{DIY} Fun Fall Decor

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Well, it’s hard to believe, but fall is just around the corner. As much as I love summer, I’m excited for fall. It’s probably my favorite season- everything gets that crisp, fresh feeling, pumpkins and mums are everywhere, kids dress up in costumes for Halloween, CANDY (especially the mellowcreme pumpkins- YUM) is in high supply. Plus, October is my baby boy’s birthday month (is he really going to be THREE already?!). So, clearly, there’s a lot to love about this season.

I also love the FOOD of the season. We love pumpkin, so we make it a point to make pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin pie. I also try to find at least one new pumpkin recipe to try- last year it was a pumpkin crunch cake, and it was awesome! I haven’t decided what it will be this year, but I’m sure Pinterest is just brimming with good ideas. Or maybe you guys can suggest something??

Of course, you can’t fully appreciate fall without dressing up your house a bit. And what better way than with some fun decorations you can make on your own? A few years ago I made a wreath for the front door and some mumkins! They have adorned our house ever since and are much loved, so I thought I’d share the tutorials with you all so you can make your own!

First, the wreath:
Fall Wreath
What you need:
– Straw Wreath (mine is 12″, but any size will do. Pretty sure I got mine at Michaels, but they can be found at just about any craft store)
– Fake fall-colored leaves (I actually bought a leaf garland and pulled the leaves off it)
– Fake fall flowers (such as mums)
– Floral pins/staples (these are the ones I used)
– A cute owl (or other fall-ish critter)

Technique:
Place your first leaf slightly to the left of the center top of the wreath. Pin the leaf using a floral pin/staple (make sure you pin at the bottom of the leaf so the pin is hidden!). Layer another leaf on top of the first leaf, staggered and offset a bit, and pin in place. Repeat until you get to the middle/bottom of the wreath. Now, pick the ending point on the right side of wreath, maybe 1/3 of the way up, and pin a leaf there. Working backwards, towards the bottom middle of the wreath, layer another leaf on top, staggered and offset, and pin in place. Repeat until you meet up where you left off with the previous leaves. You may need to tweak a few leaves to get things to line up well and look “natural”. Once you have the leaves the way you want them, remove a few of your fake flowers from their stems/bouquets and attach to the wreath with a pin.  You can also leave the flowers on the stems, cut the stem shorter, and stick the stems through the wreath to hold the flowers in place.  Arrange to suit your preference.  Next, attach the owl (or other critter) by threading a floral pin/staple through the back of the critter to keep the pin hidden. Secure with additional pins if required. Ta-da! You have a wreath!

The great thing about this wreath is that you CANNOT go wrong! The design is completely up to you, and you can change things around if you don’t like how it turned out. The first time I did this wreath, I used hot glue. It held together perfectly…. until one day the sun came beating down on the wreath, melted the glue, and everything fell apart. So I went out to the store and got some floral pins instead- THEY WORK WONDERFULLY! And if you stagger the leaves, you can’t see the pins at all.

Now, the mumkin (aka- pumpkin covered in mums):
mumkin
I love how this turned out- and it was SO EASY

What you need:
– A foam pumpkin (any size)
– A few bouquets of fake mums

Technique:
Cut the individual mums off the bouquets, leaving a 2-4″ stem. Poke the stem into the pumpkin and push all the way in until just the flower is showing. You may need to pre-poke a small hole. Most of the mums went in for me without any problem- for the ones where I couldn’t get it poked, I used a knitting needle! Continue until the entire pumpkin is covered with mums!

Again, this is a project that really can’t go wrong.  Arrange the mums however you’d like until you’re satisfied.  Since nothing is glued or stapled in place, you can rearrange as often as you need to get your perfect mumkin!

How do you like to decorate for fall?

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A Football Profile

Football season is back!  There are so many fantastic things about fall, from pumpkins to Halloween to Thanksgiving to CANDY (I love my mellowcreme pumpkins and candycorn!), but chief among them is the RETURN OF FOOTBALL. But instead of writing a novel about why I love football, I thought I’d try to condense it down into a profile/bio type format, a la ESPN. 

Name: Beth

Blog: www.beingfrankenfield.com

Favorite NFL Football Team: Washington Redskins

Why: I was born a Redskins baby- my grandfather was a Redskins fan, so was my father, and they passed that love and passion down to me.  My grandfather had season tickets and would take my dad and one or two of us kids along to every game.  Now that he has passed away, these are some of my most cherished moments and experiences, and every time I see my Redskins play I grin and think of him.  My dad has the tickets now, and he tries to take me when he can (which is maybe once a year because I don’t exactly live close anymore).  It’s always a treat to go to a game- no matter what the outcome.

Favorite NFL Football memory: Any of the many times tailgating with my dad and grandfather at RFK stadium or FedEx field.  There was always plenty of food and plenty of laughter.  And I loved building this relationship with these two wonderful men.

Worst NFL Football memory: I don’t know if I have one of these.  I can’t think of one truly horrendous experience. Plus, I am a Redskins fan, so if I let a loss rain on my parade, I’d never see the sun shine. 

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Favorite College Football Team: Virginia Tech Hokies

Why: I graduated from Virginia Tech, and the three years I spent there account for some of my fondest memories. I wasn’t really a college football fan before I went to Virginia Tech, but you can’t help but fall in love with it when you go to school there.  It’s everywhere.  And it’s fun.  The tailgating, the celebrations of victory, the collective dismay of defeat, the experience at Lane Stadium (seriously- if you don’t believe me, google Virginia Tech Enter Sandman and you’ll see what I mean), the Hokie pride.  It’s contagious.

Favorite College Football memory: My junior year, we beat Clemson at home, at night- in a game we really weren’t supposed to win.  It was amazing.  We flooded the field and hooped and hollared until we were forced to get off.  I have a picture somewhere of being hoisted on the shoulders of one of my friends and screaming with glee. It’s just one of those experiences that can’t be duplicated.

Worst college Football memory: This would probably have to be our loss at the Orange Bowl in Jan 2008. The whole campus was ecstatic that Tech was going to the Orange Bowl and everyone was making plans to go. Jon and I decided we should do it- buy tickets to the game, find a flight, and head to Miami. So we did. But when we got to Miami it was chilly and rainy- I don’t think it ever got out of the 60s. Our seats weren’t awful, but the game was. We lost. In a soul-crushing defeat. I think Jon actually ripped up his ticket as we trudged out of the stadium that night. If I could do it all again, I’d still go to the game; I wouldn’t change it. But that loss sure was tough to swallow.

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If you could tell non-football fans one thing, what would it be: If you ever get a chance to go to a game, GO TO A GAME.  I don’t care who’s playing.  I don’t care if you don’t know what “False Start” means.  Or if you are confused why there is both a score and a player called a “Safety”.  It doesn’t matter.  Just go.  It’s such an experience, and you will almost certainly enjoy yourself.  If nothing else, the tailgating makes it all worthwhile!

So, who wants to play along?  What’s your football profile?