The nesting holiday mode as begun for me. It happens every year around this time. The urge to snuggle in at home under blankets with a steaming cup of peppermint licorice tea and a book or movie becomes strong. Along with the temptation to gather every brightly colored leaf that has fallen to decorate the ground.
I am not big on decorating for Halloween. I didn’t grow up with my mom putting fake spider webs around the house along with witches and ghosts. Instead she usually did more Fall items and Thanksgiving decorations. I like this method of bringing the outdoors in when it is most colorful. If I was to decorate for Halloween this is how I would like to do it. One of my favorite bloggers, Life in the Fun Lane – Holly, gives Halloween a classic feel that looks just right to me. The only item I think is missing is leaves… lots of them!
This past week, along with my roommate Brittany, we bedecked the house for Autumn! I am so super blessed to have a friend and roommate who enjoys decorating and Fall as much as I do. Together the ideas flowed to create a homey space for us to gather friends and family in for the season.
My usual Fall decorations include a real leaf garland with leaves and pumpkins strewn about.
No pumpkins yet but there is a leaf garland in the entryway and Brittany used her creative touch to create some Autumn themed artwork for us. (She was able to fold the paper in a pattern to create another level of interest in the pieces. Great eye, Girl!) Still to come…a little bit more decorating on the tree branch in the entryway.
While perusing Pinterest, I found the concept of a The Thankful Tree. I instantly knew I wanted to do it in the apartment.
Image from http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com.
It seemed right to put up The Thankfulness Tree early to give the roomies and I a daily reminder of what is beautiful in our lives. So far it has worked wonders! Everyday I look for something in my day that truly makes me thankful.
Our tree is a little more of Tree than the original inspiration but it works for us! Brittany and I went scavenging for the branches in the park across from our house. Oh the memories!
Brittany put her artistic talents to go use with adding a whimsical “Thankful” to one of the branches.
A little touch of glitter dust to the branches adds an extra sparkle to our day!
We decided as a household that no one was allowed to put “I am thankful for bacon” or any other “dumb” phrase. Only things that you are truly appreciative of. Ironically the pictures that I snapped of two tags both have to do with roommates! 🙂
I am extremely thankful for my roommates! They bring so many smiles, laughs, dancing on furniture moments and insightful wisdom to my life.