Paisley and Cypress {Sawdust and Embryos}
Make an old tray into a gorgeous decorative mosaic tray using just about ANYTHING as the mosaic! {Sawdust and Embryos}
Make your own simple vertical succulent planter using hose clamps and tiny terra cotta pots {Sawdust and Embryos}

Fall / Autumn Related DIY Projects and Recipes

I’m finishing up a few things that I’m suuuuuper excited to share here. But alas, as I mentioned last week, I’ve not been so productive or motivated lately… so things are slow moving.

Here’s an example: Nick and I went to bed at 9 o’clock last night. And then we woke up at 6. That means we slept 9 hours for no reason that is real.

I painted the girls nails just now, and they’re watching an episode of Veggie Tales… so I have a half hour of down time! So I shall share a little roundup of fall-related posts from the archives. Because fall is finally in the air! (it’s been an unseasonable warm September for us. You too?)

Let’s start with this Indian Corn Cake Stand I whipped up with a coffee can and some glue! I still love all the moody fallish colors of the indian corn, and how this piece is not only décor but also super functional!

DIY Indian Corn Cake Stand... super easy project for #fall #decor {Sawdust and Embryos}

For some of us, Fall means Football Season! And you wouldn’t believe how many emails we get from people asking us to make one of these Broken Bracket Rivalry Signs… so I’ll save you the hassle: WE DON’T SELL THESE (licensing and trademerking issues)! But lucky for you, we made a tutorial, so you should totally go for it yourself! It’s not hard! And it’s a great way to ‘celebrate your differences’ if you and your loved one have a healthy rivalry.

'House Divided' Broken Bracket-Shaped Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

I don’t really decorate my home seasonally… except for Christmas (and even then). In this history of this DIY blog, I have never once done a tutorial on making a wreath of any kind. So the fact that this Mini Ladder Shelf is not only perfect for serving up some Thanksgiving dishes (if you do things buffet style like us!), but it also is just a fun way to display cute things on my credenza year round. And it folds up when not in use! One of my favorite builds to date.

DIY MIni Ladder Shelf for Serving and Entertaining! {Sawdust and Embryos} #fall #decor #thanksgiving #entertaining

I still love this rustic Birch Log Centerpiece with Succulents, and feels perfect for fall décor and entertaining. It worked out perfectly that my parents’ birch tree had some branches that needed trimming, but I know you can often find birch logs at your local nursery. I saw some at Earl May just last week!Unique centerpieces using birch logs cut to different lengths and succulents growing out the top! And everything bundled together with twine {Sawdust and Embryos}

Use birch logs to create a unique centerpiece... with succulents too! {Sawdust and Embryos}

And finally, there are several yummy recipes in my archives from my talented foodie blogger, Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles. Starting with the best Apple Crisp ever… with double the crunchies. I’ve made this recipe at least a dozen times since she posted it.

Double Apple Crisp

This Apple Brown Betty is a fall classic and a great one to whip up on a chilly fall evening after frolicking at the apple orchard all day.

Apple Brown Betty Recipe {Cupcakes with Sprinkles}

We all know it won’t belong before apple season quickly turns into pumpkin season. Ok let’s be real, I’ve already had a PSL, so let the pumpkin festivities begin! This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread combines all of my favorite food groups (bread, chocolate, and pumpkin) and I almost always have all the ingredients to make this. So it’s pretty much a fall staple around these parts.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread {Cupcakes with Sprinkles}

And finally, this Better than Pumpkin Pie Cake (which is really more of a bar), is soooooo good. It’s mo go-to fall dessert when we’re entertaining or bringing a dish for a fall potluck gathering. It always gets rave reviews. There was a day last fall that I made Nick stop at the store on his way home from work JUST TO GET WHIPPED CREAM to go with this dessert that I had whipped up on a whim craving. You know that’s a big deal since we only get groceries once a month.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

As I look through all these ‘Fall-ish’ posts, I’m realizing that all but one are either food or food related… which pretty much sums up why we love fall so much, right? That and the crisp air, hoodies, football, and the changing leaves. What’s not to love!

Happy fall y’all!


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Paisley and Cypress {Sawdust and Embryos}

Gosh you guys... I’ve been trying to write a post all week about a question I get asked a lot... HOW ARE YOU SO PRODUCTIVE?! But I keep laughing and snorting, and spraying coffee out of my nose at the very thought of having any authority on this subject. It just comes down to this: I only blog about things that I DO. I’ve never written a post about the MANY afternoons that I spend doing this: Or that day I fed my kids plain tortillas for lunch because I didn’t feel like preparing … [Read More...]

Decorative Mosaic Tray

Make an old tray into a gorgeous decorative mosaic tray using just about ANYTHING as the mosaic! {Sawdust and Embryos}

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One Board Challenge and Giveaway!


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Vertical Succulent Wall Planter Tutorial

Make your own simple vertical succulent planter using hose clamps and tiny terra cotta pots {Sawdust and Embryos}

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Styled x3 Challenge… THE WOODEN BOWL!


One of my fave blogging buddies, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, has a monthly series where she sends a couple bloggers the same exact item to do with whatever they want. Each month it’s a different item, and each month it’s different set of bloggers... and each month the outcome of people’s creativity always astounds me! Stacy calls it Styled X3. So obviously with such a fun premise, I’m super excited to be a part of this collaboration this month! I was so anxious to see what item would … [Read More...]

Conquering a Crippling Fear

Helping kids (and ourselves) overcome a fear of bugs {Sawdust and Embryos}

I’ve talked about my crippling fear of crickets here on the blog before. It had gotten to the point where I would despise summertime and look forward to winter just to be able to breathe easy and not constantly fear coming upon a cricket. You guys made me feel a lot better when I wrote that post by sharing your own irrational fears in the comments. Isn’t it crazy how our minds can take over all logical thought? source I’m completely aware of the fact that crickets are harmless and couldn’t … [Read More...]

Shading with Stain on Dining Table {Succulents}

'Shading with Wood Stain' technique by Sawdust and Embryos

So lately I’ve been keeping my eye out for old tables at yard sales. The only stipulations I have is that they be sturdy, solid wood, and dirt cheap. This 90’s honey oak pedestal table fell into that category at $20 buckeroos. First order of business was to strip the top surface. I used the same techniques from my stripping tutorial to completely remove the finish down to the raw wood grain. It’s a messy job, but somebody’s gotta do it! The beauty about this is that it also removes … [Read More...]

Upholstered Ottoman (Diamond Tufting}


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DIY Leather Upholstered Storage Ottoman


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