Sunday, November 22, 2009

LAST OF FALL



So, apparently, Fall is over. I don't know who decided that it is other than the almighty marketing industry. Christmas has been in the stores since well before Halloween, and I am just barely getting past the fact that Summer is gone…

I wish to savor the holidays, as I did when I was a child, but I fear those days to be gone. For me, part of it is working full time and not being able to enjoy my home as much as I used to be able to….Another part is that we no longer get the snow that we used to. Even now, our lawn is somewhat green, and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas when it’s green and 50 out….Yet another reason is that time has been sped up. I know that sounds strange, but I truly believe that it has been...

At any rate, I haven’t had my fall d├ęcor up very long, and it’s now time for Christmas decorating. So…here are a few last fall pictures…







Mom's bedding has a country fall feel...



In her spare bedroom, she has adorned the vintage dressing table with a lovely woman's hat...



And...Speaking of women's hats...



She collects vintage head vases...





Hearing that vintage vases were being shown, Winnie the Pooh decided to pop in...





...and see what we had to offer!







Let us all have gratitude, this Thanksgiving week, for the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

FALL





My fall kitchen center piece includes an old Home Canning Book by Kerr, a rolling pin, a Mason jar filled with spaghetti, and some fall colored recipes card. All of this is tied together with my yellow gingham apron. Wooden spoons and a whisk are tucked into the pockets. A jar of honey and a fragrant pumpkin spice candle are placed on either side.



A basket of potatoes, an old Dutch oven, a meat grinder, rustic boards, and temple wheat set the foundation. Atop an organ bench that grandpa built for me 46 years ago sits a picture of an elderly woman praying over her meager meal. This picture hung in Gramma’s kitchen and now hangs in mine. A fall colored apron and a vintage card complete the ensemble.



Here, our Thanksgiving ancestors welcome and give thanks for the harvest.



My spicy harvest candles and pioneer rag doll adorn the end table. Laura Ingalls Wilder ties in the theme of simpliness, family, and harvest.



Old school books used by the children in Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s era, Tom Sawyer, and the poem and story The Touch of the Master’s Hand—A moving and wonderful story, accent the collection atop the table.





My little farm house collection… An old window frame I found, a pitchfork with a fall napkin tied in a bow, and some wild green foliage makeup my grouping.





My little pioneer rag doll is kept warm, by her shawl, during chilly autumn nights.



Miss Cleopatra decides to join in on the festivities.



Blessings to all this Thanksgiving season.