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Autumn Tablescape

Cooler weather means mornings on the veranda with a hot cup of coffee looking for the first signs of turning leaves.  I love this time of year.  Wearing sweaters, cooler nights with a warm quilt on my lap, looking forward to  a fire in the fireplace, some wool applique handwork, a lovely scented candle, and a good book.  I enjoy decorating to usher in the season with an Autumn inspired tablescape.  I’ve mentioned this before, our table is visible from the loft next to our bedroom, so a pretty tablescape is a decorative display that I see every morning as I come down the stairs.

This year I got out my Autumn placemats that I made a few years back with some wonderful plaid fabric with gold Autumn leaves.  They are simple rectangles, quilted with a maple leaf pantograph, then bound as usual.  The fabric was a secret sister gift in a longarm group. I put the placemats on a cream color tablecloth to set them off, and added my Nutmeg Spice napkins with wood napkin rings.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plate stacks have my copper color chargers, with white dinner china plates, topped with these Autumn Leaf plates from Pier 1. I swear, they should pay me for all I do for them, LOL!! Don’t you love that store?

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Above the knives on the placemat, I set knife rests, a gift from a friend and the first time I’ve had a table to use them. This is the kind of detail that makes a tablescape just a bit more special, not to mention it saves your placemats from getting quite as dirty.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

As usual, I add individual salt and pepper shakers.  I had to do a silverware polish, but that really didn’t take too long.  I use the Wrights Silver cream with water, and it is fast and easy.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Wine glasses are added too, these were a thrift store find.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Taking a closer look at this year’s centerpiece, I used my Advent candle holder to hold four rust color candles, then added a large ceramic pumpkin to the middle. Autumn leaf garlands span the length of the center table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these ceramic leaves are really salt and pepper shakers. I nestled them into the garland leaves as a surprise for those willing to look at bit closer.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My crackle glass votive holders and ceramic pumpkins are on each end of the centerpiece, surrounded by the leaf garland.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The colors of the elements of the centerpiece really go together well.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these pumpkin bowls fit into my existing leaf plates nicely, and would be great to serve salad dressings. I put a set on each end of the table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look overall, with all the elements in place.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I am ready for autumn!  You can see my tablescape from last year using a more rustic theme HERE.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Did I mention how much I love these plates? LOL, I think I should get the dinner plates too.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Welcome Autumn!!

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you ready for Autumn? Do you have any special things that come out for the season?

 

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Do you love tablescapes as much as I like doing them?  One book still on my wish list is this one, by the publishers of Southern Lady Magazine and Tea Time – such beautiful tables in those magazines!!  Southern Lady Gracious Tables

 

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The Last Bit of Autumn on the Mountain

Autumn is breathing it’s last now, the leaves are almost gone. The smoke was thick on Thanksgiving morning, and the pictures were just so interesting, I had to find a time to share them with you.  Usually the only time I can get a good picture of all the layers is when there is fog, but the smoke was settling in the valley so the hills were more apparent.

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Beautiful and frightening at the same time, isn’t it?  Thankfully, the rain this past week helped to get the North Carolina wildfires contained, and the air a bit clearer. The fires aren’t threatening homes or businesses at this point, and will burn themselves out over the next couple of weeks. Although I lament the loss of the gorgeous forest land, we have been lucky. The wildfires in Tennessee have been much worse, and our thoughts are with the families of Gatlinburg.

Thanksgiving 2016 Wildfire smoke 1

It has been pretty cold in the mornings, and this little dove is twice his normal size with his feathers all fluffed up.  DH put up a cage feeder to keep them out because they are pigs and will drive off all the little birds.  It is OK with me if they want to feed off the ground.

Dove

I decided to put out a suet cake using my Suet Recipe to help the little birds stay warm.

Bird feeder November 1

There are so many different birds visiting the feeder, they are emptying it completely in just a few days. DH filled it up while they all waited in queue in the trees. They descended on it in full as soon as he put the ladder away.

Bird feeder November 3

The last bit of color on the driveway on Thanksgiving was lovely with the morning sun.

Autumn 2016 November 3

One last look at lovely leaves in the sunlight, before the trees are bare for winter.

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Sunrise over the neighboring mountain to the east last Sunday.

Autumn 2016 November sunrise

I’ve been decorating, baking and crafting in anticipation of my MIL being here this weekend.  We are having a nice visit, and I’ll share some of the fun next week.

What’s going on around your place?  Do you still have fall color (those in the northern hemisphere)?

 


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November Breakfast

Thanksgiving morning means a nice breakfast while watching the parade in my jammies. With a large meal later in the day, and sometimes snacks during football games, breakfast needs to be nice but not over filling. I do enjoy making the overnight egg casserole in a small baking dish, just enough for two. Sometimes DH wants cereal too, so I set the table for anything. In the center is the quilted Autumn Star table topper I made a couple of years ago.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I did set four place settings just to make the table look nice, even though there will only be the two of us. The breakfast tablescape is on the pub table and starts with this lovely art glass pumpkin that was a gift from friends a few weeks ago. I set it on two of the wood slices to add some height, and added some tiny chipmunk pilgrims.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I used the leaf print placemats and my new leaf plates.  They work well together, don’t they!!

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The napkins got pumpkin napkin rings.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The pumpkin bowls are added to the place settings.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I have two of these turkeys, so I added one to each side of the glass art pumpkin.  The leaf plates went on just for show, but they could hold a biscuit.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

There are a couple more little miniatures added to the other side.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

All done.  Coffee cups are usually in our hands, so I didn’t put them on the table.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

Festive and ready for breakfast.  I have to admit though, that we have had a meal here already, it was too pretty to have for just one day.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

What do you do for breakfast on Thanksgiving?

 

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Decorating in November

This is such a fun month to decorate, I get to see all my turkeys again. This year, the kitchen counter is graced with a lovely bouquet of flowers that DH brought me recently, just because. The pretty apricot color flowers went nicely with a large turkey and a small pie pumpkin.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I like this grouping a lot. They are sitting on my Autumn Jubilee quilt along two-block mat. Speaking of quilt alongs, I have had a few new followers in the past couple of days, I think to participate with the Scrap Dance Waltz quilt along.  I want to welcome to the newcomers, and I hope you like the variety you find on my blog. It is a lot of quilting, and a variety of other things too.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

The colors in the flowers also go well with this turkey, the largest one I have. The little ones are salt and pepper shakers.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This collection gets a bit bigger from time to time, but it isn’t often that I find ceramic turkeys. I did find one earlier this year at the thrift store, and I was so excited about its coloring! I put it on the small bookcase table at the end of the kitchen counter, with the leaf decoupage plate and a cookbook for Thanksgiving. I needed to show you that I did in fact finish the replacement table topper I talked about in September. It matches the other one on the pie safe in the kitchen.  Isn’t that border print cute?

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

Have I shown you these candles before? I have had them for a very long time, turkeys on the sides!

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

They are on the cookbook bookshelf, with the Thankful plate and another ceramic turkey.  I choose a few books that sound like comfort food and bring to mind wonderful baking aromas.

November Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I still have an autumn color quilt draped over a chair, it has been used on a chilly day while reading. The table topper is my Moda Bake Shop recipe called Maple Star, link on the sidebar.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

The Autumn Jubilee mini quilt is still on the stand, and more turkeys are displayed with it.  I put the leaf topper back on, and changed the jack-o-lantern back to a pumpkin.  See the link to understand that statement if you weren’t following that quilt along. Some of my little tiny turkeys are set with this mini quilt.  The cornucopia wall hanging is on the wall beside the cabinet.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

I love these little guys, and I haven’t seen any like this in many years. They are about 2 inches high.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, I set a turkey on a wool applique penny rug I made a while ago.  The Autumn Jubilee Wool Applique leaf penny rug is in the guest room now.

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

This is my most special turkey. It is one my mother bought when I was a child. It was carefully stored in her cedar chest each year, and brought out in November. It just seems like the holidays are here when it comes out at my house. It is a wax candle, and it cost 25 cents, the sticker is still on the bottom. Of course, that was a few years ago, LOL!!

November Decor at From My Carolina Home

Yes, there are many more turkeys around the house, on the bathroom counter, near the fireplaces, on the tables.   I’ll show you the breakfast table tomorrow.

How are you decorating for Thanksgiving?


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November Wreath

Last month I did a post on Harvest Wreaths for Autumn Jubilee, and my MIL commented that she wanted one.  Well, OK, any excuse to get out the goodies and play with my glue gun again!!

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Starting out with a grapevine wreath base, I added some fall color faux flowers and leaves. I also started the bow with the streamers to mark the position for the bow.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Adding in some natural elements, I glued sweet gum balls and black walnut shells between the flowers.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

I looked in the yard for acorn cups like these, that are three to a stem. Gluing the acorns to them made a larger element. I always glue the acorns into the caps as they come apart too easily.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

She liked the idea of the pine cones in the middle so I did that too. I have lots of them. The bow is made from the harvest color ribbon I used on the Thanksgiving cards.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

I just love these colors this time of year!

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Groups of natural elements surround the silk flowers.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Hanging it up on the wall for a picture, before packing it up to send.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

One more view.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Do you have a Harvest Wreath?

 

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Autumn on the Veranda

Color is finally showing in some of the trees, and I wanted a pretty veranda for our recent company to enjoy. I thought it would be nice to add a quilt to the tableau, fall inspired and cozy feeling. The little pie pumpkin will become pumpkin bread in a couple of weeks.  I found dark red chrysanthemums at the local store, and got two.  I couldn’t resist putting a small quilt out too.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

A larger pumpkin is sitting near the front door, with the other deep red chrysanthemum.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

The begonias and impatiens are still blooming, and I cannot bear to throw them out while they are.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

I did bite the bullet on the torenia hanging baskets, and took them down. They really were ragged. There was a lot of green still in the forest when I rearranged the pots to form this grouping in the corner of the veranda. Those pink flowers just don’t go with my fall theme, but I am still watering them.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

My thrift store find Halloween metal hanger is hanging on the outside wall, just down the way a bit from the harvest wreath near the door.  It is fun, even though we have never had trick-or-treaters.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

At the last minute before company came, I found two orange daisy plants, so I put them in a basket and placed them with the pumpkin. It made a festive fall grouping near the door.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Along the driveway, the trees began to show a bit of autumn in the past week.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

There was a bit more coming along farther down the driveway.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Early one morning last week, I pulled up the shade in the kitchen window to this lovely scene. It is so pretty when an early morning fog settles into the valleys. The layers of hills and mountain are brought into sharper relief with the fog.  The rising sun over the mountain to the east lit the neighbor’s tree beautifully.

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

Zooming the lens a bit closer, lovely isn’t it?

Autumn On the Veranda at From My Carolina Home

It still is too warm, and I am looking for it to cool off more.  I am working on Scrap Dance 3 for you, dear readers. More on that a bit later.

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Today is the last day to enter all the drawings, so if you missed one, you have time today to get in a comment.  I’ll be drawing winners tomorrow and notifying you by email.  We will wrap up Autumn Jubilee Friday.

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Is there some color at your part of the world?

 

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A Hint of Autumn in the Mountains

The calendar says October, but there hasn’t been the needed cold snap to turn our leaves to the autumn beauty we anticipate. Friday and Saturday did bring some much needed rain, and I was happy to spend the days inside. With some projects finished and others not yet begun, it was a perfect day to clean up and clear out some things. I do want to thank all the readers who emailed me concerned about our well-being with hurricane Matthew churning up the coast. We are very far inland in the western NC mountain area, and only had a couple of days of light rain. The winds picked up just a little, but not bad. There is one tree on the mountainside in the back that is showing some red color, everything else is still green.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

The flock of nine wild turkeys seem to have decided our place is good for breakfast and supper, as they are showing up a couple of times a day now. In the afternoon, while they were distracted by the acorns and bugs in the meadow, I crept outside to the veranda with my camera to try to get a good photo of all of them.  The trees behind them should be turning beautiful gold and red by now, but are really slow in changing.  It has been too warm and dry.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Wild turkeys are a little like meerkats, when they hear something, all of them stop, raise their heads high, and freeze.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

I remained motionless, holding the camera and my breath until they relaxed again.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Must be some good pickin’s in that meadow.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

I watched them for about 10 minutes, as they moved slowly down the meadow and melted into the forest.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

This flock appears to be all females and juveniles.  There are two males that come by too, but they are not with this group, at least not yet.  I do think that later when it is getting cold, that the two males will join this group.  I am pretty sure they did in previous years.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

So, we are waiting for Autumn to don her burgundy and gold, for the chill of October and a fire in the fireplace.  I am looking forward to wearing a warm sweater, enjoying a bowl of homemade soup with fresh crusty bread on a blustery day, baking with pumpkins and apples, cuddling up with a quilt and reading a good book.  For my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you enjoyed the turkey photos I saved for today.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Until Mother Nature cooperates with a show in the trees, keep making your autumn leaf blocks.  If you missed Block One with the Aurifil giveaway post, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along. For my northern hemisphere readers, are the trees turning color where you are? For my friends in the southern hemisphere, what is blooming now?

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