• Thanksgiving table
    fall decor,  home decor

    The Week That Was

    This is the story about the week that was. I certainly hope that it’s over anyway! I hate to complain because all of our issues, for the most part, were first world problems. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. I did have quite a few pick me ups to get me over the less than fun parts for sure!

  • How to make damask pumpkins
    crafts,  fall decor,  home decor

    How To Make Damask Pumpkins

    I promised that I wouldn’t share any more pumpkins with you this fall. However, I saw some recently and thought “Hey, I could make those”. Then I thought that maybe you would like to make some too.  So today I’m sharing how to make damask pumpkins! These mini pumpkins were super easy to make and are the perfect decoration in my dining room. 

  • Random fall decor
    fall decor,  home decor

    Random Fall Decor

    The Queens, my 7 besties, get together and it’s a free for all. Lots of laughing, lots of sharing and lots of talking. Sometimes, one thing leads to another and one of us is compelled to share about something totally unrelated to the current subject. Which is so confusing. We have decided that when this happens we are required to shout “Random” before we introduce that subject. Today I’m shouting Random, because I’m sharing Random fall decor! I shared my fall front porch with you last week. I had originally wanted some white mums for the front porch. However, I couldn’t find them anywhere! Until today.

  • welcome mat
    fall decor

    My Fall Front Porch

    It’s been raining cats and frogs here at the castle. I’m in need of some serious light therapy! Instead of therapy, during a brief respite from the rain, I chose to  clean off the summer front porch and decorate my fall front porch. Recently, one of my favorite bloggers was a little incredulous that there are people who actually use faux pumpkins. I get where she was coming from. I do. However,  those of us who live in the southern states totally get the faux pumpkin craze. It’s still HOT here.

  • The Great Pumpkin Part 4
    fall decor,  Pumpkin decor

    The Great Pumpkin Part 4

    Today I’m sharing with you The Great Pumpkin Part 4. It’s also the last great pumpkin post. Now, I’m not saying that I won’t post more pumpkins. I do seem to have pumpkins on my mind this year. A lot! Today’s great pumpkin is one that anyone can do. In fact, it would be a great craft project for kids and for those scrapbookers that have a ton of paper hoarded on the craft room. Come on, you know that you do. Or is that just me?  Anyway, The Great Pumpkin part 4 is a demo on how to make paper pumpkins!

  • early fall in the dining room
    fall decor,  home decor,  tablescapes

    Early Fall in the Dining Room

    Happy September y’all! I hope that you had a fun Labor Day weekend. We had a fun weekend, however you know I fit in a little time to decorate for early fall in the dining room. Well, lets be honest. I found time to sprinkle a little early fall here and there all over the castle! Even though it’s hot here in Texas, September definitely signals fall leaves, pumpkins, mums and hopefully cooler temperatures.

  • The great pumpkin part 3
    fall decor,  Pumpkin decor

    The Great Pumpkin Part 3

    I shared a sneak peek of todays pumpkin with my sister. She said it was pretty, but wanted to know if I obsessed with pumpkins? I had to laugh. I guess she missed the part about my series of sharing how to make the perfect pumpkin for your house. The Great Pumpkin part 3! So without further ado, let me share my latest pumpkin obsession!

  • fall place setting
    fall decor,  home decor,  tablescapes

    Setting an Early Fall Table

    If you’ve followed along with me recently, you know I’m really holding myself back on pulling out the fall pumpkins. However, next week is September. Which for me means busting out the fall decor. So today I want to show you how easy setting an early fall table is. But before the sharing begins, I want to tell you a quick story. One of the best things about blogging is “meeting” new friends. I’ve truly made some of the best of friends, even if I’ve never met them in person.  I love reading their post, comments and the great ideas that I receive from them. One of those peeps for…

  • The Great Pumpkin Part 2
    fall decor,  Pumpkin decor

    The Great Pumpkin Part 2

    Today I’m sharing the great pumpkin part 2 with you. It’s still hot here, but I’m dreaming of cooler weather, fall leaves, football, dragging out the fall decor and making pumpkins. A few weeks ago I decided that my fall decor needed a little sprucing up. So, I thought that making a few new pumpkins and sharing them with you seemed like a lot of fun! Last week I shared with you how to paint a pumpkin. If you missed it you can go here. This week I’m sharing how to glam your pumpkin up! I started with this beautiful velvet teal pumpkin. Pretty on it’s own, however a little…

  • fall decor

    Fall on the Front Porch

    I’m finally finishing up fall on the front porch. I’ve been working on my front entry for awhile, but haven’t quite felt like it was finished. To make it prettier, I would add more pumpkins and flowers.  Done! An hour or so later, I would be removing them because I felt like I had too many pumpkins and flowers. I tell you, some days it isn’t easy living in my head!

  • fall decor

    Pumpkins on the Porch

    I’ve been trying to bring a little fall to the castle. I started on the inside and have moved out to the front entry. I started by adding a few pumpkins on the porch. With the cooler temperatures, fall is definitely in the air!  My front porch is not easy to decorate at all! It is small and very tall. A challenge to say the least.

  • fall decor

    Make a Fall Throw

    Ten on the 10th took the summer off, but we are back and ready to rock the fall! Ten bloggers sharing fun ideas on the tenth of the month for under $10. Today I want to show you how to make a fall throw for under $10! It is super easy and only takes a few things to make it! My kind of project.

  • fall decor

    Fall in the Kitchen

    Earlier this week I started pulling out fall decor for the castle.  I started decorating in the dining room and have moved on to fall in the kitchen. Do you ever look around and think you have too much stuff? As I started decorating for fall, I felt like I was on overload. Too much going on!

  • fall decor

    Fall at the Castle

    It is almost September, y’all! Hard to believe that it is time to decorate for fall at the castle. I’m slowly pulling out the fall decor, trying to decide what I want to use. It’s so hard! I really need to stay off of Pinterest. I see something that I really love and immediately want to decorate like that.  Even if it doesn’t match my existing decor. Anyone else have that problem?

  • fall decor,  Halloween decor

    Charger Makeover

    Okay, I admit it, I’m weak when it comes to fall and Halloween decorations. I can’t help myself. Shopping for new items to spruce up my fall table was turning out to be a challenge, especially in the charger department. First world problem, right? Then it occurred to me, why not a charger makeover? So, I grabbed a few items in the arts and crafts isle and got busy!

  • fall decor,  flowers

    Fall Flowers on the Patio

    Fall flowers on the patio are a must here at the castle. We spend more time in the back yard than we ever do in the front. Plus, let’s face it. I just can’t resist all of the beautiful fall flowers that are in the nurseries right now! Beautiful mums, kale and even a few pansies are for sale everywhere right now. There are even pumpkins for sale. There is only one major problem. It still feels like 105 degrees here in Texas!

  • dining room,  fall decor

    Fall Centerpiece

    I decided that less is more when it came to my dining room fall centerpiece this year. I usually have a table set with all the bells and whistles. This year when it came time to decorate my fall table, I really longed for something a lot more simple. Clean lines, less clutter, but it still needed to have that wow factor too.

  • fall decor

    Touch of Fall

    I’ve been adding a little touch of fall here at the castle. Just a few things here and there… Small reminders that before long the leaves will be turning and the air will get a little colder. I’m ready for Apple cider, pumpkins on the front porch, lighting a fire in the fireplace and grabbing a warm, fuzzy throw to curl up in with a good book!

  • fall decor,  flowers,  outdoor decor

    Fall Front Porch

    My fall front porch is  slowly coming together. It’s still in the 90’s here, so it’s a little hard to shift from summer flowers to autumn leaves.   In fact, until this past weekend, you couldn’t find a mum or pumpkin for sale anywhere. My sister and I hit Walmart over the holiday weekend, I believe I may have burst her eardrum with my great big girl squeal when I saw all of the mums.  We came for folding chairs and left with mums!

  • fall decor,  home decor

    The Cutest Fall Throw

    I bought the cutest fall throw, maybe ever!  I know, you are rolling your eyes right now because it’s still so hot outside, right?  Well, me too! I am so conflicted about fall decorating right now. On one hand, I am so ready to break out the fall decor.  My summer stuff seems to be hot, tired and slightly wilted. Or Maybe that’s just me? On the other hand, I can’t believe I am even thinking about cuddling up in a throw blanket even if it is the cutest fall throw ever. As I write this I am sweating glowing like a true southern belle!

  • fall decor,  flowers,  home decor,  Thanksgiving

    Fall Mantle

    I can’t believe that Halloween is over! Before you know it we will be getting our Christmas jingle on!  I packed all of the spooky and scary up, left the pumpkins out and started on my Thanksgiving decor.  The first place I started? My fall mantle. After putting away my Halloween decor and giving the mantle a good cleaning, I was left with my mantle basics – a long box and three candlesticks. I’ve tried different things on the mantle, but I always go back to these. The mantle is not very wide so I am limited as to what I can put up there. I add fall flowers, feathers,…

  • fall decor

    Fall Front Porch

    I dream of a big front porch. One that is big enough to have on outdoor living area. Unfortunately, here at the castle, we have a very small front porch. It’s hard to decorate. So when it came time for a fall front porch, well – was a challenge for sure!   I found this really great planter with awesome grasses and mums at our local Wal Mart. You have to remember it is still 90 degrees here in Texas. We are really limited in our plant choices for fall until around Thanksgiving.  I added my light up Candy sign and I am ready for fall and Halloween! I really…

  • fall decor,  Holiday decor,  tables,  tablescapes

    My Fall Table

    My fall table is probably one of my favorites that I have decorated of all time. Really. Well, maybe I say that every year, but I really mean it this time! It has everything that I love.  A little color, a little whimsy, fresh flowers or plants and most importantly, it makes me happy. In the past few months I’ve been drawn more and more to go more natural with less fuss. For you minimalists  out there you are looking at this table thinking: “That’s minimal?” Well, it is for me. Hey! You can see the table top can’t you? Instead of fresh flowers I used kale, or as my Granny used…

  • fall decor,  home decor,  table linens,  tablescapes

    Make Your Own Napkin Rings

    It’s time to decorate the kitchen table for fall. I’ve been putting it off because I had such a hard time with the formal dining room. Or maybe I am just waiting till it’s time to decorate for Halloween. It couldn’t possibly be because I am lazy. Right? I know..such a third world problem! I think that I am on overload with “stuff”. I am ready to simplify, but let’s face it that word isn’t usually in my vocabulary. I wanted something different from what I have used in the past, I just couldn’t find it. So I decided to make the things I couldn’t find that I wanted to…