DIY Wooden Holiday Signs

I just can’t seem to stop decorating for fall. I had my piano all set up and decorated which is usually enough but then I had to move into my family room and set up a little decorating there too. Call me fall-obsessed! I found some really pretty fall flowers at the Dollar Tree, you’d be surprised at their floral section if you haven’t checked it out already! And they inspired me to create a second vignette.

DIY Wooden Holiday SignsI love how it turned out! My favorite part is the Pumpkin Patch sign, which was so easy to make! I offer this print in my Etsy Shop in both a digital instant download and a printed and shipped physical item. The print is available in three different sizes: 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20. (I used the 11×14 size for my project) All you need to create your own board is the print, some paint, mod podge, and a board cut to size.




I decided to make several wooden signs at once since they are so quick and easy. Boards cut to size (did you know that Home Depot will cut boards for you if you don’t have a saw!?) and then I painted the edges. No need to paint the whole board, all you need to do is cover the edge of the wood!

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I used the same technique from my DIY Wall Art from Gift Bags and used Mod Podge with a rolling pin to glue the prints onto the board. The print goes right to the edge perfectly.
DIY Wooden Holiday Signs*Tip* If you would like to make multiple signs, you can put one print on the front of the board and one print on the back. With a fall print on front and a Christmas print on the back you only have to think about storing one board and when the seasons change just turn the board around!

DIY Wooden Holiday SignsI made four different signs (well, only two since they are on the front and back) and I am really happy with the finished product. I am going to enjoy using them in all my holiday decor!

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You can find any of these prints here:

Autumn Acres Pumpkin Patch: Instant Download or Physical Print

Poison Apple Apothecary: Instant Download or Physical Print

Kringle Farms Christmas Trees: Instant Download or Physical Print

Gingerbread Bakery: Instant Download or Physical Print

These are just some of the many Home Decor Prints I have in my store and I’m offering a special coupon code too! Buy any 3 Home Decor Prints and receive 20% off with the coupon code 3DECORPRINTS. And when you decorate with your prints don’t forget to tag me on social media! I’d love to see your creations!

DIY Wooden Holiday Signs



Fall Mantel Decor and Ideas

Halle-pumpkin-lujah! The time is finally here to decorate for my very favorite season! Actually from Labor Day until New Years is the BEST time of the year as far as I am concerned. And it all starts with colorful pumpkins and leaves, and a splash of glittery gold.

Fall Mantel Decor - Bring in all the best of the fall season with colorful pumpkins, interesting textures, and a splash of sparkle!Once again I decorated my “mantel” by shopping around the house and a few seasonal items I pulled out of storage. These pumpkins that look like a sweater material were on clearance at CVS last year after Thanksgiving, I think I scored them for $2 each! And the little gold pumpkins were ugly ceramic pieces from the Dollar Tree that I just spray painted gold. I love the classy touch that the little bit of gold sprinkled throughout adds. It contrasts nicely with the rough wood and old books.

Fall Mantel Decor - Bring in all the best of the fall season with colorful pumpkins, interesting textures, and a splash of sparkle!The Pumpkin Sign? I picked up a plain wood tile from Home Depot (in the flooring section) for $1.50. With some white vinyl and a Cricut machine to cut out the letters and arrow I was able to make this fun sign!

Fall Mantel Decor - Bring in all the best of the fall season with colorful pumpkins, interesting textures, and a splash of sparkle!The tall candlestick I picked up for free when someone was giving it away. And the gold charger in the back I got from Michaels on clearance last year after Christmas. I may have bought several.

Fall Mantel Decor - Bring in all the best of the fall season with colorful pumpkins, interesting textures, and a splash of sparkle!But the best part of the decor in my opinion is the leaves and flowers, which is the best part of the actual fall season if you ask me! I just love the colors, and they help me pretend that it isn’t still 100 degrees outside here in lovely Arizona.

Fall Mantel Decor - Bring in all the best of the fall season with colorful pumpkins, interesting textures, and a splash of sparkle!All together this was a very inexpensive display that hardly took any time at all to set up. I will probably make a couple small changes for Halloween and then Thanksgiving but I don’t want to change this display too much because I love the whole look. But we’ll see…maybe in another month I’ll be itching to get out all my bats and ghosts!

Fall Mantel Decor - Bring in all the best of the fall season with colorful pumpkins, interesting textures, and a splash of sparkle!

 

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Free Chalkboard Thanksgiving Printables

I know that the chalkboard look is very “trendy” right now and maybe next year when the neon sign look is “in” we’ll all be looking back at the chalkboard prints that are everywhere and say “what were we thinking?!”  We may be doing that, but personally I hope not because I adore the chalkboard look.  I hope this is one trend that doesn’t go away, because it is one of my favorites.  Please stay around beautiful chalkboard.  I do love you so.

My love for this look led to creating four different prints to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.   Little reminders to show our gratitude for all that we have been blessed with.  You know, that’s a pretty good attitude to have year round.  So maybe these prints are something to use all year too.  :)

Set of 4 Free Printable Thanksgiving Chalkboard Prints Set of 4 Free Printable Thanksgiving Chalkboard Prints Set of 4 Free Printable Thanksgiving Chalkboard Prints Set of 4 Free Printable Thanksgiving Chalkboard Prints

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With this print and a frame you can easily add a little extra decor for the holiday.  And maybe when you see them you’ll be reminded to be just a little extra thankful as well.

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Caramel Apple Crisp

So the only downside of having a blog where you share yummy recipes is that sometimes you find yourself with a very large helping of warm, gooey apple crisp and ice cream at 9:30 in the morning.   There it was, just sitting on the table after I had taken the pictures and what was I supposed to do?  Not eat it?  Like that was going to happen….

So my husband and I grabbed some spoons and had ourselves a little morning treat.  It was delicious.

Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

Making this treat takes just a few simple ingredients.  Apples (of course), brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel sauce.

First mix together all the ingredients except for the apples and the caramel sauce.  You need to mix it all together until the flour and brown sugar is completely blended in.  It will be slightly lumpy and sticky, and look sort of “wet.”

Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe Caramel Apple Crisp RecipeSlice and chop up your apples and put them into a greased 8 x 8 pan.  Spread the topping mixture on top of the apples.  It is sticky but try to spread it as evenly as possible.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.  The top will be nice and crispy when it is done.

Caramel Apple Crisp RecipeLet it cool slightly and then drizzle caramel sauce all over the top.  Yum!!!

Caramel Apple Crisp RecipeThe apples will be soft and tender, the topping crispy and sweet, and a slight crunch from the oats.  Can’t get any better.  Serve warm with some light cream or ice cream and enjoy, whether it is 9:30 in the morning or night!

Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

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Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

 

Live Life to the Fallest Free Printable

Its been a while since I made a holiday print so I thought I’d better take care of that and create one for fall.  I mean come on, it is the best time of year.  It deserves a new print.  And even though many of you may have already finished your fall decorating this is a quick little freebie where all you have to do is print it and put it in a frame.  And if you haven’t decorated yet, well then what are you waiting for?

Live Life to the Fallest- free printable from Darling DoodlesAfter I finished creating this I had an idea and played around with the design.  The second time around I made it a little more simple and modern.  I actually am kind of in love with both of them.

_DSC0388Live Life to the Fallest- free printable from Darling DoodlesWhich one do you prefer?  Let me know in the comments and grab one for your home!

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Live Life to the Fallest- free printable from Darling Doodles

 

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Live Life to the Fallest- free printable from Darling Doodles

 

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Maple Apple Parfaits

If you ever find yourself in New England in the fall then I highly suggest you take advantage of one of the best fall activities:  Apple picking.  There are many beautiful farms and orchards where you can pick apples, go on hayrides, and you absolutely must eat several cider donuts.  They will change your life, trust me.

We recently headed out to Honey Pot Hill Orchards and spent the afternoon wandering in and around the trees, eating apples right off the branches, and enjoying the crisp autumn air.  Apple Picking and Maple Apple ParfaitsApple Picking and Maple Apple ParfaitsApple Picking and Maple Apple Parfaits 2Apple Picking and Maple Apple Parfaits

There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh apple you just picked off the tree and we happily came home with a large bag of all different varieties.  Besides munching on them all day long we’ve also made a few yummy treats and this one is too easy, yummy, and simply perfect for fall.

Maple Apple Parfaits with Brown Sugar and Chocolate ToppingFor this treat you’ll need apples, maple syrup, water, cinnamon, vanilla pudding mix, milk, brown sugar, and chocolate shavings.

Peel, core, and chop up the apples into bite sized pieces.  In a medium saucepan heat the syrup and water to a boil.  Add the apples and a dash of cinnamon.  Boil until the apples are soft and tender.Maple Apple ParfaitsWhile the apples are boiling combine the pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl and then refrigerate until firm, about one hour.  Once the apples are fully cooked remove them from the sauce pan with a slotted spoon and put in the refrigerator to cool completely.

Maple Apple Parfaits with Brown Sugar and Chocolate ToppingWhen the pudding is ready and the apples are cooled divide the pudding equally among your small dessert dishes.  Top with the apples and then sprinkle with brown sugar and chocolate shavings.  Then indulge and enjoy.

Maple Apple Parfaits with Brown Sugar and Chocolate ToppingI adore desserts like this that are easy and simple to put together yet look fancy and are full of tasty flavor.  This is definitely a favorite fall treat!

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