Happy Fall!

I love October! I am trying my very best to bring Fall to Florida through some holiday decorations πŸ™‚ I had planned on making my own wreath but I ended up getting an awesome deal at World Market and picked up this wreath for only $10 bucks after coupons! You can’t get much better than that!
Below you can see our little veggie garden. Our tomatoes are doing really well despite all of the rain we’ve had lately. The wheels on the planter have made it really easy to wheel out of the rain and then back into the sunshine. You might also notice our garlic (in the green pot) really taking off!Luke and I recently pruned our hanging impatiens. It had become very long and leggy, as impatiens do, if you let them. I was nervous to prune it back, as I haven’t had much experience in the past. Luke assured me this wouldn’t hurt the plant. Boy, was he right! Two weeks later and the impatiens have never looked better! Look at those blooms! Best decision I ever made (besides marrying Luke πŸ˜‰ )Pruning the impatiens reminded me of some words of wisdom that were shared with me at my bridal shower (see below). Not only is pruning essential to bear fruit among plants, it is essential in our own lives. Without pruning we can grow out of control.

“Treat your marriage as a new vine in a vineyard. We must tend our relationship carefully. Our ‘vine’ requires sunshine and warmth; these are the times of joy and peace in our lives. Other times our vine needs rain, but it too has a purpose of making our vine grow strong and produce fruit. Sometimes we notice that we are not satisfied with the fruit on our vine, so we give our vine special nourishment, ‘fertilizer’ if you will. Occasionally, we need to ‘prune’ things so that we will produce more fruit. Then there are times when the fruit of our vine is taken and crushed, these are the hard times, yet these are the times that produce the ‘sweet’ juice that becomes the wine we share with our beloved.”

“Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” John 15:2

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Give Thanks Banner – Free Printable

We are getting into the fall spirit over here! How ’bout you guys? I thought I would share this Give Thanks banner I made with everyone. I happened to have all of the supplies on hand so the banner was absolutely free!! Those are my favorite kind of decorations…the free ones πŸ™‚Download the banner here:Β Give Thanks Banner Printable

Supplies:
Printer
Card Stock
X-Acto Knife
Cutting Board
Ribbon

Directions:
I suggest using card stock to print the banner so the letters aren’t so flimsy. After printing, grab an x-acto knife and a cutting board and use the crop marks as a guide to cut out the squares. If you don’t have an x-acto knife, you can use scissors but it will be much harder to get a clean line. Next grab some ribbon, whatever you think looks nice. I used some ribbon I had saved from our wedding gifts back in January. Next you are going to cut slits into each letter block. You will want to measure the width of your ribbon to know how large of a slit to cut. You can measure where each slit goes or you can just eye ball it (See below for a detailed picture). After you have cut all of the slits, string the ribbon through the banner. That’s it! I used small pins to hang the banner so I wouldn’t damage the wall. Mine hangs above my desk but I think it would look even better hanging on a fire place mantel.

Let me know if you have any questions πŸ™‚ If anyone ends up making this, I’d love to see how it looks in your home! Link to it in the comments below!Β Also, if there is interest in color variations, leave a comment below…I might make some different colors.