Family, fun, and frivolous fall!

Fall is the season where I finally begin to venture out again. The heat is beginning to dissipate, the days are cloudy just enough to break up the monotony of the sun, the longer sleeves and cardigans get moved up to the front of the closet.

Here is what I’ve been up to lately.

When I was helping my grandmother recover her lampshades, we “lost” B for a few seconds.  What we discovered is that she had wiggled herself in to the top portion of this old ice box.  Oh, and for the record, I want this ice box. BAD.  I’m working on getting my grandmother to bequeath it to me. 😉  (Don’t worry about really losing her, she was about 15 feet away from us.)

Then I watched her run up the ramp to their back porch where we were working.


After I got my hair done, we drove back home and met with the Texas family to see the Rangers game on Friday night.  Bluebelle wasn’t as into the game this last time, and we walked with her a dozen times. She loved the fireworks though. It was the first time all of us have been together to see a game in 3 years. We’ve had a wedding (my BIL and SIL) and two babies since then! (One is ours, one is theirs.)

Nonnie and Poppa stayed with us and we had a blast putting around town and eating too much food. B began Saturday by hopping in bed with Poppa and asking him to read to her.

We went to the fabric store Saturday and I got most of what I needed to make B’s costume. She’s going to be Minnie Mouse, and the dress can be reworn throughout the fall. I’m all about multitasking. 🙂 You can see the pic on my Instagram, but I’ll take real pics once I get it all finished. 🙂

With all our trips, you know we had to make several Starbucks stops.  B loved drinking my “coffee.” (It was a pumpkin chai.)

Last but not least, I finished my fall mantle!  I haven’t had a mantle to play with in several years, so I was so excited to play around with it! The sticks were SUPER expensive. 😉 Ha! Can you believe the garland on the mantle is 6 years old now? We used it in our wedding, which will be 6 years ago next month! The flowers on the mantle was my wedding bouquet as well.  This whole mantle cost 83 cents. Yep. I had to buy the yarn for the garland.

I encourage you to look around your house and see what you can repurpose for fall! It doesn’t have to be on a mantle – but it’s fun to change things around and get a new look! The garland was made of burlap I found at my grandparent’s house. Cut some triangles, get some hot glue, and attach those puppies! I decided NOT to write on them so that I could reuse this for other purposes. It could be cute for a nautical/summer mantle as well!

This week, I’m making some dresses and leggings for B and trying to get some sewing out of my system. Does anyone else go through heavy creative stages? I may not make anything for a couple of months, and then I will go nuts! 

I hope you have a great week. Remember to enjoy it! Love you all. (love y’all.)

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9 thoughts on “Family, fun, and frivolous fall!

  1. Jill Schrader

    Love the mantel. I’ve never had a mantel to decorate. Maybe in our next house. I’m having a hard time feeling the fall decorations until the weather starts to feel like fall. But I’m used to Minnesota, so that might take awhile!

    1. April McGrew

      Haha– if you wait that long, it may take until January! Once it drops below 100, fall is here to me! I prefer the cold to the hot — I never get to wear a real coat here! I’m too warm natured!

  2. Jennifer Dodd Clardy

    Yes, I am totally like that! I’ll be in a funk where I do not want to be creative at all. Will have all these projects running through my head that I need to do and then all of the sudden, BAM! It all comes at once and I can’t get my hands on enough creative projects to complete!

    1. April McGrew

      YES! It’s me every time! I’m working through several projects now because I know I’ll get stuck on not wanting to make anything for a while after this!

  3. Kristen McKee

    Your mantel is just beautiful! I will be decorating a mantel this year for the very first time and I have had so much fun looking at ideas for all the holidays on pinterest! I would love to make the burlap garland you made!! I like to use things more than once too so I probably won’t write on them either 😉 I haven’t tried the pumpkin spice chai! That sounds amazing! Your daughter is so cute and what a blessing it is to have books read to her by her poppa. I’m the same way when it comes to a crafting funk and then all of a sudden I have so many ideas and then no time to do them all! Hope you have a great day and thank you for sharing all your lovely pictures 🙂

    1. April McGrew

      Thank you! I got the garland idea from Pinterest too and thought- I can do that! You really need to try the pumpkin chai! I love it! Sometimes it’s a little extra sweet, so if you like to add soy, you may need to adjust it or it will be very sugary! Good luck with all your moving!!

  4. Julia Hembree

    You are so adorable!!! I love your craftiness!!

    1. April McGrew

      Haha! Thank you! I really enjoy making stuff. It seems to give me an outlet from the terrible twos!!

  5. Crystal {Mason's Mama}

    First of all – love the first paragraph of this post!! And
    that ice box..oh my word – LOVE!! I need that. And your mantle is adorable and
    so Fall festive.

    B’s pictures are precious like always!!

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