DIY: HEY THERE, PUMPKIN DOORMAT

     The fall season is upon us and my excitement could not be more elevated. When this time comes around, my initial reaction is to pull out all my fall decor, shop for pumpkin-scented candles and make my favorite pumpkin loaf recipe.
     Over the course of the past couple of fall seasons, I have been searching high and low for the "perfect" fall doormat. Unfortunately, my visions for decor is not easily fulfilled because I cannot find the specific item to meet my vision or in all honestly, the price point is completely off. I am a believer in finding the best quality for the best price. There are definitely home decor pieces that are worth the extra cost, however a doormat is not one of those items. Therefore, I was looking for a pumpkin inspired mat to coordinate with my sophisticated, pumpkin covered wreath. After my many unsuccessful trips to the usual places such as Homegoods, Pier 1, Target, and online searches at Pottery Barn, and Frontgate, suddenly, an image appeared of an adorable "Hey there, Pumpkin" doormat. Instantly, I was drawn in and thought, "That's it! That is the mat I have been searching for!" Just when I thought the search was over, the price for a simple mat was $45+$15 shipping. Ouch! Why this expensive for a simple straw mat with black lettering? Therefore, I put on my creative hat and put my DIY skills to the test. After a trip to Joann's, I retrieved all of my supplies and began the process of making my fall doormat. This post will showcase the process step-by-step and hopefully, inspire you to create your own vision for this year's fall front porch look.

List of Supplies

1. Thumb Tacks - $1.00
2. Straw Doormat - $7.79 (On sale from $12.99 at Joann's)
3. Lettering printed at Home
4. Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint (folkArt brand in Licorice) - $1.99
5. Wooden Handle with Sponge Brush - $0.79
6. Scissor

*Ivy not included!

Grand Total: $11.57 (Savings of $48.43!)

Step 1 - Choose your font and print out your lettering. My choice of fonts were Brush Script MT in size 350 and Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold in size 200.

Step 2 - After cutting out your lettering, line up the printouts on the mat and pin them down with thumb tacks. 

Step 3 - Take the sponge brush and apply the paint onto the mat. Tip: Use the thumb tacks to press down and hold the lettering in place while painting. The lettering has the tendency to shift during the painting process. 

Step 4 - Ensure that all of the lettering is saturated with the paint and wait a few minutes prior to peeling off the lettering. Tip: After removing the lettering, you may need to apply a second coat of paint, if so, use a small paint brush in place of the sponge brush. 

Voilá! Your beautiful budget-friendly doormat is complete!


If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! I am happy to help!
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#NSale 2018


BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover 
Color: YELLOW SULPHER
Size: Small (Runs Big!)

Sale: $25.90
After Sale: $39.00

Louise eet Cie Sonya Pointy Toe Bootie
Size: 7.5 (They run narrow, size up!)

Sale: $99.90
After Sale: $149.99

Leith Side Split Midi Cardigan
Color: PURPLE MOSS 
Size: X-SMALL

Sale: $49.90
After Sale: $75.00

BLANKNYC The Rivington Ripped Straight Leg Jeans
Size: 28

Sale: $64.90
After Sale: $98.00

BP. Tonya Toe Mule
Color: BLUSH SUEDE 
Size: 7.5

Sale: $49.90
After Sale: $79.95

Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan
Color: PINK SMOKE
Size: SMALL

Sale: $45.90
After Sale: $68.00

BP. Raw Edge V-Neck Tee
Color: BROWN CATTAIL (Comes in 5 other colors)!
Size: MEDIUM

Sale: $11.90
After Sale: $17.00

*The material is very thin and lightweight. 

BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover 
Color: GREY BARK
Size: Small (Runs Big!)

Sale: $25.90
After Sale: $39.00


Louise eet Cie Sonya Pointy Toe Bootie

Size: 7.5 (They run narrow, size up!)

Sale: $99.90
After Sale: $149.99

Mural Blazer Midi Coat
Size: SMALL

Sale: $84.90
After Sale: $128.00

*The coat is thin and not a wool material. 

Mavi Tess Distressed Raw Edge Jeans (Indigo Tribeca)
Size: 28 (True-to-size! I have naturally small calfs, therefore these were a little loose in this area).

Sale: $64.90
After Sale: $98.00


Steve Madden Trace Studded Mule 
Color: NATURAL SNAKE PRINT LEATHER
Size: 7 

Sale: $49.90
After Sale: $79.95

Halogen Violet Genuine Leopard Calf Half Mule  
Size: 7

Sale: $64.90
After Sale: $99.95


My Experience:

     Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have been fortunate to have the largest Nordstrom store that doubles as the Headquarters near by me. The customer service is incomparable to any other Nordstrom store I have shopped in. If you ever have the pleasure of visiting the Seattle area, do not pass on a shopping trip to the city. With the popularity of the #NSALE and this being my first year shopping the sale in Seattle, I shopped online and reserved all of the items that I knew would be the most likely to sell out fast. This ended up being the BEST.IDEA.EVER. The store was absolutely buzzing with anticipated sale seekers and I was able to skip the crowd, collect my reserved items and head right into a reserved dressing room. Oh, Yes! This is my kind of shopping experience! If only they were serving champagne then it would of been a 10-out-of-10. I also ordered items online, those items were the two pairs of Mules, Mavi Tess jeans, and the iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase (Not pictured)! I have been wanting a silk pillowcase for a while and this was the perfect time to buy at a discount. I will do a review on this product after using the pillowcase for a couple of weeks.
      My favorite items from the #NSALE are the BP. V-neck Pullover Sweaters, they are incredibly soft and versatile with the ability to dress up or down. The Leith Midi Cardigan is a BEAUTIFUL lilac color, named "Purple Moss" and fine stitched, I look forward to wearing this on a cool day this fall. Animal print is a trend for fall 2018, I had to stock on the popular mule for the upcoming season. I will most likely be wearing these before fall though! The Halogen Leopard Mule is a solid shoe that gives an extra inch to your look! 

What were your favorite finds from the sale?!

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