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Owl Fall Yarn Wreath with Chicken Wire and Burlap Flowers

I started this wreath over two years ago before we moved.  We used to live in an allotment, so I had a nice porch and had pretty wreaths.  Now we live in a farm house 0.2 of a mile from the road and I don't have a porch.   That's partly why this wreath sat for so long, but the other part was because I had the wreath yarn wrapped and the felt owl, but it just would not stay glued to the wreath.  I was going to put it right on the wreath, but it kept falling off.  I finally set everything aside until I got another idea. Since we have chickens now and my 8-year-old absolutely loves them, quite a few chicken decorations have made their way to our dining room.  I was looking around, moving stuff around, and it hit me.  Chicken wire!  Why can't I put chicken wire behind the wreath and attach the owl to that?  So I did.  And here's how I did it. Owl Fall Wreath with Chicken Wire I had already wrapped the straw wreath with yarn, so I don't have photos of that.  It&#

How to Make Easy Burlap Flowers Without Sewing

This morning, I decided that today was the day I finished my fall wreath that I started two years ago.  Yes, you read that right.   Two years ago !  I had found the most hideously ugly but huge straw wreath at a thrift store.  It was just begging to come home with me for a redo.  I found the main thing I wanted on it, but then I had a road block.  I finally got a great idea, and I made it today.  I'll show you the wreath later this week.  First, I want to show you the burlap flowers that I made.  I've used a couple of tutorials to make itty bitty flowers, but I needed these to be a bit larger.  This technique is so much easier than how I made my other ones, and I think it looks great on my wreath. These are so quick to make too.  I made 8 of them in under an hour, and that included gathering supplies, letting my glue gun warm up, testing one, photographing one, and making the rest of them.  Once you do on, you could do each one in just a few minutes.  Grab your glue gun and

The 65 Best Things to Buy at Aldi (And 9 You Shouldn't)

Before we moved two years ago, we had a multitude of grocery stores to choose from: Giant Eagle, Food 4 Less, Walmart, and several local chain stores.  Then we moved to the country, and there are 4 stores.  Walmart, Aldi, Save A Lot, and a local store that is extremely expensive,  Save A Lot and the local chain are in my town, but thankfully Aldi is only 15 minutes away.  New to Aldi?  Read on for the best things to buy at Aldi! My Aldi was just redone last summer, and I love it even more.  They added an entire aisle of gluten free and organic products, both of which are are at great prices.  I can feed my family organic for less than non organic at other stores! We used to live in an area that thought Aldi was only for poor people.  I still shopped there, much to the horror of my friends.  Yes, I did convert them after they tried some of the foods!  In my new area, maybe it's because we have such a shortage of grocery stores, but Aldi is very popular.  The Amish really love Al

The Ultimate School Halloween Party Roundup

I'm not a room mom this year because I'm crazy, but I'm not completely insane.  I did volunteer to help out with the parties though.  After I volunteered myself, I realized that I was fresh out of ideas for the Halloween party because our old school didn't do Halloween parties.  What's a blogger mom to do?  Create a Halloween school party roundup post, of course! Here are some awesome ideas from fellow bloggers.  There are yummy treats, adorable crafts, and fun games. Treats Your kid's classmates will LOVE these monster marshmallows and chewy candies !  Both treats are completely homemade, but you can make them ahead of time.   I love these mummy treats because you can use them for several foods.  She suggests gum or candy, but raisin boxes would look cute too.  This is a great way to use up scrap paper too! Don't want to give candy at the party?  Try these cute treat holders for Wendy's frosty coupons .  The coupons are inex

Cinnamon Red Hot Canned Pears Recipe

We moved to a small farm with an established orchard almost two years ago, and I was so excited for the peaches and apples.  The pears, however, had me stumped.  We don't eat canned pears, and I knew we could only eat so much pear jam.  I made vanilla spiced pears first, then my husband wanted me to try one of his grandmother's recipes.  Of course, this was a recipe that she had never written down, so I had to guess on how to make it. So I experimented last year and labeled each jar carefully.  This is the recipe from our favorite batch.  It's not super cinnamony or sweet, but it has just enough sweetness and cinnamon to give it a great flavor.  We don't even like canned pears, and we eat a quart of these with dinner.  I just serve them as a side dish when I am in a hurry or we need something quick and yummy with dinner. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I earn a small commission from sales. Cinnamon Red Hot Canned Pears Recipe What