Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vintage Decorating for Fall


I Recently found this spooky vintage 'painting'
at my favorite thrift store for just a few dollars. 


It was nicked in a few places, so I filled those in with
furniture touch up markers. 

You would have to look very closely to find the nicks. 


Then I found these great 3-D stickers
 of a haunted house and full moon
at the craft store. 

Now the 'painting' is really spooky! 


This ceramic owl was my Mom's. 

It is vintage 60's and I remember it 
as a child. 

I have no idea how it survived a cross-country 
move, 5 children and 15 grandchildren!

You can put a candle inside and it looks really 
spooky with all the lights turned off. 



He's happy roosting on my mantel for the season. 



This vintage children's book adds a seasonal bright spot 
to the coffee table. 


It has wonderful pen and ink/watercolor illustrations. 


The Author, Dorothy Sterling (1913 - 2008) was an accomplished writer who worked for Time from 1936-1949 and was then assistant bureau chief in Life's news bureau from 1944-1949!

The illustrator, Winifred Lubell (1914- 2012)
 was also an accomplished artist and political activist
with a very long career. 


You never know what treasures you will find in your local thrift store! 


I love this simple illustration. 


The text is very informative, too. 


This page is frame worthy! 
(Although I would never deface a book!)

I have a growing collection of vintage illustrated children's books
and this one is a favorite. 


I also like to decorate with vintage postcards. 

This one is very sweet for Halloween. 


I framed two of these sweet images. 


A bit of seasonal decor in a tiny corner..... 


Above my vintage enamel top writing desk. 


A few collected treasures....


Pumpkins in a vintage tart pan. 


And black crow feathers. 

I hope you enjoyed my vintage style autumn decor, 
Dear Friends! 

Thank you for your sweet visit <3

xoxo

'My Sorrow, when she's here with me, 
thinks these dark days of autumn rain
are beautiful as days can be;
she loves the bare, the withered tree;
she walks the sodden pasture lane.'
- Robert Frost -

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Roses


'Angel Face' Rose has blessed us with one last bloom. 


The Garden Angel gazes lovingly at her namesake. 


Above her, tiny, ruffled, 'Pink Grootendorst' 
competes for attention. 


We have had a very mild October. 


Fuchsia also continues to bloom. 

Whitey Bear rests nearby. 


'First Prize' lives up to its name! 
You can see how large her blossoms are
by my nearly hidden hand. 

I planted all three of these roses just this spring. 


They are gifting me with one last flush of blooms. 

'Joseph's Coat' blooms alongside. 

My succulent 'Bird Bath Planter' is 
in the foreground. 


I planted this rose, named 'Peace', in commemoration 
of my Dear Mother and Father.

My Mother loved yellow roses. 

This beautiful climber grows right alongside my deck. 

It started budding a few days before my parent's anniversary. 


I watched the rosebuds every day....


Slowly the buds unfurled....


And then, right on the exact date of my parent's 
anniversary, they bloomed. 


I always gave them a dozen yellow roses 
to commemorate their special day. 


And now they are sending me yellow roses. 


A symbol of their love.


I plucked a bloom in remembrance.


And opened a page to find
captured blossoms from lovely summer days
together.


And a favorite poem.


The Angels are smiling.....

xoxo

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Beautiful Harvest


It has been an abundant year for my 
Hydrangea bushes! 

Not wanting these beautiful blossoms to go to waste, 
I have been filling baskets, boxes, and every container I can find! 

I have also been making wreaths.

Come along with me and I will show you how
to harvest and preserve these beautiful flowers. 


I grow Nikko Blue Hydrangea. 
(Click on the link if you would like more info and to buy your own)

Normally these are bright blue, but this time of year
they have faded to lovely shades of green, tinged with rose. 

At this time of year,
(approx. the 3rd week of Sept. onward -
 or when the petals feel papery to touch) 
I can cut these lovely blossoms and they will stay 
perfectly formed without any water! 


Here you can see the contrast of colors, 
with some newer blossoms showing 
their glorious blue coloring. 

These blue blossoms would have
 to be preserved by letting them dry
 in a container with a bit of water. 
Just let the water evaporate over time 
and the blossoms will dry gradually. 

The older blossoms need no water. 


Cut the stems right above a leaf node. 

Nikko Blue sets bloom
                          on stems two years old and older.                       
If you want to trim back your Nikko Blue
further than the first or second leaf node, 
you will sacrifice next year's blossoms!

So be careful about that. 


I fill large baskets with these glorious blooms. 


My faithful companion, Champ. 


To fill a large, shallow basket, 
crumple newspaper in the bottom. 


Fill the perimeter first, then the middle. 
The blossoms with hold each other together. 


A bountiful harvest!

Let's go inside and see where they are placed....


My European laundry basket gets
 placed on the bedroom armoire. 


The green basket resides on the stair landing. 

This is the view from the kitchen.
Extra folding chairs line the hallway.  


A pool of late afternoon sunshine 
from the octagonal window
glows on the wall. 
I keep part of my collection of Posie Paintings here. 

I painted the blue cupboard years ago. 
I keep photos inside. 

This small area brings cheer 
to walking up and down stairs. 


To make the Hydrangea wreath, I chose 
approximately 12-18 small blossoms
and wired them to a coat hanger shaped into a circle,
then wrapped in floral tape,


It's easiest to tear 12" strips off the roll to do the wrapping. 

The tape allows the hydrangea stems to be wired on without slipping. 

You will need a roll of floral wire and cutters, too. 


Starting at the top, lay the first stem 
against the wrapped coat hanger
and wire in place, wrapping about 3 or 4 times.
 Keep the wire attached to the spool
as you go along. 

Simply lay the next blossom over this wrapped 
stem and wire that one in place. 

Continue around. 

To secure the end of the wire, 
Tie a little knot around the hanging hook by the base. 


So simple and easy! 

Hang your wreath by the hanging hook! 

xoxo

Don't cut the remaining blossoms off your Nikko Blue, 
but allow them to remain until spring. 

They will turn tan and papery and you can harvest some
for Christmas wreaths! 

The remaining blossoms also afford some frost protection
to vulnerable buds. 

Trim the remaining blossoms
 when you see signs of growth in spring. 

I hope you will give Nikko Blue Hydrangea 
a place in your garden, too! 

xoxo

Thank you , Dear Friends for your lovely comments on 
my recent trip to New England and the wedding. 
xo
'Friendship is a word the very sight of which
in print makes the heart warm.'
-Augustine Birrell-

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