The weather should be cooling off a bit this coming week, at least that is the hope. It sure was still too warm last week when I met a friend for coffee. She reads my blog and said it was time to show some fall decorations. Of course, she is right (yes, you, CW!!). I did get a few out last week, and started the process with a Pumpkin Tablescape, but I realize I haven’t shown anything else. There is a method in my madness for that, as some things I am saving for the special event next month. More about that later in the week. But for now, I did get a few little details for the kitchen sink window sill. The Happy Harvest sign is small, and the little tins have candles in them, never burned.
In the library, a vibrant quilt called Autumn Around the Bend is hanging over a chair. It is difficult to get pictures in this room because the light is so bright through all the windows.
Here’s the front of the chair. That little leaf pillow is all wool applique. No, I didn’t make it, but I plan to to something similar soon.
Behind the chairs is a bookshelf that holds my cookbooks. The top now has an autumn leaf plate that was decoupaged with leaf fabric on the back by a local artist. Brown candles with pretty little candle rings, fall leaves and a ceramic pumpkin surround a stack of cookbooks that promise wonderful meals for cooler nights. Casseroles, slow cooker meals, or pot pies, which to choose for that first cold weather meal?
My favorite autumn candle scent is called Autumn Wreath, sitting on a Maple Star hot pad. I burned one entirely last year and part of this one too. I really need to find a Yankee candle sale and get a couple more.
The candle sits with the rooster placemats I made two years ago, flanked by autumn leaf plates. We have breakfast on this counter a lot.
On the kitchen pie safe, I put the Maple Leaf Table Runner I made two years ago. A few more cookbooks chosen for their cover colors and recipes. Who doesn’t like a hearty soup with homemade bread on a cold rainy day? A tin with pumpkins and an autumn leaf basket go well.
I also made a companion three leaf table runner for the little library table in the kitchen, but it wasn’t with the other one. It wasn’t in the autumn decor boxes. It wasn’t in the linen drawers in the antique china hutch. It wasn’t in the linen drawers in the antique secretary. Ok, now I am getting frustrated, where did I put the bloody thing? Cedar chest? No. Basement shelves? Nope. Under the bed? Ridiculous, I never put anything under the bed but I looked there anyway. I went back to doing some other things, but it still bugged me. Office closet? Nope. I complained to DH that I couldn’t find it, and he couldn’t offer any suggestions for places that I hadn’t already looked. But I went through all of them again. Two hours later it dawned on me. I gave it away. I took it as a hostess gift to some friends we were staying with last July. I figured I could make myself another one, then promptly forgot all about it! So, the library table got a rooster placemat.
Isn’t that rooster trivet cute? Of course, it was a thrift store find just a couple of weeks ago, the colors are perfect for the kitchen. The Gooseberry Patch cookbook Celebrate Autumn comes out each fall, maybe this year I’ll actually cook something from it. Another thrift store find was the black plate stand. I stacked autumn inspired hot pads in it (made from the same panel as the rooster placemats) for both decoration and easy reaching from the stove.
I hung the Maple Leaf and Cornucopia wall hanging up in the den.
On the top of the cabinet is the Anita’s Arrowhead Mini Quilt, some ceramic pumpkins and orange candles. The ceramic turkey is the perfect fall color for now, so he gets to come out earlier than the others. Also, he was a thrift store find last summer and I hadn’t packed him up.
So, that is where I am for now. The big dining room table isn’t set yet, and I’ll save that tablescape for a bit later. I am really sewing like mad, trying to finish off the projects that I am going to have for the event next month. I know, I am teasing you. I just don’t want to talk about it yet, but I promise you will have fun. Look for a big announcement post on Friday. I also want to get the veranda looking more fall-like, and I need a few pumpkins and mums to complete it. Plus I need to clean up the detritus of summer. So, more later.
One more thing, the winner of the drawing for the Birds in the Air book…
was number 44, Mary! Mary said ‘Enjoyed reading your frank reviews. I look forward to reading Birds in the Air and A Vintage Affair.”. Mary was sent an email last night to let her know. Congratulations, Mary!!
Are you decorating for fall now?