halloween decorations are DOWN, and in the next few weeks before i start unpacking the pink christmas trees…i wanted to add some subtle, warm touches around my home to celebrate Thanksgiving! now…i know that this is an American thing… but no matter where in the world you are, this is a wonderful time of year to place a little focus on gratitude! so… i asked my team to share some of their ideas- and Jamie has WOWED me today… and totally inspired me to CREATE! here are a few tips from Jamie Pate on some SIMPLE and inexpensive ideas to beautify your home!
If you were to walk into my home, something you would notice first off are vignettes here and there throughout my tabletops. I love creating gatherings of handmade and vintage finds to make a little statement. They are usually seasonal in theme. And they always have a way of showing off one of my most recent handcrafted projects.
The dining room table is currently home to what I call a Grateful Heart Vignette. The season of fall is always a time to focus on being grateful and showing gratitude. And as I have shared before, it is important to me to have those themes obvious in my home so as to remind us to be just that – thankful.
Another thing that is very important to me, is to use what I have, and to keep costs down. Let me show you how I did both.
For this centerpiece, I gathered a few things I had around the house and put them to work in a new way to celebrate the season. The metal basket is a recent vintage find that happens to work perfect with this particular tablescape. The mini pumpkins were generously given to us by a neighbor. The Grateful Heart canvas is actually a piece of wood that was left over from a project my husband was working on. I took the roughly cut piece, and covered it in manila craft paint. That was then covered with a mix of some black and silver metal craft paint. After it dried I sanded the piece to give it some distress points and to allow the manila to show through.
The Grateful Heart image is from Heidi’s digi shop and was cut on my Cameo using the VintageChic Just Dots pattern paper. I then printed the rest of that sentiment on Vintage Chic paper, trimmed and notched it, and stapled it to the wood. Oh so easy…but I just adore looking at it everyday.
The books are from around the house and were a thrift shop find. The top book has its cover pulled off. Then I adhered the other side of Just Dots to the top as an altered cover. It matches the vignette perfectly, as well as gives some height to the wood canvas.
Something else you will find all over here in the Pate household are coffee filter flowers. This flower is made from coffee-dyed coffee filters. A book paper mini lolly was added to its center. Then I punched the gold side of VintageChic Worldwide paper into several scallop circles and layered them on top of each other. The seam binding center is sprayed with Tinsel ColorShine, because you know I can’t do a project without ColorShine showing up someplace.
To add some height to my centerpiece, I cut out a couple of flags and hot glued them to skewers. The largest one has a doily and a little Sentiment Sticker that fits the theme. Again, so very simple, but I love so much the warm touch it adds to my home.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I hope you have found some inspiration here today to add a handcrafted touch to your table this season. And that it reminds you to be ever so thankful for all that you have.
Can’t you just imagine walking into Jamie’s home? her beautiful creations lend such a warmth, welcome and beauty to her space! let’s see.. i think i have a few coffee filters and doilies around… i’m firing up my silhouette now! thank you jamie!! xoxo