Jenna’s Home

Is it Fall Yet?

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I am a summer girl for the most part, but when you live in Texas you can get a tad burned out with the heat! With days reaching 110 degrees and often no rain, even us “sunny day” people long for a little hint of crisp fall air! When temps reach down to the 80s I am on cloud nine, and I love that I can actually take my kiddos outside again! If we hit the 70s, you can bet that I am feeling a little “cool” and might need to start crockin’ up some Chicken ‘N Dumplins!

I already have my fall decor up at home and I have crocked a few soups… pretending it is cooler than 90 degrees outside! Here are some pics of my home decorated for the fall season. I have a TON of Christmas stuff, so I would love to add to my collection of Fall decorations this year. Watch out Hobby Lobby ;) I also went shopping in my own shed! I pulled out an old bench that I don’t currently have a place for in my house and put it on my porch, and got an old window frame out and smeared some turquoise paint on it to jazz it up a bit… I plan on switching out seasonal decor in the window and on the bench throughout the year. I just put a wreath and a homemade sign in it for fall and voila- it’s starting to look like fall around here!

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DIY Pillow Case Dress

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1. Measure your child from the nape of their neck to mid thigh.

2. Pick out coordinating fabrics (I chose 5 because I like the “busy” look). When cutting fabrics leave it folded. In the picture of the fabrics notice the fold is on the left and the length noted below is measured from the top to bottom of fabric the way it is oriented in the picture.
*Main fabric (school print) measured the length of neck to thigh. {Stella is wears 12-18 month and I measured hers 14″.}
*Accent #1 (cheetah) measured 3″.
*Accent #2 (with with big red polka dots) measured the length of Main Fabric + Accent #1 {for Stella’s 14”+3”= 17″ of Accent #2)
*Accent #3 (black with ABCs and 123s) measured 10″ and folded in half, making a 5” trim at the bottom. I do this so that I don’t have    to do a hem at the bottom.
*Accent #4 (white with black polka dots) measured about 4″.

3. Lay Main Fabric unfolded on the floor or working surface, and place Accent #1 on top of it (at the bottom edge of the fabric) right sides together.

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New Entry Table!

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I LOVE my new entry table. Storage is minimal at my house and now I can use the two drawers as extra storage and also have a storage system down below with the three baskets on the bottom shelf of the table! One basket is for odds and ends that are left at my house and things that I need to get to people. I hate how these things always tend to pile up. Another big issue in my house are shoes, they are everywhere, and now I have a catchall basket for them! Just drop your shoes at the door when you come in, and find ‘em there when you are headed out! The third basket will be used for school bags and other things that get used daily. I am hoping this new addition to our entry will keep the house a little less cluttered with items that don’t have a home. Now I just need to get a family pic taken and enlarged to hang above the entry table and I will be set!

Organization Station

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I placed this handy Organization Station in my entry way. It has a family calendar that shows us the current week, grocery list, to-do list, notes, birthdays, and a bible verse. It also has a small bulletin board and a bird cage that holds all of the pens, erasers and chalk for the calendar. The white on the calendar is “permanent” (white paint pen and I also used a white-out pen for some of it!) for the color, I used the Bistro Board Chalk Pens that come off with a damp paper towel.  For the frame, I used some stain I already had at home, and covered the bulletin board with a scrap of fabric (stapled to cork) after rubbing the frame with some black paint on a rag then sanding edges a bit. I found all of the materials at Hobby Lobby.

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