Apple and pumpkin desserts and the aroma of Cinnamon in the air is just what a creature weary of the oven blast of summer craves. Ah, Fall!
The first of September sends me scurrying to locate the Fall decorations from previous years and thinking of new ones for this season. After all, the stores have had Fall items on the shelves since the 4th of July, so it must be time.
I'm ready to start! Here is a glimpse of the direction my Fall home is taking.
This tablescape began with a toolbox made by our grandson C2 and our SIL. They made one for each of the families for Christmas a couple of years ago. This, for them, started as a Boy Scout project. Ours went to the garage where I watched it. Never was a tool put in it. So this year, I asked my dear hubby if I could "do something with it". He said, "sure". A coat of white paint and a little antiquing and it was starting to look the way I wanted it to. With the addition of a graphic from The Graphics Fairy and a lacy Fleur De Lis, it was really looking like what I envisioned. I used the freezer paper method to transfer to the wood after first reversing the image. All I had to do was print onto the waxy side of the freezer paper and with the bowl of a spoon burnish the image to transfer it to the wood. I love the antique look this method gives on wood.
Here is a view of one side of the toolbox. The cream colored burlap table runner is from last year. The table cloth is really a length of 108" wide white on white fabric sold for quilt backing.
The back side shows the back of the ironstone platter, has the same transfer and announces the season.
I think it definitely says Fall.
The neutral tones of the pine tree quilt and the painting of a round barn in Iowa also speak to the neutral Fall colors of the room. There is also a photo of a church in Alabama above the round barn. On the other side of the window, not shown here is a pen and ink drawing of an historic building in Wisconsin and a watercolor of the Town Clock Plaza in Dubuque, Iowa, all done in more or less Fall colors. In fact prior to living in Arizona, our houses had been decorated in shades of gold, forest green and russets - very much Fall colors. I still love them, but Blue, Yellow and tints of white are predominant in this house -- most of the year, but not Fall!
In one corner a small antique chest holds a basket of dried grasses and flowers and a faux pumpkin seed packet.
Next to the china cabinet a ceramic high top boot sits next to a silver bowl full of vanilla potpourri.
The dining room is ready. Now it's time to "fallify" the rest of the house. But first, maybe I'd better make some apple butter to make the house smell as yummy as the dining room looks.
Are you ready for Fall? What is your favorite thing about this season? Will you send me some Fall colored leaves? I miss that part a lot!
Joining These Parties
The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday
Cowgirl Up Party at Farmhouse Porch
Dixie & Dotties Fall Y'all
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Life on Lakeshore Drive Bouquet of Talent