Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Hey everyone!  Did you have a good weekend?  I just got back from a long weekend in Florida.  The weather was gorgeous, not at all fall like, but when I stepped out of the airport today, brrr, definitely a lot cooler than when I left on  Thursday.  I think fall is here to stay in Chi-town.

I won't be back to the Florida house until a couple of days before Thanksgiving.  I felt I needed to continue with some fall decorating there so that I won't be overwhelmed with decorating, grocery shopping and cooking when I get back.  A couple of weeks ago I shared my fall mantel  (here) so today I'll show what I did  to the rest of the house.

Before the inside though, the potting table outside gets a little something.

The geckos will love nesting in the faux leaves.  The pumpkin man will be replaced with another pumpkin for Thanksgiving.  He is the only Halloween  decoration I have for this this house. Poor lonely guy.

For the inside entry I bought a coastal inspired dry floral fall arrangement.  See starfish and shells?

In the living room I always cut palm leaves for the vase, and I added a felt pumpkin for the season.

The behemoth leaves come from the  landscaping. They are too big for any vase I have so I simply  scissor cut them into a fan shape.  Once they're trimmed back, three fit beautifully in the vase I always use.

The family rooms gets candles and little munchkin pumpkins.

With all of this decorating done, I'll have plenty of time for baking pies (frozen), breads (heat and serve), and cookies (slice and bake).

P.S. I'm not  much of a baker or cook.

In the meantime, we're planning a small Halloween party at the Illinois rental.  Anyone else having a party?  What are you planning?  I'm scouring pinterest for ideas but so far I have nothing.  Nothing.  Not that I don't like anything, I'm just too indecisive.  And it's still a couple of weeks out, right?  No worries.  Until next week.  Ack!!

Anyway, hope to see you around some linky parties this week.  I'd love to see what you've got!


Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Remodelaholic Friday @ Remodelaholic
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Look What I Found Friday @ Vintage Revivals 
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Share Day @ Just a Girl
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Let the Holiday Shopping Begin...a giveaway!

Here we are... October!
Just two and a half short months till the Holidays!
I say let the official HOLIDAY SHOPPING begin!

I have a local friend that does amazing things with yarn! 
She is quite the crafter, artist, mother and woman!!

She is offering YOU any one item of your choosing!

The Adison newsboy beanie teal/melon/cream multi--choose your size 4T-adult small

Brimmed Beanie in retro colors--choose size newborn through 6 months

Chain Scarf Necklaces -SET OF 2- pick your colors--Free Shipping

The Ellie brimmed flower beanie in melon sorbet and pale yellow with pearl accent--
choose size newborn through 6 months

I love what she creates!

One lucky reader (sorry US only) will win one item of your choice –
To enter simply go to Adi and Ellie Designs and tell me which item is your favorite (comment.)
Additional entries (in the comments) can be:
1. Like Adi and Ellie Designs on Facebook
2. Follow or subscribe to this blog
3. Like Curly Willow DIY on Facebook
4. Follow @CrlyWillowVicki on Twitter
5. Tweet, pin, stumble, tumble, facebook – just share the linky love

And as a bonus double entry: Blog about your favorite piece(s) on Adi & Ellie Designs!!

This giveaway closes the following Monday, Oct. 10th.

So, if you do each item above, you should be leaving 6 comments below.

So, who in your life gets this fabulous gift for the holidays?

Have a fabulous Monday!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Framed my Own Canvas Print, Instant Wow!

The beginning of September I won a giveaway from Catherine at the Design Editor and UPrinting.com.

I designed my own KEEP CALM Poster. It's been such a busy September,
I never had time to frame it until today. I bought an easy frame kit at Hobby Lobby for $6.00.
It was so easy to put together with a little light hammering.

 You can see in the photo I simply stapled my frame together with a heavy duty staple gun. 

An easy way to line up your art, since you can't see it when you frame, is to fold over where your art begins. That way you can simply line up your frame, check it, and staple in place.

Folding the corners over is as easy as wrapping a present.
So, whatever look you want works as long as it's a nice tight corner.

After you have all your sides stapled, turning over the frame from time to time
just to double check yourself...

Use a hammer to lightly tap the staples in a little tighter.

This is an easy project, you'll only need the staple gun, hammer and a flat head screwdriver
to dig out any staple that might be a bit wrong.

All done! Easy-peasy!

Hang on the wall and instant WOW!
Love that this adds some inspiration for my office!

Did you see it? I know! Right! I have one... my hubby got it for me for my birthday. That adorable, awesome, cute-as-can-be bag hanging there is the Jeanne Oliver Ellison Camera Bag!

Oh, you want a closer look... I don't blame ya!


So, if you have a fav image you'd love to see on canvas...
you can try to win a giveaway... OR have the image printed on canvas.
I checked it out, my image is a 16x20, which only costs $25.56 at UPrinting.com
Then just buy a easy frame at Hobby Lobby for $6.00.
That's a pretty inexpensive way to get an amazing personalized look for your home!

Have a great weekend!

Linking up to

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

The Girl Creative

Boogieboard Cottage

Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party