"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"
HAPPY AUTUMN ONE AND ALL
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.
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