We've had a stretch of warm and muggy weather the last few days. On the first day of Fall, it was 68 degrees at 5:30 am.... I hear that it was just as warm the night before. This may not sound like warm night time temps to some of you but around here we don't see that much in August let alone the start of Fall and the end of September!
Fortunately, I started some of my fall decorating last weekend... while it was cloudy, rainy and cooler.
Believe it or not, here at our little farmhouse-cottage, we don't have a mantle... or a fireplace. I'm not really clear on what they used for heat back in 1920 but it certainly wasn't the furnace we have now... or the gas stove in the living room!
Although I may be "mantle less", I do have a few spots around the house that I like to change out for seasons... or holidays. The corner of the buffet in the dining room changes out frequently.
For fall I used my new mercury glass pumpkins. You can put lights inside, making a warm glow in the evenings. The little pitcher has orange and silver on it. I like the way it looks with the mercury glass. I'd been eyeing it a local antique store for months. Finally it went to the clearance room last winter... I picked it up for a whopping $2.75. An orange, home grown zinnia nestles inside....
My all time favorite decorating spot is the top of my little cabinet in the kitchen. It sits just under our chalk board.... a chalk board made out of the original medicine cabinet from our house here at Red Gate Farm. I usually use my milk glass here since the whole cabinet is full of it, my collection of milk glass that is. That little pumpkin sitting in the vase? Well it's an antique paper mache jack-o-lantern... if you turn it around it has a jack-o-lantern face with cut outs and you can just see the little wire handle it has on the top. It's probably from the 30's. My mom found two at a garage sale for .50 cents each... on eBay or antique stores this same pumpkin goes for $80 - $100! I'm sure glad my mom shared!!! And he does "double-duty" since I just turn him around, face out, come October 1st.
Even the little corner kitchen shelves my husband built to encase the over the range microwave get changed up. This year I used all my Akro-Agate planters... or slag glass. This is the same type of glass that marbles were, and in some places still are, made of. One of my last white, dinner plate dahlias just fits into the large green vase.
And a top the fridge? Well I definitely don't leave it bare....
This Metlox orange pitcher held milk, fresh from the cow, on my dad's table when he was a child. I found the sugar bowl and platter at a flea market and garage sale. They also are Metlox. This display will also do double duty with a few items added in October for Halloween.
So the inside of the house feels a bit fallish, if not a bit warmish... but of course, this warm, wet and muggy weather won't be here for long... not in the Pacific Northwest... but it will be good for the pumpkin patch!
Looking forward to a season full of fresh apple cider, hot tea, bright sunny days, cold crisp nights, a hint of wood smoke in the air and perhaps a slice of pumpkin bread,
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