Friday, October 7, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday # 58 Nature Inspired

Who of us when we were kids in school
 didn't have a Leaf Collecting and Identification Project?

I also helped my girls go on leaf collecting adventures
 every Fall when they were in school.
Displaying and categorizing them was one of my favorite Fall projects.

I love to decorate with Nature and Nature inspired things,
so when I saw this article in this months' Country Gardens Magazine
I just had to share it.

(enlarge photo for a better detailed look)

Above, old drawers, boxes and cubbies are lined
 with Nature illustrations and botanicals
to help set the stage for our specimens.

What a great way to spend a beautiful Fall day
than taking off on a hike or nature trail with the kids
to find some wonderful objects to display.

Below, just using an old tackle box to show the found treasures.

Frames for leaves
and old boxes for leaf display.

And here are a few more nature inspired Pinterest finds.

Now, I want to head outdoors and see what I can find!

Let's see some of the fun from last week.

Rosemary from Ozma of Odds needs to be a weekly feature,
If for some strange reason you don't know her
get over to her blog right now and be prepared to be amazed!!

has a wonderful Fall mantle.
I'm in love with her Brown Transferware vignette.

shares her wonderful Fall Book Page Garland

share a Fall Mantle that just wowed me with the color!

Hmmm...seem to be focusing on mantles today!

Hope you'll join in today for the party.
Please link up to Common Ground on your blog post.
I know it takes a minute, 
but it shares with everyone else where you're partying.
Thanks everyone!!

I'd love for you to grab and display the Fall button!
(on my sidebar)

Hope you'll join in for the party,
"anything vintage or vintage inspired"
and all Fall Decor.


  1. Gorgeous! I love nature inspired everything. Great post Debra. Love your features too! Thanks for having us over!

  2. Beautiful! Reminds me I need to take my kids out for a nature walk.
    I have wonderful memories of my childhood finding all sorts of treasures. I think I'll take my kids to the cliffs of the neuse this weekend. Thank you!

  3. Love all those inspiration photos. Have a great weekend.

  4. Hi Debra! I love this post - I'm really into nature inspired things/decor! You've also featured some really talented ladies! :) I will be sure to check them out. Thanks once again for hosting. I linked up my very simple, yet nature-inspired mantle. I'm a little behind with the decorating in our home because we are in the middle of "fixing up" our home (we moved into our "fixer upper home" early this past summer). :) Anyway, have a great weekend!


  5. Gorgeous Debra!!!! I love nature inspired too! I'm all linked up- thanks for hosting!! :)

  6. Fabulously beautiful nature inspiration AND features from the Friday party, always so much eye candy over here Debra! Thank you for hosting the party.

    Heather and Vanessa

  7. These are such inspiring displays it makes me want to drop everything and go put one together! Especially that first one! I'm glad you showed the article, I don't think I would have seen it otherwise. Thanks so much for all your inspiration, Debra! xx

  8. Wonderful eye candy Debra...thanks for sharing it with all of us.


  9. Dear Debra, there are so many wonders to be found for display,-in the nature.I love to collect, too.
    Thanks for the examples from last week- I visit Rosemary often, her blog is a fairytale- and the 2 others I will visit now :) Unfortunately I don`t alwayes have time, to go throug all the great links.
    Blessings, Dorthe

  10. We still collect! I love these inspiring ways to display the beautiful things you can find in the fall! Thanks for hosting,

  11. my kidlets and i
    have such fun hunting for leaves
    egg shells
    and such
    at this time of year

    thanks for the reminder to get outside!

    all linked up my friend.


  12. Beautiful nature inspirations Debra and great features. Thanks for hosting.

    Have a wonderful day,

  13. I have never seen a Country Gardens magazine so will be looking for it at my local book store

    thanks for hosting a fun post

  14. Great nature inspired ideas. That one with the tackle box is too cool. Thanks for hosting, Debra.

  15. I found a tackle box that's nearly identical to the one in your post at a barn sale (for $1!!)...I've been trying to think how I should style it, and that's a great idea! Thanks for hosting, you have a beautiful blog!

  16. Debra, you always find the most inspiring photos to share. I look forward to them every week! Thanks for hosting and have a blessed weekend, Lisa

  17. Thanks so much Debra for featuring me on VIF- I am honored! I love your nature-inspired photos for fall decorating. Gives me some great ideas for next year's mantel :)

  18. some beautiful ideas there, thanks for hosting today!!

  19. Hi Debra,
    I linked 2 posts because they were kind of a part 1 and part 2. I hope that's okay? I found too much cool stuff last weekend!!! Thanks for hosting!

  20. Love your inspiration Pinterest pics Deborah! Thanx for hosting!

  21. Hi Debra, LOVE this post!... you know what a Nature lover I am, and I am still always picking up little finds along the trail when we walk each day... I do hope they still do that in schools these days, nothing like getting a child in touch with the natural world around them... leaves and acorns and berries and such... what could be better!... xoxo Julie Marie

  22. I love what you shared here today...just wonderful...blessings

  23. Love your nature inspired post and the pretty vignettes. I love fall decor and this beautiful time of the year.

  24. I love nature! I simply don't have time to play along! Maybe soon! Great photos!

  25. Those photos are such wonderful inspiration, Debra! Thanks for hosting. Hope you have a great weekend :)

  26. My 10 yr old son is always bringing things in from outside that he finds. He'll always say, "Now don't throw this away". He knows to say that because I'll wonder what it's doing on the kitchen table (such as a rock or stick etc.) His latest collection involves bird feathers that he finds. I just hope they don't have any diseases! So, yes, I know all too well about the nature hike and collecting things. The display part however, not so much. Those were some great ideas!

  27. Great inspiration photos. Thanks for hosting the party.

  28. Hi Debra! Love all of the beautiful Fall nature inspiration you've shared! And thank you so much for the feature! What a treat! And I also want to thank you for the wonderful comment on my Beatrix Potter post today! I love being able to explain my ideas in a post...and reading the comments to see that people "get it!" You don't always get that satisfaction from simply having a booth space...blogging about it takes it to a whole new level. Don't you think? I am all linked up now...just returned home from a long day of treasure hunting! Fun fun!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  29. Wonderful photos, Debra...and great inspiration! Thanks for hosting...hugs...Debbie

  30. As usual... Lots of wonderful inspiration! :)

    Thank you for hosting!

  31. Debra, a great article. One of the wonderful things about fall are the beautiful bright colored leaves. Great features. Thanks for hosting

    The French Hutch

  32. Wow, I'm featured! That makes me giddy! Thanks for hosting a great party. I love nature inspired decorating, even if it's faux ;-).

  33. Hi Debra! Love that book page garland! The pinterest leaves with candles are pretty cool too! Love to party with ya! Have a great weekend--

  34. You found lots of great ideas for fall decor, unfortunately in TX all of our leaves are just crunchy from the drought. Thanks for hosting ~
    Have a great day!

  35. I feel the love for Fall! gorgeous pics- I need to spend more time on Pinterest.
    Great party Debra!
    I am now making Christmas items...


  36. added a link to your post- so thrilled to be featured!


  37. thanks for hosting. I selected a photo (like I have done a thousand times) and it now says no thumbnail. I tried to enter a link again, so I could have a photo, but then it said I had already entered that link. Any suggestions??

  38. Hi Debra! We love that tacklebox filled with treasures! I only wish my daughter collected branches and leaves....instead of ROCKS - lol!! We've got them everywhere...and other than putting them in a glass container (a bit "iffy"!) I just put them in boxes under her me out!! Love those ideas that you've shared...and those inspirational girls - wonderful! You've given us new girls to follow for ideas!! Enjoy your weekend Debra :)
    Karla & Karrie

  39. Thanks for hosting Debra! And by the way...have you ever thought of printing your own magazine or book...filled with all your gorgeous vignettes and displays? If you've ever felt that inner's your confirmation!!! :)
    Blessings & hugs,

  40. I love this look, I certainly have the full array of Fall colors and foliage to get something like this going!

  41. I love all these pictures. They are so pretty yet so simple. I wish we had more Fall foliage down here in FL. I'm headed to MD next week for a few days. I need to fill up the suitcase with fall finds. Thanks for hosting!

  42. Great inspiration, Debra. I love anything with a natural presentation.

    Thanks for hosting!


  43. I remember those leaf pickin' days very well...lots of fun! Thanks for hosting Debra...enjoy your holiday weekend!

  44. I love nature inspired decorating...wonderful inspiration photos, Debra!

  45. Thanks for hostessing the fun party. I've got your button :)

    Mary @ Redo 101

  46. I accidentally linked up an old post. Sorry, I couldn't delete it. Please forgive.

  47. Hi Debra, thank you for sharing such a perfect display of fall. I too went on leaf hunts and examined every leaf I could find:)
    Thank you for reminding me of those young child like adventures.

    Thank you for the fall beauty and all your support you have given me and my art I inspire.

    I am leaving here totally inspired by fall :)

  48. Love your post Debra and I love Autumn too. So love heaps of leaves on the ground and the crunch when you wade through them is delightful.

  49. I had to linger a while with this post...everything is so beautiful! I've just been putting things we've collected here and there, but I love the way you've created nice vignettes with them. Thank You again... always inspiring!

  50. Hi Debra,
    I just linked up to your party. I love vintage and live in a vintage Cape Cod Style home, so looking forward to joining your parties. Please come visit when you have time. Thanks for hosting!

  51. Debra, I love bringing in bits and pieces of nature. I can't display them in the open because the kitties like to play with the things that smell like outside. So, I place them in fishbowls or other large glass containers that they can't get into. On the porch yesterday I noticed a red wasp entering a small hole in an old lunchbox I had on a bench. I asked my hubby to open it up and kill the wasps if they were there. Later I asked if there was a nest, and what had he done with it. Yep, big nest, now in the back yard where he sprayed them. WHAT ? I wanted the nest ! (grin) He thought I was nuts. But I did get the nest. It will go with my collection. I need to transfer to a larger container. Love these ideas you've found. So pretty for fall, and enjoyable all year round.


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