Cottage Style Party & Pumpkins in the Garden

I just love pumpkins tucked into a fall garden!
Take a walk with me to see my autumn garden...

No frost yet and these nasturtiums are still going strong.

I love this color play of white pumpkins next to lambs ear and the concrete birdbath.

This bunny was one of my WLYS finds. 
I tucked it into the garden next to these just-begining-to-bloom mums.

More purple mums next to my purple zinnias and leaf-filled birdbath/kitty watering bowl.

Pumpkins tucked into yellow nasturtiums.

More pumpkins on my garden bench.

These nasturtiums just started to flower after a slow start.
I think the leaves are just as decorative as the flowers!

Did you do any fall decorating in your garden?

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As you can see it is pumpkin time in my garden!
As long as the frost holds off so will the flowers but fall is definitely here to stay.

It is almost time to winterize my garden and put away the lawn furniture, clay pots, and the garden decorations.

With a heavy heart I must admit I need to take a blog break.
It is my busy season at work which means lots of overtime and crazy hours. It is also the busy season at Etsy which means lots of listing and packing squeezed in to the crazy work hours.

That leaves no time for sleep nor for blogging.
I need to think about how I want to proceed with the Cottage Style Party and want some time for that.
Yes, between working and packing!

I hate to do this with the sparkle season(!) on the horizon and perhaps I will be able to squeeze in the occasional post but please don't count on that!
I said try now!

Until then…let's enjoy this pumpkin season!

How pretty is Jody's autumn inspired dining room?
Can you believe that stunning centerpiece?
And that Tuscan background on the wall?

Drop by Jody's blog Southern Seazons to see her lovely fall decorated buffet too!
And don't miss the fall decor in her dining room bathtub too!

How cute are these pumpkins and gourds made from old books?
Such a simple but elegant idea for fall decorating!

Diane even used home made stems to make those gourds look so life like! Love it!
Visit her blog An Extraordinary Day to see all the details!

I just adore Brooke's burlap and lace runner!
So cute on her antique hall chest!

I love the display on top with the candle sticks and birds.
Drop by Brooke's blog Creative Country Mom to see the details and don't miss those darling burlap roses!

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Cottage Style Party & Thrifty Kitchen Update

Last fall I sold my kitchen table and chairs.
I found 2 retro stools and ate at my rolling butcher block kitchen island all winter.
This past spring I sold the stools and ate outside all summer.

I was worried I wouldn't find a kitchen table before the yard sales and flea markets ended this fall.
Then I found this at the Goodwill last weekend…for $7.
Yep, $7!

It has a nice weather worn patina and folds down for storage.

It also has some cracks and it has a hold for an umbrella.

Indoor picnics all winter!

I've had the chairs for years and was looking for a table for them.
This table looks right at home in my kitchen!

I covered the umbrella hole with a tarnished silver-plate tray and some things I had around the house.

Those pears are everywhere!

This is a smaller version of the chalkboard I had here all winter.
Yep, sold this summer to a little girl who loved it!

I decided to follow my advice on the chalkboard and reward myself with a little cup of tea.

I love this $7 table even with its creeks and cracks.
Maybe in January I'll put up the beach umbrella I keep in my truck for antique shows!

Indoor picnic in January!


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As September winds down I'm gearing up for my last antique show this weekend.
It's always a bittersweet time as I have a love/hate with doing the shows.
I love talking to the vendors and customers and being outside all day.
Yes, even at 5 am.

But I hate the mess in my house before the show and really hate the mess after which takes a week to clean up.
I also hate all the lifting & loading & unloading.

Bittersweet love/hate.

Like everyone else I'll be switching over to indoor activities soon.
Thankfully I have cable!

Any thing you have a bittersweet love/hate relationship with?

Let's get started!

I am so in love with these hand painted pumpkins!
They started out as plain white pumpkins from Michaels.

Stop by Paula's blog Locksley Lane to see the before, during and afters on these wonderful pumpkins!
I am feeling inspired to create my own striped, checked and polka dot pumpkins!

I just love Fabby's Blue Onion dishes table setting!
How pretty is that gourd filled Delft centerpiece and those cupcake stands with tiny pumpkins?

Visit Fabby's blog Fabby's Living to see her whole table with lace tablecloth. And don't miss her Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with yummy recipe!

I love Celeste's wooly pumpkins!
So cute with real pumpkin stems and balanced on pedestals!

Drop in to her blog The Victorian Tailor to see more of her hand made pumpkins in earthy colors.
Some of these pumpkins are even accessorized!
Totally cute!

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Cottage Style Party & Autumn Mantle

I freshened up my mantle for the first day of fall!

My usual mantle staples are still there: lamp, mirror, mercury glass, door way print.

Plus a few things I rotate around my home like the hurricane candle holder, letter A and the fruits for Etsy photos.

I added several old books with faded green covers with a pumpkin and apples from my Etsy photo stash.

This photo is one I took on the Oregon coast on a rainy day.
That's a color photo, btw!

This day of the dead print was by an artist who worked for me years ago.
It's a limited addition linoleum print signed & numbered by the artist.

This will be up through Halloween for sure!

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Here it is the first day of fall.
The signs were every where, leaves falling and cooler temps, but I was in denial!

Where did summer go?

I wasn't ready to let go yet!
Here's hoping for a long warm fall so my mind can catch up to the calendar!

Let's party...

Well, Miss Jane, you had me with the words "Wine Party"!
And this wine party is fabulous!

This wine party is being held in a wine cellar with decorations made with wine corks: a utensil box and wreath on the door! Visit Miss Jane at her blog to see all the details to throw your own wine party!

This is the prettiest setting for a little autumn tea party.
I love the scented candles, mismatched tea cups with saucers and that yummy looking cake!

Stop by Sherry's blog The Charm of Home to get the recipe.
I know I'll be making this Chunky Apple Walnut Cake with Caramel Glaze this weekend!

I love the attention to detail in Revi's industrial gallery wall!
And those old books on the cabinet are so fabulous!

This is just not another pretty display! This is a working display as Revi's mail slot drops her mail into the old drawer on top of the cabinet…look close! For all the details, drop by Revi's blog Revisionary Life.

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