Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Howdy neighbor, happy harvest!

Even though it still feels way too hot to possible be fall here in El Paso, autumn really is here! Fall is my favorite season- I just love the feeling that cooler weather is on its way (eventually!). I also love all the tastes of fall- pumpkin, caramel, apple, sweet potatoes with marshmallow... you know, all those comfort foods! I try to wait until October 1st to put out all my fall leaves and pumpkins, but this year I decided to go ahead and do some "transitional" decorating with apples. When I have to buy new accessories (as opposed to "shopping" my own house) I try to pick things that I can use for more than one holiday. So my new red placemats will work with the apples, and for Christmas... and Valentine's Day.... and 4th of July...

Our dining table:
 1. The "runner" I made out of some scrapbooking paper. I found my autumn quotes at and then just added words that reminded me of fall. 2. My punch bowl/ cake stand filled with delicious apples. The cake stand was a wedding gift & I love its versatility! 3. A place setting. I made the napkin rings using mini foam apples that I bought at Walmart. I think the whole box was $5 and I was able to use them for a couple of different projects. 4. A close-up of Granny Smith and Fiji apples. These apples are SO delicious and aromatic... and I love the how the Fijis look like they have a crackle glaze on them. The only problem with using these as a centerpiece is they keep disappearing.... hmmmm....

More of the dining table

1. Another view of the runner. I tried to write things in all directions so that no matter where you're sitting, you have something to read. Not that we ever have a full table, but just in case we do. But, if we do, we should probably fix the chair with the loose leg... 2. Another shot of the centerpiece with my 89 cent candles from Walmart. Normally, I'd be upset if the wax was that messed up after only lighting the candles once, but this time, I think it adds a nice aged touch. 3. Another shot of the place setting- I love these white plates (another Walmart find). I like to think that make my food look like it's from a restaurant. I can dream anyway... ;) And lest you think I only buy things at Walmart, those napkins are from K-Mart (so there!).

The entryway
1. Our entry table in all of its cluttered glory. The banner that you can only read part of says "Welcome" and was part of the decorations for Nathanael's homecoming from Afghanistan. But, I think it fits in nicely with my Americana decor, so it found a new home. I also love the red plaid Thermos bag (filled with Thermoses and picnic gear) that we found at an antique mall in Indiana for $12. $12!!! That's what I call a deal! 2. A close up of some more of my Walmart mini foam apples. The glass bowl is from a flower arrangement my sweet husband sent me when he had to work overnight a few months back. There's also a ACU covered New Testament peeking out from behind the bowl.

Our front door
1. A close-up of our wreath. The wreath is a grapevine wreath I bought a couple of years ago that I change out the decorations on for almost every holiday. Hey, I'm all about being cheap... err... frugal! I got the Happy Harvest sign at Michael's for around $5 when my parents were visiting on Labor Day weekend (a shopping trip that almost killed my husband and my dad, according to them. Apparently, Michael's is too "fragrant" for them). The apples are more of my Walmart apples. 2. A shot of our whole beautiful screen door. 3. The wreath originally had 5 apples (I try to stick to the rule of decorating with odd numbers), but one fell off and got smashed in the driveway :(. I could replace it, but I haven't. Does that make me lazy? :-/

I hope you're enjoying fall, wherever you live! In closing, I'll share a couple of clips from one of my favorite movies, Summer Stock, starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Both of these clips are of the song "Howdy Neighbor." The first one is shorter, but the second one is prettier (in my opinion).

The shorter, hokier clip:
I just love Gene's teal buffalo plaid shirt! And the striped overalls are an extra nice touch! ;)

The longer, prettier clip:
Don't you want to drive a tractor along a country lane now?

Happy Harvest!!!

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