Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Food

From thevintagewife.com

Thanksgiving is just two days away! It's usually a time that involves family, fun, and football. Oh wait, and FOOD! So what is your favorite dish served at your Thanksgiving meal?

Poll: What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Poll Maker

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pre-Christmas Tunes

If you aren't ready to rock around the Christmas tree just yet, here are a few suggested songs by some select bands to listen to that might make the cold and snow seem a little more welcoming.

Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains

Fleet Foxes hail from Seattle. They formed in 2006 and have released two very successful albums. This song is very folk based, yet it sounds like it's being played in an old cathedral. If you like sweet harmonies and piano melodies accompanied by mandolin, check this one out. It's about perfect to listen to on a chilly walk to class.

Bon Iver - Calgary
Even if you haven't listened to Bon Iver, you've likely heard the name. Justin Vernon's falsetto voice might not be your initial cup of tea, but there's a good chance that it will grow on you. It's quite a dynamic song that is masterfully crafted to build up, and then slowly fade away.

John Mayer - Dear Marie
Everyone has heard of John Mayer. Maybe you only know him from his older, pop-style songs. Or maybe the last song you heard by him was Gravity (which is a great song). Whatever opinion you may have of him, his song "Dear Marie" deserves a listen for having straight-forward, honest lyrics, and a mellow style that anyone could dig.

The Middle East - Blood

This is another song that builds up to something greater than you think will happen. It's been featured in a variety of movies and commercials. Even though the lyrics are a bit sad, there's something about the song that makes it up-lifting.

AA Bondy - There's a Reason

Next, we have "There's a Reason". Some have described his lyrics as pure poetry, but one thing is certain, and that is AA Bondy's voice is awesome.

The Envy Corps - Med. Song 
Of course, this list would not be complete without a sweet live video from Ames, Iowa's own, The Envy Corps.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Décor

Stuck between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving doesn’t receive as much attention. Shortly after putting away your costumes and taking down your Halloween decorations, Christmas music starts playing. If you’re not quite ready to start putting up your winter holiday decorations, and want some quick and easy Thanksgiving décor, then you are at the right spot!

Source: Martha Stewart

Flaming Foliage Candleholders 

Candles are always nice to have around for the holidays. They provide a nice feeling of warmth and can add a little bit of elegance. They can also be used as décor while providing some small light.

These Flaming Foliage Candleholders, found at Martha Stewart’s website, provide a fitting home to any candles you may have siting around. For this all you need is some spray adhesive, assorted dried leaves, glass candleholders, and candles. You can check out her site for directions and inspiration, or you can give it your own go!

These beautiful candleholders bring the colors of autumn in your home. While they may be easy to make, with the weather we’ve been having finding dry leaves may be a problem!

Source: SimplyVintageGirl

The Thankful Tree

The Thankful Tree, from Simply Vintage Girl, is a fun and nice looking piece of décor for Thanksgiving. Not only does it serve as a decoration, but guest, family, and kids can place a little note on it saying what they are thankful for.

In order to make this you’ll need twigs (they can be fake or real if you are able to find any), a mason jar, paper, a whole punch, and string or ribbon. For directions and inspiration, check out the full post!

Thanksgiving Fold

Source: SocialCouture

Folded napkins are always a nice touch, so why not fold your napkins into turkeys? In order to do this, you will need to do a few simple folds and a squash. The squash is used as the actual turkey while the napkin is used as the tail. Not only does it look nice, but it’s also edible! (The squash at least)

For more information and steps for the folds, check out the post at Social Couture.


Source: Cebolla Fine Flowers
Flowers make a beautiful centerpiece at a dinner table and can make for colorful decoration as well. Inspired by the piece seen at Cebolla Fine Flowers, you can make your own centerpiece with a vase, flowers, and miniature pumpkins!

Making your own can be easy and relatively cheap depending on what you have available. If you’d like, you can make yours with real flowers and pumpkins, or you can find fake ones at Hobby Lobby or somewhere similar. With this your final piece can be as simple as a small mason jar filled with fake flowers, or a huge decorative vase filled with real flowers. It’s completely up to you!

So there you have it. If you find yourself hosting Thanksgiving this year and want some extra décor, you can use some of these simple ideas. Happy decorating!

Friday, November 14, 2014


Do you know how to read a map, or do you rely on your smartphone or GPS for directions? That isn't the point of this post, however. Here are some nifty DIY ideas you can try out if you love traveling, or just like what a map can tell you about a place.

Lamp Revamp

Map Lampshade via Silver Boxes

This idea comes from Stephanie at Silver Boxes. It involves finding an old lamp/shade, and a map to cut out. You can optionally paint the lamp stand. Use some Mod Podge to decoupage the map to the lamp shade, and then adhere grosgrain ribbon to the edges, and there you go!


Map Coasters via Martha Stewart Living

All you'll need for this one is some cork coasters, old maps, scissors/exacto knife, a pencil, a foam paintbrush, and glue sealant. Simply trace around the coasters on the maps, cut them out, and then glue the maps to the coasters. Now whenever you pick up your glass, you'll be reminded of where you've been and/or what you want to go!


Map Candle via The Inspired Housewife

Here's another easy one! Grab that Mod Podge from the lamp revamp, and adhere a map cutout to a candle!


Map bow via Entirely Smitten

With the holidays coming up, this will be sure to please your family/friends! Jillian at Entirely Smitten has an easy tutorial on how to make these!

There are plenty of cool things you can do with a map to bring life to any area of the home. You can also use maps in crafty ways to show off your DIY skills!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Things to do Before Fall Ends!

There's still time to enjoy the wonderful season of Autumn. Here's a short list of some things you can do before Winter knocks at the door! BeforeFallEnds

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Color Wheel: Orange



With October now over I’m sure you have seen your fair share of orange. Some of you may be sick of it after seeing nothing but orange all month long, while some may start to miss it as less orange means more winter.  Regardless of your stance on the color, we are going to give you some facts and home décor inspiration for Orange! (Sorry for mentioning winter. Hopefully the orange leaves realize their importance and decide to stick around a while longer with some nice weather)

Orange can brighten any room in your home and is a great accent color. Blue is orange’s complementary color, but orange can go well with quite a few colors. If you are looking for color inspiration incorporating orange, look no further than nature! The sunset, the fruit, flowers, trees in autumn, and so much more can be used as inspiration.

Fun Orange Facts:

The name orange comes from the ripe appearance of the fruit orange. In the English language there was no word for orange until the late 15th century. Prior to Europe’s introduction to the orange tree from Asia via merchants, the word had been yellow-red. The name the merchants brought to Europe for this tree was “naranga,” which somehow became orange overtime. However not everyone picked up the name orange for the fruit, in some places throughout Europe and Russia the name for the fruit was, and in some cases still is, Chinese apple.

Orange has been a popular color throughout history. It was a primary color used in ancient Egyptian wall paintings, used in medieval manuscripts, and is a sacred color in some religions. The color is associated with fun, lightheartedness, and entertainment.

Orange does have words that rhyme with it; those who say otherwise are incorrect. Blorenge is a mountain in Wales; sporange is where spores are made, and door hinge (this one is kind of a stretch as it’s not one word, but still) all rhyme with orange!

So there you have it, the color orange in all of its glory. It’s a great color to have around this time of season and any other time of year. Orange you glad you read this post?