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Painted Pinecone Place Card Holders

These painted pinecone place card holders are a beautiful addition to a fall wedding or tablescape! | www.allthingsgd.com

These painted pinecone place card holders totally make me wish I was getting married all over again! Our wedding was in the fall and these would have been such a beautiful addition. Instead, I think I’ll save ourselves a few thousand dollars and add them to our autumn table.  They’re the perfect finishing touch for an upcoming Thanksgiving feast!

Supplies
Pinecones
Craft Paint
Foam Brush

I used the faux pinecones that came with our Christmas tree for this project.  I knew I’d find a use for them one day!

These painted pinecone place card holders are a beautiful addition to a fall wedding or tablescape! | www.allthingsgd.com

Dip the end of your brush in your paint and touch it along the edges of your pinecone.

These painted pinecone place card holders are a beautiful addition to a fall wedding or tablescape! | www.allthingsgd.com

Let it dry, and that’s all there is to it!

I used a 2″ circle punch to make my place cards and tucked them into the pinecone spaces.

These painted pinecone place card holders are a beautiful addition to a fall wedding or tablescape! | www.allthingsgd.com

DIY Painted Pinecone Place Card Holders

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DIY Leaf Stamped Napkins

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

After borrowing from the tree in our front yard for my Painted Twig Vase, I couldn’t resist doing something with our tree’s leaves as well.  These leaf stamped napkins were the perfect solution, and are one more way to bring a little nature inside your home this fall!

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Leaf Stamped Napkins

I know I pretty much always say “this project was so easy” but the fact is – they are!  I don’t have time to put into a complicated DIY (hello, my bathroom remodel is going on a year) and I’m pretty sure neither do you.  So if you’re looking for a simple way to “fall-itize” your table this season, these leaf stamped napkins are for you.

Supplies
Leaves
Napkins
Craft Paint
Paintbrush
Rolling Pin
Paper Towel

To start, tap into the little hunter/gatherer inside of you and forage for leaves throughout your yard or neighborhood. Grab a variety of styles and sizes – you never know what you’re going to like best!

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Choose a leaf and turn it over so the more veiny side is facing up.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Dot craft paint on each leaf. I wanted to go with brown paint for this project but decided a little sparkle wouldn’t hurt, so I opted for a metallic brown paint.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Brush paint across back of the leaf using a brush. I found a roller doesn’t distribute enough paint, so a brush is your better option.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Turn leaf over and carefully position it on your cloth napkin however you’d like it.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Lay a paper towel over the leaf.  This will ensure your rolling pin doesn’t get paint on it which could transfer to other spots on your napkin, making a mess of your project.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Firmly roll over your leaf, transferring the paint to your napkin.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Gently lift leaf from napkin – and you’re done!

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

I love the subtle shimmer of this metallic brown paint.

I recommend practicing on an old cloth napkin prior to trying this stamping technique on your final napkins. This will allow you to test out a variety of leaves to see how they transfer, as well as get a good idea of how much paint to apply for the look you’re going for.

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

Test out a variety of leaves on an old cloth to get the hang of it before working with your final napkins.

See!  Wasn’t that easy?

DIY Leaf Stamped Napkin Tutorial - a simple a beautiful way to bring some fall decor to your dining table. | www.allthingsgd.com

I opted to use this leaf stamping technique on napkins, but it would also look beautiful on a runner or tablecloth. It’s the perfect to bring add a little fall to your dining room table this upcoming season.

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DIY Painted Twig Vase

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

It’s September! For a girl who’s allergic to chlorine, gets sick from open sun, and is enemy #1 to mosquitoes, you better believe I’m tickled all shades of autumn to welcome September’s transition into fall! The tree in our front yard is already turning and dropping leaves, and I couldn’t resist snipping some branches to make this DIY Painted Twig Vase. Nothing says fall like brining a little bit of the rustic outdoors inside!

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

DIY Painted Twig Vase

To get started, find your nearest tree and trim some branches.  Straight ones are the easiest to work with, but I’ll admit I loved working with the curved ones and piecing it all together to fully cover my container.  I used an empty canister as my vase, but you can use anything you’d like!  A large tomato sauce or peaches can, or anything in the height and width that you’d like.

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

Wrap your canister with the unprinted side of a brown paper bag.  This ensures that you won’t see any of the label through any of the gaps in the sticks.

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

Cut or snap your twigs to the appropriate height and use a hot glue gun to glue to glue them to the canister.  You may need to work with the sticks and piece things together to get it all to fit and be covered, but that’s all part of the fun!

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

Here’s how mine looked fully covered in twigs.  You could stop at this step and have a fabulous rustic vase, but I preferred to take things one step further.

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

As my Instagram peeps already know, I got a killer blister from this glue gun doing this project. Totally worth it.

I was worried that a painter’s tape line across the twigs would rip off some of the bark, so I folded a piece of paper, secured it with rubber bands, and used that as my painting line.  I chose a vanilla colored craft paint, which costs about $1.50 at the craft store.

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

Let that dry, tie with a strand of raffia, fill with flowers, and enjoy!

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

I typically prefer fresh flowers, but this faux rose and succulent arrangement that I found at Michael’s was too gorgeous to pass up.  This foliage-filled arrangement will be on display in our home all fall (and winter) long!

DIY Painted Twig Vase tutorial. Celebrate fall by bringing a little nature indoors! | www.allthingsgd.com  #fall #fallcrafts #falldecor #repurpose #diy

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Homes.com: Moving with Pets

Homes.com:  Tips for moving with pets by Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D

Photo by Allison Maroun

This handsome boy, Charlie B. Barkin is a moving pro. He recently made a cross-country move from Minnesota to Idaho with his family Allison, Vinny, and Baby Gus! Is there a move in the future for you and a furry friend?  Check out my latest article on Homes.com – Moving with Pets – for tips on how to handle the transition without ruffling too many feathers!

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Kate’s First Day of 4K

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Kate is officially a student!

Our sweet baby girl had her first day of 4K today, but no need to pass the Xanax (yet). We are very lucky that Kate’s daycare center is a certified 4K site so she is staying there for her first year of formal education. Same building, same teacher, same classroom, same kids!  Her new school schedule is four days per week (Tuesday-Friday) so I’m thrilled that we’ll still get our Mondays (“Momdays”) together.  Wednesdays used to be “Grandma Day” for Kate, so sadly that will be cut short now, but Grandma Pam still plans to pick Kate up after school on Wednesdays so they can spend the afternoon together.

All-in-all, this should be a super smooth transition for her!  So far it’s barely a blip on her radar, but she did humor me this morning by letting me take “first day of school” pics – although I’m pretty sure in her mind these were “first day of leg hatches” pictures.

(That’s what she calls leg warmers.)

Kate's first day of 4K. | www.allthingsgd.com

(She dresses herself.)

Kate also humored me by letting me interview her last night at bedtime.  Here’s the scoop on our little 4-year-old’s world as she sees it, the night before her first day of 4K:

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A blogger and a writer.

Q: What are you most excited about for 4K?
A: Meeting all my friends. New ones and the same ones.

Q: Who is your best friend?
A: Gwen and Bella, and my mom and dad, and my whole family.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: All my books.

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Purple and pink and red. Actually, I like all the colors.

Q: What is your favorite game?
A: Candyland.

Q: What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?
A: Tortilla with butter, and crackers and cheese.

Q: What is your favorite song?
A: Happy Birthday song.

Q: What is something you really like?
A: My family and everybody I love.

Q: What is something you really don’t like?
A: When people are sad. I will always want to make them happy.

Q: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
A: To have more wishes.

Q: If you could have any super power what would it be?
A: Ice powers, and fire meatball powers.

Q: What is your favorite thing about yourself?
A: My birthday and my whole body.

Q: What is one thing you really want to do this year?
A: I really want it to snow.

Q: What is something you’re the best at?
A: Jump-roping.

Q: What do you love to learn about?
A: Chalkboards, lamps…and anything!

Q: Is there anything else about you that you want me to know?
A: I like to read books a lot, and my most thing I like to do is stay with my family and play all day.

Happy first day of school, you amazing girl.  Go show ‘em what you’re made of.

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Signature Style Series | Giveaway

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Signature Style Blog Tour!  I loved sharing some of my “Polished Casual & Eclectic” signature style favorites with you earlier this week, and now I’m back to share a few more!

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

I’m new to the world of Stella & Dot, and wow do they have some gorgeous stuff!  I accessorize myself like I accessorize my home – not often, but when I do it has to make a statement.  I love the bold look of the Sutton Necklace.  It’s a gorgeous mix of metals and bling and can be worn five different ways.  Mixed finishes and multi-functional?  This necklace was made for me.

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

The Stella & Dot Sutton Necklace can be worn up to 5 different ways. I love pieces that pull their weight!

My other Stella & Dot favs are their Lila Necklace (I’d rock it with jeans and a slub tee for a glammed-up casual look), the On The Mark arrow necklace in gold (simple perfection), and the Elodie (adore that pop of color).

Royal Design Studios offers gorgeous, unique and high quality wall stencils, wall decals, and custom vinyl stencils.  One that has my heart skipping a beat is this Herringbone Shuffle Stencil:

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Herringbone Shuffle Stencil from Royal Design Studio

Stencils aren’t just for walls! How cute is this Triangulations Furniture Stencil across the front of this child’s dresser?  Seriously – don’t you want to stencil something RIGHT NOW?!

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Last, but certainly not least, Lacefield Designs offers high end, eclectic and artistic textiles for your home.  This Persian Tile Cobalt Embroidery pillow is so precious you’ll be saying “No droolers allowed!”

Blogger Signature Style Series & GIVEAWAY! Blogger Dusty Rogers from All Things G&D shares her "Polished Casual & Eclectic" style! | www.allthingsgd.com

Luxury textiles from Lacefield Designs

Now that I’ve showed you some of my favorite styles from these fabulous brands, it’s time for you to claim your own!

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Five lucky winners will be randomly selected to win one of the following:

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Are these earrings your signature style? Enter our giveaway for your chance to win them!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below, and enter to win between now and September 8th for your chance to win one of these five prizes – good luck everyone!

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Please visit the Signature Style Gallery to check out all 22 of the fabulous bloggers featured this week!  Which style is your favorite?

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Homes.com: The Perfect Home for Your Family

Homes.com: House Hunting with a Family in Mind

{Kate: 21 Months}

When it comes to house hunting with a family in mind, square footage and school districts are likely at the top of your priority list. My latest Homes.com article shares a few additional things you should consider in your search!

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