How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps

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It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)

West Elm Christmas Tree Makeover

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It’s finally happened – there’s a West Elm in Michigan! ::cue applause:: Like many of my friends, I’ve been waiting somewhat patiently for West Elm to come to Michigan. They finally have with a location in Birmingham that opened up last month.

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I popped into the store last night during their Meet the Makers event, highlighting some of their local artists featured in the Michigan shop. There were cupcakes, jazz musicians and local beer from Griffin Claw Brewing Company, also located in Birmingham, for guests to enjoy. The store is bright and vibrant, with a great mixture of items to choose from, ranging from large pieces of furniture to vintage-inspired Christmas tree ornaments.

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It should come as no surprise that I didn’t leave empty-handed.

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One item that jumped out at me (among many, mind you) was this 9″ wooden cutout tree. I’ve seen more and more laser-cut decorations lately that I’ve been fascinated with and this tree is a great example. My Christmas decorating tastes range from all-about vintage to woodland forest scenes, so I love the idea of this natural tree for a Christmas winter scene.

But what about autumn? This tree was screaming at me for some orange paint to celebrate Thanksgiving!

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I bought two trees and gave one a coat of orange (carrot, to be exact) paint and another a shot of metallic gold on both sides. They didn’t take long to dry at all before sliding them together.

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I’ve got a very simple Thanksgiving display on top of our foyer bookcase that’s a mix of vintage and handmade elements. The trees have been added to the offering and look perfectly at home. Bare Christmas trees? Why not. Carrot-colored harvest trees? Even better.

West Elm Birmingham is offering a stocking embroidery class Nov. 13 at their store. Simply purchase a stocking and the rest is included. Follow West Elm Birmingham on Facebook and Instagram for store events and updates.

Turn Your Fabric Scraps Into a Quilted Pillow

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This weekend I’ll be a part of the first-ever, all-day DIY event online: The Sewing Party! I’ll be hanging out in The Sewing Party’s Lounge from 12-1 pm talking about ways to put your stash and scrap collection to use. I adore talking about anything DIY, especially when it comes to finding crafting inspiration and making the most of what you have on hand, so this Saturday’s event is sure to be a blast.

Check out my latest post for DIY Network’s Made + Remade as we get ready for this weekend’s The Sewing Party!