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Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall List/Potting Bench

It. finally. stopped. raining!  Finally!  Literally, the skies cleared for a hot minute so I decided to get my outdoor fall decor on.

I started with the potting bench.
fall decor - potting bench

I used the chalkboard shutters (repurposed cabinet doors) to make a fall list of things we want to do!  The kids really enjoyed making the summer list.  I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition.
fall potting bench

fall list

Notice the "celebrate mom's b-day"?  That mom would be me.  ;)  My birthday is in October.  I like to leave my family little reminders.   ;)  Considering that last year my own dad who was visiting from California didn't remember my birthday until 8:00 PM (emphasis on the PM), I think reminding everyone early is a good thing.  YES, that. really. happened!  It wasn't even my 16th birthday!  ;)

fall list



I already had everything except for the wreath, flowers, and pumpkins.  I purchased the wreath at the Hob Lob at 50% off a couple weeks ago - $19.99.  I figured to buy the supplies to make my own would probably cost just as much.  Flowers and pumpkins came from the Home Depot.  The baskets I bought at JoAnn Fabrics a few years ago.  The yellow rakes belong to my two yard crashers.  I bought them at Lowes at the start of the summer.  My kids have used them a bunch.  They are like adult tools for kids and are very well made!  Gotta train them young.  ;)

The candy corn lights my mom gave me years ago.  I added them in for the kids.  Ok, ok, I'll make any excuse to string up some festive lights!  I tried to get a night shot, but Sunday nights are hectic.  I had to get inside and get the ol' dinner, bath, bed thing going.  Here's a shot with the lights on as the sun was just beginning to set.


Oh and I also busted out and dusted off the pumkinaries!  I'm using them on the patio this year.

fall potting bench
I told you I like lights.  I keep white twinkle lights strung up on the patio all year round!  They are just so pretty at night! 
I know many of you have made your own pumpkinaries using my tutorial.  I just love receiving those e-mails!  Thank you so much for sharing your creations!

So, what did you do this weekend?  I still have a few more outdoor projects that I'd like to do before it gets too cold to work outside.  For now, I'm really happy to have a little bit of fall decor on the patio.  Anyone else bringing the pumpkins out?  I mean it's just a few more days 'til October 1st!  Crazy, right?!

Lastly, I'd like to announce the winner of the Pawmetto giveaway  using random.org is comment #3- Kristin!

Kristin said...
My rescued furbabies are Joey and Emma. We've been looking for a new, all-natural treat to try! Sounds like a great one. :o)


Congratulations!  E-mail me and I'll get your furbabies all hooked up with some awesome treats!

I'll be back tomorrow with my fall mantel!  I just love this time of year!

Happy Monday!

Take a look here at the other lists we've made!




*Linking up to Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence, Thrifty Decor Chick

14 comments:

  1. Wow! The decorations look great! And your handwriting is perfect! And birthday reminders (even if it is your own) never hurt anyone!

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  2. I love that you used apple baskets as pots! Very fall! :)

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  3. Loving those pumpkin topiaries in the urns...very inspiring!

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  4. I love traditions and all that a new season brings. How fun for you all to write your list where you can see it every day. A very nice reminder.

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  5. LOVE it! those little rakes are sooo cute! and i love the list- it is all awesome, carmel!

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  6. Our fall activities this weekend included: my youngest son's football game ending with a win!, apple picking, pumpkin picking, decorating the front porch(decided not to do the back patio),making apple crisp(YUM!), and finally ended with seeing the movie Dolphin Tale which I highly recommend! It was such a great story with a lot of great messages. LOVE your blog btw. Have a great day!

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  7. I love that you have this perfect outdoor space which you can decorate seasonally or weekly (or any time you choose). Lights are always perfect the whole year through.

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  8. I love it! I'm a sucker for some lights, too and I'm pretty sure our halloween ones are up as we speak (we start pretty early for Halloween!!!). And pumpkinaries! Ha, genius! I think I need some just so I can use the name pumpkinaries (c:

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  9. Where to start? Love the chalk board list, the lights, and the upside down urns. Just Brilliant! Hugs♥O

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  10. Very cute! Such a great display! You definetly have a knack for vignettes!

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  11. What a beautiful setup. So pretty. I still love those chalkboards and am very envious of your wreath score. I think you are right that you would not have saved money making it. It all looks so welcoming. Bought a pumpkin and some gourds today . . .getting there!

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  12. Carmel, I love this whole look. Those blackboard shutters are super. Very smart leaving reminders.

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  13. Ok your potting bench area is like one of my favorite things in the world. This is GORGEOUS! You have such a knack for creating little vignettes like this. Just beautiful, Carmel!

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Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C

 
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