Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year! I’m that cliche girl who loves bedecking my house in everything orange, rust red, and pumpkin shaped/scented/colored but oddly not spiced. I have a little Fall box in the attic with my few decorations and I decided I wanted to expand my collection as inexpensively as I could.
Being a crafty person means I usually have lots of extra materials lying around…as in lots of crap I have no idea what I’ll be using it for but I keep it anyway because I know that one day, one day, I will find the perfect project to go with that useless junk.
This project was really quick and easy and I happened to have everything on hand that I needed. If you’d like to make your own Fall board just follow along on my tutorial!
DIY FALL Board
1″ x 4″ wooden board, cut to 30″ long
Letter stencils, 3-4″
Chalk paint, red or orange
Wood stain (I used Minwax Early American)
Hot glue gun
Begin by staining the wood your desired color. Use the stain sparingly so the wood will dry more quickly. Set aside to dry, 2-3 hours.
Cut four burlap 4″ squares of fabric. Lay stencils on the burlap and gently dab chalk paint being sure to point the sponge brush away from the edges so there is no bleeding and you get a crisp line. Lay aside to dry, 10-20 minutes.
Once the wood is dry, drill two holes near the top two corners using a 1/8″ drill bit or purchase a saw tooth hanger and nail onto the back. String twine through the holes and tie a knot.
Cut 6-8 longs pieces of raffia and tie around the wood, using the hot glue gun to secure the knot to the wood.
Hot glue the faux flower over the center knot of the raffia.
Arrange the letters on the board making sure the spacing is how you like it and then hot glue the corners down.
One of the great joys in my life is that I get to stay at home with my kids. It’s truly amazing to be able to see every little details of their lives from sunup to sundown, but sometimes it gets boring. For them anyway. My entertainment qualities only last until Veggie Tales comes up on their radar, plus I’m the bad guy half the day that won’t let them stomp crackers into the rug or scream “No!” at me at the top of their lungs (I’m looking at you Lailah). Continue reading →
Get ready to slap ya mama after you make up this delicious and easy fried okra! You won’t want to slap her, but you just don’t have a choice…it’s that dang good! Fried okra is one of my husband’s ultimate favorite foods, but I wouldn’t ever make it because of the hassle of frying food indoors in a saucepan. What with all the trouble of getting your oil to the right temperature and keeping it there the whole time, not to mention trying to clean up all the grease spatter afterwards. It’s enough to give a clean freak a serious eye twitch. Yes, my eye twitches like a crazy person in the cartoons when I get stressed out about something.
Enter the Fry Daddy. Backstory time: My parents put in a garden at their place and one of the things they planted were okra plants. Now I thought okra plants were maybe a foot tall and gave you very limited crops. Um, no. Not at all. Or else my dad is a genius horticulturist. Their plants are no joke at least 6 feet tall and they get a full crop every four days filling a 5 gallon bucket at least halfway up every time. So, naturally my parents have been generously sharing their abundant supply of okra with us.
While we were there my mom made us some fried okra to go with our dinner in her little Fry Daddy deep fryer. I was hooked. I have always wanted to buy a deep fryer but I never did take the plunge. After seeing that little guy in action though I hopped right over to Amazon and ordered my own! Tyler is thrilled and we now have fried okra on the menu pretty regularly. And to think I was only going to throw that okra in my gumbo!
Preheat oven to warm setting or to the lowest temperature your oven will go to. Prepare a cookie sheet with 3 to 4 sheets of paper towels.
Begin heating the oil in your fryer. The amount used varies from model to model, but mine has a fill line to make it easier to measure.
In a medium bowl toss heavy cream and sliced okra together and let soak for at least 10 minutes.
In a gallon ziplock bag mix corn meal and Cajun seasoning together. Pour the saturated okra into the bag, seal, and shake it up making sure the okra is well coated.
Add okra in small batches to the fryer. Cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, or until well browned. Drain on cookie sheet with paper towels and salt generously. Leave cooked okra in the oven to maintain freshness. It tastes like you just pulled it out of the fryer when you do this!
If you have leftovers heating them up is a cinch! Turn your oven's broiler to high and heat fried okra in the microwave for 30 seconds, just to warm through. Spread okra evenly on a cookie sheet and broil for 5 minutes, checking constantly and turning to achieve even crunchiness. Voila! They taste just like you pulled them out of the fryer!
Is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar worth it? Umm, yes! A thousand times yes! I love this palette so much; the quality of the eye shadows is outstanding and all the colors go together beautifully. Continue reading →
I’ve been absent recently in the blogosphere, but it’s because I’ve been working so hard on getting everything ready to open up my Etsy shop. I am so excited to have brought it into the world! Crafting of any sort has always been an enjoying and relaxing pastime for me, so why not try and make some cash off of it, eh?
Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year, so I thought I’d kick off the shop with some Fall inspired fabric pumpkins. I will add more items to the shop slowly but surely and I am so excited to be sharing some of my crafting. I hope you’ll check it out and now that I’m not so crazy busy with a shop opening, I’ll be able to post more regularly on my blog again!
As I began nearing the end of my last concealer I decided to try and find a good inexpensive option to replace my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer that would hopefully be just as good at half the price. I hadn’t heard much about the Morphe concealers, which they released earlier this year, but I decided to give them a shot since they were only $4.99. Continue reading →
Our kitchen table was looking a little bare, so I decided to make a couple of placemats for it using the scrap fabric I keep around. I found a pattern I liked here and got to work picking out the color combinations I liked. It only took me a couple of days to put these bad boys together and I think they are so fun! I tried my best to blend rustic elements with pops of color to really make a statement. Continue reading →
As you can see in the title, I’m here today to let you know a little about me beyond the blogging world. I was inspired to do this because I when I watch Youtube beauty influencers I’m fairly cautious about branching out to new channels until I watch one of their Q&A videos or 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me. When I’m searching for a cool new makeup artist I don’t just want someone who does amazing work, I want someone that I feel like I know and that I could be friends with. So, if you’re new to my site and you’re wondering about the crazy chick who writes this blog, then keep on reading! Continue reading →
Last year I made my oldest daughter, Izzy, her own pillowcase. I absolutely love making things for my girls, and Izzy sure thought it was special. Within the year we transitioned our youngest, Lailah, to a toddler bed and then a shared bed with Izzy which meant she was sleeping on a pillow now. Continue reading →
When it’s not blazing hot outside my family loves to be outside playing and enjoying our patio. But we live in Texas so we get a very small window of time in the evenings where we don’t almost choke on the heat when we go outside. We just recently had a “cold front” move through that brought the temperature from highs in the 100s to highs in the mid 80’s and it feelsawesome! Talk about desperate, eh? Eighty feels like the cool chill of fall around here. *insert rolling eyes emoji* Continue reading →