Fall Tablescape Ideas

 Today we are going bold with fall tablescape ideas that you will love.  I am actually participating in a tablescape showdown with two other bloggers.  So at the end of this post I will be begging for your vote.  Get your clicking fingers ready y’all!  You can win a prize when voting as well so there is definitely an incentive!  First lets explore my fall tablescape ideas with tons of pictures!  

Fall Tablescape Ideas -- Great ideas from bloggers using awning stripe tablecloths.

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Rustic Gold Centerpiece

I had this idea to cover barn wood with some metallic gold paint.  It turned out awesome.  But I just couldn’t stop there.  This rustic gold centerpiece was the result.  Use this for a dinner party or even for Thanksgiving.  A few bottles and some barn wood can become this rustic beauty in just a few minutes.  This post is a part of my design team status with DecoArt.  I am compensated for my participation however all projects and opinions are my own.  

Rustic Gold Centerpiece -- mix gold with barn wood for an elegant yet rustic table centerpiece.
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Chalkboard Kitchen Art FREE Printable

 I have a fun free printable for y’all today.  My chalkboard kitchen art is a fun cheeky way to share what is on the menu tonight with your crew.  Print this fun art that looks like a chalkboard and leave it up all year long.  Anyone want to know what is for supper?  Point them to this sign!

 Chalkboard Kitchen Art -- print this fun kitchen art for free and let them know what is on the menu today!

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Kitchen Organization Ideas

I have posted a variety of kitchen organization ideas around here over the years.  I decided I would round up the top ideas that actually work in our home.  These ideas are all still functioning in my home today and make our kitchen run smooth.  These are all tried and tested ideas that you can easily replicate for some organization in your own home.

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Organizing Spices in Mason Jars

 Is your spice drawer a mess?  I have a great solution for you!  Organizing spices in mason jars.  However my version has a unique twist with chalkboard that makes this idea even better.  This one was first posted over at the Darice blog however I wanted to share it here in case you missed it.  I have been living with this mason jar spice organizer for over 3 months and it really works for us.  I hope it will work for you as well. 

Organizing spices with mason jars -- learn how to use mason jars and chalkboard paper to organize your spice drawers.  A great kitchen organization idea!

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Refrigerator Command Center

 Everyone that has kids knows that there are schedules and paper everywhere.  In order to keep it all corralled and somewhat organized, I came up with this refrigerator command center.  We had a big empty area on the side of our refrigerator just begging to get clean and organized.  This is a project that won’t take you much time to complete but will reward you with time when you don’t have to search for those pesky doctor reminder cards or the latest sports schedule.

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Summer Utensil Caddy 3 Ways

 Are you throwing any parties this summer?  Get my ideas on how to decorate a summer utensil caddy three ways.  Turn a simple utensil caddy into part of the party decor with my super simple ideas.  The best part?  All of my ideas are not permanent so your utensil caddy can be re-used again and again.

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Paint a Step Stool

 Take a cue from the project below and paint a step stool this weekend.  A fun and easy project that will look great in your bathroom, kitchen, or any other room in your home.  So y’all I can’t reach the top cabinets in my kitchen.  Yep I am tad short.  So this step stool gives me the extra height I need without pulling up a kitchen chair.  However I wanted it to be pretty and go in the kitchen as well.  You will love this stencil and how easy it is to get this look for yourself.  This project was originally posted over on the DecoArt blog but I am sharing here in case y’all missed it.

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Painted Plaid Rug

I am in love with a recent project I completed and wanted to be sure y’all saw all the details on my painted plaid rug.  I grabbed a plain jute rug from Old Time Pottery and added in some plaid flair with just a little paint.  This project was actually deemed as “cool” by my teenagers.  Now that is something to shout from the rooftops y’all. 

Painted Plaid Rug -- turn an ordinary rug to extraordinary with a little paint!

Just click here to go to Old Time Pottery for the full details on making your own painted plaid rug.  I write a blog post over there once a month and trust me y’all…..you don’t want to miss this one!  Make one of these for your kitchen, kids room, bathroom, any room in your home.  A touch of plaid is great anywhere.  

Painted Plaid Rug -- turn an ordinary rug to extraordinary with a little paint!

Are you using plaid in your home to decorate?  I would love to hear where or better yet leave me a link to your blog and show me.  I hope you will head over and see my painted plaid rug tutorial as well.  This post is sponsored by Old Time Pottery but all opinions and projects are my own.  

Weekly Menu Planner System with Free Printables

I have a treat for all of you that are on the new year organizing kick.  My weekly menu planner system with free printables is the perfect way to organize your kitchen this year.  I am excited to announce Online Labels as a sponsor of this post and further posts here on The Country Chic Cottage.  This first one I am really excited about.  I find that menu planning saves me time and money.  I wanted to design an easy to use system so you can enjoy menu planning for yourself.  My system will allow you to plan a week’s worth or a month’s worth of meals.  So if you want to jump in to menu planning in the new year, give my printable system a try.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

Lets start with the menu planner.  First off I have a printable planner with the days of the week.  You can plan up to 5 weeks on one label sheet.  You see I designed my planner with removable label weeks.  Then each week you just peel off the plan and put it onto my weekly menu sheet.  You then have a place to drop in a shopping list for your week’s worth of meals.
Click here to print the weekly menu planner.  (Uses OL7000WX labels from OnlineLabels.)
Click here to print the weekly menu sheet with shopping list.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
You can drop your weekly menu sheet onto a clipboard on the fridge so everyone knows whats for dinner as well.  Not only does a plan save you time searching for something to cook but it can save you from answering that “what is for dinner” question.
Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
You can also print my free recipe cards that print onto an OL450WX label from OnlineLabels.  You can then just peel these labels and stick them to a plain 4 x 6 index card wrapping under the extra height.  I love these little recipe cards for organizing my massive stack of recipes.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

My entire weekly menu planner system will fit nicely into a binder in your kitchen.  Add the weekly planner labels and weekly menu sheets to full size sheet protectors.  The recipe cards can be added to 4 x 6 index card holders that will also go great in a binder.  You will have an organized recipe area in no time at all.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

Save money with a weekly menu planner system by planning your meals around the items that are already in your kitchen.  I love to think of what I can make with things I have on hand or produce that needs to be used up.  BONUS:  This saves food waste as well.  I am off to plan a few more weeks’ worth of menu.  I am wondering how low I can get my grocery bill in January.  How about you?  Do you meal plan?  Print my system for a new twist on your existing planning system.  Even if you are new to menu planning my system is super easy to use and will change your life.  That nightly battle of what to cook for dinner is gone…for good!

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
I am compensated for this post by Online Labels but all projects and opinions are my own.