October 08, 2014

fall decor | finger painting by turtle

what's better than stripping your kid down to her diaper and letting her loose on some finger paints and a blank canvas?

nothing...except for when your farmer strips down to his skivvies and they do it together.

kidding, kidding! my farmer doesn't have time for finger painting, so it's up to turtle and me to get our home looking fall-fantastic.

as you may have seen, i started our fall decor with our seasonal chalkboard...
and proceeded to make it rain at pottery barn on a table runner, ceramic pumpkins, and foliage for my giant vases.
we certainly can't leave out my turkey sign...it can be flipped for christmas time because it says presents in red on the other side...
but perhaps my favorite decor each season is when turtle and i bust out some finger paint and canvas and get our creative on.

this time we had some friendly help from two of our best gals - claire and her mom cathie (cathie was also a bridesmaid and my labor and delivery nurse for kaye...and hopefully k2 pending her work schedule). anyway, these two made their way from the big city down to the farm for an afternoon and obviously we were beyond thrilled. but i'll blog about their visit another day. today we focus on the art...it's too simple. 

grab your colors...
 lay them out accordingly + strip your kid down + have the blank canvas at the ready...
and let them loose.
i've done this little activity with kaye for over a year now and i have to say...this was her best creation yet. and her least messy. and she didn't eat the red paint making it look like blood was oozing from her mouth...this happened with our christmas art and valentine's day art. go figure. 
edible or not, these two enjoyed getting their painting on.
i like to think they had every intention of being abstract.

i also like to think that our finished projects make nice little additions to our fall decor.

and all for less than $5. 
the end.


  1. So cute! And I love that cake smash pic of Kaye in the background!

  2. Love all your fall décor, and this looks like a fabulous idea for the kiddos!

  3. How fun!
    I bet miss Kaye LOVED it!

  4. Love the paint idea! So cute!!!!

  5. Oh how fun! I want to finger paint now! :)

  6. Such a great idea! Not only are they seasonally appropriate but they are cheap and really mean something! :) Your other decor is really cute, too! Love that turkey sign!

  7. So cute, and brave woman for not putting something down on those pretty floors before letting the kids loose with the paint!

  8. So much fun, but I bet that picture of turtle next to the green pumpkin is going to haunt her forever, and her mama will probably show it to every boyfriend she ever brings home, am I right? What a cutie


  9. Oh how fun! Finger painting is such a blast!

  10. what a great idea of having your kiddos finger-paint your fall decorations! I think they're sort of like home made Christmas ornaments that you can pull out every year and talk about how cute they were when they were little :0)

  11. Loving all of your fall decor....especially the turkey sign. Is it me or does your farmer girl Amy also have that sign or do you share it? I swear I saw the presents side in one of her posts. =)

    And loving Kaye's creativity, but I'm more impressed you let her paint with no drop cloth...and you have no spills! Cruz would've had our floor looking VERY fall-like.

  12. Hey lady! Such a cute idea for your little turtle! My mom did something similar when I was little, some kind of handprint art on a canvas, and it hung in my bathroom and to this day I love that little reminder of how small I was once. Your girl is so precious but you can tell from your pics of her how much of a wild child she is! Your decor, as always, is FAB. Love your blog!

  13. I love the fall decor so much!!! Brings me into the seasonal spirit.
    And I did that same thing with finger painting and a canvas for mother's day presents - I put some painter's tape on the canvas and then let my little man paint over it - after his similar coloring skills, I ripped off the paint and "nana" emerged for an awesome present!! It was so easy and he loved it too :)

  14. I have just downloaded iStripper, and now I enjoy having the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.


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