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October 25, 2016

Fall Benefits

Fall colors are at peek up here.  I took a few shots in my backyard.  My little garden bench has 
become a lap for leaves!

The Japanese Maple is still turning to its fall color but with the sunlight behind if it made for a pretty picture!

We have a lot of yellow in the trees on our side because it's so shaded.  Out in the sun you'll see much more color! 

This was a shot I caught out across a field with the classic warm russet tones.  

We went for a drive to see fall colors and this was one of the few images I captured.   The clouds moved in more and more and stole the sunlight so it ended up being a bit of a shopping day in Glen Arbor where we were headed.  

We had a late lunch here at Bone Docks which is really a hub in this town.  They have a huge outside decking area with lots of tables and a big covered bar area complete with tv's for the sports fans and plenty to drink if that's your desire.  In the summer it's truly a hot spot!  In the fall the tourists are less than half but the good thing is the sales at the shops.  Some of them have 50% off since they want to clear the shelves for the winter.  A great deal of these shops literally close up for the winter.

Right after we left the restaurant I ended up at a cute story called the Cottonseed.  They have a wonderful selection of clothing (more appropriate for the younger generation) and I found a sweet skirt and blouse for my daughter but I can't show it in case she reads this!

I spotted this coffee mug at another store and just had to have it.  If you know me you know I like to garden and I do play in the dirt!

I spotted this basket at one little shop and nearly passed it up.  I'm glad I brought it home which prompted me to play with it.

I remembered I had this napkin (after reading a post by Calypso In the Country) the other day.  I thought I'd see how it would look in the basket.

Then I added a wine cooler to the center.

So of course I had to try it with a bottle of wine and it works!  This would be a cute way to present a bottle of wine for a luncheon or dinner!  It's a very strong well made basket so it can take being used like this.

My first idea was to put fruit in it so of course I had to try that too!

I dug out some placemats and set the basket on the table.  I love it!  I have a thing for chicken wire so this was an automatic draw to my eyes!  I have some Pottery Barn pieces from several years back that  this looks surprisingly close to!  So my fall benefits were the sales!

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  1. It is nice to see beautiful colors all around:)

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Liz! This all speaks of autumn and all of the beauty and fun ideas it offers! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Lovely day out in your area, Liz! Your garden looks so pretty with its fall carpet. We spent yesterday cleaning up our leaves. We do it weekly as it is an enormous job if left til all the leaves fall.
    Your chicken wire basket is so sweet with the pretty apples in them. Have a great day, Liz! ♥

  4. Very pretty, Liz. I love chicken wire baskets, too!

  5. I love it all--from the bench and especially that Japanese maple with the sun coming through the leaves. Good capture there! What a cute place to have lunch, Liz. Is that basket vintage or just have a vintage look? It looks old (which I love) and what fun to play with it. Have fun playing and drinking!! xoDiana

  6. Gorgeous pictures of Falls beauty, don't you love it? Pretty basket and great idea with the wine


  7. Liz,
    Beautiful Autumnal photos, dear friend!
    "Mr. Ed" has spent many days and hours in our Gardens here,too!
    I cut some maidenhair grasses to dry for the Season.
    Your mug is adorable!
    Love the chicken wire basket. . .the shape is gorgeous!
    Of course, any "Road Trip" treat for me is shopping. . .
    and at $ales of 50% off the finds are amazing!

  8. Love your photos of all the foliage, Liz! Such beauty! Yes, I am just a little jealous, we are in the 80's this week.

  9. Hi Liz, Fall is so pretty in your area. I love everything in your decor too. When you put your special touches on things, they turn to gold!! Love the wine basket idea.

  10. It looks like you had a fun day, Liz! I love the picture you took of the field with the autumn tress and the big sky -- gorgeous! I like to go anywhere that involves shopping. ;>) I love your mug and basket; the basket looks great with napkin and wine cooler and apples, as well. That was a great find!

    Hope you have a good rest of the week.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  11. What gorgeous pictures! I wish Texas would look like that. :) Love, love the basket.Such a beautiful find. Enjoy your day!

  12. We are finally getting color in the deep south too Liz, your photos are so pretty! That looks like a fun place to eat, and I love your new chicken wire basket!

  13. The photos are beautiful. Nothing like capturing the beauty of your region.
    Fun little mug and the basket is good find. It looks lovely with the wine bottle and fruit.

  14. So happy you had a fun day Liz. Glad you brought the basket home as well. It really is cute and can be used in so many ways! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. What a fun little adventure. I love that basket. But the photo's of your yard are beautiful. I love the large finial by the bench. The cat is adorable!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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