Now that Labor Day weekend has unofficially closed the Summer season, the weather here in Chicagoland has followed suit. The temperature has dropped significantly…I’m talking 55 degrees in the morning and have me craving all things Fall even more! I have yet to grab my first PSL of the season, but I am ready to start fall-ifying the house, like NOW! Today is another edition of the DIY Housewives Series and this month we are rounding up our Simple Fall Decor Ideas from past posts in hopes to ignite that Fall flame in you, too! Continue reading
Ok – I’ve officially decided. I’m never buying another throw pillow. #yeahright
Ok, so I don’t think I could put a stop to my pillow shopping madness even if I tried, but I do know this. I am so going to be making another set or several more DIY cloth napkin pillows yet this year. If you are a This is our Bliss Facebook page “liker” (which I hope you are!) then you have already seen my holiday napkin find. It’s too good….
Pretty. sure. you’ll be seeing these pop up around my house come December 😉 Probably on my couch…or my table…or both! This 12 red, white and black plaid napkins is only $19.99 – that’s like 6 pillows for 20 bucks. I don’t think you can even score that at GW.
So today…wait for it… I’m sharing…
5 Fab Cloth Napkin finds!
I love a classic stripe! These fall-ish colored striped napkins would look fabulous on your fall or Thanksgiving table. You really can’t go wrong with a stripe in any color – so timeless! Also, $19.99 for a set of 12 😉 This set is super cute for obvious reasons. This gorgeous turkey might end up stealing the show. I found these at Loom Décor, where you can create custom napkin sets starting at just $38! Again, if you want to use them for pillows, you’ve scored yourself a MAJOR deal here. Their variety is crazy huge!
And these….well if you know me, then you know my heart is jumping out of my chest right now! I mean these large-scale black and white checks (also known as buffalo plaid) are ah-mazing. The set of 6 even comes in this steel bucket and is available in 3 different colors!
If you saw my Thanksgiving table last year, then you’ll see you can go absolutely anywhere with your color scheme. I love black and white everything with pops of glitz and glam, so a stripe, check or plaid in these classic colors is a DO any time of the year!
Paisley says warm and inviting to me, so these paisley napkins would also make a lovely addition to your table or couch this season. The colors are a bit more traditional for a fall gathering, but the pattern still gives off a fresh, chic look.
And these Crate & Barrel “Harvest” napkins are spot-on for autumn and into Thanksgiving, but would surely make a great addition to a summer tablescape or BBQ, too! Maybe it’s my inner Iowa girl surfacing 😉
Call me a coo-koo cloth napkin lady, but I think I need all of them!
I hope you are digging this napkin thing as much as I am, because I am still so in love with my fall plaid throw pillows I made out of just 2 of these bad boys. Annnd if you don’t want to undertake the super easy DIY throw pillow task, then try one of my other alternative ideas for how to use your table linens!
And lets take a minute to look back to these black and white beauties!
Buckets of buffalo check napkins for all!!
Are your wheels spinning with where to buy your next cloth napkins? Who knew?! Never thought I’d be on such a mission!
I’m so excited to hit the neighborhood tomorrow escorted by my cutie pie pumpkin and dashing Mickey Mouse…dad will be along for the ride, too…Maybe even toting along some “adult treats”?!
Wishing you all a very happy, safe (and warm) Halloween weekend!
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I hate to admit this, but I think I am almost all fall-ed out. It is a hard thing to admit because as a blogger, I’m totally guilty of it. The fall crafts, décor & DIY’s come flying out of the gates in August, with a slight change-up for Halloween and then back at it for Thanksgiving. Months and months of it!
Buuut, I do think it is time to get the ball rolling for the… ahem… next holiday in line and its not even November yet.
I can’t help it, but I’m ready for something new!… a new color palette…new vignettes…new signage… you catch my drift?!! Its the most wonderful time of the year 😉
So as I get ready to bid this season goodbye, I thought an ode to one of my fave fall décor DIY’s of all time was a good idea for Think again Thursday.
Did you guys see my DIY Fall Pillows? Plaid is hot right now and I seriously could not be more in love with this project.
I am not the first person to make pillows out of table linens and I won’t be the last. If you are on board with this idea, then great! If you are sort of intrigued and find yourself hunting down great cloth napkins, but don’t really see yourself using them in a table setting, well, then you are in luck!
5 ways to use cloth napkins:
1 | pillows
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again…just sew 2 together and voila! You’ve got yourself a pillow cover! Place a pillow insert inside and you have a new accessory for your couch or chair (or entryway table!).
2 | wall art
Here on the pegboard gallery wall in Simon’s nursery, I simply framed pieces of fabric (the navy & white alphabet and the bright colored geo / triangles). Napkins are made up of some fabulous fabrics!
Simply place a napkin behind a crisp white mat inside of a frame and hang it up on the wall or lean it on a shelf or bookcase to instantly add a pop of color, punch of pattern and a bit of texture to your space. (See how I made another DIY wall art piece with a journal cover here)
3 | placemat
Many people use napkins as a placemat or charger plate instead. Place your charger plate (or skip the charger) and / or dinner plate right on top of the napkin. Easy table transformation for any occasion.
See here for just one of the MANY beautiful tablescapes created by Courtney of A Thoughtful Place. She is the queen of a beautifully styled table with tons of great quick & easy DIY’s to go along with.
4 | quilt
Use cloth napkins as you would use regular fabric for a quilting project!
5 | wine bottle gift wrap
I love this one! Take your napkin (dish towels work great for this, too) and lay it out flat. Place a wine bottle in the center and pull your four corners up around it. Secure the napkin or cloth with a piece of jute twine and some festive ribbon. Quick & cute hostess gift! Use the napkin to wrap any sort of gift! You can get these gold foil confetti dot napkins here.
Surely you aren’t already burnt out of this nifty napkin thing?! I hope not because tomorrow I am sharing my top 5 cloth napkins for 5 Fab Friday Finds! Festive fallish napkins to take you right into Thanksgiving. Add some pizzazz to your table or try out one of these other 5 ideas from today.
In other news, I’m working on some new printables to add to my etsy shop and will let you all know when they become available! Plugging away at the basement, getting ready for trick-or-treaters and getting materials organized for a new project hopefully starting in the next couple of weeks – details coming soon!
Lastly, I’m so humbled by all of my new instagram followers – I am just shy of 1,000 followers!! If you aren’t already following This is our Bliss on social media, be sure to come on over to see other featured bloggers, diy projects, recipes and fun fashion trends!
I’ll be scheming some great giveaways for the upcoming milestones, so be sure to come along for the ride! Thank you 😉
I don’t go all out and fall-ify my house to the 9’s, but I do like to add a few simple touches. Every house needs a little fall-ification, right?! But it CAN be done quickly, simply & on the cheap. With the exception of my fall entryway with the addition of a large DIY Fall word art piece, I try to use what I already have! I’ll break it down and show you 2 spots in our house where fall is taking on more of a supporting role 😉 Today I’ll be sharing how to add a few simple Fall touches to your home!
Is it me or have we been talking about Fall decorating for months now?! Continue reading
Nothing. I mean, nothing says warm & cozy like PLAID. It enters the scene in the fall and transitions right on in to winter. Of course you can totally rock a plaid print all year round and with such a variety out there now, you have limitless options! One of the easiest ways to add a touch of fall into your home, other than scattering pumpkins everywhere, is to add a plaid throw blanket to the back of a chair or the arm of a sofa. Similarly, toss a couple of plaid fall throw pillows on the couch or in your entryway and call it a day!
Today, I am sharing some of my favorite plaid gear – for the home and for your closet!
pillow | monogram pillow | throw blanket | gray/orange throw | flatware | dessert plates | mug | kitchen towel | flannel shirt | neutral reversible scarf | green flannel shirt | reversible wool scarf shawl | infinity scarf | notecards | tray | ribbon
Go get yourself some plaid! Seriously…go! What are you waiting for?!
I’m seriously so in love with these plaid prints! I picked up a couple of plaid throws at HomeGoods this week and sprinkled them in a few rooms…my Amazon plaid shirts
are on their way and my boots are ready to roll (since they’re by the front door and all 😉 )
Happy October, friends!
What is your favorite go-to plaid accessory for fall?
You guys, I made 2 pillows for $5. TOTAL! Have you ever even heard of such a thing?! Nowhere. I repeat – nowhere, can you get a decorative throw pillow for $2.50 or even $5, for that matter unless you are thrifting or at the Dollar Store (but last time I checked, the dollar store doesn’t sell pillows!). So do you want to know how I did it?
Ok, so I popped into HomeGoods one day a couple of weeks ago to do a return. Well, you know I can’t just go through the line with one measly return. I had to grab a cart and power through my favorite aisles. For some reason, I went down the table linens aisle and spotted these sparkly fall plaid napkins. My first thought was…
Ooo! These would be perfect for a fall tablescape!
I don’t deck my house out for fall, but I do get the urge to warm things up a bit. I had been wanting to add some autumn-ish pillows to the family room to spice up our new gray couch. (More soon on the couch and our new rug, too!) After peeking at the cloth napkins and noticing “18”x18″” on the tag (and the amazing price of $4.99 for a set of 4), I knew I had to grab them.
Well, they did sit around for a little while in my pantry, but I finally opened them up to sew a couple together. If you’ve done any sewing before, you can do this. OR if you know someone who sews and you bribe them with a pumpkin spice latte or a bottle of wine, you just might get yourself a couple pillows sewn for you.
I don’t too often, but I’ve done a ton of pillows – for our outdoor patio & the floral print ones in the guestroom. And, you might remember back to last year when I made Simon’s nursery curtains out of bed sheets. Other than that, I don’t bust out the sewing machine much.
Back to the napkins…As far as pillows go over here, I like to switch my covers out and change them around fairly often, so I sewed a zipper in. It makes it easy to take off the pillow to throw in the wash, too!
Here is how mine turned out:
That’s really all the further I got with step-by-step photos – so sorry! After I sewed them, I put in a 20″x20″ insert I already at home. I like to use inserts that are the exact size of the fabric or napkins (before sewing) or just slightly larger so they are nice & full. I prefer feather or down inserts, but any pillow forms are good!
I have one in our family room on the couch….
I really love the gold & orange hues on the gray couch…it really warms things up from the usual neutral tones.
…And then, this happened. I just couldn’t help myself.
Since I was playing around with my fall entryway last week, I decided to try this option out and I absolutely LOVE it!
Look at the gold stitching glistening in the sunlight! It’s just too perfect in my entryway! After all, I was able to make 2 pillows with 4 napkins for 5 bucks 🙂
Plenty of plaid pillows to go around! One may end up in every room perhaps.
I know I didn’t share the steps I took to create this, but there are a TON of pillow sewing tutorials out there – like this one here from Scout & Nimble. Check it out – super easy instructions if you’ve never made a pillow before – a zippered one, at that!
And if you are looking for a non-zipper option, Sarah from Thrifty Décor Chick has an awesome how-to for table linens! She finishes her pillow off with a hand-stitch. Either way is great – your preference!
Are you going to be stalking the table linens aisles now? I’m pretty sure I’m going to peek around at Target for some more today. Especially since I found the prettiest ones there last year that I used on my Thanksgiving table!
Are you going to try to get your hands on some fall cloth napkins?! What else have you used to make pillow covers with?
Please let me know if you score some goodies anywhere & share your DIY pillow secrets, too!
Have an awesome day and Happy Fall… now that it’s official 😉
My obsession continues. My love for word art is deep. I took a shot at creating my own version of an oversized word art piece to use in my fall entryway versus buying a ridiculously expensive one. I’ve made smaller pieces before, but I wanted a BIG one this time around! A statement piece…
Do you know how much money a 24″x36″ framed piece of anything costs?! or a even a canvas?! Way more than I wanted to throw down. Especially since its all about fall. I mean, I would have loved to order a custom something or other for above my entryway table, but the truth is… my entryway mirror will probably end up going right back in its spot after this season is over. Unless I decide to make a new piece for each season or holiday to put in the frame! I could totally do that. #dontgetaheadofyourself
I decided to create a DIY version and ended up spending less than $20! Yep – 20 bucks.
So let’s start from the beginning. A couple of weeks ago, I found large, 24″x36″ frames on mega sale at Michaels for $14.99, regularly priced $49.99. Such a steal! I bought one white and one grayish-brown. After calling my local FedEx/Kinko’s to check to make sure they could print that size, I sat down to work on my piece.
I came up with a list of fall-related words and typed them out in MS Word with one space in between each word or group of words. I then started playing around with the fonts and point size of each word or phrase until it was sized just right and I was happy with how it looked. I ended up moving some of the words onto different lines in order to make the sizing work out. I wanted to take up as much of the full line as I could without the words being too small or the phrase running over to the next line. Each font is sized differently as well. I get download my fonts from dafont.com.
[Some of the fonts I used in this piece were: Bernardo Moda, Jenna Sue, Fascii Scraggly BRK, Architect’s Hand, AR DELANEY. You can enter these into the search box on the site and then download the file to your computer. They will be automatically added to the drop down list of fonts in MS Word.]
Next, I saved it as a PDF file, loaded it onto my flash drive and headed down the street to FedEx/Kinkos. I asked them to print my piece in black and white on a 24″x36″ sheet of paper. It cost me $4.67 to do it.
*[Important step!: you must save your .doc file as a .pdf because of the specialty fonts. If your copy / print shop does not have the exact same fonts on their computers, then they won’t show up. I didn’t know this when I went in to have another piece printed awhile back. They didn’t clue me in on the pdf secret. They told me I needed to go back home and load all of the different font files onto my flash drive so they could download them to their computer. so that is what I did! uggghhh]
Next, after opening up the back of the frame and slipping my piece of paper inside, I realized I needed to trim about 1/4″ off the side and top so it laid flat and didn’t bubble underneath the plexiglass. Once it was smoothed out, I fastened the back on and admired my work.
It was missing something though.
I ran upstairs to check my craft & décor stash for some flat corner braces. I was pretty sure I had an extra package left after making these frames. It was just what my new frame needed. Mine were silver, so I used a little Rub ‘n Buff Wax in Antique Gold on them before attaching to the frame.
After a couple minutes to let the wax set, I placed the “L” on the corner, then drilled in each of the 4 screws into the predrilled holes, until I was all the way through the surface of the frame. I did this on each of the 4 corners.
Voila! Large & in charge DIY Fall word art! I love.
It’s white and bright and allows my fall décor to “pop” around it. A wonderful backdrop for my entryway!
I love reading bits and pieces on it as I walk by. All of the words are things that remind me of the fall season, now and as a child.
I especially love how my little thrifted gold open frame outlines “mom’s pumpkin cookies”. Such a warm and special memory of making and decorating pumpkin cookies with my mom and sister growing up (and eating too much cream cheese frosting along with the chocolate chips & candy corn that made up the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin 🙂 )!
I did have the corner braces and rub’n’buff on hand, so the project would have totaled around $35 normally… and if the frame wouldn’t have been on sale, well…thats a whole lot more. If you ever see huge frames like that on sale – grab a couple!
This was so unbelievable easy to make. I promise…if you can open up and type in Microsoft Word, then you can do this! If you don’t feel like making your own and like mine, get it below!:
Get your Free PDF here: FALL Word Art
I think it would be really cute to do something similar in a kid’s room or playroom with funny & cute kid phrases!
Want more fall inspiration?! Visit my Fall Entryway post to see the rest of the shots!
Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!
If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂
I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!
Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!
Here are a few shots from the top shelf…
Ill just come right out and say it…Not to discriminate or anything, but I love the left side of the top of the table!
The oversized framed word art is a DIY that I will be sharing later this week…the white handled vase was a Goodwill find, that I painted white and “dipped” in gold (it was red to start!)…the leaves are from Pier1…the orange gourd (Michaels) is simply placed on a stack of books with a thrifted open gold frame resting in front of it…The little acorn art was printed from Graphicstock and put into a mini black, white and gold frame from HomeGoods…
The bottom of the table is filled with more HomeGoods finds…
The black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.
When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One.
These metallic artichokes are also from Pier1. I hadn’t been in there for quite awhile, but did find a few gems that day. Copper, gold and silver ones are sitting inside my gold-dipped bowl which typically resides in the kitchen. Shopping your home at its finest!My black Hunter boots + leopard scarf are set off to the side to add a cozy, fall feel…that is…until I need to wear either of them!
I have a thing for “B’s” and “4’s”…If I find one I like, I usually buy it thinking it will just find its way somewhere in the house. Until you realize you have a “B” & a “4” in every room. Then you put them away for a little while, regroup and figure out which one needs to leave. This “B” was a gift from my parents and was pulled from my mantel.
The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily.
The sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety.
I really love how my DIY oversized fall word art turned out and can’t wait to give you the scoop soon!
And here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy?
You definitely don’t have to wait until Christmas for pretty glowing lights!! at least around here…
And there’s that left-side again 😉
There it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!
Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday is Week #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed!
Check out below to see how I made a small change to my fall entryway…
…by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!
What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!
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Hump day is here and so is my Fall Front Porch post!
I finished it up this weekend and luckily, we had beautiful weather to be able to take pictures of it. It is the first year I did any fall porch decorating and I have to say, I love pulling in the driveway or playing in they yard with the boys and seeing it! I didn’t do a whole lot of fall decorating INSIDE this year, but it was enough to get into the fall & Halloween spirit. I incorporated several classic fall elements into the porch – bales of hay, cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds & mums and then added a tiny bit of flare with a little paint, some pom pom burlap ribbon and black lanterns.
Now, I am off to have lunch and shop with my mom! Yesterday we spent the day cleaning, organizing and purging the house and now we are treating ourselves for a girl’s afternoon 🙂
Check back tomorrow for full source list and the DIY details for the pumpkins!
Thanks for reading and please come by again.