A Bushel of Apples

On Saturday we took the kids apple picking. Our mission was Honey Crisp, and the pickings were slim. We went a week after they were ready last year and it was the same story. They sure are a popular pick!

Maxton loved it of course – and was content walking from tree to tree as he chomped on a crispy apple. Everly also wanted to be in on the apple action, but kept choking on the skin, so I had to take it away. I am sure you can imagine how happy she was about that…CRANKY BABY.

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It’s amazing how quickly you move when you have cranky kids at your heels. We gathered MORE than enough apples for $24 for the bag. I have a lot of baking to do and Pinterest will be a big help with that!

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Happy picking to you all!

DIY Fall Wreath

This will be our fifth “fall” in our house, and it has taken me that long to finally make a fall wreath for our front door. I have been meaning to do this every year since we moved in.

Two yours ago I posted the DIY Christmas wreaths I made, and I may tweak those a little this coming Christmas season.

So, off I went to Michaels, in search of the perfect items for my wreath. I knew I wanted it to be a wooden wreath, and found one that was the perfect size for only $4.99! I wanted to put a burlap bow at the top, but didn’t want to spend too much on one. Most of them ranged from $9.99-$19.99. I came across a nice roll of purple burlap for only $3.99 and thought: how hard could it be to make the bow myself? So I did…

I cut the strand of burlap into three pieces. Two longer strands and one shorter strand. A put aside one of the longer strands.

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I folded the ends behind, and pinched the center, in order to have one piece overlap the other.

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I wrapped a string around the pinched section in the middle of each of the two pieces, making sure the knot was at the back.

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Place the smaller bow on top of the larger bow and wrap the third piece of cut burlap on top of the bows and tie at the back. Arrange the two strands to complete the bow!

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Not bad, right? Took me less than ten minutes and it was so cheap!

I searched for some flowers that I could add, and found a great bunch that were $12.99 on for $9.99. I also found a beautiful orange flower that had a clip on the back for $1.29. The final touch I wanted to add to the wreath was a monogram. I found the perfect wooden “W” that was already painted white for $6.99, and used a 40% off coupon for it.

In total the wreath cost me about $25, and it was EXACTLY what I wanted.

I drilled a hole in the back of the “W” and screwed in a hook so I could attach it to the wreath with some wire.

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I took the bow and attached it to the wreath with string; and took each of the flowers from the bunch and wrapped them through the wreath. The stems were made of wire, so it made it very easy.

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The finished product!

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Although we have two front doors, I figured the monogramed wreath would be enough on only one of the doors.

What do you think? I am really happy with how it turned out, and think it’s the perfect fit for our door this fall.

All items were purchased from Michaels for this DIY.