Sunday, September 22, 2013


"When the trees their summer splendor change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns yellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide all their acorns, and the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year."

Carol L. Riser, "Autumn"



What the title of this post means is this:  Not too much has been done in the way of decorations this fall at the Cottage.

We have a lot to think about this season, not to mention that I have been feeling really lazy this summer.

I haven't gotten any fall bulbs planted for spring and I lost a couple of beautiful mum plants this year and didn't replace them.  We will have some fall color, thanks to the neighbors to the side of us, but nothing spectacular.

I haven't gotten to a few projects that I wanted to do inside yet, but still plan on those getting done sometime in the foreseeable future.

So, until that time, here are a few vignettes that I have set up around the Cottage in honor of the season.

Jake (age 3, now 19), our grandson, and his sweet mama way down yonder in the punkin patch.

To start, I've included a photo of one of our trips to the pumpkin patch that we would go on every year when Jake was small.  I know, you're thinking, here she is bragging again, but he WAS small so it fits right in!

A woodland brunch table set for two.  The glass plates are from the Dollar Store and decoupaged with ModPoge and a paper napkin.

A little something on the dining room buffet...

...and the dining room table.

The little wooden cart was picked up in an antique store many years ago and the little primitive horse, which I love, I ordered from a catalog.


I wanted to decorate with all real pumpkins this year, but when I started, and went to the store with them at the top of my grocery list, I found out it was too early so I dug out the fauxs and here they have stayed.

I did show you the wreath I made a couple of posts ago.  Here is the rest of the entry vignette.  I now believe that I am collecting lanterns.  This is one that I picked up at Hobby Lobby on a 50% off sale.  I just loved the chippiness of the paint finish and the flower and vine embellishment around the sides.

This lantern was a Christmas present from the  Captain last year.  I really think it is pretty but after falling in love with the one I bought at Hobby Lobby, I decided to embellish this one too, when I saw this tin flower at Ben Franklins.  It was the same color as the lantern and all it took was a little dab of hot glue to make it even more beautiful in my eyes.

I had to do something to the front porch so when I saw this little piece of rug at Ross, I just added some faux burgandy hydrangeas in the Captain's left over non-alcoholic beer bottles and stuck some fall color into the mix.

The front door decoration is from last year, which started out in the spring with just yellow forsythia branches and then went through to fall with the addition of seasonal appropriate faux flowers.

The happy bounty from a little fall shopping spree.  Beautiful mercury glass pumpkins and harvest themed napkins from Home Goods.

I know you all are gearing up for fall and everything I've seen so far is amazing.

  We knew we were expecting rain this weekend so...

...we cleaned out the gutters. The Captain cleaned while I just held the ladder and took a weird picture of the falling leaves... so bring it on...

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, on Food Network..These are sooooo good.

...while we stay warm inside eating our chicken pot pies.


Sharing this with the following lovely parties:


  1. Happy Fall, Judy! Beautiful vignettes!

  2. Your home is the wagon and the horse on your diningroom table!

  3. Hi Judy, all your vignettes are so beautiful, your home is very cozy I LOVE YOUR POURCH!!!
    Enjoy your 1er day of Fall have blessing day

  4. Hello Judy
    Just catching up with your lovely blog...Happy Autumn Days
    Thea x

  5. Hi Judy, I love all your fall decorations. Especially the wagon of pumpkins and the little horse pulling it on your dining table. Your front porch looks sweet too. Happy Fall to you! Hugs, Pamela

  6. You sure know how to welcome Autumn, your decorating is always beautiful. So enjoy your Autumn and we will enjoy our Spring .

  7. Happy Fall Judy. Everything looks so lovely. The porch looks great. We are getting some cooler weather down in Orange County but Monday will be 90 again for only one day. I'm so ready for fall.
    Have a great week.

  8. Very pretty have such a lovely home. You tablescape is so pretty but I had to chuckle as I have that same wine glasses...well glass, only one remains of the cristal d'arques wine glasses I bought years ago. Your chicken pot pie also looks amazing. Hopefully you will find the time to share the recipe!
    Wishing a great start to your week.
    XO Barbara

  9. Wow - if that is a small fall decorating - then what is done at my house must be "minus" decorating. Everything is so lovely - so many pretty pieces.

  10. It is all so pretty!! I just have to say that little primitive horse is so funny! I love him to.

    Amy Jo

  11. Hi Judy,
    Your Autumn vignettes are beautiful! I really like that white pumpkin teapot, it really stands out amongst the orange and reds doesn't it? And that horse and cart? Cute, cute!! And you know I love your floral arrangements you put on your screen door! Gorgeous!
    I haven't started decorating for Fall at all. I better be getting on it.
    Have a great week,

  12. Beautiful vignettes! I think your little embellishment on the lantern that Captain gave you is lovely. I had to do a double take as I thought I was seeing the HL lantern again! Isn't Fall the most beautiful season? Though it's still somewhat warm here in OK, I'm loving the changes that are coming on.

  13. Looks gorgeous at your beautiful cottage Judy. I especially love the silvered glass pumpkins, I bought some silvered glass toadstools for our autumn display.

  14. Happy Autumn! Your place is looking lovely for fall and you've created some sweet vignettes.

  15. Happy Autumn to you too Judy. Such a pretty time of year. You have been very busy. Your home is lovely with your touches of Fall. The vignettes are so pretty. so Linda

  16. Happy autumn,love all of your displys Judy xxxx

  17. So sweet Judy, you say not much has been done to decorate you home for looks AMAZING!!! So many beautiful Fall touches, thanks so very much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  18. Love your fall decor! I especially love your!

  19. Beautiful fall decorations and you have a beautiful home.

  20. Love your Small Fall - absolutely gorgeous vignettes - beautifully representing the texture of this time of year! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,

  21. What gorgeous decorations on your vintage home. Makes me want to come visit for awhile.

  22. Enjoyed my visit with you! Beautiful fall decorating!

  23. Judy,
    OMG!! Your Fall vignettes are simply breath taking!! Stunning!! I am passing on Fall decorating this year because of the Remodel and it is killing me because Fall/Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.....



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