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Sunday, September 26, 2010

An Autumn Re-Run, With Run-A-Muck Pumpkins

Yes, it galls me, but I have to bow to the calendar.  It really is Fall now.  
I'm waving the white flag of Summer Surrender,
and celebrating the good in this Season.  

I'm recycling a post from September 2009 . . . because it's Sunday and I'm plum lazy.

And the headline reads . . .
(New Jersey) - Pumpkin Garland Runs Amuck - Tries to Strangle Dime Store Scarecrow!

In Monday's post, I asked your opinion about draping a garland of teeny pumpkins and squash over our fireplace mantel as part of the new Fall decorations.  (Click here.)

The little punkin chain lost the informal poll.

I agree; they just didn't look quite right dangling in front of the mantelpiece.
I tried swagging them up in the middle, but no. . . still not quite right.

So today we'll see if they can fit in anywhere else.


The pie safe in the conservatory began life probably in the mid 19th century,
homemade by someone with more need than time; it is not finely done.
But I'm sure it saw good use in someone's kitchen, keeping varmints out of the food.

It was my Mom's, a gift to her from my cousin Billy.
I brought it here from the beach house two weeks ago.  (Click here.)

My husband believes it will be filled with pies; he has a rich fantasy life.

To celebrate this brand new season, I began with early apples

from a New Jersey orchard, on a white platter I got at a thrift shop this summer.

Added a plum-and-pewter candleholder, a gift from my friend Betsy.

I love the reds and golds and oranges of autumn,
but I like to also bring in that rich plum of fallen leaves and ripe fruit.

An old vanity jar full of sedum blossoms, plucked from the border.

And a little old pitcher, an Ebay score.

There.  I like it.

Let's add a goofy scarecrow

and a bittersweet wreath balanced on the windowsill.

That window is at the foot of our back stairs and gives light from the sunroom onto the landing.

For Halloween, a little stack of Jack'O'Lanterns would be nice.

Oh my.
Look who showed up.
The scarecrow doesn't look pleased.
He clearly thinks the pumpkin chain is out of its gourd!

Sorry, fellas. You don't belong here either. . .

Nor here.

Nor here.

Nor here.

This could get old.

OK.  You can stay on the cupboard until your father gets home
and we decide what to do with you.

I wanted to use that pumpkin tureen on the pie safe, but it's way up there on top of the kitchen cupboard.

It's one of my favorite things, but it's too much trouble to wrestle it down and I'm afraid of dropping it on the tile floor.  I'll wait till Howard gets home.  He won't need to stand on a chair.  I hate to stand on chairs.  I figure if the good Lord had meant for me to reach things 'way up high on top of cupboards, he'd have made me tall enough to do so. 

And that's it, my re-run post for Sunday!
Thanks to Chari of Happy To Design for hosting Sunday Favorites.  Click here!

And thanks to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.  Click here!

Have a lovely Sunday.  I am heading to the kitchen to make my Grandmother's cake.   My Dad is coming for dinner and it's a family favorite.  See you tomorrow!  -- Cass


  1. Cass, I enjoyed reading this post and had not seen it before. I always love seeing pics of your little Cavelier. Soooooo beautiful.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  2. I can totally relate to your not wanting to leave summer. It's been a hard year for me to leave summer behind as well. But reviving one of your old posts certainly has the spark of fall.

    I'm so glad you came to join Seasonal Sundays. When you have a chance, grab the new button for Seasonal Sundays - it too has a fall theme!

    Hope to see you soon again.

    - The Tablescaper

  3. Pretty Fall decor and cute post about the pumpkin garland. Dion has a "not around my neck look". :-D
    Fall days like today I love. 74, low humidity and the sun is shining! :D

  4. I love it on the old cupboard. the old cupboard too.

  5. Love all of your fall things. That little scarecrow is so cute and the wreath is wonderful. The garland is so much fun. I loved all of your pics. Hugs, Marty

  6. Fun to read! How is your garland doing this year. I love, love that pie safe! Makes me wish we lived up north where you could find such things.

  7. Love the garland on that awesome cupboard! Great and fun post!

  8. You never fail to bring me a smile. Wonderful post. Hope you had a wonderful dinner with your Dad. Take care.

  9. Hi Cass...

    Girlfriend, you always...always make me smile! Hehe! Loved this post and I'm so glad that you shared it with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week! I'm wondering if you ever did find a place for that darling little pumpkin garland??? I sure had fun looking at all of the different ways that it could be used! Ohhh Cass, I love your pie safe and I bet your pumpkin tureen looked fabulous in it! Love your pretty autumn vignette as well! You know, I love that deep, rich plum color mixed in with the other colors of autumn! The plum candleholder is gorgeous, my friend! Ohhh...and your autumn sedums...lovely! Sooo many pretties...thank you for sharing them with us!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. Your pie safe is beautiful, I love it! Cute post about the garland, I'm curious too, did it find a home for this year?

  11. You keep me smiling and giggling from start to finish. Your pie safe is a great piece, and I bet those apples would make a tasty pie for hubby. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing. ~ sarah

  12. I liked the garland with the rooster. But then, that's just me -- Hang it up and have it done with!!

  13. It's odd how we can love a decoration like the garland, but find it just doesn't work until you find just the right spot! Keep at it, you'll find it's place!

  14. I like that little pie safe! It has Long Island roots like me!
    I like the garland too. Take some of them off and spread them out and string it through a nice fat mum. It won't look so solid then.You can make a second one with the ones you removed. If it becomes the hottest thing in Blogland you can link back to me, LOL!

  15. oh, goodness, i love that pumpkin chain! and that pie chest is great! stopping over from seasonal sundays.

  16. Hi Cass!
    lovely beautiful post..
    love the richness of Autumn color..
    your exquisite attention to details..
    photos are fabulous..
    (is this due to sunroom natural lighting?)
    and Dion once gain stills my heart!!
    haven't been on blogging much..
    trying to get the guest room ready for my sis Di.. she arrives tomorrow!!!
    (and that room had become the bottomless pit of all my GW "treasures and Finds"!!)
    so while readying.. I purged and downsized..
    the car is full of stuff for GW!
    loved the tea..
    loved your reds..
    LOVE DION!!!
    warmest hugs..


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