Family Joy Blog Link Party #41

Family Joy Blog Link Party #41

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Here we are and it’s Halloween already! I can’t believe this year is passing so fast.

Halloween is my least favorite holiday for a variety of reasons but this year 3 of my grandchildren will be visiting so I am really looking forward to it. It will be fun to see them in their costumes and watch them happily eat the candy that they usually aren’t allowed to have much of!

It’s also time for the weekly Link Party! I’m so glad you’re joining us this week and I can’t wait to see your new posts!

The doors open at 10 am MST on Sunday so come join in the fun and add your newest family friendly post.

Please don’t forget to follow your hosts and visit your fellow bloggers sites to share, Pin or tweet their posts!

You can sign up below to get an email reminder of the party each week, so you won’t ever miss out on any of the fun!!

 

 

Party invite(4)

 

party host

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

Recent Joys #41

Thinking Outside The Pot: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Sammy Approves: DIY Healthy Chicken Burrito Bar
Ava’s Alphabet: Tissue Paper Pom Pumpkins
Pursue Your Project: Our First Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes
Smiling Notes: Healthy Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits
Mel Claire: Farmhouse Country Wall Art
Love Inspired Details: DIY Mason Jar Owl

Keys To Inspiration: How I Grew My Blog ( The Genius Blogger’s Tool Kit )

 

Features #41

 

Busy Being Jennifer: “Fall Is In The Air” Farmhouse Pillow
Simple Summit: Simple Food: Fall Harvest Snacks
Home Cooking Memories: Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
Refresh Living : Candy Corn Fall Candle Holders From Old Glass Jars
Lolly Jane: Candied Eyeball Halloween Popcorn

An Extraordinary Day: How To Make Easy Sailboat Christmas Ornaments

Pillar Box Blue : Luggage Tap Map Burlap Pillows

Oh My Creative : Pumpkin DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

 

 

most clicked link #41

——–Sadie Seasongoods: DIY Candy Stand——–

 

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Farmhouse Country Wall Art

Farmhouse Country Wall Art

 Farmhouse Country Wall Art

 

Farmhouse Country Wall Art made from faucet handles, rustic boards and stencils

I’ve been thinking about doing some type of Farmhouse Country Wall Art for my daughters new house but I had no idea what I was going to do to make this happen.

So when I went to the flea market I didn’t have anything in mind at all. But lucky for me I found these faucet handles and tiller blades for next to nothing. At the time, did I know what I would use them for? Absolutely not!

Country Farmhouse Wall Art Project Supplies

But a quick trip to Wal-Mart scored me a 16 x 20 rustic panel that looked like an old fence and some farming stencils-chickens, cows, pigs, eggs, sunflowers and a tractor! Perfect–

I picked up some little bottles of paint and off I went to create my project. I still didn’t know exactly what I was getting into but I had an idea.

 

Supply List

  • 5 old faucet handles
  • 2 tiller blades or similar
  • 1 16×20 wooden base
  • Stencils
  • Paint and brushes (I used acrylic paint that comes in small bottles for about $1.25 each)
  • 11-12 wood screws long enough to hold the items securely but not go through the back of the wood

The Process

When I got home, I jumped in with both feet and started stenciling and painting.

At this point, I still didn’t know what I would do with the faucet handles, but I was getting closer.

I painted the scene I was going for using the stencils and then started playing around with the placement of the handles and blades.

Tractor stencil project as seen on MelClaire.com

Three faucet handles were painted white and placed on top of the painted “clouds”. I liked it. The 3 dimensional clouds looked nice.

Then, I decided to use the brown blade as the sun and after painting a little yellow in the center for some dimension, it was perfect.

For the back tire on the tractor, the green blade was perfect! The last two faucet handles fit just right inside the big tire and as the front tire of the tractor. (Because these parts were so heavy instead of using hot glue, I used wood screws to secure them all to the board)

Country farm wall decor made from faucet handles and blades found at a flea market!

And that was it-So easy after I got started. The hard part was figuring out what to do with the handles in the first place.

I’m so pleased – I hope my daughter likes it!

What do you think?

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Family Joy Blog Link Party #40

Family Joy Blog Link Party #40

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Welcome to week 40 of the Family Joy Blog Link party! We are so glad that you are joining us this week. Last weeks party was
so much fun and we expect this week to surpass even that!

Since the holidays are almost here and halloween is just around the corner we are seeing more and more holiday related posts, which are so much fun! They really help me get into the holiday spirit and give me that child like anticipation all over again. Except now instead of wondering what Santa will bring, I’m wondering what I will do for my Holiday mantle!

The doors open at 10 am MST on Sunday so come join in the fun and add your newest family friendly post.

Please don’t forget to follow your hosts and visit your fellow bloggers sites to share, Pin or tweet their posts!

You can sign up below to get an email reminder of the party each week, so you won’t ever miss out on any of the fun!!

Party invite(4)

 

party host

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

 

Recent Joys #40

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Diary of An Autism Mom: The Word Autism
Sammy Approves: Spooky Pumpkin Pie Dip
Ava’s Alphabet: DIY Apple Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe
Pursue Your Project: Easy Basic Bread Making For Beginners
Smiling Notes: DIY Dollar Tree Halloween Wreath Under $10

Mel Claire: Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta
Love Inspired Details: Easy to Make Fabric Cross

Keys To Inspiration: How to Upload SVG Images In Cricut Design Space

 

Features #40 (1)

Atta Girl Says: Spooky Halloween Door Decorations
Refresh Living: Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin with Washi Tape
Flamingo Toes: Boo-Yah! Cute Ghosties Embroidery Hoop Art
Grandma’s House DIY : Barn Door
Grounded and Surrounded: Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts 3 Ways

Creative Cain Cabin: Simple Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup

Pink Peppermint Design : Halloween DIY: Create A Giant Washi Tape SpiderWeb

A Pretty Fix : DIY Woven Coasters

 

most clicked link #40

 

——–Lolly Jane: DIY Halloween Bay Marquee——–

 

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Rump Roast Recipe

Rump Roast Recipe

Rump Roast Recipe

 

My grandmother on my mother’s side “Mimi” was one of the best cooks in the world. I looked forward to her meals and never fussed about having to go to her house instead of playing with friends. She made the best of everything! Including this delectable Rump Roast Recipe!

I used to watch her and ask questions, trying to pinpoint what she did to make the food taste so good. Why was her food better than most everything else I ever ate?

Delicious, tender and juicy Rump Roast Recipe including instructions for making gravy to slather all over your rice and potatoes!

The first thing she told me was to buy a Rump Roast. Not a chuck roast or any other kind of roast, a Rump Roast. It’s best if it’s cut on an angle. If you can’t find one, ask the butcher at your local grocery store.

A roast that’s about 3-4 pounds will serve 6-8 people with some leftovers for sandwiches. And you’ll want a french dip with the leftovers let me tell you!

Delicious, tender and juicy Rump Roast Recipe including instructions for making gravy to slather all over your rice and potatoes!

With a good roast comes a good gravy and I will show you how to make it so you will want to pour it all over your rice or p0tatoes. Or on your rolls or your sandwich the next day-Gravy on rolls?? Yes, Yes, Yes. It’s that good!

Let’s get to cooking! Drop me a note if you have any questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you!

Melissa

Tender, juicy slow roasted rump roast. Just like Grandma used to make!

Tender, juicy slow roasted rump roast. Just like Grandma used to make!

Rump Roast Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Rump Roast Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound Rump Roast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/8 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp kitchen bouquet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the roast in the pan. (If there is fat on your roast, place the fat side up)
  3. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder all over the roast.
  4. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of water in the bottom of the pan. (I use a large deep black iron skillet but if you are using a larger pan, you will need to put enough water to cover the bottom of the pan up to about 3/4 to 1 in-This is so the pan will not go dry while cooking. If if does you will not be able to make gravy and that would be sad) 🙁
  5. Cover the pan tightly with foil and place in the oven
  6. Cook for 3 to 3 1/2 hours-The roast I cooked the other day was 3.3 pounds and cooked for 3 hours and 10 minutes from frozen. It was perfectly cooked and tender and juicy.
  7. When the roast is done, remove from the pan and place on a plate. You can cover it with the foil to keep it warm.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, remove some of the floating bits from the gravy. You won't be able to get it all, just get as much as you can.
  9. Now remove 1/4 cup of the gravy from the bottom of the pan. To this, add 1/8 cup of flour and stir it well until no more lumps remain.
  10. When it's smooth, add it back into the gravy in the roasting pan whisking while adding. Then add the 1/2 tsp of kitchen bouquet and whisk again.
  11. Put the gravy back in the hot oven for 5 minutes, then remove, whisk one more time and dinner is ready!
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Family Joy Blog Link Party #39

Family Joy Blog Link Party #39

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Hey there! I hope you’re having a great weekend. Welcome to week 39 of the Family Joy Blog Link Party!!

I’ve been cooking all day today, getting some new recipes made and tested so I can share them really soon. But it’s hot and the air conditioning is out and has been for several days. The compressor’s been ordered, but sadly not in yet. Heating up the kitchen was probably not the best idea.

I know it’s October, I shouldn’t need the air conditioning, but down in south Alabama it’s still quite warm. Thankfully, it’s been cooling off at night, but the house gets pretty warm and stuffy during the day. I just keep reminding myself to be thankful it’s not July!

And I’m so glad you’re here to join our party this week! This is where you can link your recipes, DIY projects, holiday projects, home improvement and home decor posts.  I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

The doors open at 10 am MST on Sunday October 16th-Come join in the fun and add your newest post!

Please don’t forget to follow your hosts and visit your fellow bloggers sites to share, Pin or tweet their posts!

Oh, and you can sign up below to get an email reminder of the party each week, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun!!

See you there!

Melissa

Party invite(4)

 

party host

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

Recent Joys #39

 

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: Hefty To The Rescue {Linqia}
Sammy Approves: One Eyed Chocolate Dipped Licorice Monsters
Ava’s Alphabet: Lets Talk Teal Pumpkins
Pursue Your Project: Fall Wreath Making Fun at Michaels Craft Class
Smiling Notes: DIY Easy Push Pin World Map Wall Art

Mel Claire: Nonna’s Quick and Easy Pasta
Love Inspired Details: 5 Must Read Black Friday TIps

Keys To Inspiration: Autumn Leaves Banner

 

features #39 (1)

 

Nap Time Creations: Pumpkin Spice Nuts on Oatmeal
Anchored In Sweets: Halloween Spider Cake
Garden Matter: DIY Dried Orange Garland
The Gold Lining Girl : Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake
My Suburban Kitchen: Mini No Bake Pumpkin Pies

The Real Thing with The Coake Family: Spooky Halloween Recipe for Butternut Squash Soup

Clean & Scentsible : Halloween Hot Chocolate Bar

C.R.A.F.T : DIY Dorobek Family Costume

 

 

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——–Worthing Court:High Style/ Low Cost Office Storage Solution——–

 

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Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta

Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta

Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta

I have a bad habit of buying too many fresh vegetables at one time at the local warehouse store. We eat most of them but sometimes we just can’t get through the huge box of spinach or the 2 pound bag of asparagus in one week. Situations like this call for some imagination! In comes Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta!

This past Saturday I was hungry. I had lots of vegetables that needed some attention and I wanted pasta. Knowing that if there were vegetables in the pasta it would be a healthier meal, this was an easy decision. The vegetables take up space in the bowl so you eat less of the carby pasta but you still get to eat pasta. And that’s the best part!

Easy One Pot Meal

Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta cooks the vegetables and pasta all together in one pot. It’s so easy to throw together and  cooks up in no time. There’s not one bit of oil or fat added but it’s so good even without that. I thought I might have to add some Extra Virgin Olive Oil when it was done, but it didn’t need it. It was perfect just as it was!

I hope you enjoy!

Try this one pot bowtie pasta recipe that's chock full of healthy greens and delicious flavor! You can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes

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Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta
Try this one pot bowtie pasta recipe that's chock full of healthy greens and delicious flavor!
Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11-13 minutes or per package directions
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11-13 minutes or per package directions
Servings
people
Ingredients
Spinach and Asparagus Bowtie Pasta
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a large soup pot, stir and cook for 11-13 minutes until the pasta is al dente.
    Add all the ingredients to a large soup pot, stir and cook for 11-13 minutes until the pasta is al dente.
  2. Remove from heat and let it sit for 2-5 minutes to absorb the liquid. It will still be soupy but don't drain.
    Remove from heat and let it sit for 2-5 minutes to absorb the liquid. It will still be soupy but don't drain.
  3. Using a slotted spoon remove from pot and place in bowls or on plates. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan or Romano cheese and additional red pepper flakes if desired.
    Using a slotted spoon remove from pot and place in bowls or on plates.  Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan or Romano cheese and additional red pepper flakes if desired.
Family Joy Blog Link Party #38

Family Joy Blog Link Party #38

 

family joy blog linky partiesHi y’all! Welcome to my favorite part of the week–The weekend!!!

And time to get ready for the Sunday link party, where you can add your DIY projects, recipes, crafts, holiday, home decor, homeschooling, parenting, travel and sewing posts. This is a great way to get your content in the eyes of some new readers. Who knows, your post might make such an impression that it becomes a featured post for next week! What are you waiting for?

The doors open at 10 am MST on Sunday October 9th-Come join in the fun and add your newest post!

Please don’t forget to follow your hosts and visit your fellow bloggers sites to share, Pin or tweet their posts!

Oh, and you can sign up below to get an email reminder of the party each week, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun!!

See you there!

Melissa
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party host

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

 

recent joys #38

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: DIY Fabric Pumpkins
Sammy Approves: Finding Family Fun In Old Town San Diego
Ava’s Alphabet: Spooky Spider Halloween Wreath
Pursue Your Project: Cinnamon & Sugar Fried Apples
Smiling Notes: Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes

Mel Claire: Fall Decor On A Budget
Love Inspired Details: DIY Candy Corn Garland

Keys To Inspiration: Our Fall Wedding 3 Year Anniversay

 

 

features #38

Pillar Box Blue: Super Cute Halloween Treat Bags
Embellishmints: Halloween Recipes Witches
Oh My Creative: Free Printable Halloween Gift Tag
Home Cooking Memories: Bacon-Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Recipe
Growing Up Gabel: Easy Mummy Halloween Cookies

The Home I Create: Cozy and Colorful Fall Porch Decorating

Crystal & Co : 23 Totally Cool Tween & Teen Halloween Costumes

Just JP : DIY Mug with Hand Lettering

 

most clicked link #38

 

——–Creative Cain Cabin: Thanksgiving Chalkboard Printables——–

 

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Savory and Sweet Cheese Cookies

Savory and Sweet Cheese Cookies

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Savory and Sweet Cheese Cookies

I don’t know about you but I don’t like to make the same old things all the time. The same goes for holidays when it’s time to deliver cookies and goodies to the neighbors and friends. I like to do something a little bit different and these cookies fit that bill.

Even though they are called cookies they aren’t sweet, but do have a touch of sweetness that is delivered via the stuffing of raspberry preserves baked between the flaky layers. The cookie itself is cheesy and savory. My recipe was inspired by a recipe for Pimento Cheese Cookies I found in the February 2012 issue of Southern Living.

My version omits the pecans and uses cream cheese combined with jalapeño pimento cheese. I also chose to use Raspberry preserves instead of Strawberry. This would also be really good with Pepper Jelly!

The cream cheese version is flakier and a tad bit softer than the other version, but both are equally delicious!

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Savory and Sweet Cheese Cookies
A delicious flaky, cheesy, slightly spicy and sweet cookie that would be perfect for a unique twist at your holiday cookie swap!
Savory and Sweet Cheese Cookies
Prep Time 30-45 minutes
Cook Time 12-15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours to chill dough
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Prep Time 30-45 minutes
Cook Time 12-15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours to chill dough
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Savory and Sweet Cheese Cookies
Instructions
  1. Beat the flour, cream cheese and pimento cheese with an electric mixer for one minute until well combined. Add the butter and beat until blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    Beat the flour, cream cheese and pimento cheese with an electric mixer for one minute until well combined. Add the butter and beat until blended. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. After chilled, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thickness on a well floured surface.
  3. Cut your cookies into your desired shape. (I made leaves and acorns for fall and stars for Christmas and decorated them up a bit. Normally I would just make rounds.)
    Cut your cookies into your desired shape. (I made leaves and acorns for fall and stars for Christmas and decorated them up a bit. Normally I would just make rounds.)
  4. Place 1/2 of the cookies on the parchment paper. Add approximately 1/2 tsp of raspberry preserves to each cookie and top with remaining cookies pressing the edges with a fork to seal.
    Place 1/2 of the cookies on the parchment paper. Add approximately 1/2 tsp of raspberry preserves to each cookie and top with remaining cookies pressing the edges with a fork to seal.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
    Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  6. These are the fall leaves decorated with a little green and gold just for fun!
    These are the fall leaves decorated with a little green and gold just for fun!

Fall Decor On A Budget

I went to the flea market a couple of weeks ago. This is my story.

Now first you need to know that normally whenever I go to the flea market I can’t find what I’m looking for. I get there with all these ideas in my mind, projects I want to complete and furniture I want to paint. But nothing. I can’t find what I’m looking for and all my ideas fly out the window in my frustration and disappointment. It’s so sad.

This time was different. I arrived with an open mind. Husband in tow, it was raining off and on and they were just opening. It was quite muddy, but I’d come prepared with a raincoat so nothing was stopping me.

We started at one end and went up and down every aisle because I didn’t want to miss anything. Besides, I had no idea what I was looking for. Remember, I’d decided to let my next project find me instead of the other way around.

And it did! I found a stick for a dollar. Not just any stick but a special stick that’s long and dry, and has a scoop at one end! Weird right? But, it’s some type of organic natural element and it was screaming my name. My husband thought I was crazy, but it was giving me ideas, so I bought it.

I also found this set of four antique spools that are in perfect condition for $10! (pictured below) Don’t they just scream “FALL DECOR”?

These beautiful antique spools were found at a flea market for $10!

These beautiful antique spools were found at a flea market for $10!

I couldn’t wait to get home and get my project on, but first I had to stop at the store. I had to get some pumpkins and gourds-they were $3 a bag at the local big box store. I spent a total of $20 but also used some additional items that I already had. I typically reuse flower and filler stems from old arrangements and this really saves some dough. Just move stuff around from one place to the other then it looks brand spanking new!

After some “shopping” in my house for elements to add, I scored some cotton stalks, fall leaves and brown feathers to finish it off.

Fall decor doesn't have to be expensive to be pretty and unique. With a couple of flea market finds and inexpensive accessories you can have a beautiful fall table scape!

Next, I used the spools as stands for the small pumpkins. So cute! Don’t you think?

These beautiful antique spools were found at a flea market for $10!

 

The next project was the mantle. Using some of the same elements to “fall” it up while still keeping my coastal theme this is what I ended up with. Again, very little money was spent, the only thing I didn’t already have at home were the pumpkins and gourds.
Coastal Fall Mantle using pumpkins and gourds on a very tight budget!!

So, this is it! I spent just a little bit of moolah and did all this. It really pays off to shop your own home for things you can use to freshen up your decor. That old flower arrangement that you hate might just have a couple of great stems you can use in another arrangement to freshen it up or make a new one without spending any money.

I’m working on some very interesting projects with some other items I found at the same time and I can’t wait to show them to  you when they are done. Stay tuned. It shouldn’t take too much longer!

Melissa

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Family Joy Blog Link Party #37

Family Joy Blog Link Party #37

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I can’t believe how fast time flies every week. It’s exhausting!! I’m waiting for an easy week followed by a weekend of rest, but this is not the one.

We will be making a day trip on Saturday that includes 10 hours of driving time. The trip will be well worth it though because I get to spend time with 4 of my 8 grandchildren-I am so excited! I miss them so much in between visits.

And it’s time again for the Link Up Party. This week you’ll find a new feature where you can sign up to receive an email each week reminding you about the party! That way you’ll never forget to join us and add your newest post!!

As a little reminder this party is for family friendly, DIY, recipes, crafts, holiday, home decor, homeschooling, parenting, travel and sewing posts.

The doors open at 10 am MST on Sunday October 2nd-Come join in the fun and add your newest post!

Please don’t forget to follow your hosts and visit your fellow bloggers sites to share, Pin or tweet their posts!

Oh, and you can sign up below to get an email reminder of the party each week, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun!!

See you there!

Melissa

 

Party invite(2)

Meet The Host &Co-Hosts(2)

 

Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

Recent joys #37

 

 

Thinking Outside The Pot: #Chobani Meze Dips
Sammy Approves: 7 Ways to Immediately Improve Horrible Mom Days
Ava’s Alphabet: Baked Apple Pancake
Pursue Your Project: The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce
Smiling Notes: Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Mel Claire: Homemade Meatball Showdown Throwdown
Love Inspired Details: Why You Should Teach Your Kids “It’s Not Ok”

 

features #37

 

Simple Summit: Simple Food: Birthday Cake
Jodie Fitz: Dinosaur Bites are in the Lunch Box
Keys To Inspiration: DIY Gather Chalkboard Wood Slice
Marilyns Treats: BBQ Chicken and Smoked Gouda Mac N’ Cheese with Bacon
Delightful E Made: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread

White House Crafts: Fall Home Inspiration Did You Know

The Perfect Storm : Fall Paper Bag Wreath DIY

most clicked link #37

 

——–Under The Texas Sky: Farmhouse Coffee Table——–

 

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