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My Pared Down Autumn Decor

Can you believe that it’s almost Christmas? Again?! I’m so excited to show you my Christmas decorations reveal, but first, take a look at what the living room looked like before the Christmas transformation.

wheat stalks for fall
Living room entryway
In preparation for Thanksgiving visitors, I removed all items that were strictly Halloween decorations and added just a few fall touches to the living room. This is the entryway wall. I had to move the grey dollhouse over here to clear the dining table for company.

After the hoopla of my Halloween decorations, autumn looks very understated. To make a fast transformation I took away all things that were strictly Halloween and added a few fall touches to complete my living room in time for Thanksgiving company.

free fall printables
I started the presto-change-o by printing out a few free autumnal mages. You can find them here. and here.
morning sun casting shadows on a terracotta pot filled with pumpkins and fall fruit
Early morning light falls on a terracotta bowl filled with pumpkins, fall fruits and a bittersweet vine.
wooden cat on a white chippy table
Wooden cat on a white, chippy table
concrete wall in living room
power wall, wall of bookshelves
wooden pumpkin bowl
Found this adorable little wooden pumpkin bowl at a thrift store for just pennies.
coffee table dressed for fall
Early morning sun casts such interesting geometric shadows, don’t you think?
favorite coffee spot
This is my favorite spot to sit and read and have my coffee in the morning. It’s a great way for me to gather my thoughts before the day’s activities.
Mixed media sculptures by Les gains
While I’m showing you around the living room, I thought that you might like to see some of Les’ mixed media figures.
Mixed media figures by Les Gains
Les used lamp fittings- the part that light bulbs go into- and clay to craft these little guys.
abandoned bird's nests
On his walks around the property, Les also found and created a place for these little abandoned bird’s nests.

And now, just like that, the next post will be to share my Christmas decorations. It is the first time that I decorated even the bedroom. I usually just do the kitchen and the living room for company, but this year… well, you’ll see.

Christmas ornaments
And, before I could blink, it was time to dig out Christmas ornaments.
Free printable art

More Awesome Free Printables For Your Fall Decor

I WAS going to put links for the free printables that I used in my Fall/Halloween decor this year, but then the post became too long, soooo…. Here are some links that I used this year. Check out my other post on free Halloween printables too. There are some really cool and generous sites out there!

Halloween prints
Pictures waiting to see if they make the cut on the Halloween gallery wall.

Another primitive painting from me to you. Just click on the picture for a download. It is in 8 x 10 at 300 dpi, so that you can enlarge if you have a bigger printer.

Halloween primitive painting by Sandra McCall
Skull sculpture by Les Gains
Les’s little resin skull head sculpture with one of the watercolor Halloween printables.

Just click on the pictures below for the free printables/downloads.

Fall Printable 5
vintage Halloween post card
35 Best Halloween Wallpaper Ideas (27)
35 Best Halloween Wallpaper Ideas (19)
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Where to Find the Best free Halloween Printables

Looking for ages through Google just to find a free Halloween printable that suits your taste? Well, let me tell you, I just found out that the best and biggest selection of printables in one place are to be found on the sites that have free downloadable wallpapers for your phone or computer.

Coolest Vintage Halloween Wallpapers R53   2016wallpaperhd.site
Really cool vintage type art on this site. https://www.desktopbackground.org/wallpaper/coolest-vintage-halloween-wallpapers-r53-2016wallpaperhd-site-867282

The wallpaper images for the computer are set as landscape. They are great because you can crop to the size that you want your picture to be. Square? No problem. Oval? No problem. Plus, the art is done in a complete range of styles. Cute to spooky. Cartoony to realistic. Vintage? Yes!

Neato Coolville HALLOWEEN WALLPAPER UP THE HILL TRICK OR TREAT 1600x900
https://wallpapersafari.com/w/nL1GUc

Another plus is that the images are in HD and they are generally large files so you could even take a flash drive to an Office supply store and have pictures printed larger than you own printer’s capabilities.

https://wallpaperaccess.com/full/86465.jpg
image from https://wallpaperaccess.com/halloween
https://wallpaperaccess.com/full/86473.jpg
image from https://wallpaperaccess.com/halloween
https://wallpaperaccess.com/full/86479.jpg
image from https://wallpaperaccess.com/halloween

One caution- the sites say that the files are downloadable for free, but I’m pretty sure that it means for your personal use, so do keep that in mind. The art to be found is so awesome that I cannot imagine that the artists would be happy if we made posters and started selling them. Oooops! But, do check the links in this post if you are looking for Halloween art. You won’t be disappointed.

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Free Printable Paper Projects

I just had to share one of my new favorite paper places on the web. If you love paper projects, you will LOVE Mel’s blog – Melstampz.  She includes the smallest detail in her tutorials. The tutorials are easy to follow, with step-by step instructions, lots of photos and printable templates. There also a ton of free paper designs. I love the one  with all of the ephemera styled papers. Mel’s tags are adorable as well.

How Cute is this little ribbon spool with a hidden compartment?!♥

Round 3D challenge - faux ribbon spool with hidden compartment - mel stampz

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Home Decor

Halloween on a Dime

black Halloween tree

I LOVE Halloween, but I rarely have time to decorate my own house. So, I work in a visit with my niece and my grand niece by decorating THEIR house. Luckily, Steph doesn’t mind a pushy old aunt changing her house around. Plus, the kids (both young and old) get a kick out of seeing all of the decorations come out. This display is nothing more expensive than going out back and cutting down a few dead tree limbs. I spray painted them black with paint that I already had. The rest, ravens, tiny glass ornaments and skull, is from the Dollar Store.

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