Autumn on the Porch

October 3rd, 2013

Last year I took the simple minimalist approach on my front porch, and I think I maybe bought one or two orange carving pumpkins at the grocery store. This year the mood was “Bring it, Yes BRING on the pumpkins” kinda like the porch two years ago and that’s a thing I find that I do a lot. I go through phases when I’m really just in the mood for a few simple seasonal touches and then the next time around it’s “Let’s DO This”.

So my friend Jean tipped me off to this wonderful lady who sells her pumpkins in front of her property off the beaten path right up next to her chain link fence about two thirds of a mile up this road 45 minutes away. No specific address, just look for the house with the lady and her pumpkins all lined up out in front of her humble abode down this one particular country road. And that’s how I met Shirley.

porch pumpkins

Shirley is one of those salt of the earth people who just grows her pumpkins from seed on her property then sells them without advertising by word of mouth. And she practically gives them away in exchange for a nice visit and some conversation. I LOVE those kinds of folks, the ones who would never use Twitter and really don’t care.

After our nice chat and a $35 exchange, my girl and I loaded up the back of our car with a pile of beauties and with our new stash hummed ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ all the way home. (Never you mind that’s technically a Christmas song.)

trio of mini pumpkins

My decorating has become what I refer to as “The Recycling Of The Things” – call it ‘working with what ya got’, call it ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ I just know that there are things that I possess and looks that I love and when I rotate The Things and spruce What I Got in a way That I Like, it brings me joy. New is great, but treasured is better.

pumpkin medley

 

blue door berry wreath

Long time readers, you may notice something a little different. The boy who loves Angry Birds has grown taller! Funny how that happens when you feed them.

fall front door

Oh and I painted my front door. Again.  

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Beautiful Linens Giveaway

October 2nd, 2013

Hello everyone! Thanks so much for visiting and linking up to the party yesterday, I can’t wait to finish looking at all the links this weekend!

Today’s giveaway is brought to you by one of my favorite shops StudioPatró. I had the pleasure of meeting owner Christina at a West Elm + Etsy event in early 2012 and I’ve been a fan of her linens ever since. Studiopatró tea towels and aprons are handprinted one-by-one, using ecologically friendly water-based inks. They are simple, elegant, and many include a dash of whimsy such as the Devour tea towel (that I keep meaning to frame for my kitchen!)  studiopatro linens

Useful and beautiful, these linens make the most lovely gifts, for you, for a housewarming, or for anyone playing holiday host or hostess. Wrap up a bottle of bubbly or a book or a homemade treat with one of these tea towels to make it extra special. Today Studiopatró is giving away three $75 shop credits to their online store !

studio patro linens as gifts

Eligibility to be one of three winners of a $75 shop credit:

1) Visit Studiopatró and pick out a favorite tea towel set or apron then name your favorite in a comment.

2) Share this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter for a second chance to win, then name where you linked in a comment (FB or Twitter).

Three winners chosen at random. Giveaway ends Sunday October 6, 2013 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Winners: #3 Heather E, #292 Carol C. #517 Kay

Winners notified via email.

 

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