Since our days as a family of four are quickly coming to an end and we will soon be a party of five (still not used to the sound of that!) I thought I would share our last photoshoot as a family of four. Calvin was (and still is) at the age where he’s almost impossible to photograph — always on the move and beyond frustrated if you pick him up, stop his flow, or want him to do anything that isn’t what he’s doing already. Even though I know that Jennifer Roper is a brilliant photographer, I was doubtful we’d end up with one usable holiday card photo. But as usual, she got some amazing photos of the boys which really showed their little personalities perfectly. Read More
Category Archives: fall
I originally shared this stunning harvest shoot last fall, but I love it so much and think it is so perfect for this week that I had to revisit it and share it again. I’ll be sharing a round up of my favorite Cyber Week deals on Friday, including my favorite small businesses and brands and some larger sales as well. Until then, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I’m thankful for so many things, but included in that are all of you: readers, followers, creatives, vendors, fellow mothers, bloggers, sponsors, and everyone who keeps Oh Lovely Day going. Thank you. Read More
If you follow me on instagram you saw I was busy making some fun fall goodies over the weekend. These DIY succulent pumpkins combine two of my favorite things: succulents and cute mini pumpkins. They are so easy to make, look fancier than just displaying mini pumpkins, make for great fall decor, and are also great for gifting! I made all of these while my older son and my husband carved a jack-o-lantern.
What You’ll Need:
- a variety of small succulents
- a variety of mini pumpkins and gourds (the smallest ones and the knobby gourds are harder to work with)
- a sharp paring knife
- a spoon for scooping
How To Make Them:
- As with carving a regular size pumpkin, cut the top off of the mini pumpkin or gourd with a paring knife. I tried a variety of sizes and found a small but sharp paring knife to work best, and feel the safest.
- Once you’ve cut the top off, scoop out most of the guts of the pumpkin.
- Choose one of your succulents and plant it inside the empty pumpkin. I found that the dirt that came with the plant was enough to fill the pumpkins, but if you choose a larger one you may need more.
- Display, gift, and enjoy! They are seriously that simple.
Don’t you love!? These are my new go-to decor for fall. I think I love them as much, or maybe more, than my bottle brush tree snow globes that are my Christmas DIY go-to! I’d love to see these if you make them, so be sure to post on instagram and tag them with #ohlovelyDIY so I can see!
Halloween is my favorite and has been since I was a kid. I love getting creative with costumes and trying to make rather than buy (it’s just more fun, don’t you think?) Since Charlie was born we’ve had fun thinking of costumes each year, and every year I think it is probably the last time that he wants to be something cool and fun and not just a Ninja Turtle or Superhero. But so far each year he has just as much fun coming up with unique ideas or dressing up in whatever I make as I do creating it. I’m super excited about what he and Calvin are going to be this year, and it would definitely be on this list if I had photos of them already. But I want to wait for the big Halloween reveal, so I’ll have to come back and update this post to add this year’s coordinating costume later.
If you’re looking for fun costume ideas for pairs, I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas. Whether the pair is a couple, siblings, buddies, or a parent and child — all of these would work for whatever pair you may be dressing this year.
The Blues Brothers
I may be biased (since this is my husband and son Charlie) but I think this is the cutest costume for a pair of boys or a father-son pair ever. And it is so beyond easy. We already had most of this stuff in our wardrobe, and the “cigarettes” were just rolled up paper and I colored the end. A lollipop would also work well. And before you say anything, I don’t condone children smoking, adults smoking around children, or social Halloween smoking, but it really was a key element of the costume. No kids were harmed, I swear.
Willy Wonka and an Oompa Loompa
One of my favorites from childhood, Willy Wonka and an Oompa Loompa are a great costume pair idea for a night all about candy. This momma made these costumes for her adorable boys and shared the full DIY on her blog, More Than Words Can Describe. SUPER impressive work.
Max and Moishe from Where the Wild Things Are
I love choosing beloved costumes from childhood, whether you are dressing kids or adults. So I think Max and Moishe from Where The Wild Things Are is such a darling idea. And how adorable are these two brothers in their awesome homemade costumes!? From Tried And True.
Harold & The Purple Crayon
Talk about creative! The momma behind these two cutie pies (and these fabulous tees) made these costumes for her boys last year. I love the idea of choosing a pair of your favorite storybook characters to recreate for a pair of Halloween costumes, especially when it is outside the box like this one. So good. Follow mamacase on IG to see what she dresses her boys as this year.
Axl & Slash from Guns N’ Roses
Another fun idea where you can put some of your own wardrobe to use is an Axl and Slash costume. And it is especially adorable on two little ones, don’t you think? From Costume Works. Any famous band pair would also work well and be super fun.
The Little Boy and Old Man from Up
Another super cute idea for a father-son costume is the little boy and old man from Up. This also comes from More Than Words Can Describe (she’s quite talented at creating costumes!)
Any Pairing from Star Wars
Think about it: you can pick a pair of Star Wars characters to fit any pair or couple you can think of. R2D2 and C-3PO, Han and Chewbacca, Luke and Leia, Vader and the Emperor, Jabba and bikini-clad Leia… the possibilities are endless. My two boys were R2D2 and Chewy last year — not really a pair but both were adorable and made by The Wishing Elephant (I didn’t have the energy to do costumes all by myself last year and she makes amazing ones that are so much better than Target-bought!). And with a new Star Wars movie coming out this year, it should be easy to find inspiration. May the force be with you.
What are your favorite costume ideas for pairs? What are you or your littles dressing as this year? Post your costumes or fun/favorite costume ideas and tag them with #OLD_halloween on IG so I can follow along and see them all!
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I’ve got another fun DIY coming at ya from DIY Contributor Chloe of Boxwood Avenue is sharing a fun fall escort card DIY that you can use for fall weddings or as place cards on a holiday table!
I’m getting married next fall and have been in full on pinspiration mode for all aspects of my wedding. I really want to incorporate some fall elements into the day, but I don’t want to turn it into a harvest party. I think these escort cards are the perfect way to add a little bit of fall without going overboard – I wanted something that could double as a favor, and could be set at the table, rather than having a designated ‘seating’ table. These turned out perfectly for that, and could also be used for any upcoming holiday parties!
- Leaves (from around your yard, make sure they aren’t too dry)
- Gold Paint
- Small Paint Brush
- Tulle (or container of choice – cheesecloth, mason jar, etc…)
- This Pen – you’ll thank me later (or just use a sharpie)
- Baker’s Twine
- Mulling Spices (homemade or bought)
I picked up the leaves from around our yard, and I have to say, I love that they are foraged and not perfectly shaped or colored! I think, the more imperfections the better, because when painted, the brown spots look wonderful.
To start, you’ll either need to buy some mulling spices (can be found here) or make your own! I used a recipe from good ‘ole Martha, but feel free to make up your own. I played around with it a bit by adding orange peel and leaving out the cardamom.
Once you’ve got your mulling spices ready, cut your tulle into circles. I used two layers of tulle for my sachets and cut them to be about 8 inches in diameter. Another option would be to put the spices in cheesecloth (if you’re worried about the food quality of tulle) or little mason jars.
Now you’ll want to prepare your sachets. Add your mulling spices into the center of the tulle or whatever package you’re using. Then bundle them up and tie off with some baker’s twine, but don’t tie it into a bow yet!
Next gather as many leaves as you’ll need for your guests. The leaves will dry and become crinkly after a few days, so make sure the leaves you select are still ‘pretty’ when they’re dry. I found it easiest to use freshly fallen leaves that were still pliable for the next steps.
Paint each leaf with a bit of gold paint, and allow to dry (should take less than 15 minutes). Once dry, use your handy new pen (or a sharpie) to write the names of your guests on the leaves. Be careful not to press too hard or you will tear the leaf.
Now that your leaves are done, add them to your sachets. I tied a tight bow around the stem of the leaves, which worked very well; and that’s it, your guests are sure to love them!
Such a simple DIY that makes such an impact on your table, right? If I were hosting Thanksgiving dinner I would totally make these. Thanks to Chloe for the great idea! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!