a fall topiary~

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These are the lovely leaves I pressed from Oregon… such gorgeous color!  I had this…. well you could say ‘expired’ topiary sitting on my desk waiting for a new life.  How pretty this looks and it was so easy make!

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The colors are so vibrant, the leaves almost look like they are made of paper.

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I just tucked the leaves into the open branches, they could have been glued to ensure they would stay put, but I knew I was going to change it out so I didn’t glue it.  I also added moss around the base of the tree.  This isn’t the most practical craft, but I thought it looked so beautiful, I had to share it~

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My mom picked up these cute little acorns from her neighborhood in Portland, thanks Mom!

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place settings~

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A few simple place setting ideas using natural items that you might already have.  A little goes a long way in making an elegant table.

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This oak leaf is so spectacular, it adds so much color!

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These are the acorns my mother sent me, how stunning a small handful looks.

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A leaf can easily be made into a place card using a chalkboard pen.  Be sure to write gently, I like to practice on a separate piece of paper first.

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A tiny cloche with acorns would make a lovely little memento for your guests to take home.

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I hope you find these few ideas inspiring, as always, thank you for taking the time~

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new curtains~

How desperately we needed new curtains!  The original ones, besides being laden with cat {which I am incredibly allergic to}, were just too red… brick-red with yellow-gold stitching.  They weren’t awful, but they looked very heavy for living in such a sunny climate.   And my goodness, so much beige!

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So heavy red curtains coming down, inexpensive painter’s tarp going up!

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The texture is just gorgeous, the flecked color is gorgeous, and the price?..  gorgeous.

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This room is far from finished, it needs a large area rug; all the furniture is from the previous house that we made do.  The fireplace area is being updated.  But for now, I am happy with things not looking head to toe beige.  The room has lots of neutrals, but it has a look of interest that appeals to me, the color plates on the back wall, the drafting desk, the modern glass table with the rustic leather, it looks like interesting people live here.

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The room needed something living and green, as soon as I bought this little tree I immediately put it under glass and I haven’t watered it since.

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The curtains made such a nice difference in the nook as well.

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By the way, this is green millet, how non-traditional and lovely!  The blue ceramic jar is an inspiration from my friend, Lee, in New Zealand.  I bought a pair of these at a consignment store for around $30.  Score!

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Have a lovely day!

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nest box~

This is the box that holds the eggs,

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that I painted one summer afternoon.

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And this is the dragonfly that sits on the box,

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on the desk next to these pencils.

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These are the domes that sit next to the painted eggs,

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in the box with a lid that sits on top.

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Sigh… cute lil box~

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Gina’s living room~

My girlfriend, Gina, has a lovely little sitting room off the front entry.  She had it designed awhile ago, but needed a few additions to finish it.  Adding stainless brought some consistency to this room from the family room.  Originally the coffee table was a rectangle with leather top.  The glass brought in another reflective surface, while the base added some artful architecture.

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This little table and lamp were added to complete the corner with some height and interest.

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Nothing completes a room like something living.  A touch here and there will make a room thrive.  The wall above the couch is quite high, by bringing the art in close and at eye level, it kept the space feeling cozy.

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 gina's house on cowboys daughter design

It is a lovely room!  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it Gina~ xo

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