outside — you want the edges to have that sort of roughed-up, torn look.  Then, start tacking them as you wrap them around the wreath form.  You may need to fill in the spaces with smaller pieces of paper, and that is okay.  When the wreath form underneath is no longer showing, take the rest of the tacks and scatter them around to make a “polka-dot” sort of look.

Book Page Close-Up
It won’t look perfect, but it does look pretty fun!

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Then, all that’s left is to tie that ribbon and hang it!  :-)  Choose a somewhat neutral ribbon for Thanksgiving flare, and then change it out in a couple of days (OMG — a couple of days???) with some red ribbon to carry you through a couple weeks of the Christmas season (because I am so making another wreath.  Duh!).  Easy peasy!

Whole Wreath Close-Up
And there you have it!  :-)

Have you been busy making any wreaths?  Thanksgiving?  Christmas?  Can you even believe how close we are to celebrating Turkey Day?! Sheesh.


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