Pieced Pastimes: October 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 139

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 139 and Happy Halloween!

Ghosts and goblins may be out in full force this evening, so be careful out there!

In the meantime, it's that time of the week to strut your stuff and show us what you have been working on. I already know it will be wonderful.

"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween."
~ Erma Bombeck

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 138.



Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal at Tidbits. Cami gives us a tour of her gorgeous master bedroom. It took a little longer than she hoped, but I'd say the end results were well worth it.



Fall Home Tour 2015 at The Long Awaited Home. Be sure to visit 'The Long Awaited Home' to see her lovely Fall home. Touches of Fall are loving placed throughout her home.



When You Don't Have A Fireplace Mantel at The Red Painted Cottage. Carol shows us that where theres a will, theres a way. There is no fireplace in her condo, but she found this fabulous floating shelf at Pottery Barn and used it to create her mantel. So pretty!



Fresh Apple Tea Lights at Rosemary & Thyme. Janet shares an easy DIY project to make these perfect-for-Fall 'Apple Tea Lights'.


Updating Your Style - Staying Current at A Stroll Thru Life. Marty shows us how she takes her traditional style and uses accessories to stay updated and fresh.



Farmhouse Master Bedroom Progress at Making it in the Mountains. Kristi shares her progress in week three of the  'One Room Challenge' she is participating in.



Halloween Treat Candy Bar Cover at The Crafty Blog Stalker. Katie shares a fun Halloween project she found on Womens Day and created a free downloadable file for the Cricut so you can create some for yourself.



Black and White Halloween Table at Fabby's Living. Starting with the fun black and white tablecloth, Fabby created this fabulous Halloween Table.


Baked Brown Sugar Cinnamon Acorn Squash at To Simply Inspire. Sherri had never cooked acorn squash until she made this recipe and quickly discovered just how delicious this vegetable is.


Pumpkin Spiced Fudge at Living on Cloud Nine. Like so many of us, Andrea loves fudge. In this post, she shares a Fair Sweepstakes Winning recipe for a 'Pumpkin Spiced Fudge' recipe to bring out the flavors of Fall.


Za'atar and Goat Cheese Tartines at Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn shares a delicious and healthy appetizer using a popular middle eastern mixture.


No Bake Cranberry Almond Granola Bars at My Sweet Mission. Heather is sharing a tempting granola bar recipe with the addition of white chocolate that kicks it up a notch.


Rich Chocolate Cookies with Goodies at Something Sweet. Winnie shares a rich and decadent cookie recipe combining chocolate with chunks of candy bars. They sound sinfully delicious!


And finally, a recap of my share from the party - 2015 Fall Mantel and Following My Heart. In this post, I show you my not so traditional Fall mantel that just seems to fit my style.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 Fall Mantel and Following My Heart

We have been blessed with a beautiful foliage this year and I am taken aback each time I pass by a window or step out the door. Our landscape has morphed into something new and exciting and it reminded me that the time had come to refresh our mantel.

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My original thoughts were to fill the ledge with all things Fall, but I paused for a moment to listen to my inner voice and knew that my heart yearned for something different.

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I hesitated to show you this 'Fall Mantel' as it doesn't fit into the traditional 'Fall Decor' category. There isn't a single pumpkin, a gourd, a pinecone, an acorn or even a turned leaf. It doesn't contain any of these things, but it does reflect my style and how I want our home to look and more importantly feel.

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Days of late find me drawn to a simpler life where quiet moments often bring the greatest joy.  I suppose this is the reason that I tend to favor a style that borders on minimalism with a touch of rustic coziness, character and charm.

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As always, I chose a few basic elements to emulate the look that I wanted.

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First things first, in keeping with the art of 'making do' - I shopped my home and used items that I had on hand.

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Next up was bringing in 'character and charm'. I added a bit of texture here, a bit of texture there and a hint of color to reflect the season at hand.

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I like mixing newer items with worn and well loved things from the past. They just seem to bring out the best in each other.

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Plants - you don't need to live in a greenhouse but a few small plants breath life into a space and bring in that cozy, feeling of home.

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Hand crafted items always add a special touch. I had searched for a mirror for some time, but couldn't find one that I liked. This is where my DIY mindset kicked in and ended with me making this 'Sunburst Mirror' using wood shims. I followed the instructions here at the Crazy Wonderful blog with a few small changes. I staggered the shimmed fans a bit more and used a smaller mirror.

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Mother Nature may have given us a bounty of color outside, but my hushed 'Fall Mantel' seems to be more than enough for our home this year.



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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 138

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 138!

Our foliage in New Hampshire has reached its peak and the colors are truly breathtaking.

One can't help but be inspired by the awesome beauty that surrounds us.

This party seems to mimic that same feeling.

"I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it."
~ Lee Maynard

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 137.


Fall Mantel for 2015 at Vintage, Paint and more... Cathy used her three favorite elements to create her Fall mantel and I think she made some great choices.


The Superhero of DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorials at Thistlewood Farms. KariAnne shares how she created these pretty fabric pumpkins using her very own fabric line. So pretty!



Chair with Stars at Howling with the Moon. Liz shares a cute chair makeover with multi-sized gold stars set against a white backdrop.



Entryway Table and Mirror at Home Frosting. Lesa shares her refinished table and mirror and gives the 411 on how she achieved the old world feel.



How to Make Glow Stick Broomsticks at One Little Project. Debbie shares a fun craft project just in time for Halloween.



Go Bold at Hunt and Host. Kim shows us her gifted double rocker that she gave some TLC and a bold paint job that just makes you smile.



Lavender Cones at HMC. Monica shares her lovely lavender filled cones that make a wonderful project for the upcoming cold winter days.


Soft & Sweet Cornbread at Heaven is Smiling Above. Are you ready for the best cornbread you will ever eat in your life?......then, Heaven is Smiling Above says she has the recipe for you.



Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches at Crazy Organized. Lindsay shares a smart idea for batch cooking breakfast sandwiches to have on hand for those hectic mornings.



Healthy Egg White Scramble at All She Cooks. Jessica shares a healthy recipe for a breakfast scramble that she says is 'packed with protein and flavor'.



This is No Ordinary Butternut Squash Soup at Granny Fabulosa. Cooler weather calls for delicious hot soups such as this recipe from Nan for a 'Butternut Squash Soup'.



Mahi Mahi with Pears, Kiwi and Peppers at Goodlicious. A promise to her husband finds Heather cooking more fish. In this post, she shares a healthy and delicious recipe that her whole family loves.


Thai Coconut Chicken Soup at Analida's Ethnic Spoon. As I said earlier, soup is such a welcome meal for cold weather days. In this post, Analida shares one of her favorite recipes for a 'Thai Coconut Chicken Soup'.


Monster Bark at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina shares a quick and easy recipe for a fun Halloween treat.



Orange you Glad it's Pumpkin Season? at Everyday Living. Pam shares a medley of 'all things pumpkin' including a favorite family recipe for 'Pumpkin Bread' that sounds amazing.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 137

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 137!

It seems as if last weeks party just happened and here we are with the start of another.

It serves as a reminder as to how quickly time goes by.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."
~ Dr. Seuss

 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 136.


Fall Porch 2015 at master "PIECES" of my life. Maryjo shows us her lovely Fall porch filled with pumpkins, flowers, throws and pillows.



Crafting a Fall Mantel at Major Hoff Takes a Wife. Sara shows us her creative Fall mantel and is offering a free printable as well.


Dining Under The Stars at Rowhouse Blog.  Ramon is loving the crisp, cool nights for gatherings with friends and shares his four 'must haves'  for entertaining outdoors.



Printable Leaves - Fall Tablescape at Designs by Miss Mandee. Mandee loves all things Fall and is sharing a free printable of to us in your Fall decor.



Textured Jute Pumpkin at Little Bits of Home. Samantha has joined some of her fellow bloggers with a fun blog hop sharing Halloween crafts. In this post, she shares a tutorial on how to make this pretty 'Jute Pumpkin'.



5 Effective Ways to Say Sorry at T-shirt & Jeans. Nicki shares some insight she gained from her 2 year old in regard to saying your sorry.



Spicy Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese at Honey and Birch. Jenny joined some other bloggers in a blog hop where they make and share another bloggers recipe. She chose this delicious sandwich that she says packs a powerful punch.



Pumpkin Pie Smoothie at Little Miss Dexterous. Tara is enjoying the flavors of Fall with this healthy and delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.



Portabello Mushroom Pizzas at To Simply Inspire. Sherri shares a low carb pizza recipe that she says will leave you drooling.



Southwest Veggie Burger Patties Recipe {Gluten Free} at Domestic Bliss Squared. Jessica made several different veggie burger recipes and says she finally nailed it with this version.



White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars at Upstate Ramblings. Anne shares a tempting recipe for Pumpkin Bars with White Chocolate.


Mummy Pops of the World at My Sweet Mission. Heather shares a fun idea to make these 'Mummy Pops' just in time for Halloween.



 No Bake Chocolate Brownies at Rocket Looks. Rich and decadent seem to be a good way to describe these 'No Bake Chocolate Brownies' that Rocket Looks shared.

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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