Have you seen my cover of Woman's Day this month? 


It's definitely not the magazine it used to be, as editor in chief Elizabeth Mayhew, former style director of Real Simple, continues to make smart changes to update its look. The splatter paint pumpkins on the cover are part of a story I produced with six festive centerpieces that will last all season long! They're simple but sophisticated crafts that don't look crafty. This wreath, for example, is made from construction paper and wheat, then finished with gold beads.    


You can even tuck declarations of gratitude in each of the cones for Thanksgiving. 


The pine cone arrangement I made with a striped metallic fabric cut out into leaves with a pinking shears. 


The splatter paint pumpkins got the same solid gold treatment on the stems as they did in Lonny.   


Remember the Indian Corn Centerpiece I made last year? Here's a shimmery version in copper tied with a modern velvet ribbon. 


The pecan sphere I'd place on a mantle, a sideboard or even a foyer table as guests arrive for Thanksgiving. Swap out the color of the ribbon, and it's perfect for the holidays! 


Another centerpiece that looks great all season long is a grouping of birch logs dipped in gold, then drilled for candles.     


Back in a few days with all the behind the scenes!

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