Getting a big bang for small bucks

Hello! - I just love all the great ideas that Hannah shared with you in our Specially made for the Maid of Honor blog post. All of my children are creative and like to craft as much as I do. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it yet, but JP and Steven are in the process of building a home. This past weekend Phil and I joined them on the 2017 Showcase of Homes, a house tour to benefit the Habitat for Humanities and Rebuilding Together Saratoga County organizations in upstate New York. We visited six homes gathering ideas on wall colors, room decor, and furniture placement for their new home. I picked up some great ideas to incorporate into my homes too!

Just a few days before our visit to New York, while I was at Target looking for a crib mattress—it’s for a ‘chaise’ project I’m working on—I found two very simple and unique autumn decor pieces. I discovered them in my favorite part of the whole store...right next to the entrance (have you guessed where?)...the $1 and $3 dollar displays! I ALWAYS take a few minutes to see what I can find for a bargain among those shelves and bins!

The banner adds a nice touch to my festive wreath!

The banner adds a nice touch to my festive wreath!

The first item I purchased was a 60” decorative banner. As you see in the photos the banner spells AUTUMN, I’ve hung it on the burlap wreath featured in our Autumn in 3,2,1… blog post. Although it looks very cute on the wreath, I’ll be moving the individual letters onto some pumpkins and gourds later in the season. The banner is versatile and the sturdy metal letters will last for many seasons. I wish I had bought more than one—I have a ton of places that would look cute with one hanging!

My other find is a simple DIY wreath for Thanksgiving day! All of the necessary components to make the “giving thanks wreath” are included in the kit. It includes a wooden wreath form, 60+ paper leaves in assorted colors, a cute paper banner, and even a ribbon for hanging of the completed wreath.

I have two ideas for using this DIY wreath in my Thanksgiving celebration. I may ask my guests  to write what they are thankful for on a leaf and we can build the wreath together throughout the day. My second idea is to create the wreath with each guest’s name on a leaf as a sign of appreciation of their joining us for Thanksgiving. Secretly, I’m hoping there are enough materials to do both on the same wreath! You’ll have to just wait and find out in a future blog!

The next time you stop by my favorite area in Target and find a great decor piece or DIY project, please send me a photo or leave a message in our comment section! As always, you can also tag TU living on Facebook (@TUliving.Kathy) or Twitter and Instagram (@TU_living).

Anxiously awaiting your photos,