October Vignettes- Apples + aqua dining table setting

 

While we are still having some warm weather in the Pacific Northwest, Fall is certainly upon us.

The hydrangeas have turned from their gorgeous blues to soft green and pink tones.

The evenings have a chill that creeps in a little earlier than it did a few weeks ago.

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Cozy Fall farmhouse porch + pumpkin drunk

 

Since we are still having days that are in the mid 70’s I don’t have the heart to buy a truckload of pumpkins only to see them go bad mid-October.

There is nothing like an early pumpkin purchase gone wrong to cure you of ever wanting to purchase them too early again.

While I share the shots of this year’s Fall Front Porch I will revisit the epic fail I am referring too in the not so distant past.

I give you Fall 2014.

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Washed canvas pumpkins + early fall

 

It didn’t take much for the Fall Bug to hit hard here at casa twelveOeight.

One rainy afternoon and a couple fall Scentsy cubes and I found myself going thru my fall decor in the garage…

Pinning some casseroles…

And thinking up a new way to ease our home into early fall without too much of a backlash from the rest of the tribe.

We have had many days in the 90’s and even over 100 degrees in the Pacific Northwest lately.

To say I am looking forward to some rain seems a little strange, but that is just too hot for this girl.

And, I happen to adore Fall, and everything about it. [Read more…]

Black and white DIY Thanksgiving pumpkins

black-and-white-fall-decor-pumpkins-twelveoeight

 

Can you believe that it’s going to be Thanksgiving in just a few weeks?

Neither can I.  We were just knee deep in summer a minute ago it seems, and the wonderful holiday season has already arrived.

Being that it is my favorite time of year I will take it however.  I don’t know about you but I get a little (ok massively) excited when the holiday baking displays begin to pop up at the grocery store.

Marshmallow crème we are ready for you!

But before I get ahead of myself and begin to mentally put up our tree (too late I already have the colors, theme and location in my noggin) we have Thanksgiving to look forward to.

No matter where this Thanksgiving finds us, one thing is for sure, it’s such a good time to stop and really realize how truly blessed we are.

Time to spend with family or friends, or however you want, and food. Good food y’all.

I have had this little blog of mine for about four years now I think.

A lot has happened since then, and returning to work just under two years ago has meant not near as much time to write and share.  But that return to work was necessary as I left an unhealthy life behind and struck out on a new path with my kids.

This Thanksgiving finds me very thankful, for a great career I love, the ability to provide for my family, and a man in my life who supports me and encourages me to do the things that bring me joy.

Looking back I am not sure how we made it, it’s been a rocky path for sure. [Read more…]

Free Thanksgiving Printable + Brooke has a special announcement!

Happy November twelveOeight readers!  
It’s Brooke from Blissful Roots.  It’s been a big few weeks here at our house, and I’ll share more
on our newest addition at the end of the post, but first up I have a simple Thanksgiving printable to share with you today.
 
 
#Thanksgiving #Thanksgivingdecor #ThanksgivingPrintable
Click to Print
 
 
I found this beautiful chalkboard background at Lilac & Lavendar quite awhile back,
but I keep using it for my printables every now and again.  
I love the simple, elegant beauty of it.  
You can put any word/phrase on it, in any font, and you have an amazing work of art to display in your home.
 
I’ve always loved the word gather.  
It really could be used year-round, but it’s especially fitting for the Thanksgiving season.  
I really do love all of the amazing food associated with Thanksgiving,
but without having your loved ones to gather with, it would all be for not.
 

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Cozy Flannel Pumpkins | Perfect for Thanksgiving

how to make flannel pumpkins

 

Flannel, apple cider, pumpkin pie.

We still have some Fall to celebrate before it’s time to deck the halls right?

Well, just about every year I try to find a new way to decorate those lovely faux pumpkins from
the dollar store.  This time I wanted to try upcycling a cozy red flannel shirt that my Hubs just
wore for our Halloween party.  He wasn’t going to wear it again, and while it was a thrifty Goodwill
score, I wanted to find a way to use it again.

 

flannel crafts

 

So, this is what I came up with. [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Fall Recipe & Craft Features!!

Who is ready to be ridiculously inspired?
From recipes to projects to FUN, we’re constantly amazed by all of the awesomeness linked up here every week.
Thank you all for partying with us week in and week out.
It just wouldn’t be a party without ya! 
 
To search our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. 
AND, be sure to tweet your links using our #InspirationMonday hashtag, as well.
We LOVE retweeting your awesomeness! 
When you par-tay with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!
 
 
Inspiration Monday Party via twelveOeightblog.com #fall #fallideas #craft #diy #recipes
 

Gluten Free Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

downeast maine pumpkin bread

Mixing up a batch of pumpkin bread seems to make the house smell wonderful, doesn’t seem
to last long once it’s out of the oven, and everyone loves to receive it as a gift.
It makes a great hostess gift, or something wonderful to bring a new mama, or friend just because.

This bread is from canned pumpkin, but we did grow pumpkins this year.
Not on purpose however.
They were kind of a happy accident in a big garden on the North side of our home that you can’t
grow anything in.
Not enough light, and I am fairly certain the largest population of ants in North America may live
in this garden as well.  So with the whole no light/plant eating insect combo we have had zero
success.

Until this year.

The year of the wayward squash.   [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Fabulous Fall Party Features!!

Welcome to Inspiration Monday!!

Don’t you love this time of year?
Time for sweaters and boots,
and firing up the crock-pots,
sipping apple cider and pumpkin everything!
 
Be Inspired…
Join all 7 of us every week right here…
where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
and follow us all on social media via our blogs.
Did I mention you will be seen on ALL 7 BLOGS?!
 

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight

| What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom

 

This week at twelveOeight:

kaleb 1st birthday pic 1

Kaleb turned a year old!!

Halloween Decor 5

And I shared my simple & spooky Succulents & Black Pumpkins

diy black and white Halloween Projects

A group of gorgeous Black and White Halloween Projects and ideas

halloween treats 5

And mixed up a yummy Candy Corn & Popcorn treat to hand out to all those little goblins in your life 🙂

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DIY Black + White Halloween Projects

diy black and white Halloween Projects

Mysterious, beautiful, dark and kind of spooky.  Elegant, glam, and rustic all
at the same time.

Black and white painted pumpkins and Halloween decor is chic, modern, and oh so everywhere.

Here are some of my favorite ideas that have me inspired right now, and a few of our own creations too!! [Read more…]