I’ve been resisting fall décor for a while now. It’s been rampant throughout blogland for weeks, but I just haven’t wanted to join in. It’s hard to put out pumpkins and gourds when it’s 90 degrees here and way too hot to think about jack-o-lanterns and turkeys. But seeing the fall décor available in the stores has kind of gotten me wanting some (I guess that what it’s supposed to be doing, right?), and we finally did have a cool snap this weekend, right in time for the first day of fall. The highs are only in the eighties, and I even wore three-quarter length sleeves one day.
I decided to start with this wreath. Have you ever had buyer’s remorse? I purchased this wreath a few weeks ago. Do you remember the weekend that we went estate
“sailing?” A lady was selling some things in an empty lot that we were driving by, and we stopped. She had some home decor items that she had made, and I bought this wreath. By the time that I got home that day, I regretted purchasing it. Many of the items fell off the wreath, but I still hung it up and didn’t think it looked too bad. However, by the time we had opened and closed the door a few times, more things fell off, and the natural-colored stringy stuff had begun to unravel.
OK, so the wreath needs work, and I am not very crafty. Glue gun in hand, I decided to have a go at it. I got out my fake fall leaves, acorns, and pine cones and went to work.
So here is the final product. I pulled off the banana peel looking things that were either broken or about to fall off anyway. I rewound the stringy stuff that was savalageable and pulled off the rest, then heated up the glue gun.
I looked through my fall leaves and decided to stay away from the bright orange and chose the golds and greens. I added a couple of fake acorns, but wasn’t really sure that I liked the acorns with the maple leaves. But I only had a couple of oak leaves in my stash, so I decided to leave them there. Maybe that’s why I’m not so crafty: too literal. Does it matter that I put acorns with the maple leaves instead of the oaks? I don’t know, but here is my final product. Although I am not totally happy with it, I do like it better than what was there before.
Another thing that I did this weekend was see some family members that I haven’t seen a number of years. They had to come back to MS from Texas and OK for a funeral. My parents and aunt and uncle wanted to go to the services, so my husband and I drove all of us there (a couple of hours away). My cousins’ other grandmother died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at age 92, so the occasion was sad, but also filled with relief that she is no longer suffering. I did not want to be inappropriate, but I asked my cousin if she minded if I took a few snapshots. She said it was fine, so I took them quickly and only got pics of them and not my aunt and uncle (it was my uncle’s mother, and my aunt is my mother’s sister). Anyway, the above shot is my cousin Karen and her husband Ricky and her two kids Katie and Matt. Katie is newly engaged.
OK, this photo is my cousin Michael and his wife Vicky. They have no children. Does he look scary to you? Well, at six-six or seven and probably between 350-400 lbs., he should. I jokingly said something to Karen about Katie’s fiancé being sure to treat her right with an uncle like Michael around! Karen said that Michael had already had a talk with him! I think that I might have liked to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.
Or maybe not. Anyway, here is the kicker. Michael is the sweetest, kindest person you would ever meet, a gentle giant, a big ol’ teddy bear. But Katie’s boyfriend doesn’t need to know that, I guess. Not right away, anyway. Our mutual grandparents had 12 grandchildren, and Michael is the baby. I told Vicky that he was my baby cousin, but I’m sure she gets a lot of jokes about his size. I really wanted to ask him exactly how tall he is and how much he weighs, but I figured people ask him that a lot, so I didn’t. I also kind of think it’s probably good that they have no children; boys would stay injured from playing with Dad and girls would never have dates! Anyway, despite the circumstances, it was good to see family.
My niece Kaci and I occasionally exchange emails about dishes and tablescapes. Last year, she had mentioned that she really liked these Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates. I was browsing on the Pfaltzgraff site a few days ago and saw some Halloween items that I thought about purchasing for my tablescapes. Then I remembered that she had liked my old ones, so I made an impulse buy and sent them to her. They were on sale plus I had a coupon, so they weren’t extravagant, and I knew she would like them.
Over the weekend she sent me her pictures. I sent her this platter and 4 small plates. She used 2 of the small plates on her table.
I love her spooky candelabra. I also like her large candlesticks.
I think that it was very clever to put a pillar candle on one of them and a jack-o-lantern on the other one.
When my parents downsized, Kaci received my mother’s green Depression glass. Every time that I see a tablescape that uses green Depression glass in my blog reading, I send it to Kaci. I thought that it was very clever of her to use them on the table. The green color is perfect with the shade of green in the platter and plates. I’m looking forward to seeing her use them in other ways also. We spoke briefly on the phone, and she said that was enjoying pulling out her other things and planning what else to do with them.
My final nod to autumn today is my mantle. I decided that I wanted to feature my fall-themed salt and pepper shakers along with my inexpensive Dollar Tree and Fred’s ceramic pumpkins and gourds.
I wound the garlands in and out the best that could and added my brass candlesticks. I think that the brass is a good color for autumn since it’s a sort of burnished gold.
Then I added some of my pottery pieces, like this lovely platter. The vase is one of only 2 new purchases this fall. It was on the 50% off shelf in Dollar General a couple of weeks ago.
These fall leaves salt and pepper shakers are the other new purchase. I found them for fifty cents at the Salvation Army thrift store a couple of weeks ago.
I love these squash anthropomorphic shakers. They are vintage and you don’t see them as much as you used to.
I also decided to use these fall plates that I found at Wal Mart a few years ago. They were perfect for some height and to carry out the fall theme.
The sheaves of wheat shakers are perfect for this time of year also.
I found these shakers at Family Dollar a few years ago for, yes, one dollar.
I found these fall leaves on that same shopping trip also for $1.
I sprinkled around some fall leaves, and I was done. Overall, I was quite pleased with the mantle.
Hope all of you have fun with your fall decorating also!