Fall Decoration Ideas

As the leaves begin to turn and fall and the temperature begins to cool off, I can’t help but get excited for the colder months ahead. To get in the mood for autumn, I decided to share some of my own bedroom decorating ideas for fall.

First collage:

1, 2 – Use Christmas lights. To create a soft glow, use white Christmas tree lights. If you want, paint a sheer coat of an orange or golden yellow heat resistant or outdoor paint. Dry fully (about 1 day) and then use. If you do this, do NOT leave the lights on for an extended period of time.

3 – Make paper trees. Make trees out of brown paper bags. To learn how, click here.

4 – Hang autumn-inspired art. Nothing says ‘fall’ more than golden, orange, red, and brown leaves and pumpkins.

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Second collage:

1 – Use natural wood bowls to hold makeup brushes or jewelry. Natural brown is a characteristic of fall and winter.

2 – Show off traditional folk and Russian patterns. Drape a Russian patterned shawl or scarf over chairs and beanbags.

3 – Display dried and hollow gourds and squash. To preserve the gourd longer, paint Mod Podge over the entire surface after it is completely dried out. To see if it’s dry, shake it gently. If you hear seeds ratting, it’s dry. Also, tap on the side. If it sounds hollow and dry, it’s ready for Mod Podge.

4 – Use baskets to hold accessories. The basket is kind of a “fall symbol”. They’re also great for organization.

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Third collage:

1 – Use lava lamps. If you don’t have Christmas lights. lava lamps also create a soft glow and they are a retro and fun replacement.

2 – Find golden/orange/brown accented mirrors, brushes, and decorations. Candles are also a must.

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Thank for reading. Happy fall!

Remember me??

I haven’t posted in forever (or at least it seems like it) and still have no photos to post yet. I promise, when everything settles down, I will upload pictures of birthday cake, baked macaroni and cheese, quinoa salad, and desserts! I have photos of it all.

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One day, I went garage sale hunting with my aunt, uncle, and one of my cousins. It was hard to find some sales that hadn’t been closed already because it was so hot out. Anyway, we found a couple. At the last one, I bought a Chinese bamboo plate I plan on Mod-podging, a pack of unused, unopened hair curlers, and a 1/2(?) inch curling iron. I disinfected the curling iron and cleaned it completely, and it works great. My cousin bought a letter opener, and my aunt and uncle bought juice glasses and books. At the end, the woman in charge sold us everything for $3.00. End thoughts: I LOVE garage sales.

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In our new house, I have been doing some major work on my room that is post-worthy. I also have a handful of crafty ideas (lanterns, decorating light switch plate, crepe paper flower decorations, etc.), that I still have to work on. I will post more about this later when I have photos.

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The one quote I can think of that is useful for this time in my life is ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.”

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Photos, Nail Tutorial, + Coconut Cream Banana Pancakes

Happy Sunday all! Before the week starts, I wanted to share some of my most recent photos from the weekend and Friday. I used Repix, Photo Toaster, and Pixlr-O-Matic on my iPhone. The picture of Pigeon is the Aladin setting on Pixlr and that’s it.

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I did took photos of my latest nails and how I did them. I got the tape idea from The Beauty Department blog.

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Last, but definitely NOT least, yesterday morning my mom made gluten free, dairy free Coconut Cream Banana Pancakes from scratch. We’ve had a full fat coconut milk with the fat separated on top, and used that as the coconut cream topping (which was THE BEST!!!!) and some bananas in the pancakes. It’s basically banana pancakes that she made from scratch and coconut cream with a little stevia from scratch. It was delicious. I am so lucky to have a mom who can cook like that!!

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Lunch, My Vintage Suitcase, and {FINALLY} the Hair Bow Tutorial

For lunch today, I made my brother and I some well-done quesadillas and a dairy free chocolate coconut milkshake. The quesadillas are pretty simple. You just shed a little mozzarella cheese onto a white corn tortilla, crush some feta cheese on top, and sprinkle a dash of garlic salt onto all that. Then, you cook it in a toaster oven (NOT a microwave!) set at the ‘toast’ setting until the cheese is golden brown. Ta da!

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Here is the recipe for the dairy free chocolate milkshake:

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milkshake

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You’ll need:

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1 tbs. dairy free hot chocolate mix

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 drop Sweet Drops English Toffee liquid stevia OR 1 quick squirt of agave (optional)

1 scoop coconut ice cream (any flavor, I used vanilla)

A sprinkle of vanilla powder (optional)

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Turn over a glass cup with a flat rim. Set rim in almond milk for a second. Then press rim into a small amount of the hot chocolate mix. Whisk together the almond milk and hot chocolate mix in a cup until combined. Whisk in the vanilla powder. Add liquid stevia or agave. Add the coconut ice cream. Enjoy!

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If you aren’t dairy free, then just use your “regular” dairy-containing milk and ice cream. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, but I used whole milk mint chip ice cream. Have fun with your milkshakes! Dip the rim in honey, agave, jam, or peanut butter for a different flavor. This milkshake recipe is mainly meant as a starting point for you guys to expand on. In the comments section, you can post your variations on this recipe!

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I bought a vintage suitcase at a local store for $38. I was around $40 at first, then I took a chance and waited until it went on sale. I bought it later. What a grab! (It’s for display because it’s old and I don’t want it to be damaged on plane trips.)

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I finally decided to upload the pictures for the hair bow DIY like I promised. I will post them in episodes. Today I am showing the first 4 steps. Keep checking for the next parts!

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Well, this has to be the longest post ever! I hope you liked it. Don’t be afraid to comment and be sure to like and follow me.

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Bite-Sized Post: Photo Editing Tips

Here are 3 tips for getting as much as you can out of apps like Repix, Photo Toaster, Fotor, or Pixlr-o-Matic on your iPhone or iPad.

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Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to edit outside the box.

Try out funky and unusual effects, clash different colors, and play with frames and lighting. Try combinations of effects and themes, and you might find something that you like. Even if you don’t, it’s fun to expand your horizon.

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Tip #2: Mess around with all kinds of photography and photo editing apps.

Regularly check for photo apps that are free but don’t be afraid to purchase occasionally. Also, make an attempt to use a medley of applications and software to enhance a single photo. Try editing a photo using 5 different apps.

 

Tip #3: Take snapshots of ANYTHING.

Scroll through the photos on your phone or computer and see if there is a certain way you take photos, or a type of setting or person that you photograph more than others. Don’t be hesitant to snap a quick and blurry photo of a flower, (and don’t delete photos that aren’t perfect.) If you mainly take pictures of people, take more of nature or animals, and vice versa.

 

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I hope these tips help you discover more about photo editing and photography. The main point is: photograph and edit what no one else does. ¬†ūüėČ

15 Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom

As I cleaned up my bedroom today, I took some photos of a few of my DIY projects, shelf spaces, and other decorations and set ups. I compiled a 10 Ways to Decorate Your Bedroom photo list:

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Here is the link to the Word Board DIY.

Lip Gloss Recipe

Hello everyone! I am excited for spring, and judging from the snow we’ve gotten these past months and days, I think the summer will be a wet one. To ring in the fairer months, I formulated a recipe for lip gloss. You can make it with vanilla, mint, strawberry, chocolate, lemon, or any other flavor you want.

Lip Gloss

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You’ll need:

Cosmetic grade almond or coconut oil

Petrolatum jelly (if you can find a safer ingredient that has qualities similar to petrolatum jelly, then use it instead.)

Gentle essential oil OR flavor – strawberry, vanilla, mint, etc.

Small tin with lid

Cosmetic grade mica powder or very fine sparkly powder

Small bowl for mixing

Rubber spatula

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In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of petrolatum jelly with 5 drops of almond or coconut oil until completely smooth. Stir in 1 drop of a gentle essential oil or 1 – 2 drops of flavor. Add a TINY pinch of sparkly powder or mica powder (a little goes a long way!) or a full pinch for some stunning shine. Use a spatula to scoop the mixture into a small tin. Use whenever for glossy lips!

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Today, I finished my math textbook and yesterday I completed my vocabulary workbook. Yay!

My Accomplishments and Photo Edits

I know I’m updating you a little late, but I accomplished these things as of today:

1) Re-painted nails — I actually didn’t re-paint them, but I did remove the leftover polish today. See this photo¬†(scroll down to bottom of linked page) I edited to make it look like I painted them.

2) I didn’t make a braided rug, but I did make this (see bottom of page,)¬†and

3) I didn’t do the art project I wanted to, but I did help my brother and mom pack most of the basement.

4) I made some hair bows. My brother thinks it’s hysterical¬†when I wear the pink one (see bottom of page) with my sunglasses.

5) I cleaned out my room.

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Also, I have added a new page called Photography, under Using My Mind. Email me your fantastic photos and photo edits, and I will post them to the page under you name.

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"Creativity is messy. I am very creative."

“Creativity is messy. I am very creative.”

      

End of Spring Break Post

I have a few more days left of spring break, and I found this blog: www.abeautifulness.com. It has so many great craft ideas that I will try this weekend. It is so refreshing and exciting! Some of my favorite posts are here…:

Braided Rug

Geometric Photo Art

Horse Throw Pillows

Hanging Basket Garden

Lace Patterned Coffee Table

Anyway, I just got The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds interesting. I will do a review once I’ve read it — the whole 500+ pages.

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Today I made a horror movie trailer with my brother. We used iMovie on an iPad, and it turned out pretty well (if I do say so myself.) I also received a final grade on my class…94%!

I recently finished editing and adding captions to a couple pictures. I used PicMonkey, (and Repix) which are both great free sources.

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Don’t forget to comment and tell me what your favorite craft from A Beautiful Mess is!!