Showing posts with label leaves. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leaves. Show all posts

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Backyard Naturals Bouquet

One of the reasons I love Fall so very much is the change in the coloring of leaves, flowers, and shrubbery. Where Spring is full of greens and lovely pastel shades of flowers and buds, Fall can be just as amazing visually with all the glorious brilliant color. 




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Styling My Buffet for Fall

I've been trying to spread out my Fall decorating over the last few weeks. It's given me a chance to try out a few different ideas, and also taken the pressure off to get it all done in a couple of days. I used to make myself and my husband crazy by going into a marathon decor frenzy. Now I'm taking my time and looking for inspiration from Pinterest and Fall Magazines from my many year stash.




Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gold Leaf Pumpkin


Can we all talk about the hours that we spend on Pinterest?
OK, maybe you're not a junkie like I am, but honestly,
 it's a place where I always leave with new ideas and inspiration.




Saturday, October 1, 2016

On the Mantel with Pears and Pumpkins

So, I had to look back through my list of posts to see exactly when I had last shared what was happening on the mantel. Last Christmas? you're kidding me? Basically, I've left the main elements the same and have just changed up a few things in the center. I have to drag out a step stool and climb around to work on this monster, so it's just been easier to ignore it.



Friday, September 9, 2016

Painted Leaf Fall Wreath

Hi Everyone, I know you all are probably getting some Fall decor out of storage, and searching Pinterest for some fresh ideas and inspiration. I knew I wanted to try to create a new wreath for the Kitchen Sitting Area, but I also knew I wanted it to be neutral. I love the colors of Autumn, but wanted to try using something that was in shades of white, cream, grays, and tans....



Monday, November 2, 2015

LED Woodsy Tree and Transitioning from Fall to Christmas

So yesterday, the first thing I saw on my bloglist was a sponsored group of bloggers with Christmas Trees. Please don't get me wrong, I understand all about advertising and sponsored posts, and being out front for the seasonal rush for products, sharing ideas and offers. And it's nothing personal, these are a great group of bloggers.  But golly, I'm not ready to have anything Christmas shoved at me just yet. I like to eeeaaaase in to Christmas. I don't like to go "Cold Turkey" and leave out Thanksgiving.




Saturday, September 26, 2015

Snippets from the China Cabinet

I hope you're having a wonderful Fall Day.
The treetops are changing to various hues of red, orange, and yellows.
It's warm, but you can feel the Fall changes.




I've been adding Autumn to my Kitchen China Cabinet...




The mismatched plates, cups, saucers, and tureens each become a work of art




...when Bittersweet and Leaves nestle around them.



Both the bovine and the birds...



are celebrating the wild garden within the walls of glass.

xoxo,

Friday, September 4, 2015

Nature's Treasures

We spent this last weekend on a trip to Eastern Missouri, Hawn State Park, and then visited the soon to be State Park of St. Genevieve, Missouri, which is one of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi. It was a wonderful trip, very remote in the middle of 5000 acres of pristine woodland and river. Many of the leaves there are already starting to change. I was near giddy at seeing the golden leaves flutter to the ground along the river's edge.




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fall's First Glimpse

I've been thinking about Fall...
no surprise, huh?

I know some of you enjoy Fall, 
but you want to squeeze every ounce out of Summer.
When our kiddos are young and at home,
summer is a special time of adventure and relaxation.

But, I've always been the type of person that comes alive 
in the crisp air of Autumn.
The blue of the sky is different,
the angle of the light has changed.
The trees get ready to put on a show, 
that thrills my soul to experience.

Autumn rejuvenates me;
it gives me back the energy that the heat of Summer drains away

I'm ready...



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I have a tree, and other random house news...

Who would think I'd get excited over a little ol' tree!
But, my having a "tree" out here has become a pretty big deal. 

When we first put the contract in on the house, there was a beautiful maple in that exact spot. It was planted when the house was first built, so it was about 10 years old; just big enough to have a little shade and because it was a maple (my favorite tree), I was looking forward to a pretty show of leaves this Fall. Fast forward through the long dry spell we had here in Southwest Missouri, and an owner who had moved out, deciding that yard care and maintenance were no longer needed. By the time we closed on the house the yard was a disaster, the tree was dead, and the landscaping was a barren wasteland. Needless to say I was one unhappy camper.



(last week at the new place)


So once an official arborist had declared it long gone, we had to wait for the right time to transplant a new tree. Evidently October is a better time to plant as it's cooler, and the tree has a chance to settle in before freezes, and will be ready for the warmer Spring growing season. 
I didn't realize there were so many kinds of Maples, but my one request was that it be a showstopper for Fall. Here are a few facts about our pick:

The Shantung Maple is a midsize ornamental tree that is great for small yards and it tolerates alkaline soils, drought, and strong wind. The Shantung Maple steps up to autumn with leaves that are gorgeous golden yellow flecked with red before they launch into orange. The Shantung Maple differentiates from other maples (Red Maple and Silver Maple) in that the canopy is denser and the leaves are more delicate, which is reminiscent of a Japanese maple but with much greater toughness Tolerates full sun and drought resistant. 
Growth Rate
Evergreen or Deciduous
Height Mature
Width Mature
3' Per Year
Deciduous
25'
20'


(Next three images from Google Images)









This year, it only had a small leaf show, but the golds were gorgeous, until it decided that it was a little too stressed out to do much else. It was staked and mulch added, with a bag watering system that you fill once a week, for a measured release of water. Of course Hubbs was thrilled that I was adamant about us buying the most expensive little maple on the planet, but Hey, as a "leafpeeper" who only has one tree out front, it has to be a Fall Showstopper.

In other house news, the carpet is in and we moved furniture from the storage units into the Dining Room (or should I say "squeezed" into the Dining Room), downstairs family room, Kitchen (so nice to see my white farm table and china cabinet), and lot's of other random pieces of which I have no idea what to do with. We're in the process of trying to sort through boxes at the storage place that are priority. Right now I'm seeing lots of boxes that say "Basement Decor" and I'm just trying to imagine what kind of crap, junk, er, goodies, might be in them. This house is only about 2/3 the size of the old one, and I'm already thinking a Spring garage sale probably will be on the calender.

We've been in "move mode" for about a year now and I have to say I'm pretty darn worn out with the whole idea of it. And the way it's going, we might have things somewhat put together by Thanksgiving. Gosh, when I was younger I could decorate a new house in a few days. Remember "The Stepford Wives", uh yeah, sort of. Ugh, I was a lot younger then...



(I did locate a few boxes marked "Turkeys", so they came on over to the house.) OK, I'll have some pics of the basics in a few days. I won't be able to wait till the rooms are complete to share, otherwise I might have to give up blogging altogether...just kidding!

joining these parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Treasure Hunt at From My Front Porch to Yours

I'll be back later with the winner 
from the Elliott-Heath Pillow Give Away. 
Have a great week,
xoxo,

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oh my gosh, it's started...


...Just the teensiest bit of FALL!





please indulge me,
it's my favorite time of the year!
xoxo,

p.s. would you be mad at me if I told you it's been raining this last week,
and that today the high was in the 70's?
We've had our huge share of 100's +,
so I'm ready!

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