Oct 1

Fall Decorating Contest

2009 at 11:34 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Homemaking | Holidays

pumpkinsAs a new bride, I was inspired by Edith Schaeffer’s The Hidden Art of Homemaking to create a centerpiece every night for dinner—“transforming [our] ordinary meal-table into a place of surprise and beauty.”

I tried to conjure up in my mind original centerpiece ideas, but nothing ever came. I tried collecting stuff from around the house to create a centerpiece, but my efforts left a lot to be desired. Wildflowers in a vase were as imaginative as I got.

Finally, I had to accept that I am inept when it comes to centerpieces. I abandoned my nightly goal and settled for a candle, which I occasionally remember to light.

Each new season, however, I still get inspired to freshly decorate my table, front door, and entire home with appropriate colors and ornaments. With the arrival of fall, I have the urge to fill my house with pumpkins, apples, dried leaves and gourds. But I’m as incompetent as ever when it comes to creating decorations.

I need help and so I’ve decided to run a contest. Please send us your fall decorating ideas—centerpieces, wreaths, or any kind of fall-themed home decoration. All craft ideas must be simple enough for someone like me to assemble, and if you can send a picture along with your instructions, that is preferred.

Contact us, or email us directly (with attachments) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The prize for our favorite idea is a $50 gift card to Michaels, or an online store of your choice (if you live outside the US/Canada or don’t have a Michaels in your area). Deadline is next Friday, October 9th.

Help me bring surprise and beauty to my home this fall!