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a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do

hello everyone!  it’s me tiffini over at house of belonging
i will be short and sweet because if any of you are feeling frantic being torn by being a working mom & just a “mom” mom like
i have been lately

i took this last weekend and inserted some rest time for me
one of the things i wanted to do was have a sit-down dinner with the kids

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

i wanted a SIMPLE PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE for the table
i wanted it to be FALLish not HALLOWEENish for this occasion
i remembered seeing a flower filled pumpkin on the cover of a magazine a few weeks back!

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

here’s what i did

i ran to the local grocery store looking for creamy white flowers.  mind you we are in rural missouri so there isn’t markets everywhere
and the flower selection was scarce

mini roses were all they had in a white.  CHECK

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

i had a pumpkin from our visit to the pumpkin patch with the grandkids.  CHECK

i hallowed out the inside
filled it with water
trimmed the stems down
and arranged the flowers in the pumpkin

we had leaves already so we made a little “blanket” of leaves to sit the pumpkin on
added a couple of our small pumpkins around.  CHECK

simple and pretty

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

a simple pumpkin centerpiece anyone can do - so you can concentrate on the most important thing - who is around the table

at the end of the day it is those faces that matter
it’s not how fancy or expensive or perfect it seems

just taking a little extra time to make the table pretty
to be thankful to be able to sit around a table of food and enjoy one another

TIPS…..:)

-you could use fall colored flowers or leaves

-you could use a white pumpkin or the brighter orange

various size pumpkins

-you can paint the pumpkins

-you could setup a little vignette of fall goodness and add in some halloween touches for the night

it will take you through until thanksgiving..just keep changing it up a little

have a fun and safe halloween…i think we are having a little fire pit time with smore’s and hotdogs
what plans do you have for halloween night?

see you next month:)

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oh be sure your following our INSTAGRAM @houseofbelonging
we are getting ready to open a newly re-stocked t-shirt shop and ALL shirts will be ready to ship!
perfect for holiday gift giving:) image credit @honeyholden and @lydialovesmarcus

 

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a “fast” fall wreath tutorial

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

happy almost fall everyone! fall is my favorite season..is it yours too?
if you don’t know it yet i am tiffini..from the house of belonging next door
hoping you’ll stop by soon for coffee and pumpkin donuts so we can talk about
our hearts for our home..our family..and one another

that is my favorite thing EVER…being inspired hearing your story and encouraging you by sharing my story within God’s story

that is my heart for this little post on a fall wreath..that it would encourage you to do just one simple thing to
make your home say ” come in – you belong here – you are LOVED!

::SUPPLIES::

-a pre-made fall wreath

-add-ons like leaves.pumpkins.pine cones.ribbon whatever

**wait for hobby lobby or Michael’s coupon for 40% off.  i got all of this for around 25.00!

-hot glue gun

::DO THIS::

glue it all on in whatever way you want.  it is THAT easy

( before )

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

my main complaint about pre-made wreaths is they are sparse.  you can pay 60 plus dollars for a stingy wreath.
i love FULL wreaths which is why this project makes perfect sense!

we chose this wreath because we loved the muted fall tones with touches of gold

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

the leaves made ALL the difference in giving the wreath the fullness i wanted

( after )

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

a "fast" fall wreath tutorial
a "fast" fall wreath tutorial

this project is not rocket science PLUS we saved at least 25.00 compared to buying a pottery barn wreath
so we went to Five Guys and had cheeseburgers, fries and a soda
it was worth every.single.penny

now go make a wreath. buy a wreath…or not...or maybe go have a greasy cheeseburger but whatever you do KNOW you are awesome
just the way you are.  wreath or not:)  i just hope this gives you just a little bit of fall encouragement

you can find me on instagram @houseofbelonging daily…that is my hangout place:) where you’ll be the first to know all of our new
signs and tee’s and upcoming NEW stuff that we have in the works…so come on over…we can’t wait to see you there!

1 way to celebrate fall with kids   {this is an awesome popcorn recipe btw}

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love people everywhere fall table

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drab to fab : a hutch makeover

hello friends

it’s me..tiffini from house of belonging how are you today?  good i hope…smile:)

makeover a hutch with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch from drab to fab!

i want to share our hutch makeover and how with some paint & shopping your home you can transform a hutch from drab to fab!

you can change the way a “space” feels and how YOU feel about that space!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!
hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

i wish you could stand here with me to see the difference in the “feel” of the room just by painting our hutch

we purchased this very heavy piece from our local antique store it was brown.  very brown

at first that was the look i was going for.  some wood mixed up with the metal table after a couple of months i just wasn’t feeling it

as time went on it just became a dead piece of furniture sitting in the corner

i was scared i would ruin it if i painted it.  like “what if” i didn’t love it?  paint is easy to put on..not so easy to take off! then there is my motto #theartoflivingcourageously

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

we voted to paint it!  and WOW!  happy happy we did!!

i was going to paint my master bedroom oyster pearl but it just didn’t read well in there

much to our surprise it reads perfectly on our hutch with all of the natural light the kitchen gets

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

it took about 3 coats

we sanded the edges lightly and that was it

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

we painted the hardware and the lamp base gold we simply shopped our house for everything else

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!
hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

here is what we used

our white dishes//cookbooks//an old gold frame//nikki’s creepy head lady//a few anthropolgie mugs// color coordinated books

paint really did give give this neat old hutch life again..it is perfect for our light and happy home

hutch makeover that with some paint, gold hardware and styling brings a dead hutch to life!

what a difference some paint, hardware and a little styling can do right?

what do you think of the hutch before and after?

i’m already thinking about staging it for the fall months

are you thinking about fall too?  sigh..i love fall.  it is my favorite month i’m just not ready to let go of the long days of summer

..xo

::for more home inspiration from house of belonging click on the links below::

our planked walls

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a ladder, a frame, leaves and calling it good

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mms milk-paint chippy chandelier makeover

 

i was not born a natural diy’er
my love for the art & soul of creating my very own home has evolved into a passion..where only jesus and food come before it

diy miss mustard seed milk paint ( in linen ) chandelier.  Philippians 4:7-8 sign...good words to see each and every morning! old door turned headboard..drop cloth bedskirt

call it a mid-life crisis or just getting closer to dying but i am becoming a risk-taker and adventurer seeker in my middle age.
making intentional choices to make the art of living courageously a lifestyle.

sooo i just figured my best bet would be to just be “me” here each month..in all my awkward authentic glory
the words of maya angelou come to mind when i think of my purpose here each month

“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

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homemade breakfast pumpkin butter…

 

rather on purpose today i took time to make 2 recipe’s
ONE because i am #fallingforfall and it is my favorite time of the year and in a blink it is gone
so in this 90 degree weather i cooked…on the stove top some homemade breakfast pumpkin butter
to slather on hot muffins or toast in the morning

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and TWO — pumpkin coffee creamer & coffee + being still before God each morning is enough to drive me from my slumber
and blurry eye my way to the coffee cup.  it is THE reason i wake up every morning…authentic statement

i pinned this pumpkin spice creamer on my fall pinterest board so click on over if you don’t want to by the refridgerator kind this week.  yes it is more work but restorative

i shared my new gooseberry patch hometown harvest cookbook on my instagram feed a couple of weeks ago and found this little gem of a recipe in there
it really is good!

breakfast pumpkin butter

29 oz can of pumpkin
3/4 c. apple juice
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 t. ground ginger
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cloves

now…combine all ingredients in a large saucepan; stir well.  bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to low.  simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently,
( don’t step away to long it splatters everywhere…this is tiff speaking ) until thickened.  transfer to containers; cover and keep refrigerated.  makes about 3 cups
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when i say intentionally here is what i mean…

being intentional .. for me.. means doing what is a priority { one } and {two }what i can manage within that day and still have a quiet mind
not being driven all day but able to do simple small things to bless my heart..my family..and others.  it means that has boundaries and i have to fight for them.
not yesterday.  not tomorrow or even next month.
but simply TODAY

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and not just my priorities but what i feel in my heart that God is putting back on my plate

i am letting go HARD..it really is in the doing of the letting go.  really!
practicing it until it becomes automatic friends = acting until it becomes auto…ha!

yes–there are many things that don’t get done lately and i am learning to be ok with that
it is the season of grace i am in and i must be teachable if i am to be taught…soooo

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i am choosing daily to step off the merry go round or maybe i should say tilt a whirl would be more precise.
and this letting go ..this stepping of is looking like fresh coffee and muffins with homemade breakfast pumpkin butter

how about you?  what are you being more intentional about at the commencement of fall

 

drum roll…..the winners are

and the beautiful girlies who won the spots in the creatively made home { home for the holidays } are
can you both EMAIL me please at houseofbelonging@live.com pretty please…thanks!:)

comment 3 – pam ballard  ” Tweeted this great giveaway also. Thanks! ”

comment 20 – rhiannon ”  What makes me feel the best is not all of the craziness that surround it all, although I do love the decorating and food making, but what I LOVE the most is just a chance to be with my whole family. We’re a big group and it’s tough for us all to be together, so it’s great when we can. It makes me very happy!”

thank you soooo much all of you who took time to comment and tweet and pin.  please consider taking the course anyway…i think it will be restorative and down right FUN with a capital F!!  thanks jeanne!!

 

 

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