September 25, 2016

Autumn Tablescape & Blog Hop

Won't you join me in the kitchen today for an autumn tablescape!



I am preparing a casual fall table for supper in the kitchen. Close friends get to eat in the kitchen! So, come on in and get comfortable.

We have a great view from our large kitchen windows, so we most often eat in the area just off of the kitchen when there is a small gathering.


This is the simplest fall table setting. I just pulled together a few things and now it is "fall" in my kitchen! The key word is "simple." 

And here is my fun table! You all have seen everything before except for maybe the fall touches. What do you think? Remember, this is for a casual meal with friends. Nothing fancy.


September 24, 2016

Chalk Paint Pumpkins


I have seen several bloggers paint their faux orange pumpkins in various shades of white and neutrals...and I wanted to give it a try. 

I went to the art section of my local Walmart to explore their paint selection. 


I noticed a collection of Waverly paints in great shades and finishes. I looked closer and saw chalk paint. Hmmm, that is something I have not yet tried. Other bloggers have been chalk painting this and that for quite a while!


There were several neutral shades...so that was my next decision. I decided on cashew...a light golden white-ish tan, if you can imagine that. ha! My pumpkin pics look white, I know. 


I did not do anything special to prepare my pumpkins except to wipe them off. I painted the pumpkin bottoms first...and let them dry upside down.


Then I painted the remainder of the pumpkins, and let them dry. I decided to give my pumpkins a second coat of paint. And they look great. 

IF I wanted to do a little more work I could apply some Waverly finishing wax to accent the shadows and shape for more shading. I might. I am still thinking. 


I do love my neutral pumpkins...but I am not ready to completely abandon traditional orange pumpkins for fall decorating. I am such a traditional sort of girl that I can't let go of orange. ha ha. 

I might buy another small bottle of chalk paint in another light shade. I used to paint old things all of the time...but with so many new paints on the market I think I might like to get into painting again. How many of you remember the days of "antiquing" furniture and such? 

Anyway...these were my first attempts at pumpkin painting. It was fun sitting on the back porch with a breeze. It was so quiet outside, until the school bus made the circle. ha ha. Then the enclave came to life!


What about you all? Traditional orange or shades of neutral for fall? 

Have a great day!


By the way...Our fall tablescape blog hop begins on Monday! 
Lots of blogs and lots of creative ideas!
I hope to see you on Monday. 


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September 23, 2016

A Pumpkin on a Pedestal

I saw an idea...and I thought I would try it. 

You all know I am all about trying out new decorating ideas. 



And this one is so simple. 

I wish I had thought of this idea before. 

It is a way to elevate, pun intended, the simple field pumpkin to a level of prominence in your fall decorating. 

I took a large bowl. 
I filled it with plastic grocery bags to hold the pumpkin to the height I wanted. 
Then I put some florist moss over the plastic bags for a finishing touch and to cover the bags. And finally I put a pumpkin on top. Ta Da!








I also added a stack of books to add a little more height, as my candlestick lamps are tall. 



I have seen, and do myself, baskets full of lots of pumpkins, gourds, nuts, etc. But I really like this idea of a large pumpkin sitting on a bowl.  Match the size of your pumpkin, fresh or faux, to the size of a bowl of your style. 



And here is my sweet pumpkin on a pedestal at night...by lamplight.



What do you think? 

I believe you could do this using small pumpkins and small bowls as well as the large version I made. It's just so much fun to play! 



I would love to hear from you all to see if you are going to try making a pumpkin on a pedestal for your house. It's easy peasy!


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September 20, 2016

I Love These Shoes!


Hold onto your hats. I am not doing a fall decorating post today. I know. Hard to believe, because I have been in full fall mode the last couple of weeks. Today, I have some great shoes to share with you. 


I absolutely love these shoes!

I bought a similar pair last winter and knew I needed to get this pump version this fall. 

I cannot wear a four inch high heel. I don't think I could have worn a four inch party shoe when I was twenty-five either. :-) I have short feet, which go with my short height. 



I love cute party shoes...but I also need shoes that let me walk and look stylish in a pump at the same time. 

Whether it is walking across campus for meetings (I am on my college's alumni board) or walking across the church parking lot, I need a sturdy dress pump feel good shoe.

I need a leather shoe that looks good with dress slacks as well as a wool skirt and sweater and maybe dress jeans. This shoe works for me! 



This shoe is part of the Naturalizer @Work collection. The sole is patented to be non-slip on a wet or oily surface. I love that the shoe is super squishy inside. It feels like a bit of memory foam...but I am not really sure. 

I love a great Italian leather dress shoe, but I am usually ready to kick it off as soon as I can. 

I could walk around a museum or city street in these pumps/shoes and not die of pain. 



I find that I can wear a thin knee high sock or stockings with this shoe. I like to wear tights with skirts or dresses in the winter so it is no problem with this pump. 

Hubby said they looked like sturdy shoes. I was not sure that was a compliment at first...but at my age I like a shoe with a study heel and sure footed-ness. :-) 



I also like the almond shaped toe this shoe has. Naturalizer has a dress heel with almost this same toe shape. Yes, they are study looking shoes, but they are study without looking like a laceup  two inch leather oxford that my great grandmother used to wear. ha!




I read many of the reviews of this shoe on the Naturalizer.com website and as with any shoe it fit some folks and not others. 

Almost everyone writing a review agreed that the comfort level is wonderful. If you are looking for a tailored pump for fall I have to say that you might want to try this shoe. I absolutely love it. 

Right now it only comes in black leather...but I sure hope they consider adding navy, brown, etc. This would be a great teacher shoe or career shoe. It will go with professional suits as well as dress jeans I think. 

One reviewer worked for an airline and had to "dress" for her job. She said she was on her feet most of the day and found these shoes to be wonderful. 



I have included the shoe info from my box to help you try to find it. 

Yes, I wear a 4.5. It is so hard to find shoes for such a short bit of a foot. ha! When I do find a great shoe I have to shout it to the heavens and share with everyone. (When I was in high school and college the sample shoe size was a 4B. I was in heaven. Now...I think the sample size is a 6. boohoo) 

I personally think twenty-something professionals up through grandmothers would find this shoe appealing. It is office dressy while being comfortable. No need to pull the sneakers out from under your desk. :-)

Naturalizer.com offers sales and coupon codes on its website, so that helps a lot!

I have NO affiliation with the company...I just love the shoes and wanted to share with you all. I mean, we all want comfortable shoes that look great too. So often we have to resort to ortho styles for true comfort. 




More fall decorating next time. :-)



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September 18, 2016

A Rainy Saturday

What do you do on a rainy Saturday? Work on fall decorating!

I have three fall blogging projects going at the same time. ha!  Can you say busy!

I have been invited to participate in three different fall blog party tours and I am deep in creative mode. So much so, that I don't have an official blog post project for you today. But I have photos that I snapped from this weekend. 



I painted this pumpkin with Waverly acrylic chalk paint from Walmart this weekend. (color, cashew) It was an old orange pumpkin from my stash...and my test pumpkin. I like the way it turned out so I will be painting more old orange pumpkins!

On Saturday I was going to go out and about for some nature photography. Well...It rained all day long. It did not sprinkle. It poured all day from morning to night. I know that there are folks who need some of this rain, so I should not complain. I changed my plans and went to the basement and began digging in my stash of fall pumpkins and such. I made a mess.


September 15, 2016

Styling My Tiered Tray for Fall

First of all...
I want to apologize about the duplicate send of the post "Three Pumpkins on a Plate"  this morning. I really don't know what happened for that post to jump out like that...but I guess it just wanted to be seen again. ha ha. I must have mistakenly hit a button or something.  :-)


On to today's real post...


Today I want to share my tiered tray with you. It is such a fun piece that I won from The Dedicated House a year or so ago. 

I have had great fun decorating it for the seasons. Earlier this week I shared it with a fun party "Tiered Tray Extravaganza" hosted by the ladies at Thoughts of Home Thursday.


Here is my tiered tray. It has trays and baskets that can be switched out depending on my needs...or whims. :-)


Three Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Plate


I have three little velvet pumpkins. 

Aren't they cute. 

They add just the simplest touch of fall to a room. 

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