Fall & Football Decorations

I am oh so envious of all of you that get to experience true fall: leaves changing colors, crisp autumn breezes, apple cider doughnuts. You get my drift. Here in LA, the most we get is a cooler night or two and a barrel of half-rotten pumpkins at every grocery store. Okay, I’ll stop whining but the point I am trying to make is that we sort of have to create fall around here. So over the weekend, we did just that!

The thing that most represents autumn in this apartment is FOOTBALL. We are big NY Giants and Nebraska Cornhuskers fans. So I went to a really awesome website to create some fun Nebraska football art for our front door at the beginning of this season. It was good luck on Saturday because we had an exciting win.

Walker even bought me some red and white gladiolas to support the team colors! GO BIG RED! Aren’t they stunning?!  They are STILL blooming, too…

To continue bringing fall to our place, Walker and I spent Saturday night carving pumpkins, drinking pumpkin beer, enjoying a fire in the fire pit, and listening to good music! It was glorious! Although, on second thought, it seems quite cruel to murderously de-gut and carve an innocent pumpkin while drinking the remains of his cousin.  Oh well… totally worth it! ;)

I had Monday off of work so I surprised Walker with another pumpkin that was painted with the Cornhusker “N” logo to match the art on our front door! I have been talking about getting a little plant stand for a while now, so I used the new pumpkins as an excuse to get an awesome one for $20 at Ikea. I made a little fall display out front for all to enjoy using the pumpkins, a piece of ornamental corn (for the Cornhuskers!), and some dried grape vines from our plant last year.

I really like the way it turned out! The only thing that stinks is that I have to bring the carved pumpkins inside on hot days so they don’t immediately rot!

To top off our fall celebrations, Walker came home from work to a homemade apple pie baking in the oven! We even made homemade chicken tortellini soup for dinner, just to maintain that cozy feel.

So maybe nature doesn’t really give us fall out here, but I certainly am feeling the good fall vibes in our place.  And really, that is what’s important. I love that happy fall feeling! :)

Welcome Back Etsy!

Walker and I had the most amazing autumn-themed weekend and I have a few fun projects to share this week. But one of the more productive things I did this weekend was to revamp and reopen my Etsy store, just in time for holiday orders!

Remember how cute and fun these are?!

Those are just a few examples of the many custom orders I have done.  If you want to check out more examples, take a look at our Pinterest board!

If you would like to place an order, let me know you are a reader of our blog and I will give you a discount because I love you so much! :) You can find the store link on the sidebar at any time.

And if you’d prefer a more hands-on approach, I have full DIY instructions here!

Have a great day! :)

Let Love Grow!

My best friend Laura and her new hubs (omg I can say that now!) are such incredibly creative and crafty people! All of the art and a lot of the furniture in their apartment is handmade by those two little artisans. In fact, let’s throw it back old-school style… in my second blog post ever on Our Cozy Cubbyhole, I mentioned visiting Laura and Dave’s first apartment together and being envious of how personal and home-y it felt. So naturally, when they announced their engagement, I knew their wedding would have the same handmade, personal, home-y feel.  And I was right!

The theme of the wedding was “Let Love Grow” and they featured trees as a main part of their invitations and decor. The stand out of the night was definitely the handmade beaded tree centerpieces they made for every table! Using hundreds of strands of wire and hundreds of hand-placed beads, the adorable couple (and any family members they could rope in!) created about 30 gorgeous fall trees over the past few months. Every family get-together involved some sort of obligatory beading session!

Thank you for the original photo, Erin!

But their hard work paid off because the reception room looked incredible with the perfect centerpieces.  The best part is that I got to bring one home all the way to California! It now sits on my fake mantel shelf above the couch, where I can look at it and think of the wonderful wedding day as well as the incredible people that poured their time and love into making that little tree!

Maybe someday I can get a full DIY tutorial out of them but in the meantime it is so nice to enjoy the beauty of someone else’s DIY masterpiece. Thank you Laura and Dave… let love grow!

Dave and Laura!  –  Thank you for the original photo, Erin!