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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bring On Autumn!!

Have I fallen off the other side of the earth?! NO!! I had to take a little break and get the first two weeks of school "under my belt" and now I am "rarin' to go"!
Health report: knee issues are much better. Blood pressure sky high. On an anti-inflammatory diet and using Visalus as a protein booster. (I have lost 5 big ones!)
To more important things:
I made a bet with my Facebook friends that I could push Autumn a little closer if I bit the bullet and began my decorating a little early. I usually decorate for fall in stages...September: leaves...October: add pumpkins to the mix...November: turkeys strut all over the house in the midst of leaves and pumpkins!
It was so darn hot Saturday that I had to put the decorating off until today.

I added colored leaves to my usual centerpiece. I had bought the pumpkin scented candles last year when Bath and Body works had them on sale. They smell so "fallish".

The bittersweet vine doesn't show up in the above picture very well, but it's woven around the light fixture.

I love Bittersweet...I wish we had it in abundance in the South...

but alas, I have to be satisfied with the silk kind... :)

Remember my great Pottery Barn find? I walked in the store, just to drool, and this iron and burlap basket was on sale!! I filled it with cloth pumpkins, wheat sheaves, and leaves. I know, I sort of got off the beaten path and threw in the pumpkins too early...couldn't help myself.

I made the pumpkins from an old Vogue pattern years ago. There's a prettier large one under all the others, but it's holding everybody else up.

The cascading acorns are actually bells that go on the back door, but the Hubster doesn't like the jingling noise whenever he opens the door...so I found a more suitable place to hang them.

Iron and glass tray contents are changed frequently...this is a corn husk doll I found at a garage sale years ago. The lady had one for every month!! I bought Misses October and December.

The details on both are beautiful.

My small buffet holds my McCarty squirrel and the berry wreath that will eventually surround my pottery turkey on the dining table in November!

The squirrels at my house have just about gotten the best of me this summer. When we had dogs they didn't so much a shake a bushy tail in my direction. They are so bold now and just make a big mess everywhere! I like the pottery ones though, no mess, no bother!

I usually have this container filled with green Granny Smith's but I couldn't resist exchanging them for the two green ceramic pumpkins I found.

Please, don't tell me I'm rushing it...it has been so very hot, humid and dry in the South this summer. School has been in session for two weeks, football games began last Friday and I AM READY FOR SOME NIP IN THE AIR!! Bring on the Candy Corn Mix!!!!!
I hope tomorrow the temperature drops 40 degrees. If it doesn't, it isn't my fault.

Join me at Table Top Tuesday and Metamorphosis Monday!

I've done my part,


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love to decorate for Fall, too! I was thinking of doing a little in a week or so! You have so many pretty things! I love your banner, too...all of my favorite things! ♥

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Angela, I love this post. Your fall decor is lovely, and I feel cooler already reading this post ;P

Olive Cooper said...

I love pumpkins too and your are so pretty. The corn husk doll is beautiful. In the cloche she is something serious. It was 102 degrees here today and I am ready for fall. hugs♥olive.

Babs said...

Angela, I'm geting ready for Fall too, although I haven't done a huge amount of decorating. Your vignettes are so pretty. I haven't seen corn husk dolls in a long time and none as pretty as yours. Fresh bittersweet is a favorite of mine, but as you said not very abundand in the South.
Hope you have a nice week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, I totally love all of your arrangements. Each one is so different and so beautiful. Love the doll under the cloche and the really cute little acorns too. Both are so special and so pretty. Beautifully done. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh my...it will be here soon...looking forward to some cooler temps. LOVE that PB basket...awesome that you found her on sale:)Stop by and enter my current giveaway…it’s a $40 Pottery Barn gift card plus a coastal goodie!


Michelle said...

Hi Angela; thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow! I love your blog. Your home is beautiful. Bittersweet is terrific on the chandelier! I've followed you too. See you around the blogworld!


Russell said...

Yes! Candy corn with peanuts! All your fall stuff looks great

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful fall decor! The table looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

bj said...

Everything looks just beautiful.
It is still way too hot out here in West Texas to even THINK of fall decorating. When our leaves start changing, I'll put out a few fallish things..:) Mine aren't as lovely as yours.
xo bj

Nonnie said...

Oh, Angela, I have been concerned about your health. Not much fun when the parts start breaking and falling off. Glad you are on the mends. Isn't it just tooooooo hoooooot? Surely fall will be better. Just keep me thinking about cooler days with your pretty decor. I just am not in the decorating mood myself. I'm still making sweet pickles. Wish those cukes would just go on and croke. The okra still tastes wonderful though. Jan

JudyBug said...

You're off to a great start! I do mine in that order too. I'm so sick of summer...We've been bringing the Fall decorations down. I'm starting this weekend.


Perfect! Beautiful fall decorations, I love fall, my fav time of year, as I'm originally from Astoria-Queens, NY...and I forever loved fall, my b'day is Oct. 20th. too... the color specially, you've captured so beautifully, I love the lady, the cloch, your house is beautiful, too. Thanks for sharing and nice meeting you. I'm a new follower and just dropped from TTT at Marty's. FABBY


Oh, I forgot...I hope your leg is better soon, but at least you dropped 5!! Lots of hugs. FABBY

Gail said...

I love decorating for autumn - I keep that decor up 90 days, longer than any other season or theme. However, I never thought about unfolding it like you do - leaves, then pumpkins, then turkeys.
I don't need to lose weight but I have a need for an anti- inflammatory food program. I can get some on line, but when you have time, can you share what works for you and what you like most about it.

Bunny Jean said...

I think everyone is ready for fall. I know I will begin decorating in a week or soon.

I just found your blog and love your style. I host a party every Wednesday and would love if you would party with us :)

xoxo Bunny Jean @ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my Main blog)
Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

hannah singer said...

oh, i've had autumn on the brain, too! hooray!