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Emergency Fall Decorations!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 09/21/2011 - 19:19
Fall is here! I can't possibly wish it away any longer! Time to do something to mark the season around here besides setting out my dried leaf candle jars!
But I have been busy roasting green chile and freezing fresh tomatoes and...
THIS project which will be revealed on Monday! No time to craft for fall!
So in a flash of inspiration, I grabbed a couple of wheat wreaths I had picked up earlier this year at a thrift shop for like $.25 each, and sorted through the fall fabric stash. My rotary cutter was the perfect quick tool for cutting a couple lengths of fabric to use for bows. In less than 10 minutes - this very simple but festive replacement for my summer wreath.
I have always wanted to carve a pumpkin to use as a flower vase. But my practical side keeps reminding me -"it will only last a few days"!
Well - spoiling pumpkin vases - no longer a problem. Meg included a craft pumpkin in the big giant box I won on her MegaCrafty giveaway last spring!
It took me all of 2 minutes to carve out the top, set a jar filled with water inside and pick a couple hydrangeas!
For the first time ever, my Anaheim chiles are actually turning red right on the bush! I absolutely love the color of a freshly turned red chile. Is there a more beautiful red to be found anywhere?
As they turn, I am plucking them off, wrapping a bit of raffia and yarn around the top and instant decoration!
I am making a garland out of mine - knotting a piece of twine every 4 or 5 inches, and using ornament hooks to hanging them at each little knot.
In December, they come off the twine and will be ornaments on my tree! (By then, of course, the chiles will have dried, but still beautiful red.)
Most large grocery stores or Mexican mercados carry bags of dried red chile, so if you like this idea and have no fresh chile's to play with, grab a bag of dried red chile and make mini chile "ristras"!
(A note of caution, if you plan on playing with more than a few chiles at a time, be sure to wear gloves while handling.)
Any more instant ideas anyone wants to share? Leave them in comments.
Happy Fall everyone!