Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Halloween is around the corner and I needed to make a quick front porch display.  After purchasing a beautiful lavender mum, I placed it in a plastic witches cauldron on top of the porch post.  A black crow was stuck in the flowers to give it a more haunting look. I have to chuckle because one of my daughters won this cauldron at a school event.  When she brought it home a few years back, I confiscated it full well knowing that I could implement it into a vignette someday.

I found my feathered owl up in the autumn tub and placed it in a black bird cage that I usually have on the table out on the back porch.  A plastic skeleton found at Target was laid out in Grandpa's old tool chest surrounded by a faux pumpkin and a garland of autumn leaves.

 This porch setting came together very quickly and will welcome our Trick or Treaters in a few weeks.

Now, I just need to set out the spotlight, smoke machine and eerie music to set the scene for the Halloween night. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016


After having this hutch for 7 years, I had never decorated the inside with seasonal decorations.  I decided to try my luck at bringing more color into the hutch for this fall.

The first job was to clear out all the extra plates and pieces that were making the shelves crowded.

One of the crucial pieces that I wanted to use was a blue and white porcelain in the shape of a pumpkin.  When I originally spotted this at an estate auction, I scarfed it up.  I just couldn't figure out how to incorporate it into my decorating. This would be the first piece I would place in the hutch.

To add color, I pulled out my faux(fake) pumpkins.  I gathered various squash and arranged them on a Polish Pottery rectangular casserole.

I have always found that when decorating with the blue and white pottery, the orange compliments well.

Adding some corn husks with Indian corn and a vintage seed box to the top of the hutch carried the theme throughout.

The only thing missing is the scent of Autumn.  A baked apple cobbler with cinnamon  fresh out of the oven will do the trick.

Add a bit of seasonal color into your home and enjoy fall.

Saturday, October 8, 2016


I have to thank my sister, Karen for this idea.  She sent me a picture of her drying hydrangeas in one of her fall displays.  You know what they say about copying someone--it is one of the sincerest compliments.  Here goes.

I bought this plant receptacle at an estate sale years ago for a dollar.  I never came up with an idea until now.

I went outside and cut a few of the drying magenta hydrangeas.

I placed them in the planter and proceeded to the bedroom where I placed it on a few vintage books.

These flowers should keep throughout the winter.

What a nice, serene place to curl up and read a good book.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


It was a weekend for bringing fall back into the house.

Trading the Ikea Ektorp sofa with the reupholstered Old World chenille covered sofa brought warmth immediately into the space.

While at Home Depot, I found this burlap covered lampshade.

I kept the ribbon hung prism on the stem of the lamp.

The lantern filled terrarium was placed on the table behind the couch.

With just a few additions, summer is packed away and the crisp morning air will be upon us soon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


I need to apologize.  I thought that I had sent this posting out prior to leaving on our annual Sister's weekend, but it obviously did not go through.

So..... here's to my adorable eldest.  Happy Belated Birthday!

I  cannot believe that my oldest turns 19 today.  It just seems like yesterday she was running errands with me, then starting school and now in college.  Where does the time go?
We are very proud of her.  She has taken the life lessons that we  taught her and  become the independent person we always hoped she would be.
Here's to you Sweetie!
Happy Birthday
(my little autumn baby)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


My sister Terri would have been 67 years old today.  Hard to believe it has been a year since she became sick.  The time seems to have flown, but her memory is still so close to the surface.  I want to take you back to a happy memory.

After Terri became sick, I was going through a chest of drawers and came upon a Ziploc bag with an uncompleted project.  But this wasn't just any crosstitch project.  This project had a lot of memories attached--and they were memories of my sister, Terri.
The story begins back in 1989, when my sister Terri drove the two of us down to Rockhome Gardens near Arcola, Illinois where the annual Quilt Show was held.  Along with some of the most amazing quilts I have ever seen were booths filled with crafts of the latest rage--counted cross-stitch. 

We first found this newly revived craft a few years before when again,  Terri and I spent vacation days in Raleigh-Durham, NC.  The bug bit both of us, but on this day in Arcola, the fever grew when we saw booth after booth of cross-stitch artists and their designs.
I was drawn to a booth that had a square French blue striped tablecloth sewn with rich, red apples and French phrases.  The name of the booklet was French Country Breakfast. This blue striped cloth is all the rage today and who would have thought in 1989 that this design would be timeless.
   For those of you who knew Terri, she insisted that I approach the designer in the booth and ask for her autograph.  Of course I did.

When I returned home, I immediately started the tablecloth and finished about 75% of it.  I then put it in a zip lock bag and time went by.  I got married, raised two daughters and moved 5 times.
Now, there was something inside me that pushed me to finish this cross-stitch.

A few years ago, Terri being the generous soul that she always was, gave me her lighted magnifier to ease my cross-stitch sewing.  I stashed it up in the craft room and realized that with my eye sight these days, I was going to need a little help.  I found the light and proceeded to complete this project.

This next picture shows exactly what I see through the magnifier.  What a difference the magnifier shows!

On two sides of the cloth, the French 'tarte aux Pommes' translates in English to  'apple pie'.

All four corners have an apple in the corner.  The remaining two sides have a design of smaller apples.

Once the stitching was completed, I wanted to ensure that there would be no raveling on the backside of the tablecloth.  I purchased some light weight Pellon at Hobby Lobby.  It is easy to apply as it is an iron-on textile. All of the underside of the tablecloth was measured and Pellon was ironed on to the sewn surfaces only.

This following picture shows the Pellon before it is ironed on.

All four sides of the Pellon are now ironed on to the back of the tablecloth.

 The round oak table was a perfect setting for the latest completed project.

I wanted to make a side note on Terri's influence on my own crafting skills.  When I was finishing up this tablecloth, I felt a calmness fall over me as I was stitching.  It was as if Terri was still here with me, and I believe she really was.

Happy Birthday in Heaven Terri.

Friday, September 16, 2016


I wanted to do a very simple Autumn mantle this year.  I collected a bird nest from outside and placed it under a cloche.  The silver plated pitcher filled with wheat kept the look  monochromatic.

And then, I just couldn't keep the simple look without adding some color.

The height of the orange pumpkin blossoms extend the ceiling.

I love using the pop of orange color in the Oriental pottery.  A classic look, no?