Monday, October 31, 2011

Harvest Under Glass

I had seen these gorgeous dried sunflower heads in photos from the Texas shows and in magazines, but hadn't seen them for sale. But on our way home from St. Louis we stopped at an antique mall and there they were.  These monstrous beauties intrigue me with their symmetrical rows of seeds and perfect neutral Fall color.

As we move into November and the leaves will soon be off the trees, my decor tends to go to the more neutrals of browns and creams. I transition into Christmas with evergreens mixed into my natural element florals and vignettes; I use less orange, but more browns.

A cloche filled with Fall Potpourri 

I love these little frames from the 40's and 50's.
This one has some Harvest graphics.

I really love taking photos in the Living Room now that things have been lightened and brightened up with the new painted furniture. Before, even though it was light in here, the dark furniture just "sucked up" all the wonderful light.

Hope you're having a fun day and enjoy your evening!

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life is having her Fall Cloche Party,
come by and check out the rest of the fun!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Magazine Copy Cat Challenge

You know I love a good challenge...
and magazine inspiration is at the top of my list.
is hosting a magazine copy cat challenge.

Julie from Idyllhours reminded me last week
that I had this old rake that I had found a few years ago.
It's been around for a few leaf seasons and I actually use it when I have to.
I had a few twigs of bittersweet left
and a little faux cedar from a Christmas branch.

my original attempt was too sparse,
so I added in some Fall leaves to help out.

sorta blah...

So here it is,
and I think for Christmas I'll just take out the bittersweet and leaves,
then add more evergreens with red berries and holly.

This is where it ended up.
Love the way the light shines through the leaves.

Now run by Debbie's Party and see the rest of the fun!

I'm also joining in on these parties:


Saturday, October 29, 2011

What I managed to snag while in St. Louis...

We didn't get to some of our regular antique spots like, Big Bend, Treasure Aisle, or Warson Woods, but we did make it to my favorite little shops, Tin Roof and White Swan Antiques (University City, corner of Bruno and McCausland). These are true antique "stores" not a mall. There are always great finds and good buys.

So there's this little chip on the rim,
but who cares, this Majolica was only 12 dollars!

Books for 80 cents.

immaculate grain sack, rusty yellow garden tool,
and gravy boat from England.

Since painting the Living Room "white" this summer,
I've started collecting white matte pottery for the mantle.

Anyone know about either of these white pieces?
They didn't have any markings.

And another of my small obsessions,
Biscuit tins. and if they're plaid...
well, just get outta my way!

whoops, another biscuit tin, this time in green

and a silver plate heavy platter for 5 bucks that has a little copper showing through...

nothing that a few strategically placed goodies won't take care of.
(good grief, I can't believe I haven't shown off my million dollar velvet pumpkin!)

this sweet baby isn't old, but I have Christmas plans for him.

and my next project...

...with "help"!


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