Sunday, September 2, 2012

Glimpses of Fall

September is the start of my favorite season -- Fall!  While here in the desert Southwest, we are still in triple digits most of the day, September is the beginning of a cooling trend, or so we hope!  In other parts of the country the breezes are crisper, a leaf or two is beginning to turn for that wonderful crunch as we walk on a path through the woods.  The air smells different, somehow it is fresher.

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


julieQ said...

Fall has arrived at your house! Leaves won't turn for a few months yet here...but I will indeed send you some!! Your decor is the tree quilt one you made?

Joyce said...

Lois, I love the bigger size of your font. It's so much easier on these tired eyes. Your dining room looks so nice. I think I need you to come and help me get ready for the fall season! Beautiful job!
Joyce at the Buck Hut

Lois Arnold said...

Julie, Thank you! I will look forward to the leaves! The pine tree quilt is an antique that I purchased in Texas when I was writing my book "Pine Tree Quilts". I use it in lectures as well as in my home.

Joyce, I'm glad you like the bigger font. Any time you want me to I'll come up and decorate for you! Love it up there!

Bonnie B - The Quilting Tangler said...

Lois, thanks for getting us all in the spirit of fall. I think we can all agree that it is time for the hot days to go away. We had a family reunion here in Paducah this weekend and Mom brought me a cute pumpkin to decorate with. Now I need to get with it!

Dixie n Dottie said...

Your decorations are great! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great day! :)

Lois Arnold said...

Bonnie, we are below normal temps today -- 102 Degrees lol. Yep, just getting the Fall stuff out helps mentally feel like it's cooler!

Dixie n Dottie, I'll check it out! Happy Fall!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

I am so ready for fall as well! Great job decorating :)

Audrey said...

Love your Fall decorations. Too hot here to get in the mood, but I took the first step today and bought pumpkin pie scented candles. Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures and leaving a nice comment.
Audrey Z.

Botanic Bleu said...

Great tool box graphics! Love your blog.
I am new at blogging and love the idea of "partying," but do not understand the technicalities of how to join a party.

Lois Arnold said...

Botanic Bleu, Thank you for your sweet comments! I became your first follower -- that's the hardest one to get. Email me and I will explain the linking up with parties to you. I tried to email you, but you don't have an email on your profile page. Welcome to blogging!

Kathy Moody said...

I love your beautiful decor, and the toolbox is gorgeous! Your newest follower from Dixie and Dotties. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for sharing at Bouquet of Talent. I am thrilled to have you! :)