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Autumn Leaves Napkin Rings for BHG

This is the second craft project I’ve made for Better Homes & Gardens this fall (the first was the Halloween mask). I, along with the other three bloggers, was tasked with creating something out of real or fake autumn leaves. And just as last time, you can vote for your favorite at bhg.com.

Wouldn’t these be great for setting the table on Thanksgiving? Here’s how you can make your own.

Supplies

  • faux fall leaves
  • faux berries on wire stems
  • felt
  • ribbon
  • pinking sheers
  • hot glue gun and glue

Instructions

  • For each napkin ring, cut a 3″ circle out of felt with pinking sheers. I find it’s easier if you make an outline of the circle with chalk before cutting.
  • Glue a single leaf to the felt circle, leaving 1/2″ of the stem hanging down.
  • Glue a few sprigs of berries to the leaf, wrapping the end of the wires around the leaf stem to strengthen it.
  • Cut a 24″ length of ribbon, and tie it at its center to the stem of the leaf.
  • use the ribbon to wrap around a napkin and tie the ends in a bow.

And remember, you can see the other three projects made with autumn leaves and vote for your favorite at bhg.com!

No New Glasses

OK, I’m a little bummed. No new glasses for me right now. My prescription has expired and the optician cannot release it to me. I’d go in for a new exam, but pregnancy can change your vision temporarily.

And I was leaning towards these from See (I stopped in there yesterday). They’re similar to the Fillmore frames from Warby Parker, but a little more flattering on me. Still geeky though.

New Glasses?

I’ve been wanting a pair of new glasses lately, so I thought I’d give Warby Parker a try. You get a pair of glasses with lenses for $95, and if you can try them out for free first. Sweet.

I really wanted the Fillmore style to work (remember, I included them in August’s style post?). I was hoping they’d be geeky-cool, but I don’t know if they work for me.

My shop assistant Erika tried them on and when I told her I liked them on her, she was incredulous. Her exact response: “Really? This is like the ‘before’ part of a makeover!”

So then I tried the Japhy frames because they come in pink, but I had to try them on in black because they aren’t sending out the limited edition colors to try. Yay? Nay? I think they’re nice, but a little average. Getting them in pink might fix that though.

And now I’m thinking I might like the Harper glasses in green, but I didn’t select those for my home try-on. Then of course, there are the free glasses… You know, the ones I’m already rocking. But where’s the fun in that, right?

I have to send back my trial glasses tomorrow, so I’m trying to make a decision. Seen any other cute glasses I should consider? Or do you like one of the pairs above?

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