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October 19, 2017

Halloween Dining with LuAnn!

Poor little LuAnn- she needed a little help to be pulled back together!  She's a cousin to Winnie the Witch which made her debut here a few times "here" "here" and "here".  I'm afraid LuAnn met with a rather disastrous end so she needs help to be seen on Halloween!

This is how she came together.  Walking around JoAnn's I spotted the foam bust, the little tutu and hat.  Next thing I know I'm on the hunt for fabric!  I looked for inspiration on the internet for the face, printed it, cut out the mouth and face and traced it on the pumpkin.  A paint pen filled it in. The foam pumpkin head was found at Michael's. 

I made up a little necklace for her and there's a skeleton head dangling from it (hard to see).  I bought a card with about 8 skeleton heads from the jewelry area of Michael's.  I glued three on the hat.  

I used some green dyed spanish moss for her hair and neck area

I wanted to give LuAnn some arms but couldn't decided on how to do it.  I had the creepy hands in my stockpile so I strung them together using a ribbon and draped it across her shoulders to give her arms/hands.  
My blog friend Linda @ Life and Linda has also used a tutu for some tablescapes in the past- here is one of the links "Spiderella".  

I took pictures at various times of the day so the mood will shift as we go along here.

Creepy creatures hanging around looking for a bite to eat!

I found the creepy skeletons at our Halloween Superstore

Old Fred here is coming out for the night and two of his old friends Max and Sally are ready and waiting for him!

My little Mary Engelbreit clown Crissy attends every party!  
I think these were produced by Bethany Lowe for her.

Do you remember the wax lips we'd get as kids?  I found some in the candy section so I had to add them in too!  This would be a fun party table for young kids around 8 to 12 years old.

I was looking for fake eyeballs to fill the candy dish and spotted these chocolates with eyeball wrappers so I chose them instead.    

Indian corn in my metal ghost candy dish by Dansk from at least 12 years ago.

Salt and Pepper shakers (by TAG)

This plate inspired me to use the napkins with blue in them.  I got these dishes from Williams Sonoma on a sale with free shipping- only way to fly!  

The skeleton heads had a hanger on top that I removed.  The shape has an indentation that helped them sit on the edge of the plate.

The metal skeleton chargers came from Hobby Lobby and I layered them on the Pier 1 Imports white chargers to show the pattern off better.

I also got these little tumblers from Williams Sonoma.  I put a tea light inside to show their design off. 
The tall crystal highball glasses are from Mikasa called Windlass- no longer made.

I found the two shorter black candle holders on clearance at Pier 1 and the two tall candelabras came from there last year.

Finally it's nighttime!

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween Dining With LuAnn

Between Naps On The Porch

October 13, 2017

It's a Mum time of year!

I thought I'd take a few more shots of the mums I've got planted or on display for this autumn season.
I love this yummy yellow color of these mums.  I did add some mini pumpkins and gourds to help fill in around the base.  

These will last a while even after the frosts start to hit.

The ornamental kale made a nice accent with these smaller mums.  At this time of year leaves are dropping everywhere.

Mums or chrysanthemums are a great way to pop in late season color for the gardens.

This mum was in one of my fall displays a few years back.  It took a while to see the flowers but this is a natural blooming time vs the ones we get at the store which are pushed to be in bloom early on.

I hope the new purple ones make it back next year too!  

I have to find a spot to plant these mums- I love the pink color.

Do you plant the mums you get for these fall displays or just toss them?  I've done both.  I've had mixed results with the mums coming back so I'm not always committed to planting them.

Happy Fall!

October 12, 2017

Harvest Dining

At this time of year corn, apples, pumpkins, peaches and more are all harvested and the spell of autumn has begun to wrap around us.  Jackets and cozy throws come out as the days and nights are cooling.  Comfort food and warm drinks become the norm.

I wanted something organic for the centerpiece and I had some extra Indian Corn so that was my beginning point.  I hunted around the house looking for something I could stand them up in and finally landed on this metal candle holder.  There is a glass insert that I removed to create more space.  I nestled a flameless tea light candle in the bottom to create a warm glow resembling a small campfire.  

I added some of my Purple Fountain grass which helped soften the look. 

I just kept layering!  I placed the napkins in the mugs to add color and dance around the centerpiece!

The pumpkin plates came from T.J. Maxx (Olfaire of Portugal) 2 or 3 years ago.  The harvest wheat plates came from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago.  The deep orange chargers came from Hobby Lobby- last year I believe.

The napkins I've used before are from Pier 1 (this year) and the mugs are from Park Designs.  My idea for this dining experience is to have hot chocolate or mulled cider.  The stemware can be for wine or water.  A salad will be served on the pumpkin plates and a some baked chicken, thinly sliced potatoes seasoned and baked (with a little olive oil), and a warm dinner roll. 
(Notice the turkey feather in the centerpiece?  I found that under some leaves the other day!)

It's very overcast today since we've been getting rain.  Using the automatic setting on the camera resulted in very dark pictures.

I used the manual setting to brighten up the images but it slows down the shutter speed so much you need a tripod to hold it steady.  In the end it all worked out!
I hope you enjoyed my Harvest Dining tablescape!

Between Naps On The Porch
Tablescape Thursday

October 10, 2017

I ended up embellishing my "deckorating" a bit more with some straw bales, more gourds, pumpkins and Indian corn.  I do this for me- I view it daily from the kitchen dining area.

I clustered three pieces together with twine and then stuck one through the side.  Dan figures I will have either squirrels or raccoons eating them up but so far nothing has happened.

Our Home Depot gets in these mini bales of straw (shipped from New Jersey) so I got two this year and staged one of the mums on a plant stand to the rear and added a scarecrow I found in the garage.  He has a little black bird on his left shoulder.

I emptied the blue chair and added a few more pumpkins and gourds.  The little white ones appeared on my last tablescape.  The scarecrow is made of metal and glass.  Last year I had it in a different spot and the sun would light up his face as seen in the picture below.

Fall 2016

Summer 2016 Fairy Garden
 I tore my fairy garden apart.  I do this every year because of our snow load.  
I don't know if I'm going to put it back here again for several reasons.  My little brain is cooking up ideas for next year already.  I will cut the Annabelle Hydrangea down real short for the winter.  I did save a bunch of cuttings from this before they turned brown.

I rinsed things down and will store everything in containers.  This year I invested in some plastic storage containers instead of the usual cardboard boxes that I've used in the past.  I've ended up with a few fairies with broken parts in the spring due to overcrowding. 

While trying to remove this fairy that was next to the little tree stump I ended up with a whole cluster of the mushrooms that came with her. The mushrooms grew right around her and even one of the artificial flowers had become attached too.  I think she's saying "what can you do?".  I'm going to save her like this and see how it looks next spring- minus the pink flower.

I was walking the yard and thought I'd share this view of the new garden I created in September as seen "here".  This gives a better sense of the depth and a more interesting view of it. 

I hope you are enjoying this fall season.  It seems like the colors are coming on in a normal fashion.  At first I was worried we'd have a fast color change but it's coming along nicely.  There isn't enough to take pictures of just yet but I hope to share some pictures of the beauty in our area soon!
Our backyard around Halloween 2015

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