Thursday, September 26, 2013

When Autumn Leaves Start To Fall

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall ............. The heart turns to thoughts of warm evenings sitting by the fireside,  hearty home cooked meals, walks in the woods, and the warm colors of fall that mimic the fiery colors of maple trees all aglow with their autumn beauty.  Well, I'm just sayin, at least for me it does.

Every year for my birthday I treat myself to a trip to the Home Goods Store (and Tuesday Morning a couple of doors down).  I love fall dishes. This year I found 8 (count them eight all at one time all at one store) Of 222 Fifth Fall Foliage plates along with some bright orange owl plates.  Plus others that you will see over the next few weeks.

 The owls are just the cutest things ever.  They really have a personality of their own. They looked pretty good with the 222 Fifth plates and my Lace by Kennex creamy yellow chargers. I wanted the beauty of the golds, oranges, and reds without being dark.  So this is an early fall tablescape.  And yes, I am still clinging to summer even if the leaves are already falling in my neighborhood.

The flatware was a find at the Marks Store a couple of doors up from the Home Goods store. For those of you that don't live in Northern Ohio,  Marc's is a closeout store (and a pretty good grocery store & drug store). They come up with some of the greatest finds which you will see over the course of time. The copper leaf under the fork was cut from an old candle holder (hubby cut them off for me today as a matter of fact). The yellow napkins are almost a perfect match in color to the chargers.  The tablecloth was a goodwill find that looks like linen but I suspect it's not. 

The water glasses and wine glasses were also a Marc's find.  The wooden rooster candle holders came from a garage sale last week (cheap).

The faux autumn leaves and placemats came from Marc's along with the fresh flowers.

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I really enjoy the company.  When you come back I would like to show you some pictures of some of my fall decorating.  I have just begun over the last week or so.  Last Sunday I added a few things to my kitchen hutch for fall. The hutch itself was a Goodwill find for $12.50 plus tax of course.  It took a couple of cans of black spray paint to cover the ugly yellow mid sixty bamboo finish.  It came out pretty good.  Wish the picture was better for you.  This came out the best out the dozen I took.

I do hope you come back soon.  Enjoy the fall,  soon enough it will be winter and all of this will be a memory.  Make the most of those memories.  Go out, have some fun,  Enjoy nature's amazing fireworks show as the trees are changing to blazing colors across the hillsides.  Go pick some apples with the family.  Just go, Enjoy. 

Linking to Between Naps On The Porch

Saturday, September 21, 2013

First Sunshine Sunday Brunch For Fall

Fall is here!  Bring on the autumn leaves, the scarecrows, and the cornstalks. I'm almost ready!!!  My little friend standing in front of the fall welcome barn wanted to say hello... I'm here.  The air is crisp, at least for today.

The copper pumpkins have lined up on top of the china cabinet to say welcome fall.

 The plates are set for the first Sunshine Sunday Brunch Breakfast table for fall.  It is still hard to let go of summer, but I thought a bright and cheerful table setting would help a lot. Do you see the rooster candle holders and the sunflower napkin rings?   I found them today at a garage sale for a dollar.  

The entire table setting today with the exception of the wine glasses, the water glasses, and the berry bowls are either from goodwill or garage sales.

The charger is from a Goodwill auction.  It is marked Horchow - made in Italy.  I fell in love with the warm fall like colors and the architectural shape. I think they  add a nice dimension to the table setting.

The sunflower plate came from the Goodwill near where I work. They were not marked.  They were a dollar each.  There were twelve available, but I only bought four, much to my regret now.

The zinnia plates are Metlox Poppy Trail.  Another goodwill find.

The little green berry bowls came from Marc's.  Marc's is my favorite place to shop for closeouts.  I am there at least three times a week.  Every time I go there there is something that I want, either for the holidays or for a tablescape.

See the sunflower wine glass.....Marc's.

See the fall leaf water glass...... Marc's

Here's a better look at one of the sunflower napkin rings. they were 8 for a dollar at the garage sale I mentioned earlier. The sunflower tablecloth came from Goodwill.  Tablecloths are $2.00 at our Goodwill.

Fresh fall flowers are from our local grocery store. The container was also a Goodwill find.


I did go to the Home Goods Store today and I did buy a set of plates with beautiful fall leaves.  I actually found 8 of them at one store.  Wahoo!!! I didn't have to drive around to three stores to make a set.  I also stopped at Pier 1 and admired the lovely placemats and chargers (I love pretty chargers).  Some of them were totally gorgeous. But alas nearly twenty dollars each,  I don't think so. 

Thank you for stopping by to visit.  I hope you liked my Sunshine Sunday Morning Brunch Tablescape.  Please come back soon.  I am looking forward to you visiting and staying awhile.  I think I will be making some blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup. Yum!  Stay safe and stay happy.  See you soon.

I will be trying to link to Seasonal Sundays at the Tablescaper.
I hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

When the Hummingbirds Leave Home

Most of the black-eyed susan's around the yard are now covered with black seed heads to remind us of their once golden flowers.  The sunflowers have faded and their seed heads are left maturing on their stems.  The goldenrod is standing tall with its striking yellow plumes rising up to as tall as six feet or better. The jewelweed is in full bloom in the back of our yard.  When the jewelweed starts to bloom it means the hummingbirds will soon be gone.  Our adult hummingbirds left about three weeks ago and their babies will leave any day now. To me, when the hummingbirds leave that is when summer is over.

Sunday brunches sitting under the patio table umbrella will soon end. The cookouts will continue only for a few more weeks. The endless watering of the hanging baskets,  the deadheading of the flowers, and all of the weeding are winding to a close for this year.

coleous, impatiens, callies, zinnia, late summer flowers, patio garden
Baskets of impatiens and callies along with zinnias and coleus decorated the summer patio.

           Many of the flowers for the yard are chosen as a source of nectar for the hummingbirds.

sweet potato vine, patio container plant
Sweet potato vines were in pots and in the beds all around the patio.
sweet potato vine, hanging basket, mixed foliage
The sweet potato vines cascaded from hanging baskets too.

madevilla, trellis, patio
The mandevillas were  started last year from cuttings from my neighbor.

candy stripe zinnia
Grown from seed, the candy cane stripe zinnias are one of my favorites.

The  lantana was also grown from seeds gathered from last years plants. 
black eyed susan, patio flower garden

Now that the garden does not need constant attention, I can take the time for my fall decorating.  There will be a trip to Holmes County to Amish Country here in Ohio.  By far this is my favorite fall outing.  The black buggies, the rolling hills, the fall foliage, the wagons full of pumpkins, and all of the good food and friendly people.  What's not to like?

amish buggy
                One of our favorite places to visit in Holmes County is the Guggisberg Farm. Cornstalks, pumpkins and homemade bakery.  Yum, cinnamon rolls!

pumpkins, pumpkin wagon
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!!!

fall porch, cornstalks, pumpkins
You know what you do with cornstalks and pumpkins. Decorate of course!
Once the porch all falled up, then I can fall up the patio.  Lots of Mums and asters,  some fall foliage, a few cornstalks standing against the posts, and a couple of scarecrows to stand guard over everything.

After the porch and patio are decorated,  the indoor fall decorating can start.  Simple things like gluing fall leaves on an old candle and arranging fall flowers and leaves inside a metal pumpkin make a pretty centerpiece. Easy, peasy!   

fall decor
Easy Fall Decor

Add some fall fillers to a cylinder shaped glass container and a large candle.  The candle can be placed into another tall and narrow cylinder container for safety.

fall, fall centerpiece, fall candle holder
Grapevines, acorns, and faux autumn leaves make great fillers for the fall.

     Adding corn stalks and pumpkin accents around the house is a fun and an inexpensive way to decorate.
Pumpkins, cornstalks, and hay bales decorate my little wooden "faux" house.

 Every fall I look long and hard for the tallest skinniest pumpkins I can find.  I love to decorate them with my ceramic and metal turkey set.  I named the smaller "turkey" Hank Jr. and the larger turkey is named Henry. 

pumpkin turkey
Hank Jr. next to his father Henry.

ceramic turkey set
And this is Henry!

 I will decorate our fall tree soon ( later in the season it evolves into a Halloween tree, then a Thanksgiving tree, then a Christmas tree, and then a Valentine tree, and lastly a St Patties Day tree). I found an  alpine tree at goodwill  several years ago.  I brought it home and spray painted it black. It is what it is.  Not fancy, not expensive, but I love it. See the Halloween tree preview below.

Halloween tree, fall tree
I love the beaded spider above the green jack-o-lantern.
Soon I will start on the fall mantle.  Every year I do something different.  I am thinking owls for this year.  I have been collecting owls for a long time.  I hope I have enough owls for a nice display. After Halloween Henry and Hank junior will hang out above the fireplace.

Halloween mantle
The fall mantle changes every year. 

Lovely fall tablescapes will soon grace the dining room table. Pumpkins and leaves will abound everywhere.  Little visitors like the acorn elves, owls,  squirrels,  and pheasants will come to share the table top with lovely fall dinnerware. All of this will happen soon enough.

Fall tablescape
Acorn elves gather on the table for a great autumn meal.

                   And then, dare I say it, Thanksgiving comes.  Turkeys, pilgrims and pie, OH MY!

Thanksgiving tablescape
Thanksgiving brings an end to fall and starts the Christmas season at our house.

I hope you come back and visit again soon.  We could share some recipes, and  we could share pictures of our projects. You can stop in once and a while to see a one of my seasonal tablescapes. While you are here we could step out into the garden and watch it as it changes throughout the year. Maybe we will even see some the visitors at the bird feeders while we are out and about in the yard. I really am looking forward to your next visit. Stay safe and stay happy. Come back soon!