Sunday, September 27, 2009

Fall door decor.

Yet again, I'm going to drill into your head that you can use what you already have to create some beautiful arrangements for fall! I've put a few together in the past week that all involve items I already had, and variety of filler -- or what I like to call "things you stick in."

I already showed you how to make a beeeautiful fall wreath here:

Some of you suggested using a frame for a rectangle shape and that is BRILLIANT!

My favorite door decor is my go-to for our front door. I luuuurve my Southern Living at Home container and use it almost year round -- I love how one piece can work for most seasons, by just changing out the filler.

For the fall, I have used the same "stuff" for the past few years, but every year seem to end up adding more to it. It's going to be ginormous in a few years, seriously.

The only items I use are my container, the floral stuff and some floral foam:

I just pull the whole thing out of the container every year, put it in a baggy and store it away. When I put it out, I just pop it back in the container and fluff like mad.

Oh yeah, and stick more "things" in:

Sigh. This arrangement is everything I love about this time of year. Those colors just make my heart go pitter pat. And YES, I use fake flowers. Keeeeel me. (Our front door is protected.)

The next door idea is one I am really loving, and it took me all of ten minutes. I had another SLAH container in the basement that I haven't used for years. It was too bright white for most of my decor:
So it hit me. I just took more of my walnut stain, and dry brushed it on to highlight the raised areas. It kind of smudged onto the other areas, but I ended up loving the look and kept doing it all over:
Gorg!! I stuffed a bit of foam in (just cut it with a knife if it doesn't fit):I snipped a leaf garland apart into sections and just stuffed them in:Because, yet again, I can't leave well enough alone, I wrapped some fall ribbon around the hanger:
And got this!:
Shut the front door, I love it. (My new favorite saying by the way.) This was going to go on the black garage door but I just couldn't bear the thought of her (yes, HER) facing into the dark garage 24/7, not being appreciated.

The final arrangement I put together started with another container I already had in the basement:
Thanks to stepmom for the container! :) I wanted it not so yellow, so I did a quick coat of brown spray paint:
Then picked up some beady/grassy things:
And the most adorable pom pom looking thingys from Joann's:
I separated the grassy stuff into the sections and cut each one off (you'll need wire cutters to do this):
And just stuffed and stuffed (notice a theme here?). I found a couple feathery jobbies from Hob Lob and threw those in too:There is no rhyme or reason to it -- just stuff it (in a nice way)!
Loverly!!
To hang this, I took a cheap metal (over the door) hook, straightened it out, then hot glued the ribbon over it:
Oh yes, yes I did. Nothing is safe with me. ;)

My finishing touch is to ALWAYS add some felt pads to the back off all my containers, so they don't scratch up the door:
And now, we have something lovely to look at on the way out as well:
Do you have something you can use to create an arrangment? Stuff some leaves or pumpkins or floral pics in and you can't go wrong! You don't need to purchase new to make your home warm and cozy this time of year.
Later this week I'll show you our front porch -- it makes me smile every time we drive up. :)

P.S. Spell check does not recognize "thingys" and "jobbies." Whatev.

96 comments:

  1. Ooooh Sarah, I ♥ LOVE ♥ them all!! Seriously. Love.

    Love the first one!

    But I can't choose a favorite. I love them all. I'm unna hafta get me one of those Southern Living At Home containers. And can your step mom give me one of those containers too?? :)

    ♥ ya girl!

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  2. I love every single one of them!!! Ashely at makeitandloveit.blogspot.com has a super cute basket that she just made for next to her door that I am loving too...Its also on ucreate....Super cute...Love the fall colors!

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  3. I love every single one of them!!! Ashely at makeitandloveit.blogspot.com has a super cute basket that she just made for next to her door that I am loving too...Its also on ucreate....Super cute...Love the fall colors!

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  4. I too have that SLAH container on BOTH my front door and the door from the garage. I love the arrangement you did in it and might have to borrow some of your ideas. I got tired of ours clanging everytime we used the door so I used Command Adhesive strips to keep it in place on the door.

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  5. Man Sarah! these are great! And each one is so different from the next ! I like it!!!!

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  6. Beautiful! And OMG - Such good thinking with the felt backing. Anything on my door seems to be hanging by a thread (half the time it probably IS) and therefore, always clatters against the door. I'm definitely going to try this next time!

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  7. I love those, wow! I can probably dig up quite a few things around here to create an arrangement.

    I also wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Your blog is one of my favorites!

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  8. I absolutely love wall pockets like these and all yours are gorgeous! I love to do easy arrangements where you just stick stuff in!

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  9. I love the idea of covering a cheap metal hanger with ribbon! Brilliant way to dazzle it up!

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  10. wonderful ideas. and i have some of those things myself!!
    love the tin on the medallion piece. sure jazzes the 'thingy' up. =0)

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  11. Love the first one....but then I love everything you do....I had just a few minutes to blog hop tonight....
    Hope you will stop by my Christmas blog. I have lots of fall on it now before we transition into Christmas... I have a great giveaway that I will draw for on
    Oct 1 and a comment is all it takes to enter....
    http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com
    http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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  12. Thank you so much for reminding me to decorate the INSIDE of my front door. Everything looks wonderful and makes me long for weather under 100 degrees!

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  13. Sarah I love your style you are doing everything fantastic I am always being jealous all your decorating ideas...

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  14. I'm so loving the ribbon on the metal hanger idea! Plus the felt on the back.

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  15. Wow, covering the over-the-door hanger with ribbon is SUCH a genius idea! Those things are so useful but so ugly...

    love all your arrangements! I "starred" this one in Google Reader :)

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  16. pretty ideas! I am a SLAH junkie too, I love their items. The makeover you did on the white piece looks so good.

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  17. Oh I love them all!!!! I was hoping to get my fall items out this past weekend but that didn't work out so well!! but you've inspired me to do a couple new things this year!!! :-) Thank you so much.

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  18. Sarah I LOVE these! I SO wish I had some wall pockets! I have tons of fall florals - hopping I can start pulling some of it out later this week!

    ~TidyMom

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  19. You're so much fun! lol

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  20. I truly love them all, but that first one stole my heart. Now I want to make some.

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  21. Your arrangements are all so professional looking! They are beautiful and look great in your home. Your blog is such an inspiration to me!

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  22. Do you have any suggestion for a massive like nine foot door? All of the hangers look like mini- on a door like mine. Any ideas?

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  23. I love this idea! I've been meaning to find a few of these containers for months! Do you know the best place to find these? Hobby Lobby?

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  24. Hey Sarah! I LOVE them all and usually not a "Fall" fanatic, but I have been the last couple of years. I am working on collecting decor. I LOVE the wreath and other door decor. Do you have a 'fix' for the metal wreath hanger so it doesn't scratch the door? I recently painted mine so I don't want anymore damage unless I know replacement time is coming soon. Will you please email me? mrwhitecotton@sbcglobal.net. I follow, but don't seem to ever get back to see responses. You may have already answered to someone else, but like I said ... 'free' time is hard to come by for me. I would really appreciate it. ~Mandie

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  25. Wonderful. I love every one of them. Fall has arrived at your home.
    Pam

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  26. I did a half cornucopia/horn thingy for my front door thinking it would be thin enough since I have a storm door. Didn't happen ~ the door won't close. I have to find somewhere else to hang it now and I'm thinking by the garage door (which is the one we always use anyway). Just printed out Michaels coupons so I'll be making yet another trip there to get something similar to what you used as a container. Love the way you added ribbon to the holder.

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  27. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. omg. amazing! lurve lurve them all! i need to go digging in my basement. wait. i don't have a basement. well, i'll just come over to YOUR basement and rummage around to find another containter that your stepmom gave you, i'll steal that. :)

    you put me right in the mood to do a door hanging, and believe it or not, i have never done one so i guess a trip to hob lob and joanns is on my plate for the week cuz i need some thingys and jobbies. :)

    ♥ awesome stuff!

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  29. very pretty! My husband absolutely detests any sort of fake greenery, though. If you have any suggestions for door decor that doesn't involve such things, I sure would love to see it, because I have no idea what to do!

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  30. I litterally laughed out loud at your new saying "shut the front door" HAHA! Love it! Great tip w/ the felt pads, love all the arrangements!

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  31. Clearly I NEED a basement......I could use the space! YOur containers look uber-FAB......you just have such a great eye for gorgeous! ;)

    Suzanne

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  32. totally random, but in your one picture where you painted the brown onto your planter..the room in the background..can you share that paint color? it looks like a neutral shade of green, am I wrong? I LOVE IT! (begs) lol

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  33. I love them all! And thingys and jobbies are so words! ;)

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  34. I have a couple of those metal tin pocket baskets which I have picked up at thrift stores. I will copy your idea of covering the hanger with ribbon, and I'll line the back with felt.

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  35. I wennt to the Dollar Tree and bought so many beautiful Fall flowers and did this to some canisters around my apartment. I'm going back for more today. I want to do this for my front door! I love getting ideas from you. My place had been tansformed into something lovely.

    thank you :)

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  36. Gorgeous fall hangings. I have a question. What do you use to hang a wreath on both sides of a door? I have decorations hanging on our front door, service door and garage entry door, but I'd love to have some thing hanging on the inside as well. I've only ever seen one sided metal door hangers. My doors are metal so I can't do the ribbon/thumbtack trick.

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  37. Gorgeous fall hangings. I have a question. What do you use to hang a wreath on both sides of a door? I have decorations hanging on our front door, service door and garage entry door, but I'd love to have some thing hanging on the inside as well. I've only ever seen one sided metal door hangers. My doors are metal so I can't do the ribbon/thumbtack trick.

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  38. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah......oh girl, you know how to make my heart flutter with ideas of fall colored flowers on my door! I cant wait to try some of these out! :)

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  39. OMG, Sarah, I had to come back and show you what I just saw on QVC.
    http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.CM_SCID.coll.item.H170912.desc.30-Foxtail-Sconce-by-Valerie
    They want $75 for this and it looks exactly like the one you made.

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  40. The felt pads are genius. I only have a million of those sitting in my drawers waiting to be used. Everything you do looks great....and you make it look so easy!

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  41. Cute projects . . . as usual!!! When do yo sleep??? ;o)

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  42. I especially love the first arrangement. I hate autumn colors and love that your first item has a PURPLE flower. How nice to see something other than orange.

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  43. I just love your creativity! I can't wait until I own a house and have room to decorate.

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  44. I knew I should have bought that white thingy that I didn't know what it was a coupld of weeks ago at a yard sale. It looked like a large trashcan smashed in. Could have spray painted it and put fall foilage in it. Next time I won't pass a find up. The two men probably would have taken a dollar or less for it.

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  45. These are too great! And you are too funny...what does spell check know anyway??

    PS I'm having a GIVEAWAY! Stop by and enter if you get a chance, I'd love to know what you think about my designs!

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  46. I just want to come live with you! Your house is so lovely.

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  47. Luuuurve the walnut stain on the white one!!!!

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  48. More great ideas! Thanks for posting--my favorite is the last one :)

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  49. Just got in from my Nashville trip and had to swing by to see what you've been up to. :) You were busy!!! I have that bright white SLAH bucket, and I love what you did to yours with the stain. Great tip about the foam pads too...very cool! :)

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  50. OH MY GOSH!! You are not going to believe this, I have the white SLAH container and this morning I looked at it and thought I should give it a darker makeover! It is in my bathroom and has been for yrs and I'm sooo tired of it. I almost fell off the couch when I saw your post! Now I have an idea of what to do! As always you are AWESOME and apparently a psychic too!

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  51. Beautiful. You always have the best ideas.

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  52. I just love your blog. I dont read many but I do read yours on a regular basis. You are inspiring and I thank you for that. You will go far girl. Good luck on the home show, GO GET EM!!!

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  53. Very creative my dear !!
    If you haven't already head over to the nesting place for Giveaway Day you can win all sorts of fun things.
    http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/

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  54. I love these ideas!!!! I cant wait to try them!

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  55. My fav is the embossed one that you dry stained! Woo wee, that sho' was perdy!! All of them look great, though. Love your ideas here! =-)

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  56. LOVE them all!! I really like the idea of having the door decor inside as well... something I just never thought of!!

    You're SO inspiring TDC!!

    Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular

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  57. Why oh WHY is the inside of your front door not painted?? You're killin' me.

    Felt pads = brilliant. Way better than duct tape. Which does, for the record, pull of paint.

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  58. Hi Sarah! Do I have to pick just one? I love them all! You've done a great job getting into Fall!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  59. great job sarah! i love them all!!!!!!!

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  60. You have such great ideas, and I love your pictures. I especially love that you hang something on the inside of the door just like the outside. Looks great! I'm linking this to my blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. These look so awesome! I think I need more doors...

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  62. You are too clever by half. A little stain, a little spray paint, a little thingy ... voila. All masterpieces! Happy Autumn.

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  63. Cute! I love them all! I did a similar thing for spring on my door and I love the fall twist! Thanks for the inspiration :) ~K

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  64. Love them all!!! And, as you know...since I am a huge SLAH fan...I own both as well. Thanks for the inspiration. Totally loving what you did with the white flower bucket!!!

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  65. Love them all!!! And, as you know...since I am a huge SLAH fan...I own both as well. Thanks for the inspiration. Totally loving what you did with the white flower bucket!!!

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  66. I love the purple in it! People don't incorporate enough purple into fall decor! I love those ideas, keep 'em coming!

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  67. ~WOW! These are all awesome! Love the slim shape of the last one. Very cool! :)

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  68. Today, you are my hero!! I've been trying to find some inexpensive ways to spruce up our house for the fall. I had a couple laughs this weekend because now I offically know you've into my head. One, I had the great idea to spray paint the tops of the rubbermaid containers that store our snacks in the kitchen. Oh course I had to do this while I was making dinner. Goodbye strange powder blue tops, hello chic black top covers. Two, I was in in the mart tonight (walmart) and found a decorative curtain rod in the clearence aisle marked down from $22 to $2.50!! Not only was it totally thrifty, but it'll be seeing a nice coat of spray paint come this weekend! Thanks for your tips. Love the blog :)

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  69. Oh good grief woman is there nothing you can not do??? Awesome!

    Sarah, I enjoy your blog so much I gave you a little blog award, you can check it out on my blog at
    http://dogmomdiva.blogspot.com/

    keep up the awesome ideas!!
    Barb

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  70. I love all these!! What a great idea to hang one on the inside of the door!! I need to find another hanging basket for the inside!!! The ribbon on those yucky wreath hangers was another clever move!!

    blessings
    mary

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  71. Today, you are my hero!! I've been trying to find some inexpensive ways to spruce up our house for the fall and now I've got some great ideas. I had a couple laughs this weekend because now I offically know you've gotten into my head. One, I had the great idea to spray paint the tops of the rubbermaid containers that store our snacks in the kitchen. Of course I had to do this while I was making dinner! Anyway, goodbye strange powder blue tops, hello chic black top covers. Two, I was in in the mart tonight (walmart) and found a decorative curtain rod in the clearence aisle marked down from $22 to $2.50!! Not only was it totally thrifty, but it'll be seeing a nice coat of spray paint come this weekend! Thanks for your tips. Love the blog :)

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  72. Hello~I've just strolled into your blog for my first visit...I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. What beauty! You've got so many wonderful treasures.

    The one thing that can cheer me up as I watch summer come to a close is... the anticipation of fall and all the autumnal colors that come with it and the inspiration it provides for creating decor like your florals. That are a lot less expensive than a florist would charge, but with the same professional look.

    I've bookmarked you in my favs.
    I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  73. Yay...I love reusing and repurposing things. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  74. Very nice. I like them all, and the felt pads are a good tip. I'll have to put some on mine!

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  75. I have a total sense of Deja Vu that I already commented on this. But I love what you did!

    I have a linky party going on come on over and link up! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

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  76. These look so pretty! And you look so pretty! I like your new profile picture!

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  77. The third on is my favorite. I think it just looks so simple and clean!

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  78. I love the white SLAH door hanger. Maybe someday I can look creatively at things...that is my hope!

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  79. I think you are the first person I have found, beside me, who will decorate the Interior doors! I've been trying to see if other people had some creative ideas for that outside of the holiday decorating. Usually during the holidays my mom will decorate the interior doors with these beautiful door runners to hold cards. But now I can try some of your ideas and see if it looks to cluttered in my little house! Thanks for the idea!

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  80. As usual, I love what you've created! You inspired me to take a trip to Michael's this morning and pick up some things to try out (since I didn't have any handy containers lying around).

    I've been meaning to ask, where do you get your gorgeous metal wall art? I love the one that you put the "new" container with leaves on!

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  81. Uhm, I THINK the actual spelling is "thingies." HaHa!

    Love, love, LOVE the idea of hot gluing pretty ribbon to the door hook. GENUIS!

    I don't have too many things like this running around, mostly cuz the cats will eat them, but very cool ideas. (And, if peeps don't have them running around, wait for those clearance, end-of-season sales.)

    You win!

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  82. This is just lovely! I wanted to let you know that I featured this entry on the Reclaiming The Home facebook fan page. :)

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Reclaiming-The-Home/142292014328?ref=nf

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  83. Hi Sarah,
    I came over from Kimba's and I really enjoyed your blog. I love decorating as well. You did a great job on the wreath and all the floral containers. They were
    all beautiful.
    Look forward to reading more.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  84. Your ideas never stop! I love this one too, lol.

    Also, I'm doing my first giveaway on my blog right now if you're interested:

    http://www.mooreminutes.com/2009/09/pleated-poppy-giveaway.html

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  85. I'm going to have to start digging through my stuff to see what I can fill! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  86. I always love all your creative ideas and thrifty ways!! Just fabulous.

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  87. You are so clever, these are adorable!

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  88. Sarah guess what?! I just got back from garage sailing and I found a FAB wall pocket!!- similar to the last one you posted, but no hanger on it - so I have to figure out how I'll hang it on my door - after I paint it black and fill it with fall goodies!!

    any suggestions how to hang it? it has 2 little hooks on the back to hang on a wall

    Thanks!!

    ~TidyMom

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  89. Squeal! I found that SLAH container at a yard sale this weekend and snapped it up for $5. Now I can be just like Sarah!

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  90. I love them both... Great ideas and inspiration... I always look foward to seeing what you come up with next!!!! Happy Monday to you!!

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  91. I have a favorite way to hang wreaths on doors. I take a thumb-tack, the metal kind with a flat head, and push it into the top of the door. Then I take fishing line and make a long loop...I loop it around the tack and through whatever kind of hanger is on the wreath. I hang wreaths on my interior doors, and my front door. You can't see the fishing line..and if it can hold a 20# fish (my husband was dreaming) it can hold my nice wreath! The flat-head tacks don't rub when you close the door, they are nice and smooth and not in the way.

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  92. Love it! So much I have been looking for a basket similar to yours and I finally found one and created my own basket and linked your post!
    http://beckmotherof3.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-door-basket.html

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  93. It's been years since you have posted these pictures and instructions. Thank you! These are lovely ideas and I can't wait to get started.

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