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NorCal Fire Aftermath – Free Inspirational Printable

As some of you might now know from my recent Facebook post, my hometown of Santa Rosa was devastated by wildfires that started late the night of October 8th and have continued to burn into this week.  While I no longer live in Santa Rosa, my mom and many friends still reside in this beautiful part of Sonoma County and it was such a helpless and terrifying feeling to watch the news from afar while amidst so much uncertainty and active fire danger.

{via NY Daily News}

 

Those first 48 hours were terrifying, as my mom was evacuated and I panicked as to whether she’d be able to save enough memories of my dad during her frantic rush to leave the house.  The devastation is tremendous…as of the time I am writing this, Santa Rosa alone lost 3,000 structures and has a death toll of 34 and counting.  Over 220,000 acres have been scorched across series of fires currently burning in Northern California.  To put that in perspective, that’s over 260 times the size of New York’s Central Park.

{via LA Times}

 

In the days that have followed, what became evident was how many good, kind, generous, and wonderful people there are in this world.  My guess is that most news stations showed video of the fire’s destruction, so what you might not have seen were the photos of police stations overflowing with food for rescue personnel, not to mention donations for fire victims.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}
{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

Or lost ones being found.  Or pets being treated for injuries and reunited with their families.  {Izzy, the dog below, survived the fire and waited nearby for her owners to return!}

{via NBC News}

 

Or homeowners providing hot meals to rescue workers or just those that were without power and needed a meal.  Or the free services offered to those in need, no questions asked.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

Or the pictures of burned family photos or other mementos that people were gathering and posting online in an effort to find their owners.  {And the owners were found, by the way.}

{via  KTVU and Jessica Riveras}

 

Or those who had power, setting up phone charging stations for those without power.  Strangers helping strangers out of the goodness of their hearts.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}
{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

And the help didn’t just spring from within the affected areas, but from ALL OVER.  My mom evacuated to my home in the Bay Area and I wanted her to get some necessary supplies before she returned to her home.  Would you believe that respiratory masks were sold out everywhere??? People here snatched them all up when they heard of the need for them in affected areas and were sending them by the truckload.  Thankfully for me, a kind-hearted stranger donated a mask to my mom so she would be safe to return home.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

This recent disaster really got me thinking about how much strength we have, both as individuals and as a community, not to mention as a nation.  We have the ability to overcome and persevere through the most challenging of situations.  So today, with this in mind, I’m sharing one of my favorite inspirational quotes with you.  This is a FREE graphic that you can click, save, and then print at whatever size you choose, up to an 8×10.

For those interested in helping victims of the fire, please consider donating to the Redwood Credit Union, a local non-profit organization where 100% of your tax-deductible donations go to help victims of the Northern California wildfires.  For more information, you can visit them HERE.

 

We are NorCal Strong and yes, the love in the air is thicker than the smoke.

 

 

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P.S. – My mom’s home is near an active fire, so she has not yet been allowed back home.  The brave men and women that continue to battle this blaze day and night will forever have my gratitude.

 

 

 

Free Fall Printable – Grateful & Blessed

Today I’m sharing a free Fall printable with you that I recently made for my guest bedroom.  While I decorated other rooms for Fall {tour HERE}, I haven’t updated my guest room in a while, so to give it a bit of a Fall touch, I made a print that I could frame and display in the hutch.  And then as a bonus for YOU, I made 9 more!

Fall printable is styled bookshevles

 

I’m a sucker for hydrangea and peonies {real, fake, dried, digital – you name it, I love ’em!}, so I decided to create just a small grouping of flowers, along with feathers, leaves, and other stems.  I love the mix of blues, greens, and pinks because it’s feminine without being froo froo {does anyone still use that word??}.

Grateful and blessed free fall printable

 

The digital download is sized as an 8×10, but you can shrink it down to fit your needs.  I printed it full-size and placed it in a wooden frame, tucked away next to some books and ironstone…

Styled bookshelf with vintage books, ironstone and free fall printable

 

While not a huge change, I like the subtle hint of Fall in this room.

Fall French style guest bedroom with twin beds

 

For those that already subscribe to receive new posts via email, you can go directly to my Free Printables section to download {remember, the password is at the bottom of emails you receive from me}.  If you’re not already a subscriber, simply sign up HERE and once confirmed, you’ll have access.

Styled bookshelf with free fall printable

 

Free fall printable Grateful and Blessed from Tidbits&Twine

 

Plus, over the weekend, I created several other Fall printables for you!  All 10 of the Fall graphics below are available to you for your personal use in the Free Printables section of my site.

10 Free Fall Printables from Tidbits&Twine

 

If you download and use these, please send me pics!  I’d love to see how you’ve used them in your home. :)

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Eucalyptus DIY Fall Wreath

It’s been a while since I updated my DIY wreath but today is the day!  If you’re new to my site, let me fill you in on my wreath philosophy….I use just one wreath for every season.  Why?  Because wreaths are expensive and more importantly to me, they’re hard to store!  I have one twig wreath that I can use year-round and decorate according to the season.  This year I decided to use real seeded eucalyptus branches for a simple look.

 

Here’s what I started with: a twig wreath, floral wire, eucalyptus branches, and a box of pine cones and acorns that I’ve collected over time.

 

Unlike other wreaths I’ve made in the past, this one really doesn’t have a lot of steps or embellishments, so this is going to be a rather short tutorial!  To start, I selected branches of eucalyptus and placed them around the wreath in the same direction as the twigs.

 

Once I was happy with the placements and weight distribution of the eucalyptus, I simply used floral wire to secure the eucalyptus to the twig frame.

 

Ultimately, I decided to add some pine cones to the mix and again, used the floral wire to tie them to the frame of the wreath.

 

I always use an upside-down Command hook on the inside of my front door to hang my wreath.  I simply make a knot in the ribbon that I’m using to hang it and put it over the top of the door.  For Fall, I choose a wired burlap ribbon to add some texture.

 

The wreath WILL dry out in just a couple of days.  The leaves will turn more of a silvery-sage green and some will whither a bit, but eucalyptus dries out nicely and so will still look nice.  It can be delicate, though, so careful not to bump into it!

 

Here’s a look at some of the other looks this twig wreath has had!

 

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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