Fall Gatherings

Art Doodles

A good friend invited a group of us out to her parent’s cabin in the woods for a good old fashion sleepover! Long walks, games, good food and a lot of a laughs. All very good for the soul!

Thank you, Caitlin, for creating such a wonderful environment for us all to enjoy!

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One of the girls had a Better Homes & Gardens magazine displaying a fall grass wreath. Another one of the ladies and I decided that we would scavenge on our walks in the woods to find the necessities to create our own fall grass wreaths.

wreath makings

The bounty of our scavenging.


The finished product with a little help from the local craft stores floral section and my neighborhood.


Birthday Wishes

Art Doodles

I’m back at the paint brush, ink and paper again!

This thank you card goes out to my sister-in-law and (new) brother-in-law, Becky and Rob! They were so thoughtful to send birthday wishes mere days after their wedding while they were on a honeymoon. I was flabbergasted at the sweet thought and kind words. So lucky to have you both in my life now!

The leaves are starting to change where I live and I couldn’t be happier.

Reading under a golden tipped tree seems like perfection right now!

The Thankfulness Tree

Inspiration by Mail

The nesting holiday mode as begun for me. It happens every year around this time. The urge to snuggle in at home under blankets with a steaming cup of peppermint licorice tea and a book or movie becomes strong. Along with the temptation to gather every brightly colored leaf that has fallen to decorate the ground.

I am not big on decorating for Halloween. I didn’t grow up with my mom putting fake spider webs around the house along with witches and ghosts. Instead she usually did more Fall items and Thanksgiving decorations. I like this method of bringing the outdoors in when it is most colorful. If I was to decorate for Halloween this is how I would like to do it. One of my favorite bloggers, Life in the Fun Lane – Holly, gives Halloween a classic feel that looks just right to me. The only item I think is missing is leaves… lots of them!

This past week, along with my roommate Brittany, we bedecked the house for Autumn! I am so super blessed to have a friend and roommate who enjoys decorating and Fall as much as I do. Together the ideas flowed to create a homey space for us to gather friends and family in for the season.

My usual Fall decorations include a real leaf garland with leaves and pumpkins strewn about.


No pumpkins yet but there is a leaf garland in the entryway and Brittany used her creative touch to create some Autumn themed artwork for us. (She was able to fold the paper in a pattern to create another level of interest in the pieces. Great eye, Girl!) Still to come…a little bit more decorating on the tree branch in the entryway.

While perusing Pinterest, I found the concept of a The Thankful Tree. I instantly knew I wanted to do it in the apartment.

Image from http://www.simplyvintagegirl.com.

It seemed right to put up The Thankfulness Tree early to give the roomies and I a daily reminder of what is beautiful in our lives. So far it has worked wonders! Everyday I look for something in my day that truly makes me thankful.

Our tree is a little more of Tree than the original inspiration but it works for us! Brittany and I went scavenging for the branches in the park across from our house. Oh the memories!

Brittany put her artistic talents to go use with adding a whimsical “Thankful” to one of the branches.


A little touch of glitter dust to the branches adds an extra sparkle to our day!

My love of birds and Brittany’s love of glitter is embodied in this stately guardian of the tree. We have yet to name him/her. Suggestions?


We decided as a household that no one was allowed to put “I am thankful for bacon” or any other “dumb” phrase. Only things that you are truly appreciative of. Ironically the pictures that I snapped of two tags both have to do with roommates! 🙂

I am extremely thankful for my roommates! They bring so many smiles, laughs, dancing on furniture moments and insightful wisdom to my life.

Inspiration #9: Fallen for Fall

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“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”   ~Henry David Thoreau

I’ve been a little preoccupied this week by autumn painted leaves, wood burning stoves, crisp air and mint tea. I am so grateful to God that I am living again in a place that celebrates the changing of seasons. I want to go running in piles of leaves, curl up on the couch and pick apples. All at the same time!

Because of this I have decorated just a little bit in my room to remind me of all the fall wonders. There is a little pumpkin stand/patch near my house that has the perfect little wonders for my tiny room.

There is a tiny little orange/yellow gourd sitting on my headboard/nightstand table with a gorgeous deep hued leaf resting above.

I received a card from my great Aunt Elaine this week with autumn written all over it. Now it sits proudly by my display of a small pumpkin, white gourd, a few tiny pine cones and a leaf wrapped candle holder. I’m not usually a candle person but for some reason a little cinnamon spice is good this year.

This is my door into my room. I made a the wreath from a tutorial from Jones Design Company. It is coffee filters that you dye different colors then cut up and roll into flowers. Some of the colors were a little too springy so I hand painted a few of them deeper and added lots of leaves. Another excuse for me to walk my neighborhood. Now that I am all done decorating, I have to resist the urge to pick up every leaf I see. There are all so beautiful!

Fall and being grateful for Fall.