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I’m deviating from my usual Saturday inspiration and design tip post to share another form of inspiration with you.

 I am always working to be a better person, a better blogger and to grow my businesses and the universe must be tuned in to that because this week 4 great articles on blogging, business and life were in my inbox.

Each article is filled with lots of great tips and advice that is not only applicable to blogging but also to life so I just had to share them with you.

 If you’re a blogger I hope this info inspires you in a new way and if you’re not a blogger, I hope the inspiration you find in these words enhance your life.

Enjoy and Be Inspired!

 Blogging Tips

Blogging Organization Tips 

Lessons learned

Lessons Learned From Blogging

Work Life

How to Have A Healthy Work Life At Home

Blogging and Life

What Blogging Can Teach You About Life

Grateful Paper Wreath

The other day I popped into Paper Source to pick up some of the wood leaves they sell for a gift wrapping project.  As I usually do when I go to Paper Source, I spent some time wandering around checking out all the cool stuff they have.

Most of you probably think of Paper Source as  just a gift wrapping and packaging supply store but I’m here to tell you they have so many other cool items.

As I wandered around the store I kept coming across items I thought would work great as part of a Thanksgiving table setting.  I was so inspired I decided to pull together an inspiration board showing you how I’d use gift wrap, gift items and crafting supplies to set a table.

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Paper Source inspired  Thanksgiving table setting:
 
 I love using wrapping paper as a table runner and this Multi Stem Flower Wrapping Paper is the perfect color and pattern for a festive Thanksgiving table.
 
This Burlap Wreath Kit will make a pretty centerpiece and you’ll get to do a little crafting when you make it. Add a glass hurricane in the center to great a beautiful candle centerpiece. 
 
I fell in love with these Wooden Fall Leaves when I saw them on-line and after seeing them in person I think they’d make great coasters for your fall table.  Coat each leave with Mod Podge to seal the surface.
 
Every beautiful table needs pretty candle holders.  The Peony and Rose Vanilla Candle in this chic gold chevron glass jar will add an elegant touch to your table.
 
Another great use for wrapping paper is to cut it into squares and use it as a place mat alternative.  This Thick Cherry Wood Paper is ideal to use on the table and adds a rustic touch to the decor.
 
Taking a color cue from the paper runner, these Mint Patterned Napkins are the perfect color and pattern accent against the gold and brown elements on the table.
 
To make a simple napkin ring for your table just wrap one of these Thanksgiving Scallop Oval Stickers around each rolled napkins on the table.
 
So what do you think of this fun tablescape?   Paper Source has a ton of great product so the next time you’re in the store take a look around and see what you can create.
 
Shelly
 
this is not a sponsored post, just sharing  products I love and how my crazy creative brain works

 

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Have you ever walked into someone’s kitchen or toured a model home kitchen and felt like the kitchen island was nothing more than a big box that took up space in the center of the room?

I was in a kitchen recently and the island stood our like an eyesore.  There were no design details on the island and the only real function the island served was for food prep.

When you think about it, a kitchen island is basically a big rectangle or square box, sometimes with functional elements built-in and other times not.  It can be a free-floating, movable element or a built-in design.

The kitchen I was in got me thinking about creative way to add style and function to a large kitchen island so today I want to highlight a few design and architectural ideas to give a plain island style and personality.

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Every season I do a little refresh of the bed linens on our bed.  I like to change things up a bit to  reflect the colors of the season and how I’m feeling.

With the onset of fall it was time for the pink and red pillows to move out and rich, warm colors to move in.

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This is one of my favorite weeks on the entire year because this weekend the Country Living Fair comes to town.

I can’t wait to check out this year’s stack of pumpkins and gourds, a signature statement that is at the entrance of the fair each year.

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I may have mentioned before that my mom is part of group of women that get together every month to play POKENO. They bet pennies and at the end of the day all of the pennies are collected and put in a large jar.  Around Christmas time the group gathers the pennies they’ve collected throughout the year and buy non-parishable food.  Then they create gift bags filled with food and treats and take the bags to the local nursing home to hand out to the patients there.  This is a pretty major gesture since most of the ladies in my moms group are in their 80’s!

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Since my mom is hosting the October  Pokeno party, I thought I’d send a box of candy to her so all the ladies could enjoy it at their gathering.  Of course I couldn’t send a store bought box of candy so I got busy making a crafting a custom candy box.

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Seeing what’s on someones nightstand is always interesting to me.  Books tell a lot about what a person’s interest, decorative accessories say a lot about a person’s style and photos capture a moment in a person’s life.

The other evening I did a little rearranging of my nightstand, updated my reading stack and added a couple of new decorative elements to give is a bit of a fall feel.

Here’s what’s on my nightstand and a little glimpse into my life….

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I always have books on my nightstand and it’s usually a design book or inspirational read.  I just got purchased the Elements of Style book and it is sitting on top of the stack.  The cover image of the book is just stunning and I can’t wait to flip through the pages.

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This polka dot dish is a simple DIY project I made using a white ceramic plate from Homegoods and gold adhesive dots from Wallternatives!

The SUCCESS stone was a gift and it stays on my nightstand to remind me that I am in charge of my success.

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I love flowers on my nightstand and filled a small brass container with a few fall colored faux flower stems.

The white lacquered box holds my journal, old-school Ipod and some lavender sheet spray.  If you haven’t tried lavender sheet spray, I highly recommend it.  You’ll sleep like a baby.

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I love animal prints and decided to use my thrifted animal tray as a backdrop on the nightstand.

And, you’re getting a look at the new pillows I added for fall.  I share more on my bed linen refresh next week.

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So there you have it, a look at what’s on my nightstand for fall.

Shelly

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It has been months since I’ve been to Anthropologie.  I try to pop in at least once a month to see what new gems they have but my summer travels and work kept me away.

I took a little time this past weekend to drop by the store (in hopes of starting a little Christmas shopping) and there were so many awesome items that I could hardly contain myself.

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