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Halloween Burlap Table Runner

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

It should come as no surprise that I love decorating my house for holidays. I don’t just mean Christmas, but all holidays (Hellooooo. Remember my mantel madness? V-day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Flag Day, and Fall).  Partially, it is because I can’t sit still, I get bored easily, and it reminds me of elementary school, and I looooved elementary school, because my fabulous teachers were always changing their bulletin boards and room decor with the seasons. As a kid, it made every part of the year special and festive. As a mom, I want my kids to have that same kind of excitement and wonder I felt about the calendar year (or I just want an excuse to do something).

Two weeks ago, I busted out the fake cobwebs, spiders, and pumpkins, and I made– with Finn’s help– this Halloween Burlap Table Runner. 

Halloween Burlap Table Runner






 Here’s what you’ll need:

- Burlap Runner (or just burlap cut to the size of a runner)– I got my burlap from–; I can’t stop raving about this site! 

-Paint brushes

- a Black Sharpie

- Black craft paint

- A stencil of a bat

Here’s what you’ll do:

- Trace the bats on the border of the runner. 

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

- If you have a helper, allow the helper to fill in the bats with black paint. 

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-Write a Halloween saying or poem on the runner. 

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- Done!


Pretty easy, and pretty cute, don’t you think?





 Are you a seasonal decorator? Or am I just a weirdo? 

Wait. Don’t answer that second question :)






A Vintage Meets Modern Wedding

Our good friend Jen recently tied the knot at the Visionary Art Museum in downtown Baltimore.This beautiful venue was the perfect backdrop for the vintage meets modern wedding. Her colors were a collection of muted, summery tones with a fresh, romantic feeling. Jen’s big day featured so many adorable DIYed details, we just had to share. Look at the happy couple. Doesn’t Jen look absolutely radiant?! Ben, the groom, cleaned up nicely as well. Oh and that dress…

vintage wedding 1Twist46 Twist224The cocktail hour and reception featured handmade pinwheel place card holders, DIYed bar and dinner menus.The couple also showcased family wedding photos dating back to the 1800s. The invitations and coordinating signature cocktail beer label were custom designed by a friend. All of the details meshed seamlessly and the result was a classically elegant look that echoed the modern appeal of the venue.

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jen's wedding 2Twist521Twist998Thank you Jen and Ben for letting us share your beautiful big day! Also a shout out to Twist Photography for the gorgeous photos.

The Art of Correspondence

My grandmother was many things.

She was the firm and small loving hand gripping my arm in the grocery store to deter me from poking the packaged meats (don’t ask, but if she wasn’t watching, I would go over and poke and smash the ground beef and steaks in the meat case. I never punctured the cellophane. I just liked to watch the indentations of my fingerprints slowly disappear in the meat. It’s weird, I know). She never truly scolded me, but her firm hand around my small wrist was enough punishment because I felt the embarrassment of getting caught and doing wrong. 

She was the steady and ever working hands dicing onions and celery into the tiniest and uniformed pieces, picking cold Old Bay covered steamed crabs for crab cakes with a calm and unhurried patience. There never seemed to be a rush to finish, but her pace was constant and steady, and her movements deliberate. 

She was the pointed index finger for emphasis. In times of frustration or emphasis, it was always the index finger, slightly bent with an extra shake if she was serious, but never the middle finger. 

Her hands held kindness, patience, hard work, and restraint, but most of all love.

She was also the hand that mastered the art of correspondence. It’s a dying art, but she held on tight. Cards at birthdays– even for our blasted and ornery dog, articles cut out of newspapers and mailed. When my dad suffered a major injury, my grandmother sent him cards with notes of encouragement and comics every week. She was the the art of correspondence. To write a card, send an article, to sign “Love You XOXO” was her way of saying, “I’m thinking about you right now, and I took the time to sit down, write you a note, and mail it to you.”  She got it.  

Today, we send text messages, emails, snapchats, and post comments on facebook walls, but there is something a bit more personal and sincere, and definitely tangible to a handwritten note. 

Handwritten Correspondence is much more lovely with gorgeous cards. Here are some of my favorites:

The Letter Bird

Her cards and envelopes are fun and gorgeous.

Look at her Golden Girls inspired cards:

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source:The Letter Bird, etsy


Perfect for blank notecards. I love the crispness of the design, and I LOVE these lined envelopes. 

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Kate Spade

My good friend Jackie, another master of the handwritten note, often uses these clean and wonderful Kate Spade correspondence cards. They are simple and classic, and it doesn’t help that Jackie has beautiful handwriting!

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Yes, my grandmother was many things, but everything that she was was inscribed with “love” and an “xoxo.” 

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