October 20, 2016

Falling into Fall Front Porch

It all started with this barrel... I've had it for ages. I worked part-time at Bath & Body Works over 10 years ago.  They used to do really elaborate store decorations.  This was probably back from when they had a more "country theme" to the store. 

Old Barrel

Btw... I didn't steal it. Most of the time, they threw away their decorations after a store reset, so we were free to take what we wanted. 😊

Anyway.... I've wanted to use it, but not with that HUGE stamp on it.  It must have been burned into the wood or something.  I tried sanding it, using a Dremel, nothing really worked. So, I thought why don't I try staining it?? Duh! 

Here you can see I'm just getting started....

Staining Old Barrel

You can barely see the stamp now. :) Then I brushed on one heavy coat of an outdoor sealer.

Dark Stained Barrel

A couple of years ago I made these DIY clay pumpkins.  That post just went viral this year! In my tutorial I'll show you step by step how to make those cool looking pumpkins. 😊

DIY Outdoor Real Looking Pumpkins

Before and After DIY Pumpkins

Anyway, they've held up pretty good, so far.  I should have cleaned them up better when I brought them in last year.  It was a wet year and they got a bit moldy.  The soil in the pot under a plastic layer, probably didn't help. 

That's why I'm fixing up the barrel.  I think they'll look great on it, and it might stay drier! 

So, I cleaned them up.  I tried just wiping them, nope. Then I got out a magic eraser, nope. Next, I tried a toothbrush and some bleach. That seemed to work the best. A lot of the mold came off.

Moldy pumpkins

Here's more of a close up.  That whitish area wiped right off.

Moldy pumpkins

Once they were cleaned up, I added a bit of paint to cover up any black marks left.  

You can see here how much better they look! I just grabbed some paint that was close... I wasn't too concerned whether it matched because it won't show.

cleaned up pumpkins

Then I sprayed a couple of coats of Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. They look pretty good. I'm ready to stack them up for the front porch!

Clear coat on pumpkins

Don't they look nice?!

Stacked DIY Pumpkins

Here's the whole front porch... I can see that I am completely lacking on the fall decor here.... I'm a blogger for goodness sake! I think I can do a bit better than this!

Fall Front Porch

We did a bit of work on our front porch lately... One we took down the "balcony to nowhere" that was on top of the porch roof.  We think it looks sooooo much better! 

Also, you can barely tell, but we built in that space above the keystone on the front door frame. Here's a before photo. 

Birds kept building nests up there and making a mess on the porch. So, hubby fixed it up and I gave it a fresh coat of paint.  I still need to paint the columns, but I'm running out of good weather...

Don't you think the pumpkins look great with our front door!

Fall Front Porch


October 18, 2016


Hmmm... Lori, how ya feeling about those new bangs??
Feelings about my bangs

October 16, 2016

Dishing It & Digging It Link Party {118}

Welcome Friends!

You all know me...😁

I'm hosting this week!

 Lori @ The Stonybrook House
I'm so glad you stopped by! It's so exciting to see how much our link party has grown and that's all because of YOU!

I look forward each week to see what cool projects recipes and tips you all are going to share. You guys are so creative! 😊

This week I've been playing catch up from vacation...but I did share about our adventures (my birthday 😜) and having to cut it short because of Hurricane Matthew. 

Myrtle Beach, NC

That pier was the Springmaid Pier that got destroyed. It's so sad, please remember them. There was so much destruction and people are still trying to get back to some sort of normal.

I also shared how I made these adorable blocks.

DIY "gather" Letter Blocks

DIY 'gather' letter blocks

So now we are going to get this party started!

Falling Leaves Door Hanging

Decked Out For Fall Greetings

Blackberry Cobbler

Pumpkins In The Dining Room

1950's DIY Chalk Painted Dining Table & Chairs

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October 14, 2016

DIY "gather" Letter Blocks

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DIY Letter Blocks
I'm usually a little late to the game... most bloggers are already finished with fall decor and are planning Christmas. Not me....

October 10, 2016

Weekend Escapade ~ Vacation & A Birthday!!

Hi everybody! This weekend escapade is really a weeklong vacation with a birthday celebration mixed in there. When we planned this vacation, I didn't even realize it was falling on my birthday week.

This mother was thrilled because both my children were supposed to come along. ❤️ This handsome fellow drove 10 hours in from Illinois.

October 5, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie

Yum!! I'm definitely going to add this to my regular breakfast routine! 

October 2, 2016