Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The First of October

Happy October, everybody!
I love October 1st. 
It was my dad's birthday. 
Happy Birthday, Dad!

In a day of remembrance of him, I love decorating the front porch for fall and Halloween. 

I've exercised quite a bit of self control the last two weeks because Bill brought me the cutest jack-o'-lantern from the grocery store.

I've wanted one for about two years but never felt like I could justify $29.00 for a clay pumpkin. 
Bill felt okay about it. 
I'm glad he picked it up when he did because they are gone now. The mums came from the same store.

He even made new cedar seats for our ice cream chairs. 
No more moldy seat covers. 
The scarecrow is from Hobby Lobby two years ago. 
That was my splurge that year but he looks brand new unlike a $6.00 scarecrow. 

I wasn't sure if I would do the vines around the door but the trick or treaters love my Halloween lights.

Without garland,

With garland.

I rolled up a string of lights and set it in "Jack".
I can't wait to see him when the sun goes down. 

The old light fixture came from a garage sale. 
It was only $5.00.

The wreath got a new black and white burlap ribbon and some of the fresh bittersweet I ordered.

Love it.

The entry got worked on too.

You can read the crazy story of our Empire chest here.
It is a great place for my favorite scarecrow and my favorite pumpkin. I draped the basket with more bittersweet. 
Olive is a perfect accent color for this area because of Bill's grandmother. 

I'm crazy about the book under the leaves and pumpkin. 
It is a perfect color for here. 

 It was just gorgeous this morning as we were decorating but it was warming up quickly. 
That's October in Texas for you.
I hope you are having a great day.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's Fall Y'all!

It's fall!

Once I got over the fact that it was time to put the pool away, I could embrace that fall is here.

I sat on the couch each evening this week trying to get some inspiration for my mantel.  
It is the centerpiece and focal point, after all, so it has to be right.
After a couple of tries, this mantel is the winner.

Bill got me the roses a few weeks ago. They were fading fast so I hung them upside down to dry. I gathered up the oldest and crustiest books in the house and two white pumpkins from Tom Thumb. The frame is from a painting that was hanging in the mancave. 

We don't crate the dog when we are at work so she sits on the sofa all day, except when she is sitting in the window barking at the demon squirrel.

The sofa has the weirdest affinity for her dog hair. It will not come off with the vacuum or a brush. I have to sit and use sheet after sheet of a lint roller. I couldn't take it anymore so I made a slipcover during Dancing with the Stars the other night.
 I may end up slipcovering the whole sofa. I don't know.

The terrarium got a white pumpkin instead of the bird that was in there. So simple.

The desk and shelf on the opposite wall got a few touches as well. 

The candelabra is from the thrift store and the tureen from an antique store years ago. 

Just a teacher FYI...
Seasons are not capitalized unless they begin a sentence or they are being used in a title -  Fall Festival 2104.
Months of the year and days of the week are capitalized but not seasons.
 Holidays are capitalized.

It makes no sense to me why seasons are not capitalized but it is true. 
That's the English language for you.

I'm wild about the dining room centerpiece. 
The deep, deep brown or black velveteen pumpkins came from Tom Thumb. 
I made the white drop cloth pumpkin with the pin. 
Yikes! It's cute.

I've got more to finish in there and I'll show it off when it's done.
I'm also working on some cuteness in the powder room.
Happy Sunday.
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