The holidays are here.  Maybe it's just me but this year has flown by so quickly I'm a tad dizzy - and behind in holiday preparations.  Thanksgiving is T-minus four days from today and trying to get ready is proving to be a challenge.  Today's idea is simple for those of us that the Thanksgiving struggle is real....We're making fancy pants napkin rings from toilet paper holders and pasta.  Seriously - Pasta!  They look high end and very elegant but nobody has to know how simple and inexpensive they are to create.  They cost about $1.50 for eight rings, if you have to purchase the spray paint, then make that $5 for eight.  Pasta napkin rings are remarkably beautiful and easy (really, ain't nobody got time for difficult things this week).  Let's go! Materials: Glue or Hot Glue Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Roll inserts (2 paper towel or 4…

With Thanksgiving coming this week the race is on to plan the menu, shop, and set the table.  Table runners help to tie everything together and also add a bit of spill protection for the table cloth.  Making a table runner is a quick and inexpensive way to customize the colors and style to your exact Thanksgiving decor.  A simple DIY Thanksgiving table runner is on the menu today - Let's get started!   Materials: You'll need fabric that is about 6-8" longer than your table's length (and about 12" wide), paint, paint brush, stencil letters, and scissors.  I used burlap from a local farm store and paid about $2.  I purchased paint from a discount store for 50 cents and stencils were 1.97 so the cost is under $5 for the runner.  You'll also need old newspaper or cardboard to protect your work surface from stains. How-To: I wanted…

Happy Fall Y’all!  Now that autumn is underway and the leaves are starting to turn, it’s time to get serious about fall decorations.  I don’t have the patience to precisely carve pumpkins mostly because I spend just as much time cleaning up the mess as carving the pumpkin.  But there is a way to decorate pumpkins for fall without the hassle.  The time and cost investment is minimal, plus there’s no chance of a knife wound.  For me that’s a plus! Check out these Easy Autumn Pumpkins [caption id="attachment_6179" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Easy Autumn Pumpkins[/caption] Painted Pumpkins I’m obsessed this season with metallics and love the shiny gold mixed in with the other colors of fall.  Using metallic paint to decorate a pumpkin is simple and adds so much to a table centerpiece or a front entrance.  I spent $3 on the pumpkin and $3 on the spray paint.  Begin by…

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