Who inspires your seasonal decorating?
This year, believe it or not, it was my husband
who got me motivated.
On Sunday he hauled home potted mums and pumpkins,
resurrected a couple of scarecrows from the shed,
and began Fall Fluffing the landscape here at That Old House.
Bless his little pea-pickin' heart.
What Howard did was a good start,
but that door needs a little shot of Fall Fluff.
Yeah. This porch needs work.
By the way, I swept that porch yesterday, but the leaves just keep on coming.
I went to A. C. Moore last evening, minutes before they closed, and buzzed through the store
looking for something I could turn into a gorgeous Fall wreath.
I had Inspiration Photos in my head, from the Better Homes and Gardens website:
I like casual, natural looking wreaths.
Full ones, or . . .
. . .
lopsided asymmetrical designs.
Love those feathers, too.
This one, below, is gorgeous -- brilliant and breezy looking,
as if someone just flung it together, and hung it up.
Yeah, I'm sure that's what really happened.
The one, below, really appeals to me -- it looks as if it is made
up of spare parts from other wreaths. I can relate to that.
Love the stuff sticking out each side, too.
I love goofy, crazy, messy, casual wreaths.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find what I needed at A. C. Moore to make such a wreath.
And you know when you just can't wait?
When you have to have that project done, right away, even though
the only time limit is in your own fevered little mind?
So, I found a wreath of silk autumn-colored maple leaves,
half-price, and mounted on a black twig base.
It put me in mind of this wreath, below, from the BH&G website:
I bought some bittersweet berry picks and tucked them in,
but my daughter Anne said that they made it look too much like a wreath from a store.
I pulled them out; turns out she was right.
So, I just fluffed the maple leaves, and tied a big raffia bow on the purchased wreath.
Lopsided. Here it is:
I had to bang a new nail in the old storm door -- gingerly, as much of the glass in this front entryway
is more than 150 years old -- you can see the wiggly wavy panes in some of the pictures.
But I had to put the nail up high on the door,
and didn't have any nice ribbon to make a hanging loop for the wreath.
So it looked kinda goofy, up so high.
Then I remembered that I had an Autumn-look wreath hanger thingy, so up it went, and on went the wreath.
I will replace it with ribbon eventually, as now the wreath is too low!
See? Too low.
But nothing some beautiful Fall ribbon won't cure.
Please take a look at the picture below, on the left.
I have studied this picture, a lot, and can't figure out
what the white, sort of ghostly image is, behind the old glass.
We've had a few unusual experiences here at That Old House, and our painter is convinced
the house is haunted (that's a whole 'nother post!), but there must be an explanation for this.
Well, I'm just rambling on and on this afternoon, and am late -- as usual -- to a few Link Parties.
A moment of truth!
See this lovely mum in the equally lovely cement basket?
Doesn't it look full, lush and big?
I'm officially a knucklehead.
I tried to fit the mum into this basket, which has a handle; I thought I could split the plant,
with the handle between two sides of the blooms . . . and it didn't work.
And now it's stuck.
As long as I only show it from the front, it looks fine. Oops. Too late!
Happy Fall, my friends! -- Cass