And just like that, one day I woke up to find summer was gone and fall arrived.
By my birthday, which happens to be today,
the leaves are turning and flowers have withered away.
No doubt, autumn weather is here to stay while others are still in the throes of heat waves.
Dealing with heat is crummy! You have my sympathies.
Temps are in the 50’s at night and 60’s during the day and
the rainy season has been upon us for a couple of weeks.
I’m wearing sweaters again and the heat is back on.
For thin-blooded, Lower 48’ers, this is probably freeeeezing!
For me, it’s only a little chilly out.
Before completely changing gears,
decorating for fall and doing some cozying up around my home,
I wanted to have one last summer
hoorah by sharing some summer vignettes and a few “flippy” ramblings.
Flippy is my mother’s term.
So long fragrant blooms.
Having fresh lilacs and peonies fill the house with their beautiful scent is such a treat.
One of my greatest gardening accomplishments yet- is growing my own peonies!
…”greatest”as in I haven’t killed them!
I started them from a few scraggly roots and waited
patiently for them to begin blooming several years later.
Anyone who has ever planted peonies from a root understands the emphasis on patience.
Let’s talk about the summer mantel fireplace area!
Yes, I know— this mirror is a bit large for the fireplace area,
the proportions are all kinds of wrong,
but it works for now until I find something to properly fit the space.
So, just calm down Snooty Mcsnobby !
It’s called making do and working with what I have.
Something I highly believe in and support.
It won’t be staying like this forever.
Another project on the horizon is a complete overhaul of the entire fireplace area.
I’m hoping to get it done before the holidays, but we’ll see how that goes.
The messy sheet-covered sofa was finally replaced with something new too!
That was a real eye-sore and the reason why I tried my darndest to hide it in every photo.
I’m going to break down, show some before and afters of that very soon.
Who knows, maybe lose some dignity?
What the heck!
I’m all about keeping it real and encouraging women.
Although I’m not a fan of orange marmalade jam itself,
I do love old French marmalade jars!
Have you seen these little gems of cuteness?
Here it holds a little collection of antique silver flatware with a fully tarnished look.
Sometimes I polish them and other times I like the tarnish.
It all depends on my mood.
Do what you love, yo!
“It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” -The Nester
Pretty little stacks of saucers are useful as coasters or just for adding some height to a vignette.
The stacks of saucers are also great for my afternoon tea (jasmine green tea to be specific).
My theory is if a saucer protects the finish on tables from hot tea rings, then it will
logically protect a table top from water drippage on weepy glasses of ice tea too.
Check out this post for tips and essentials on how to style a functional coffee table.
Below is a photo of how I styled the dining table centerpiece for the Mini Spring Home Tour.
Now that you know about the sofa issue and you also know why it was a “mini” tour and not a full home tour.
This metal pail was a treasure I found back in June at Re-Store.
The clerk said it will make good garden art and
my reply was it will be great for holding a Christmas tree too. Ha ha.
A couple of biddies behind me let out a shriek of disapproval.
That reaction always amuses me.
I resisted the urge to say aloud…
Calm down ladies!
Don’t you know 2015- the year everything was offensive– is over?
Regardless, I have plans for using this glorious old bucket from fall, through Thanksgiving, on into Christmas.
Tell me, isn’t she simply beautiful, rustic, and romantic with a few colorful clippings?
Fall comes around and excitement starts bubbling for all the
fun blogs I’m going to read and all the new ideas that will be shared.
Last year I was big into baskets filled with dried flowers and white pumpkins and a few pinecones poked in.
Evidently, I didn’t even post a blog about fall decor.
Hashtag: blogger fail.
I’m thinking that old rusty bucket would sure look nice filled up with some gourds and pumpkins too!
How would you use that rusty old bucket in your fall decor?
If you have some unusual ideas, do share!
Let’s have some fun.
Brainstorm some ideas with me.
I’m going to be wrapping up the wedding decor and that card box tutorial later this week.