Wednesday, October 03, 2012


Wow, I had a really hard time with this one. For one, it was somewhat hard to spend my $15 at the Dollar Store since our local franchise sucks. I ended up doing my shopping at Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx's clearance aisles, the grocery store, and my house. I really failed with the specific guidelines of the challenge, but I *think* I like what I came up with and will probably keep it until Christmas.

After I posted the intro to the challenge on Monday, I found an even more updated pic of our fireplace mantle, from after I painted it white.

When I first put everything together last night I felt like something was missing. I had purchased a bunch of sunflowers from Trader Joe's and while the bright yellow mimicked the yellow I had from the lemons, something just wasn't right about it. Then I put only one in a white vase and I liked that better, but I still didn't love it. Sitting at my desk I looked out the window and inspiration hit me - fig leaves!

Nine dollars of my budget went to the little ceramic pumpkins on the right. I used about 3/4 of the jar of popcorn that I bought for myself. And I spray painted the formerly wood frame an antique white that I had purchased for a different project (that I never did).

The little boy in this picture is my Grandpa on his first trip to the snow. I think he was like four years old.

As I looked at the vignette there was something about the photo from Florence that didn't quite mesh for me. I was going to paint a picture of a gingko leaf but (1) I'm lazy and (2) not that talented, so instead I ended up printing a picture of a squirrel from a website that has vintage images for printing. I kind of love squirrels. They crack me up. I had a really pretty piece of watercolor paper left over from some Christmas cards I made several years ago and the image printed really lovely on the textured paper. I'm very happy with how this frame makeover turned out. I might even rough up the paint a little bit to give it an even more rustic quality.


So there you have it. My $15 Fall Challenge. Or my attempt thereof.

Check out the reveals for the other lovely ladies that participated:


  1. I really love the oversized foliage of the fig leaves in comparison to the rest of the pieces. Don't feel too bad, I totally 'cheated' on this challenge too.

  2. Wow - I LOVE your fireplace. Using the popcorn is a great idea - I may have to borrow it :)

  3. the corn is genius! dont u love fall colours?? Love it

  4. Your mantle is so pretty anyway. I'm so jealous! And your ceramic gourds are adorable.

  5. Such beautiful fall colours. I really like the corn kernels in the candle holder idea... I might just have to do that myself!

  6. Love it! Especially the vintage print of the squirrel. What website did you get it off of?

    I like to think that cheating was kind of encouraged for the sake of creativity and fun. So, don't worry about where you got everything or if you went over budget. The mantel looks great!

  7. I got it from Vintage Printable - There are a ton of different pics and you have to wade through a lot that aren't great, but I just loved this little guy.

  8. I think I saw it on Pinterest last month and now I'm seeing it on a lot of blogs so it's definitely the "thing" to do right now.

  9. Thanks! I love those little gourds.

  10. Fall is my favorite time of year.

  11. Thanks! The fireplace was one of the reasons I loved this house when we first saw it. I love it even more now that we've painted the brick white.

  12. Everything else I tried just didn't feel right. I'm hoping I can keep the leaves alive because the ones outside are all falling off the tree.


  13. خدمات النظافة بالدمام لابد ان تقدمها شركة لديها ثقة في اتمام خدمات النظافة المنزلية لان النظافة العاية لا تعطي النتيجة الفعالة التي تتم بواسطة شركة تنظيف بالدمام متخصصة لانها تهتم بكل شئ داخل المباني فلدينا شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام تكون متخصصة في نظافة الفلل المفروشة والمستعملة واعطائها الرونق الجمالي الخاص بها لدينا شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام متخصصة في اعمال نظافة الشقق المنزلية وشقق المكاتب والمعارض بواسطة الادوات والمواد اللازمة لعمل ذلك لدينا تخصصتنا في اعمالنا التي ترضي العميل وتخلصة من الحشرات الصغيرة التي تسبب ازعاج كبير للاسرة من خلال شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام التي لديها معدتها وموادها لعمل ذلك كما يوجد متخصص ايضا للقضاء علي الحشرات من خلال التواصل مع شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام التي تنتهيك من كل الحشرات المنزلية كما نعمل معا للواصل اليك كل الخدمات المنزلية من خلال خدمة الاثاث بواسطة افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام والتعامل معها سوف يصل الي منزلك الجيد بدون اي تعب
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  14. إذا كنت مماً يريدون نقل عفش بيوتهم أو تبحث عن شركة لنقل العفش فشركتنا تعتبر افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة فإذا كنت تريد الحصول على أسرع الخدمات وأفضلها بأقل أسعار فكن على تواصل معنا عبر شركة نقل عفش بجدة ففريق عمل شركة الماسة يضم خبراء فى تخصصات متعددة منها تركيب ونقل الأثاث المنزلى بأنواعة المختلفه كما أن أسعارنا غير قابلة للمنافسة لأن الشركة ارخص شركات نقل العفش بجدة فإذا كنت ممكن يبحون عن شركة نقل اثاث بجدة كما يمكنك زيارة موقعنا على الإنترنت لمعرفة المزيد والمزيد عن مجالات الشركة المتنوعة والمفيدة


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