Monday, October 31, 2016


Happy Halloween.

Today is the first anniversary of my sister Terri's death. 

There hasn't been one day gone by when she hasn't crept into my spirit and made me stop to think about her.  That is not always a bad thing.

Immediately after that date, I didn't feel that I could continue writing the blog.  But I was wrong.  Terri, in her essence, has been with me every step of the way.  Her spirit still speaks to me in a quiet voice.

I found these feathered angel wings a few years ago.  I brought them home and kept them in my drawer.  When September rolled around this year, I got them out and knew that I could place a gentle reminder of our sister Angel in our home.  A small bouquet of baby's breath compliments the pair of wings.

I miss you so much Terri, but through your memories, you have allowed me to carry on.

Friday, October 28, 2016


 I wanted to share with you my annual Halloween birthday card. I have two very dear friends that have their special day at the end of October.

It started with a soap advertisement with a fine vintage witch.

Placed on a black and white gingham paper, I attached a domed embellishment of a black crow.

A cute orange and cream tape accented the side of the card.


Monday, October 24, 2016


Today would be Grandma Roth's birthday--still miss her so much.

Do you have your candy bags ready to hand out?
It's time!!!

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.