Just Jack!!!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Happy Autumn Folks!

Nothing like being fashionably late to the party!

The Autumn party that is.

If you see any of my stuff, you know that I’m a huge DIYer. I love creating with the rustic side of things. I love most anything rustic! Concrete can be pretty rustic. I enjoy creating centerpieces for my dining table using the inexpensive to showcase a bit of obsession I have with flowers.

So I created a cement bowl using a plastic jack-o-lantern.

This was not my DIY idea but a borrowed idea from @toni_marianna.

You must check her out on Instagram.

This all began with a plastic jack-o-lantern candy holder from Walmart that I cut in half to create the mold. I cut the plastic pumpkin into two equal pieces, vertically from top to bottom, using yard shears and scissors. Following the steps from @toni_marianna, I taped the plastic jack-o-lantern back together on the outside. Using cooking oil, I greased the mold liberally and the plastic glass as well. I mixed my cement Quick-Crete in a small bucket, following the directions on the bag, and poured it into the plastic jack-o-lantern, about three quarters full. I then used a plastic glass to create the hollowed center.

I filled the glass with rocks to weight it down.

After about 2 hours I removed the plastic.

My pumpkin, when dry, has air pockets. Although I tapped the outside of the mold after the concrete was poured I still had the air pockets. It was recommended to use FastSet, All-Crete. You probably wouldn’t get the air pockets with this type of mortar mix.

I removed the mold after the top was dry and very firm. I recommend that you grease/oil up your mold and glass very well before using. The glass in the center did not remove as planned and I had to break the glass to remove it.

With my cement pumpkin complete and ready to decorate with… I bought some grocery store flowers. I recommend that you use a jar or vase to place in the hole to hold water. Notice that I have a plastic cup placed in the hole. Hardened cement will not hold water due to it’s porous surface and it will pass through it and will leave water marks on furniture.

A Table Centerpiece

Using my grocery store flowers I styled them the best way possible for my dining table.

This wasn’t an expensive bouquet just $12.00 in all. I picked this bouquet for the sunflower.

Sunflowers are happy flowers. They add warmth to a room. They really do bring such a warm smile to a room and even on their own- amazing.

Those orange- yellow, red, and white blooms are bright and sunny!

Just what my concrete jack needed.

Adding some candles for the ambiance…

Using my branding iron candle holders with orange candles, I added copper votives and some old found brown bottles with candles for a bit of a moody vibe.

Now if these branding irons aren’t a bit of rustic and refound! I wonder how much cow hide the scorched in their day???

I think it all worked well with my rustic Jack.

Now, this is my kind of autumn styling!

I hope you enjoyed my post. Thanks for stopping to check it out.

A little wild west stylin’ for some wild west livin’

Happy Autumn!

Adding Some Touches of Autumn

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Happy September folks!

With this month well under way and fall just being days away, I have to say that Fall is on my list of being maybe my favorite season. I love watching the leaves change. I love the cooler temperatures, and everything pumpkin.

Since moving into our new house, I have been getting impatient about working on adding those Autumn touches that include pumpkins.

Since I haven’t ventured out to find real pumpkins or baby boo pumpkins to add to my autumn decor. I improvised using what was on hand.

I added some Fall Kitchen decor on a budget.

One of my favorite ways to decorate is by using some of my own rustic and refound, like the rustic wooden pumpkin.

I wandered outdoors and foraged the natural element of dried grasses and added them to a white pitcher for contrast.

I think the golden color of the natural grasses adds to the autumn feel.

I added some copper votives and tossed in a plaid napkin for a simple look. (I might add that the copper votives are from Walmart in the bridal section. They cost around $12.00 for a dozen.) This is a very inexpensive way to add the fall look to your home. Leaves, apples, and grasses are great options to add around in your decor to make it cozy & homey.

Autumn in the Pantry

You might have noticed that I kind of lean towards the traditional colors of autumn. Those warm, rich colors of orange, rust, and the tones of copper. Yes, copper. I have fallen in love with the warmth that copper adds to that fall touch. I especially love decorating with copper in an all-white pantry. Copper really adds warmth and gives the space a pop!

Again, I added my rustic and refound wooden pumpkin, apples from the grocery store & remaining greenery from a bouquet of flowers sent to me a few weeks back.

I love to sprinkle a touch of those warm tones with the pale neutral colors.

I think that my pantry will become a favorite spot for styling dishes for the season. With it’s wide open space and many shelves, it will be big on charm and a great place to add loads of hidden character to the various dishes on display. For now, I’m loving the rich colors that copper adds to my collection of white serve ware.

So if you are a fan of copper for autumn like I am – it is so easy to incorporate those delicious tones in your decor.  Checkout those copper mugs! I can’t wait to serve up some hot cocoa. I think those copper mugs might make a great vase for a few flowers too!;)

I just might be on the hunt for more copper to add to my collection.

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for budget decorating for autumn and using copper in your own home!

Happy Saturday!