Monday, October 31, 2011

Quail Under Glass

This little quail found himself under this glass thingie that I picked up a goodwill. Not sure it is a cloche, because it has a hole in the top. But it has a cute little handle (?) and it fit a odd little pedestal I had. I just painted it ORB to go with the top half. This is last year's bittersweet, as I could not find any this year. It has been so dry here all summer and still now.

I am having the WORST time lately taking photos due to lighting. Too much or not enough.

And HOW do you all take photos through glass?

Here's where he finally ended up. He's happy, so I'm happy!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Paisley Pumpkins

I have been studying the covered pumpkins I have been seeing. I didn't need to match anything, so instead of scanning fabric, I got some scrapbooking paper to try.  Added some marked down faux pumpkins, and I got started.

See that material in the background? Marked down to $2 a yard at Hob Lob, so I got 2 yards of 55 in wide fabric. New tablecloth!

And here is the baby pumpkin with the big one. 

Maybe the next one, not sure yet.....

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween

I found this great magazine on Ebay. Old magazine covers make great art! I got it matted by the art teachers at school for a dozen donuts, and then used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby for the frame.

October 1944

Look how a little color adjusting makes the cat look. Spooky!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Bronze Fall

In my quest to expand the colors I use in fall,  I find I am attracted to a bronzy brown. Using a linen table runner, taupe salad plates and  napkins and brown goblets, it was easy to add in bronze.

Bronze grapes, and bronze and green berries and leaves make a simple color statement.

I put  tiny grapevine wreaths around the bronze mercury votives.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall is Ticking Away!

I went to a craft fair this weekend and found a pretty fall tea towel that makes a nice background for a coffee tray. I picked up the little autumn clock at a thrift store for 99 cents.

I love the appliqued leaves with the fall browns of the plaid.

Fall is ticking away into winter.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Not Cinderella's Pumpkin

In the last few years, pumpkins in colors other than orange have become quite popular.  I looked up several of my favorite seed catalogs for more information on multi colored pumpkins. 

From NeSeed is Porcelain Doll. It is an exotic pink pumpkin.  

The Australians seem to have cornered the market on blue 
pumpkins. Blue Moon Hybrid has a mottled grey rind with
orange-yellow flesh and a flattened globe shape. 

 Jarrahdale Heirloom. A greenish lined pumpkin. 

Silver Moon F1 pumpkin is an Australian type with dark orange flesh. This pumpkin has a pale blue color with silvery white striping and speckling. 

Stokes Seed catalog has a pumpkin named  Fairytale. It is similar in shape to Cinderella but has a unique tan or oak color. It looks like a wood carving.

 Marina De Chioggia, below,  is one of the most unique looking Italian heirloom pumpkin. 

Burpee says this bright scarlet heirloom pumpkin is what the 
artist  who drew Cinderella's coach used as a model. Burpee introduced it to America in 1883, but it had long been popular in France. This is called Rouge Vif d' Etampe. 
Rouge Vif D'Etampes

Johnny's Selected Seeds has a big flat pale heirloom pumpkin called Long Island Cheese.  

Long Island Cheese

 Again, Austrailian Seed offers  Queensland Blue, a dark, slate grey heavily ribbed pumpkin. 
 PUMPKIN Queensland Blue

DP Seeds lists  Moonscape F1 Hybrid, which they describe as a pinkish pumpkin. 

Pumpkin, Moonscape F1 Hybrid

It looks like there will be some more interesting decorating to
come with a bigger selection of colors of pumpkins.

 And if you remember, Cinderella's pumpkin changed into a beautiful blue one until midnight. 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Amber Colored Fall Tablescape

This tablescape just kinda fell together. I found the amber bubble glasses and the tablecloth at the thrift store at the same time. 

The tablecloth plaid reminds me of a camp blanket.

I thought the acorn salad plates would go with the tablecloth. 

I don't know where I got these little quail. I have another set that's different, and  I haven't found this year yet. 

I love the faux acorns. Daughter #1 do you know what happens when you put real acorns, milk bottle caps and other assorted goodies in a shoe box in a dark corner of your closet for a long time?

Your mother (me) finds them while cleaning your closet, and the acorns have little, thin, white worms crawling out of them because they hatched in your warm, dark closet.  Ewwww!

This is my mother's flatware, her initial A. 

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