Monday, October 17, 2011

Simple Fall Hutch

Ok, I decorated for fall with orange because that's what I have. But I will be looking for some other ideas for next year. The orange everything is going to be sacked  boxed. When I heard myself say I was thinking about not decorating for fall next year, I knew I had to find some other colors.  
I have seen  beautiful orange fall decor this year, but I am tired of MY orange decor. 

Browsing for ideas on the web, I came across ideas for fall weddings. Same as, right?

The article suggested jewel tones: purple, dark blue, dark greens, burnt orange, gold, mustard yellow, chocolate, tan, and a pale champagne. (to drink?)

Now fall is starting to sound fun again. I'll keep my eye out for some combination of the above colors for next year. 

How about you? Are you tired of your orange?

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Thrifty Finds in Fall

This week was all thrift store finds! I have a thrift store about 10 minutes from my work, so I treat myself and stop by a couple of times a week. I stood and looked at this piece a long time before I decided to get it. $2.99 is a good price, but did I really like it?

I decided I did the more it sat on my kitchen counter!

These little salad plates each have a different herb on them, and the names of herbs all around the edge. Maybe a tablescape with fresh potted herbs next spring?

$.49 each

Nice gold bubble glasses for $.49 each.

Look at the lovely material I found, too. Brand new, there is enough for a table runner or 2 pillows for the living room. Hmmm.

Thanks for looking at what I dragged home.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Safe Haunted Lab

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake, 
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, 
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,---
For a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. 

~ Macbeth
William Shakespeare

Good reference material is important to any lab set up. And you can always use an extra hand for those little details that get away from you.
 Speaking of handy, a good magnifying glass is a must for that small print on bottles. You aren't getting any younger, dearie!

Keep a hand near your pets, to protect them from harmful toxins.

Keep all receipts to refill orders.

Keep all specimens bottled up. Loose specimens make a sloppy lab.

Safety demands you keep an eye on lit candles.

All bottled goods should be arranged alphabetically for quick spells. V,W, X etc.

A well stocked lab is a good thing......

Get out of the lab and engage in social activities.

Put on your party hat.  All work and no play makes a crabby witch.

Keep your lab stocked with a variety of hostess gifts for the season. A little candy or an appetizer ( see below) make nice presentations. A little ribbon and you're ready to go!

Home is where the lab is.

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as my hutch morphs into a witch lab.



Friday, October 7, 2011

Fun, Thrifty Finds

I took Friday off to do all the yearly doctor visits. Poked, prodded, vaccinated x 3, drained of blood, X-rayed, starved, etc. Sooo, when I was done, I headed for a caramel macchiato and the garage sales! It is a beautiful, windy warm day here. Leaves are flying, and next week will probably be full fall color. I had fun!!

Six of these little plates for $4. It was in the original wrapping so I was happy to see there were all different patterns. 

Wool throw, brown plate, and little silver tray.

Love this little tray, very heavy too. 

I picked up two of these cute pumpkin buckets for $1 each and I have always wanted a red check table cloth. It just says "picnic" to me!

And Santa Claus is coming to town home with me!

I have been picking up these Fitz and Floyd plates, now I have about 5, and he was $5.He looks a little cross-eyed. 

I sure had crossed eyes for as long as I looked at some Spode Woodland dishes at an estate sale. They were  full ebay price at this sale, so I am holding off for tomorrow at 50% off. Execpt I am going out of town at the crack of dawn to go visit daughter #2 for the weekend. Maybe I can get daughter #1 to be there at 9 when they open. (wink wink) And if the dishes aren't there, then it wasn't meant to be! I'll still be happy with what I got today.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn's Bounty of Color

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. 
 Edwin Way Teale

Warm, rich brown acorns.

Acorn plates~Chris Madden
Salad plates~Mary Carol Collection

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