Autumn Inspiration {Day 31} ::: Go Somewhere!

Just got home from a 1 week road trip!  So fun!  Looking back over what we did over the past week….WOW!  We covered a lot of ground.

We left NC and headed to Charlottesville, VA and spent most of the day at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Being a huge history lover….it was so fun.

Then, we spent the rest of the day until after sunset riding along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Mountain/Valley region.  {It’s much like the Blue Ridge Parkway here in NC.}

The next day we spent the day at Luray Caverns…..awe-inspiring place.  After spending 1/2 a day underground in caverns, we hit some corn mazes, garden mazes, farm stands, and antique stores.

Next we headed to Harpers Ferry, WV—another wonderful place full of history.  I had no idea that it was a neat little town–where two rivers meet.  I was aware of the significance regarding the Civil War, but had no idea it was such a neat mountain village.

The next day we spent in Gettysburg, PA.  Absolutely beautiful area.  The Gettysburg Battleground is a special place to experience–and absolutely gorgeous. Most of our day was spent at the battlefield.

Next we headed to Lancaster, PAAmish country.  And we were hit with a huge snowstorm! Almost 10 inches!  It was beautiful—not fun to drive in; but still a treat to be in.  We went from beautiful autumn color–to a complete white-out! We enjoyed our time in Amish country–touring through the countryside, the wonderful food, and the snow! 🙂

On our way home we stopped at Old Luckett’s Store in Leesburg, VA.  {If you read Miss Mustard Seed’s blog you are very familiar with this place!  She has a store there.}  It was such a treat!  I could have spent the whole day there—-but after a few hours, tore myself away.  As soon as we walked in—my kids said, “Mom!  This could be yours!  It looks just like you!”  If you are ever in Northern VA, be sure to visit.

And last, but not least, we stopped by IKEA in Woodbridge, VA.  Handsome had never been to an IKEA—and I thought that was a horrible deprivation.  So, we stopped.

I’ll share some great pics over the next weeks.

Today is the last day of the 31 Days series….and I am glad! Yep, I mustn’t tell a lie.  I  probably would have shared mostly autumn stuff, anyway…..but there are so many other things I’ve wanted to share, and it hasn’t fit into the 31 Days thingy.  But I made it! 🙂

Today I hope to inspire you to GO SOMEWHERE this autumn.  Anywhere. {No, the grocery store doesn’t count.}  I mean out of town.  Even if it just for the day—go explore somewhere you have never been.  Create a new autumn memory. Go. Do it. You’ll be so glad.

Happy Monday~

 

 

 

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Autumn Inspiration {Day 28} ::: Thanksgiving Printable

I found these wonderful silver {pewter?} turkeys at Pottery Barn not too long ago.

They were meant as place card holders…but I purchased just one and used it

on our Thanksgiving mantel to hold this card that I made last week:

Here is the PDF:

ThanksgivingPrint

Feel free to click on it and print it out to the size you wish and enjoy! If your computer shows it as a very small size…choose to print it at a larger percentage!

The weekend is almost here!

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Autumn Inspiration {Day 27} ::: Circle Frame

We have A LOT of pictures displayed in our home….and I love them!  I didn’t want to clear them out; but I was in need of major de-cluttering.  {As I am sure you can tell by all the re-dos and cleanouts going on around here.}

I cleared out over 70 frames with this project!  And still get to display my pics!

I covered a 24 x 36 posterboard with burlap.  Used a circle cutter to cut 2″ circles of as many pictures that would fit into that circumference.

I then hot glued them in rows onto my board; and framed them in a ready-made poster frame!

Voila!   Pictures still out to be enjoyed—70 less frames sitting on tables.  Woohoo!

This autumn has really been all about clearing out clutter—and having a fresh and clean home this year. I’m excited about starting November with fresh, cleared out spaces.

You can check out the room that this project came from here!

What are you up to this week?

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Autumn Inspiration {Day 26} ::: Autumn Celebrations

Loved these autumn celebrations….hope you do!

Source: None via Daune on Pinterest

Source: None via Daune on Pinterest

Source: None via Daune on Pinterest

Source: None via Daune on Pinterest

Source: None via Daune on Pinterest

 

Hope you are doing some celebrating of your own~

Autumn Inspiration {Day 25} ::: Autumn Colors

Colors move me greatly.  Each season brings with it wonderful new color palettes.  I found these wonderful inspirational palettes recently…..

Source: google.com via Daune on Pinterest

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Source: flickr.com via Daune on Pinterest

 

 

Aren’t they great?  What are your favorite autumn colors?

Blessings~

Autumn Inspiration {Day 24} ::: Stowing Holiday Stuff

I don’t know about you guys….but we have a lot of holiday serving utensils, dinnerware, etc.  I didn’t want to store them in the attic—not very convenient, and I felt like they were more likely to get broken.

Enter Handsome with his tools!

With some simple plans that we found in Cottage Living magazine {Oh, where are you Cottage Living….?  I need you to come back!  My favorite magazine of all time abandoned me!}

Using pine boards Handsome built this great, long sideboard and I covered it in linen…no sew, even!  I used two pieces that meet in the middle, and then used one length of material over the middle to hide the opening. {That’s how we get to the stuff!}  You’d never know by looking at it that there is THAT MUCH STUFF stored under that material!

Autumn is a great time to organize your holiday dishes and serve ware–making it less hectic when the time comes to use them.  We entertain a lot during Christmas—and it is so nice to be able to switch out our everyday items with Thanksgiving or Christmas stuff—and only have in our cabinets what we will be using for the season. {While what we don’t need at the time is secretly stowed in our designer sideboard. :)}

Hope you are having a great Tuesday~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Inspiration {day 22} ::: 25 Autumn Soup Recipes

For your weekend…..a gathering of 25 wonderful autumn soup recipes! Just what every autumn weekend needs….a great bowl of soup.

Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Source: familyfun.go.com via Daune on Pinterest

Happy Saturday~