Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Festival - Week #6

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all so much for participating in the Fall Festivals the past few weeks. It's been so much fun and so inspirational!

I decorated our back patio for fall this past week. I still want to get some more pumpkins, but here's what the back of our house looks like now. All festive and ready for a Fall Festival spotlight. In case you're wondering - we do not have a front door. Yea. Strange, huh? Previous owners built a room over the front entry and it's one of those projects that we'll work on down the road. (Dear HGTV, if reading this, we'd be an ideal candidate for Curb Appeal! Call me! lol Darn that TruValue for not considering my home FULL of DIY projects too!) Anyway...that's why you won't see my front entry. I have window and a brick chimney facing the road. Welcoming, isn't it? Some day. ANYWAY - This is where we enter the house. I hope to do a little decorating for Halloween in the barn this week and finish making the grape arbor a little festive.

I decorated my window boxes with things from the yard. Birch bark, grapes, leaves, pinecones and silver dollar plants. Since it's a short time between now and Christmas...I wanted an inexpensive option. I love how they turned out and the best part - FREE decor!

Mini metamorphosis. These guys before:
Now after a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint:

In my house # pots (tutorial here), I replaced my pansies with pumpkins (painted with simple metallic stripes). I grabbed some sunflowers and mini pumpkins today today.

I also gathered up some branches from the yard (we lost a couple of branches due to storms) to create swags over the French doors (held in place with s-hooks). My wreaths are from last year.

Mr. DIY's herb garden received a little autumn magic with a clean up, cabbage, teeny pumpkins, a lantern and some acorns.

Remember the nibbled pinecones? I added them to my Juniper.

Along with some acorn-filler (from the yard).

Look at my yard! I'm not kidding when I say the squirrels are bombing! I actually almost landed flat on my back today. It's like walking on marbles.

If you're interested in making your own, I wrote a tutorial. DIY Custom Doormat HERE. :)
Do you have a fall project or fall decor to share? Link up and join the party!
What is the Fall Festival?
  • A blog party on Mondays during the autumn season
  • Autumn/Fall inspired DIY projects
How can I join?
  • Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that you've done
  • Add your blog name and project to Mcklinky (example: The DIY Show off - House # Pumpkins)
  • Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example:
  • You must use The DIY Show Off Fall Festival button and link back to The DIY Show Off Fall Festival post so that everyone gets to join in the fun. Here is the button:
  • Grab the button/html code on the left side bar and insert into your blog post to let others know you're joining the fun.
  • I'll be posting The DIY Show Off Fall Festival on Mondays and try to start the party sometime on the prior Sunday evening.
  • Although a tutorial is helpful, it's not required. Anything autumn related and DIY is permitted.
  • Please follow all steps above or your link won't be posted. :(
  • If you've been inspired by something you see here - show us what you did too!
  • Enjoy and be inspired!
  • If your linking - I'll DEFINITELY be stopping by to check it out and comment. One of the fun things about a smaller party is there's time to visit with everyone participating, right? I really enjoy seeing all of your creative ideas and inspiration and leaving you a personal note.
Here is the link to all of the Fall Festivals if you're new to the Fall Festival: HAPPY FALL!


Its So Very Cheri said...

That is beautiful. It looks so festive. You did an amazing job.

We are quite cold in the frozen tundra this week. My feet haven't been warm since we got off the plane.


Hirondelle Rustique said...

I love all of your decorations, especially the wreaths!

Red Writing said...

Your back porch is so beautiful! I would want to spend lots of time out there.

Shanty 2 Chic said...

I love your numbered pots with the pumpkins and the branches! Too cute! ~Ashley

Rachelle said...

Love the branches!

And the pots with the house numbers! Adorable! I'm stealing that idea ASAP!

Have a great week!

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

The patio looks amazing, Roeshel. Who needs a front door when the back one looks like that?! ;)

I hope that your week is off to a fantastic start!


Renee said...

You cracked me up with the plea to Curb Appeal! But your "main entry" is just beautiful....lovely, lovely fall decor.

Sandy said...

Love all your decorations, and the way you used so many natural elements. Window boxes looked wondeful. Great job.

Maman Tattoo said...

I so jalous.

I have ZERO porch. Next to my doors are the block's garbare and recyclage bin. -___-

It's beautifull yet not over the top!

Sarah said...

Hey, girl! Looks like we both worked on our entrances this weekend! (Weird about the front door, but I would loooove to enter through your back patio anyday!!) It looks gorgeous!! I'm really drawn to the branch swag, its so simple and textural, really rustic. Love the window boxes...can't beat that look for that price!!!And all the little pumpkins are right up my alley:) And of course you had time to spray paint a door mat!!! Awesome! Thanks again for hosting, I gotta run now and get my mood board post ready;)

Annette said...

I love your fall decorations! They are beautiful. I was wondering if those type of outdoor mats could be painted. I have one that I may redo soon. Thanks for sharing.

Leanne said...

Your decorations are beautiful. I especially love your numbered pots. They look great. Thanks for sharing all you beautiful pictures.

Shannon said...

Ok, the branches above the door are beautiful! Love it! I hope you will share this for the Posh Porch Party.

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Your porch looks amazing! Love the little details and the number pots are so fun. I need to add my house numbers to my house. This could be something that could work for me too. Thanks for all the inspirations!

{ L } said...

What a super idea for those doormats...I would have NEVER thought of that!

I hope to link up one of these weeks again! I hope you're still doing it by the time I have new stuff to share, lol.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

everything looks absolutely awesome! I love the branches ove the doors!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow! Everything look just fabulous! I love those window boxes, they look so festive and pretty! Cindy

Andy Porter said...

What a beautiful job!! I love everything!! I really like the numbered pots. I will definitely be stealing that idea in the future!! Thanks so much for the link!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Wow! Everything looks amazing. You incorporated so many different accents, looks and fun things. That would have taken me days to put together. LOVE IT! Thanks for linking up at someday crafts.

Ashley's Thrifty Living said...

It looks great! I love fall!

Anna said...

your back patio looks so good. You've inspired me to at least do a little more around my front door this week! I really like the sunflowers you used and the little birds.

Lisa said...

What a festive and frugal spruce up you accomplished! I love the branch idea especially. Now if we could find a way to have those squirrels transfer the bombing range to may house I'd be a happy girl, not a acorn for miles here. HA!

Emily said...

Your home looks so great! I love white pumpkins! Need to make more time for crafts because I have so much fun with it.

Cristin said...

Your house looks so festive. I love it.


nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I love your flower boxes especially those dollar thingies!! Those are so pretty. I like all the little touches of pumpkins and cones, too. I haven't done much outside!!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Love all the autumn touches, the quail are wonderful and i just love the branch that over the door, it is so great...hard to pick out just one, love them alllll I have to be a follower..come visit

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

So many clever ideas. Nice post.


Sheri said...

Oh it's just so pretty! Thanks for adding my link!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That looks so pretty! I love the spiral topiaries and the pots with the house numbers!



Front door or no front door--I think it's beautiful!!!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love it all, but the branch swags over the windows really caught my eye! Beautiful!

linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Hey Roeshel,
I accidentally linked up the wrong link the first time. I'm so sorry! You can totally delete it. Not sure what I was doing.

Anyways, LOVE your back porch! I think I need to show my back porch some more TLC after seeing that!

Leanne said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Thanks for hosting a great party. I love seeing your ideas and creativity and everyone else's too. Have a beautiful day.

Maddycakes said...

I really love your fall decorating. All of the details are beautiful. I especially love the numbers on the pots. How clever!
Please stop by and visit me

Really Rainey said...

I love your Fall re-do! The details really make it fantastic!
Hope you are having a great week!

Jessica said...

I love all the outdoor decor. My fave are the wreaths and the numbered pots-they're to die for!

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Wow! This looks fantastic. I'm marking this one as an all-time fave blog post. Next year I hope I can decorate my back porch for autumn and I will be using you as my inspiration.

It' an Evolution said...

Your attention to detail is wonderful!!!

The branches above the door just make me happy.


It' an Evolution said...

I love your attention to detail!!!

Happy Nester said...

Everything looks so wonderful at your house. Thanks for hosting. Sorry for joining so late. Crazy week. Off to check out the other entries.

Chari said...

Hi Roeshel...

Ohh my...I'm just now getting around to looking at some of the Fall Festival posts! But...better late than never...right? Hehe!

My friend, I do believe that you have the prettiest back's fabulous all dressed up in its fall finery!!! I love, love, LOVE the branches that you added above the're so creative, my friend! I hope to use this idea in the future! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!! I also really like your beautiful window box...soooo beautiful!!! Ohh...and your pretty wreaths...numbered flower's all just gorgeous!!! I do believe that your back patio is ready to welcome in the autumn grand!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

steve the builder said...

Fall Festival - Week #6

Thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

Everything on your patio looks wonderful, I love the pots with the numbers, they are just tooo cute. You window boxes look great.
Thanks for sharing.

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