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Autumn Vignettes My Way

It seems to me that we have been thrown into autumn this year. It is getting darker much earlier this October and the mornings are freezing, kind of like winter. Anyway, according to the calendar it is still autumn so I decided to show you some fall vignettes from around our house.

fall1Here is the only normal autumn vignette in our house. The candle has a nice fall spice scent and the little owl book houses a big stack of post-it notes. Both of these lovely gifts were from my dear sister-friend Judy. Thank you Judy!


This is one of two bowls of green tomatoes Martin had to rescue from the garden due to the freezing nights.


Here is a scary vignette. It is on the small table in my studio. It’s a mix of finished, half-finished and not even close to being finished Christmas items.


And below that table sits these two lovely plastic totes filled with Christmas crafting supplies. And as you can see, those items that don’t fit in the totes I have carefully just thrown on the totes or on the floor somewhere close to the totes.


Even the elves in Santa’s workshop could not make a mess vignette like this. Really Helen?



Here’s a little vignette in the laundry room of stuff I just purchased last week and am too lazy  too busy to get to. I guess there is no way Better Homes and Gardens Magazine would want to do a Fall layout of our house. But I have a valid excuse.  I have to stock my shop and have several Christmas shows all in November. This means lots of crafting, sorting, packing and messes. But for those of you who get to come to my shop and shows you will see it is all worth it.

And last but not least, I am saving the best Autumn display for last. Drum roll please……..


YES! It is Holly and Louie snuggled up together to stay warm on a cold afternoon. This is the only vignette in our house that I cannot claim any responsibility for!


The Lazy Decorator

It’s been about a week since I last blogged, however, I have a good excuse. I did a show on Thursday and another Friday through Saturday. Whew I’m exhausted. Now my Christmas shows are done and for the most part, my shops are also stocked for the holidays. It no longer looks like the North Pole exploded in my house. In fact it looks kind of sad.

I hate to skip decorating the house for Thanksgiving, but goodness, it’s only 3 days away. We won’t even be eating here on Thursday, we are having our “veggie” Thanksgiving tomorrow night. Since I am going to make our traditional vegetarian feast for dinner, I thought I might as well spend at least 10 minutes dressing up the mantle in our dining room. Oh, and I’m so cheap I didn’t want to spend any money either!!!! So I gathered some “fally” looking stuff.

Then I got to work. I am so lazy I tried to do everything in just 10 minutes. Unfortunately it almost took me that long to find my glasses!!! So here’s what I did.

I literally stuffed a fall flower garland into the bottom half of a really neat purse. I bought this bag at a thrift shop for 25 cents (note: the top in no longer attached to the bottom). I’m still thinking of what to do with the top flap that has the handle still attached. That might be fodder for another blog when I get desperate for ideas, like next week! Then I hung a “craft fail” hang tag over the top.

I changed out the white candles in these wood sticks for rust colored ones. Then I tore a piece of sheet music and taped it around the candle. This precision operation took all of 30 seconds. And just FYI, when I got done I noticed the piece of music is called Gondolieri, which is Italian for gondoliers. I guess with a little alcohol imagination you could consider the Mayflower a type of gondola!

Next I made a little banner for my Steiff squirrels to hold. This is where I spent the most time, all of 5 minutes! (Note to self, don’t use hemp twine on tiny banners because you may use words that would make a sailor blush). Lastly I slapped a votive candle in the glass candle holder I got for a whopping 25 cents. And voila….my lazy (and cheap) decorated mantle.

I have so many things to be thankful for I could not even begin to list them all. But most of all I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so that all who believe in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life! I wish you, my dear readers, a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.