Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fall 2017 on Carnes Road

Welcome to our house for Fall!

We are decorated for Halloween! And Fall!

Our Fall decorations are from things I have collected from the past.  That's the fun of all the great things that you find and hold on to for years to come.  My momma always said only buy what you love.

These pumpkins on the planters are some that I bought at the Mall of America in Milwalkee when we visited there years ago.  They came from William Sonoma Home and I cannot part with them.  They are heavy pottery.  The one on the left is larger than the one on the right.

Welcome to our foyer. The armchair is one that I brought in from our kitchen.  It has a Pottery Barn pillow from last Fall season. 

I love this gold pumpkin.  I've had it for so many years I can't remember.  It seems to pair well with the framed art that I love. "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall."

This sweet plate above is one that I picked up at an antique tag sale years ago. It's china painted porcelain and I love it.  It's on our tea table in the living room.

The dining room has our table all set for Fall.  I took the wooden tool tote that Mister D made years ago, added plates, baby boos, and some magnolia leaves to it.  My grandson picked those up for me in the yard at Forsyth Fabric yesterday.  I think it turned out pretty cute. I love the leaf color! 

 Also, there are votive twig candle holder scattered around the table to add to the festive Fall air.

I love this topiary that I brought in from the outside.  I don't know where you are today, but here in Atlanta, it's in the mid 40s with winds blowing real hard.  So, we had to bring all the plants inside for the winter.

Maybe you can zoom in to see the sweet napkin holders that my daughter gave us for Christmas one year.  I loved them and the monogram on them.  I think they came from Pottery Barn also.

This sweet little saying "Give Thanks" was given to me by a sweet friend  last Fall.  I don't get to see Becky much but am reminded of her when I see this. 

Here is the mantle.  It's all donned with the banners that I posted about last week.  The paintings of the pumpkins are some that Mister D painted over the years.  And the pumpkins are ones I made the last couple of years out of old Goodwill sweaters.

The kitchen table has a sweet tray with another old collectible on it.  It s apiece of muslin just hand embroidered with October and a Halloween pumpkin on it.  I have loved this for years. Also is a black and white stuffed pumpkin with the ceramic ones.  I purchased the stuffed one on Friday at the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain.  But more on my wonderful day there on another post later. I also love the pumpkin scrabble tiles.

Love all the Halloween pumpkins and Cats hanging out on the love seat in the bay window.  Looks like they are just purched there waiting for Halloween!

This sweet Pottery Barn pie slicer is waiting for that pumpkin pie that is bound to come out of my kitchen very soon!

I hope you enjoyed our small home tour and are welcoming the cold outside!  Halloween is next week and I can't wait.  It's always a big night with our grandsons!  I hope you all enjoy this fall and the blessings it brings to each of your families.  God bless us everyone!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall & Sewing Room Rag Banners

Last week I became inspired by the arrival of fall to make some banners for my home. I thought I would make one for my sewing room and a fall one for my mantle.  It was so much fun and allowed me to match the numerous beautiful fabrics that are out there and play with colors that blend and match. I simply love all things fabric.

The first one I made was for my sewing room. I had already made the pink Etsie and Me banner for my sewing room several weeks ago. You can see that one in the photo below, but the rag banner hanging below it was the one I just completed.

I'm going to share a small tutorial on how to make this.  Here is the list for assembly:

1 /4 yard of 5 different fabrics.
two spools of decorative ribbon that coordinated
Bias Tape or Jute Cord the length you want the banner to be

I then laid out my fabric and cut with my pinking shears 2 1/2 strips the width of the fabric. Each strip measured 2 1/2 X whatever the width of 1/4 yard wide is. Don't have a tape measure handy to give you the accurate measurement right now. But they don't have to be precise. That's the beauty of it.

Take your bias tape or jute cording (I used black bias tape for the Etsie and Me banner)  and tied it to a knob and stretched it across and tied it to another door knob so I could work easier. Taking each strip and folding it in half I came over the top of the bias tape and pulled the ends though the loop, not pulling it not too tightly as you want to see the color of the fabric on the loops. I put one color of fabric on and then another until I created the pattern I liked best. I then went back and cut my ribbon and attached it in he same manner.  I put my fabric in order of the way I wanted it to look.  I think it turned out great.

Here is the fall one that I created for my mantle.  I loved the colors in this one too. The pumpkin banner that I bought at Kirkland's goes well with the rag banner I made.

Here is the detail of my fall garland.  You can see my fabric selections.

My niece, Tiffany Clark made her fall. One also. I thought I would share these so you can also see some variations in mixing colors.  Loved hers too. 

 The pom pom garland that is in the picture below, I also purchased for another project.  But I love it!

Get busy and decorate your home for fall.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Beautiful Baby Shower

We are so excited that we are having a new grandchild.  We don't know the sex so it will be a beautiful surprise.  I will be sharing pictures to blogland when he or she arrives. 
Today I did want to share with you the shower that five of our relatives and friends held for our daughter in law last month.  It was simply beautiful and one of the prettiest showers I have ever attended.  It was held at the home of Kathryn Black a dear friend of ours and she and our friends did everything just right.  Below are a few pics.
I don't think Kathy would mind sharing these pictures with you as her house is simply beautiful.  Along with all the wonderful things they all did for the shower, it will be a nice treat just to see how she decorated her beautiful home.

This is the beautiful layout of food that was prepared by all those wonderful ladies.  There were chicken salad croissants, petifore’s, sausage balls, nuts, cheese ball, fruit kabobs, and so much more that I can't even remember.  So much food that it was simply beautiful.  As you can tell she used her kitchen bar as the serving table.  Notice the beautiful little silver blackboard on the easel.  It says:
Ten little fingers,
Ten little toes,
Two little eyes,
One little nose
Boy or Girl,
Nobody knows.

The wooden baby bassinet that is painted gray was made by Kathy herself with a
 pretty initial B on it for our last name.

  Notice the beautiful banner behind them that says Baby Burch.  My sweet niece, Tiffany made that to go over the baby's crib. And the sign under the table that says Dream Big Little One.

Our son made this sign for her to take to the hospital with them when they deliver. Everyone at the shower signed it with their best wishes as everyone that visits the hospital will do also.  Then they will hang it on their front door after they come home.  This was my daughter, Meg's idea and she got her brother Brock to make the sign for the shower.
These are some the cousins, big and small that came to the shower.  I don't know why we didn't get a picture of our sweet hostesses.  I feel so bad that didn't happen.

More beautiful cousins!

So many gifts to open. 
This is our son, Brock and daughter-in-law comparing tummies.  We are looking forward to seeing our sweet little one around November 29th. 
Thankful hearts around Thanksgiving!  Wonder what it will be?  Only our good Lord knows!!!