Feathered Owl Pumpkin ~ It’s a Hoot!

feathered owl pumpkin craft from atthepicketfence.com

Pessimists, Debbie Downers, Naysayers, Glass half-empty-ists, Party Poopers.... We've all been there right? Working away on a project that you are absolutely POSITIVE will turn out so adorable and then someone comes along and just rains on your parade. They see a feathered covered pumpkin sitting on the kitchen table and tell you it kinda freaks them out. It might even remind them of "Thing" from The Adams Family. The nerve! … [Read more...]

Lace Dyed Easter Eggs

lace dyed easter eggs 1200 x 875

So, have you ever found yourself standing at the check out line or a fabric counter and the clerk, trying to make small talk while cutting small squares of lace, asks what you are going to make with the fabric you are buying? Excitedly you tell her about this idea you saw in Better Homes and Gardens for Lace Dyed Easter Eggs. How they took little tiny squares of lace and cheesecloth and trim and wrapped them tightly around hard boiled eggs and closed them off with a rubber band. Then you … [Read more...]

DIY Love Mug…for Valentine’s Day!

DIY Love Mug from At The Picket Fence

  It's so easy during Valentine's Day to get wrapped up in expensive gift giving.  Now don't get me wrong, I love roses and perfume and jewelry as much as the next girl but I also love sweet, simple gifts as well. Like this Love Mug that you can easily make yourself! All you need is an inexpensive mug, paint pens and an oven! Supplies: White porcelain or ceramic mug (I purchased mine at the Dollar Tree) Red and Black Paint Pen  Directions: Draw a fun design.  I made this one of a … [Read more...]

Pine cone Christmas Trees..simplicity at its best!

Pinecone Christmas Trees from At The Picket Fence

     I find it interesting how complicated we can make the Holiday Season.  Year after year we pledge that NEXT year we will plan early, plan simply, enjoy this season that comes around but once a year.  Then the hustle and bustle sets in.  The activities, the parties, the trimmings, the shopping and we find ourselves out of breath, out of time and often, if truth be told, a little out of our minds. We forget that the simplest things can often be the most … [Read more...]

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint…NOEL Sign

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint NOEL Sign from At The Picket Fence

  Merry. Holly. Joy. Peace...all words that conjure up feelings of Christmas.  For some reason I am drawn to NOEL.  Maybe it's because it's the French word for Christmas. Maybe because it first entered our language when my ancestors were still speaking in Middle English, one of my favorite literary periods. Whatever the reason may be, I just love the meaning and like to incorporate it in my Christmas decorating. You might haven seen my NOEL sign in my pantry, and I felt like the … [Read more...]

Metallic Sea Shell Christmas Trees

Metallic Sea Shell Christmas Trees from At The Picket Fence

   What is it with metallic that makes us love it so much? Is it that extra little bling? Is it the extra little something special that it adds to everyday objects? Maybe I just have a fascination with shiny objects, which could be a whole other problem entirely. grin! Krylon's Metallic Spray Paints has given us the ability to make just about anything shine these days...and sea shells are no exception! I first saw a trio of sea shell Christmas trees at Joss and Main, and let me tell you … [Read more...]

Glitzy Thanksgiving Place Setting Menus…a fun last minute craft!

Glitzy Thanksgiving Place Setting Menus from At The Picket Fence and Krylon

   I know our minds are drifting towards Christmas.  We're already unpacking the ornaments, garland and lights in our minds, if we haven't already begun in our homes. Maybe you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner so you are putting off the Christmas decorating until the last car pulls out of the driveway. You possibly have those lights already strung up but out of respect for the turkey, will wait until the sun sets on the 22nd to light em up. If so, I have an easy, fun and last … [Read more...]

An Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

pumpkin planter header

Here's a fun and easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece idea that won't break the bank! It's getting to that time of year when easy and frugal sounds fabulous when it comes to holiday decorating! I first saw a version of this easy Thanksgiving centerpiece idea shared on HomeTalk by Barb of The Everyday Home and thought it would make a great centerpiece for Thanksgiving! Here's my version of this fabulous faux pumpkin planter!     This is such a quick and easy project, and with … [Read more...]