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November Acorns

It’s November and fall has even settled on us here in Southeast Texas.  There is a coldness to the morning air that wasn’t here a month ago.  With the Thanksgiving holiday only a couple weeks away it’s time to focus on decorating ideas that are fitting for the month and season.  We’ve always been fascinated by the simple and natural beauty of acorns so this post will focus on using acorns to adorn and beautify your home.

Here’s an acorn wreath by BHG.:

acorn wreath

Here’s  a twig and acorn wreath!  you can find the tutorial at Amaranth and Kale.:

twig and acorn wreath

One more beautiful example of an acorn wreath from Crafts Unleashed.:

rustic acorn wreath

Acorn napkin rings from bhg.com.:


Acorns painted with metallic paints for a brighter appeal from The Good Weekly.:

Finally, how about some chocolate and peanut butter acorns as a treat?

Chocolate and Peanut Butter; need I say more? These are a perfect project for tiny fingers!

  1. Melt 1/2 bag of Mini-Chips {5 second interval in the microwave, stirring really good each time}
  2. Dip the flat end of the Hershey’s Kiss into melted chocolate and top with a bite-size NutterButter.
  3. Dip the flat end of a Mini-Chip into the melted chocolate and stick it to the NutterButter.

Source: http://sixinthesuburbsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/chocolate-peanutbutter-acorns.html


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Everyone needs to find spooky and creative ways to decorate for Halloween. And what says Halloween more than a little fire? Flames from these tin can luminarias will cast an eerie shadow over your front yard, one that’s sure to lead all the trick-or-treaters right up to your doorstep.

Bucket Luminaries

Materials for project:

Tin/aluminum cans or buckets
Cookie cutters in Halloween shapes


Pencil, pen or marker





Tea lights

1) Begin collecting cans from wherever you can find them. Ask your kids to save them from their lunches, take some from the recycling bin at your office, and of course save your own.

2) Thoroughly wash the cans as you collect them. If you let dirty cans pile up in your home you’ll attract bugs and you’ll have a big chore ahead of you when you are ready to begin the project. Once the cans are clean, store them in a dry location to prevent rusting.

3) Round up your Halloween cookie cutters from that storage box in the garage. If you don’t have any you still like, or if you never had any to begin with, go buy a few from any grocery store or kitchen supplier.

Step-by-step instructions:

1) Start by tracing around the inside of a cookie cutter on paper to make a template. It doesn’t matter what color or size the paper is. For example if you have a witch cookie cutter place the witch on the paper and with your pencil, pen or marker trace around the inside of the cutter. Remove the cutter and the shape of a witch should be on your paper. Repeat this process several times for each shape. Once you have finished with one shape, you can move on to the next and the next and so forth.

2) Wrap one paper template around each tin can and tape it in place. Make sure the paper is facing in a direction that enables you to see the shape you traced on it.

3) With a hammer and nails, carefully punch holes around the outer edges of the template. If you wish to also punch holes inside the template picture you can do so.

4) Remove the tape and paper once the can has been punched. The holes you punched should clearly resemble the shape of a witch (or whatever shape you used).

5) Fill the bottom of the can with sand. This will help stabilize the can in case of wind. But sand will also help muffle a fire in case the luminaria should tip over. Don’t fill the can too full with sand. You want the sand to give the can weight, but you also want the candle to stay near the bottom of the can so the flame stays protected from wind or rain. Also, Wal-Mart carries an alternative to candles for jack-o-lanterns and luminaries. They claim they won’t blow out.

6) Once the sand is in, drop a candle in and light it at night for a fun alternative to the traditional paper luminaries.
Keep the candles coming to enjoy these luminaries for as long as you want to leave them up and glowing.


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Vintage Halloween Decorations

A Salvaged Halloween

 Search salvage shops, house demolition sales, and estate sales for creepy old architecture to add mystery to your Halloween lawn decor. Here, an ancient wooden post serves as a cheesecloth-covered perch for a faux crow.


Touchable Decor

This papier-mache black cat by folk artist Jack Roads provides a game of chance as well as decoration. Hidden beneath one of the jack-o’-lanterns is a pea — take a chance and guess which one. The cat’s clown companion is by artist Cody Foster.










One Frightful Ghost

Aim for at least one focal point in each room to spark conversation. This striking ghost wearing a top hat came from Disney World’s Haunted Mansion; only about 1,000 were made, so it’s a collector’s dream.













Pumpkin Patch

A collection of American hard-plastic Halloween memorabilia from the 1940s and ’50s lines the shelves of this hutch. Unlike the mass-produced plastic creations of today, each of these collectibles is handcrafted. Most of the pumpkins, watermelons, and other vegetables have human features such as bright eyes and toothy grins. The effect is eerily fun.











Skeletal Sentinel

A grinning skeleton holds court among cobwebby desserts. The homemade paper-pulp skeleton is held together with wires. The figure is surrounded by a permanent display case of antique bottles and jars, dressed up for the party with spray-on spiderwebbing. Dare kids and adults at your party to pick up candy and cookies at the skeleton’s feet.











Scary Faces

This tiny 3-inch grimacing pumpkin is a collector’s favorite. Also on the table are rare lapel pins from the 1920s. Combined, they create an eye-raising tableau.


Better Holiday Display

Majolica pottery — stored year-round in a hutch — complements the seasonal addition of Halloween decorations. The whimsical rectangular plates in back are paper pieces produced by the American Dennison Company between 1930 and 1950.

Noises in the Night

The noisemaker on the left is a German antique. On the right is a reproduction made of tin and pressed paper and filled with beans.

Treasured Decor

Rare 1940s pumpkins flank “The Sheepish Boy,” a one-of-a-kind reproduction. In back, a vintage Fairy Seed Company poster coordinates with the rich orange wall when the Halloween decorations are gone.


Stacked Pumpkin Scene

A contemporary cat holds a lit jack-o’-lantern for the freeloading birds circling his tail. Their backdrop is a former doll’s chest made from old orange crates and filled with German papier-mache pumpkins. For collectors, the smaller the pumpkins, the greater their value.


Dine with Scary Friends

The decor in this dining room is typical of 1920s party decorating with exotic paper lanterns, colorful streamers, and ghoulish pumpkin faces at every turn. The focal point of the dining room is a grinning Beistle black cat centerpiece that’s nearly 80 years old.

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Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted in this blog. Tons of things have happened, too numerous to mention. I have relocated back to Salt Lake City, Utah and hopefully I will be able to keep up with this blog with the most recent updates and hints for your home, yard and family. I’ve missed posting fun things for you and I’m looking forward to jumping in again!

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It’s my favorite time of year, I love the Holidays! Each year I offer the Father Christmas Collection from The Hen House by Ditz Designs. These life like Santa’s stand 57″ and will be a wonderful addition to your home during this special time of year. Your children, friends and family will LOVE the new addition to your family.

Holiday Cheer III

Holiday Cheer III Father Christmas

Bountiful Woodsman

Bountiful Woodsman

Christmas Cordial

Christmas Cordial

Christmas Sage

Christmas Sage

Christmas Shepherd

Christmas Shepherd

Christmas Trails V

Christmas Trails V

Cranberry Cringle III

Cranberry Cringle IIi

Christmas Poinsettia

Christmas Poinsettia

Glacial Greetings

Glacial Greeetings

Golden Noel

Golden Noel

Please email me at sales@decorvillage.com if you are interested in purchasing any of these beautiful Santas. 2 to 3 weeks for delivery so order now. Happy Holidays!

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Fall is such a wonderful time of year. I love the changing of the colors and the aroma coming from the kitchen. Imagine your Thanksgiving table decorated with one of these beautiful centerpieces. I wish you and your family many wonderful memories of the holidays. Treasure the times you have together and create a legacy in your own home that will last a lifetime and maybe longer.

Running in the Leaves

Running in the Leaves

Create a table runner using camel-color wool flannel or felt, cutting to size with a pair of pinking shears. Lay coordinating ribbons along the center of the runner and secure with double-stick tape or a dab of fabric glue, if necessary. Set a compote or cake stand in the center and scatter leaves, mini pumpkins, and pears down the runner.

How Beautiful

How Beautiful

What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving harvest feast than by creating a centerpiece using gorgeous green vegetables. To make the asparagus and green bean wrapped candles, stretch two sturdy rubber bands around a white pillar candle, then insert vegetable stalks underneath the band. Cover the bands with a circle of satin ribbon and decorate the platter with a few white mums and coffee berry sprigs.

Individual Arrangements

Indiviual Arrangements

Another view of the previous centerpiece shows the place settings, white tablecloth, and pewter cups filled with tiny white mums. Your guests will be enthralled!

Pedestal Centerpiece

Pedestal Centerpiece

Though this sample may be too tall for a dining table, this arrangement will be the talk of your guests. Place it in an entryway or on a sideboard, or make a shorter version for a centerpiece. The top of a white pumpkin was hollowed out, then fit with a vase filled with soaked floral foam. Stems of leaves and berry branches are inserted into the foam that holds everything in place.

Candle Circle

Candle Circle

A collection of amber glass sparked the idea for this centerpiece. For a long-lasting decoration, look for a silk candle ring or tiny wreath. Otherwise, bits of fresh greens, acorns, leaves, and berries can be either wired to a form or simply set as a base for the glass hurricane.

Harvest Candle Rings

Harvest Candle Rings

Purchase or make small grapevine rings to use as a base, or bend a piece of coat hanger into a circle. Next, wire on small stems of berries, leaves, and flowers using thin wire wound tightly around the base. Use fresh flowers for a one-use decoration. Or find pretty silk blooms for a longer-lasting design.

Bed of Leaves

Bed of Leaves

One beautiful pumpkin resting on a bed of leaves is simple and sincere. Scale this idea up or down as space allows: a tall pumpkin would look lovely with just a handful of leaves at the base.

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

Compose a striking display with a collection of silver compotes. Choose dishes of varying heights and fill with grocery store nuts, small pinecones, or other woodsy finds.

Go Simply

Go Simply

Here’s a no-fuss table arrangement that’s simple and appropriate for many occasions. Rocks and bits of moss nestle around small candles in tiny flowerpots. And best of all — no flowers to keep fresh!

Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

With one pillar candle elevated, others remain on the tabletop near glass votive holders, creating a glow of light for a Thanksgiving dinner. Airy stems fill twin pots embellished with tangerines and nuts for color.

Fruit Garnish

Fruit Garnish

Orange slices set the tone for this cheerful arrangement of roses, gerbera daisies, stock, chrysanthemums, and tulips. Lemons, limes, and oranges are popular embellishments in clear vases. Cut the fruit in slices or wedges, or leave it whole. — Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

All White

All White

Pillar candles, white pumpkins and cream-colored gourds fill the top of a round butcherblock cutting board. Sprigs of wheat act as filler on the right side of the arrangement. Vary the look with golden yellow candles mixed with mini pumpkins and oak leaf sprigs on a tray.

Pumpkins and Vines

Pumpkins and Vines

Swirl a bittersweet vine around a fat pumpkin for an instant centerpiece. (Place the pumpkin on a platter so moisture won’t ruin a tabletop.) Star anise and dried fruit slices decorate our table, but pinecones, moss, and natural elements are also appropriate.



Glistening red currants create the framework for this asymmetrical bouquet. A pink-hued hydrangea bloom and a few red roses add interest to the angled line of the design.

White Pumpkin Centerpiece

White Pumpkin Centerpiece

Say goodbye to plain orange pumpkins. Creamy-white varieties look elegant adorned with silver glitter and nestled in boxwood atop a silver wine cooler. Use this look for an elegant Thanksgiving or for a seasonal bridal or baby shower.

I found these great centerpieces at Better Homes and Gardens

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Fall is here and it’s a great time to change the colors in your home. Take a peek of some of the hottest new colors for Fall.

Warm Reds: Adobe Dust


The smile-inducing freshness of this Benjamin Moore soft coral-orange makes it a great choice for your favorite room.

2175-40 Adobe Dust

Warm Reds: Pennywise

color pennywise

Replace summer’s watermelon reds with this spicy hue from Sherwin-Williams, derived from exotic influences.

SW 6349 Pennywise

Warm Reds: Rhubarb

color rhubarb

This fall’s colors are anything but subdued and boring. Let this Benjamin Moore color inspire you to add an eye-popping pillow to your home, or fearlessly coat your walls with this deep red.

2007-30 Rhubarb

Warm Reds: Firelight


The arrival of brisk weather drives us indoors, where we’re drawn to surround ourselves with rich autumn colors, such as this radiant orange from Olympic.

B26-6 Glowing Firelight

Rich Neutrals: Mesa Verde Tan

color-mesa verde tan

Comforting hues, such as this Benjamin Moore latte color, are perfect for spending more time inside on chilly nights.

AC-33 Mesa Verde Tan

Rich Neutrals: Sarsaparilla


Rich browns anchor most fall color schemes, and this one from Olympic is up to the task. It’s so deep it has almost an eggplant purple tone, well suited to pairing with lighter neutrals or more vivid colors.

D33-6 Sarsaparilla

Rich Neutrals: Java


Perfect as an accent color, this Sherwin-Williams paint was inspired by the near-universal love of specialty coffee and chocolates.

SW 6090 Java

Rich Neutrals: Bohemian Black

color-bohemian black

Few colors add drama and contrast the way a strong black does. Use this hue from Sherwin-Williams sparingly to prevent overwhelming your current color scheme.

SW 6988 Bohemian Black

Rich Neutrals: Wood Grain Brown

color-wood grain brown

Like its name suggests, this Benjamin Moore color was drawn from the rich tones of dark wood.

2109-30 Wood Grain Brown

Rich Neutrals: Fool’s Gold

color-fools gold

Metallic accents reflect the current trend in both home and fashion design to showcase shiny bling, adding glamour to a casual setting. Try it with this paint from Benjamin Moore.

PT-250 Fool’s Gold

Rich Neutrals: Jonquil Yellow

color-jonquil yellow

This unassuming yellow from Glidden is forecasted to get more popular next year, so get ahead of the curve and put it into your decorating plans now.

Master Palette #40YY 71/335

Rich Neutrals: Rattan


Coat your walls with Olympic’s earthy rattan for a neutral that does anything but sit back quietly. This dark khaki is also strong enough to make a sharp accent.

C13-4 Rattan

Rich Neutrals: May Apple

color-may apple

A touch or two of this yellow shade from Glidden emits a warm glow in your home.

Master Palette #40YY 65/427

Rich Neutrals: Crescent Moon

color-cresent moon

This versatile color from Olympic seems inspired by delicious coffee cream — comforting, smooth, and best used in liberal doses.

B12-1 Crescent Moon

Rich Neutrals: Candle Glow

color-candle glow

This is a lovely soft yellow with a slight green cast from Glidden; it feels fresh and works well with other colors that are forecasted for 2008.

Master Palette #70YY 73/288

Rich Neutrals: Calming Cream

color-calming cream

Soothing neutrals have cool tones this year, making them an ideal pairing for this fall’s burnished red tones. Try this hue from Benjamin Moore.

OC-105 Calming Cream

Rich Neutrals: Potpourri Green

color-potpourri green

Green is the new neutral and this fresh shade from Benjamin Moore carries just enough of it to make a statement but not so much that you can’t use it with your existing color scheme.

2029-50 Potpourri Green

Brilliant Blues: Smoke Screen

color-smoke screen

This intriguing blue from Olympic draws inspiration from the soft gray of the frosty autumn sky.

D56-3 Smoke Screen

Brilliant Blues: Raindrop


Tranquil and calming without being forgettable, this blue from Sherwin-Williams is perfect for entryways to set the tone for your home.

SW 6485 Raindrop

The New Green: Antiquity


Soft and natural with a retro look and feel, this muted yellow-green from Sherwin-Williams will quickly become a color obsession.

SW 6402 Antiquity

Cooler Tones: Magical Twilight

color-magical twilight

This purple hue underscores the “enchanted” direction Glidden forecasts for the coming year — mystery and elegance all wrapped up in a deep hue for the adventurous

Master Palette #30RB 33/103

Cooler Tones: Frill


Try this fun and fresh violet from Glidden for a feature wall, painted furniture, or a super-stylish kids’ room.

Master Palette #05 RB 34/258

Cooler Tones: Winter Evening

color-winter evening

This gray from Glidden portrays an elegant and contemporary direction that works beautifully with the cool metals and dark woods prevalent in today’s furniture designs.

Master Palette #30BB 62/009

Cooler Tones: Silver Night

color-silver night

Soft and smooth, this Glidden color is unexpected but cherished for its quiet elegance.

Master Palette #30RB 50/072

Color Disclaimer

color disclaimer

Due to individual computer monitor limitations, colors seen here may not accurately reflect the paint colors. To confirm your color choice, visit a local paint store to view the color chip in-store. Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

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