Thanksgiving Tablescapes

I can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving week already.

I have been knee deep in Christmas decorating, seriously it looked like Christmas threw up in my house.

Everything is put away now. And this is when I concentrate on my Thanksgiving table.

This year I wanted to use items from nature and I’ll be doing the same for Christmas.

That’s where my garden comes in. I was able to dry mini Indian corn, like what I used in my diy Indian corn wreath

https://junktogemsblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/diy-indian-corn-wreath/

I have used the corn husks in this tablescape as part of the centerpiece. Just put a few in a soup tureen. I also used them to scatter around the table in this tablescape below.

For both tables I used thrifted dishes and glassware. And used a leaf garland for down the middle of each table. You can easily make your own garland with some pretty pressed leaves.

Hope this helped get you started creating your own tablescape. I know Thanksgiving is different this year for some of us, but let’s remember we always have something to be thankful for.

And I am thankful for you! Every sweet comment makes my day. Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog and have a wonderful Thanksgiving 💗

The reason I decorate for Christmas early.





My first tree is up! I know it’s early for some of you. But when your an influencer and need to make posts at a certain time it speeds up the process.

I honestly enjoy Decorating early because after Thanksgiving I get to just enjoy all the traditions as a family we do.

And it takes me three weeks to decorate inside and out. I am taking my time this year and trying to be more intentional with my decor. Which has made me enjoy the process more.

Instead of rushing to get it done I’m having fun at it! If I start to get tired and find myself throwing something together I stop and think on it overnight or even a couple of days.

So if your wondering if it’s too early, do what makes you enjoy it best. This year more than ever we need to enjoy these little things.

The Lord has definitely put that on my heart through all this turmoil this year.

So are you an early decorator or after Thanksgiving kind?

DIY Christmas Challenge

I am joining some other amazing bloggers for a Christmas challenge. This month the theme is Christmas and has to be with only things you already have on hand.

First of all thank you to Terrie from http://decorateandmorewithtip.com/

She sets these challenges up every month and gets our minds rolling with ideas. If your following along you’ve been by Carol’s at

About Carol

Wasn’t her ideas so cute? Now I’m going to share mine.

I knew I wanted to make a banner for my porch this year. But I wanted something that could hold up to our winds here. It gets crazy windy at times where we live.

I had these three metal tags I had gotten a while back from Hobby Lobby. I decided to spell out joy on them mainly because it’s the only three letter Christmas word I could think of.

I painted them with three coats of chalk paint front and back because this will be seen from both sides.

I stenciled the letter on but you could easily use alphabet stickers instead.

Then I sanded the edges to get some of the paint chipped off.

I used brown paint on the spots I chipped off to make it appear like it was rusty in spots.

Then I attached roping I had across the tops of all three tags to form a banner.

Here are all the other fun diy challenges below. I’m sure your going to find some great inspiration.

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/diy-whimsical-christmas-tree-framed-art/

https://clochesandlavender.com/diy-wood-christmas-tags

https://patinaandpaint.com/christmas-advent-calendar/

https://www.blessingsbyme.com/2020/11/primitive-wreath-ornament-2/

Easy DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

https://palletandpantry.com/diy-snowfall-festive-christmas-wreath/

https://www.thehousehouse.com/diy/wine-bottle-christmas-diy

https://www.b4andafters.com/diy-fabric-trees

My last Fall diy coming at ya!

I joined some sweet ladies on Instagram to do a candy bowl challenge. It was do fun to come up with something creative and useful.

I usually don’t decorate for Halloween, we are empty nesters and live in the middle of nowhere so trick or treaters do not come here.

That being said it was extra fun to do this! I used an orange pumpkin pail I got for a dollar at Walmart.

I put three coats of paint on the outside and just brushed the inside with a quick coat of black.

I took the handle off and added a piece of wire for the handle, but first I had some beads left over from a garland I had. I added them to the wire for a beaded handle.

I added splotches of black paint around edges and by face to resemble enamelware.

Please check out all of the other creative ladies containers over on my Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CGqeWSbnTIi/?igshid=1518trdg82a7z

Diy Indian Corn Wreath and a Blessing

Another Fall wreath diy coming at ya!

This was so simple. I had tons of mini Indian corn from our garden.

This was our first year growing it so we didn’t know what to expect. The stalks are so pretty from this corn also they have a purple stem

I just took the ears of corn and used my handy dandy hot glue gun.

I glued the ears around on a wreath form I had. I wrapped the form in muslin so the green wouldn’t show through.

I just kept gluing until it was covered and full.

And now my unexpected blessing last week. My little account was featured in a small space in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine!! Cue my happy dance here!! I am so honored and excited!!!

So excited!

Have a wonderful weekend sweet people!

DIY Faux Enamelware Pumpkin Garland

Mini Pumpkins

I am joining some other talented ladies for a pumpkin diy blog hop this month that Terrie at decorate and more with Tip put together.. If your here you probably came from Liberty’s B4 and Afters blog. Wasn’t her decorated kitchen beautiful?

After much thought I decided to make a garland and took a trip to the dollar store.  I found these packages of small pumpkin treat containers. I purchased two packages so I would have enough for a nice garland length.

First I took the handles off all of them.

I decided to use chalk paint, I use the Chalk Mountain chalk paint that covers nicely.

It took three coats of paint to cover that green neon.

I did paint the insides also because that green shows through trust me.  I then added splashes of black around the edges and in areas to resemble enamelware.

I hot glued jute on to resemble the handles and to form the banner length.

This was such a fun challenge. These ladies below are all so talented I feel honored to be joining them. Next up is Tammy Patina and Paint

Terrie – https://decorateandmorewithtip.comhttps://decorateandmorewithtip.com

Jodi – https://www.thehousehouse.com/diy/diy-pumpkin-challenge/

Cindy – https://clochesandlavender.com/2020/10/07/painting-elegant-pumpkins-tutorials/

Tammy – https://patinaandpaint.com/faux-sweater-pumpkin/

Caurol -Https://BlueskyatHome.com/5-easy-diy-halloween-place-cards

Christine –  https://palletandpantry.com/pumpkin-sweet-rolls/

Michelle – Blessings by Me

Welcome to My Fall Porch

My ombre pumpkin pile

All of my pumpkins came from our own pumpkin patch this year!!! Can you tell I’m excited! I’m doing a happy dance and so is the hubby. Especially after I added up how much money I saved in buying pumpkins this year.

And after I am done with them they will make great snacks for the chickens.

My diy lanterns

https://junktogemsblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/diy-lanterns-for-the-porch/

He’s watching me lol
Some whimsy

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my porch!

Thank you so much friend for visiting this little blog. I love when you leave me a comment and have a beautiful day sweet friend ❤️

DIY Lanterns for the Porch

I have been wanting a couple of wooden lanterns for my porch for a while now.

Ombre pumpkin pile https://www.instagram.com/p/CFMm2Ednmdx/?igshid=436rpymvmely

I decided to diy some. The ones I liked in the store seemed simple in design and when I showed the hubby he said “you could diy them yourself you know” nothing like a hubby who has faith in you.

I did let him know I would need his help lol.

Boards cut

We always have extra pieces of wood laying around, I could be known as a wood hoarder, depending on who you talk to!

So I figured out the sizes I wanted. And then cut my pieces out. And then we (and by we I mean the hubby) nailed them together with his nail gun. I’m still scared of that thing! One of these days I’ll get brave.

I wanted more layers so I cut some smaller pieces to layer on top. Then I found some finials I had picked up at a yard sale and added them to the top.

Finally I stained everything. For now there is a white pumpkin inside each. I am waiting on some battery operated flameless candles to put inside.

You can see exact details and measurements on my hometalk page. I’ll attach the link below.

https://www.hometalk.com/member/48833431/corinemapes

Thank you for stopping by, I hope I inspired you to try and remake something you have seen in a store you wanted. Please let me know if you do! I’m cheering for you!

Adding touches of Fall around our Farmhouse

The Dining Room

This year for my Fall decorating I decided I wanted to stay with mostly things from nature.

Our garden was so successful at producing pumpkins of different varieties and sizes. We also have plenty of corn husks. Soon the Bittersweet will start to burst and I can make some wreaths from that.

Faux Mantel

I used dried branches in my jars and birch branches in my basket. I used some mounting putty to put some leaves I had preserved on the wall to appear as if they are falling.

I tried to stick with naturals and used my dried Hydrangeas and baskets to add texture.

Kitchen

I changed my quote for the Fall season.

Living Room

Here I have pears and grapevine wreaths from nature. I added in some signs I had from previous seasons.

I just discovered I have a lot of ears of ornamental Indian corn so I’m drying that and will attempt to make a wreath. Something I’ve never done before!

Indian in my soup tureen

Have you started you Fall decor yet? I hope I have provided you just a little bit of inspiration to help if not. Thank you so much for visiting, I appreciate it!

My DIY Faux Leather Leaves

In my Fall decorating this year I just wanted to keep it simple. Not but new decor and use vintage and thrifted items. But I did find this leather pumpkin I could not resist at JoAnn Fabrics. It was 60% off so only $5 that I could do.

I was doing a diy challenge with some super talented ladies on Instagram and needed a diy.

I found these wooden leaves at the dollar store and that got my wheels turning!

I found some scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby that resembled leather. See where I’m going with this?

Very easy! I just traced my leaves out on my paper.

Then I just used Modge Podge to apply them. I let some wrinkle a little to look like aged vintage leather. After they dried I used a brown ink pad and rubbed it on the edges and wrinkles that really made it look like real vintage leather.

This was so fun and I was so happy they turned out so well. Now what else could I do this technique to?

Stay tuned….

As always thank you for stopping by I would love for you to comment and let me know how you like them or tell me your latest diy.