504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Fall
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts


Burlap Table Runner for a Turkey Tablescape

A few weeks ago, I was visiting my parents in Southern California,
 and jumped at the opportunity to go shopping at the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store 
by their house for the supplies for this project.
My head was spinning...I had so many ideas.
I saw burlap...
I saw yarn...
I saw gorgeous papers...
I saw ribbon...
I saw, well everything!
I had a vision (sort of)...and now  I had the supplies.
It all eventually came together with a
Burlap Table Runner
 for a Turkey Tablescape. (#turkeytablescape)


Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice (too good to not share again)

I gotta tell you...I flip for pumpkin anything!
Carved pumpkins,tattooed pumpkins...
Big pumpkins, small pumpkins...

I also love that pumpkin pie flavor. So much so that in the Fall (and summer, and spring and winter) I often use pumpkin pie spice in my recipes when it calls for cinnamon (and I think the flavor profiles fit).

What I do not like is the price of pumpkin pie spice. I got a teeny tiny bottle of it at the store yesterday...almost $6.00. All of the other spices were on sale...so I had a flash of brilliance (or at least I think so).

Why don't I just make my own?

In fact, I already had all of the spices I needs at home. I use cinnamon a lot and ginger too, but nutmeg and allspice, well I do not use them all that much.


Fall Dessert: Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pie Bake

This Apple and Oatmeal Cookie Fall dessert is brought to you by Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and Smart and Final.

Fall is coming!
Fall is coming!
To me that means crisp sunny days...
pumpkins...warm sweaters...colorful leaves...
apples...and baking!
Yes, Fall makes me want to bake...and bake...and bake.

Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pie Bake by 504 Main #ChooseSmart #shop

Sometimes there is too much happening in my life to bake a treat completely from scratch, but yet I still want to make something with that special homemade feel. For that reason, I challenged myself to create a go-to Fall dessert that was totally yummy, but also super easy to make. I purchased First Street Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, one of Smart and Final's pre-made bakery items!

I have made dessert with cookie crusts before...but man oh man it takes time.
By using the First Street Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, I was able to skip quite a few steps, and save on time and ingredients!


Painted Fall Burlap Banner

This Painted Fall Burlap banner was created as a sponsored post for DecoArt

I was holding out to post anything Fall or pumpkin-y until September...I made it!
I do not do a whole lot of seasonal decorating...
but banners, those are easy to swap out and store!
I decided to start off Fall with my latest banner.
Seriously I am turning into the banner lady -
but people keep asking for them and I keep making them..so there ya have it.
Fall Burlap Banner 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

Now on to the banner! This banner begins like my "We Love School" Banner but has so much more to it. To me Fall is about texture, rich colors and a feeling or warmth. I think through the use of layers of paint and pattern and the texture of the burlap I have accomplished this feeling in this banner.


Thanksgiving Tabletop Turkey (the non-edible kind)

I hardly ever decorate for Thanksgiving.
In fact last year we went to Disneyland for the holiday.
But this year we are staying home and we need a few little things for our table.
When I received my Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch, I immediately thought the pretty edge of the circle would make pretty turkey feathers.

I was trying to create a modern version of a fold out honeycomb party decorations.
(does that make sense to you??? It did to me anyway!) 
I happen to love they way they turned out!
So, we will behaving visitors this year -
the two legged, gobbling, non-edible kind for Thanksgiving!

SUPPLIES (for one turkey)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch (since this only goes on sale 11/13 and you may want to make turkeys before then, you can easily cut circles and use them for the turkeys and then embellish the edges or other punches or decorative edge scissors)
  • Turkey Template DOWNLOAD HERE (if you have trouble let me know - I am not "skilled" as templates. I tired to get this the right size and to be downloadable...sorry tech challenged here!)
  • Elmer's Rubber Cement (my glue of choice)
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Black Sharpie
  • Scissors

  • I used a fluted sheet of cardstock from Canvas Corp. You can also use paper bags, cereal boxes, chip board - let your imagination run wild!
  • Tim Holtz Kraft Kore paper pad with "sophisticated" turkey colors.

  • Optional: Distress In, Frayed Burlap

1. Print out the template (click here to download)
2. Cut out 2 turkey bodies in the fluted cardboard (NOTE: you can use any paper - I have even used the back of cereal boxes). BE SURE TO FLIP THE TURKEY BODY OVER SO THAT YOU HAVE ONE OF EACH SIDE.

3. Cute out 2 waddles (I used the same red for all of the turkeys - it only takes a bit of paper).

4. Determine your color combinations for the turkey feathers (my paper pad only had 24 sheets, so I mixed and matched).

5. Cut 3 circles total: 1 - 6" circle, 1 - 7" circle, 1 - 8" circle

6. Fold the circles in half; cut the circles in half; fold the halves in half.

7. Glue the turkey bodies together using the rubber cement (or you glue of choice). Brush rubber cement on both sides of the body and stick together for the best hold.

8. Use the Distress Ink to ink the edges of the turkey body

9. Right where the curve of the turkey neck becomes the "body" run a line of hot glue and attach the one half of the 6" circle along that line  - Try to place it so that the hot glue is not visible from the front of the turkey. Hold in place until glue hardens.

10. Run a line of hot glue just behind the folded 6" circle. Take the half of the 7" circle and place it right up next to the fold of the 6" circle.

11. Run a line of hot glue just behind the folded 7" circle. Take the half of the 8" circle and place it right up next to the fold of the 7" circle.

12. Fan out the folds. My paper was a cardstock and folded and kept its shape pretty well. You can add more glue to keep the feathers in the order/arrangement you desire.  

13. Glue the waddles on the turkeys.

There you go...cute little non-edible turkeys - one for each pace setting...or better yet how about making one big one as a centerpiece - off to make one now! 

Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving table decoration?

Don't forget, you can tune into HSN or visit HSN.com on 11/13/12 to get the Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch (it's only available on HSN and HSN.com)

Martha Stewart Crafts is offering a 20% discount online through 12/31/12 when you
enter the Coupon Code BLOG20 at checkout.

(it cannot be used on the Circle Edge Punch which can only be purchased on HSN)
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: I was supplied a Circle Edge punch for a previously published review


Tattooed Pumpkin Placecards

We had the most amazing Princess-y Party yesterday.
Eight girls dressed in the princess best come over for a Halloween Tea party!
I am still giddy about it. They were enchanting.

 I included a number of elements, but one of my favorites (and the girls got to take them home) were the placecards pumpkins. (the entire party will be posted by Monday but you can see the preplanning now!)

First I adore pumpkins of all sizes shapes, and colors,
but these mini white ones are magical to me!

I have tattooed pumpkins before and love this technique.
I feel that since TEMPORARY TATTOOS are made for human skin,
they curve and stick to the skin of a pumpkin really well...
so that is why I continue to use them.

I also LOVE tattoo paper because I can print detailed images
from amazing sources like The Graphics Fairy.
(see my original tattoo pumpkin post for those pumpkins)

Tattooed Pumpkin Tutorial
This tutorial is from my original Tattooed Pumpkin Post
BUT it has been UPDATED!
Here's what you need:
  • Pumpkins
  • You just need Temporary Inkjet Tattoo Paper/Kit - You can buy TEMPORARY INKJET TATTOO PAPER many places. Usually you get1-2 sheets per pack (You need one sheet of printable paper and one sheet of adhesive for each project).
  • I purchased this last batch from Robins Eggcetera on ebay - at the time, the best price for the most paper. Here is a link for Amazon:
    NOTE: I used 2 sheets of paper/adhesive to print 11 names and a Happy Halloween phrase too


  • Seriously, I just followed the package directions.Each product will have its own directions...just read them (yes, I actually did read the directions this time)
  • Decide on a design. For this project I simply used French Script from my regular old fonts and enlarged it to my desired size. But is you can (legally) download it, you can print it!
    • NOTE: If you are printing names or for most images - be sure to use the MIRROR Image option so the final product is exactly as you imagined it would be.
  • After the print has dried thoroughly, apply the adhesive. Remove the solid side of the adhesive backing and line up the edges of the printed sheet and adhesive. Smooth adhesive onto printed sheet. I used a credit card to firmly push out the air bubbles and get good adhesion.
  • Cut out the design - with your scissors.
  • Remove the clear backing from the adhesive when yo are ready to apply. It will be sticky once you do this.
  • Position the tattoo and rub/push into place.
  • Apply a moist cloth to dampen the tattoo and get the tattoo to stick (just like those temporary tattoos the kids get at parties). After about 20-30 seconds the top paper (the actually backing of the printed sheet) will loosed. If it is not loose, reapply the moist cloth/paper.
  • If some parts are sticking up, loose, not completely adhered, I was able to use my finger lightly to smooth things out.

Be sure to come back Monday for all the party details
Whatcha think? 
 Fun for Halloween...or heck all Fall long!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes!

My kids and I love breakfast for dinner...
my hubby, well, that is another story.
So, whenever daddy is working late or out of town,
the kids and I make breakfast for dinner.
Our absolute FAVORITE is Pumpkin Pancakes.
Yes, we all know I like to look at pumpkins,
but I love to eat them too!

I am not quite sure where I got this recipe.
I don't usually make up my own recipes,
but rather tweak them. Just as an FYI, when I googled
"pumpkin pancakes," a similar one came up on about.com
(click here for their recipe).
I have some yummy additions however! So, with no further adieu...

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes
2 Cups White-Whole Wheat Flour (or all-purpose)
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed (optional)
2 TBLSPN Brown Sugar
1 TBLSPN Baking Powder
1 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4/ tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger (optional)
1 tsp salt

1 egg
1/2 cup pumpkin ( canned or fresh...just be sure it is smooth)
1 3/4 cup milk
2 TBLSPN Vegetable or Canola Oil

A Very Optional Ingredient...
Chocolate Chips!...preferably mini-chocolate chips
(isn't everything better with chocolate!)

Mix the dry ingredients together
Mix the wet ingredients together
Add the dry to the wet, gradually

The batter is thick...and the pancakes are too.

Now, this part is very technical...
...Heat up the griddle/pan and cook like regular pancakes!
Makes about 8-10 depending on size of pancakes.

I add the chocolate chips prior to flipping.
Serve with your favorite toppings.

These pancakes are so good my kids
eat them for a couple of days like cookies!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre