{More} American Girl Doll Beds

The holiday season is always busy for us, and this year has been no exception.  I’ve been working away on Christmas gifts, but haven’t had much time to blog about it.  These two cuties were just too adorable to let slip on by, though.  Not long ago, I shared a fun (and cheap) American Girl doll bed we made for a friend using an Ana White plan.  When my sister-in-law asked me to make a couple of those beds for her girls, I happily took on the project.    Because these beds were going to sisters, I wanted them each to be a little different and unique.  I had some leftover plywood lying around from my trumeau mirror project, so I cut it to size and used it to replace the slatted 1×3 headboard and footboard panels in Ana’s plan.

The headboard panel was cut 6″ x 12.5″ and the footboard was 3″ x 12.5″.  I pretty much followed the plans for the rest of the build.  I did add a piece of 3/8″ thick board cut 1.5″ x 6″ to make two panels in the headboard.  I also added some cove molding to the inside of the headboard and footboard panels and routed the top and bottom header boards with my ogee bit.

This gave everything a more finished look.  Then I puttied all my nail holes and sanded everything down.

This was how the headboard looked when it was ready for paint.  I gave everything a coat of primer and two coats of spray paint.  The other bed I built exactly according to Ana’s plans.  We wanted a more country feel for that one.

Here you can see the difference between the two headboards.  I realize the black is hard to see, but it really does look quite sophisticated in person.   ;-)

I made all the bedding myself.  I didn’t really use a pattern, because I was sort of winging it.  I will say, though, that I found this tutorial for making a fitted doll sheet at From an Igloo, and it was immensely helpful.  She even has a tutorial for making pillows and pillowcases for your doll beds.  It’s awesome!

I love modifying Ana’s plans.  They are just so versatile, and you can always put your own twist on your builds to make them reflect your taste.  I just love the way these beds represent my nieces’ personalities–completely different, but totally cute.  They are sturdy enough that they will be around a long time, too.  I can’t wait to see how they like them.

Did you build any of your own Christmas gifts this year?  I’d love to see them!

Happy Holidays!

Cabinet Door Easel

I’m back with a fun project that makes a perfect birthday or Christmas gift.  Remember those cabinet doors I found on a curbside trash day?

There were three of them, and I used the largest to make my game room snack tray.

The other one became a floor desk for my cute little niece.

I had one more left, and a birthday for another niece coming up.  When I came across this super cute chalkboard easel at RH Baby & Child, inspiration struck.  I loved this easel, but at $119 + shipping, I knew it wasn’t coming home with me.  I figured I could make my own version for much cheaper.

I started with a couple of pine 1×2′s, and made my frame.  I made two of these frames, one for the front, and one for the back.  They’ll be hinged at the top to make the A frame.

I cut my frame to the dimensions necessary for my cabinet door.  These dimensions actually work pretty well for a child’s easel, even if you don’t have a cabinet door to work with.  You can just use a piece of fiberboard nailed to the back of the frame to make the chalkboard (this will make it look exactly like the RH version).  If you are using a cabinet door, your dimensions may differ from mine.

I cut each easel leg at 15 degree angle.  I wanted my legs to sit flat on the floor, and this seemed to work perfectly.  Once I had all my pieces cut, I used my Kreg Jig to join the top and bottom of the frame to the legs.

With my frames made, I attached the cabinet door to the front of one of the frames with Gorilla Glue, a brad gun, and LOTS of clamps.  Then I took a leftover piece of 1×3 board and made a chalk tray.

I cut my chalk tray the width of the finished frame.  Since my bottom piece was 18″ and my 1×2′s were 1.5″ wide each, my chalk tray was 21″ long.  Yours may vary depending on the width of your cabinet door and/or the width of your 1×2 boards.  Once I had everything cut, I made a mark to indicate where I wanted to route my chalk channel.  I used a 1/2″ straight bit to carve a channel in the tray to hold chalk.

Then I attached the tray to the bottom of the cabinet door with Gorilla Glue, clamps, and lots of nails.  I filled all my nail holes with putty and gave everything a good sanding.

When everything was sanded, each piece got a good coat of my favorite Zinsser Cover Stain primer.  I love that stuff!

After the primer was dry, I taped off the center of the cabinet door.  Then I gave the whole thing several light coats of Rustoleum spray paint in French Lilac.

I let my paint dry for several hours.  Then I used 2″ utility hinges to join the back and front together.  The frame then got a coat of my favorite Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze to distress it all a bit.  Once the glaze was dry, I applied several light coats of Minwax Finishing Paste and buffed it out.

I removed the tape from the inside of the door and covered my newly painted surface with plastic.  Then I taped everything off so I would have no chance of over-spray on my pretty purple finish.  After I was satisfied with my taping job, I applied 3 light coats of Rustoleum chalkboard spray paint and let the whole thing dry 24 hours.

Once your chalkboard paint has cured, you’ll want to season it by rubbing the side of a piece of white chalk all over the surface.  Then you can erase it.  I season it a couple of times before I draw on it.  This prevents the first images you draw from “ghosting” on your nice, new board.

Then, to prevent my easel from collapsing on itself, I attached about 15″ of fine chain to the inside of the legs.  I just picked up a cheap chain (sold by the foot) from Home Depot and attached it with wood screws.

The chain allows the easel to open only so far.  It works great, and doesn’t prevent the easel from being folded up for storage either.

That’s all there is to it!  This easel is the perfect size for a party sign, and can be easily used by little ones for school or play.

I just love the contrast of the chalkboard and the lavender–much more fun than the original from Restoration Hardware, and way cheaper, too!

Between lumber ($3), hardware ($5), and paint ($4), I spent $12 total!  Don’t you just love a good repurpose?  I’m fresh out of cabinet doors now, though, so I’m going to have to go dumpster diving again real soon.  ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Marshmallow Santa Treats

One of the things we love about Disneyland is all the yummy treats they have.  Our favorite place to get something sweet is Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country.  One of our friends suggested we try a tigger tail on our recent trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, and boy were we glad we did!

These little treats had layers of marshmallow, caramel, white, chocolate, and sugar sprinkles.  They were so yummy, but at $5 each, I just couldn’t buy more than one.  I promised the kids that we would try to make our own at home.  I thought it would be cute to give them a holiday twist, so we made them into Santa treats instead.  Want to make a few of your own?  Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 bag regular sized marshmallows
  • 1 bag Kraft caramel bits
  • Vanilla flavored Candy Quik or white chocolate
  • Red sprinkles
  • Sucker sticks
  • A handful of chocolate chips
  • Yellow food coloring

Start by skewering your marshmallows on your sucker sticks.  I used 3 marshmallows per stick.

Pour your caramel bits into a medium sized pan and add 2 tablespoons of water.  Heat on a medium-low setting, stirring constantly until smooth.  Once your caramel is completely melted, spoon it over the marshmallow sticks.

Make sure your marshmallows are completely covered, and tap the stick gently against the side of the pan.  Remove as much of the caramel as you can by tapping the stick against the side of the pan.  This will give you less of a caramel “pool” under your treat.  Try not to wipe the marshmallows with the spoon.  The hot caramel tends to melt the marshmallow a bit, and you want to coat them with caramel without smearing marshmallow everywhere.

You may have to return your caramel to the heat for a few minutes every so often.  I’ve found that after a few minutes the caramel starts to set and becomes tricky to work with.  A return to the stove (on low) makes the caramel easier to work with.  Once you’ve coated your stick, place it on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  When you’ve got all your marshmallow sticks dipped, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to set the caramel.

Melt your Candy Quik (or white chocolate) according to the directions on the package.  Dip your frozen caramel marshmallows into the white chocolate and return them to the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with red sugar sprinkles while the white chocolate is still wet.  Return to the freezer for 10 minutes.

Melt a few chocolate chips in a Ziploc bag and snip off the tip.  Draw belts and buttons on your Santa treats.

For the belt buckles, I added a little yellow food coloring to my Candy Quik.  I put the yellow candy melt in a Ziploc bag and snipped off the tip.  Then I piped on a belt buckle.  These were so easy and fun.  The kids absolutely love them, and I probably spent $5 total to make all of them.  (I already had the sucker sticks.)

Be careful.  These little guys are sugary and rich!  Enjoy!

Bathroom Cabinet {turned} Ribbon Storage

Wow!  What a crazy whirlwind the past two weeks have been.  We hosted Thanksgiving here for our extended family of 22, then two days later we took off for a mini family reunion at The Happiest Place on Earth–Disneyland!

I just have to say, the new Radiator Springs Racers ride is AWESOME!  We had a fantastic time until the last day, when Chacho and Bug came down with the stomach flu.  We had to cut the trip a bit short.  It was a long ride home, and quite “memorable.”  I’ll spare you all the gory details, but we did learn the upholstery cleaning machines you rent from Home Depot work really well.

I’ve been cleaning and unpacking from the trip, so I haven’t had a chance to work on any new projects, but I’ve got lots of Christmas presents to work on, so I’ll have some fun projects to share really soon.  In the meantime, I thought I’d show you the solution I came up with for organizing all my ribbon in the craft room.

I had been searching for a way to organize my ribbon stores for some time.  I knew that, although I loved the look of ribbon spools organized on long wooden dowels, I wouldn’t be able to keep that system looking neat and tidy.  Mr. Type2Fun and I were shopping at Home Depot one day, when I spied this bathroom cabinet marked down to $15.

It was missing a shelf, had sticker adhesive all over it, and was filthy, but I could still see the potential.  So we took it home, cleaned it up, and gave it a good coat of Zinsser primer.  While the primer was drying, we got to work on the shelves.

We cut some 1×6 boards to size and attached cove molding to the front of all the shelves.  This would keep the ribbon spools from rolling off the shelves.

Once we started placing spools of ribbon on the shelves, we realized they were too deep for most of my ribbon spools.  Our solution was to attach a 1×2 board to the back of the shelves as a sort of stop.  The stop would keep the ribbon spools from having too much “play” and would make sure they all stayed nice and neatly stacked.  Behind the stop, there is enough room to store additional spools of ribbon.

We gave the shelves a coat of primer, then gave everything a coat of my favorite Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint and Ralph Lauren glaze.

Once I had the cabinet hung, I realized that I really didn’t like the look of the cove molding, so I added a decorative molding trim to the front of the shelves to give it a more finished look.

I have a lot of tiny spools that hold narrow scrapbooking ribbon.  I put some of my favorite Coke memorabilia on top, and I store my tiny spools in the straw holders.

All my loose ribbon goes into jars in the bottom of the cabinet.  I try to organize it by color, and it has worked pretty well. I end up tossing scraps in the jars, and now that I know where they are, I actually use them!

The cabinet holds quite a few spools.  I was surprised to discover that I don’t have enough ribbon to fill it up yet.  I’m gonna have to work on that!  :-D

What I love most about it, is that I can close the doors when things get a little messier (and they always do around here) than I’d like.  Since I have to share the craft room/den with Mr. Type2Fun, he likes that, too.

What about you?  How do you store your ribbon?

Our Entryway & Mudroom {Dressed up for Fall}

I’ve been working on a few projects here and there, trying to make sure our house is warm and welcoming {and clean!} for our Thanksgiving guests.  I pulled out a few more fall decorations and painted a cute sign for the top of the shoe cabinet, so I thought I’d give you guys a tour of the entryway and our “mudroom.”

This is the first thing you see when you walk into the house.  We used to have a console table that served as a dumping ground for my kids, and it drove. me. nuts.  So I popped on over to Ana White’s site and built a shoe cabinet for the kids’ shoes.

Now all our shoes are hidden away, and the cabinet is just narrow enough that the kids can’t pile all their crap on top of it.  I love it.  And it is just wide enough for me to decorate for the seasons.

See my fun new sign?  I found the tutorial on Ella Claire Inspired, and I knew I had to make it.  I used some plywood that was left over from my trumeau mirror, and as I was making it, inspiration struck!  I painted a cute Christmas sign on the back (which I’ll show you soon) so I can just flip it over in a few weeks.  Nice, huh?

On the opposite wall of the entry, just behind the front door, is my new trumeau mirror.   See that big wide base at the bottom?  It serves as a sort of doorstop for the front door.

All the kids play stringed instruments, and we needed a mirror for them to practice in.  I’m still thinking about making that whole wall into a “R” monogram wall, but it will have to wait until after the holidays, I think.

Then just down the hall is our “mudroom” of sorts–and I apologize in advance for the ugly pictures.  This hall is SO dark, and there is no natural light.  I had to use the flash.  Ugh.  Anyway, we have a really wide hall that serves as the mudroom for the kids.

This was my very first Ana White build.  When I saw the plans posted, I knew I had to overcome my fear of power tools and get building.  Mr. Type2Fun and I built this bench and shelf in a few weekends, and I never looked back.

Each kid has a basket in the shelf for homework supplies (pencils, markers, erasers, etc.) and one on the bottom for soccer balls, cleats, clogging shoes, etc.  Then they have a hook for a backpack and one for a jacket.  They use it most of the time, and it’s nice to have an actually place where things are supposed to go.  :-D

It’s been a little chilly in these parts lately.  I’ve been burning my favorite Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle, and between that and the fall decor, it feels so warm and homey around here.  It almost feels like we have an actual fall season here in Arizona!  Have you decorated for fall, or are you on to your Christmas decorating?

DIY Trumeau Mirror

Whew!  I’m finally back.  That stomach flu did a number on us.  We are still not 100% well around here, but things are much better than last week.  I had a chance to get some work done on a few projects around here, and that was a relief.  We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I have about a million things to get done before everyone makes their way to The House on Harrison.  One thing I can check off my list is the trumeau mirror I was drooling over.

Last year a friend of Mr. Type2Fun’s gave us a couple of builder mirrors from their house.  They were renovating and didn’t need them anymore, so they were FREE!  We cut one of the mirrors down to the size we wanted, using a glass cutting wheel from Home Depot.  We didn’t really have a plan, but we knew what we wanted in our heads.  Susie Harris has a great tutorial, as does Amy from The Idea Room.  We picked up a sheet of birch plywood (also from Home Depot), and we had them cut the plywood to our exact dimensions.  The plywood was a bit on the pricey side, but we have lots left over for other projects.

Because I am not crazy about the look of cut plywood, I applied some edge banding to the raw edges.  If you aren’t familiar with edge banding, it is basically a roll of thin wood veneer that has adhesive on one side.  You apply it with a regular old iron, and looks like you have a sheet of solid wood.  I love it!

For the top of the mirror, we just used a 2×4.  Mr. Type2Fun routed the edge to give it a more finished look, and we attached cove molding just underneath it.  It was MUCH cheaper than buying expensive molding, and it looks great.

For the bottom, we used a piece of 2×6.  We put our dado blade on the table saw and cut a channel for the the plywood to sit in.  Then we attached cove molding to that piece as well.  We needed a big, solid, piece of wood on the floor, since it was basically functioning as a door stop, too.

For the decorative top, we used a wooden applique and some cheap trim left over from the shoe cabinet.  Since these pieces are going to be in the same room, I wanted some continuity between the two.

To attach the mirror to the plywood, we used Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive.  Once the mirror was on, we framed it out with some picture frame molding.  We picked this up at Lowes, and it hides the cut edges of the mirror.  Make sure to paint the inside of the molding before attaching it.  It will show in the reflection of the mirror, and you don’t want an unpainted surface showing.

I finished this mirror exactly the way I did my shoe cabinet.  It got two coats of black paint, some distressing, a bit of Early American stain, and then a coat of Minwax Finishing Paste.

Once it was finished, we used some L-brackets to attach it to the wall (from the top), so that it wouldn’t get tipped over.  I love the way it ties in with the shoe cabinet, and it gives me a little ledge to decorate on.  :-)  I haven’t quite decided what to do with it yet.

I’m thinking of maybe an initial wall, like this one over at Jones Design Company.

What do you think?  Do you think I can make an “R” wall work around this mirror?  I’d love to hear your ideas!  Thanks for stopping by.

Linking up to the parties here and Beneath My Heart.

Easy-Peasy {Faux} Rust Treatment

Yay!  It’s Friday!  Unfortunately, the Richardson house has caught the stomach flu…  Boo!  So with my girls home from school, there was no time to work on the half-finished trumeau mirror in the garage.  Bummer.  After about the 15th rerun of Good Luck, Charlie, I’d had enough.  I decided to tackle something small.  Something quick, easy, and able to be completed in under an hour.  I’d seen this idea on Pinterest where you take cinnamon and sprinkle it over wet paint to get the look of rust, and I’ve been wanting to do a collection of letter C’s for my son’s room.  It was a perfect quickie project!

I took a small piece of sheet metal, which my step-dad cut for me ages ago, and used that for my sign.  Then I gave it a coat of Rustoleum Colonial Red spray paint.

After the red paint dried, I used my Cricut to cut a large letter C in a rustic font out of vinyl.  Then I stuck it on the front, not being really careful or anything.  I didn’t mind crinkles and bubbles.

Once I had my vinyl placed, I gave the whole thing a coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White, and while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled ground cinnamon all over it.

I just sort of sprinkled it here and there, dusting it off in places and leaving it clumpy in others.  Then, in places, I gave it another coat of Heirloom White.

Once I had it pretty much to my liking, I removed the vinyl letter.  Because there was no “rust” on the C portion of the sign, I used a clear sealer over the whole thing.  Then I sprinkled more cinnamon over the letter.  I love the way the cinnamon gives the whole thing the texture of rust, too.  So awesome!

Then I used a drill to put some holes in the corners of the sign.  I wanted them to look a little like they were punched, rather than drilled, so I wasn’t very careful about securing the sign or evenly spacing the holes when I drilled.

That’s all there is to it.  I love, love, love the final look.  I have a major soft spot for all things vintage, but metal signs (especially in the kids’ rooms) make me nervous.  This has the look and texture I was going for, and I know there is no lead paint on it.  I can’t wait to try it on a bigger sign!

I hope you all have a fabulous {healthy} weekend!

Linking up to the parties here and also The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Feeling Inspired

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’ve been pinning a lot of trumeau mirrors lately. We need a mirror for the music room, and I’ve wanted to attempt one ever since I saw Susie Harris’s awesome tutorial years ago.  I just adore Susie’s blog.  I’ve followed it for years.  I love her sense of style, and her hand-painted signs are amazing.

Image via Susie Harris

Ever since then, trumeau mirrors have been popping up all over blogland–like this fabulous one from Blue Roof Cabin.  Don’t you love the color?

Image via Blue Roof Cabin

Or how about this clean trumeau style mirror Amy, from The Idea Room, made for her bathroom?  So gorgeous!

Image via The Idea Room

Check out the floor mirror at Crazy Wonderful.  I love the way the black contrasts with her light walls. I need something like that.

Image via Crazy Wonderful

So much creativity out there!  Which is good because mirrors tend to run on the expensive side… like this one from Ethan Allen.  A steal at only $649!  Yikes!  So NOT in my budget.

Image via Ethan Allen

And since I don’t have an unlimited budget, I’m off to scrounge through the garage and see what I can come up with.  I’ve been inspired…  and I’ve got to have some leftover plywood and trim in the scrap pile somewhere…

Have a wonderful day!  :-)

DIY Trophy Display {& Pinboard}

This has been a crazy week, packed full of projects that didn’t go quite as planned.  Which seems to be my lot in life, anyway, but one project that did go off without a hitch was a trophy display shelf I made for Bug’s room.  Wanna know why???  Because I pulled the plan from this little book!

I’ve had Ana’s book in my hands for months now, and had been trying to decide what to build first.  I was in Bug’s room trying to organize her many soccer trophies and medals when it hit me!  The entryway mirror on page 37 would be perfect… with a few modifications, of course.  Instead of a mirror, I decided to use a cork board so Bug could pin up pictures and mementos.

I followed Ana’s plans pretty closely, and I used my Kreg Jig to put it all together.  Man!  I love that thing.  It makes all my projects so much easier.

I cut out the top and bottom shelf supports with my jigsaw–and some help from Mr. Type2Fun.  We found it easier to cut the decorative edge from a long board FIRST, then cut the straight end to the final dimensions.  If you have a scroll saw, you won’t need to do this, because you’ll be able to make precise cuts on small pieces of wood.  Our set up isn’t ideal, so this is what worked for us.  Then we attached the supports with screws through the back of the frame.

My nail gun is another tool I couldn’t live without.  I used it to attach my top and bottom shelf to the supports, once they were screwed into the frame.

Now here’s where I modified Ana’s plan just a bit.  I mitered the ends of some 1/2″ cove molding and attached it to the inside of the frame, flush with the edges of the board.

That way, when I flipped the frame over, I had a channel all the way around for my cork board to sit in.  Then I gave the whole thing a coat of primer and white paint.

While my frame was drying, I cut a piece of cork board to fit inside the frame and gave it a coat of  paint in my base color.  We chose Refreshing Pool from Behr, as that is what we used on Bug’s bed.  After the cork was dry, I used a spray adhesive to attach it to some foam core I had laying around.  The reason that I did this was that the roll of cork I purchased was pretty thin.  If you pick up a thicker cork, you may not need the foam core.  Then I used a razor blade to cut the foam core to the size of the cork.

To add some visual interest (and because I’ve always wanted to try it) I decided to stencil the cork board.  I picked up this stencil at Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon.

I used a dense foam roller and some leftover white paint.  I made sure the roller was not dripping with paint, but had a good amount on it.  It took a couple of passes, and I can’t say it was perfect, but after touching up a few spots, I was pretty happy with it.

Once all the paint was dry, I enlisted Mr. Type2Fun’s help to nail a piece of fiberboard to the back.  Then we added 4 hooks to the bottom to hold medals and ribbons.

To hang the shelf on Bug’s wall, we drilled holes in the sides of the frame with a countersink bit, like this…

Then we used drywall screws and heavy duty wall anchors to attach the shelf to the wall.

Because I hate looking at screws, we used button plugs to cover the holes.  I just tapped them in with a rubber mallet and used some white paint to touch them up.  Easy peasy, and so much better than exposed screw heads.

Now Bug has the perfect place to display all those hard earned trophies and medals AND she can pin up her keepsakes as well.

All in all, this was a pretty easy project.  I’d say that the cuts we had to make with the jigsaw for the shelf supports were the hardest part.  What I love about Ana’s plans is that they are easy to follow and easy to customize to fit your needs… and on a week like the last one, I needed an easy project!

Have any of you tackled any of the cool plans from Ana’s book?  I’d love to hear about it!

My Favorite {Fall} Things

It’s finally Fall!  You can tell because the weather is no longer in the triple digits here in Arizona.  We have cooled down to about 90 degrees.  ;-)  But even though we don’t officially need jackets over here, I still enjoy a lot of the traditional fun that comes with a changing season.  Like these…

I love these Pumpkin Caramel Latte candles from Bath & Body Works.  I have been burning them since October hit.  I even bought several of them because I loved the smell so much.  They make my house feel all warm and homey, like I’m baking away–which is nice because sometimes, I don’t set foot in the kitchen all day.  I always grab a few when they are 2/$20, and I make sure to use my coupons so they are extra inexpensive.  I love having a candle burning when I’m home.

I am also a big foodie, so when it is no longer scorching hot in my kitchen, some baking actually does take place.  One of my favorite yummy fall treats is November Cakes.  We made them back in August (here), but they are soooo gooey and caramel-ly (is that even a word?) that you just have to make them when the weather cools down.  My kids love them with a mug of hot chocolate in the mornings.

Another one of my favorite recipes is the Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe.  If you’ve never tried it, you must the next time you visit Disneyland.  It is amazing, and this recipe is pretty perfect.  Every time I make it at home, I get this overwhelming urge to go to Main Street USA.  It’s perfect for a chilly Fall evening, and you can find the recipe here.

But my very favorite new Fall flavor is this…

Oh my gosh!  This stuff is to die for.  I’m not even a big gingerbread fan, and I could seriously eat this by the spoonfuls.  You can pick it up at Trader Joe’s for about $4 a jar.  I knew we had to make something yummy with this as soon as we found it.

So I searched the web and found this yummy recipe from The Three Little Piglets.

I followed the recipe exactly, and they came out pretty dang good.  They have a little more of a muffin texture, so we even ate a couple without frosting.  My only advice would be to watch your baking time closely, because these will dry out fast.

We washed out a plastic berry container and packaged up a few for some friends.  Add some ribbon, and you’ve got the perfect Fall treat.  Yum-O!

How about you?  Do you have any Fall favorites you wait all year for?