Autumn

November 12, 2013 - 10 Crafty Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Home

1. Start out making your house smell delicious with some Apple Spice Simmering Potpourri. 2. Then get festive with Autumn Leaf Candles. I used mini pastry cutters to make the leaves, then placed them in jars and poured in the candle wax. Another leaf was set on top, with a hole to go over the...
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November 14, 2012 - Gathering Autumn

I set off for the woods yesterday looking for some holiday decor. I brought a bucket and a good pair of clippers with me. I took a shortcut through the barn yard, which is always risky. Everybody wanted to look in my bucket! I gave in and let them look and look until they were...
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October 21, 2011 - Stealing Autumn

This is the autumn of the swamp. Hope there aren’t any monsters. I feel as if I’m missing out on fall because it’s been such a wet fall here. Rain isn’t good for fall color. Storms make the leaves fall faster, cutting short what already feels like a short season. I go outside to the...
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November 25, 2010 - Holiday Centerpiece

Need a quick, easy, and beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece for your holiday table? Go outside! It’s all free, and it’s better than anything you can buy. (It doesn’t even need any water.) Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

October 23, 2010 - The Funky Pumpkin Project

Let me re-introduce you to Mr. Funky Pumpkin. We first met Mr. Funky Pumpkin last fall when he had a brief relationship of unknown dimensions with the ill-fated Mr. Pear in one of my personal favorite posts ever, Pear Pressure. Back then, Mr. Funky Pumpkin was living large on the porch rail, waiting to be...
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October 3, 2010 - Simplicity

Ahead of the Big Party Post (!) tomorrow, I want to share with you the simple fashion in which I decorated for the event. My go-to shopping destination for any party (or every day) is the outdoors. The side of the road, the woods, the garden, the pasture. Nature is the cheapest–and most beautiful–decorator you...
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October 14, 2009 - How to Make a Corn Husk Wreath

I love the rustic, old-fashioned charm of just about any craft involving corn husks, but wreaths are one of my favorites. Corn husks are easy and fun to work with–not to mention free if you save and dry your own. If you don’t have your own, this is the time of year to buy them...
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October 11, 2009 - How to Decorate for an Autumn Party for Free

Having a party? Go to the “free store” — woods, gardens, creekbanks, roadsides. That’s where all the best stuff can be found! Why pay for decorations when Nature so beautifully provides? Put branches with colorful leaves in vases. Cut wildflowers and late garden flowers. (Weeds are wonderful!) Grab pumpkins and gourds and fodder shocks from...
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September 30, 2009 - Building a Fodder Shock

Twin fodder shocks heralding the way up the main porch steps of our farmhouse. I love fodder shocks. They’re so country. They add tons of homey charm and they’re free. What’s not to love? Now’s the time to grab your corn stalks and start decorating! If you don’t have corn of your own, ask a...
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September 24, 2009 - Make a Corn Husk Doll

Did you save your corn husks? Are they dry yet? Some of mine are dry, others need more time. It’s been cloudy and rainy here lately. But it’s fall decorating time and I need corn husk dolls! Corn husk dolls are the epitome of primitive, so you can’t go wrong. They’re fun to make, with...
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September 17, 2009 - Fall Fashion

Must-have styles for the fall season are available now in woodland boutiques everywhere. The new “it” colors include browns and greens. Trends include simple structures….. …..and prickly silhouettes. Old favorites remain, such as wild grasses…. …..and ferns…. …..which are all easily accessible through roadside shopping. Pops of color can still be found….. ….and make for...
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October 10, 2008 - Capturing Autumn

Autumn is moving into full swing with each day here. No more is there simply a promise of color in the woods; the color is snapping, crackling, and popping everywhere I look. Only six months ago, I was eagerly awaiting, even demanding, these leaves burst out of their buds and save me from the long,...
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September 27, 2008 - Making a Basket of Cattails

Cattails are so cool. Long, tall stalks with narrow, swordlike leaves and that one big brown catkin at the top of each cluster. They represent a slight design dilemma in finding the right container, though. They call for a high vase or basket. I looked around my house until I happened on one that was...
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September 25, 2008 - Decorating in Nature Chic

Nature has so much to offer right now. (Thistles.) Why spend money at the store? (Milkweed seed pods.) Stop! Look around! (Sweet gum seed pods.) And gather what is freely given. (I don’t even know what this one is.) Yesterday, I took a drive and stopped. And stopped. And stopped. And gathered. And brought it...
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September 21, 2008 - Decorating for Fall

I’m on a decorating binge–the autumn extravaganza in which I celebrate my favorite colors (treasure gold, burnt orange, deep-dark green, wine red) in memory of the glory that was summer and anticipation of the splendor that is to come. Then there’s all that other fun stuff: pumpkins and scarecrows, ribbons and straw, gourds and berries....
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