1. 39th Annual Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival


    The Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival was held on October 26th and 27th in Micanopy, Fla. Micanopy is located 12 miles south of Gainesville and prides itself of being a small town with strong roots. The 39th annual festival filled Downtown Micanopy with over 200 vendors from across the southeast. Crafters, entertainers, and spectators packed Cholokka Boulevard for the weekend. Proceeds from the event go towards the operating costs of the 15 nonprofit sponsors of the festival.  


    Shops along Cholokka Boulevard are open for business during the festival on October 26, 2013.


    Five-year-old Eann joins his sister Lilly, 4, at a fall display put on by a local Micanopy antique store.


    The Episcopal Church of the Mediator is an annual sponsor of the Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival. Father Les Singleton and his congregation set up a free fall photo station for visitors.


    Vendors at the festival had an abundance of antique glassware.


    The festival offered visitors the chance to shop and learn about Micanopy’s history at the Micanopy Historical Society Museum.


    Historic Herlong Mansion, once home to a successful entrepreneur in the early 1900’s, is decorated for Halloween.

    Photos by: Izzy Mendez


  2. No-Carve Pumpkins

    Easy no-carve decorating ideas for pumpkins!


    Carving pumpkins is messy and time-consuming. Follow these tutorials to learn how to make beautiful pumpkins for decorating your home!


    Flower Pumpkin



    1 pumpkin, fake or real flowers, 1 large nail, hammer, and hot glue gun

    Step 1: Cut the stem off of the flowers. (I found that fake flowers were cheaper to use in this case.) You should leave enough of the stem to stick in the holes you make in the pumpkin. The flowers should look something like this…


    Step 2: Use the nail and hammer to poke holes in the pumpkin. The holes should be big enough for the small stem of the flower to fit in.


    Step 3: Insert the flowers into the holes. If they seem loose, you can use a dot of hot glue to hold them in place. 


    There you have it! Sweet and simple!

    Black Lace Pumpkin



    Pumpkin, scissors,hot glue gun, black lace, ribbon(optional)

    **I found an awesome piece of lace with a spider web design!

    Step 1: Take the piece of lace and cut a small hole in the middle. This hole will fit over the stem of the pumpkin. Note: The lace will stretch. It is best to cut a smaller hole first, and then have to make it bigger if necessary.

    Step 2: Place the lace over the pumpkin. Hot glue the lace to the bottom of the pumpkin.

    Step 3: Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow on the pumpkin stem.


    That’s all. Three simple steps to a beautiful pumpkin!

    Happy Fall!


  3. Tips for Crafters on a Budget!

    Here are just a few tips I think every crafter on a budget should know.

    1Invest in a hot glue gun!


    You can get a mini hot glue gun for under $10 and you will always find a use for it. Hot glue guns are a cheap alternative for other adhesives and will work just the same.

    But be careful…hot glue guns are meant more for a small or temporary hold. Most projects I do here will be hot glue gun safe. 

    2. Use coupons and shop for bargains!


    Crafts stores like Michael’s and A.C. Moore offer weekly coupons to help you save money! Don’t get the newspaper? Don’t worry! Michael’s website offers you the option of printing a coupon out or using your smartphone to scan the barcode.

    Use coupons to buy the most expensive supplies for your projects! You will be amazed at how much you will save! 

    3. Look for alternatives and embrace mistakes!

    Want to do a project but the supplies you need are way too expensive or hard to find? Look for alternatives! Most projects allow for a little wiggle room. If you can’t find a specific supply, look for something similar that can work! 

    Not everyone gets it right on their first try. Trial and error is a big part of DIY projects.

    I’ve often found myself trying to fix mistakes or figure out the correct way to do something. The key is not to be bothered by it. The time spent doing a little problem-solving will pay off in the end!

    Happy crafting!


  4. Mega Dens: A great show with an even greater host!


    If you’ve ever seen Mega Dens on the DIY Network, you have seen Anitra Mecadon’s amazing work.

    Anitra is known for her creativity and her ability to make the most of her budget.

    Like myself, Anitra learned that decorating in college was expensive. She credits her creativity and ingenuity to not having the necessary funds for decorating in her early years.

    Her hip and edgy design is a product of her background in art and theater as well as her degree in interior design.

    After college, Anitra went on to have a successful career decorating homes, restaurants, and boutiques around Atlanta.

    Anitra’s rock ‘n’ roll edge was the main reason the DIY Network created Mega Dens just for her.

    In the show, Anitra redecorates a family’s recreation room into a “over-the-top” sanctuary all while showing viewers how they can transform their own homes.

    In an interview with Northside Women Anitra said, “in college you have no money, but you have people like me who have this desire to make things pretty and want to live a certain way.”

    In one sentence, Anitra explained the reason I made this blog.

    Photo courtesy of DIY Network.


  5. A Brief History of HGTV


    HGTV is a dangerous channel. Stay on it too long and you will be hooked forever. My roommates and I can often be found glued to the TV watching House Hunters, Love it or List it, or Property Brothers.

    I’m sure everyone who watches this network asks themselves, how and when was the miracle of HGTV born? (No need to do your own research, just scroll down.)

    A radio executive with the E.W. Scripps Company, Kenneth W. Lowe, came up with the idea for HGTV in 1992. Lowe got the go-ahead and financial support from corporate and bought Cinetel, a video production company in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The main themes of the programming offered on the network were to be home building and remodeling, landscaping and gardening, decorating and design, and crafts and hobbies. To this day, the themes have remained exactly the same.

    In the early stages, HGTV was known as the “Home, Lawn, and Garden Channel” but was later changed before going public.

    On December 1, 1994 HGTV was launched. In 1997, a Canadian version of HGTV began. Between the U.S. and Canada, HGTV has created over 80 original programs.

    HGTV has been going strong for almost 20 years and it shows no signs of slowing down.

    Photo courtesy of HGTV


  6. I’ll Make This Brief…

    Have you ever realized how outrageously expensive it is to decorate your living space? I’m Izzy Mendez, a 20-year-old college student at the University of Florida and I’m here to offer an alternative to paying top dollar for home décor items.

    My blog will have great ideas and tutorials on how to make your temporary home (dorm, apartment, rental house) beautiful and budget friendly.

    In the fall of 2013, after two years of living in a dorm, I was excited to finally move into an apartment with my own room. Even though my apartment came fully furnished, it seriously lacked beauty. I quickly learned that simple items I took for granted at home (pillows, mirrors, pictures, etc.) were way out of my price range.

    After hours of searching the internet, I finally came up with easy and affordable ways to decorate my new home. I am here to share my experiences with all of you.

    I will pick projects that are cheap, but classy. Most importantly, they will be easy! I am in no way a professional and I will be learning as I go!

    I’m looking forward to sharing all of my trials (and errors) with you! Stay tuned for the first tutorial!