How-To: DIY Yarn Wreath

Since fall is our favorite season, I love pinning great DIY projects and crafts on Pinterest! Through my Pinterest travels, I discovered an easy DIY yarn wreath project from Bullfrogs and Bulldogs (love the name)! I figured this would be easy enough, so I gathered the few items required – yarn, foam wreath and flower accents – and got started right away. I was able to finish this in just an hour or so over the course of two evenings.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY yarn wreath:

  1. Your choice of yarn colors (you could do this for any season, but we’re doing fall right now)!
  2. Foam wreath
  3. Flower accents (the original tutorial ‘DIY’d’ the flowers, but I just snagged these pre-made ones at Michael’s)
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun

DIY Yarn Wreath

You start by simply wrapping yarn around the foam wreath. Start with one color and continue your pattern all the way around, keeping each color about 2 – 3 inches apart. You could use any amount of colors, but I opted for three.

DIY Yarn Wreath

To transition from one color to another, I just tied the one color onto the next to make a little knot and proceeded to wrap.

DIY Yarn Wreath

DIY Yarn Wreath

Once you’ve made it all the way around the wreath, tuck the last strand of yarn somewhere or glue it down for reinforcement. Then, just use a bit of hot glue to add your flower accents and you’re all set!

DIY Yarn Wreath

I chose fall-like colors so I could keep my wreath hanging right through Thanksgiving, but you could do a Halloween-inspired wreath or even start thinking about Christmas! This DIY yarn wreath was so easy and the results, in my opinion, are pretty professional – looks like something you’d pay a good amount of money for if you bought it pre-made.

DIY Yarn Wreath

Enjoy and stay tuned for other great DIY and home improvement projects from us!

Help: I’ve FALLen and I Can’t Get Up

If it wasn’t feeling like fall last week or the week before here in Jersey…it definitely is now! Overnight lows this past week have been in the 40s and the daily highs haven’t even reached 65! Summer is definitely gone.

Although I hate to see the summer go, fall is truly my favorite season. There is something really refreshing about the crispness in the air and “back to school” time has always been exciting (even tough we aren’t in school, nor do we have children). Another thing I love about fall is Halloween – my favorite holiday. As we may have mentioned last year, we host an annual Halloween party and each year, we add a little somethin’ somethin’ to our decoration collection. This year we have a few ‘tricks’ up our sleeves:

Halloween lightingHalloween decorationsHalloween decorationsHalloween lightsHalloween decorations

I could probably talk forever about all my favorite fall things, but one of the absolute greatest parts about this season has got to be the food! We’ve been making some great fall recipes (a lot in the crock pot), drinking some great fall beers and creating some fancy fall cocktails. Most of my inspiration for our recipes comes straight from Pinterest.
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Anyway, I’d like to share with you, some of the great recipe’s I’ve found and tried out so far this fall season. Enjoy and let us know if you try any! You can also head over to our Facebook page and answer our question…”What’s your favorite thing about fall?”

Crock Pot 3 Bean Turkey Chilli
Courtesy of SkinnyTaste

Crock Pot Chilli

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Also Courtesy of SkinnyTaste

Our trusty Crock Pot, cooking up the Santa Fe Chicken…

Crock Pot

Love this thing!

Spaghetti Squash Cheesy Veggie “Pasta” Bake
Courtesy of Fit Sugar

Here’s our spaghetti squash during prep…

Spaghetti Squash

We also made a Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail, courtesy of Creative Culinary. That was delicious, but they went pretty quick so we missed a photo op!

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for our day-to-day updates! And enjoy fall. 🙂

A Little Yard Work Never Hurt Anyone

It’s that time of year! Autumn/Fall/Harvest/whatever. It is quite possibly my favorite time of year. I enjoy the fall so much that I really don’t mind all the yard work. My Dad might have told you otherwise when I was 16, but hey, those were different times, man. You’ve gotten to know our yard, the vacant lot behind our house and the patches of grass that I keep mowing even though they aren’t mine. But I’m not complaining or anything. The small amount of maintenance needed on a yard like ours is well worth the effort.

Autumn leaves from the roof

The vacant lot still holds onto its remnants and debris from Hurricane Irene, and I think our yard absorbs a lot of the leaves that fall from the surviving trees back there. I think the end of summer and excess of leaves falling has taken its toll on our lawn. Both the front and back lawn have been looking patchy since we moved in. We also have a good bit of overgrowth in the form of weeds and ivy all over the place.
Spraying Ortho GroundClear
With the assistance of Lawn Ace’s Kevin Fidyk, we treated the ivy and weed patches with Ortho’s Groundclear.
Ortho GroundClear weed killer
It worked really well and cleared the areas except where the ivy was very dense and dark. Those patches cleared up after the second application.
Scotts E Z Seed
We also treated the baldest patches with Scotts E Z Seed before we got married and left for Mexico.When we got back, the patches were fairly full and healthy. Like magic. These were the areas we had heavily dropped the E Z Seed and had heavily watered. The rest of the lawn got a casual dusting followed by 2 days of rain. Those areas didn’t fair as well. If we have the time, I think we need to do a heavier spread across the entire lawn.
Tree pruning from the roof
The next task that needed tackling was tree pruning, so my Dad and I climbed up on the roof. Using a telescoping tree pruner that we bought at Lowe’s, we trimmed the branches that were jutting out over the roof and house. Not only did we get a lot done, but the view from up there was pretty cool. Maybe someday there will be a blog post about me building a secret roof deck. OK, probably not, but it was fun while it lasted.
Tree pruning big branch

Meanwhile, back on the ground… We had this one branch sticking out into the middle of the yard at eye level. You can see it in the photo above. We trimmed it and that really opened up our view of the backyard.

Backyard Tree Branch CutHopefully we’ve done enough work to keep our yard healthy through the winter, and if time allows we’ll put down some Fall/Winter fertilizer. New Jersey winters have always been unpredictable, and last year’s was a harsh one. We lived in an apartment and I felt like I was doing a lot of work. This could be an interesting next few months as we prepare for our first Winter in this home.