Fall Fireplace Update

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This has been such a busy week, to say the least. Just finding ALL my unmarked boxes of Fall decorations that I had packed last year, so carefully…I do remember thinking, I need to MARK these boxes…that was last year.

It has been a scramble this past week (and fun) to start fall cleaning, and to swap out seasonal decor. Captain was swept up in it too, so he was outside doing maintenance, in the heat. While working on getting the house into the Fall Spirit, it occurred to me that the Fall into the Holidays CheckList is NOT going to happen. Remember? I promised, last week, to include my CheckList to make your holiday preparation oh, so easy…Well, here’s where Done is better than Perfect comes into the picture.

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In order to get my stuff DONE, I have to DO it…plow through my list and not write one up for a post. Pinterest pretty much covers every list anyone would need, anyway. I have found myself saying this week, “I think that looks great, it’s kinda simple, but it works…it’s DONE.” Not that the fireplace could have had a little more swag to it…but you know what? It’s fine, and it’s DONE! Check-it off the List and get on to the next. I am a Swirling Tasmanian Devil. Click HERE to Download your 5×7″ Freebie Printable PDF. For your personal use only. (Autumn Leaf #6 paper Source: DesignerDigitals)

Fall Fireplace

I know…the fireplace looks 1980’s-builder-grade. I have a whole Pin category on what it could look like. A wood mantel box, shiplap above the wood mantel and stacked stone refacing (see?) it’s a future MML Post in itself. But for now, this is what I am working with.

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I love to use burlap, especially in the Fall, with its rustic texture & natural color. The burlap banner is so simple, no need for a pattern or elaborate instructions.

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Quick version: Cut burlap into rectangles, the edges will be raveled on the sides and bottom, so cut fabric straight on the thread-line (for a triangle shape, edges are not raveled.) When figuring flag size, allow for a 1″ folded TOP edge for twine; I ironed mine down before drawing letters. Freehand draw or trace digital letters to spell out word. Use broad felt marker to darken letters. Stack the flags in letter order of word. Attach flags to a length of thick jute twine by stapling the flap, Tips: Put the backside of staple to the front of banner, it blends in better. The individual lettered-flags should easily slide on the twine. I draped a silk leaf garland over top of string.

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The dog picture was just an old painting I picked up years ago on a trip to Napa. It has been stuffed away for years…I even thought I had gotten rid of it. I have always liked it, maybe, I will go ahead and make an easy wood frame for it. Another project to add to my List : ) The rest of the stuff; pumpkins, Indian corn, candle holders were just fall items I accumulated. At the last-minute I nailed an old garden hat up, to fill the space and to give more texture. It may be my favorite part of the look. With that I was DONE…ever so Imperfect.

I mentioned, it was a busy week, I put an autumn wreath on the front door and added a couple of fall doo-dads to the entryway. Little things with big punch. Today I am taking out my list and working on some deep cleaning and I am going to start working on the Thanksgiving tablescape. Whoo-hoo! Over the weekend I found some linen napkins (set or 12) for a great price at Home Goods, so I snapped them up. Planning the table EARLY helped me know right away that ivory was the color I needed.imageI was at JoAnn Fabric when burlap was marked down 50% (I know! Almost free.) Update: I just finished these runners before post. Here they are, wrinkled, with plaid chargers I got at Michaels (sigh)…can’t wait to pull it all together. I am so going to keep that long scrap of burlap, that was cut off, for a Christmas Wrapping post.


I hope you are Inspired, like me, to start preparing for the holidays Early…DONE is better than Perfect.

Yessss! This morning I saw PSL is now available at Starbucks!  that explains the Tasmanian Devil. Its spicy pumpkin smell gave me a hint of what’s to come.

What, to you, makes it feel like Fall ?


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