October 19, 2016

Whimsy in the Great Room

Welcome to the blog today. I added a touch of whimsy to a normally sedate, dark room. I cranked up the settings on my camera to try to counteract the darkness. 

October 18, 2016

In An Autumn Frame of Mind

Round and round and round they go! 

I switch and move my fall decorating accessories here and there. I start one place with an accessory and  I get an idea while I am walking through the house...then, swoosh...things are switched.  :-)

Such is the case with my lanterns...they have been dancing around the house. Keep your eyes open because you don't know where they will turn up next. 

I am like a kid around Halloween...playing with décor. I know that some folks don't do much for Halloween, and I don't go crazy. 

We don't have anything in our yard...and living on our hill does not let folks see my front door very well. 

Since we installed the railing around the porch my front door is less visible. I usually have a few pots of mums and a wreath of some sort...just to be seasonable. 

These mums have had a haircut!

I picked up a great black cat last year...and I love his silhouette through the glass door. 

He is cute on the front side too...!

Come on in and take a peek at the parlor. I just added a couple of things for the season. It was time to take away the early fall sunflowers and do something fallish.

My lanterns are filled with soft felt pumpkin garlands. Two blackbirds and some faux pumpkins round out the vignette. After Halloween I will return the black birds to their storage tub and leave the fall things out until I begin decorating for Christmas. 

What do you all do for Halloween? 
Just a little bit...or do you go big? Stuff in the yard, and dozens of pumpkins or just a few bits and pieces in the house?  

I have to tell you...the seasons are being so rushed these days. I have been seeing Christmas decorations everywhere. Yikes!

I hope you are able to take the fall season slowly enough to enjoy the pretty colors of the leaves, and their crunching under foot when they eventually dry on the ground. 

I hope you have a place where you can sit outside and enjoy the fresh autumn air...with a cup of tea, coffee, cider, or hot chocolate. Perhaps you can have a sweet puppy or a good book accompany you. 

I have been busy in the house today cleaning the master closet. I am sorting sweaters, blouses, and tops. I am color coding my closet rods... blouses and knit tops. This is a long over due job that I have been meaning to do. 

I worked on sweaters today also. I refolded every sweater, and re-stacked them on shelves by style, and then by color. My cardigan twin sets are all together and my pullover cables are together in another stack...and so on.

Organizing my closet is work...but it actually makes me feel better to have everything in order, and then I can go outside and enjoy the pretty fall weather, and the season. :-)

I know that most feel the need to clean and refresh in the spring, but for some reason fall makes me want to nest and get the house ready for the holidays and cold months. 

We will have grown kids, a son-in-law, and a new future daughter-in-law here for the holidays and I am already thinking about what I need to do for my fall cleaning in the bedrooms. Starting my list! 

I have to start this far ahead in order to have the house ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Thanks for stopping by to chat a little today, and ...looking forward to our next time together!  I am so glad  that you are one of my blog friends. 

Here are some recent fall posts...in case you missed them. 

October 16, 2016

Another Use for Glass Hurricanes

You all know me well by now!  You know that I love to re-purpose home décor items. I may purchase something for one use, and then I have an idea. It's always those ideas that spur me to create something new. Frankly, some ideas work out better than others. :-)

October 13, 2016

If the Broom Fits, Halloween Fun

Welcome to my Halloween table setting!

I just love Halloween. 

I don't know if it is the colors, the candy, or the crazy  décor we can get away with around our homes. 

Linda, from Life and Linda asked me if I would help host a Halloween Tablescape Link Party...and I said "yes." That is what started the process for this table. I shared a few pics at the link party...but here is the up-close and personal version. 

October 12, 2016

Halloween Tablescape Link Party

Welcome to the Party! 
I am so happy you are here.

Let me show you a few pictures of my Halloween table before I send you off to link up your pretty Halloween tables and décor. 

October 10, 2016

Fun Ceramic Pumpkins

I have been playing with pumpkins! 

I ran across these led ceramic pumpkins at TJ Maxx back in July or August and tucked them away until it was time for fall decorating. 

I made this tablescape for a blog party recently and then later I decided to tweak it just a bit with the ceramic pumpkins. 

I just love the new pumpkins out there with battery operated lights. They are so much fun and have quite a decorative punch.

When you lower the room lights they are even more twinkly! 

My little pumpkins may hop to another location in the house during the season, so watch to see where they might land. 

At what point do pumpkins become jack-o-lanterns?
Is it the carving and addition of lights?
No matter...it is such a fun part of fall tradition. 

I just wanted to share my new pumpkins with you. 
Enjoy the day...and the fall decorating season.

October 7, 2016

It's October? Yikes!

Hello all. I hope you all have a good weekend planned. 
Busy or lazy, whichever is on your "to do" list. :-)

Photo shoot using a blue linen tablecloth as a backdrop against the orange pumpkin. For some crazy reason I love the color combination!
Some like to kick back on the weekends and relax while others like to be busy coming and going, or doing this and that. 

A craft project I will be showing you soon. 

My weekends tend to be determined by the week. Ha! Being retired I get to pick and choose my busy and lazy days a lot. Ha ha. 

Been working/creating some fall/Halloween vignettes.
The dining room is my lab/studio. :-)

But anyway....

Here we are, a week into October. 
Where did September go? 

I have been dilly dallying a little...
and here are a few glimpses. 

Here is a stash in a corner that I hope will become parts of future vignettes. 

Hubby retrieved my tall hurricanes from the depths of the garage. I spent a while washing each one in my deep sink, one at a time so as not to crack any glass. 

I got busy with some filler creating the beginnings of a table centerpiece. 

I do not go overboard decorating for Halloween...but I do like to add a few cute things around the house.

I found this cutie at HL...
and took a few glamour shots. 

My Jack-O-Lantern does not fit in the parlor...but I will find someplace suitable for him around the house. 

The trees behind the house are just beginning to change color. It is still very warm...but much cooler than what we had in August and September. We are still mowing though. 

There are a few more days to enjoy sitting under the trees, before the cool winds come and blow away the leaves. 

By the way, if you missed our Bloggers' Seasonal Harvest Tour...just click HERE. I have all of the links. 

Here are a few of my previous fall posts just in case you would like to read more... :-)

Have a great weekend!

By the way...join us for a 
Halloween Tablescape Link Party 
Wed. Oct. 12th!

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