Monday, October 6, 2008

I spent $50 to save $12! Wait...



Doesn't make sense to you? Me either. Started with the $6 pumpkins at the grocery store. Had them in my cart, and thought, wow, $12 for two pumpkins I will throw away! I should just go spend the $40 on the fake pumpkins!! That way they'll pay for themselves in, say, FOUR YEARS?? See my reasoning here? My husband doesn't always get it either, bless his heart.

So off to Hobby Lobby I go, get my Funkins, love them. Then we go to the beautiful farm this weekend, and you can't go apple and pumpkin picking without buying pumpkins. I mean, it's sacrilegious or something, isn't it? I think it was the cider, because I easily dropped $40 that day, on pumpkins and apples. Geez.

So here are the fifteen million pumpkins, and we don't even really have a porch. I think I made it work: (not sure what to do with my witch broom)




Don't you just LOVE those tombstones?? I even added glow in the dark paint to them. I thought about getting some bones from the Dollar Store and sticking them in the ground in front of a few of them...I have more around our trees:


Here is more of the decor around the house. I think I'm done now. (I think...)

I made these last year by taking cutouts from the Web and using stiff felt. Pennies each! I put them on the windows and they look great at night!






Here's another cheap sign: (Looks like "Beware of the fruit" right there...I should move that.)



I'm obsessed with these pics from Hobby Lobby for a buck each...I put them everywhere!:









Not sure I'm loving this, but I got a package of these teeny tiny pumpkins for $1.45 on clearance from Target last year. At that price, this will do:







I buy the leaf garland and pull the leaves off and use them EVERYWHERE:




More Southern Living for you lovas out there...




And I leave you with a close up of the fireplace. I love how this turned out!:




I'm putting a list together of my recent projects -- where I got them and how much they cost, for your info. Stay tuned!

P.S. What would you do with these? I painted them black, with plans to spell out Welcome on them...but the pumpkin ridges won't allow for it. Any ideas?




P.P.S. Thanks for all the great ideas ladies!! Kara inspired me with her suggestion, so I ran out and got tags tonight and did this. I think it's stinkin' cute!





49 comments:

  1. I totally understand your pumpkin logic. It would have worked out that way in my mind too ;o)

    Love all of your decor! Everything is so pretty and classy! Your front door area is beautiful :o)

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  2. Love it all! You are soo talented! I may have to try some of your projects. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. Beautiful!!! Hubbies don't need to understand. lol They love us anyway!!! Hey, I did the bug posting just for you!! It really does work. I'm glad you're buying some today!!!

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  4. Everything looks so good. I really like the black pumpkins. They would looks super cute with white or cream colored letters on them.

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  5. Hello, I'm a new reader and am loving your blog! Did you freehand the welcome on your front door? It is beautiful!

    I was inspired already to go and get the tombstones from the dollar store and spent a lovely evening touching up the paint. They look great! Thanks for the tip!

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  6. Hey, Sarah! I just noticed your avatar!!! You're a cutie pie!! I love the picture. I am so glad you are getting into blogging. You ahve so many great ideas. I'd give you an award. But, I don't really like them. I think they take up too much time. Just know that I love your blog!!!

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  7. I love all of it great job! And those tiny pumpkins are too cute I have this thing for tiny things. cute, cute and cute!

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  8. I all looks so amazing! I love the name Funkins. My husband wouldn't get it either but your logic sounds perfect to me!

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  9. How about little Scrabble like letters on your tiny pumpkins for the word Welcome.....?

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  10. This post just makes my heart smile!


    I would do little tan tags hanging from each pumpkin stem with a letter on them!

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  11. "Beware the fruit!" lol

    LOVE your front door flanked by the corn stalks (is that what those are?) and the pots of gorgeous deep red flowers. SO beautiful!

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  12. Lovin your blog! I hopped on over from TCB and am having fun with all of your ideas! I'll have to come back when I have more time.

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  13. I'm loving your blog! You have so many great decor ideas. My hubby is not going to be nearly as thrilled as I am that I found you.

    I've been wanting to get the vinyl wall lettering that says "welcome" for my front door. It looks really great on your door and you've inspired me.

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  14. your house looks SO cute all decorated! i love it all! you are so good! and yes...i need to know how to make some cheap/cute topiaries!!! share the knowledge!! :) thanks for visiting my blog!!

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  15. Great ideas.

    I have the same pitcher from SL, only in green.

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  16. Great ideas. I think I just found a new favorite blog. Thank you!!!!

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  17. Awesome decorations!!! My favorites are your mantle and your front door, but everything looks so good!
    -Nancy

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  18. Just found your blog. You've got some great ideas! I love your porch. You did a lot with a little. Your house is ready for Fall that's for sure. You are so inspiring!

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  19. I found pumpkins last weekend for $3.50 and I still had to think about getting them, but I did. Love all your fall decor. The mantel turned out so beautiful.

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  20. Wow! Everything looks great!! I love your front door and the front of your house. I'm impressed by everything you've done here! -Julia

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  21. Very pretty! I love all your decorations and those pumpkins can be used and reused. I have a couple like that too.

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  22. Congratulations on being featured on TCB! I love your front door, and your fall decor is so cute!

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  23. I do that same thing all the time. It seems justifiable at the time but later I feel guilt. Cute house!

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  24. I would love to feature your gorgeous decorations on my web magazine - Calla Magazine(http://www.callamagazine.com/en/).

    Regards,
    Esther

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  25. Just found your blog through Kim's TCB and I'll definitely be back. I love your front door and mantle. I also think you could definitely put vinyl lettering on your little pumpkins. I can walk you through it if you'd like more info.

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  26. Wow! You are one seriously talented (and thrifty) lady! These fall/halloween posts of yours are filled with inspirational ideas!

    A adore those cut-outs in the transom windows over your door. Fantastic!

    I'm so glad you found my blog because now I can read yours too. It's wonderful!

    Thanks for coming to my party.

    Happy halloween!
    Kimba

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  27. Everything looks beautiful! I am in awe of how great the outside of your house looks!

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  28. LOVE the front door. I've been meaning to get busy doing my up and haven't. That was just the kick in the pants I needed!!!!

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  29. I just discovered your blog, fantastic! With 3 little ones under 2 1/2 I am now able to decorate vicariously through you!

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  30. Everything looks just luurrvly. I especially am enchanted by those tiny pumpkins under the bell. I wish we had Target in Canada!

    Oh, and yes... I do what my husband calls "chick math" also, but it works. It really does.

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  31. Great Job! I love the entry to your home. I now have ideas of what to do with all my picks from Hobby Lobby - thanks.

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  32. Love it!

    Hey, *I* get your reasoning, even if your husband does not.

    My husband is the same way. For example, I'll get something for, say, 50% off. He's say "50% off of ugly is still ugly." Hmph. Whatever!

    Men don't get it, but the girls sure do!

    Love your decorations!

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  33. Oh my gosh, cute! It is all too cute!!!

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  34. This is soooo amazing. I love it. I had a teeny idea for your broom dilemna...how about attaching it to the rain gutter that you have on the corner. You could easily wire it so it wouldn't blow away or be taken easily.
    your front entrance looks great, I like everything. And love those black pumpkins. It is great. I found you because of Today's Creative....anyhoo I so enjoyed visiting and seeing your blog. I will definitely be back!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  35. I want to ask a question about the canvases over your bedroom fireplace. Did you wet the paintable wallpaper and adhere it to the canvas? Did you wrap it around to the back and miter the corners? What kind of paint did you use? Spray Paint? What size were the canvases. Finally, I wanted to tell you I love, love your blog, you are an inspiration. One more thing I want to add, the next time you go to Hobby Lobby, go to the fabric section and check, my Hobby Lobby has some oilcloth that actually looks like leather, it reminds me of your canvases. In a model home I saw them take this same oilcloth and in the kitchen where the cabinet doors had a recess, they adhere the "leather" and left the trim the cream! AweSome!

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  36. Shabby, yes, I did wet them. I tried just wrapping them around and stapling but they looked bumpy. So I did the whole soaking thing (I had never wallpapered before and it was so easy). I wrapped it around like a package and stapled the back. I used a roller and black paint but spray paint would work great too! (And quicker!) I'm not sure of the size, I'll have to check that. I think they are about 12 by 36 inches. Thanks for asking!! I'm happy to help! I will have to check out the oilcloth, now I'm intrigued!

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  37. Thrifty + beautiful = just my style! Thanks for sharing, it looks lovely!

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  38. I just found your blog and I am in love with your creativity! If you have a chance jump over to mine and view the town of 5,441 scarecrow's that I visited this past weekend! Very inspiring! Oh yeah... I added you to my favorites!! Love it here!

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  39. I hope you don't mind, but I've just written a whole post about you today after discovering what a gem your blog is.....if I knew how, I'd give you an award....I love your blog. So you might get another two or three readers! ha!

    Suzanne

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  40. Your decor looks great! Congrats on your TCB feature!

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  41. I love these fall decorations, you should join my pumpkin party!

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  42. Oh I love it all! How did you get the gold "Welcome" on your door? Did you paint it or was it a transfer? How can I do it?????!!!!

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  43. I absolutely adore your decoration style! It's not cheap looking and it's a great creative inspiration. Very elegant!

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  44. Kristi, the Welcome is from Uppercase Living. LOVE this stuff. You can also go to a sign store to have them made. Here's a post about it...http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/search/label/fun%20stuff
    Have fun!

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  45. I love, love, love that stenciled "Welcome" on your front door. May I ask where you found it?

    Happy Birthday to you too. My birthday was the 8th, our oldest turned 21 on the 7th. Good people born in October. However, this birthday I was in the hospital recovering from a back injury and missed both my sweet darling daughter's and my birthday!

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  46. holy crap! i can't believe pumpkins cost so much where you live!! here, there are many farms and roadside stands selling large pumpkins for $1 a piece! Your decor looks amazing!

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  47. Just found your cute blog. Love it! Love your ideas! Where did you get the cute metal container you have flowers in on your front door?

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  48. Dear Thrify Decor Chick,

    Came over to your site from tardevil...love your blog and all the inspiring ideas. The cheesecloth ghost are too cute! Can't wait to try them out. I am not a big fan a scary spooky stuff (a childhood thing ;) But these ghost are perfect!

    I look forward to future visits and inspiring ideas.

    T

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