I’ll be out of town this weekend so I won’t be able to jump in on these fun events, but I wanted to take a moment and share them here for you. While it is still warm, the weather is getting better and better town. […]
The heat is finally starting to subside here in Florida and so I figured it was time to talk about some new favorites.
I kind of have a thing with houseplants. It is kind of a love hate relationship. I love them, they hate me. I have been keeping my eyes out for a fiddle leaf fig and a split leaf philodendron for some time, but hadn’t run across any that worked for me. This month I ran into both of them at Home Depot and was super excited to take them home. I just love the way a houseplant can add life, greenery, and warmth to a room. (They also make a great place for the lizards that sneak into my house to live.) Also, since they are INSIDE my home they are a little easier to remember to water as I see them every day. I also have a majesty palm and a corn plant.
I have never been a big tea drinker, however this fall I have started to get into drinking tea in the evenings. My husband and I enjoy having a cocktail or beer to unwind in the evening, but I was starting to feel that the unneeded alcohol and calories were starting to catch up with me. I knew that I still wanted a nice treat for the evenings and tea seemed to fit the bill. I have been enjoying herbal tea both at home in the evenings as well as in the afternoons at work. Usually around 3pm I want a little something but don’t want coffee anymore. I have been drinking this english breakfast tea at work. It has a higher caffeine content, but still lower than coffee. I have been enjoying this herbal tea variety pack at home.
So, if you haven’t heard, Stephen King is kind of in right now. “It was super popular in theaters and everything eighties is great. Although I never read his older titles, I have enjoyed King’s newer works. They are more on the thriller/suspense side instead of horror. Anyways, his newest title, Sleeping Beauties came out back in September and is a great read. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in over the holidays, this is your book
Lastly, I am in love with these loafers from DSW. I used to be all about ballet flats, but when loafers started being a thing again a few years ago I was all in. I bought them in black but am probably going to go back for the taupe. They are the perfect blend between a work and casual shoe and super comfy.
Ok, that is it for today, what are you crushing on right now?
In case you live under a rock, fall is here. Even here in Florida we are getting into the spirit of the season. I decided that this year I wanted pumpkins on my front porch but was worried about them rotting as it is still pretty hot out. So I had these lovely pumpkins for my front porch but they needed something. I din’t have the time or energy to do a lot, and I wanted them to look real, so I painted them. After glancing around the internet I realized I wanted to do something with chalkboard paint to give it a nice matte finish. So I headed back over to my favorite place, Michael’s, and bought some paint. I grabbed acrylic chalkboard paint as well as orange and gold.
I decided to mix the chalkboard paint with the orange a a little gold for my all over color. I then did some accent strokes with the gold and orange and then just the gold. These were to give the pumpkins some dimension so they looked real.
The whole painting project took only 15 minutes and I left them to dry.
Here is my finished project.
Overall I am happy with the results. My craft pumpkins look realistic and won’t rot in the hot Florida sun like the real thing will. I love the matte finish given by the chalkboard paint. The best part? This was so simple that if next year I want to do something fancy I can just paint over this and not feel bad about it.