Friday, October 31, 2008

Finally Some Fall Decorations

I am so behind! If anyone has tips on how to manage blogging, work, commuting, home caring, family, friends, crafting, thrifting, decorating, errands, etc please PLEASE comment! I have no idea how some of the bloggers manage to do it all... They must be Wonder Woman! I am not, so here it is October 31st and I'm finally sharing some pictures of my decorations.

Before picture of mantel in dining room...

After a few changes...

Definitely more "fall-ish" don't you think?

A little corner with my scarecrow...New fall garland I got at a huge discount last year. I've been so anxious to put it up!

I love this detail about our home, having this whatever you call it opening to decorate.

A closer view of the garland, there's even feathers in it! I love those feathers!

On this wall I used to have some old OLD family portraits but decided I needed a change so they are safely tucked under my bed and I hung up this painting instead. Not really my taste but I sort of thought the fields and house fit my harvest theme I had in mind.
Remember in the before mantel picture - my faux P.O.O.P.I.E. or anti-P.O.O.P.I.E. greenery basket? I can never remember if P.O.O.P.I.E. is good or bad - any who, I stuck a black glittered crow on a stake in it and stuck it on top of a trunk along a short wall in our dining room. I probably should have just stored the greenery for the season and found something else to stick the stake into ....

My dining table... I love dressing this table up! If I have my table all set pretty then my guys are discouraged from using it as a dumping ground...
I should find some candles for those candlesticks. They were purchased in a Charleston yard sale for a buck. The green handled flatware is from Bi-lo grocery store, fifty cents a piece, the apple ramekins are from WM's Better Homes & Garden Collection and were about $4 each. The leaf plates were found on an end cap at WM for $3 each and of course my black wicker chargers were from my beloved Hobby Lobby Garden 2008 clearance... You don't want to know how much I paid for them!
I have these black wicker book cases in my dining room that I hot glued some fabric to the backs of so I would have a way to display a few things in there since I don't have a china cabinet. Then I made my dining room curtains and the fabric totally doesn't match, this is more of a muted burgandy and my curtains are a rich deep brick-ish red burgandy so I've been debating what to change it to. Any suggestions on color or pattern?
Another shelf with a metal basket weave bowl from Cracker Barrel, I love this bowl and have candle cup holders to match but I haven't found them yet in my attic! Pumpkin on candlestick in hallway... I had no idea where to put this since I had my dining table all done up with my pumpkin soup tureen so I stuck it here.

Remember the before shot of my mantel? This is where all that stuff ended up!
Normally I do a very fussy mantel with lights, loads of garlands, the village tucked in and ribbon galore but this year I went a simplier route due to a severe lack of decorating time.

Now y'all know how these apothocary jars challenge me! I don't have beautiful and bountiful collections of bits to fill it with, I swear I'm drinking wine as fast as I can to get enough corks *smiles* just kidding... but my Girl said she loved the pinecones in it so ....
All you talented tassel makers look away! Look away! My pathetic attempt... Usually I put a little pumpkin up here on the seat but I couldn't find it, I swear every year there's a box or two of decorations that go missing till I root around for the next holiday's decorations and then I find them too late to use!
And that's it, my pitiful attempts this year but there's always Thanksgiving to redeem myself, and maybe this year I'll manage to find my light up pilgrims before the big day instead of after...


duchess said...

Your decorations look great.
Better late than never, I always say.
Happy Halloween!

duchess said...

You probably know exactly where we are - Greer.
My hubby's office is in Sptburg. Are you at the HL there?
I'll have to swing by & meet you in person.:)

Darlene said... all looks FABULOUS!!! I LOVE it!! Your tassel turned out cute....if you make a few more they get easier and easier!!

I do see a guitar in the corner too...who plays that? I just told my hubby the other day that I am going to have to take a picture of "his" hobby room....full of guitars and music "stuff".

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi, I just saw from your comment to Duchess that you live in NC! too! I live on the NC/SC line in Whiteville. I usually hit the HL in Florence, SC or Fayetteville, NC. I couldn't work there, I would be broke! LOL! I love that store.

I love your fall decorations! Everything is just beautiful and inviting. Hope you have a great Halloween! ~Rhonda :)

The Berry's Patch said...

Your Fall decor looks fantastic. It's probably better to wait anyway. I'm already sick of I put it up way too early this year and it's staying up through Thanksgiving. Happy Halloween! :-)

The Berry's Patch said...

One more thing. I'm coming back to see what others say about blogging and life. I need help with this as well. :-)

Liz said...

I think it looks fabulous!
Happy Halloween!
Liz & Mabel

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I was so happy to see you back at my blog. I too know the difficulty's of trying to house, blog, shop,etc. If there's a *trick* it'd be a *treat* to know. Now that your done decorating yours can you please come over and do mine?
I just posted a pic that my Daughter in law sent me. if your up to it later, take a peek. I hope it brings a smile to ya.

Sweet Witches,
Sara <[;O

tardevil said...

I like all of your decorations! It looks like you went to a lot of effort to me. Are you in NC or SC. I'm in the Charlotte area, but moved her from Columbia & there from Raleigh. Happy Haunts!

tardevil said...

Ok, so on my previous comment I forgot what I was going to say b/c I had some goblins come to the door. I like your paint color, clock on mantel & tablescape. You mentioned filler for the apothecary jars & Walmart & Target have some nice big balls for around $15.