Monday, September 14, 2009

about groceries and gathering

I found the first changed and fallen leaf in my backyard the other day. It started me thinking that it would be fun to change a few colors inside, too. I don't have much seasonal d├Ęcor so for me decorating for the change of seasons usually means a trip to the grocery store or farm stand.

On the shopping list:


Fresh flowers in bright orange

Native corn

Then it is time to forage through the house like a squirrel to find things to add for personality.



Cookie cutters, tags, a cupcake pick and flower frogs, and a prized decoupaged bucket from Target from a few years ago

A jar (big surprise!) filled with "playground presents" from my boys, the faux cherries from Target that I move around constantly, an empty bucket. Hmmm? Any suggestions?

I won this lovely dish last November from sweetie pie Cynthia at Cynthia's Cottage Design. Winning her giveaway introduced me to so many wonderful bloggers and really changed blogging for me. I'll always be so thankful to Cynthia for that.

I have 2 very yummy apple recipes listed toward the bottom of my sidebar, if you're interested. I make both all apple season long and they are delicious!



debi said...

oooooooh and ahhhhhh!! Love your beautiful fall decorations...everything looks so fun!

Love that metal grate you've got hanging on your dining room wall!

And the dish you won from Cynthia...beautiful!
Thanks for the fun ideas!

blushing rose said...

What perfect touches of color to bring the autumn atmosphere indoors.

Congrats on the win, very pretty.
TTFN ~ Marydo

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Beth Gales said...

Can't wait to try the recipes. I saw my first red leaf on the ground today when I was out walking and had the same thoughts about decorating!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Oh yes fall is in the air. I'm ready to get my decorations out. You've inspired me.

Anonymous said...

Love your decor and that card hanger is great. Thanks for those apple recipes, I love trying new ones.


Connie said...

Spectacular photos of fall, sugar. Love the reds especially. It's in the air, isn't it?

Unknown said...

OH YUMMY!! What a warm post Elyse, I love it!! Your fall touches are definitely my kind of fall touches! I dont get into it much but I do love me some apples! I think your autumn decor is very tasteful and well done. Great job!
Love ya,

Claudia said...

I love the idea of decorating for the season change by using apples and things from nature...I don't do too much fall decorating because we are surrounded by trees and falling leaves here. But I love baking and making apple pies, etc.

I love the jar full of things from your boys - so sweet!


Lori said...

those are all great ideas for adding a little seasonal color without breaking the bank Elyse!!! cool beans:)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...


I had seen a bucket similar to yours, and she filled it high with hay, and they perched a little pumpkin on top. She tied a fallish ribbon on it and it looked so pretty. She had one on each side of her mantel.


Sandi said...

Wonderful fall decor Elyse!! Enjoy the weather.

Theresa said...

I have been doing the same thing! Looking for orange and reds to add color for the new season! Have a blessed day!

Karen said...

Don't you love Cynthia?!!!! She was one of the first blogs I followed and was the very first of the badges that I posted. (GIRL! you were the 2nd!) I love her blog!
And love yours too! Great post!

Melinda said...

Fall decorations are fun--so many things that add personality to one's home. In the past couple of years I have lost the spark to decorate for the seasons/holidays
but coming to blogland has helped give me inspiration from everyone's ideas!

Have a great evening.


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It is definately looking like fall at your house! Love all of your great ideas.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Elyse beautiful Fall color.
I love the metal grate, that is so pretty and I love the little bows on the chandelier. How sweet is that and a nice touch. The empty bucket, fill it with a bag of potpourri and a little scarecrow. If it is a big bucket, fill it half full with a fake bottom (just cut you a cardboard shape and put it in the bucket, and then you could add your potpourri (one with the big items) and add a little scarecrow on a stick. It would look so cute, and you tie a little bow to the handle. Then it would give color and scent to the corner. What beautiful Fall things. I am going to be posting what I am giving away for my 100th post drawing this evening, so you may want to be watching. The give away will be this Friday evening and the winner announced in my Pink Saturday post. There are some precious items in this give away. All everyone has to do is go to my Thursday Sept 3rd post, titled: Calling All Sister Bloggers - Ideas Anyone It's A Giveaway, and make a comment. You can go post a comment any time, but watch tonight for my post and you can see what the give away is. Talk to you soon. Country hugs sweetie, Sherry

Brenda Pruitt said...

I wish you lived closer, because I'd give you tons of pinecones off the pine trees so abundant here! And that would look so great in that bucket! I love your decoupaged bucket and your precious gate!

Lisa said...

What a fun Fall!!! Your stuff looks great. You use the same things I do . Cookie cutters cards food! Love it!
Hugs, Lisa

stefanie said...

thats how i like to decorate, just small touches all around, looks good.

Cottage Rose said...

OH those apples look so yummy and I can see an apple pie in them... and all of your other fall decorations are really pretty... thanks for sharing..


Bunny said...

Everything looks so nice and heartwarming. Those apples look so yummy just waiting for a pie to be baked. Very lovely

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh wow Elyse! What a sweet post! Thankyou for mentioning me ;) that give-away introduced me to you too and made blogging that much nicer! Plus not only did I meet such a good friend, but I think of you anytime I admire my gorgeous shutters too!

I'm just like you on the decorations for fall also, I let the house fill more with the sights and scents of fall more so than decorations ... Nothing says fall more to me than an apple pie in the oven, a pot toast on the stove, and leaving the fallen leaves on my front step ;)

I'm enjoying my time a little more now with the kids in school, and it gives me a chance to bake up things during the day to surprise them too ;) now I just have to get a little more ahead on some chores I held off and then I'm expecting a little smooth sailing to enjoy it all lol! Have a great week sweetie! Btw, that dish looks fab with the apples in it ;)!!

Hugs, Cyn xox

Kelee said...

Hi Elyse!

So pretty! Love the bows....and of course the apples...and nuts...and all!!

Fall is exquisite!

love, kelee

fairiemoon said...

Hey Elyse!

Yummy apples! I am hoping to take the kids picking soon! I think apple pies are in order for someone...maybe not me, but someone!

Erin :)

koralee said...

Oh your home looks so so lovely...cozy and full of have inspired me to start my Fall decorating...I so love everything you own!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

You're having too much fun, Elyse! Love it!

Stay Cozy, Carrie said...

Oh I love that little red bucket. Happy gathering.

LiLi M. said...

Yep here too the leaves are falling and the colors are changing. I love the warm colors of fall too. Wouldn't you put that bucket outside for a few (rainy) days? It looks less shiny and older when you do that, but you might like the new look, it was just a tip. Have a great day decorating!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

It really does look like Fall has arrived at your home. The leaves have been falling at our house for the last couple of weeks and the dogwoods are already red. I guess that means an early Fall. Egads! Hope it doesn't mean a really cold winter. Would love to have you visit. ~ Miles of Smiles ` Lynn

Floss said...

Fantastic! I've been wandering round the house in search of inspiration too (and round some Vide Greniers, of course...) I'm going for red, white and blue this autumn, for no logical reason except that I'm behind the times! The colours are patriotic for any of my countries, but I know they're usually used in summer... Who cares - I am happy!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

You know, I don't go over the top with decorating either, but to me, even putting out some little pumpkin decorations and candles gets me all excited for fall!! When you're used to looking at the same 4 walls, any little change of color is fun ~ ♥

Ali said...

I clicked over to your blog to read your review of House and Home after writing mine for the TLC tour, and this post was so inspiring to me. Love your pictures, and I think I'll have to head to the farmer's market this weekend to get some decorating supplies of my own!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I spy a kitty peeking behind that indian corn! Thanks for the cute ideas, Elyse! ♥

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, your autumn touches look lovely indeed!! I just adore the decoupage bucket, it’s simply adorable. Have a wonderful week.

Love & Hugs
Duchess ♥♥♥

{oc cottage} said...

Well, aren't you quite the "fall-ywog"!

m ^..^

Nancy said...

We have several small trees here that have started turning, also. It is time to get out the fall. I am resolved to surface from the computer on Friday and do just that. I think the cookie cutter idea is great. I'm going to get them out right now!

Thanks for the inspiration. Must keep moving. It's chilly here now!

Vicki said...

Hi, Elyse,
All your autumn decor is getting me in the mood to decorate for fall. I love the decoupaged bucket from Target. Have a beautiful evening. Vicki

Relyn Lawson said...

You are making me itchy for autumn. She hasn't arrived yet in these parts.