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Brain is mush. But inspired…

Before I give these beautiful velvet pumpkins away, (hop over to Facebook to see how to win) I wanted to show you how cute they were on my DIY crates. Let's pretend for a minute these are mine. ;-) The vignettes I create unintentionally are sometimes my best ones. Does that happen to you? Sometimes we just need to try less. I was piling these crates up here and I have a gigantic pile of "stuff" sitting next to it from my excursion to the Columbus, OH Country Living Fair. After walking through the Country Living Fair yesterday, I uttered the phrase, "I think I have to process what just happened to me." The STUFF and the craftsmanship at this fair was incredible.  My brain was on complete "tilt" with inspiration. No surprise, I was talked into buying a few things. Can't wait to show you what I found during part II of my fall home tour this week. (Keep reading to see who will be joining me). Oh, and I'm going to try like hell to recreate some of the inspiration I found down there. … More...

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