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We met up with craft queen and Etsy store owner Julia Reinecke who shared tricks and tips for fall-friendly DIY projects that add some flair to your home without breaking the bank.

1) Yarn wrapped gourds and pumpkins

A cozy twist on traditional fall decor that can fit the color palette of your choice.

Materials: Pumpkins/gourds, yard, hot glue gun

How-to: Start at the bottom and glue the yarn as you wrap the pumpkin or make up designs with the yarn like we did in the photo.

More info: Visit Two Shades of Pink.

2) Canvas room light

A low-cost way to add light and style to any room.

Materials: Canvas, an awl, pencil, white Christmas lights, duct tape, craft glue (optional)

How-to: Start by making pencil marks on the back of the canvas where you want the lights (make sure they are at least a half inch apart). Use the awl to gently press through the pencil marks. You can place craft glue around the hole before putting the Christmas lights through (I didn’t use the glue just in case one of the lights blew out). Tape the back of the canvas to secure the wire from the Christmas lights.

More info: Visit Casasugar tutorial for a gold version from Blueprint Magazine.

3) Cinnamon candle holder

This cinnamon stick candle holder smells nice and fits the season. It’s a simple way to decorate for fall with a rustic vibe.

Materials: Glass candle holder with flat sides, tea light candles, cinnamon sticks, hot glue gun, twine

How-to: Simply hot glue the cinnamon sticks around the outside of the glass candle holder. Tie twine around the candle holder. Place tea light inside. Light and enjoy.

More info: If you don’t have a hot glue gun, Homestories A 2 Z did a different version with rubber bands.

4) Dry-erase list

Cute dry erase board with changeable background that you can stand up or hang.

Materials: Patterned paper (easy to find interesting patterns in the scrapbooking section of craft stores), picture frame, dry erase marker

How-to: Just put the patterned paper in the frame like you would a photograph and write on the glass. Erasing is easy with your finger or a paper towel.

More info: We got the idea from Makes and Takes’ wipe off weekly menu board.

5) Pattern branch bouquet

 Funky floral that won’t die! Can be used as a centerpiece.

Materials: Patterned paper scraps (or scrapbooking paper), branches, glue/rubber cement, floral wire

How-to: Make patterns for two leaf sizes and cut the leaves from your patterned paper. Cut floral wire into 4-6 inch strips (the smaller leaf size will need less wire). Glue same sized leaf cutouts back to back on the wire. Let dry. Wrap the wire around the branches to look like leaves. Viola!

More info: 50 paper flower tutorials if you want to get fancy with it.

Check out the top 10 sites for do-it-yourself projects to get more ideas.

The World Beer Festival is a one-day event that allows visitors to sample craft and specialty beers with their two-ounce festival tasting glass. The festival features more than 300 different beers from over 100 breweries.

This year’s World Beer Festival is Oct. 8, at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.


  • Afternoon Session: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Evening Session: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Samples are offered while supplies last, and many of the most popular kegs are empty by the evening session.


Online tickets are sold out, but tickets are still for sale on-site at these locations:


The festival also features:

Download the World Beer Festival program.


Beer connoisseur Julie Johnson describes the proper way to taste beer:

  • Look: Note the color and characteristic head
  • Smell: Aroma is half the taste, which is why beer is better out of glass
  • Sip: Note the viscosity and change in flavor as you move it around your palette.


A few hundred beers will be at the festival, and there’s no way you can try them all. Daniel Bradford, the festival producer and publisher of All About Beer magazine, suggests grabbing the beer guide and developing a strategy to maximize enjoyment. Here are four to choose from:

  • Style: You may have a favorite style – say you love IPAs. You can run through the beer guide and circle all of the IPAs featured at the festival and knock them off one by one as you pass through the tents.
  • Explore: One strategy is to try things you aren’t familiar with. If you have no idea what a Belgian dubbel is, be adventurous and give it a taste! Or try an international beer like the Asahi rice lager from Tokyo.
  • Region: You could plan to really get to know a region at the festival. Focus on trying beers from the Pacific Northwest or get to know the local beers in a special tent new this year that features only North Carolina brews.
  • Family: You could explore an entire genre of beer like the wide range of styles that fit under the wheat beer category.


Bradford warns that getting drunk is not the point of the festival:

This is an opportunity to interact with the community and to learn about the complex and fascinating world of craft beers. If you are just hoping to get drunk – we all hope you don’t come. We are very committed to safe and responsible enjoyment. This event is like a big party, and it can only take one drunk asshole to ruin a party.

Learn more about the festival’s anti-intoxication program.