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    I am so excited to share my love for photography with you and your friends. I specialize in family and product photography, custom cards & invitations, but I also like to share my DIY projects, crafts, party decor and home decor adventures. Thanks so much for visiting my website!

    - Laura

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As a homeowner, there are plenty of chores that need to be done around the house. Some are more exciting than others. And some are much more important than others.

When an important home maintenance chore only needs to be done annually or even biannually, it can be extremely easy to forget them the next year around. That’s why fall is a great time to create a home maintenance routine.

Where does one start?  I have put together a checklist of the most common fall home maintenance items around the home that should be looked at and done before the cold weather arrives. You can view it right now on the  Life Storage blog.

Planning ahead and doing a few simple chores around the home this fall will not only allow for a stress-free winter but also free up more time to enjoy the holidays. And the holidays will be here before you know it! I have already started working off my list so I can sit and enjoy my cup of cocoa, too!

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Welcome November!

I am so thankful for all the many blessings I have been given – my family, my friends, my health and also the opportunity to be creative every once in a while.

I am continuing my collection of mini seasonal banners and this month I am offering this THANKS version free to my subscribers.

I have updated my DIY yarn wreath with the new THANKS banner as well as some new brown and orange felt flowers. I love simply love the color combination of the grey, orange and browns.

{The tutorial for this adorable yarn wreath and DIY felt flowers can be found here.}

The free printable is available here: THANKS Mini Banner

I would love to see your banners displayed in your home, too!

There’s more holiday decor and crafts to come throughout the holidays! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive email updates and more inspiration!  And follow me on Instagram for more fun!

Thanksgiving Printables Blog Hop

Don’t forget to visit my friends’ blogs to get some other fabulous Free Printables!

Turkey Favor Box from Just Add Confetti | Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Placemat from Crowning Details | Eat, Drink, and Pray Sign from The Party Kit Shop | Thankful Fall Printables from A Lovely Design | Thanksgiving Wine Labels from Elva M Design Studio | Conversation Cards from Press Print Party | Thanksgiving Napkin Wraps from BellaGrey Designs | Thanksgiving Leftover Tags from Just a Little Sparkle | Mini THANKS Banner from Destro Photography | Harvest Sign from SunshineTulip Design

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This month on Instagram I was asked to cohost a challenge using supplies from the Dollar Tree and local dollar bin items at other well known stories.  I wanted to recap and share a few easy DIY ideas with you here, too!

For Halloween, I chose to make a few items based on the themes of Ghosts, Witches and Wildcard.

I made this rag tie garland by cutting up a old white t-shirt and gluing googly eyes found at the Dollar Tree. My son helped me with this one, and it was a lot of fun to make!

I made this Halloween coffee mug using a  black mug at the Dollar Store. I embellished it with some vinyl I designed using my Cricut Explore Air 2. It was my first time using vinyl on a mug and love how it came out!

Be on the lookout, I think I will be making more mugs for other holidays, too!

For Wildcard Week, I chose to update this cute bubble gum machine I found at the Dollar Store. Initially I was going to paint it, but the yellow grew on me, especially after finding the cute (and tasty) Candy Corn M&Ms. I also embellished it with some vinyl using my Cricut Explore Air 2.

For pumpkin week, I used a mini crock found at the Target dollar bin. This little crock was $3 and came in several colors… of course my heart stopped a beat when I saw the orange! I thought it would make a cute jack-o-lantern so I embellished it with some vinyl using my Cricut Explore Air 2.

And of course I made a Thanksgiving version, too!  I love how it came out!

I also painted some Dollar Tree pumpkins using white chalk paint.  I then embellished them by using cute washi tape and gold ribbon.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and glad to show you that decor does not have to be pricey.  DIY decorations can be fun to make and personalize for your own needs.  I hope you enjoyed this post!

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  • Christen - November 9, 2017 - 12:45 pm

    I love these! How did the vinyl on the mug hold up with washing?ReplyCancel

    • Destro Photography - November 12, 2017 - 8:59 am

      Thank you Christen! I have hand washed the mug a dozen times and still looks like new! 🙂ReplyCancel

And with a blink of an eye Halloween is almost here!  I can’t believe we are just a few days away from the end of October!

By popular demand I have updated my DIY yarn wreath with a new seasonal mini banner. The tutorial for this adorable yarn wreath and DIY felt flowers can be found here.  And if you would like to make this fun Halloween version of the wreath simply replace with orange flowers and add this mini “BOO!” banner.  The free printable is available here: Mini BOO Banner Printable

There’s more holiday decor and crafts to come throughout the holidays! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive email updates and more inspiration! And follow me on Instagram for more fun!

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BOO!  There’s just something fun about baking for Halloween. This year we decided to make homemade Halloween themed marshmallows using our skull and ghost cookie cutters.  My son helped out and we had so much fun, plus they are mighty tasty! 

I used my Homemade Easter Peeps recipe and instructions from last spring and simply replaced with Halloween cookie cutters and embellishments.

The recipe can be found here: DIY Marshmallows

I used the following items for decorating:

Wilton White Sparkling Sugar

Wilton Mini Candy Eyeballs

Ghirardelli Chocolate Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips

They came out super cute!  My son had fun decorating them (and eating them, too!)!

They’re the perfect treat for a Halloween party this weekend!

For more fun Halloween ideas:

Chocolate Ghost Lollipops

DIY Halloween Wood Bead Garland

Jack-O-Lantern String Art {Free Printable}

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